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Building Department

The Building Department's main responsibility is to interpret and enforce the State Building, Electrical, Plumbing, Gas, Fire Prevention and Mechanical Codes, as well as local zoning bylaws and Architectural Access Board Regulations. Proper application of the Building Codes help provide safe buildings and structures. Enforcement of Building Codes helps prevent property damage from perils such as fire, flood, high winds, snow loads, seismic forces from earthquakes, and most importantly, protects against injury or loss of life. The Building Department staff issue permits, inspect construction at regular intervals, and conduct periodic safety inspections of multi-family housing, restaurants, schools, religious institutions, and other places of assembly, and levy fines or prosecute when necessary to obtain code compliance.


****We have been informed by the Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) that effective as early as February 1, 2023, CSL Licenses will no longer be printed or issued in the current version. Please note the License Holder (not the Building Department) is responsible to upload Proof of License with the Permit Application.

 

MEMO FROM BUILDING DEPT
RE: 10th EDITION BUILDING CODE AND STRETCH ENERGY UPDATE
Please be aware that the 10th Edition Building Code has been approved and sent to the Secretary of State
for promulgation. We expect effective date ASAP and concurrency period will end Dec 31,2024
Effective July 1,2024, new HERS values are in effect for new homes. Please consult the 2023 Stretch
Energy Code for further information.


Staff Contacts

Name

Title

Phone

Robert Garside

 Building Commissioner

(978) 597-1709
Janet Leavitt Building Department Assistant (978) 597-1709


Hours of Operation:
Monday through Thursday 9am to 4pm.
Building Inspections are scheduled on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, Please call (978)597 1709 for an appointment window.
Electrical Inspections are on Monday and Wednesday afternoons only. You must call and leave a Message (978)597 1700 X1727.

CLOSED ON FRIDAYS
Contact Info:
Phone:
(978) 597-1709 General Office
(978) 597-1700 ext.1727 Wiring Inspector, PLEASE LEAVE A MESSAGE, Inspections Monday and Wednesday after 3p.m.
(978) 597-8125 Plumbing Inspector, Call hours mornings between 7a.m. and 8a.m.
(978) 597-8855 Weights and Measures

Fax:
(978) 597-8135

Address:
272 Main Street Lower Level
Townsend, MA 01469
United States

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