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Review some issues that may impact your project
Your project might not conform with the current Needham Zoning By-Law (For a definition of "non-conforming" see Zoning By-Law).

Get your application together
  • Verify that your contractor has a current construction supervisor license
  • Verify that your contractor is registered as an home improvement contractor
  • Building Permit Application - 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 sections that apply to your project. We strongly suggest using our fillable document located throughout our site for clarity. 
  • Homeowner Warning Form - Shall be carefully read and signed by the homeowner if the homeowner is obtaining the Building Permit. If the homeowner obtains the Building Permit, access is denied to the arbitration program and guaranty fund both of which provide recourse for a homeowner when a contractor does not complete agreed upon work. See MGL c.142A section 1.
  • Submit two copies of the manufactures specifications. 

  • For masonry chimneys follow the IRC. For wood or gas factory built follow the manufactures specifications. Have a copy of the installation instruction available for the rough inspection. 

Review Your Materials Before Submission to the Building Department

As 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 

    Submit Your Application Materials
     
Submit completed forms to the Building Department (500 Dedham Avenue) along with two copies of building plans (wet stamped and signed), if applicable.

What happens next?
Once the application is submitted the Building department must sign off on the application before it can be issued, looking for completedness of drawings and zoning compliance.

Get inspections at various stages during the work
  • Rough building inspection
  • Rough gas inspection (If propane see Fire Department, 88 Chestnut Street ), if applicable
  • Final building inspection

Enjoy your new space!
Please review the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) to understand this process and avoid problems that may slow down the process.