Who can be issued a building permit?
Building Permits are issued to construction supervisors licensed by the Board of Building Regulation and Standards. An exception to this requirement is that a building permit can be issued to homeowners doing work to the single or two family dwelling where the homeowner resides or intends to reside. Homeowners who receive building permits under this exception may be liable for contracting work on their property and are not eligible for protection under the provisions of the Home Improvement Contractor Law (c. 142 A section 1).

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1. When is a Building Permit required?
2. Who can be issued a building permit?
3. How long does it take to obtain a building permit?
4. How long are permits good for?
5. Are permit applications on the Towns Website?
6. What do I need to file an application for a building permit?
7. Do I need a Plot Plan as part of my building application?
8. What do I need to obtain a plumbing, gas or wiring permits?
9. When do I need to obtain a Sheet Metal Permit?
10. Do I need the property owner's signature on the building application?
11. How many days notice is needed to plan for inspections?
12. Does the Fire Department review the plans?
13. Do I need separate approval from the Fire Department to complete my building permit?
14. When does the Fire department inspect the project?
15. During the reconstruction of my house, do I need to replace existing smoke detectors in rooms or areas of my house that are not under reconstruction?
16. When is a Wetland Permit required?
17. Is there a list of licensed asbestos removers?
18. In addition to a rodent inspection, what other inspections must be conducted prior to a Demolition Permit being issued?
19. How long is the rodent inspection good for?
20. Why do I need to hire a licensed asbestos inspector?
21. What is a Surety Bond and when do I need one?
22. Is there a fine for not properly disposing of mercury devices?
23. Is the Street Occupancy Permit needed to obtain a Building Permit?
24. Who do I contact at utility companies to cut and cap utilities for a Demolition Permit?
25. If my builder is not familiar with Needham, what requirements are unique to Needham that I should highlight?
26. Are there things that I should be aware of that can help during the building permit application process?
27. Are there any restrictions on working hours?