Building Department

Please be advised beginning on Monday, October 28, 2019 Henry Fontaine's hours will be as follows:

Office Hours - Monday thru Friday - 8:00 am to 10:00 am and 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Inspection Hours - Monday thru Friday - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm or by special appointment


Thanksgiving - closing at noon on November 27th and reopening Monday, December 2, 2019.

Christmas - closing at noon on December 24th and reopening Thursday, December 26, 2019.

New Year's - closing at noon on December 31st and reopening on Thursday, January 2, 2020.

NOTICE: The 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) with Massachusetts Amendments has been approved.  The 2018 IECC is running concurrently with the 2015 IECC and you may choose either one.  The 2018 IECC with Massachusetts Amendments  will become only energy code for all permits as of January 2nd 2020.

Due to vacation schedules in the building department (and the various other departments in town), time-frames for review and issuance of building permits may be delayed.  The building department regrets any inconvenience this may cause and will try to keep all applications under the 30 day allowance for review.

The mission of the Building Department is to protect the public by reviewing, approving and inspecting the built environment; to impartially enforce all rules, regulations and by-laws that pertain to both the State Building Codes and By-Laws of The Town of Westford; and to assist - to the best of our ability - all customers with any questions, concerns or complaints.

Title V

Should you have any questions regarding Title V, please contact the Board of Health at 978-692-5509.

File Requests

All files are kept in the basement. Phone requests for files will be given an approximate time as to when the files will be available to view. Requests made at the permitting counter may not be immediately filled and may require returning at a later dated or time to view the file.

Mass. Emergency Management / Hurricane Information

Please visit the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency's website to access information for hurricane preparedness!

Permits are required from the Building Department for any and all construction not considered a minor repair. Permits are required for any of these projects:

  • Building
  • Commercial
  • Curbcut
  • Demolition
  • Donation Drop Box
  • Driveway
  • Electrical
  • Gas
  • Mechanical
  • Plumbing
  • Sheet Metal
  • Sign
  • Solid Fuel Burning Appliance (wood/pellet stove)
  • Tents
  • Trench

Once a Building permit application has been submitted to the Department, it may take up to 30 days to be reviewed. Building permit applications may also require Board of Health, Fire Department, Zoning / Planning Board(s) and Conservation Commission approval. The 30 day time frame does not include other department reviews and approvals! Please plan accordingly!