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• Drive opening may require permits from one of the following:1. On State roads (Routes 1, 35, 99 or 9) call Scarborough DOT office 207-883-55462. All others, call Town Public Works 207-985-2102 x 1372
The Code Enforcement Officer shall not act upon any application for building permit until all other permits which may be required by the Zoning Ordinance, and other local ordinances, or under State or Federal law regulations have been received.
Each application for a building permit shall include:• a plot plan drawn to scale showing and stating the dimensions in feed of the lot;• location and ground coverage of all buildings proposed to be erected, moved, or demolished on such lot;• show street(s), alleys or right of ways on or adjacent to the lot;• wetlands and any other water bodies• a statement of the use intended to be made of any buildings and the lot itself even in event of demolition;• Wastewater disposal system documentation i.e. Septic design or Sewer District connection approval)
The Code Enforcement Officer will approve or deny applications for building permit within thirty (30) days from the date of filing a complete application. Our normal turn around time for permits is usually about two weeks.
The clear space between handrail and the adjacent wall or surface shall not be less than 1½”.
All stairway handrails shall have a circular cross section with an outside diameter of at least 1 ¼” and not greater than 2”.
All handrails should return back to support posts or a wall to avoid snagging clothing.
1) Any other shape with a perimeter dimension of at least 4” but not greater than 6¼” with the largest cross-sectional dimension not exceeding 2¼”2) Approved rails of equivalent grasp ability. In one and two-family dwellings handrail should have a minimum and maximum heights between 34” and 38”, respectively, in all other uses, 36”. Handrail heights should be measured vertically above the nosing of the treads or above the finished floor of the landing or walking surfaces. In residential use, if a handrail is used also as a guardrail, it should be a minimum of 34” measured vertically above the nosing. Except for stairways within a dwelling unit, handrails shall extend at least 12” beyond the top riser and at least 12” plus depth of one tread beyond the bottom riser. At the top the handrail shall be parallel to the walking surface, at the bottom the handrail shall continue to slope for a distance of the depth of one tread from the bottom riser, with the remainder parallel to the walking surface.
Residential Use: If handrail is used as guardrail, no opposite guardrail used as handrail minimum 36".
All egress or rescue windows from sleeping rooms must have a minimum net clear opening of 5.7 sq. ft. The minimum net clear opening height dimension shall be 24”. The minimum net clear opening width dimension shall be 20”.
To calculate the square footage of the opening, multiply the width of the opening in inches by the height of the opening in inches and dividing by 144. This measurement should be 5.7 minimum.
In commercial uses, maximum riser height is 7” and minimum tread depth is 11”.
There shall not be a variation exceeding 3/16” in the depth of adjacent treads or in height of adjacent risers. The tolerance between the largest and the smallest riser or the largest and smallest tread shall not exceed 3/8” in any flight of stairs.
The minimum headroom in all parts of a stairway shall not be less than 6’ 8” measured vertically from the tread nosing or from the floor surface of the landing or platform.
For winders, spiral, circular, and other types of stairs - call for requirements.
Stairway width and landing width for one and two family dwellings shall not be less than 3’.
Residential: In one and two-family dwelling, guardrails shall not be less than 36” in height for porches, balconies, or raised floor surfaces, and open sides of stairs 34” minimum measured vertically from the nosing of the treads. If guardrails are also going to be used as handrails, see handrail section.
Commercial: In most other uses, guardrails should be at least 42” in height measured vertically above the leading edge of the tread or adjacent walking surface.
Open guards shall have balusters or other construction such that a sphere with a diameter of 4” cannot pass through any opening.
Exception: The triangular openings formed by the riser, tread at the bottom rail at the open side of a stairway shall be of a maximum size such that a sphere 6” in diameter cannot pass through the opening.
Handrails must be installed at least one side of each continous run of treads or flight with 4 or more risers. Also installed at between 34"-38" in height.