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Home Remodeling
The Steps
  1. Review some issues that may impact your project
  2. Get your application together 
  1. Review your materials before submission to the Building departmentAs the homeowner, even if you are using a contractor, you should pay close attention to the following details: 
    • The Building permit application must be signed by the homeowner.
    • Review your plot plan with your surveyor to make sure that all the dimension lines are included for both the existing and proposed structures.
    • Review your plot plan and building plans to insure compliance with current zoning regulations.

    In particular, make sure that an architect has computed and included:
    • Floor plans for the new and existing areas that show percentage increase in gross floor area.
    • Plans that indicate percentage of demolition of exterior envelope and all elevations.
    • Remember that smoke detector locations must be clearly marked on the plans
  2. Submit your application materialsSubmit completed forms to the Building Department (500 Dedham Avenue) along with:
    • Five copies of the plot plan wet stamped and signed by registered land surveyor (plot plan specifics). (Available plot plan information can be obtained in the Engineering Division)
    • Two copies of building plans (may need to be wet stamped and signed depending upon scope of work).
  3. What happens next?Once the application is submitted, it will be reviewed for completeness and compliance. Given the smaller scope of a remodeling project as compared with a major addition, only the Building Department will review the application for completeness of drawings and zoning compliance.

    The more time you spend to make sure that your application is complete, the quicker your permit will be issued. (Approximate timelinesThe permit is then issued and construction must begin within 6 months.
  4. Get inspections at various stages during the work
    • Foundation inspection, including damp proofing and waterproofing.
    • Rough electrical inspection.
    • Rough plumbing inspection.
    • Rough gas inspection (If propane see Fire Department, 88 Chestnut Street).
    • Rough smoke detector inspection by Fire Inspector.
    • Rough framing inspection after fire stopping is complete and before insulation.
    • Insulation inspection, as or when required.
    • Final electrical inspection.
    • Final plumbing and gas inspections.
    • Final Fire Department inspection/smoke detectors certificate. Oil burner inspection if applicable.
    • Final building inspection.
    • Certificate of occupancy, if applicable. Make sure you see the certificate of occupancy signed by the Building Inspector to ensure project completion prior to making final payment to contractor to ensure permit is closed preventing issues with future projects.
  5. Enjoy your new space

Please review the Frequently Asked Questions to understand this process and avoid problems that may slow down the process.