Application Process

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.