Online permitting applications for building, electrical, plumbing, gas and sheetmetal can now be applied for and paid for online!
*Note: If applying for a demolition permit please print the Demolition Sign-Off Sheet (which can be found on the left side of this page) fill it out and attach to the Building Application.
When are Building Permits Required?
Building Permits are required when an Owner or Owner’s Authorized Agent intends to construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish or change the occupancy or room count of a building, or structure or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system, the installation of which is regulated by a Massachusetts State Code. Should the Owner or Owner’s Authorized Agent cause any work to be performed, they shall first make an application to the Building Inspector and obtain required permits.
Permits are not required for the following work:
- One-Story Accessory structures such as sheds not exceeding 200 sf in size
- Fences under 7 feet tall
- Retaining walls under 4 feet in height (unless supporting a surcharge)
- Sidewalks and driveways
- Finish work such as painting, flooring and cosmetic work
- Pools under 24” deep
- Playground equipment
*Although a Building Permit is not required, permits or approvals may be required by other Departments prior to doing work