Town of Amherst NH

Building & Code Enforcement

The Building and Code Enforcement Departments are responsible for building permits, septic systems, inspections, code & zoning violations and for maintaining records of buildings and zoning within the town. Building permits and inspections are required for most construction and development within the town. Please don’t hesitate to call us to ask questions or to clarify procedural matters.

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In an effort to better serve our customers, on a trial basis the Building Department will be conducting inspections during a scheduled time window, rather than a specific appointment time.  This will allow us to add additional inspections into our daily schedule, and should result in more efficient and timely inspections.  If you require a specific appointment time, we will try to accommodate your request, but appointment times cannot be guaranteed.  We appreciate  your patience during this transition.

To schedule an inspection please contact Deb Butcher 24-48 hours in advance at 673-6041 x 206.

The Building Inspector, Rick Keyes, can be contacted by phone (603) 673-6041 x 214 or email for questions on codes, regulations, inspections or specific projects.

The Office also issues Building Permits, Oil & Propane Installation permits, Blasting permits, and Tank removal permits for the Fire Department. For Fire Department related inspections or questions please call Matt Conley, Fire Inspector at 673-1545 x202.

For copies of application forms or the fee schedule please see the Forms & Regulations page.

Please refer to the Town of Amherst Building Ordinance for administrative and code requirements.

Building Permits:

Building permits are required in the Town of Amherst for all new construction, additions, sheds, decks, porches, new and replacement septic systems, swimming pools, signs, and most improvements. A Complete Building Permit Application can be submitted (with supporting documentation) at the office or by mail. Building permit applications take approximately 10-14 business days for review and approval. Per RSA 676:13 the Building Inspector has 30 days to approve or deny a completed building permit application once submitted. No work can begin without an approved building permit.

There is a seven (7) day posting period once the permits are issued before work can begin. The applications and permits are obtained in the Amherst Community Development Office and carry fees as outlined in the Fee Schedule below. Whenever a permit cannot be approved, fees are refundable after a deduction of ten percent (10%) of the permit fee or a minimum of $1.00. The balance shall be refunded by the Town Treasurer upon certification of the Zoning Administrator.


Upon building permit approval, specific inspections will be required, a list of which will be attached to the permit. Please call Deb Butcher a minimum of 24 to 48 hours in advance to schedule an inspection appointment at 673-6041 x 206 .

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Contact Info:

Deb Butcher – Community Development Assistant  673-6041 x206  or

Rick Keyes – Building Inspector, Deputy Health Officer & Code Enforcement  673-6041 x214 or

Amherst Town Hall, 2 Main Street, PO Box 960, Amherst, NH   03031    Send article as PDF