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9TH EDITION OF THE MASS. STATE BUILDING CODE IS STILL IN EFFECT. UPDATE TO THE 10TH EDITION IS EXPECTED IN LATER 2023

CONSTRUCTION WORKING HOURS:  MONDAY-FRIDAY 7:00AM - 7:00PM AND SATURDAY 9:00AM-7:00PM

NO CONSTRUCTION WORK ALLOWED ON SUNDAYS OR HOLIDAYS

Through this portal you have access to all of our online services for permitting, planning and zoning, licensing, code enforcement and general requests.  We value your input, if you have any comments or suggestions please email us at isd@somervillema.gov.

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      • LICENSING BY BOARD OF ALDERMEN, LICENSING COMMISSION, HEALTH DEPARTMENT 
        Starting a business? Learn when you need a license, research submittal requirements, apply online, pay license fees, and view the status of your license application all from your home, office or mobile device.
        Apply for a License
        Search for a license
                                                               Learn more about licensing
      • PERMITTING BY BUILDING DEPARTMENT AND ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT
        Remodeling or adding on to your home? Learn when you need a permit, research submittal requirements, apply online, view review status, pay permit fees and schedule inspections all from your home, office or mobile device.
        Apply for a Permit
        Search for a permit
        Learn more about permitting
      • PERMITTING BY FIRE PREVENTION BUREAU

        Fire Department Permits cannot be applied for through Citizenserve. Permits must be processed in person at 1 Franey Rd., Somerville MA.

        Fire permits are required for the following:

        • ‚óŹ Whenever an electrical permit is involving wiring of Fire Alarms then a Fire Alarm installations or modifications permit is also required
          ‚óŹ Installation/modification to a sprinkler system
          ‚óŹ All sales of a home/apartment/condo require a Smoke Detector and Carbon Monoxide Inspection
          ‚óŹ Above or below ground tank installations/removals 
          ‚óŹ Dumpsters placed on properties (not on street)
                  - Failure to obtain a dumpster permit prior to placing a dumpster on property could result in a fine. 
          ‚óŹ Tent permits for tents larger than 120 sq. ft.
          ‚óŹ Food truck inspections
      • A check or money order, made out to the city of Somerville, is the only acceptable method of payment for Fire Department permits.

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Have you seen blight, weeds, illegal parking or other code enforcement violations in your neighborhood? If so submit an online complaint, and it will be automatically routed to the appropriate department for investigation.
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