Building Permit who needs one?

According to the Massachusetts State Building Code (780 CMR, Section R105.1), building permits are required to “construct, re-construct, 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 provision is made or the installation of which is regulated by the Massachusetts State Building Code.” This means that a permit is needed to cut away any wall or load-bearing support, such as a column, and to change or remove any means of egress or the supporting structure around it. Replacing windows, installing storm windows, and installing kitchen cabinets are all jobs that require a permit. If the renovation involves plumbing or electrical systems, separate permits may be required. Fire code permits may also be needed for some renovations, so be sure to research what is necessary for the specific work being done, according to the website.

Section 201 of the building code indicates that permits are not needed for ordinary repairs that can be defined as “any maintenance which does not affect the structure, egress, fire protection systems, fire ratings, energy conservation provisions, plumbing, sanitary, gas, electrical, or other utilities.” This includes painting, landscaping, adding shutters, fixing locks, working on gutters, fixing a driveway, and tiling. A permit is not needed to build a one-story detached building (such as a shed) provided the floor area doesn’t exceed 120 square feet, fences no taller than six feet, and some retaining walls. The state building code allows individual municipalities to enact stricter codes, so be sure to check with your city or town building department.

Every Town and/or City have their own permit applications some may be completed online, person or you may print from your own home/office.  Also, fees may vary as each town has their own fee for permits.

Do you need more help?  Well you can contact us at 781-599-3773 we are more than welcome to assist you.

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Mack’s Painting & Carpentry