Fireplace / Woodstove

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 (PDF)).

Get your application together

  • Verify that your contractor has a current construction supervisor license
  • Verify that your contractor is registered as a home improvement contractor
  • Building Permit Application  - All permit applications and attachments must be submitted electronically. We no longer accept paper permits.
  • Workers' Compensation Insurance affidavit (Fillable PDF) - this must be completed by the contractor or the homeowner, whoever is doing the work.
  • Homeowner Warning Form (PDF) - 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.
  • Provide the MA approval number for gas fireplaces.
  • For masonry chimneys follow the IRC. For wood or gas factory built follow the manufactures specifications. A copy of the Manufactures Specs. will be given back to you once the permit Is issued, have a copy of the installation instruction available for the rough and final 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 completeness of drawings and zoning compliance.

Get inspections at various stages during the work

  • Rough building inspection
  • Rough and final gas inspection (If propane see Fire Department, 88 Chestnut Street ), if applicable
  • Rough and final Fire Department inspections
  • Final building inspection

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