Municipal Inspections/Building Dept

Online Permitting

NOTICE: DUE TO CORONAVIRUS THE MUNICIPAL INSPECTIONS OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC INDEFINITELY. IN THE MEANTIME WE WILL CONTINUE TO PROCESS PERMITS AND CONDUCT INSPECTIONS WHENEVER POSSIBLE.

YOU CAN STILL APPLY FOR PERMITS ONLINE AND THEY WILL BE PROCESSED IN THE USUAL MANNER.  AS AN OPTION, YOU CAN DOWNLOAD AND COMPLETE A PAPER APPLICATION AND SCAN/EMAIL IT OR FAX IT IN.

PLEASE WAIT TO REQUEST INSPECTIONS THAT ARE NOT TIME SENSITIVE OR WHERE SOCIAL DISTANCING CANNOT BE MAINTAINED.

LEAVE INSPECTION REQUESTS (ADDRESS OF INSPECTION, TYPE OF INSPECTION AND  YOUR NAME AND PHONE NUMBER) ON OUR VOICEMAIL OR EMAIL. WE WILL BE MONITORING BOTH. DO NOT ASSUME THAT YOUR REQUEST HAS BEEN ACCEPTED UNLESS YOU HEAR BACK FROM US.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING

The Municipal Inspections Department enforces the State Building Code, Uniform State Plumbing and Gas Code, State Mechanical Code, State Electrical Code, Architectural Access Board Regulations, and Beverly Zoning Ordinances. This involves plan review, permit issuance, and inspection of all building, electrical, plumbing, gas, and mechanical construction in the city, including new structures, additions, alterations, and repairs. In addition to inspections of new construction, the department is responsible for inspecting and issuing Certificates of Inspection for all existing places of assembly (theaters, religious institutes, schools, nightclubs, restaurants, recreational facilities, public and semi-public pools, bleachers), educational uses (colleges, schools, day care centers), and all residential uses other than one and two-family dwellings (multi-family dwellings, hotels, motels, group dwellings).

The department is also responsible for enforcing the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Architectural Access Board Regulations involving handicapped accessibility to buildings. The Sealer of Weights and Measures reports to the Director. The sealer determines the accuracy of all weights and measuring devices in commercial and public use within the city.

STRETCH ENERGY CODE The City of Beverly has adopted the Stretch Energy Code.  All applications for building permits must include the applicable Stretch Energy Code Compliance Checklist, available on our “Permit Applications and Forms” page.


Certificates of Inspection

 

Application for Certificate of Inspection

Application for Certificate of Inspection

This application is required for all establishments that are subject to periodic inspections (restaurants, schools, places of assembly, multi-family dwellings)

Certificate of Inspection Fee Schedule

C-of-I-Fees-revised-2013.pdf (49.49 KB)

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Permit Applications and Forms

Application to Alter/Renew a Building Permit

Amend-permit.pdf (37.55 KB)

Use this form if you are changing the scope of work, changing contractors/architects, and/or renewing a permit

Building Permit Application – For Projects Other Than One or Two-Family Dwellings

BP-Application-Commercial.pdf (99 KB)

Use this application for all building permits for structures other than one or two-family dwellings

Building Permit Application – One and Two-Family Dwellings

BP-Application-for-One-or-Two-Family-Dwelling-2.pdf (54 KB)

Use this application for all building permits that involve one or two-family dwellings

Building Permit Packet – For Projects Other Than One or Two-Family Dwellings

BP Commercial Packet

This packet contains all documents that are typically needed for a building permit involving a structure other than a one or two-family dwelling. Note that not all pages are required for all projects.

Building Permit Packet – One and Two-Family Dwellings

BP One or Two Family Packet

This packet contains all forms that are typically required on projects involving one or two-family dwellings. Note that not all pages are required for all projects.

Construction Control Affidavits

Initial, Final, and Phased Construction Control forms and affidavits are available at the State Department of Public Safety website at: Construction Control Documents

Submit these forms/affidavits for projects that fall under the Controlled Construction requirements of the State Building Code

Debris Dispoal Form

Debris-Disposal-Form.pdf (16.49 KB)

This document must accompany all applications for building permits whenever construction debris is being disposed

Electrical Permit Application

Electrical-Permit-Application.pdf (332.19 KB)

This is the state’s uniform application to perform electrical work. It can only be filed by a licensed electrician

Flood Hazard Areas – Notice for Work on Existing Buildings

Notice for Work on Existing Buildings in SFHA

Submit this package for alterations/renovations/additions to buildings that are located in a Flood Hazard Area. Refer to our Floodplain Development page for additional information/forms.

Gas Permit Application

Gas-Permit-Application-2.pdf (10.35 KB)

This is the state’s uniform application to perform gas work. It can only be filed by a licensed gasfitter

Homeowner’s License/Registration Waiver

Homeowner-License-Exemption.pdf (31.17 KB)

Submit this form with the building permit application if you are a homeowner who is acting as your own contractor

Plumbing Permit Application

Plumbing-Permit-Application-2.pdf (22.7 KB)

This is the state’s uniform application to perform plumbing work. It can only be filed by a licensed plumber

Request for Enforcement

Request-for-Enforcement.pdf (42.41 KB)

Use this form to to file a complaint regarding a possible building code or zoning ordinance violation

Request for Information

Request-for-Information.pdf (34.86 KB)

Use this form to request plans or other documents on file, or to request general information

Sheet Metal Permit

sheet-metal-permit.pdf (17 KB)

A sheet metal permit is required for all work governed by 271 CMR. The permit can only be issued to a licensed sheet metal worker.

Stretch Energy Code Compliance Checklist – Commercial

Stretch-Energy-Code-Commercial-2.pdf (33.41 KB)

Stretch Energy Code Compliance Checklist – Residential

Stretch-Energy-Code-Residential.pdf (33.31 KB)

Include this form with your building permit application for all single family residential projects and all multi-family projects of 3 stories or less.

Worker’s Compensation Insurance Affidavit

Worker’s Compensation Affidavits can be found at the Massachusetts Dept. of Industrial Accidents web site at: https://www.mass.gov/files/documents/2016/08/vx/f-aff-builders.pdf

This form must be submitted with all building permit applications

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Building Permit Fees

 

Category Fee
New Construction, Additions, Alterations, Repairs, Demolition $12.00/$1,000 (one and two-family)

$15.00/$1,000 (other than 1 or 2 family)

Solar Installations $10.00 per panel

Maximum fee: $500 (one and two-family dwellings)

Maximum fee $1,000 (other than 1 or 2 family dwellings)

(Solar fees revised 12/12/19)

Minimum Fee $65.00
Certificate of Occupancy (Existing Buildings) $125
Replacement of Lost or Damaged Permit Card $30
Renewal of Expired Permit $65/year
Temporary Structures, Temporary Signs, Tents $30
Re-inspection for Work Not Complete $65
Certificate of Inspection See Separate Fee Schedule
  1. Fees are based on the total value of construction (not on the cost) as determined by the building department
  2. For projects where a certificate of occupancy is required by the building code, the certificate of occupancy fee is included in building permit
  3. Work done without permit shall be double (2x) the original fee (max. additional fee $1,000)
  4. Fee is based on the value of the entire project, including trades.
  5. Construction costs are rounded to the next highest whole $1,000 (i.e. $10,200 = $11,000)

Sheet Metal Permit Fees

$12/$1,000 for 1 and 2-family dwellings, $15/$1,000 for other than 1 or 2 family dwellings (minimum fee: $65)

Plumbing and Gas Permit Fees

$10 per fixture or $65 (whichever is greater)

Reinspection fee if work not up to code ($50)

Fines: Any work started without obtaining a permit or proper notification to inspector shall be subject to permit fee being doubled.

Electrical Permit Fees

Certificate of insurance, workers’ compensation insurance affidavit and proof of licensure must be included with each application for permit to perform electrical work

$25.00/$1,000 of estimated cost of electrical work. Includes labor, equipment and materials

$10.00 per panel for solar installations. $1.00 per panel for all panels over 1000. Maximum fee $500 for 1 and 2-family dwellings (Solar fees revised 12/12/19).

$65.00 minimum fee

$65.00 reinspection fee for work not complete

ANNUAL INSTITUTIONAL PERMIT

Category Fee
First 100,000 s.f. or less $250.00
Each additional 100,000 s.f. or fraction thereof $100.00
Remainder over 1,000,000 $800.00
  1. The inspector of wires shall approve all fees. Fees shall be made by check or money order
  2. Payments are non-refundable and non-transferable, except in the case of a contractor change
  3. Permits are void after one year
  4. Final cost affidavits shall be submitted prior to final inspections or electrical installations with fees $2,000 or greater
  5. The inspector of wires may use methods including, but not limited to, R.S. Means, other cost estimating publications, and/or signed contracts to confirm cost
  6. Work done without a permit shall be double (2X) the original fee

Refund Policy

Permit fees are payable at the time of application and are non-refundable, except as otherwise provided below. Permit fees cover the cost of administration, plan reviews and inspections.

Fees for permits issued are eligible for partial refund only under the following circumstances:

  • No work shall have taken place associated with the permit
  • Refunds may only be requested by and paid to the party that paid the fee
  • The request for a refund must be in writing or email and must provide cause as to why the permit is no longer required
  • Request must be made within 90 days of the date the permit was issued
  • Any decreased cost of construction resulting from the alteration of construction plans will not result in the refund of any amount of the paid permit fee

Application Fee: A $65 application fee will be deducted from all permit refunds

Review Fee: In addition to the $65 application fee, permits that require plan review and/or inter-office review (such as new structures, additions, alterations, decks, etc.) a 20% review fee will be deducted from the refund if the review has begunA full refund may be granted for any fee that was erroneously paid

This policy is effective April 1, 2019


General Information

 

Application Requirements – 1 and 2-Family Dwellings

Application-Summary-Table-residential-1.pdf (4 KB)

This table summarizes the licenses and permits required for construction/repairs/alterations to 1 and 2-family dwellings

Application Requirements – Commercial Construction

Application-Summary-Table-1-commercial.pdf (142.15 KB)

This table sumarizes the licenses and permits required for construction/alterations/repairs to all structures other than 1 or 2-family dwellings

Deck Construction Guide – DCA 6

Deck-Construction-Guide-DCA-6.pdf (4.04 MB)

Decks – Coastal Construction

Decks-Coastal.pdf (476.24 KB)

Procedures for Securing an Abandoned Building

Board-Up-Procedures.pdf (137.34 KB)

Stairway Construction

Stairway-Manuf-Assoc.pdf (1.36 MB)

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Building Notes

 

A series of notes to assist the homeowner/contractor through the permitting and construction process:


Floodplain Development

New:

Homeowner’s Handbook to Prepare for Coastal Hazards – 3rd Edition, July 2020

Quick Links

Floodplain Development General Information

Floodplain Development Permit General Information

Refer to this document first. It explains the process for development in a special flood hazard area (SFHA)

Application for Floodplain Development Permit

Beverly Floodplain Application

Use this application for any proposed development in a special flood hazard area (SFHA)

FEMA Elevation Certificate

FEMA Elevation Certificate

The elevation certificate is used to provide elevation information necessary to ensure compliance with the floodplain development ordinance. This document is provided here for the user’s convenience. However, refer to FEMA for the latest certificate.

FEMA Floodproofing Certificate

No-Rise Certificate

Submit this certificate for flood-proofing non-residential buildings as an alternative to elevating the structure. This document is provided here for the user’s convenience. However, refer to FEMA for the latest certificate.

Nonconversion Agreement

Nonconversion Agreement

Use for garages, sheds, storage rooms and crawls spaces greater than 6′ in height that are below the base flood elevation (A-Zones only).

No-Rise Certificate

No-Rise Certificate

A No-Rise Certifictae must be submitted for all development within a “regulatory floodway.”

Notice for Work on Existing Buildings in SFHA

Notice for Work on Existing Buildings in SFHA

Use this document for guidance on whether or not your project is defined as a “substantial improvement” or “repairs to substantial damage”. For additional guidance, refer to FEMA P-758.

V-Zone Certification

V-Zone Certification

Used for floodplain development in a V-Zone


State Division of Professional Licensure Links

The State Department of Public Safety is responsible for promulgation of the State Building Code and Architectural Access Board Regulations, and for licensing of construction supervisors. For more information, click on the following links: