The Building Department’s mission is to protect the health, safety and welfare of the Cornwall Community by ensuring that construction, renovation, alteration, repair, move or demolition of buildings conform to applicable requirements of the Connecticut Building, Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing and Demolition codes, regulations and local municipal ordinances.

Peter Russ

Cornwall Building Official


Office: (860) 672-0711

Cell: (860) 480-9154



Office: Northwest Lumber and Hardware, 26 Kent Rd, Cornwall Bridge

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 141, Cornwall Bridge, CT 06754

Office Hours

Tuesday – Thursday 7am to 9am or by appointment

Please note: A rate schedule was approved at a Town meeting on Friday, December 8th for obtaining a Building Permit. The new rates will go into effect on January 1, 2024.

New Fees are $30 for the first $1,000 (Minimum Fee) and $10 for each additional $1,000 or part thereof.

Permit valuations shall include total value of work, including materials and labor, for which the permit is being issued, such as electrical, gas, mechanical, plumbing equipment and permanent systems based on the total value of construction.

The Building Department is responsible for the following tasks:

  • Reviews construction plans for compliance with the Connecticut State Building Code for all residential, commercial and municipal projects and issues necessary permits. 
  • Determines when licensed design professionals are required.
  • Reviews architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, alarm, sprinkler plans, and ADA handicapped accessibility
  • Determines what construction inspections and procedures are required
  • Monitors the project while under construction
  • Collects all final sign offs from the other agencies
  • Performs a final inspection
  • Issues a Certificate of Occupancy

Section coming soon…

Office: Northwest Lumber and Hardware, 26 Kent Rd, Cornwall Bridge