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Home  :  Town Hall :  Building Department

Acushnet Town Hall
122 Main Street
Acushnet, MA 02743

Telephone: 508-998-0225 / Fax: 508-998-0204
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm
Town Hall Closed Weekends & Legal Holidays

Building Inspector: James Marot-508-998-0225
Deputy Building Inspector: Nate Darling-508-998-0225
Senior Clerk: Brigette Benoit-508-998-0225
Wiring Inspector: Frank Knox-508-995-6469
Deputy Wiring Inspector: Thomas DeCosta- 508-998-0225
Plumbing Inspector: Raymond LaFrance-508-9958602
Deputy Plumbing Inspector William Alphonse, Jr.- 508-998-0225

Useful Information:

Building Department Fees (Residential)

1 & 2 story buildings including additions:

      $.30 per sq. ft. or fraction thereof ($80. min)

for calculating this will include walk out basement, garages, decks. porches and 50% of unfinished basements or walk up attics (not pull down stair way). Square Foot calculation will be to the outside dimension of Structure.

Projects with more than one dwelling unit:
      Building permit fee plus $150.00 per unit

      $30.00 per room or .15 per sq. ft. which ever is larger

Non residential structures: storage sheds, roadside stands, farm, buildings
      $.15 per sq. ft.             $60.00 minimum

Demolition:   $100.00

Pools: (fish ponds greater than 24" in depth)

Above Ground          $40.00 (electric permit required)

Inground                    $60.00


Temporary                                            $30.00   

Signs as allowed                                 $30.00

Larger signs by special permit          $125.00

Occupancy Permits                             $40.00    Temp O.C. $45.00 per each 30 days

Re-inspection                                       $45.00


Commercial Construction and Alteration

$15.00 per $1000.00 of estimated cost or fraction thereof.  Minimum fee $1000.00
or $.45 per sq. ft. (which ever is less) sq. footage based on the outside dimensions of the building.

Demolition:                                          $250.00

Other permit fees:

Trailer or R.V. occupancy - with order per BOH  yearly renewal        $60.00

This would include any office or site trailers

Storage Container (trailer box) as per BOS  yearly renewal              $100.00

Yearly permitting of storage containers or trailers must conform to zoning.

Buildable lot inquiries (to be made in writing)-       This would be a zoning determination and usually requires a fair amount of research with a letter of finding being placed in the permanent folder.                                                                                    $50.00

Wind turbine or other "green structure" per inspection                       $30.00

Zoning permit (structure not governed by the building code)             $30.00

Inspection of Facility for a Social Event with or without Issuance of temporary Liquor License by BOS (Done with Fire Dept.)                                         $60.00                        this fee can be waived by the BOS for charity and not for profit events.

Replacement of lost field card                                                                $30.00


Pluming & Gas Fitting Fees

Residential - Plumbing Permit $40.00 plus $8.00 per fixture
Residential - Gas Permit $30.00 plus $15.00 per fixture

Residential - Pool Heaters $40.00

Residential - Generators $45.00
Residential - Plumbing or Gas Appliance Replacement $40.00
Residential - Gas Test Only $20.00

Residential - Sewer Tie In $50.00 plus $8.00 per added fixture

Commercial - Plumbing Permit $65.00 plus $10.00 per fixture
Commercial - Gas Permit $50.00 plus $25.00 per fixture

Commercial - Plumbing or Gas Appliance Replacement $65.00
Commercial - Gas Test Only $30.00
Commercial - Sewer Tie In $65.00 plus $10.00 per added fixtures

All Work Started Without A Permit $65.00

Call Back Inspection on Non-Approved Plumbing or Gas Installations $65.00

No person shall construct, add to or alter any portion of the plumbing or gas piping system of any building (except to repair leaks) until a permit is granted by the Plumbing & Gas Inspector.

Wiring Permit Fees


New Dwellings $160.00
Travel Trailers $40.00
Heating Systems $40.00
Underground Service $80.00
Service Renovations $40.00
Alarm System $80.00
Additional Wiring $40.00
In-ground Pools $80.00
Above-ground Pools $45.00
Temporary Service $40.00
Additions $80.00

Commercial and Industrial Graduated Fees:

For Electrical Installation Totaling Not Over $100.00 $50.00
For Each Additional $100.00 up to $4,900.00 $5.00 per $100.00
"        "       "           "    $5,000.00 to $15,000.00 $3.00 per $100.00
"        "       "           "    $15,000.00 to $40,000.00 $2.00 per $100.00

There will be a charge of $40.00 for every re-inspection necessitated by faulty or illegal installation, or not in accordance with requirements of the Massachusetts Electrical Code.

Further, any person, firm, or corporation failing to procure a wiring permit from the Inspector of Wires before proceeding with any electrical work or installation shall be fined three times the cost of the permit.

What is a Building Permit?
A building permit shows construction was reviewed for Code Compliance.

What Construction Projects Need Building Permits?
New Buildings, Mobile Homes, Additions, Electrical Systems, Renovations, Plumbing Systems, Demolitions, HVAC systems (heating, ventilating, air conditioning), Prefabricated Structures, Miscellaneous for residential (fireplace, pools, decks, fences, etc.) and structures 120 sq. ft and larger.

Why a Building Permit?
Building permits provide the means for Code Officials to protect the public by reducing the potential hazards of unsafe construction and therefore ensuring the public health, safety and welfare. The building permit process helps us understand all local laws and ordinances are. Before any construction begins, application for a permit should be made. Building permits provide the means for Code Officials to inspect construction to ensure that minimum standards are met and appropriate materials are used.

What If I Want to Do a Building Project Myself?
Building departments have pamphlets and brochures explaining in detail how to obtain permits, and how to design and construct a safe building.

Why Should Minimum Safety Codes Apply to My Own House?
For several reasons:

  • For your personal safety and that of your family and the guests invited into your home.

  • To ensure the economic well-being of the community by reducing potential spread of fire and disease.

  • For the conservation of energy.

  • To protect future home purchasers who deserve reasonable assurance that the home they buy will be safe.

  • Did You Know That a Home is Resold Every Five to Seven Years?

Visit or Call your Local Code Official:
The Code Official will ask "What are you planning to do?" and "Where are you planning to do it?". Then, the Code Official will explain the requirements (codes/ordinances) regarding your project. An application for a building permit will be given to you at this time. This initial contact will provide the resources and information you will need to make your project a success and avoid potential problems which could cost you time and money.

Submit Application:
The permit application requires information about the construction project. You'll be asked to document "who" will perform the work, "what" work will be done, "where" the work will be done, "when" the work will be done and "how" the work will be done. Sketches, drawings, plans or other documentation of all the proposed work will have to be submitted for review which show in enough detail all requirements to display code compliance.

Wait During Review Process:
The majority of applications are processed quickly. The Code Official will determine if your project is in compliance with the construction codes, zoning ordinances, and with other municipal or state ordinances and statutes.  State law allows 30 calendar days for this review process.

Receive Results of Review Process:
The building permit grants legal permission to start construction. You must proceed as approved in the review process. A fee will be collected at this time. The permit fee helps defray the cost of the Code Official's time spent in the application/review process and on-site inspections. An additional fee for services, such as water connection and surveys, may be required. Inspections will be indicated on the permit. Keep a copy of the building plans and permit on-site. Any changes must be immediately brought to the attention of the Code Official. Changes will require a review and approval in the same manner as the original application.

Arrange Inspection Visits:
Each major phase of construction must be inspected by the Code Official to make certain the work conforms to the Code, the permit, and the approved plans. The person responsible for the construction project must request each inspection. If an Inspector finds that some work does not conform to approved plans, the Inspector will advise (and possibly provide written notice) that the situation is to be remedied. If the violation is serious, a stop work order may be posted until the problem is resolved. Another inspection may be necessary before work is resumed.

Received Certificate of Occupancy
When code compliance is determined after the final inspection, the Code Official issues a Certificate of Occupancy. This certificate is the formal document which marks the completion of your construction project and gives you permission to occupy your new or renovated building with the knowledge that it has met the safety standards in Acushnet.

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2008 - Town of Acushnet, MA - 122 Main Street, Acushnet, MA 02743
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