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By state statute, each taxpayer has 185 days from the commitment date to submit an application for abatement. We encourage you to come in and review your property information with us before you file a formal application.
If you do end up filing an application, we have 60 days to respond. If you do not agree with the assessor’s determination, you can file an appeal with the local Board of Assessment Review. If you do not agree with the BAR decision, you can appeal to Superior Court.
Each application for a building permit shall include:• Plot Plan - drawn to scale showing and stating the dimensions in feet of the lot; location and size/dimensions of all buildings proposed, existing, moved, or demolished on such lot, indicate distance from lot lines to buildings; show street(s), alleys or right of ways on or adjacent to the lot; wetlands and any other water bodies, indicate with an arrow the direction of North (N) • Statement of the use intended to be made of any buildings and the lot itself even in event of demolition• Scope/description of work to be completed• Drawings/Plans;- New Structures/Dwelling units require a full set of Architectural drawings, and an 8-1/2 x 11” copy - Smaller scope projects require a drawing/sketch with details and dimensions/materials to be used• Copy of deed (if property is bought or split within two years)• Bill of sale (if bought within two years)• Square footage of all the work to be completed on a provided “square footage sheet”
Additional documents or requirements that may be requested and or needed.• Wastewater disposal system documentation i.e. Septic design or Sewer District, (connection approval)• Water Test indicating water is potable on the property if project is a new single family dwelling in a subdivision• Height and/or Elevation Certificate completed by a licensed Surveyor/Engineer• A letter stating that the Foundation was pinned by a licensed Surveyor/Engineer• If the property is in a Flood Zone a DEP Permit and/or flood permit may be required• Sprinkler Systems requires two sets of plans from the designer of the system if it is part of a subdivision• Demolition of a building will require all taxes to be paid on the structure prior to demolition approval• If installing LVL or Steel Beams, Truss rafter systems, engineering specifications are required• Sheds, if manufactured (store bought), a copy of design specifications• For subdivisions, owners/contractors must refer to the site plan notes for additional requirements
If you are not sure what will be required for your project, please call the Code Office at 207-646-5187.
The information above is based on the most frequently asked question to the Code Enforcement Office
2. The following outlines the process for compliance this office is requiring.a. Prior to pouring concrete the footing/foundation will be pinned and clearly marked by a professional Surveyor/Engineer. b. A formal letter from the individual or company who pinned the site is also required. The letter must be on company letter head, and signed. The letter should indicate the Map/Lot, address/location of where the work was completed and a brief statement indicating work completed; referencing the site pinned meets all required setbacks as outlined on the plot or site plan that was submitted for the project.
3. If a Code Enforcement official arrives for a scheduled inspections and the site is not pinned, and the letter has not been received the footings will not be inspected, which could delay your construction schedule, plan accordingly.
4. This policy has been in place for some time now, and is typically stated under the Zoning and Planning conditions of a permit. For all projects that have had Planning Board/Staff Review approval this condition is also noted on your approved site plans.
The Transfer Station is Open:
Tuesday - Friday8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.Saturday8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.Closed HolidaysHours subject to change.
Pay-as-you-Throw trash bags can be purchased at the following locations:
Spillers Farm Store
Wells Town Hall.
The Transfer Station accepts the following recyclable items at no charge: Cardboard, Paper, Bottles & Cans, Plastic (all numbers - EXCEPT Styrofoam & Plastic Bags), Oil, Grass & Leaves, Good Wood Pallets.
The Town Hall is open Monday through Friday - 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Exceptions are for federal / state holidays and weather emergencies.
The Transfer Station, located at 386 Willie Hill Road in Wells, is open Tuesday – Friday 8:30 am to 4:00 pm and Saturday - 8:00 am to 3:30 pm. Closed Sunday, Monday & Holidays. Hours subject to change.
Residents are required to purchase a roll of Pay-As-You Throw bags. These bags are orange in color with the town seal imprinted on the side of the bag. Bags are available in 3 sizes:
Bags must be tied shut with nothing sticking out. Bags must then be brought to the Wells Transfer Station for proper disposal. An attendant can direct you to the appropriate area for trash disposal.
Large waste and bulky items that do not fit in the orange bags are subject to extra fees. An attendant must evaluate the item, determine a fee and receive payment prior to placing the item in the disposal area.
The bags are sold are various locations around town:
Town Hall is open Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. and on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each Month 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Exceptions are for federal / state holidays and weather emergencies.
Please contact the Office of Planning & Development with some suggested dates and time of day for your pre-construction meeting. We will co-ordinate with the appropriate Town Departments, town third party inspectors and other utility companies that have interest in the development. Once a date and time is set we will contact you so that you can co-ordinate with your contractors and subcontractors. Pre-Construction meetings are held at Town Hall.
The initial submission of a site or subdivision application is strictly required to be provided to the Planning Office no later than 4 PM on the dates specified within the submission deadline calendar provided on this website here and posted in Town Hall. A good rule of thumb is no later than 4 PM, 10 business days before a desired scheduled meeting.
The Office of Planning & Development is happy to mail notices to abutters on your behalf as this can provide some savings in postage costs for the applicant and ensures that the most up to date mailing addresses and all applicable abutters are notified of your proposed development. If you wish to prepare your own notices, we recommend you contact the Planning Office so we can assist you in preparing an accurate abutter mailing list.
3 plans measuring 24" by 36 inches plus 9 plans measuring 11" by 17 inches; or
12 plans measuring 24" by 36 inches. Please have plans pre-folded.
3 plans measuring 24" by 26 inches plus 5 plans measuring 11" by 17 inches; or
8 plans measuring 24" by 36 inches. Please have plans pre-folded.
For applications seeking approval to operate a business the Town requires the business obtain site plan approval. The site plan is reviewed by the proper Reviewing Authority. The Reviewing Authority for site plan approvals could be (1) the Code Enforcement Officer and Town Planner, the (2) Staff Review Committee, or the (3) Planning Board. The Reviewing Authority Chart defines which applications go before which Reviewing Authority.
For applications seeking subdivision approval for dwelling units and lots, the Town requires the subdivision obtain subdivision approval by the Planning Board.
See the Planning Department page for information and application forms. The Planning Board also participates in overall planning for the town and is involved in all proposed changes to the Land Use and Subdivision Ordinances.
The Planning Board meets 2 times per month, usually on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month in the Littlefield Meeting Room located in Town Hall. Meetings typically begin at 7 p.m. All meetings are open to the public, however, not all meetings include public hearings.
If you wish to attend a meeting and / or speak at a meeting it is recommended you call the Planning Office to confirm meeting dates and times and to confirm that the project you wish to speak about is scheduled for a public hearing. Meetings are typically televised on the town public access channel. Review our meeting calendar for additional details.
When the Planning Board receives an application they must consider scheduling a site walk of the property. The Planning Board typically schedules site walks for Saturday mornings, but it is always recommended that interested parties contact the Planning Office to confirm a date and time for a project of interest.
Site walks are open to the public and are held with a few Planning Board members, the applicant, the applicant's engineers, and concerned abutters in attendance. This is an opportunity for all attendants to better grasp the proposal, determine areas of concern or needed attention, and ask some general questions about the proposal. The results of the site walk will be formally reported at the next available Planning Board meeting.
Attendees of all site walks participate at their own risk and should keep in mind weather conditions, terrain, and be properly dressed and equipped.
To be considered for a position on the Planning Board one must be a year-round resident of the Town of Wells. All members and alternate members are volunteers who are able to devote 2 Monday evenings per month and an occasional Saturday morning for Planning Board meetings and scheduled site walks.
If you are interested in volunteering for a position on the Planning Board please contact the Volunteer Coordinator to fill out an application. As positions on the Planning Board become available, volunteer applications will be presented to the Board of Selectmen and a volunteer will be selected and appointed.
Any comments or concerns you have should be made in writing and submitted to the Planning Office. Your comments will then be given to the applicant and the Planning Board members for review.
Maintain open lines of communication with your children.
Share safety tips with your children, including Internet safety.
Query the Maine Sex Offender Registry periodically to identify registered sex offenders in your community. Additional queries can be made of the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Registry.
Statistics indicate that 90 percent of all sex crimes are committed by someone known to the victim, such as a family member or acquaintance.
Report suspicious activity to the Wells Police Department.
The Staff Review Committee typically meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. Meetings typically begin at 9 a.m. and are held in the Town Hall Littlefield Meeting Room. To review meeting dates see our Meeting Calendar and Deadlines page.
All decisions made by the Staff Review Committee must be unanimous; if a vote for an application is not unanimous the application must go to the Planning Board, where votes are not required to be unanimous.
Any comments, questions or concerns should be made in writing and submitted to the Planning Office so the Staff Review Committee can be made aware of possible issues that may exist.
Dog licenses are handled by the Town Clerk's Office. Forms are available at Town Hall, located at 208 Sanford Road. Cats do not require a license.
Dog licenses are due by January 1st each year. Bring current rabies and neutering certificates, if applicable. Fee for male / female is $11, neutered / spayed is $6. This may be done by mail with updated information. Send certificate(s), fee, and a SASE to: Wells Town Clerk 208 Sanford Road Wells, ME 04090 For more information, please call 207-646-2882.
Visit the Town Meeting page to find out the date and time for upcoming poll openings here. Please call the Town Clerk’s Office with questions at 207-646-2882.
All elections in Wells are held at the Wells Junior High School Gymnasium at 1470 Post Road (next to the Wells Library). Voter parking is located around the back of the Wells Junior High School building. Please follow the signs. Entry to the polling place is at the back of the building, Door #10. Use of the front parking area and front entrances of the school is strongly discouraged.
Town Hall is open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month. Exceptions are for federal / state holidays and weather emergencies.
A snow emergency is declared after a snowfall of more than three inches. Plowing starts on the snow emergency routes first and then continue on side streets.
Requests for accident reports are handled by the Records Department. They can be reached by calling the non-emergency phone number at 207-646-9354.
You may come to the Police Department, located at 1563 Post Road, and request a permit. The officer will need your driver’s license and the vehicle registration in order to issue the permit. Permits are only valid from the point of origin directly to a local inspection station.
All residents vote at the Wells Junior High School Gymnasium located at 1470 Post Road, Wells, ME on the day of Town Meeting/ Elections.
The Transfer Station, located at 386 Willie Hill Road in Wells, is open Tuesday – Friday 8:30 am to 4:00 pm and Saturday - 8:00 am to 3:30 pm. Closed on Holidays. Hours subject to change.
Recycling is free. The more you recycle the less trash you will generate and more you can save on orange bag purchases. Separate your recyclables at home ahead of time to reduce time and congestion when delivering your recycling to the Transfer Station. The Transfer Station sorts Recycling into two ways: (1) All paper products; and (2) Co-mingled Recycling which includes glass, plastics and metals. Please refer to the Transfer Station Brochure for more complete details.
Aubuchon Hardware and Sherwin Williams in Wells. For Households and Businesses; Limit = 5 gallons per visit.
We have many volunteer opportunities available: Boards, Commissions or Committees, Piping Plover Monitors, Healthy Beaches Water Quality Monitors, Library or Recreation. To volunteer, please complete a Volunteer Application, either online or through the Volunteer Application form.
Applying to become a volunteer is just a click away! Apply today online by following the link below. Please be sure to complete the application at one time, your responses will not be saved if you close out of the application before submitting it.
Please complete the Town of Wells Volunteer Application form linked below and return by mail or by email.
Return by mail to:
Rebekah KelleyVolunteer and Communications CoordinatorWells Town Office208 Sanford RdWells, Maine 04090
Or email to:
Please include "Volunteer Application" in the subject of your email.
Your Volunteer Application will remain active for 3 years. After that time, you will be required to reapply to any openings for Boards/ Committees that you are interested in.
The Wells Public Library is seeking passionate, enthusiastic individuals to volunteers their time and efforts.
Please complete and submit the Wells Library Volunteer Application to be considered for a role.
Wells Public Library Volunteer Application
If you are under the age of 18, please return the form directly to:
Cindy ApplebyWells Public Library1434 Post RoadWells, Maine 04090
If you are over the age of 18, please return the completed form, as well as a background check to:
Rebekah KelleyWells Town Office208 Sanford RoadWell, Maine 04090
or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include "Library Volunteer Application" in your email.
The Recreation Department is always looking for new programs to offer to the community. If you have any interest or special talents and you would like to offer a program through us please fill out the Recreation Department's Volunteer / Coaches application, visit their volunteer page, or contact Tina LeBlanc at 207-646-5826.
Please do not submit a general Volunteer Application form.