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All thirty-nine communities in the State of Rhode Island are governed by the Rhode Island State Building Codes. The current version of the Rhode Island State Building Code is the 2019 code which includes the 2017 National Electrical Code.
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RI General Law 23-27.3-113.3.2 requires a contractor to be registered prior to the approval of a permit issued for work that requires a permit.
RI General Law 23-27.3-113.31 requires a person to be licensed prior to the approval of a permit issued for work that requires a permit for plumbing, mechanical, electrical, and fire alarm work.
Both sections of the RI General Law have a provision that the owner/occupant of a single family dwelling may obtain permits for all work being completed by them on their residence without the need for a contractors registration or professional trade license.
It depends on the complexities of the proposed project. Permits for sheds, pools, minor renovations, etc. are usually issued within 2 to 3 days following the submission of a complete application. A permit for a new home, commercial and more complex projects may require 10 to 14 days to process from the time a complete application is submitted.
Consult with the Building Official to determine the extent of the relief necessary. Following that determination you may file an appeal with the North Kingstown Building Code Board of Appeal. The Board will meet the first Wednesday of each month to hear appeals of the State Building Code and the Rhode Island Property Maintenance Code. Applications are available in the Building Official's Office.
Permit fees are based on the estimated cost of labor and material for a project. Contact the Building Official's Office at 100 Fairway Drive for the fee schedule or call 401-294-3331 ext 301/303.