About the Engineering Division

The Engineering Department facilitates the improvement and modernization of the City’s infrastructure including roadways, sidewalks, water distribution, sewer, and stormwater management systems by engineering safe, multimodal, functional, and sustainable infrastructure maintenance and capital investment projects. The Department manages the street opening and trench permit programs, reviews private development site plans to ensure compliance with City standards and sound engineering practices, administers the city's pavement management program, and acts as the City's liaison to state and federal agencies such as the MBTA, MassDOT, EPA, MassDEP, and the MWRA on engineering issues.

  • Forms & Information

  • Request Engineering Information

  • Active Projects

  • Small Cell Wireless Standards

Please note: If you would like to apply for a parking permit, visit the ParkSomerville page.


CitizenServe

Applications for permits and licenses are now being accepted online through our CitizenServe portal. There, you can apply for a variety of City permits, including:

Home- and Property-Owner Permits 

  • Building Permits
  • Demolition Permits
  • Occupancy Licenses
  • Tree Removal Permits and Waivers
  • and more

Health License and Permits 

  • Dumpster Licenses
  • Dumpster Hauler Licenses
  • Food Establishment Licenses
  • Pool Licenses
  • Body Art Licenses
  • Electrical Licenses
  • Farmers Market Licenses
  • Occupancy Licenses
  • Tanning Licenses
  • Temporary Food Permit Licenses
  • and more

Alcohol/Restaurant Licenses

  • Restaurants (with alcohol)
  • Common Victualers (restaurants without alcohol)
  • Private Clubs
  • Farmer Pourers (breweries, distilleries, wineries)
  • Inns
  • Educational Institutions
  • Package Stores
  • Entertainment (without on-premise food service)
  • ...and Amendments to these licenses, and
  • Special Alcohol Licenses
  • Special Farmer Wineries at Farmers Markets
  • and more

Business Licenses

  • Garages for Auto Repairs and Parking
  • Used Car Dealers
  • Drain Layers
  • Extended Operating Hours (after midnight)
  • Outdoor Seating or Goods on Public sidewalks
  • Hawker Peddlers
  • Junk Dealers
  • Signs and Awnings
  • Grants of Location
  • Public Events
  • Raffles and Bazaars
  • and more

Marijuana Establishment Licenses

  • Marijuana Retailer
  • Marijuana Cultivator
  • Craft Marijuana Cooperative
  • Marijuana Product Manufacturer
  • Independent Testing Laboratory
  • Marijuana Research Facility
  • and more

 

 

If you are not able to apply by using your computer, please visit the appropriate department in person:
 

Home/Property-Owner
and Health Licenses and Permits
Business Licenses Alcohol/Restaurant Licenses

Inspectional Services Division
1 Franey Rd.
Somerville, MA 02145

City Clerk's Office
93 Highland Ave.
Somerville, MA 02143

Licensing Commission
93 Highland Ave.
Somerville, MA 02143

 

Use our online form to request information from the Engineering Division

Questions and applications should be directed to:

Karla Cuarezma
Junior Civil Engineer
[email protected]
(617) 625-6600 x5414