Building Safety Department


In keeping with our biennial review process to update Nashua Revised Ordinance 105 Building Construction which includes updating of permits fees, the language amendments and fee increases are approved by the Nashua Board of Aldermen as of March 9, 2021. All language with a strikethrough will be removed. Any language underlined will be inserted. To provide ample time to educate clients and permit applicants, update forms and our permitting software the amended fees will not go into effect until May 1, 2021. All permit applications submitted after May 1, 2021 will be subject to revised fees.

Special Notice

In response to the Coronavirus pandemic and in an effort to prevent continued spread; the city has ordered that Community Development offices, including the Department of Building Safety will remain closed to public access until further notice. 

During this time our team is still working for you and the Department of Building Safety will continue accepting and reviewing project documents and plans, issuing permits and conducting inspections. 

Effective Monday, December 14 ,2020:

Inspections within occupied buildings will be moving primarily to our Remote/ Virtual Inspection (RVI) program Remote (virtual) Inspections Program. Additions, alterations and renovations to occupied buildings that are isolated from occupied portions of buildings, will continue to be conducted in-person or through RVI at the discretion of the assigned Inspector. Building Safety Inspectors will continue to respond to emergency situations and will conduct in-person inspections that pose low risk of exposure to our team or are necessary to our public health response.To request an inspection, a form is provided on our website by selecting the blue "Request Inspection" button, by email to, or by telephone (603)589-3080.

Permit applications and plans can be submitted electronically by email to, by mail or by dropping applications into the after-hours drop box located at the Elm Street entrance to City Hall. For delivery of larger projects and plan sets, you can call (603) 589-3080 to arrange a time for drop off. Payments for permit fees will continue to be by mail, drop box, or by credit card over the phone. 

This closure does not suspend the legal requirements for permits and inspections prior to proceeding with work and we will make every effort to maintain our high level of service to everyone . Third party inspections are permitted by agencies approved of by the Department of Building Safety. We apologize for this inconvenience, but the safety of the general public and our team must be the priority.

Email all permit requests to the Permit Technicians here.

Nashua offers a Remote/ Virtual Inspection (RVI) Program

The Department of Building Safety provides the RVI to better serve you. Using a minimum 4G tablet or smartphone you can coordinate with our inspectors, over several different applications, to conduct a remote inspection guided by one of our team. The program at this time is geared to specific types of inspections that are eligible, but for those applicable inspections, it can save you valuable time.

Mission Statement

The primary mission of the Department of Building Safety is to safeguard the public, promote the health, safety and welfare of the City of Nashua through the fair and equal administration of the building codes of the State of New Hampshire and the City of Nashua.  

The Department of Building Safety is committed to providing quality services in a professional manner through equitable treatment of all applicants for permits, inspections, information and to provide assistance to other departments, boards and commissions.

The Building Safety Department accepts permit applications for review and approval of construction documents including building, electrical, mechanical, and plumbing plans. The Department is responsible for conducting inspections on permitted work.
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City of Nashua Improvement Permit GIS Map

Want to know what construction is going on in your city? The Department of Building Safety's GIS Map can help.
GIS Projects Map shows current permits and permits for the past three years.

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Current Adopted Codes with Amendments

View the online resource containing these Amendments and rules.