When is a building permit necessary?

Any person seeking to 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 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 110.0 Application for Permit.

Paving projects do not require a building permit but will require a permit from the Department of Public Works is work is being done within the public right-of-way.  Ther are also zoning restrictions on the amount and location of paving, so check first with the Department of Public Works.