Inspections

When I start construction, is the work inspected?
Yes.  It is the responsibility of the permit holder to call the Inspections Department to arrange for the required inspections.  Required inspections are listed as an insert in the building permit application and indicated on the building permit card, which you will receive when your permit is approved.

Where should the Building Permit card be kept?
The card must be posted in a location visible from the street and accessible to the inspector.  Generally, the best location is inside a front storm door.

How much notice does the inspector need when I am ready for an inspection?
Section 111.2 of the Mass State Building Code states that the contractor must give the inspector 24 hours notice prior to the time when the inspection needs to be performed.  It further states “ the Building Inspector shall make the inspection within 48 hours after such notification”.  

Can I call for plumbing / gas and electrical inspections?
No.  These requests are to be made in writing, on our request form, by the licensed plumber/gasfitter or electrician.  The Inspections Department requires a 24 hour notice for these inspections.

Does someone have to be home during the inspection?
If access to the new work requires the inspector to walk through your existing, furnished house, someone must be present to let the inspector in.  The inspector will not enter an unoccupied furnished house.  We also will not enter a house in which only a child is home, unaccompanied by an adult.  In these cases, pleas make arrangements with the inspector for a time to meet.  We will try to accommodate your schedule as much as possible; however, the large number of inspections and the unpredictability of the length of time each inspection may take, makes precise appointments difficult.