General Information About Permits

Construction Activities 
 Most construction activity requires a permit. This includes:
  • Decks
  • Dormers
  • Electrical
  • HVAC
  • LP and Natural gas fitting
  • Most renovation projects
  • Plumbing
  • Porches
  • Sheds (over 200 square feet)
  • Swimming pools (above-ground and in-ground)
Required Items 
Please submit the following to apply for a building permit.
  • Address of property and owner's name.
  • The phone number, and daytime contact information of the applicant.
  • Site or plot plan with setbacks from property lines, well and septic system and street Right of Ways.
  • Minimum setbacks for Residential and Rural Zones are: Front 35 ft; Side and Rear 20 ft; Wetlands Have Minimum Required Setbacks Per Zoning Ordinance Article 10.01D
     Business Development, Industrial Zones, Commercial Zones differ.
  • For other types of permits (electrical, plumbing, mechanical, (HVAC) and gas fitting) not all items may be applicable. Commercial buildings and other special circumstances (example: changes of occupancy), additional information will be required. The staff will gladly assist you if you have any questions.
  • 2 sets of construction plans. 1 set 11x17 and 1 full set of plans to scale. Unfinished areas to be finished, such as attic, over garage, basement, indicate area(s) on the plan
  • Finished basements have special requirements (refer to basement handout)
  • Interior Renovations: Provide a sketch of the existing layout with all rooms identified and provide a sketch of the new renovations indicating all proms. "Indicate all load bearing walls to be removed or added."
  • Estimated cost of construction (excluding land, well and septic system)
  • Energy Code Compliance. For Additional Information call 603-271-6306 (PUC)s
For New Homes the Following Items Are Also Required Prior to Occupancy. Please Note it is the Applicant's Responsibility to Ensure They Are Completed.

  • Septic design is to be approved by Town of Bow and also the State of NH (DES) -Sub Surface Bureau phone number 603-271-3501.
  • Name of well drilling company, well depth and test results. (See handout for required tests)
  • Oil burners permitted by Fire Department. Phone 603-228-4320
  • Driveway Permit approved and submitted by Road Agent, or if on a State road, by State Dot
  • Sewer Connection Fee (if applicable), to be paid when obtaining the building permit. For information contact 603-228-1187 ext. 111 
  • Street Number (reflective) 3 inches high on both sides of mailbox or post. (See handout).
Codes in Effect 
2009 International Residential Code*, 2009 International Building Code*, 2009 International Plumbing Code*, 2009 International Mechanical Code*, 2009 International Energy Conservation Code*, NFPA 70 National Electrical Code 2014 edition*
*(with NH amendments)

For Town of Bow amendments see Zoning Ordinance Article 14.01.A.la.

Time Limit Exceptions

Special Exceptions, Variances, & Conditional Use Permits

With the exception of approvals for excavation (which are granted for a duration of three (3) years pursuant to Article 7, Section 7.15 Excavation of Earth Materials) Conditional Use Permits issued by the Planning Board or Special Exceptions and Variances issued by the Zoning Board of Adjustment shall automatically expire two (2) years after the date of approval if at that time:

  • The Conditions of approval have not been met; or
  • Any related state of local permit or approval is outstanding; or
  • The action authorized by the land use board(s) has not commenced
Commercial, Industrial & Multi-Family Structures


(All Projects Other than One and Two Family Dwellings)

Projects Requiring Permits