Frequently Asked Questions

1. I’m thinking of starting a home improvement project. What permits will I need?

 

Building Official: 822-9156

 

 

2. How do I know where my property line is located and what setback do I need to maintain? 

 

Zoning Enforcement: 822-9184

 

 

3. How can I get a map of my property? My neighborhood? The Town? 

 

Planning Department: 822-9181

 

 

4. What do I need to apply for prior to beginning a Minor Residential Improvement such as a pool, deck, shed, or carport? 

 

Building Official: 822-9156

 

 

5. What do I need to apply for prior to beginning a Major Residential Improvement such as an addition, reconstruction or new construction? 

 

Building Official: 822-9156

 

 

6. How do I know if I need to upgrade my septic system and how do I maintain a septic system? 

 

RIDEM/ISDS – Mr. Russell Chateauneuf: 222-7710

 

 

7. Where is my septic system and when was it installed? 

 

Records are kept in the building official’s office if your house was built in the last 20 years, or if the system was replaced or repaired in the last 20 years and an application was approved by RIDEM. (see also www.state.ri.us/dem/programs/benviron/water/permits/isds/index.htm)

 

 

8. How close can I build to my septic system? 

 

RIDEM/ISDS – Mr. Russell Chateauneuf: 222-7710

 

 

9. What precautions should I take if I use a well for drinking water? 

 

RIDEM/ISDS – Mr. Russell Chateauneuf: 222-7710 (see also www.state.ri.us/dem/programs/benviron/water/permits/isds/index.htm)

 

 

10. My home is in need of repair (for example, a well repair, heating, hot water plumbing or electrical system repairs/replacements, leaky roof, handicap accessibility project) but I cannot afford the cost of the project. Who should I contact? 

 

Planning Department: CDBG Coordinator: 822-6246