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Prior to applying for a building permit you should contact the Code Administration Department to determine if you will need any additional permits or approvals and to verify the application fee.
You can complete the building permit application online or in person at the Code Administration office in Town Hall.
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If the application is complete and all prerequisite approvals have been obtained, no more than 30 days. The nature of the work proposed will impact the length of time to process the application. This will vary based upon the level of permit activity, which fluctuates seasonally. Please call the office to check the status at 978-777-0001, ext. 3061 or 3062. Thank you for your patience.
A property owner, or the owner's duly authorize agent may apply for a building permit. To nominate an agent an owner must sign a writing that identifies the property, the owner and the agent.
Contractors remain responsibilities pursuant to G.L. c 142 A even when the property owner or agent apply for the building permit.
An ordinary repair is any maintenance that does not affect the structure, egress, fire protection systems, fire ratings, energy conservation, plumbing, sanitary, gas, electrical or other utilities.
A building permit is required to:
Certain accessory structures, fences 6 feet in height or less, greenhouses and ordinary repairs may not require a permit. Please consult with the Code Administration department with any questions.