Town of Wethersfield, CT
Hartford County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Wethersfield as Secs. 2-3-1 through 2-3-11 of the Code of 1972. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fire prevention — See Ch. 83.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 122.
Construction requirements for radio coverage — See Ch. 127.
Subdivision of land — See Ch. 143.
Zoning — See Ch. 167.
[Amended 2-3-1997]
A. 
No permit to begin work for new construction, alteration, removal, demolition or other building operation shall be issued until the fees prescribed in this chapter shall have been paid to the Department of Public Works, nor shall an amendment to a permit necessitating an additional fee because of an increase in the estimated cost of the work involved be approved until the additional fee shall have been paid.
B. 
The issuance of building permits, certificates of occupancy or other related building applications filed therewith shall be withheld when there is a tax delinquency with respect to the subject property (pursuant to C.G.S. § 7-148, as amended by Public Act 95-320.) Only in cases where extreme hardship or potential safety risks exist may the Town Manager, or his designee, authorize the approval of said building application, following agreement upon an acceptable payment plan. The requisite procedural guidelines for implementing this statutory change shall be executed in accordance with that established and defined in § 167-165.
The payment of the fee for the construction, alteration, removal or demolition and for all work done in connection with or concurrently with the work contemplated by the building permit shall not relieve the applicant for or holder of the permit from the payment of other fees that may be prescribed by law or ordinance for water taps, sewer connections, electrical permits, erection of signs and display structures, marquees or other appurtenant structures or fees for inspections, certificates of use and occupancy or other privileges or requirements both within and without the jurisdiction of the Department of Building Inspection.
[Amended 6-7-1993]
A. 
Fees for permits for construction, alteration, removal, demolition, moving, erection of signs and any other work done in connection with or concurrently with the work contemplated by the building permit shall be $30 for the first $1,000 or less of estimated value of work for which the permit is issued and $16 for each additional $1,000 of estimated value of work or any fraction thereof.
[Amended 6-6-2005]
B. 
Any work performed without obtaining the necessary permits as prescribed in §§ 63-1 and 63-2 shall result in a doubling of the fees as contained within this section.
In the case of a revocation of a permit or abandonment or discontinuance of a building project, the volume of the work actually completed shall be computed, and any excess fee for the incompleted work shall be returned to the permit holder, except that all penalties that may have been imposed on the permit holder under the requirements of the Building Code shall first be collected. The Town may withhold from any refund any cost and administrative expense incurred in connection with the application.
All buildings constructed by the Town or any agency thereof shall be exempt from the provisions of §§ 63-2, 63-3 and 63-4.
Pursuant to Section 7-147 of the General Statutes, 1958 Revision, as amended, encroachment lines are hereby established along all brooks, streams, waterways, watercourses and floodplains in the Town of Wethersfield, beyond which lines in the direction of such brooks, streams, waterways, watercourses and floodplains no encroachment, building, structure, obstruction or any other encroachment shall be placed by any private person or any firm or corporation unless permission is granted, in writing, after public hearing, by the Wethersfield Town Council.
Said encroachment lines are established along those points of all brooks, streams, waterways, watercourses and floodplains within which any encroachment would reduce the discharge capacity of any such brook, stream, waterway, watercourse and floodplain below that required by the criteria set forth by the designated one-hundred-year flood limit, as established by the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) Numbered H and I-01 through 04 and 01F through 04F in the Town of Wethersfield, to be dated May 2, 1977, and the Flood Insurance Study Report dated November 1976, as the same may be amended from time to time, a copy of which maps and report are on file with the Town Clerk of the Town of Wethersfield.
The provisions of § 63-7 to the contrary notwithstanding, encroachment lines are established along that portion of Folly Brook south and east of the Hartford By-Pass, the Wethersfield Cove and the Wethersfield Cove Channel as shown on a map entitled "Town of Wethersfield Department of Public Works Engineering Division Wethersfield Cove Encroachment Line Alternate A Drawn: Lemire Checked: Ricci March, 1971 Scale 1" - 200'," which map is on file in the office of the Town Clerk.
The encroachment lines established by §§ 63-6 through 63-8 shall hereafter be shown on all plans and proposals wherein the land involved includes, is adjacent to or is traversed by any brooks, streams, waterways, watercourses and floodplains in the Town of Wethersfield whether such plan is submitted to the Town Council or to any board, commission, department, division or office of the Town of Wethersfield for the purpose of obtaining any municipal approval or permit.
A. 
Exemptions to the provisions of §§ 63-6, 63-7 and 63-8 are hereby made in the following situations:
(1) 
Any structure substantially destroyed by fire, flood or natural causes may be rebuilt on a foundation of the same size and shape as that of the original structure if such rebuilding commences within one year of its destruction.
(2) 
In the backwater portion of any floodplain where the rate of flow of water will be less than 1/4 foot per second, any parcel of land with a residence building may be further improved by landscaping or by the construction of outbuildings or fences.
B. 
The exemptions hereinabove set forth apply to the provisions of §§ 63-6 through 63-11 only and do not contravene the provisions of any other applicable ordinance, regulation or statute.
At least once in each decade the Council shall cause to be made an engineering analysis of the available data on rainfall intensity, flood protection devices and waterflow to determine whether the lines established in §§ 63-7 and 63-8 should be modified in any particular.