25 West Street
Leominster, MA 01453
Phone - 978-534-7517
Fax - 978-840-0039
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Thursday: 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Director of Inspections
Building Department hours of operation
M, T, W, F 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Director of Inspections - PETER NIALL
Local Inspector - Bill Charpentier
Clerical Staff -
Chapter 14, Section 14-8 of the Leominster City Ordinances
requires that all work done in the City be conducted within the
Monday – Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Plumbing & Gas hours of operation
M-F 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Office hours 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. AND
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
- Plumbing Inspector, Jim Imprescia
Wire Department hours of operation
Monday-Friday 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.,
Office hours 8 a.m. – 9:30 am.
- Wire Inspector, Joseph Poirier, Sr.
- Assistant Wire Inspector, C.J. Cloutier
The Wire Inspector’s Office is located at 24 Church Street, Room
What type of work requires permits?
- All work, with the exception of paint, wallpaper and flooring
requires a permit.
- All work done in the City of Leominster must conform to the
Massachusetts State Building Code.
http://www.state.ma.us/bbrs/NEWCODE.HTM All work performed
outside the scope of the Massachusetts State Building Code will
require special engineering. The State of Massachusetts has
recently released the New Seventh Edition of the Code for One &
Two Family Dwellings and New License Requirements.
General Repairs (roofs, siding, etc)
- A permit must be pulled for all work done to a home, with the
exclusion of paint, wallpaper and flooring. The building permit
fee is based on the total cost of the job including materials and
labor. A fee for labor is still assessed even if the homeowner is
doing the work, in order to make the fee schedule fair and
equitable to all parties.
- In the case of roofs, siding and replacement windows, the
building department will estimate the building permit cost based
on the number of squares being used for the roof or for the siding
or on the number of windows being replaced. The New Building Code
now requires that we receive a copy of the energy efficiency
label for all window replacements.
- Any other repairs, such as sheetrock, new cabinets etc., will be
based upon the contract price of the job, or will be calculated by
the building inspector.
- If the job calls for any structural changes, a framing sketch
and layout will be required.
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Additions (including farmer’s porches)
- Any addition that adds square footage, including farmer’s
porches, covered decks, screen rooms and sunrooms, must meet the
setback requirements for the area in which the house is located.
Each zone of the city has different requirements for lot size,
setbacks, frontage and lot width and each of these criteria must
be met before a building permit can be issued. If any of these
setback are not met, the applicant must seek relief through the
Zoning Board of Appeals.
- Your first step in this process is to determine what zone your
home is located in. You can do this by contacting the Building
Inspector’s Office and providing them with your address. Or you
can look at your property through the on-line assessment database
www.visionappraisal.com , your zoning is listed under the title
Land Line Valuation.
- Once you know what zone you are in, you can review the
Table and see what the setbacks are are for your area. If
it is clear that you meet all of the requirements you can prepare
to move forward with the building permit application. If it is
unclear whether you meet the requirements you will have to obtain
a certified plot plan from a surveyor showing the existing house
and proposed addition.
- If you do not have to go to the Zoning Board of Appeals you will
need the following information in order to pull a Building Permit
● Framing sketch showing how the addition is to be built,
● Energy Code, which can be obtained from the store where you are
purchasing your building materials
● Plot Plan
● Completed Building Permit application
● A copy of your state licenses and worker’s compensation
insurance (if you are the contractor)
● A completed worker’s compensation affidavit form (for
homeowner’s and sole proprietors)
● If you are adding bedrooms you will need to go to the Department
of Public Works to pay an additional fee to the sewer department.
In addition, you will need to bring a complete layout of the
existing house and addition to the Fire Prevention Office (located
at 24 Church Street) to approve your smoke detector and
carbon monoxide detector locations on your building plans. (The Building Department cannot accept plans
without the Fire Department stamp)
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- A permit is required for a deck of any size. No deck may be any
closer than five feet to the property line. A detailed framing
sketch of the deck must accompany the permit application,
including the sono tube location and size, the size of the
decking, the height of the railings (if applicable) the number of
stairs, tread height, etc. (Deck Specifications)
- If a deck is being constructed to a portion of the house that
will require a new exit to be constructed, then lighting must be
placed outside of the new exit and a framing sketch of how the new
door will be framed must accompany the
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- All pools in the City of Leominster require a building permit. A
pool can be no closer than six (6) feet to the property line and
no closer than ten (10) feet to any structure, including sheds,
houses, garages, etc. If you are on a corner lot or are placing
the pool on the side of your house that is facing a street, then
the pool must be within the front setback requirements for your
- All pools must comply with 780 CMR Section 421.9 through 421.11
for enclosures and ladders.
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- Any fence that is over six feet in height will require a permit.
Any fence that is over eight feet will require a Special Permit
from the City Council. The fence can be placed right on the
property line, provided that the back side of the post is still on
your own property. There are no regulations as to which side of
the fence faces in or out. If you are planning to run the fence
past the front of your dwelling or place a fence along the street
side of your house you must meet the front setback requirements
for your zone. For instance in a Residence A Zone, there is a
20-foot front setback so from your front property line the fence
can be no higher than four feet until it meets the 20-foot setback
and from there the fence can be raised to its desired height.
- Corner Lots; If you live on a corner lot, in order that
visibility is unobstructed at intersections, no sign, fence, wall,
tree, hedge, or other vegetation between three and eight feet
above the established street grades shall be erected, placed or
maintained within the triangular area formed by the intersecting
lines and a straight line adjoining each street line at points
which are twenty feet distant from the point of intersection
measured along such street lines.
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- Wood stove and pellet stove permits must be pulled prior to the
installation of the stove. The manufacturer’s guidelines, which
come with the stove, will be required to fill out the permit
application. If you are installing a used stove that no longer has
the manufacturer’s specifications you must follow the
Massachusetts State Code for wood stoves.
- Wood Stove Application
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- A permit is required for any shed that is 120 square feet or
larger. If you are building the shed yourself, a framing sketch
must accompany your application. If the shed is a pre-fab
building, a brochure or picture of the shed must accompany your
application. All sheds, regardless of size must be no closer than
five feet to the side and rear property lines. If the shed is
located in the front of the dwelling or on a side that is facing
the street, the shed must be within the front setback requirements
for your zone.
- All sheds must be secured to the ground in some way in at least
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- The City of Leominster has an extensive sign ordinance
pertaining to the regulation of signs. No sign shall be erected
without a permit. The permit application must be accompanied by
scale drawings and must show the location, type and area of all
signs on the premises. Permits shall also be required for all
temporary signs not located inside a building, unless said sign is
six feet or less in area.
- Sign Application
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- All electrical work that is being performed in conjunction with
a building permit must be paid for as part of the building permit
fee, regardless of who will be performing the electrical work. A
separate electrical permit application must be mailed to the Wire
Inspector c/o Room B1, 24 Church Street, Leominster, MA 01453.
Electrical Permit Fees:
● Minimum fee $45.00
● Temporary Service $45.00
● Alarms Systems 1-5 Units $45.00
6 Units and above…each add $15.00
● Service Change 100 and 200 amp $45.00
Over 200 amp $80.00
● Maintenance Permit $155.00
● Re-inspection Fee, Second one Free, Three or More $65.00
Fees for work done in conjunction with a building permit
shall be included with the building permit. Such fee shall be
35% of the building fee, or $45.00, which ever is the greater.
New prices effective July 13, 2009
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Plumbing & Gas Permits
All plumbing & gas work performed in the State of Massachusetts
must be done by a licensed plumber. There is no exception to this
rule. A photocopy of the plumber’s plumbing license, driver’s
license and certificate of liability insurance must accompany
Plumbing & Gas permit applications.
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- The Zoning Ordinances of the City are set by the Planning Board
and City Council and are enforced by the Director of Inspections.
To view the Zoning Ordinance in its entirety please click on the
Zoning Ordinance Document
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Zoning Board of Appeals
If you must go to the Zoning Board of Appeals for new construction
or for an expansion you may follow the Zoning Board of Appeals
Guidelines. The process for the Board of Appeals takes
approximately three months from start to finish.
- ZBA Application
Scheduled Meetings for 2010
● February 17th
● March 24th
● April 14th
● May 12th
● June 16th
● July 14th
● August 18th
● September 15th
● October 13th
● November 17th
● December 8th
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Zoning Board of Appeals Application Process
In order to begin the application process you must bring with you:
● A certified plot plan, done by a surveyor showing the existing
home and the proposed addition. In the case of a new home being
constructed the plot plan must show the proposed home. A mortgage
inspection plan or hand drawn plan is not acceptable. The plot
plan is required even if you are extending up instead of out.
● A completed application, which will be provided by the Building
● A $25.00 fee for the Assessor’s Map & List. This can be cash or
check, made payable to the City of Leominster.
Approximately one week after the above information is brought in,
the Building Department will contact you to inform you that you
may pick up your packet. Once you have your packet in hand you
must complete the following:
● Sign the form that is provided with your packet. If the
applicant and the owner are different, both must sign the form.
● Using the abutter’s map and list that are provided, the
applicant must fill in the names from the list onto the map.
● Applicant must provide an elevation sketch of the addition. This
sketch must show the existing house in conjunction with the new
addition and must include the dimensions of the addition. Hand
drawn sketches are discouraged, but will be accepted provided that
the applicant is aware that they may be denied or asked to come
back to a later meeting with a better rendering.
● Once all of the above has been completed, the applicant must
make nine (9) copies of the packet including the rejection notice,
plot plan, application, abutter’s map & list and elevation sketch.
Eight copies and the original packet must be returned to the
Building Inspector’s Office with a filing fee of $200.00, made
payable to the City of Leominster. The applicant is encouraged to
keep a complete copy of their packet, as neither the applicant,
nor the Building Department, will receive anything back after the
information is sent to the Zoning Board.
● The packets will be given to the Zoning Board, who will assign
you a case number, place you on the agenda, publish the notice in
the newspaper and notify the abutters.
● The applicant will attend the meeting and will be informed at
that time whether or not their application has been granted. From
the time of the meeting the Zoning Board has two weeks to file
their findings with the City Clerk’s Office. From that filing date
there is a 20 day appeals period.
● At the conclusion of the appeals period the City Clerk’s Office
will notify the applicant that they may bring their approved
documents to the Registry of Deeds in Fitchburg.
● Once the paperwork has been stamped at the Registry of Deeds,
the applicant is now ready to apply for their Building Permit. An
approval by the Board of Appeals is not approval to begin building
– the applicant must receive a Building Permit before construction
● In order to apply for your building permit you will need:
- A completed Building Permit Application
- Your certified Plot Plan
- Your registered Zoning Board of Appeals Paperwork
- Building Plans
- An Energy Code, which can be obtained wherever your building
materials are being purchased or by your contractor.
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- Business Licenses are obtained through the City Clerk’s Office,
however the applicant must first appear in the Building
Inspector’s Office to file a business form. If the applicant is
applying for a home business, they must either be the homeowner or
have a letter from the landlord stating that they are allowed to
have a business in the home. A home office means that there are no
customers or deliveries coming to the home and only one commercial
vehicle is allowed on the property.
- If the applicant is applying for a business license and has
obtained space outside of the home, they must bring with them a
copy of their lease or a letter from the building owner stating
that they are a tenant in the building.
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Although homeowners are allowed to do work on single and
two-family homes, in many cases they choose to hire a contractor.
Any contractor who is applying for a building permit is required
to have a valid license. Depending on the work that is being done,
they may need to have a Construction Supervisor’s License
or a Home Improvement License,
Additionally, the state has instituted several new specialty
licenses that are required for roofing, siding, windows, solid
fuel appliance installation and demolition. These licenses will
be required for all individuals who have an HIC but not a CSL.
Homeowners who wish to ascertain that a contractor has a license
may visit the State of Massachusetts website and look up the
contractor’s license by name. In addition this site will inform
the homeowner if any complaints or action have been taken against
In the event of a problem with the work that is done, or desertion
of the job by the contractor, the State has created a guaranty
fund and homeowners may apply for restitution from that fund.
Persons contracting with unregistered contractors do not have
access to the guaranty fund. It is incumbent upon the homeowner to
ensure that the contractor of their choice is licensed and has
pulled the necessary permits for the work that is being performed.
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How do I fill out the Building Permit Application?
- The amount of information required for the application will
depend on the nature of the job. For instance if you are applying
to build a new home or addition, every portion of the application
must be filled out. If you are applying for a pool, shed, repairs,
etc. you must fill out:
● The address of the job
● The homeowners name
● The contractors name and licenses if applicable. (Please note
that if you are the homeowner pulling the permit, you are
considered to be the contractor)
● If the permit is being pulled by the contractor, the contractor
must sign the application and appear with his licenses and
workmen’s compensation insurance.
● The estimated cost of the job
● The description of the work that is being done, please be as
detailed as possible even if you have documentation accompanying
● Indicate whether it is a single family home, two family, multi
family, condo, etc.
● Fill in the yes or no questions at the bottom of the application
that are highlighted in yellow.
● Sign the bottom of the application
If you are the homeowner pulling the permit or are a contractor
who is a sole proprietor you must fill out the
Compensation Affidavit and return it with the building permit
The fee for the building permit is based on the cost of the job
including material and labor. Please contact the building
department for your fee.
For more detailed information on what is required for the
application please see the individual category for the permit you
are applying for.
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