The Building Department is responsible for the enforcement of all state and local codes and ordinances pertaining to buildings and structures. The department oversees all building permits and inspection activities with regards to the Massachusetts State Building Code and applicable Massachusetts General Laws, Handicap Access Regulations, local zoning ordinances and specific conditions listed in special permits granted by the Planning Board. The Department is responsible for issuing all building, electrical, plumbing and gas permits. All plans are reviewed for code and local zoning compliance. Individual inspectors inspect all construction to ensure the project complies with the approved plans.

The Building Department is comprised of:

  • One full time Superintendent of Buildings/Building Commissioner
  • One full time Local Building Inspector 
  • One full time Inspector of Wires 
  • One full time Plumbing and Gas Inspector
  • Department Clerk 

Homeowners of one or two family owner occupied buildings are permitted to obtain permits for alterations, additions and repairs on their home. Homeowners are not allowed to perform their own electrical, plumbing or gas installations. Permits for electrical, plumbing and gas must be obtained and all work must be performed by a licensed professional. 

Inspections are typically scheduled on the same day as they are requested. If the work being inspected does not pass, or if an inspector cannot gain entry, a $25 re-inspection fee will be charged.

Should you have questions as to whether or not you need to obtain a permit, or want to verify a contractor’s licenses, please feel free to contact the Building Department.

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