Waterford is excited to announce that the Building Department is now accepting online permit applications! We encourage our customers to use this new system. To apply, please visit City Squared website and register. Our team is here to help with any questions. You may also email the Permits department.

View the How to Register to Apply for Online Permits (PDF).

View the Guide to Online Permit Applications (PDF).

View the Information for Work in a Flood Zone (PDF).


The primary function of the Building Department is to ensure the health, safety and general welfare of the public. This is accomplished by:

  • Performing plan reviews
  • Issuing permits and conducting inspections to insure compliance with State of Connecticut Building Codes
  • Issuing necessary orders and notices to remove illegal or unsafe conditions
  • Requiring the necessary safeguards during construction and demolition of structures
  • Interpreting and providing guidance regarding all applicable codes to architects, engineers, contractors, developers, homeowners and other interested parties

Please Note

The staff of the Waterford Building Department would like to remind all Waterford residents and businesses that building permits are required prior to starting any new construction, additions, renovations or improvements to your property or lease space. For a detailed listing of work requiring permits please click here. Under this link you will also find a listing of work that is exempt and does not require a permit.

If you are unsure whether a building permit is required for work you are planning, please contact the building department.