When is a building permit necessary?
Any person seeking to construct, reconstruct, alter, repair, remove, or demolish a building or structure; or to change the use or occupancy of a building or structure; or to install or alter any equipment for which provisions are made or is regulated by the 780 CMR Massachusetts State Building Code must first obtain a building permit from the Building Department. For more specific information see 780 CMR Section 105 Permits.

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1. When is a building permit necessary?
2. By who is a permit application made?
3. Who can be issued a building permit?
4. Can a homeowner apply for and be issued a building permit?
5. Can a homeowner apply for any Wiring, Plumbing, or Gas permit?
6. What are the fees for building, wiring, plumbing, gas permits, and other building department functions?
7. Do the inspectors for the Building Department carry official identification?
8. Does a building permit expire?
9. Who do I contact with questions regarding zoning (setbacks, frontage of area, pre-existing nonconforming structure, etc.)?
10. Do I need a permit to install a shed?
11. When do I need a certified plot plan?
12. Do I need a permit for a fence and what are the requirements?
13. What is the process for applying for a building permit?
14. Can I receive a temporary Certificate of Occupancy?
15. How long does it take to process a permit application?
16. What are the hours a contractor can work?
17. Do I need a building permit for a driveway?
18. How do you apply for a sign or Facade Design Review?
19. How do I appeal a building permit or a decision made by a Building Inspector?
20. Who do I contact about hooking up to town water, sewer, or drainage?
21. How do I receive permission for a curb cut?