Pursuant to RSA Chapter 47 and RSA Title LXIV, the Lebanon City Council adopts the following code governing the construction of buildings in the City of Lebanon and to make the City's Code consistent with the codes which have been, or may be in the future, adopted as part of the State Building Code under RSA 155-A. This chapter does not apply to zoning permits, which may or may not be required pursuant to the Lebanon Zoning Ordinance.
The legal use and occupancy of any structure existing on the date of adoption of this code, or which has been previously approved, shall be permitted to continue without change, except as may be mandated by the State of New Hampshire Building Code (RSA 155-A) described in Article II.
There is hereby established the position of Building Inspector, who shall have the authority to issue building permits as provided in RSA 676:11-13, and any required certificates of use and occupancy, and to perform inspections as may be necessary to assure compliance with the State Building Code.
A City of Lebanon building permit shall be required pursuant to the requirements of the adopted State Building Code as defined in RSA 155-A.
Notwithstanding § 36-2A above, a City of Lebanon building permit shall be required for the following work for detached one- and two-family dwellings:
Residential fences, new and replacements, as permitted by the Lebanon Zoning Ordinance, which exceed 3.5 feet in height and are within 15 feet of street rights-of-way.
Base building permit fees shall be calculated based on the total cost of construction as follows for residential (detached) one- and two-family construction and renovation:
Base building permit fees shall be calculated based on the total cost of construction as follows for multifamily residential (including attached units), commercial and industrial construction and renovation:
A 5% charge shall be applied against the base building permit fee for Fire Department and Department of Public Works review and inspection.
The term "total cost," as used in this section, is subject to the approval of the Building Inspector and means the reasonable value of all services, labor, materials, and equipment necessary for the prosecution and completion of the structure ready for occupancy. It shall include the value of all structural, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, life safety, and fire protection work and equipment, all interior finishes, all normal site preparation, excavation and backfill directly related to the building. On-site utilities (water and wastewater) shall not be included in the total cost of construction.
Refund of fee. Any request for a refund shall be made in writing to the Building Inspector. In no case shall a refund be made for a request submitted later than one year after the date of issuance of the permit, nor shall the amount exceed 50% of the original fee paid. After such a refund has been paid, no work shall be permitted until a new application has been made and a new permit has been issued.
Application for such building permits shall be made to the Building Inspector and shall be accompanied by plans and specifications, the number of copies to be determined by the Building Inspector, showing the work to be done. Such plans shall be verified by the signature of the owner of the premises or a duly authorized agent. All plans shall bear the seal of a licensed architect, except for the following: one- or two-family detached residences or any structure which does not have as its principal structural members reinforced concrete or structural steel and is 2 1/2 stories or less and 4,000 sq. ft. or less and is not a building of assembly.
A completed application shall contain all of the information as required by any applicable provision of the State of New Hampshire Building Code containing the construction requirements as set forth in Article II, and signed by the property owner of record or a duly authorized agent. Incomplete submissions will not be accepted.
Upon submission of a completed application, the Building Inspector shall act to approve or deny a building permit within 30 days; provided, however, that nonresidential applications or residential applications encompassing more than 10 dwelling units shall be approved or denied within 60 days. Such application with plans shall be referred to the Building Inspector, who shall examine the same to determine whether the proposed construction or alteration will comply with the construction regulations contained in this chapter. Upon approval, one set of plans shall be returned to the applicant with a permit, and the other shall be retained by the Building Inspector. No permit shall be issued until after approval.
No building permit or certificate of occupancy issued pursuant to the Building Code shall be valid that does not comply with the Zoning Ordinance, the requirements of any subdivision approval, the approved site plan or any other applicable City ordinances, rules and regulations.
It shall be unlawful to vary materially from the submitted plans and specifications unless such variations are submitted in an amended plan to the Building Inspector and approved by the Building Inspector.
The Building Inspector shall make or cause to be made such inspections as are necessary to see to the enforcement of the Building Code and to make any tests or examinations of materials or methods to be used for the purpose of seeing that they comply with the Building Code. Inspections must be scheduled 48 hours in advance, for placement on the inspection schedule for the day requested. Inspections scheduled with less than 48 hours' notice will be scheduled for the next available time slot. The time of day for all site inspections is at the discretion of the Building Inspector.