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The Town of York administers the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code.
Building Permit applications are available online, at the Code Enforcement Office, and by mail. Minor permits can be issued during walk-in hours. Permits for new dwellings, new commercial structures, shoreland, and flood require an office appointment. Get a copy of a building permit application (PDF).
Call our office at 207-363-1002, ext. 6048, Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Catherine will schedule your appointment with the inspector. Be sure to have the accurate address and the homeowners name. The lead time can be anywhere from the next day to two weeks out depending on the time of year.
Yes. Contact the Water and Sewer District.
Yes, if it is part of or directly related to the original project. However, if one portion of the work has been done before the amended work is finished, the entire permit remains open until all work as been completed.
Example: If you take out a construction loan to remodel your kitchen and amend your permit to add a generator, both projects must be completed to obtain a final sign-off from the Code Officer.
A separate electrical permit is needed when only electrical work is being done in a one or two family dwelling, commercial work and multi-family dwellings. An electrical permit is required from the State of Maine for all commercial and multi-family dwellings. Approval for electrical work in one and two family dwelling is usually included in the building permit.
The law requires utility companies to have proof of town approval before they can connect you to any public utility. This form is available from the electric company or from the Code Enforcement Office. This form must be signed by a town official before you can have your power turned on.
Yes, if your property is located in the shoreland zone or in a 100 year floodplain.
Maine State Law and local ordinances do not require the good side to be toward your neighbor.
Maine State Law provides that a fence over six feet may be considered a “spite fence” and ordered removed.
View the town’s Geographical Information System (GIS Maps). Search for your property by selecting Owner, Address or Parcel ID and typing in the appropriate information, Clicking “Find It” and then "Zoom to Parcel". The GIS will display your property. To find the Flood Zone from ”Quick Maps” choose “Flood Plain Mapping.”
If your property is in a 100 year flood zone you need a Flood Permit whenever you need a Building Permit, when filling or earth-moving, and for fences.
Impact Fees for the School District are assessed for new dwelling units of three or more bedrooms, the addition of bedroom(s) that result in a three or four plus bedroom dwelling unit, and seasonal conversion of a three or more bedroom dwelling unit. Contact the Sewer District and the Water District for information about their Impact Fees.
The Impact Fee for the School District is determined by the number of bedrooms in a dwelling unit. There is no Impact Fee for a dwelling with two or less bedrooms. The Impact Fee is $1,700 for a three bedroom dwelling and $3,400 for a four or more bedroom dwelling. Contact the Water District and Sewer District for information about their Impact Fees.
There are Impact fees for the School District, Water District, and Sewer District. The Impact Fee for the School District is paid to the Code Enforcement Office prior to an Occupancy Permit. The other Impact Fees are paid directly to the Sewer District and the Water District.
Plumbing Permits are required for new plumbing, relocated plumbing, and for changing fixtures. Replacing a hot water tank, faucets, or toilets requires a Plumbing Permit.
Plumbing Permits are only issued to Master Plumbers licensed in the State of Maine and to homeowners for plumbing in their personal single family dwelling. For homeowners to do their own plumbing the property cannot be rented or be for sale, additionally the homeowner must buy all the materials, install and test the plumbing per code.
Yes, a building permit is required.
The Town Health Officer is available to address issues that affect the health and well being of the public in York. Direct such issues as air quality, asbestos, radon, lead, smoke, mold, carbon monoxide, hoarding, bed bugs and other pests, failed health inspections, and rental housing complaints to the Health Officer at 207-363-1000.
If there are possible building code violations, contact the Code Enforcement Office at 207-363-1002.
The state licenses Site Evaluators to perform soil test (replaces perk tests) and design septic systems also known as sub-surface waste water disposal systems.
If that wet spot is near your septic system it could be a sign of a failed or failing septic system. Keep people and animals away from this area and get help finding the cause of this problem.
You must obtain a permit prior to installing a new septic system, a replacement septic system, or repairing a septic system.
View suggested pumping frequency and other advice about septic systems (PDF).
Yes, any earth-moving including filling, requires a permit in the Shoreland Zone, no matter how small.
In the Shoreland Zone permits are required for cutting and clearing vegetation, timber harvesting, filling, earth moving, and for any change to a building.
The setbacks vary by Shoreland sub-district and for wetlands in the Shoreland Zone by size. Generally the setback for the ocean, rivers and large wetlands (over ten acres) is 100 feet. The setback for protected streams and medium wetlands (4-10 acres) is 75 feet. There are no setback requirements for wetlands with less than 4 acres but there is no wetland disturbance or fill allowed without a permit.
The Shoreland zone is a 250 foot area surrounding water bodies, wetlands, and 75 feet from protected streams. If you are within these areas you will be considered in the Shoreland Zone.
Any newly created lots in the Watershed Protection Overlay District must be at least 10 acres and have 200 feet of frontage on a road. Proposed structures would be required to be 500 feet from a public water supply and 250 feet from all streams that feed the public water supply.
York is growing faster than most communities in Maine and un-controlled fill destroys animal habitat and can result in flooding. York has chosen to be more restrictive than the State of Maine due to its rapid growth.
No, not unless you have a permit and only in limited circumstances. Wetland fill is only allowed to provide access to an upland site when no reasonable alternative exists.
View the town’s Geographical Information System GIS Maps. Search for your property by selecting Owner, Address or Parcel ID and typing in the appropriate information and Clicking “Find It” then "Zoom to Parcel". The GIS will display your property. Go to “Quick Maps” and select "Base Zone Mapping" from the drop down list.
To establish any new use or to change from one use to another you need a Use Permit. Use Permits for Route One and changes in non-conforming uses are issued by the Planning Board. The Code Enforcement Office issues most other Use Permits.
What zone or zones you are in determines what uses are permitted on your property. Once you have determined what zone(s) you are in you can look up the permitted uses for that zone(s) in Article Four of the Zoning Ordinance. Pay particular attention to any footnotes or performance standards that may apply.
A property can be in more than one zone and can have one or more over-lying zones, such as Shoreland, Flood, and/or Watershed. These overlay districts can be displayed on the GIS program by selecting “layers” under the map, selecting the layer you wish to display, scroll to the bottom and click “Refresh Map”.
Setbacks are the horizontal distance between the property line and a use, such as a dwelling. Front setbacks are measured from the front property line not the road.
Setbacks are found in article 5 of the Zoning Ordinance for conforming lots. Look up setbacks for conforming lots. The setbacks for all non-conforming lots of record are found in section 17.3.4. Look up setbacks for non-conforming lots.
Lot coverage is the ratio of impervious surfaces to lot size (see the definition of impervious surface ratio in Article Two of the Zoning Ordinance).
Lot coverage is given in Article 5 of the Zoning Ordinance, footnote d, and in several special zones, such as the Water Protection Overlay District section 10.404.
Home occupations are allowed in every zone that allows dwellings to varying degrees. The rules for home occupations are found in Section 7.4 Home Occupations (PDF).