Inspection Department, 1 Junkins Avenue, Portsmouth, NH 03801 Phone: (603) 610-7243 Fax: (603) 427-1593


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Portsmouth Inspection Department
1 Junkins Avenue,
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Phone: (603) 610-7243
Fax: (603) 427-1593

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The Building Inspection Department is responsible for the review and approval of building, electrical, plumbing and mechanical plans and specifications.

Applications for building permits, change-in-land-use permits, fire sprinkler permits and fire alarm permits are issued though the Inspection Office.

All municipal land use boards are administered through the Inspection and Planning Departments. Depending on the complexity of a project, electric, plumbing and mechanical permits are issued directly to the licensed contractor or homeowner who is doing the work.

The Inspection Department also administers the Portsmouth Housing Code, an ordinance which governs minimum standards for residential rental dwelling units. We routinely are called upon to investigate alleged violations of the various building, housing and land use ordinances.

NOTICE: All requests to occupy city sidewalks or other public ways for the purposes of repairing buildings or in the process of permitted construction activity, must first apply for said occupation through the City's Inspection Department. No longer is this process administered by the Public Works Department. "Permit Application Forms and Application Examples" , then choose "Application for Street Encumbrances" to download the form.