Building Department Office
Phone: 978-649-2300 x 112
About the Building Department
The Building Department is responsible for the review, inspection and permitting for new construction and/or alterations to any structures within the Town.
- Reviews building permit applications and issues appropriate permits
- Enforces the State of Massachusetts plumbing, gas, and electrical codes
- Conducts safety inspections of day-care centers, restaurants, educational facilities, and multi-family residences of more than four units
- Enforces numerous Town bylaws and State regulations
It also has the authority to issue fines on persons or properties violating the Town’s General By-Laws, Zoning By-Laws and Building Code Regulations.
Please be advised as per 780 CMR Massachusetts State Building Code 9th Edition, the Building Official has 30 days to act on an application, and 48 hours to perform an inspection.
We do not foresee this time frame, but please plan accordingly.
Online Permitting Available
Notice To All Contractors And Subcontractors
A copy of current license for the discipline and valid insurance (as follows), are required with every application regardless if you provided them on a prior project at a previous time:
- Certificate of Liability (with the “Town of Tyngsborough” named as additional insured)
- Workers’ Compensation Affidavit
Serving Tyngsborough since 2010.
Serving Tyngsborough since 2018.
Serving Tyngsborough since 2009.
Serving Tyngsborough since 2011.
Building Department Documents
Construction Control Documents - State of Massachusetts
The State of Massachusetts has several Construction Control documents prepared for projects that require them. Click below to see them.
Building, Gas, Plumbing & Electrical Fees
** COSTS EFFECTIVE February 1, 2017 AS APPROVED BY THE TYNGSBOROUGH BOARD OF SELECTMEN ON January 23, 2017 **
Building Frequently Asked Questions
- 1. What do I need a building permit for?
The Massachusetts State building Code states that “it shall be unlawful to construct, reconstruct, alter, repair, remove, or demolish a structure; or to change the use or occupancy of a building or structure; or to install or alter any equipment for which provision is made or the installation of which is regulated be the code” without first obtaining a building permit.This includes, but is not limited to new structures, additions, dormers, chimneys, woodstoves, decks, roofing, siding, swimming pools, antennae, and sheds. The only exception is an ordinary repair. An ordinary repair does not require a building permit.
For more information, contact the Building Department at (978) 649-2300 x112.
- 2. What information do I need to apply for a permit?
Most projects will require three sets of construction plans, a certified plot plan, along with the permit fee.For more information, contact the Building Department at (978) 649-2300 x112
- 3. What are my property set-backs?
- Please refer to the zoning bylaw and zoning map to determine your set-backs. You may also find out by contacting the us at978) 649-2300 x112
Building Decks - Special Information
A Building Permit is required to build or install a deck. The deck must comply with zoning, wetlands, and septic system setbacks. It will also be reviewed for flood plain and building code compliance. The following are requirements for a typical deck project, there could be other regulations which are not addressed or are specific to your project that might apply. The more information that is on the plans the easier it will be to help you comply with applicable regulations under our jurisdiction.
Applications can be obtained at the Building Department. Please read and complete all applicable sections. Information required for review must include:
*Completed application form, if contractor, they must sign as applicant with homeowner’s signature and copy of licenses and insurance.
*Homeowners applying for a permit must complete an application and an affidavit exempting them from the home improvement contractor law. Owners pulling their own permit or dealing with unregistered contractors for applicable home improvement work do not have access to the arbitration program or guaranty fund under MGL C. 142A.
*Plot plan of property indicating proposed location of deck. Plot plan must be stamped by a registered land surveyor. A mortgage survey plan may be acceptable depending on proposed setback and is reviewed on a case by case basis.
*The building department may have a plot plan of your property on file. You may file a request for property file. If there is one, you can obtain a copy for 25 cents.
*Two sets of plans indicating material used in the construction, size and spans of framing members and beams. The plan should indicate how the deck would be supported, ex. 10 inch diameter concrete piers 48 inches below grad, height and spacing of guardrails and handrails, rise and run of stairs, elevation above grade or other surface, lag bolts to house and joist hangers.
If all the information submitted is sufficient, the reviewing process usually takes 7 to 14 days this time frame varies depending on season. (Spring and fall are our busy seasons and may take longer) Upon approval you will receive an approved set of plans and a building permit card that is required to be made visible from street. We require two inspections one at excavation prior to concrete and one at the finish to assure compliance with plans and to verify connections to house. Inspection request are required a minimum of 24 hrs prior to inspection. Most inspections can be done the day after the request. Information required for request must include street address, permit number and type of inspection.
The approved plans are required on site for all inspections. If you have any questions or have a specific situation that is not typical you can contact the Building Department at (978)649-2300 x112.