Building Department & Zoning
Rhode Island State Building Code:
All Codes are read-only, copyright protected publications and cannot be printed or copied but are here to help you with your project.
Code Changes Effective February 1, 2022
South Kingstown Zoning Ordinance:
Link: Adopted Ordinance
Permit Inspections: Inspections can be scheduled by calling the office at 789-9331 ext.1225.
- Building: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday No Building Inspections on Wednesdays
- Electrical: Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
- Plumbing/Mechanical: Tuesday and Thursday.
Zoning Board Applications: Zoning Board applications and payments can be dropped off at the Town Hall, Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:00 pm.
Zoning Board Application Link: Zoning Application
Zoning Certificates: To apply for a Zoning Certificate or to make a payment click on the following link: Zoning Certificate Application
Complaints: Life Safety complaints are addressed immediately. Others will be addressed as scheduling allows.
The mission of the Building Inspection and Zoning Department is to provide information and guidance to residents, realtors, contractors, and attorneys to assist in the navigation of the Town’s Building Codes and Zoning Ordinance.
The Zoning Board of Review is charged with hearing and considering the appeal of decisions made by the Planning Board, The Historic District Commission, and the Zoning Enforcement Officer; holds the authority to grant special use permits and variances from the Zoning Ordinance; and is committed to providing a fair and impartial hearing on all applications, in a timely manner.
The duties performed by the Building Inspection and Zoning Department include, but are not limited to:
- Enforce the Town’s Building Codes and Zoning Ordinance
- Enforce the Town’s codes and ordinances affecting health, safety, and welfare
- Process and issue permits for construction
- Provide necessary inspections for code compliance, and issue certificates of use and occupancy
- Review all applications to CRMC for compliance with the Zoning Ordinance
- Consult and advise property owners on the FEMA floodplain regulations
- Serve as Clerk of the Building Code Board of Appeals for variances from Building Codes
- Serve as Zoning Enforcement Officer and Clerk of the Zoning Board of Review:
- Process variance, special use permit, and Planning Board decision appeal applications
- Formulate advertisements and schedule hearings
- Process and record minutes and decisions in the land evidence records
- Investigate complaints, issue violation notices of noncompliance of regulations, and prosecute if necessary
- Research and issue zoning certificates when requested
- Assists other departments with construction projects, research, and investigations
- The duties performed by the Zoning Board of Review include, but are not limited to:
- Hear and consider the appeal of decisions made by the Planning Board, The Historic District Commission, and the Zoning Enforcement Officer
- Have authority to grant variances from the Zoning Ordinance
- Have authority to grant special use permits
- 128 Project Certification Form
- Accessory Dwelling Unit Requirements
- Building Code Appeal Form (PDF)
- CRMC Assent Fillable
- Deed Restriction Accessory Apartment
- Deed Restriction Accessory Family Dwelling Unit
- Dock Fact Sheet
- Energy Certificate
- How to create a radius map and abutters list
- Permit Requirements and Permit Exemptions
- Requirements - Accessory Stuctures
- Requirements - Additions
- Requirements - Alterations
- Requirements - Commercial New, Addition or Renovation
- Requirements-Demolition Permit
- Requirements - Generators
- Requirements-Inspections and COO
- Requirements - New Dwellings
- Requirements - Pools and Hot Tubs
- Safe Well Water Fact Sheet
- Sample Site Plan
- Schedule of Fees and Fairshare Development Fees
- Septic Records and Resources Flyer
- Septic System Suitability Determination RI DEM
- 2024 Zoning Board of Review Annual Calendar
- Zoning Board Application
- Zoning Board of Review Rules of Procedure
- Zoning Board of Review Annual Calendar 2023
- Zoning Enforcement Officer/Building Officials Decision Appeal Form (PDF)