• Purpose
  • Ordinances

Canaan's Building Inspector:

  • Assists in preparing, receiving and processing building permit applications
  • Advises on any additional permits needed, which may include:
    • Review by the Town's Historic District Commission
    • A Highway Department driveway permit
    • A site plan review or sub-division approval from the Planning Board
  • Advises about needed state permits including an on-site septic system design. Files of these designs are maintained by the Inspector.


Once completed, the Inspector issues certificates of occupancy and a 911 address.

What Canaan Ordinances Require:


  • Building Permit:  Downloadable Application Form
    • Building Permit Fees:
      • Single Family: $25 plus $.10 a square foot
      • Multi Family:Condominiums: $100 plus $.10 a square foot
      • Commercial Construction: $100 plus $.10 a square foot

  • Driveway Permit:  Downloadable Application Form

  • 911 Designation from the Building Inspector

  • If an Occupancy Permit is required by a lender, it also may be obtained from the Building Inspector


Additional Requirements for Conditional Sites and Buildings:




Other Regulations & Permit Information:


Canaan Floodway and Floodplain Regulations




Canaan Junk Yard Enforcement



State of New Hampshire Bureaus & Regulations