Building Permits

  1. WHEN IS A PERMIT REQUIRED?

Building permits are regulated by the Massachusetts State Building Code 780CMR, which is available on line at www.state.ma.us/bbrs/code.htm. In general, a permit is required to construct, reconstruct, alter, repair, remove or demolish a building or structure: or to change the use or occupancy of a building or structure.

Exemptions:

  1. Ordinary repairs as defined in 780 CMR 2.
  2. Fences six feet in height or less.
  3. Retaining walls less than four feet high.
  4. One story detached sheds, playhouses, etc. less than 10’x12’. (Zoning By-Laws require front setbacks of at least 30’, and side and rear yard setbacks of at least 10’)
  1. REQUIRED PAPERWORK FOR BUILDING PERMIT.
  • APPLICATION FORM. Filled out completely in ink.
  • CERTIFIED PLOT PLAN.
  • COMPLETE BUILDING PLANS (Normally three sets, 11X 17)
  • ENERGY CODE per CHAPTER 13 Appendix J.
  • ENGINEERING SPEC’S for LVLs, steel, etc.
  • CONSTRUCTION SUPERVISOR’S LICENSE.
  • HOME IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR’S REGISTRATION.
  • WORKER’S COMP’ INSURANCE CERTIFICATE.
  • DEBRIS AFFADAVIT.
  • BUILDING CHECKLIST.
  1. OTHER INFORMATION AS REQUIRED.
  • Recorded Special Permit from Planning Board.
  • Recorded Special Permit or Variance or Finding from Zoning Board of Appeals.
  • Signed Lot Release or Recorded ANR plan from Planning Board.
  • Approved Site Plans from Planning Board.

A Building Permit application is a legal document, which must be filled out accurately and completely. The forms are available at the Town Hall 62 Arlington Street Dracut MA 01826.

 

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