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
|Deputy Building Inspector:
|Deputy Wiring Inspector:
||Thomas DeCosta- 508-998-0225
|Deputy Plumbing Inspector
||William Alphonse, Jr.- 508-998-0225
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
Non residential structures: storage sheds, roadside
stands, farm, buildings
$.15 per sq. ft.
Pools: (fish ponds greater than 24" in depth)
$40.00 (electric permit required)
Signs as allowed
Larger signs by special permit
$40.00 Temp O.C. $45.00 per each 30 days
Late Filing: DOUBLE ALL FEES
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.
Other permit fees:
Trailer or R.V. occupancy - with order per BOH yearly
This would include any office or site trailers
Storage Container (trailer box) as per BOS yearly
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
Wind turbine or other "green structure" per inspection
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
Late Filing: DOUBLE ALL FEES
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
Commercial and Industrial Graduated Fees:
|For Electrical Installation Totaling Not Over $100.00
|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
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.
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
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
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.