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Use of Premises

The Use of Premises application covers outdoor amenities such as sheds, pools, and new parking spaces that you wish to have on your land, not within a structure. You may begin your application online but plans need to be reviewed in person.

Are you converting your side/front/rear yard space into space for parking or storage? Then you need to apply for a Use of Premises permit.

Examples: Sheds (over 120 square feet require a long form permit), pools, new parking spaces*, or space for sale of Christmas trees or automobiles.

What you need:

  1. completed application;
    Start online

  2. certified plot plan showing how the land will be used;
    Example of Plot Plan

  3. and diagrams showing temporary structures, changes in current use and utilities.

  4. Bring materials (steps 2 & 3) to Counter 1 at 1010 Mass Ave, Building Division. Application be processed immediately if application was initiated online.

  5. *If the space is to be used to parking, a Curb Cut application is  required first from the Public Works Department.
    Curb Cut / Driveway Application

Announcements

  • NEW Solar Permitting Guide for Contractors

    Before doing proposed work on a solar facility, homeowners or installers must complete either a short-form or long-form building permit application. Stay informed of zoning, historic districting, and other requirements listed in the solar permitting guide, below.

    Solar Permitting Guide

    Solar PV Information for Contractors

  • Change to Use of Premises Application Process

    Effective Friday, February, 1, 2013, The Inspectional Services Department can no longer accept the Use of Premises applications for Residential Parking before Public Works Department approval.

    More Information

Hours and 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 & Structures Division

    1010 Massachusetts Avenue, 5th floor
    Boston, MA 02118
    Tel: 617-635-5300
    Fax: 617-635-5360
     

    Plans & Zoning Division
    Tel: 617-635-5300
    Fax: 617-635-5399

    Building Division Contacts