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Goran Smiljic, Superintendent of Inspectional Services

Inspectional Services
1 Franey Road
Somerville, MA 02145

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Phone: 617-625-6600 ext. 5600
Fax: 617-666-2624

Operating Hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday:
8:00 A.M. -- 4:00 P.M. Thursday:
8:00 A.M. -- 7:00 P.M.
8:00 A.M. -- 12:00 P.M.

ISD-Building Division

Effective May 21, 2014, applications for permits and licenses are now being accepted online.

Apply for a Permit or License

with CitizenServe (click here)

CitizenServe logo links to the city's portal



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.