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1. When is a Building Permit required?
2. Who can be issued a building permit?
3. How long will it take to get a building permit?
4. How long are permits good for?
5. What do I need to file an application for a building permit?
6. At what point will I receive my building permit?
7. When is a Wetland Permit required?
8. What about the issuance of plumbing, gas or wiring permits?
9. Do I need separate approval from the Fire Department to complete my building permit?
10. When does the Fire department inspect the project?
11. During the reconstruction of my house, do I need to replace existing smoke detectors in rooms or areas of my house that are not under reconstruction?
12. How many days notice is needed to plan for inspections?
13. Do I need a Plot Plan as part of my building application?
14. Do I need the property owner's signature on the building application?
15. Is there a list of licensed asbestos removers?
16. In addition to a rodent inspection, what other inspections must be conducted prior to a Demolition Permit being issued?
17. Why does it take four weeks to complete the demolition permit?
18. Why does the Demolition form need to be hand-delivered to the Building Department?
19. How long is the rodent inspection good for?
20. Why do I need to hire a licensed asbestos inspector?
21. Is there a fine for not properly disposing of mercury devices?
22. What is a Surety Bond and when do I need one?
23. Is the Street Occupancy Permit needed to obtain a Building Permit?
24. Who do I contact at utility companies to cut and cap utilities for a Demolition Permit?
25. If my builder is not familiar with Needham, what requirements are unique to Needham that I should highlight?
26. Are there any restrictions on working hours?
27. Are there things that I should be aware of that can help during the building permit application process?