Do I need a permit to build a concrete walkway?

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Hi all,

I am trying to make improvement to my building in Manchester, NH and building a walkway using concrete. A lady came by today while we were working building a casing and start taking pictures without saying anything. I was like what are you doing? She claims she is from the city of Manchester, (this is at 6 pm) and presented no credential. She was saying this kind of work requires a permit and I could get fined if I continue. She was also saying neighbors complains of noise but we don’t work past 8 pm. We are scheduled for concrete pour tomorrow but I am not sure if I should cancel it for reason below:

1) temperature is dropping soon if I delay and concrete might not set right.

2) my wife is giving birth sometime next week which results in further delay and I just wanted to get this project done with.

3) winter is coming and if I don’t finish the walkway, hard for tenant to shovel, ice forms and it’s dangerous.

What do you think I should do, delay or move forward with the concrete pour?

Best

Originally posted by @Doanh Mai :

Hi all,

I am trying to make improvement to my building in Manchester, NH and building a walkway using concrete. A lady came by today while we were working building a casing and start taking pictures without saying anything. I was like what are you doing? She claims she is from the city of Manchester, (this is at 6 pm) and presented no credential. She was saying this kind of work requires a permit and I could get fined if I continue. She was also saying neighbors complains of noise but we don’t work past 8 pm. We are scheduled for concrete pour tomorrow but I am not sure if I should cancel it for reason below:

1) temperature is dropping soon if I delay and concrete might not set right.

2) my wife is giving birth sometime next week which results in further delay and I just wanted to get this project done with.

3) winter is coming and if I don’t finish the walkway, hard for tenant to shovel, ice forms and it’s dangerous.

What do you think I should do, delay or move forward with the concrete pour?

Best

Given what you have stated, I'd call the building department and ask if I needed a permit to pour concrete. I can think of 3 or 4 good reasons you might need a permit.

1. They are concerned about runoff and the problems it can cause downline

2. Poorly done concrete becomes a trip hazard

3. They want to make sure Jimmy Hoffa isn't buried in it

4. Anytime you deal with digging and filling ground you have to worry about underground cables, wiring, sewers, gas, and previous shafts

5. It's a revenue source for the city

6. The fire department needs to know if any access is blocked

7. Depending on where you are, it may be a Union Job and those Unions vigorously protect their turf

8. They want to make sure it's for the purpose stated and not some other mischief

9. They probably want to make sure it's on your and only your property

Originally posted by @Doanh Mai :

@Mike M.

Thanks Mike. Lol only thing is building department closes tomorrow for their own renovations. But I will find out either way.

 I'd ask them to see their permit. ;-)