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Apply for Dumpster License

Dumpster Licenses are required in the City of Cambridge and are issued by the Inspectional Services Department.

Inspectional Services617-349-6100

Building Permit Plan Review Information

The Inspectional Services Department manages building permit applications that may require pre-approval from the Fire Department located at 491 Broadway.

Inspectional Services617-349-6100
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Building Permits

Anyone seeking to construct, alter, repair, or demolish a structure must first obtain a building permit. The building permit must be obtained before the start of any work and prominently posted at the job site.

Inspectional Services617-349-6100

Demolition Permit

Contractor responsible for demolition must provide the following to obtain a permit

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Electrical Permits

An electrical permit is required for all work to be performed in accordance with the Massachusetts Electrical Code (MEC), 527 CMR 12.00.

Inspectional Services617-349-6100
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Food and Sanitary Permits

Inspectional Services Department enforces the State Sanitary Code for establishments.

Inspectional Services617-349-6100
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Gas Fitting Permit

A gas fitting permit is required for all work to be performed in accordance with the pertinent provision of the Massachusetts State Plumbing Code and Chapter 142 of the General Laws.

Inspectional Services617-349-6100

Housing Inspections

The most common types of complaints are: no heat, insufficient hot water, plumbing problems, cross metering, egress obstruction, rodent infestation, hoarding, rubbish, landlord maintenance responsibilities.

Inspectional Services617-349-6100
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Plumbing Permit

A plumbing permit is required for all work to be performed in accordance with the pertinent provision of the Massachusetts State Plumbing Code and Chapter 142 of the General Laws.

Inspectional Services617-349-6100
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Variance or Special Permit

Some uses and/or developments of real property may require relief from the Board of Zoning Appeal (BZA).

Inspectional Services617-349-6100

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