General Permit Information


Generally, you need to obtain a building permit from the City whenever you construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, remove, improve, convert, or demolish a building or other structure. A building could be anything from a tool shed, a house, or a commercial structure. The projects requiring a building permit are listed in the Fee Schedule. A permit may also be required for repair or installation of work involving plumbing, mechanical, or electrical. Additionally, code violations are generally required to obtain a permit to correct property maintenance issues. The review of the plan may take up to 30 days or more. The payment for a permit can made on-line via credit card, cash, or a check (payable to the City of Bristol). If there are certain unpaid taxes or liens on the property, a permit will not be issued.

When is a Building Permit not Required

Depending on the type of project, the following steps are generally required:

  • Complete an on-line permit application
  • Contractor to upload CT license & worker compensation forms
  • Building plans as required
  • Plot plans as required
  • If required, approvals from the Zoning or Planning Commissions

Regarding the project and its location, it may be assigned to one or more of the following departments for review & approval:

  • Zoning
  • Building Inspector
  • Wetlands / Flood plain
  • Fire Marshal 
  • Planning / Land-Use 
  • Historic District
  • Bristol/Burlington Health District

If you have a question about permit requirements for your project, call the Building Department at 860-584-6221.


Apply for a Building PermitPlanning / Land-Use
Building & Zoning FeesHistoric District Commission
Office of the State Building InspectorBristol/Burlington Health District