Town of South Berwick, ME
York County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of South Berwick 7-8-2002; amended in its entirety 11-23-2010. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Numbering of buildings — See Ch. 61.
Floodplain management — See Ch. 77.
Historic districts — See Ch. 84.
Planned growth — See Ch. 102.
Property assessed clean energy — See Ch. 109.
Shoreland zoning — See Ch. 110.
Subdivision of land — See Ch. 121.
Zoning — See Ch. 140.
Effective December 1, 2010, the Town of South Berwick applies and enforces the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code ("MUBEC"), as required by 10 M.R.S.A. § 9724. The Code Enforcement Officer of the Town of South Berwick shall serve as the building official as defined in 25 M.R.S.A. § 2371 and shall be responsible for issuing building permits and certificates of occupancy. The Code Enforcement Officer shall be responsible for inspecting all permitted construction for compliance with all components of MUBEC, as such components may be revised from time to time by the Technical Building Codes and Standards Board. Administration and enforcement of MUBEC, including permits, violations, penalties and appeals, shall be in accordance with Article VI of Chapter 140, Zoning, of the South Berwick Code.
A. 
Notwithstanding the exceptions to permit requirements in MUBEC, permits are required for the following in the Town of South Berwick:
(1) 
One-story detached accessory structures used as tool and storage sheds, playhouses and similar uses, including those of which the floor area does not exceed 200 square feet (18.58m2);
(2) 
Prefabricated swimming pools, including those that are less than 24 inches (610 mm) deep;
(3) 
Decks, including those that do not exceed 200 square feet (18.58m2) in area, that are not more than 30 inches (762 mm) above grade at any point, are not attached to a dwelling and do not serve the exit door.
B. 
Separation required. The garage shall be separated from the residence and its attic area by not less than 5/8 inch (15.9 mm) Type X gypsum board applied to the garage side. Garages beneath habitable rooms shall be separated from all habitable rooms above by not less than 5/8 inch (15.9 mm) Type X gypsum board or equivalent.
C. 
Fee schedule. The permit fee schedule is determined by multiplying the square footage of each floor of each category of structure by the applicable rate, as shown in the table below:
Building Permit Fees
Category
Rate
A.
All new residential structures to include homes and additions to living areas
$0.50
B.
All unfinished accessory residential structures including decks, porches, garages, barns, and sheds
$0.20
C.
Swimming pools (must be fenced)
(1)
Aboveground
$0.20
(2)
In ground
$0.20
D.
Commercial/retail, per story
$0.30
E.
Institutional
$0.50
F.
Industrial
$0.50
G.
Signs - flat rate
$25.00
H.
Demolition of buildings - flat rate
$25.00
I.
Special use permit
$25.00
J.
Minimum permit fee, flat rate
$25.00
(When work has begun prior to issuance of a permit, the above fees shall be doubled.)
Review and Hearing Fees
[Amended 11-22-2016]
Category
Rate
A.
Zoning Board of Appeals
$70.00 + cost of notices
B.
Change of use permit
$60.00
C.
Subdivision fees
(1)
Planning services
$1,500.00
(2)
Sketch plan
Minor
$200.00
Major
$300.00
(3)
Preliminary plan
$200.00
Plus per unit/lot fee
$200.00
(4)
Final plan
$250.00
D.
Site plan
(1)
Minor
$200.00
(2)
Major
$300.00