Building Department

Building Department update as of May 22, 2020

The Building Department is open yet the PSAB is closed to visitors.


Beginning Monday May 11, the Needham Building Department resumed processing building and mechanical permits for all construction work including demolition and new building.  Please be advised that the Building Department’s offices are closed to the public and the staff is working in ways that maintain social distancing. Given these precautions and the demand for permits, wait times for permit processing may be longer than normal. All permit applications must be submitted electronically at  If you’d like to speak with an Inspector please call the offices between 8:30am and 4:00pm, Monday through Thursday, and 8:00am through 12:00noon on Fridays.

Payment is by check only.  Please either drop off your check in the mail slot at 500 Dedham Ave. or mail it to us at 500 Dedham Ave., Needham, MA 02492.  Please include the Permit Number and Property Address on your check.


Inspections are being performed daily through noon time.  Please contact the office (781-455-7550, Ext. 309) to schedule.  Please do not contact the Inspector on his cell phone to schedule inspections. 

Please read this document to familiarize yourself with our inspection procedures:

                 Inspection Procedures during COVID-19 Outbreak 


For Smoke Detector inspections, please click this link Executive Order


All applications must be submitted via ViewPoint Cloud (VPC) On-Line Permitting:

UPDATED:  For more ViewPoint Cloud information please click here


The Building Division staff enforces state building, electrical, plumbing, gas, mechanical codes, and sheet metal as well as local zoning by-laws and Architectural Access Board Regulation.


Our staff:

  • Conducts periodic safety inspections of multi-family dwellings, restaurants, schools, religious institutions, museums, and other places of assembly
  • Issues permits
  • Inspects construction sites

Main Phone Number - 781 455-7550, Ext. 537

Staff Members

  • David A. Roche, CBO
    Building Commissioner - Ext. 308
  • Erik J. Tardif
    Assistant Building Commissioner - Ext. 341
  • Bernard Ashley
    Local Building Inspector - Ext. 335
  • Jim Grover
    Local Building Inspector - Ext. 310
  • Larry V. DiBona
    Plumbing & Gas Inspector - Ext. 311
  • Scott W. Chisholm
    Wiring Inspector - Ext 312
  • John J. McGourty
    Wiring Inspector - Ext 333
  • Lyn B. Heintz
    Administrative Specialist - Ext. 309
  • Rick Rutherford 
    Department Assistant - Ext 332
  • Sheila Whisler
    Department Assistant - Ext. 215

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