Building Department


The Building Department is responsible for the public safety, health, and welfare for those who live, work, or visit our City. Our local partners in this endeavor include police, fire, public works, & the Bristol/Burlington Health District. Whether in a public or private buildings, we rely on the safety of the structures that surround us in our everyday lives. Education is an important component of our charge while enforcing the local & state building codes. In addition, the department  responds to emergency situations such as fires or damaged structures where the integrity of the building may have been compromised.

Essential duties of the Building Department inspectors include:

  • Permit review & approval  
  • Review of building & site plans
  • Conducting inspections
  • Issuing certificates of occupancy 
  • Code enforcement to address property maintenance issues

EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 1, 2022: The 2022 state building, fire safety & fire prevention codes have been approved by the CT State Legislature. For more details, click the link below.

State Building Inspector/Building & Fire Codes


PERMIT applications are on-line. If you do not have access to a computer, one is available for public use in the Building Department. To access the permitting system, click the link. After establishing your account, log onto the permitting system, fill out the proper permit and submit the form. Your permit will be assigned to the appropriate inspector(s) for review.  

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Inspections are scheduled Monday through Thursday. There are no Friday inspections. To set-up a inspection, call 860-584-6215. Inspections are scheduled in the following time slots.

• 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
• 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm


Code Enforcement works in partnership with the citizens of Bristol to promote a safe and desirable living & working environment. Property maintenance is critical in preserving investment and quality of life in neighborhoods. It is the goal of Code Enforcement to gain compliance, not punish violators. Common code enforcement issues include but are not limited to a substandard, dangerous, or dilapidated building, dangerous property conditions, structures that fail to meet minimum exterior standards, performing construction without permits, tall grass or excessive vegetation.

If you have any questions about a code enforcement issue, call or email the Code Enforcement Officer.


Code Enforcement Officer: Thomas Damon Smith
Phone: (860) 584-6219

To file a code enforcement complaint, click the link below.
Code Enforcement Complaint


Foundation As-Built Policy  
Building Department Fee Schedule
When is a Building Permit not Required
Zoning Enforcement
Rodent Information
Bristol Water & Sewer Work Requirements