|Caribou Municipal Building
25 High Street
Caribou, Maine 04736
Code Enforcement Officer
Phone: (207) 493-5967
Email: Ken Murchison
The Code Enforcement department was combined with the Tax Assessment office in 2014. The office is located on the first floor of the Caribou Municipal Building at 25 High Street. The office is responsible to facilitate voluntary compliance with: local ordinances sent forth in the city code; the building, energy, plumbing, health and life safety codes adopted by the State of Maine; and must follow-up on violations of the same.
All forms and applications are available online and at the office as well as specific property information and general information about: City of Caribou Comprehensive Plan, Land Use and Zoning, Shoreland Zoning, Planning Board agendas and the codes and standards of MUBEC. These may be examined during regular business hours and copies are available for a reasonable fee.
Code Enforcement Department Staff:
Chief Building Official
Phone: (207) 493-5961
Email: Penny Thompson
|Tony K. Michaud
Deputy Tax Assessor
Deputy Building Official
Phone: (207) 493-5966
Email: Tony Michaud
Local Plumbing Inspector
For zoning and new development questions, contact Ken Murchison. For building related issues contact Penny Thompson. Mr. Saucier works on a part-time basis. Chief Susi will be contacted by office staff if the assistance of the Health Officer is required.
- Chapter 13 – Zoning Ordinance
- Chapter 13 – Land Use Table & Zoning Definitions
- Caribou Zoning Minimum Set Backs
- Residential Building and Energy Code Supplement
- Property Maintenance Code
- Official Zoning Map
- Urban Compact Zone Map
- Downtown TIF District Map
- Shoreland Zoning Map
- Digital Copies of Tax Maps
- FEMA FIRM Maps
- Well Head Protection District Map
- Maine DOT Public Map Viewer
- Maine Forest Service Field Staff Map
- Maine Forest Service Timber Harvesting in Shoreland Area of Caribou
The State of Maine requires all cities of populations over 4,000 to enforce the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code (MUBEC) as well.
- General Information
- Table R301.2 Climatic and Geographic Design Criteria
- 2015 International Residential Code (IRC)
- 2015 International Building Code (IBC)
- 2015 International Existing Building Code (IEBC)
- 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)
- 2015 Uniform Plumbing Code
- 2015 Subsurface Disposal Rules
- Plumbing Fees
- Electrical Permits
- Maine Tiny Homes
Note: The Caribou City Council repealed the Electrical Code after a public hearing on June 9, 2014. Therefore, electrical permits will be available only be issued by the State of Maine to a Master Electrician. You can apply online here.
Do I need a Permit?
For a list of projects which do NOT require a permit:
Do you need a permit from the Office of State Fire Marshal?
Follow this link for more information: FMO CBF Permiting
Do you need a permit from the DEP?
Follow this link for more information: 2019 DEP Info
For information on Maine DOT permits:
Driveway / Entrance Permit Applications & Permit By Rule (Forest & Farm Activities):
Official Business Directional Signs:
- Building Permit Application
- Day Care Application
- Demo Permit Application
- Home Occupations Application
- Mobile Home Location Permit Application
- Permit Fee Schedule
- Sign Permit Application
- Site Design Review Application
- Subdivision Review Application
- Use Permit Application
- Electrical Permits – Please note that the City of Caribou does not issue electrical permits. That is handled by the State of Maine.
Note: Plumbing permits are NOT available online. The property owner or master plumber must apply for this permit in person. The City of Caribou charges the state minimum for plumbing fees. The fee schedule can be found here: Table 3A (fees)
- American Wood Council Prescriptive Residential Deck Construction Guide (2012)
- Prescriptive Residential Deck Construction Guide (2015) from Washington State
- A Citizens Guide to Radon (EPA 2016)
- Maine DHHS MeCDC Radon Resources
- Form to Search State of Maine Records for a Septic Design
- Don’t Spread Lead – A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Lead-Safe Painting, Repair and Home Improvement
- Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home
- EPA Lead Safeguards for Do-It-Yourselfers
Certain commercial projects require permitting from the Office of the State Fire Marshal.
Effective January 1, 2013: All building permits will require a minimum of three (3) business days for review. All inspections need to be scheduled at least two (2) business days in advance.
The mission of the Code Enforcement Department is to ensure positive development in the City of Caribou, a community which welcomes both commercial and residential growth. All commercial, institutional and industrial construction projects require a complete set of structural plans that have been signed and sealed by a professional engineer or architect. This office does plan reviews, issues permits and performs all inspections. All building projects require that a permit be obtained PRIOR to the start of construction.
“It’s all about safety!”