Code Enforcement

Alan Plummer is our Code Enforcement Officer. He is also our Building Inspector, Plumbing Inspector, Electrical Inspector, and Administrative Assistant to the Zoning Board of Appeals. He is the person that enforces the Durham, Maine Zoning and Land Use Ordinance, Shoreland Zoning, Floodplain Management, the National Fire Protection's Life Safety Code, the Maine State Plumbing Code, the Maine Subsurface Wastewater Disposal Rules and any Maine State Laws pertaining to land use.  

Call ahead at 207-407-3500 or email before doing any building or structural repairs, plumbing or wiring, or before opening any form of business. Alan has access to a wealth of information and is a valuable resource to citizens with questions. A call ahead of time saves a lot of headaches after the fact!


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RESIDENTIAL Building Code Manual used by the Town of Durham (IRC 2015)

COMMERCIAL Building Code Manual used by the Town of Durham (IBC 2015)


  • Building new structures over 200 square feet.
  • New plumbing work.
  • Added plumbing fixtures, or work on water shutoffs or any drain portion past the trap line. 
  • All electrical work.
  • Driveway, entrance, or approach within the limits of the Right-of-Way for any Town of Durham public road or private road requires a permit issued by the Town of Durham from the Durham ROAD COMMISSIONER.
  • All work related to a septic system other than periodic pumping of the tank or cleaning of the tank filters.

No permit required:

  • Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, countertops, and similar finish work.
  • Replacement windows, not requiring reframing.
  • The replacement of plumbing fixtures and faucets.
  • One-story detached accessory structures that are used as tool and storage sheds, playhouses and similar uses, provided the floor area does not exceed 200 square feet.
  • Fences not over six feet high.
  • Retaining walls that are not over 4 feet in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall.
  • Swings and other playground equipment.
  • Decks that do not exceed 200 square feet in area, that are not more than 30 inches above grade at any point within 36 inches of the deck, are not attached to the dwelling and do not serve as the exit door to the structure as defined in Section R507 of the IRC Codes.
  • Replacing asphalt, metal roofing, or like roofing repair.
  • Replacing vinyl siding, clapboards, or other like siding.