Code Enforcement

Code enforcement is the key contact point for all land use development inquiries in the town of Rangeley. The purpose of code enforcement is to coordinate growth and development in Rangeley and protect the lives, safety and property of all citizens of our community through the enforcement of local, state, and federal laws regulations and ordinances. The Code Enforcement Department is responsible for the permitting and inspection of any new structure, plumbing and septic system installation in the Town of Rangeley and provides staff support to the Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals and Ordinance Committee.

What Requires a Permit

A building permit is required for any new structure (including decks, steps, sheds and garages), additions, and for most alterations to existing structures. Permits are also required for some non-construction projects:
  • Demolition
  • Fill Permits:
         Conditional Use Permit is required for more than 10 cu. yds. within the Resource
         Protection District.
                Permit from the CEO is required for the following:
                        Less than 10 cu. yds. within the Resource Protection District.
                        More than 10 cu. yds. within the Shoreland District; the Village District;
                              and the Downtown Commercial District.  No permit is required in
                              these Districts for less than 10 cu. yds.
                No permit is required for:  Fill used in the Woodland District; the Residential
                         District; and the Industrial District.
  • Recreational vehicles
  • Timber harvesting, etc.
Most commercial uses require a conditional use permit either from the CEO or the Planning Board. Please don’t hesitate to call and ask if your project needs a permit.

Information on Zoning Districts can be found on this website under Government tab, and then Town Charter/Code, and then Chapter 38,  pages 3813-3822.

Building Permits

Building permits are issued to authorize the start of a construction project if an application demonstrates that the proposal will be in compliance with the Rangeley Town Code, the Maine uniform building and energy code, as well as other applicable state and/or federal regulations. Inspections are performed to ensure that work is done as approved. The issuance of a certificate of occupancy, the last step in this process, occurs after a final inspection shows that the project has been completed as permitted. Additional permits (ie plumbing, sewer, or other state permits) may be required.

Cost of a Building Permit

Building permit fees are based on the use and size or area/footprint of the proposed project except in the case of renovations or repairs involving structural alterations where fees are calculated at a rate of $3 per $1,000 of value of construction for single and two-family and $5 per $1,000 value of construction for everything else with a $35 minimum. For a complete fee schedule please visit the town office or call 207-864-3326, ext. 119