About ISD

The Inspectional Services Department (ISD) ensures the safety of residents and community members by enforcing city ordinances and state and federal codes relating to building construction and public health.

  • Divisions

  • Key Licenses & Permits

  • Building Division

    The Building Division provides permitting, plan review, and related resources to ensure compliance with the Massachusetts State Building Code and Somerville Zoning Ordinance.

  • Health Division

    The Health Division provides residents and community members with high quality education, code enforcement, emergency services, and support to improve health and safety in the City.

  • Weights and Measures

    The Weights and Measures Division enforces all State laws and regulations having to do with weights and measures, such as check-out scanners, taximeters, gasoline pumps, and supermarket scales.

 

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:

Health License and Permits

Business Licenses

Alcohol/Restaurant Licenses

  • Building Permits
  • Demolition 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

 

  • 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

 

  • 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

 


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

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