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Commercial Site Plan & Construction Permit Process

Welcome to the Town of Scarborough. Whether you are a long-time resident, local business person or a newcomer to the community the Scarborough Fire Department is here to serve you. We have a dedicated staff of professionals ready to assist you through the planning, developing, construction, and inspection phases of your project.

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The Scarborough Fire Department takes fire prevention and the life-safety of our citizens very seriously. The Town of Scarborough has adopted the 2015 version of the International Building Code. The State Fire Marshal reviews plans for compliance under the 2018 edition of the NFPA 101 Life Safety Code and the town has developed various ordinances and internal processes to assure that your  building is constructed to current life-safety standards, and that it contains modern fire suppression systems where applicable. Our goal is that your facility will remain a safe and fire resistant place of business or residence for generations to come.

To assist you with this process we have developed this site as a step-by-step checklist of the things that need to be considered during planning and construction. It will serve as a guide as to how the process works, and whom you need to contact for each step. This site also includes copies of all the pertinent local ordinances, and permit applications that you will need.

Please contact Captain John Brennan (207) 730-4212 or Fire Chief Rich Kindelan (207) 730-4201, for additional questions and information. 

The Scarborough Fire Department strongly suggests that you set up a meeting with the Fire Prevention Bureau early in the planning process.  These meetings are extremely informative as well as a great opportunity to explain and review the Scarborough Fire Department Ordinances along with the minimum Life Safety Code Requirements.

Review Meetings

  • All plans must be submitted to the office (10) ten business days prior to a plan review meeting.


  • The Fire Prevention Bureau conducts on-site and Certificate of Occupancy Inspections by request.
  • All requests must be submitted (5) five business days prior to requested date of inspection.


Documents & Forms