Municipal Inspection/Building Dept


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.


The City of Beverly has adopted the Stretch Energy Code. The code will run concurrently with the existing energy code for six months, beginining July 1, 2011, during which period the applicant can choose either code. The code will go into full force and effect on January 1, 2012. All applications for building permits received after January 1, 2012 must include the applicable Stretch Energy Code Compliance Checklist, available on our “Permit Applications and Forms” page.