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The Office operating hours are Monday - Friday

from 8:00am- 4:00pm





As of September 23, 2023, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) Subsurface Wastewater Unit’s amendments to the Subsurface Wastewater Disposal Rules (10-144 CMR Chapter 241) are effective.

The updated rules are available on the SSWW Unit Website. 

Effective June 1, 2023, per Article 18-A.2, permits shall expire one year from the date of issuance if a

 substantial start is not made in construction or in the use of the property during that period. If a substantial start is made within one year of the issuance of the permit or approval, the application shall be valid for one additional year, at which time it shall expire if all work or change of use is not complete. A substantial start in construction shall mean that a minimum of 25% by value of the proposed improvements (site amenities, buildings, etc.) have been completed. Examples for the straight eye test, 25% would be the following:


  • A new house or addition: A foundation and weatherproof shell will constitute 25%.
  • For a deck: All footings/tubes/piers.
  • Financial receipts proving 25% of the work was completed before permit expiration.


This will be retroactively applied. No permit extensions will be permitted. when a permit expires, a new one must be pulled for the value of work not completed (minimum fee is $50).



You can sign up for an appointment or an inspection with a Code Enforcement Officer by calling (207) 363-1002 or emailing and 

The Building Permit fee is now $10.00 per $1,000.00 of the construction project cost (calculate 1% of the project cost).  There is a $50.00 minimum fee.  Click on the following links to access Building Permit and Plumbing/Subsurface Fees.    


Permit Application Forms

Shoreland/Building/Use/Sign Permit  *Includes Electrical Work

Plumbing Permit HHE-211

Septic Wastewater Disposal System Permit


Please know that we can meet most of your needs via phone or e-mail and the answers to many of your questions can be found in the FAQ’s Section on the Code Enforcement Page. Correspondences, Permit Applications, Fees, and Forms can also be e-mailed to, or can be placed in the green drop box outside the Town Hall to the Attn: Code Enforcement or can be mailed via USPS to: The Town of York Code Enforcement Office, 186 York Street, York, Maine 03909.



Please call the office at (207) 363-1002. We do allow inspections to be done by Third Party Inspectors and Maine Licensed Engineers. You must submit their signed inspection report along with the "Request For Use Of Third Party Inspector" form. A valid building permit must be in place to use this service.  We do NOT allow Third Party Inspectors, Maine Licensed Engineers, or Architects to perform external plumbing inspections (septic systems), internal plumbing inspections, or final inspections of any kind; you must contact the Code Office to perform these inspections.  


Septic/Subsurface Design Requests: To obtain a copy of a septic design, please visit the State of Maine’s Septic System Permit Search Service.  

Access to Property Files: If you do not need to meet with a Code Enforcement Officer and simply wish to review property files, please visit us in the office Monday through Friday between 8:00am and 4:00pm.


         Page last Update on September 26, 2023          *Please check back for updates*

While Town Hall is undergoing renovations, you can find us at 4 Marketplace Drive.


The Code Enforcement Office administers the Zoning Ordinance, State and Federal regulations, and building codes.

Seal of York, ME

Most questions and permitting can be addressed in a 25 minute appointment; however, if your visit is for a new home, or commercial project you may be asked to schedule a longer appointment with a Code Enforcement Officer.

If you are planning to re-build or build a new home you will be asked to put together a packet of items for review prior to being issued a Building Permit. You can submit this packet of items to the Code Enforcement Office anytime between 8:00 - 4:30 Monday through Friday, closed every Wednesday at noon.  After the packet is reviewed, you will be contacted for an appointment for the permit to be issued.  This process generally takes about 2 weeks.

Please email us if you have any questions.

Code Changes from 2009 to 2015

code changes

Request Form


Maine Licensed Third-Party Inspectors allowed in York for the following inspections:  framing, residential electric, insulation, footings, water proofing, perimeter drains, and foundations.  MUST SUBMIT REQUEST FORM TO CEO PRIOR TO USE.

 Licensed Third-Party Inspectors List



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