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As of January 1, 2024 a new FEE SCHEDULE is in effect.

Code Department Modified Hours

Due to the extremely high volume of building permits and other workload changes from January 1, 2023 to present, the Code Office & Planning Office will be open Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for customers and phone calls starting May 1, 2023 until further notice.  The 1st and 3rd  Tuesday of each month we will be open until 6:00 p.m. coinciding with the Board of Selectmen meetings.   Field inspections starting prior to 8:00 a.m. will continue. 

If you want to schedule an inspection, it would be best to schedule it prior to 2:30 in the afternoon.  Calling earlier in the day gives you a better chance for a next day inspection.

Permitting Information for Storm Damage

Storm Damage Permitting

Weekly Code Enforcement Office Application Submissions

View the weekly application submissions.

Building Permit Application Listing

Full List by Week

Important Notice - 2015 Energy Code

The 2015 Energy Code will take effect July 1, 2021. 

Please call the office for more information. 

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Responsibilities of Code Enforcement Department

The Wells Code Enforcement Department administers all of the zoning ordinances, building codes, licensing ordinances, growth ordinances, and the Impact Fee Ordinance for the Town of Wells.

Our department is also charged with the enforcement of the Shoreland Zoning, the State of Maine Internal Plumbing rules, the State of Maine Subsurface Wastewater Disposal Rules and Floodplain Management Ordinance. Each Ordinance has specific administrative procedures for the review of applications, inspections and enforcement.

In addition to the rules that we administer, we are also required to enforce dozens of other state and federal land use rules, regulations and laws. These duties utilize the majority of our staff time and efforts.

The Code Enforcement Office also provides staffing and assistance to the Zoning Board of Appeals. This board is responsible for hearing and deciding appeals made by aggrieved parties against decisions made by the Code Enforcement Officer and Planning Board based on Chapter 145 of the Town Code and Charter, and also for hearing and deciding variance appeals made by parties for relief from dimensional requirements of Chapter 145.

Additional Resources:

  • Maine Department of Environmental Protection (MDEP) 888-769-1036 
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), Maine Project Office 207-623-8367
  • Maine State Fire Marshall Office (SFMO) 207-626-3884
  • Maine State Oils, Solid Fuels and Gasses 207-624-8608
  • Maine State Electrical Inspector 207-592-7930
  • Water District KKWWD 207-985-3385
  • Wells Sanitary District 207-646-5906
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Requests for Files & Research

The Code Enforcement Office requires up to 10 business days for all research on properties based on the complexity of each request, time and office priorities. Documents & Files that have been scanned can be viewed at the Counter. Not all Archived documents have been scanned, the office is undergoing a massive scanning process, please be patient as documents may not be available at this time.

Town Building Code: "MUBEC"

Please be advised, pursuant to 10 M.R.S. § 9724(1), that the applicable building code of the Town of Wells is the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code ("MUBEC"). MUBEC consists, in part, of the 2015 versions of the International Residential Code (IRC) and the International Building Code (IBC). Articles II and III of Chapter 91 (Building Construction) of the Code of the Town of Wells are based on the 2003 IRC and the 2006 IBC, and therefore, do not apply as they are out of date. All construction in the Town of Wells must comply with applicable standards of MUBEC.

The following building codes are in effect: the 2015 International Residential (IRC) and 2015 International Building (IBC), the 2015 International Existing Building Code (IEBC), and the 2015 Energy code (IECC).

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