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The Steps
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 - this form must be signed by the homeowner, even if a contractor is completing the application
  • Home improvement contractor’s affidavit - this form must be completed even if the homeowner is functioning as the contractor or doing the work. If the homeowner applies for the 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
  • Workers' Compensation Insurance affidavit - this must be completed by the contractor or the homeowner, whoever is doing the work. Homeowner License Exemption affidavit - must be completed if the homeowner is applying for the permit
  • Wood Stove Installation Checklist (if applicable)

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.
  • 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.

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.