How do I know if I need a building permit?

Any major structural changes to an existing building, new construction, demolition and some site modifications require a building permit. Minor changes to a structure may require a permit. To find out if you need a Building Permit, please reach out to the Department of Buildings and Regulatory Compliance to discuss your project.

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1. What is my zoning district?
2. How do I know if a property is zoned for what I would like to do?
3. What approvals do I need to open a new business?
4. My bank (or licensing agency) says I need a letter verifying my property’s zoning. How do I get one?
5. How do I see if I’m located in a Historic District?
6. Do I need approvals to do exterior work on my property if it’s located in a Historic District?
7. How do I apply for a Certificate of Appropriateness from the Historic Resources Commission?
8. Are there restrictions on the size of structures and where they can be placed?
9. How do I consolidate multiple parcels into one?
10. Are there regulations for signs?
11. Are there regulations for fences?
12. Can I build a carport, garage or other accessory structure on my property?
13. Can I install a driveway or parking area?
14. Can I add more residential units to my building?
15. Can I run a business out of my home?
16. Can I install a pool?
17. How do I obtain a Café Permit?
18. How do I apply for a variance from the Board of Zoning Appeals?
19. How do I submit for Planning Board Review?
20. How do I know if I need a building permit?