Building permits are regulated by the Massachusetts State Building Code 780CMR, which is available online on the Massachusetts State Building Code website. 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.
Ordinary repairs as defined in 780 CMR 2.
Fences six feet in height or less.
Retaining walls less than four feet high.
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’)
Required Paperwork for Building Permit
Apply for Permit Online (Visit the Online Building Permit Link which will bring you directly to Viewpoint)
Certified Plot Plan
Complete Building Plans (Normally three sets, 11X 17)
Energy Code Per Chapter 13 Appendix J
Engineering Specs for LVLs, steel, etc.
Construction Supervisor’s License
Home Improvement Contractor’s Registration
Worker’s Comp’ Insurance Certificate
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 located at: 62 Arlington Street Dracut MA, 01826