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Frequently Asked Questions

What type of work requires a permit?
Massachusetts Building Code requires that a permit is needed for new structures, additions, dormers, chimneys, woodstoves, decks, roofing,
siding, windows, swimming pools, antennae and sheds.

What information is needed with building permit?
Plans/drawings of work to be performed. Copies of Builders insurance coverage and/or HIC/or Construction Supervisor's license.

How long does it take to obtain a permit?
The building department has up to 30 day in which to issue or deny a building permit. Most applications are approved within a week.

Do I need a permit to put up a shed?
A permit is not needed if you plan to build your shed 200 sq. ft. or less.
Your shed must be 30ft from property line and 50ft. from street.

Electrial permits are available at the building dept. You must be a licensed electrician to upgrade your service.
Plumbing and Gas permits require a licensed professional according to Massachusets State Law.
Most inspections are completed within 48 hours.
All inspections, except Plumbing and Gas Piping, are arranged through the Building Dept. Plumbing and Gas Piping inspections are arranged directly with the Plumbing Inspector.

How do I apply for a Building Permit?
Permit applications can be picked up at the Building Dept. in the Town Hall or you can download the application.
The completed application is submitted to the Building Dept. for review by the Building Inspector. Depending on the scope of the project you may be asked to provide additional information before the permit is approved. Once the permit is approved you will be notified and provided with the fees that are due when the permit is picked up.


Town of Princeton, 6 Town Hall Drive, Princeton, MA 01541