David Newland
Building Official

Address:

155 Deer Hill Avenue
Danbury, CT 06810

Telephone:

203-797-4580

Permit Applications

 

About us:     

 

The Building Department is a key division for planning the future of the City of Danbury. We manage new construction, additions, and renovations throughout the life of a building, from the planning stages, the approvals, through all required inspections, to its completion, and any problems that may arise thereafter.

Our staff consists of the Building Official, four Assistant Building Officials, an Electrical Inspector, and a Clerk.

All applications are submitted through the Permit Center to the Building Department. All inspectors review applications and construction plans, perform inspections, and answer technical questions daily. Our inspectors respond to questions and complaints from the public by e-mail via 311, by phone calls, or in the field.  We also respond to other City agency needs such as complaints referred to us by other departments – the Mayor’s office, Fire, Police, Zoning, Health and Housing, and the UNIT. Plans are reviewed for conformance to the Connecticut State Building Code. Upon approval, permits are issued, and inspections performed as requested. Once a final inspection at 100% completion is performed, a certificate is issued.

As a matter of interest it should be pointed out that our inspectors are required by state statute to attend classes on a regular basis for continuing education to maintain their licenses. This is to make them aware of the latest construction technology and products in the construction and public safety fields. The minimum number of classroom hours is ninety every three years.

The Building Department’s inspectors are on emergency call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our inspectors respond to fires, floods, explosions, freeze-ups, pipe breaks, electrical issues, gas leaks, vehicles striking buildings, and unsafe conditions. One never knows what to expect when responding to an after-hours call.

 

Our Accomplishments:

 

Construction in Danbury has steadily continued to pick up this past year. There has been quite a bit of new construction taking place as well as an abundance of remodeling.  Our department continues to respond to many requests for information, and resolves many complaints of unsafe conditions. 

Danbury Hospital has finished with work on the North Tower addition. They have also renovated the Cancer Center, upgraded the patient and operating rooms, added a NICU pavilion, and expanded the Blue Parking Garage. They should be commended for their efforts.

The new 200,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility for Belimo on Turner Road will be in operation in August, 2014.  They will be employing 300 to 400 people.  Additions and renovations for Stadley Rough, Shelter Rock, Mill Ridge Intermediate, and Park Avenue schools are continuing and will be completed soon.  Regarding residential projects, construction is ongoing at Abbey Woods. Toll Brothers continues to build at the Ridge at Rivington, RMS Construction has started building the Mayfair Square complex on Turner Rd, and Timber Oaks is now completed. These are not all the residential projects being built here in Danbury; yet you can imagine the activity we are experiencing.

Due to a busy local real estate market, our office has also been busy fulfilling  requests for information on properties and providing copies of old inspection records, permits and certificates of occupancies. Our clerk has provided information for numerous requests and continues to be in demand with attorneys, realtors, appraisers, tradesmen and the general public.  We also continually work with applicants to resolve open permits lacking inspections and certificates of occupancy, sometimes brought to us at the last minute the day before a closing, with some dating back as many as thirty years.

We are also working on a long-term project to revamp our storage archives and create a digital index of older permits.

We are always pleased to work with citizens and developers to protect the public safety and enhance the quality of life in Danbury through the creation of a visible difference in the appearance of the city, and support for the growth and vitality of our economic and community base. The Building Department looks for construction within the City of Danbury to remain strong well into the future, and stands ready to embrace the challenges that it will bring.