Permitting Fees

Building Permits
Building permit fees for both residential and commercial projects are based on the value of the work to be performed. Our fee structure has been established by Town Meeting*.  The fee is calculated based upon the total cost listed on the Application for Permit to Build by the applicant.

Building Permit Fees

Permit Fees
Residential or Commercial Building Permit $10 per $1,000 of construction value.
 (rounded up to the nearest whole $1,000)  Minimum fee is $25
Re-Inspection (Contractor)
$50 per each re-inspection
Re-Inspection (Homeowner) First Re-Inspection is no charge, 
$50 per each subsequent re-inspection
Notes:  a quick way to calculate permit costs is to round up your "total cost" to the nearest thousand (e.g. $4,500 becomes $5,000), then divide that "total cost" of work by 100.

EX: Total value of work is $4,500. Calculate using rounded up figure $5,000/100=50.  
The building fee would be $50.
 
* Current fees were established at Town Meeting on May 18, 2005
Re-Inspection Fee established at Town Meeting on May 18, 2016

Plumbing Permits
Plumbing Permits will provide for 1 underground, 1 rough and 1 finish inspection.  Any subsequent inspections or re-inspections are subject to an additional $50 fee.

IMPORTANT:  A fine of $100 will be levied for any plumbing or gas fitting work performed without first obtaining the respective permit and the subsequent permit fee for such work shall be double the rate as set forth below.

Plumbing Permit Fees

Permit Fees
Residential (New and Replacement)* $60 plus $5 per fixture
Non-Residential (New and Replacement) $60 plus $8 per fixture
Residential Hot Water Heater Replacement** $60
Non-Residential Hot Water Heater Replacement** $85
Sewer Connection $60
External Grease Trap $150
Re-Inspection $50 per each re-inspection
Notes:  
* A separate plumbing permit shall be filed for each dwelling unit.
** A gas fitting permit is only required for a gas fired water heater.

Gas Fitting Permits
Plumbing Permits will provide for 1 underground, 1 rough and 1 finish inspection.  Any subsequent inspections or re-inspections are subject to an additional $50 fee.

IMPORTANT:  A fine of $100 will be levied for any plumbing or gas fitting work performed without first obtaining the respective permit and the subsequent permit fee for such work shall be double the rate as set forth below.

Gas Permit Fees

Permit Fees
Residential (New and Replacement)* $60 plus $5 per fixture
Non-Residential (New and Replacement) $60 plus $8 per fixture
Residential Hot Water Heater Replacement** $60
Non-Residential Hot Water Heater Replacement** $85
Hood Inspection $150
Re-Inspection $50 per each re-inspection
Notes:  
* A separate gas permit shall be filed for each dwelling unit or each
separate place of business.
** No plumbing permit required.

Certificate of Inspection
As per the Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Building Code, Section 106.5

Certificate of Inspection Fees

Permit Fees
Churches, Church Halls, Restaurants, Clubs and Athletic Facilities $40 per year
Private Schools and Educational Facilities $40 per year
Childcare Facilities $40 per year
Institutions/Hospitals/Nursing Homes $100 for the first 100 beds, $2 for each additional 10 beds for a 2-year period
Hotels and Motels* $40 for up to 5 unites, $2 per unit thereafter for a 1-year period
Multi-Family $75, $2 per dwelling unit for a 1-year period
Notes:   * 

In most cases, 1 unit is equal to 2 rooms.