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ISD-Building Division

Effective July 1, 2013, Inspectional Services' Hours of Operation are: 
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 8:00 A.M. -- 4:00 P.M.
Thursday: 8:00 A.M. -- 7:00 P.M.
Friday: 8:00 A.M. -- 12:00 P.M.
Please note, the doors will be locked 15 minutes before the office closes.)

The Building Unit of ISD is responsible for enforcing both State and City building and zoning regulations.

Building Permits

  • When building permit required
  • When and where permits issued
  • Who can obtain a building permit and what other permits will be required?
  • Building Permit Process
  • Fee Schedule

Demolition Permits  

  • What is a demolition permit?
  • When and where are permits issued?
  • Application process
  • Application checklist
  • Fee information

Newspaper Boxes: Every April 1, all newspaper boxes in the City of Somerville must be registered. There is a $50 application fee with an additional $25 for each newspaper box. Registered newspaper boxes will have a sticker with a listing number. Boxes without current stickers will be removed from the street and held at the Department of Public Works. Storage fine is five dollars a day until the newspaper box is retrieved and registered. The Newsrack application form is available through the City Clerk's Office by clicking here.