The City of Wakefield adopted zoning and building regulations in 1994 and uses these various codes to make sure any new or renovated structure is built to International Code standards. Building permits are required by the City of Wakefield for all building or renovation projects. You can obtain an application from the City Clerk’s office at 405 Main Street. Office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. All building permits must be reviewed by the Building Inspector and approved by the City Council. Building permits must be submitted five days prior to the City Council meeting. For large projects that require utility extensions or new services, those building permits must be filed 60 days prior to the City Council meeting. The Wakefield City Council meets the second Wednesday of each month.
The following code books were adopted by the City of Wakefield, by Ordinance and are currently in use by the Department. All codes can be viewed at the City office.
2012 International Residential Code
2012 International Building Code
2012 International Plumbing Code
2011 National Electrical Code
A copy of the above codes is kept in the City Clerk’s Office at 405 Main Street and can be viewed at any time during normal business hours. The planning jurisdiction of the City of Wakefield includes the Wakefield corporate limits and the area within one mile of the corporate limits.
The designated Building Inspector is Jim Litchfield. The Building Inspector is given the authority to enforce these codes through interpretation and through adoption of various policies and procedures to help clarify the codes.
Building Permit Application Process
What projects require a building permit?
What do I need to do?
You must first obtain a building permit application from the City Clerk’s office at 405 Main Street. All building permits must be reviewed by the building inspector and approved by the city council. Building permits must be submitted five days prior to the city council meeting. For large projects that require utility extensions or new services, those building permits must be filed 60 days prior to the city council meeting. The Wakefield City Council meets the second Wednesday of each month.
A building permit application need to be completed either by the contractor or the owner. A drawing detailing the project or a site plan needs to be submitted with the application. Complete all necessary areas on the permit. Permits become null and void if the work or construction is not commenced within 180 days or if the work is suspended or abandoned for a period of 180 days after work has begun.
After my permit is approved, what else do I need to do?
Once the permit is approved by the City Council, you will need to contact diggers hotline before digging. Diggers Hotline 1-800-331-5666. If any changes are made to the original plans submitted to the city, you must consult the building inspector before construction.
Are there inspections that need to be performed?
Inspections required are footings, building rough-in, electrical rough-in final and plumbing rough-in. Not all inspections listed are required for each permit. The building inspector will determine what inspections are conducted. You can contact the building inspector at 405 Main Street or call 402-287-2080.