BUILDING PERMIT APPLICATION CHECKLISTS
BY PROJECT TYPE
These checklists are intended to identify the majority of issues to consider in relation to the various kinds of projects. Special circumstances relating to the nature of proposed construction or location of the project may require additional considerations.



JUNE 11, 2001
revised Aug 2013




Installation of New Siding, Roofing, Windows or Stairs*



1. Complete the Online Application form and submit to Permitting Office
2. Work may begin after Building Commissioner signs permit and permit is properly posted.
 
*Note: This checklist is intended to identify the majority of issues to consider in relation to this kind of project. Special circumstances relating to the nature of proposed construction or location of the project may require additional considerations.




Finish Basement / Interior Remodeling*

 
1. Complete Floor Plan of entire house plus basement area to be finished(Contractor or homeowner may complete)
2. Have Floor Plan reviewed by Board of Health for septic system requirements
3. All work must conform to the current building code including energy code requirements
4. If project will add a bedroom or bedrooms an emergency means of egress is required from the bedroom
5. If purpose of project is to convert dwelling to two family dwelling or to accommodate home occupation apply for and secure any necessary Board of Health and Zoning Board of Appeals approvals
6. Complete Online Building Permit Application Form and submit to Permitting Office (other permits ie: Electrical and or Plumbing will be required if such work is being done)
7. Work on project may begin following signing of Application Form by all involved review Boards and the Building Commissioner and proper posting of site
 
*Note: This checklist is intended to identify the majority of issues to consider in relation to this kind of project. Special circumstances relating to the nature of proposed construction or location of the project may require additional considerations.




Addition to Existing Structure*



1. Determine which Zoning District your property lies in to determine what the required set back distance from property lines will be for your project. If you do not know this information, the Permitting Office at Town Hall can assist you with this matter. In Residence A Districts setbacks are 50' from the front lot line, 15' from the side lot line and 30' from the rear property line. In Residence B Districts setbacks are 25' from the front lot line, 15' from the side lot line and 30' from the rear property line. Remember that corner lots are considered to have two front yards and two side yards
2. Obtain copy of plot plan and review any available subdivision or recorded survey plans of the property to determine if there are any easements on the property that might be affected by the proposed project and any associated excavation, regrading, septic system work or new driveway construction
3. Obtain copy of Septic System Plan to assure location of addition to existing structure will meet required setbacks (for a full foundation, the structure must be 10' from septic tank and 20' from septic field; for a slab foundation, the structure must be 10' from the septic tank and field) and not interfere with existing septic system component location (An inspection of your existing system may be required if no official records exist). Should the proposed addition be greater than 400 square feet in size, in accordance with Board of Health Regulations (Section 4.5) you must prove to the Board that this addition will not interfere with you ability to upgrade your septic system in the future
4. Use Plot Plan to show location and dimensions of proposed addition; and check for compliance with zoning bylaw setbacks, as well as building height limitations; if project does not meet requirements either redesign to comply or obtain variance from Zoning Board of Appeals (if the addition is close to a required setback a certified plot plan may be required by the building department)
5. If project will add a bedroom or bedrooms as defined by Title 5, have Board of Health review for adequacy of existing system; if Board of Health requires system modifications or improvements obtain necessary plan from qualified engineer and have reviewed and approved by Board of Health
6. If a new driveway and entrance from the street is part of the project, must obtain curb cut permit approval from the Town Planner, Highway Superintendent and Building Commissioner; also check on whether driveway work will be near septic system and if so, what modifications to the septic system may be necessary
7. If work on the new structure and associated site excavation and grading including new landscaping areas, or if work on the existing septic system, or if work on a new driveway will have to occur within 100 feet of wetlands or within a Riverfront Area, obtain any necessary Conservation Commission approvals
8. If purpose of project is to convert dwelling to two family dwelling or to accommodate home occupation apply for and secure any necessary Board of Health and Zoning Board of Appeals approvals
9. Complete Structural Plan (Contractor or architect may complete)
10. Have Structural Plan reviewed and stamped approved by the Fire Department
11. Complete Masscheck Energy Audit Form (Contractor or Building Supply company may complete)
12. Complete On Line Building Permit Application Form and include Contractor Insurance Certificate forms
13. Work on project may begin following signing of Application Form by all involved review Boards and the Building Commissioner and proper posting of site
 
*Note: This checklist is intended to identify the majority of issues to consider in relation to this kind of project. Special circumstances relating to the nature of proposed construction or location of the project may require additional considerations.

 



Accessory Structure (Garage, Barn, Shed>120 sq. ft., Portable Shelters, Carports)*


1. Determine which Zoning District your property lies in to determine what the required set back distance from property lines will be for your project. If you do not know this information, the Permitting Office at Town Hall can assist you with this matter. In Residence A Districts setbacks are 50' from the front lot line, 15' from the side lot line and 30' from the rear property line. In Residence B Districts setbacks are 25' from the front lot line, 15' from the side lot line and 30' from the rear property line. Remember that corner lots are considered to have two front yards and two side yards. Also, any new structure must be a minimum of 20' from any other structure. A shed less than 120 square feet in area does not require a building permit
2. Obtain copy of a Certified Plot Plan and review any available subdivision or recorded survey plans of the property to determine if there are any easements on the property that might be affected by the proposed project and any associated excavation, regrading, septic system work or new driveway
3. Obtain copy of septic system plan to assure location of new structure will meet required setbacks and not interfere with existing septic system components and reserve septic areas, and to check whether septic system modifications will be necessary
4. Use Plot Plan to show location and dimensions of proposed new structure; and check for compliance with zoning bylaw setbacks, as well as building height limitations; if project does not meet requirements either redesign to comply or obtain variance from Zoning Board of Appeals
5. If a new driveway and entrance from the street is part of the project, must obtain curb cut permit approval from the Town Planner, Highway Superintendent and Building Commissioner; also check on whether driveway work will be near septic system and if so, what modifications to the septic system may be necessary
6. If work on the new structure and associated site excavation and grading including new landscaping areas, or if work on the existing septic system, or if work on a new driveway will have to occur within 100 feet of wetlands or within a Riverfront Area, obtain any necessary Conservation Commission approvals
7. Complete Structural Plan (Contractor or architect may complete)
8. Have Structural Plan reviewed and stamped approved by the Fire Department
9. Complete On Line Building Permit Application Form and include Contractor Insurance Certificate forms
10. Work on project may begin following signing of Application Form by all involved review Boards and the Building Commissioner and proper posting of site.
 
*Note: This checklist is intended to identify the majority of issues to consider in relation to this kind of project. Special circumstances relating to the nature of proposed construction or location of the project may require additional considerations.




Swimming Pool*



1. Determine which Zoning District your property lies in to determine what the required set back distance from property lines will be for your project. If you do not know this information, the Permitting Office at Town Hall can assist you with this matter. In Residence A Districts setbacks are 50' from the front lot line, 15' from the side lot line and 30' from the rear property line. In Residence B Districts setbacks are 25' from the front lot line, 15' from the side lot line and 30' from the rear property line. Remember that corner lots are considered to have two front yards and two side yards. Also, a pool must be a minimum of 10' from any other structure
2. Obtain copy of Plot Plan and review any available subdivision or recorded survey plans of the property to determine if there are any easements on the property that might be affected by the proposed project and any associated excavation, regrading, associated construction and installation of required safety fence
3. Obtain copy of septic system plan to assure location of swimming pool will meet required setbacks and not interfere with existing septic system components or whether septic system modifications will be necessary; Inground pool must be ten (10) feet from septic tank and twenty (20) feet from the septic field; an above ground pool cannot be located on top of any septic components, or reserve septic area
4. Use Plot Plan to show location and dimensions of proposed swimming pool, as well as location of required surrounding safety fence and provide a description of the temporary and final fencing materials for approval by the Building Inspector. Check for compliance with zoning bylaw setbacks; if project does not meet requirements either redesign to comply or obtain variance from Zoning Board of Appeals (if the pool is close to the required setback, a certified plot plan may be required by the building department)
5. If a new driveway and entrance from the street is part of the project, must obtain curb cut permit approval from the Town Planner, Highway Superintendent and Building Commissioner; also check on whether driveway work will be near septic system and if so, what modifications to the septic system may be necessary
6. If work on the swimming pool and associated site excavation and grading including new landscaping areas, or if work on the existing septic system, or if work on a new driveway will have to occur within 100 feet of wetlands or within a Riverfront Area, obtain any necessary Conservation Commission approvals
7. Complete Frame Structural Plan (Contractor or architect may complete)
8. Complete Building Permit Application Form and include Contractor Insurance Certificate forms
9. Work on project may begin following signing of Application Form by all involved review Boards and the Building Commissioner and proper posting of site
 
*Note: This checklist is intended to identify the majority of issues to consider in relation to this kind of project. Special circumstances relating to the nature of proposed construction or location of the project may require additional considerations.




Deck, Porch*


1. Determine which Zoning District your property lies in to determine what the required set back distance from property lines will be for your project. If you do not know this information, the Permitting Office at Town Hall can assist you with this matter. In Residence A Districts setbacks are 50' from the front lot line, 15' from the side lot line and 30' from the rear property line. In Residence B Districts setbacks are 25' from the front lot line, 15' from the side lot line and 30' from the rear property line. Remember that corner lots are considered to have two front yards and two side yards
2. Obtain copy of Plot Plan and review any available subdivision or recorded survey plans of the property to determine if there are any easements on the property that might be affected by the proposed project and any associated excavation or regrading
3. Obtain copy of septic system plan to assure location of deck or porch addition will not be located over any system components and will not compromise the integrity of any component(structures should be 10' from septic tank and 20' from septic field); note that sono-tube type supports must be 5' from all septic system components
4. Use Plot Plan to show location and dimensions of proposed addition; and check for compliance with zoning bylaw setbacks, as well as building height limitations; if project does not meet requirements either redesign to comply or obtain variance from Zoning Board of Appeals (if the deck or porch is close to the required setback, a certified plot plan may be required by the building department)
5. If a new driveway and entrance from the street is part of the project, must obtain curb cut permit approval from the Town Planner, Highway Superintendent and Building Commissioner; also check on whether driveway work will be near septic system and if so, what modifications to the septic system may be necessary
6. If work on the new structure and associated site excavation and grading including new landscaping areas, or if work on the existing septic system, or if work on a new driveway will have to occur within 100 feet of wetlands or within a Riverfront Area, obtain any necessary Conservation Commission approvals
7. Complete Structural Plan (Contractor or architect may complete)
8. Complete Building Permit Application Form and include Contractor Insurance Certificate forms
9. Work on project may begin following signing of Application Form by all involved review Boards and the Building Commissioner and proper posting of site
 
*Note: This checklist is intended to identify the majority of issues to consider in relation to this kind of project. Special circumstances relating to the nature of proposed construction or location of the project may require additional considerations.




Fence Over Six Feet Tall or Retaining Wall Over Four Feet Tall*


1. Determine which Zoning District your property lies in to determine what the required set back distance from property lines will be for your project. If you do not know this information, the Permitting Office at Town Hall can assist you with this matter. In Residence A Districts setbacks are 50' from the front lot line, 15' from the side lot line and 30' from the rear property line. In Residence B Districts setbacks are 25' from the front lot line, 15' from the side lot line and 30' from the rear property line. Remember that corner lots are considered to have two front yards and two side yards
2. Obtain copy of Plot Plan and review any available subdivision or recorded survey plans of the property to determine if there are any easements on the property that might be affected by the proposed project and any associated excavation or regrading
3. Obtain copy of septic system plan to assure location of addition to fence or wall will meet required setbacks and not interfere with existing septic system or reserve septic areas components or whether septic system modifications will be necessary (applicant should review the proposal with the Board of Health staff to see if a proposed retaining wall will present any concerns)
4. Use Plot Plan to show location and dimensions of proposed fence or wall; and check for compliance with zoning bylaw setbacks, as well as building height limitations; if project does not meet requirements either redesign to comply or obtain variance from Zoning Board of Appeals (if the fence is close to the required setback, a certified plot plan may be required by the building department)
5. If a new driveway and entrance from the street is part of the project, must obtain curb cut permit approval from the Town Planner, Highway Superintendent and Building Commissioner; also check on whether driveway work will be near septic system and if so, what modifications to the septic system may be necessary
6. If work on the new fence or wall and associated site excavation and grading including new landscaping areas, or if work on the existing septic system, or if work on a new driveway will have to occur within 100 feet of wetlands or within a Riverfront Area, obtain any necessary Conservation Commission approvals
7. Complete Structural Plan (Engineer, Contractor or architect may complete) (Required)
8. Complete Building Permit Application Form and include Contractor Insurance Certificate forms
9. Work on project may begin following signing of Application Form by all involved review Boards and the Building Commissioner and proper posting of site.
 
*Note: This checklist is intended to identify the majority of issues to consider in relation to this kind of project. Special circumstances relating to the nature of proposed construction or location of the project may require additional considerations.




Demolition of Existing Structure
 
1. Determine whether structure is subject to Demolition Delay Bylaw: if the structure is a property listed on the State Register of Historic Places or the Inventory of Historic Assets of the Commonwealth; or is located in the Historic Districts of Westford Center, Graniteville, Forge Village or Nabnasset; or was in existence in or before an eighty year time frame from the current date of application to demolish; or appears on the 1855 Symmes Map of Westford, arrange to complete demolition review process with the Westford Historical Commission. (This may result in a six-month delay in issuance of a demolition permit.)
2. Obtain releases from gas, electric, water, sewer and telephone utility providers confirming said utility services have been properly discontinued
3. Obtain DIGSAFE Number for Permit Application
4. Determine what contractor and Debris Disposal Company will be used
5. Complete Demolition Permit Form and include Contractor Insurance Certificate forms
6. If the structure to be demolished is a commercial property, an asbestos survey by a licensed asbestos removal contractor is required. For residential properties, the Board of health requires Mercury (Hg) containing devices (such as thermostats) to be recycled, septic systems to be properly abandoned and asbestos removed if present. The Board of Health staff must conduct a pre-demolition inspection
7. Work on project may begin following signing of Application Form by all involved review Boards and the Building Commissioner and proper posting of site, and contacting of DIGSAFE at least 24 hours before start of any demolition