Codes Enforcement


The Code Enforcement Office is responsible for the administering and enforcement of all City ordinances, as well as adopted codes relating to building construction and property maintenance.

A variety of permits may be obtained from this Office, including building, plumbing and electrical.  Occupancy permits are also required for anyone establishing a new business or attempting to occupy a newly constructed building.


The Office is comprised of seven positions, each of which is assigned to a specific area of expertise, although most have been cross-trained in other facets of the Office.  These individuals are:

We are a progressive and active Office, following strict adherence to the Codes adopted by the State of Maine.  Currently, this office follows guidelines established by the International Building Code 2009, the International Residential Code 2009, the International Existing Building Code 2009, the International Residential and Commercial Energy Code 2009, the International Residential and Commercial Ventilation Code 2009, and the Uniform Plumbing Code 2015 and the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) Codes, specifically:

  1. NFPA 1 Fire Code
  2. NFPA 31 Standard for Installation of Oil-Burning Equipment
  3. NFPA 70 National Electrical Code (NEC)
  4. NFPA 72 National Fire Alarm Code (NFAC)
  5. NFPA 73 Existing Electrical Code
  6. NFPA 101 Life and Safety Code
  7. NFPA 211 Standard for Chimneys, Fireplaces, Vents and Solid Fuel-Burning Appliances

 State of Maine Oil & Solid Fuel Board Laws and Rules
 State of Maine Internal Plumbing Code 

International Property Maintenance Code 2009 (IPMC),
    1. Referencing NFPA 101 Life Safety Code
Maine Subsurface Waste Water Disposal Rules
City Of Biddeford Municipal Ordinances, specifically:
    2.  Floodplain Management Ordinance
    3.  Shoreland Zoning Ordinance
    4.  Article 6, Performance Standards
    5.  Chapter 66, Subdivisions
    6.  Article 10, Site Plan Review

Although we have listed the primary codes and guidelines that we follow, please understand that these rules can change without notice and new codes are always being developed and considered for inclusion.  The Maine State Revised Statutes (M.R.S.A.) also governs and dictates how some aspects of the codes are determined and enforced.

If you have questions regarding specific codes, permit requirement or general questions that we may be able to assist you with that we would have jurisdiction over, please contact us Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, at 207-284-9236.


Below are some applications that can be downloaded and printed.   Please be aware that permits are not issued the same day they are applied for.  The applications and any plans submitted will need to be reviewed and entered into the system before they can be issued and paid for.