About the Building Department
Ensuring that all new construction jobs and remodeling
projects in Fairfield conform to building codes falls to the Building
Department. Building code conformance protects public health, safety,
and welfare as they relate to construction and occupancy of homes,
buildings, and other structures.
The Building Department reviews plans prepared by outside
architects, engineering consultants, and/or builders for compliance with
the codes along with all other laws, ordinances, rules and regulations
related to construction. Once reviews and approvals are granted,
permits are issued and fees are collected in accordance with town
The Building Department reviews all construction
documents for compliance with the Connecticut State Building Code, and
issues necessary permits. The Building Department also monitors all
projects while under construction, performs a final inspection, and,
when all conditions are met, issues a Certificate of Occupancy.
According to the Connecticut State Building Code, section
R109.3: It shall be the duty of the permit holder or their agent to
notify the building official that such work is ready for inspection.
Note: It is the homeowner's responsibility to be sure
their contractors have permits. The Connecticut State Statutes have
penalties for violations including fines up to $1,000 and possible
imprisonment. Homeowners can find information on contractor registration
and licensing here.
For inspector-related questions, a Building Inspector is present to answer calls between 3:30 and 4:30.