We issue permits, make sure buildings are safe, and work with the community to plan for the future of Somerville's built environment.
You often need a zoning permit before you can get a construction permit for your project. The zoning permit makes sure your project complies with development rules and standards.
We review building permit applications to make sure they comply with federal, state, and local laws. We issue building permits and conduct inspections.
We enforce the Borough's property maintenance code, International Property Maintenance Code, and other ordinances. We also inspect 1 and 2 family rental properties to make sure they comply with the Borough's residential rental laws.
We review zoning permits and development applications to make sure they comply with the the Borough’s Land Use and Development Ordinance (Zoning Ordinance).