Permits & Applications
A variety of required permits are provided in PDF format, as well as other applications pertaining to construction projects and development review in the Town of Brunswick.
See below for permit descriptions and requirements.
How to Submit
Contactless Permit Application Submission
1. Online: Permit applications and required materials can be submitted via email to our administrative assistant, Taylor Burdin: email@example.com. Please include a contact number and we will call you for a credit card. Please note, credit card payments include an additional 2.5% processing fee.
2. Mail: Permit applications and checks can be mailed to Codes Enforcement, 85 Union Street, Brunswick, ME 04011.
3. Outdoor Drop Box: Permits and checks can be left in the gray mailbox outside of Town Hall. Please call 725-6660 and alert us when you have dropped it off.
In-Person Permit Application Submission
The Planning & Development office is open to the public and permit applications may be submitted in person. You may bring the permit application with your fee to the Department of Planning and Development on the second floor of the Town Hall.
(Please note that applicants for construction projects on Brunswick Landing that involve any soil displacement must first fill out the Brunswick Landing Construction Permission Request form below and submit it to the Navy before applying for permits with the Town.)
If you have questions regarding any Town of Brunswick permitting or application process, or any other forms on this page, please contact the Department of Planning and Development at 207-725-6660.
Please see our fee schedule effective Wednesday, July 3, 2019.
*Please note that applicants for new dwelling units (primary or accessory) will be charged for recreation impact fees (if they were not already assessed and paid as part of the development review process). The recreation impact fee varies depending on the number of bedrooms in the dwelling unit. Please refer to Table E.1 in the appendix of the Brunswick Zoning Ordinance to determine the applicable fees. The table is also attached to the fee schedule above.
For fire prevention and life safety codes please contact the Fire Department (725-5541) or visit the Municipal Code of Ordinances:
- Attention Property Owners & Building Contractors -
The Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code (MUBEC) is utilized in the Town of Brunswick, effective July 21st, 2021.
MUBEC consists of:
- 2015 International Building Code
- 2015 International Existing Building Code
- 2015 International Residential Code
- 2015 International Energy Conservation Code
These codes can be purchased online at the International Code Council (ICC) website.
The following ASHRAE standards are also adopted in this code:
- Standard Practice for Radon Control
- Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings
- Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality
These standards can be purchased online at the ASHRAE website.
A Building Permit is required when a building is constructed, demolished, moved, added to or structurally altered. Any building permit application shall be accompanied by plans drawn to scale, a plot plan and a cross section. Generally, permits are processed within 7 to 10 working days.
A Building Permit shall expire if the work or change is not commenced within 6 months of the date on which the permit is granted. Once work has commenced under a valid permit, it shall not expire unless the work is abandoned for 6 months or longer. Building Permit extensions may be granted by the Codes Enforcement Officer for justifiable cause. These requests must be submitted in writing.
View the Standard Conditions of Permit (PDF).
Rural Protection Steep Slopes Permit
A Steep Slopes Permit is required for all proposed activities within 75 feet of a 15% slope in the Rural Protection zoning districts (RP1 and RP2).
Shoreland Protection Zone (SPO) Permit
A SPO Permit is required for all proposed activities (such as, but not limited to: building replacement/expansion, land clearing, new roads, septic systems, and shoreline stabilization) within 250 feet, horizontal distance, of the normal high water line of a river; or within 250 feet, horizontal distance, of the upland edge of a coastal or freshwater wetland; or within 75 feet, horizontal distance of the normal high water line of a stream.
An Electrical Permit is required whenever electrical work is done. A licensed State of Maine Electrician must do the work unless it is completed by the homeowner occupying the building.
Plumbing Permits are required for any plumbing work done to a structure. A licensed State of Maine Plumber must do the work unless it is completed by the homeowner occupying the building.
Sign Permits are required for any new or replacement sign in the Town of Brunswick. Please allow 7 to 10 working days to receive approval of a Sign Permit.
Change of Use Permit
A Change of Use Permit is required when there is a change from one use to another of any structure or portion thereof, which is permitted in a particular zoning district.