Pest Management for Construction Sites

In accordance with Massachusetts Building Code, section 108.6; Massachusetts State Sanitary Code, Ch. 1, 105 CMR400.100 and Ch. II, 105CMR 410.550 and the City of Boston Code, Ordinance Chapter 16-Section 31 and Ch. 9, Section 1.2, it is established that the control or rodent infestation is a precondition for the issuance of a building permit to do work.

City of Boston Ordinance

City Ordinance Article 16, Section 31, Rodent Inspection Prevention Measures at Construction Site, states:

No building permit shall be issued for renovation, conversion, or new construction until the applicant shows evidence that the premises have been treated for, or are free from insects and rodents in compliance with all applicable codes. The contractor/applicant shall be held responsible for corrective measures should the construction, renovation or conversion work cause infestation to immediate abutters.
City Ordinance Article 16, Section 31 »


If infestation or activity is found, abatement notices will be written and served upon the property owner/manager. A compliance inspection will be conducted within 7-10 business days after the initial inspection.


If the violation(s) is not corrected a notice to appear at an Administrative Hearing will be served upon the owner or manager of the property.

Hearings are conducted by a Hearing Officer at which time the Inspector will give testimony as to the conditions of the property, the violations cited and the date and time of the re-inspection.

The property owner/manager will also be given a chance to give testimony to the conditions of the property, what has been or will be done to bring the property up to code. The Hearing Officer will take all testimony into consideration and render his/her decision within 7-10 business days.

All hearings are held at:

1010 Massachusetts Avenue
4th Floor Conference Room
Boston, MA 02118
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