A short form application is for MINOR alterations to an existing building that will not change the use, egress, or increase living space or fire protection of the existing building.
Examples: Changing out a kitchen or bathroom.
What you need to complete the application:
full, concise description of proposed work;
total cost of the project;
identification (contractors must show Trade License);
and if the application is filed by a licensed contractor, a copy of the contract signed by the contractor and the owner (note: plans are not required on a short form application, unless requested by ward inspector).
Homeowners of one or two family dwellings can apply for a building permit without a license. However, the homeowner takes responsibility for all work performed and must sign a Homeowner Waiver form forfeiting any rights under the Arbitration program or Guaranty fund.
Rodent control number for all basement and groundwork;
health certificate for any commerical food preparation in restaurant;
and landmark approval letter if property is located in historical district.
If you are applying online, you will be asked to upload the following:
- Contract with homeowner
- License Information
- Insurance Certificate
- State Workmen's Compensation Affidavit
A short form permit will NOT be issued for any of the following:
- Structural or egress work (see: Long Form)
- Change of Legal Occupancy (see: Certificate of Occupancy)
- New decks, pools, signs, projecting canopy (see: Long Form)
- Increasing living space, floor area ratio
- Additional fire protection work (see: Fire Prevention pages)
- Zoning/building code review (see: Counter 2)
Questions? Call the Permit Counter at 617-961-3271.