Building & Inspections Division
Building, Electric, Plumbing and Gas Permit Processing can now be completed online. Create a user account and then apply, pay for, and print permits right from your home, office or mobile device! Permit Applications or Requests for Inspections will not be accepted via email.
The following attachments must be submitted (uploaded or mailed) with online applications to be considered complete (when appropriate to app):
- Site Plan - Location of existing and proposed structures, utilities, topography and wetlands within 200 ft.
- Set of dimensioned or scaled floor plans, showing layout, egress paths, doors, windows, and room use
- Set of dimensioned or scaled building plans, including all structural elements, foundations, framing, insulation, ventilation, sheathing, wall covering, ceiling heights, and roof covering
- Energy Conservation Compliance Report
- Notice of Decision by ZBA or Conservation Commission as Filed with the Registry of Deeds (Book and Page)
- Storm Water Management Plan
- Homeowner License Exemption Affidavit, when homeowner is filing as Contactor
MA Department of Energy Resources Stretch Building Energy Code
Maynard voters elected to opt into the enhanced energy efficiency building standards in the Stretch Building Energy Code. For more information about what this will mean for you, please visit the official Stretch Energy Code site prepared by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
- Does Maynard have its own Building Codes?
No, we utilize the current edition of the Massachusetts State building code for one and two family dwellings, multi-family dwellings, and Commercial Buildings. There are no local building codes in Massachusetts.
- Why a Building Permit?
Building permits provide the means for building officials to review and inspect safety, durability energy efficiency and therefore ensuring the public health, safety, and welfare. It also assures that contractors doing the work are licensed and insured.
- When is a permit necessary?
When you do any structural work and or the following: reroofing, replacement windows, wood/pellet stoves, fireplaces, sheet metal work, demolition, solar panels, insulation decks, additions, some interior alterations, sheds, garages, swimming pools, stairways, fences over 7 feet in height and any new construction. This is not an all-inclusive list so if you are not sure, please call the office at 978-897-1302. A permit may not be necessary if it is considered an ordinary repair
- What is an ordinary repair?
The State Building Code defines ordinary repairs as "any maintenance which does not affect structure, egress, fire protection systems, fire ratings, energy conservation provisions, plumbing, sanitary, gas, electrical, or other utilities. This has been interpreted to mean that rotted floor boards can be replaced on a deck, but the deck can not be rebuilt without a permit. Also, damaged roof shingles can be repaired, but the entire roof cannot be re-shingled without a permit. If in doubt as to how much work can be done under ordinary repairs, contact the Building Department.
- Do all pools require permits?
Yes. Any structure intended for swimming or recreational bathing that contains water over 24 inches deep requires a permit. All inground, above-ground, pools placed temporarily on the ground and with inflatable sides, hot tubs, and spas require a permit.
- What if I want to change or amend my plans?
If you need to change or revise your plans after your permit has been issued, you must file an amendment (with the revised plans or a description of work to be changed), which must then be approve by the Building Commissioner. No additional fee is required unless the scope of the project is changed significantly.