Building permits are required for most work being done on/in a structure including temporary structures (tents). Exceptions are minor repairs, painting, relocating an interior non-structural office divider, removing an interior door, installing/building a shed less than 200 s. f. or a retaining wall less than 48" high.
As the Inspector of Buildings, Ken reviews and approves all building applications for compliance with §780 CMR Massachusetts State Building Code, 8th Edition and all other pertinent codes.
Check with the Inspector of Buildings should you have any question on whether or not the work you are about to do requires a permit.
In addition to overseeing all building construction within the Town, Ken performs annual safety inspections of all commercial establishments and monitors compliance of Americans with Disabilities Act regulations.
The 8th edition of the building code uses code books published by the International Code Council (ICC) with separate amendment packages published by Massachusetts.
- To purchase code books contact ICC at www.iccsafe.org or a major book vendor.
- To view-only the International Codes follow this link: ICC Codes
- To purchase Massachusetts amendments contact the State House Bookstore (617-727-2834).
2009 International Codes (I-Codes)
|IBC - International Building Code 2009
||780 CMR - MA Amendments to the IBC and IRC 2009
|IRC - International R Code 2009
||NEC - Electrical 2011
|IEBC - International Existing Building Code 2009
|IECC - International Energy Conservation Code 2015
||521 CMR - MA accessibility regulations
|IMC - International Mechanical Code 2015
||248 CMR - MA plumbing regulations 2011
|IFC - International Fire Code 2015
||524 CMR - MA elevator regulations 2009
Note: Watertown is a "Stretch Community"