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Interior Remodeling
The Steps

  1. Review some issues that may impact your project
    • For interior remodeling the following shall be included in your permit application.
    • Complete the permit application.
    • Workers' Compensation Insurance affidavit (Fillable PDF)
    • For Homeowners obtaining their own permit complete the Home Owners Warning Form.
    • Submit description of work.
    • If it is a project that removes all ceiling and wall covering then smoke detectors need to be upgraded.
    • For smaller scope projects, kitchens, basement and attic conversions, bathrooms and small interior projects provide a floor plan showing scope of work.
    • For basement and attics also provide ceiling height and 4% ventilation calculations. Provide emergency escape openings on all basement and attic conversions and when adding or creating a bedroom.
    • Any engineered material shall have a Registered Design Professional stamp on the spans and installation system.

  2. Get your application together 
    • Workers' Compensation Insurance affidavit (Fillable PDF) - this must be completed by the contractor or the homeowner, whoever is doing the work.
      • Dimension construction plans  
      • Cross Sectional Plan
      • Floor plans with dimensions
      • First & Second Floor , Ceiling and Roof Framing plans including exterior decks and porches
      • For any engineered material provide a Registered Design Professional Stamp for spans and installation design.
      • Energy Code information (Prescriptive, ResCheck or a HERS Rating)
      • Smoke Detector and CO locations must be clearly marked on the plans
      • Cross sectional of walls 


    • Energy Conservation Form  
      Energy Compliance can be met three different ways:
      1. Prescriptive, all mandatory sections in the IECC, please complete energy code form.
      2. Res-Check located at enegycodes.gov.
      3. HERS Rating

    • For the installation of smoke detectors a Fire Department Smoke Detector Permit  shall be completed by the licensed electrician (in duplicate). If there is wiring associated with the installation a wiring permit is required.

  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 or submit a signed contract by both parties in compliance with MGL 142 A  (HIC program).
    • Complete all supporting documents.

  1. What happens next?Once the application is submitted, it will be reviewed for completeness and compliance. 

  2. 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.

  3. Get inspections at various stages during the work
    • 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 HVAC inspection.
    • 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.
  4. Enjoy your new space

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