To determine exactly what path your project will be required to follow you will want to consult the Building Inspector at the beginning of your planning process.
The Building Inspector will lay out the general~flow for review and approval from the Town of Essex Boards, Departments and Commissions which your project~may need to undergo before a Building Permit will be issued.
You are required to obtain a Building Permit for most projects which involve the construction of any structure on a property or the renovation/alteration of an existing structure.
The general rule is that the more complex a project is, the more time it will take to permit and the more changes to the plans may be necessary to satisfy all the Town of Essex Boards, Departments and Commissions.
In some cases an applicant may go directly to a specific Department for approval. For example, the Department of Public Works should be directly contacted regarding the installation of a driveway or moving the location of road access. However, in most cases, the Building Inspector’s office should be your first stop.
The Building Inspector cannot issue a Building Permit until the individual requirements of all Town Boards and Commissions that are necessary for the Building Permit are met.
Building Permit Applications for all projects are available on the Town website: www.essexma.org. Building Permits may also be found at the Essex Town Hall outside of the Building Inspector’s Office on the second floor hanging file to the left of the door.
A full and completed Application includes:
IMPORTANT: All Building Permit Applications left at Town Hall, emailed or sent via a fax machine and not presented in person to the Building Inspector or the Assistant Building Inspector will be returned to the applicant without review.
IMPORTANT: No matter the age of a property, all Building Permit applications for the demolition of a building must be reviewed the Historical Commission.
IMPORTANT: All Commercial Building Plans must be reviewed by both the Plumbing Inspector and the Electrical Inspector.
IMPORTANT: If you obtain a Variance from the Board of Appeals revisit the Building Inspector to ask what, if anything, you need to do next.
INSPECTIONS: Please call 978-768-2514 before noon on Friday and the Building Inspector or the Assistant Building Inspector will arrive for the inspection either the following Friday Afternoon or Saturday morning. Please plan accordingly.
Documents you may need:
All Building Permit Applications must be accompanied by two (2) copies of a site plan drawn to a suitable scale and contain the following: