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Inspectional Services Department

The Inspectional Services Department (ISD) is comprised of five regulatory divisions whose aim is to protect and improve the quality of life for all Boston residents by effectively administering and enforcing building, housing, health, sanitation and safety regulations mandated by City and State governments.


  • Rental registration is now open for 2016

    City ordinance 9-1.3 requires that all private rental properties in the City of Boston be registered with the Inspectional Services Department. The deadline is July 1.

    Register Online »

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    Building Division

    We revamped the Building Division section of to provide clearer information and easy access to ISD resources. The new pages guide you through the permitting, plans, and zoning processes associated with changes to your home or to a structure.  

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    Housing Division

    The Boston ISD Housing Division conducts rental inspections and enforces the State Sanitary Code. Apply for an inspection, report violations, or learn about landlord responsibilities, tenant rights, elderly & disabled housing security, and more.

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    Sign Up to Save energy, Save money with Renew Boston

    Sign up for your no-cost building energy assessment to save energy and save money. Eligible customers may receive 75% -- up to $2000 off -- to install approved insulation improvements!

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Online Services

Reports, Publications & Forms

Related Links

  • ISD is a proud supporter of Mayor Martin J. Walsh's Greenovate Boston Initiative.
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  • Fair Housing Commission
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Hours & Directions

  • Hours of Operation

    Monday - Friday: 
    8:00am - 4:00pm

    Thursday Evening:
    Building Division Only 
    8:00am - 7:00pm

    Please note that the cashier closes 15 minutes prior to closing.

    Building Division Contacts

  • Location

    ISD offices are located at 1010 Massachusetts Ave.

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