The Most Northeastern City in the United States.

Code Enforcement

Caribou Municipal Building
25 High Street
Caribou, Maine 04736
Phone: (207)493-3324 Option 3
Fax: (207)498-3954
taxassessor@cariboumaine.org

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.

Penny Thompson
Tax Assessor
Code Enforcement Officer
Building Official
Tony K. Michaud
Deputy Tax Assessor
Deputy Code Enforcement Officer
Deputy Building Official
Steve Wentworth
Local Plumbing Inspector
Deputy Building Official
Planning Board Staff Support
Scott Susi
Fire Chief
Health Officer

Mr. Wentworth works on a part-time basis. Chief Susi will be contacted by office staff if the assistance of the Health Officer is required. For all inquiries related to the work of this department: (207) 493 – 3324 option 3 or taxassessor@cariboumaine.org

 

City Code

MUBEC

The State of Maine requires all cities of populations over 4,000 to enforce the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code (MUBEC) as well.

MUBEC is currently in the rule making process to be updated. For proposed rules or updated information on the adoption timeline, please visit:

http://www.maine.gov/dps/bbcs/Proposed%20Rulemaking.html

Note: The Caribou City Council repealed the Electrical Code after a public hearing on June 9, 2014.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:

IBC Section 105 Permits 105.2 Work Exempt From Permit

IRC Section 105 Permits 105.2 Work Exempt From Permit

Do you need a permit from the Office of State Fire Marshal?

State Fire Marshal Permits

Will you be disturbing an area of 1 acre or greater? Contact the DEP!

DEP – Stormwater Management

 

Applications

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)

Helpful Info

Certain commercial projects require permitting from the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

http://www.maine.gov/dps/fmo/plans/applications.html

 Office Policies

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!”