Code Enforcement

Responsibilities of Code Enforcement Department

The Wells Code Enforcement Department administers all of the zoning ordinances, building codes, licensing ordinances, growth ordinances, and the Impact Fee Ordinance for the Town of Wells.

Our department is also charged with the enforcement of the Shoreland Zoning, the State of Maine Internal Plumbing rules, the State of Maine Subsurface Wastewater Disposal Rules and Floodplain Management Ordinance. Each Ordinance has specific administrative procedures for the review of applications, inspections and enforcement.

In addition to the rules that we administer, we are also required to enforce dozens of other state and federal land use rules, regulations and laws. These duties utilize the majority of our staff time and efforts.

Additional Resources:

  • Maine Department of Environmental Protection (MDEP) 888-769-1036 
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), Maine Project Office 207-623-8367
  • Maine State Fire Marshall Office (SFMO) 207-626-3884
  • Maine State Oils, Solid Fuels and Gasses 207-624-8608
  • Maine State Electrical Inspector 207-592-7930
  • Water District KKWWD 207-985-3385
  • Wells Sanitary District 207-646-5906
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Requests for Files & Research

The Code Enforcement Office requires up to 10 business days for all research on properties based on the complexity of each request, time and office priorities. Documents & Files that have been scanned can be viewed at the Counter. Not all Archived documents have been scanned, the office is undergoing a massive scanning process, please be patient as documents may not be available at this time.

Town Building Code: "MUBEC"

Please be advised, pursuant to 10 M.R.S. § 9724(1), that the applicable building code of the Town of Wells is the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code ("MUBEC"). MUBEC consists, in part, of the 2015 versions of the International Residential Code (IRC) and the International Building Code (IBC). Articles II and III of Chapter 91 (Building Construction) of the Code of the Town of Wells are based on the 2003 IRC and the 2006 IBC, and therefore, do not apply as they are out of date. All construction in the Town of Wells must comply with applicable standards of MUBEC.

The following building codes are in effect: the 2015 International Residential (IRC) and 2015 International Building (IBC), the 2015 International Existing Building Code (IEBC). The 2009 IECC (Energy Code) will continue to be used.

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