Work Exempt From Requirements


The following is a list of work activities that are exempt from the permit requirements of the NH State Building Code as adopted pursuant to New Hampshire Revised Statutes Annotated (RSA) 155-A. Paragraphs A through E below are excerpted from the respective Codes that are incorporated within the State Building Code as of the time of publication of this document, including:

A. International Building Code 2009
B. International Residential Code 2009
C. International Existing Building Code 2009
D. International Mechanical Code 2009
E. International Plumbing Code 2009

This document is for informational purposes only. It is intended to serve as a resource to help potential applicants and property owners when a Building Permit may or may not be required for proposed work. In the event of any conflict or discrepancy between this document and the adopted New Hampshire State Building Code, the adopted State Building Code shall be controlling. However, where the City of Lebanon has formally adopted a stricter standard as set forth in Chapter 36 of the Code of the City of Lebanon, the City’s standard shall apply.

Exemptions from the permit requirements of the State Building Code shall not be deemed to grant authorization for any work to be done in any manner in violation of the provisions of the Code or any other laws or ordinances of the City of Lebanon.
In some cases, Zoning Permits may still be required pursuant to the City of Lebanon Zoning Ordinance even when a Building Permit is not required pursuant to the State Building Code. For example, all buildings and sheds require a Zoning Permit even if exempt from having to obtain a Building Permit under the State Building Code. Zoning Permits may also be required for work
that is otherwise exempt from the permit requirements of the State Building Code when the property where the work will take place is located in one of the City’s overlay districts, such as the Wetlands Conservation District, the Riverbank Protection District, and the Flood Plain District.

Potential applicants and/or property owners are encouraged to contact the City of Lebanon Planning & Zoning Department for more information and to confirm whether or not proposed work requires a Building Permit and/or Zoning Permit.