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Garage Permits in Maine: The 2024 Complete Guide

A garage permit in MD

Embarking on a garage project in Maine can be an exciting endeavor, but it’s crucial to navigate the permitting process smoothly to avoid any hiccups along the way. Understanding the ins and outs of garage permits is essential for ensuring your project complies with local regulations and requirements.

Here’s what you need to know to get started.

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12x36 Workshop (A Frame) w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Premier Garden Shed

Base Price: $13679

16x44 Workshop w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $22184

16x40 Workshop w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $20527

16x36 Workshop w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $18870

16x34 Workshop w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $18047

16x32 Workshop w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $17211

16x28 Workshop w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $15557

16x22 Workshop w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $13076

14x48 Workshop w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $14614

14x44 Workshop w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $13564

14x40 Workshop w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $12513

14x34 Workshop w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $10940

14x32 Workshop w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $10418

14x28 Workshop w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $9369

14x22 Workshop w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $7800

12x48 Workshop w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $11829

12x44 Workshop w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $10963

12x34 Workshop w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $8802

12x32 Workshop w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $8367

10x26 Workshop w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $5747

16x48 Saltbox w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $25267

16x44 Saltbox w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $23540

16x40 Saltbox w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $21805

16x36 Saltbox w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $20071

16x34 Saltbox w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $19203

16x32 Saltbox w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $18340

16x30 Saltbox w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $17472

16x28 Saltbox w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $16605

16x26 Saltbox w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $15737

16x24 Saltbox w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $14868

16x22 Saltbox w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $14005

14x48 Saltbox w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $16267

14x44 Saltbox w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $15090

14x40 Saltbox w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $13919

14x36 Saltbox w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $12745

14x34 Saltbox w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $12156

Do I Need a Garage Permit in ME?

If the garage is less than 200 square feet, in most cities and counties in Maine, you don’t need to obtain a permit for your construction.

Before you break ground on your garage project, it’s vital to understand the garage permit requirements in Maine. Different municipalities may have specific regulations regarding shed construction, including size limitations, setback requirements, and aesthetic guidelines. Familiarize yourself with your local zoning ordinances to ensure your shed plans align with the rules.

In most Maine cities and counties, no permit is needed for construction if your garage is under 200 square feet or less than 15 feet tall. However, if your property is over 2 acres and the structure is at least 20 feet from property lines and other structures, a permit is required for buildings exceeding 400 square feet. Additional electrical, plumbing, or mechanical permits may also be necessary for your project.

Garage Permit Requirements by Maine County

See the table below for more details concerning your ME county’s garage code requirements.

Garage permits in Androscogginhttps://www.androscoggincountymaine.gov/
Garage permits in Aroostookhttps://aroostook.me.us/information/permits-zoning/
Garage permits in Cumberlandhttps://www.cumberlandmaine.com/
Garage permits in Franklinhttps://frcog.org/
Garage permits in Hancockhttps://hancockcountymaine.gov/
Garage permits in Kennebechttps://kennebec.gov/
Garage permits in Knox https://knoxcountymaine.gov/
Garage permits in Lincolnhttps://www.lincolncountymaine.me/departments
Garage permits in Oxfordhttps://www.oxfordmaine.org/
Garage permits in Penobscothttps://www.penobscot-county.net/
Garage permits in Piscataquishttps://www.piscataquis.us/
Garage permits in Sagadahochttps://www.sagadahoccountyme.gov/
Garage permits in Somersethttps://somersetcounty-me.org/
Garage permits in Waldohttps://www.waldocountyme.gov/
Garage permits in Washingtonhttps://washingtoncountymaine.com/
Garage permits in Yorkhttps://www.yorkcountymaine.gov/

Garage Permit Requirements by Maine City 

See the table below for more details concerning your ME city’s garage code requirements. 

Garage permits in Portlandhttps://www.portlandmaine.gov/349/Permitting-Inspections
Garage permits in Lewistonhttps://www.lewistonmaine.gov/210/Permits
Garage permits in Bangorhttps://www.bangormaine.gov/content/318/330/649/default.aspx
Garage permits in South Portlandhttps://www.southportland.org/209/Building-Codes
Garage permits in Auburnhttps://www.auburnmaine.gov/Pages/Business/Permits
Garage permits in Biddefordhttps://www.biddefordmaine.org/2191/Building-Permit-Information
Garage permits in Scarboroughhttps://www.scarboroughmaine.org/departments/planning-codes/
Garage permits in Sanfordhttps://www.sanfordmaine.org/departments/code_enforcement/
Garage permits in Brunswickhttps://www.brunswickme.org/235/Permits-Applications
Garage permits in Sacohttps://www.sacomaine.org/departments/code_enforcement/
Garage permits in Westbrookhttps://www.westbrookmaine.com/586/Building-Permits-Issued
Garage permits in Augustahttps://www.augustamaine.gov/how_do_i/permits_and_forms/
Garage permits in Windhamhttps://www.windhammaine.us/345/Permits-Licenses
Garage permits in Gorhamhttps://www.gorham-me.org/code-division
Garage permits in Watervillehttps://www.waterville-me.gov/225/Building-Permit-Applications
Garage permits in Yorkhttps://www.yorkmaine.org/625/2022-Building-Permits
Garage permits in Falmouthhttps://www.falmouthme.org/
Garage permits in Kennebunkhttps://www.kennebunkportme.gov/code-enforcement-planning
Garage permits in Wellshttps://www.wellstown.org/816/Code-Enforcement
Garage permits in Oronohttps://www.orono.org/167/Building
Garage permits in Standishhttps://www.standish.org/code-enforcement
Garage permits in Kitteryhttps://www.kitteryme.gov/code-enforcement
Garage permits in Lisbonhttps://www.lisbonme.org/code-enforcement/pages/
Garage permits in Brewerhttps://brewermaine.gov/code-enforcement/permits/
Garage permits in Topshamhttps://www.topshammaine.com/
Garage permits in Cape Elizabethhttps://www.capeelizabeth.com/
Garage permits in Old Orchard Beachhttps://www.oobmaine.com/files/
Garage permits in Yarmouthhttps://yarmouth.me.us/departments/building_permits_and_codes/
Garage permits in Bathhttps://www.cityofbathmaine.gov/permits-applications
Garage permits in Presque Islehttps://presqueislemaine.gov/departments/building_permit.php
Garage permits in Freeporthttps://www.freeportmaine.com/codes-enforcement
Garage permits in Skowheganhttps://www.skowhegan.org/97/Permit-Applications
Garage permits in Ellsworthhttps://www.ellsworthmaine.gov/services/permits/
Garage permits in Cumberlandhttps://www.cumberlandmaine.com/code-enforcement/pages/
Garage permits in Buxtonhttps://www.buxton.me.us/code-enforcement
Garage permits in Grayhttps://www.graymaine.org/code-enforcement
Garage permits in Berwickhttps://www.berwickmaine.org/departments/code_enforcement_/
Garage permits in Waterborohttps://www.waterboro-me.net/departments/
Garage permits in Winslowhttps://www.winslow-me.gov/departments/code_enforcement/
Garage permits in Farmingtonhttps://www.farmington-maine.org/
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What is the Cost for a Garage Permit in ME?

In Maine, the minimum garage base fee is $45. For garages larger than 160 square feet, an additional charge of $12 per $1,000 of estimated construction cost applies.

Again, it depends on where you live in Maine. Most cities and counties have their own regulations and rules, so it’s highly recommended to check these details with your local authority first.

Tips for a Smooth Garage Permitting Process in Maine

  • Research local regulations thoroughly before designing your shed.
  • Consult with your local building department early in the planning stages.
  • Prepare detailed and accurate plans to submit with your permit application.
  • Allow ample time for permit approval before beginning construction.
  • Consider hiring a professional contractor familiar with local permitting requirements.

Can a Homeowner Pull a Garage Permit in ME?

Yes, a homeowner can pull a building permit for a garage in ME. 

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How Long Does it Take To Get a Building Permit in ME?

When it comes to issuing your garage permit in Maine, the process typically takes around two weeks or less. This timeframe may vary depending on the specific requirements of your local jurisdiction and the complexity of your project. Factors such as the completeness of your application, any necessary inspections, and the workload of the permitting office can also impact the timeline.

Can I Get a Building Permit Online?

In the majority of cities and counties across Maine, you have the convenience of filling out and submitting your garage permit application online. This streamlined process allows you to complete the necessary paperwork from the comfort of your own home or office, saving you time and hassle.

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When Will a Building Permit Expire in ME?

In most counties and cities in Maine, if work has not commenced within 6 months of the permit being granted, your garage permit will expire. This means that if you haven’t started construction on your garage within this timeframe, you’ll need to reapply for a new permit before continuing with the project.

What Happens if you build without a Permit in Maine? 

In Maine, the minimum fine for commencing construction or engaging in a land use activity without the necessary permit is $100, while the maximum fine is $2,500.

One of the most common mistakes when building a shed is overlooking the permit requirements. Failure to obtain the necessary permits can result in fines, stop-work orders, or even having to demolish the structure. Don’t let this happen to you—do your due diligence before starting construction.

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Wrapping It Up

In summary, when purchasing a garage in Maine, there are essential steps you must follow before completing your purchase, including obtaining a garage permit for construction. In most cities and counties, if the garage is less than 200 square feet, no permit is required. The permit cost in Maine is approximately $50, with an additional $12 per $1000 of essential construction cost. Failure to obtain a permit before construction could result in a fine of up to $2500. Once obtained, the permit is valid for 6 months.

At Sheds Unlimited, our goal is to ensure a seamless purchasing process for our clients, free of headaches. That’s why we gather the pre-purchasing steps, organize them, and turn them into an informative article for you to learn from. Once you obtain your permit, the next step is to bring your dream shed to life. We’ll guide you through designing your custom dream garage every step of the way. 

Now with your permits behind you, let the building begin!

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