About ISD

Notice of Building Permit Application Fee

Electrical, plumbing, and gas subcontractors working for a general contractor with an approved safety plan and building permit are not subject to a separate fee.

Permits for electrical, plumbing and gas work that is not associated with a building permit will be charged a $25.00 safety review and inspection fee for each permit.

Plumbing, gas, and electrical contractors may in the alternative submit annual safety plans for work not associated with a building permit.  These plans will be kept on file and used when performing safety inspections.  The fee for filing an annual electrical, plumbing, and gas safety plan will be $250.

 

COVID-19: Updates for Construction and Food Service

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Construction

Permitted construction is able to commence/recommence under the conditions that a sufficient Jobsite Hazard Analysis (JHA), Site Specific Safety Plan (SSSP), and other safety documentation with a particular focus on COVID safety in accordance with state and federal guidelines on COVID spread prevention is provided to and approved by ISD. All other pre-COVID conditions and requirements remain in full force and effect. 

Examples of a JHA and SSSP can be found in the ISD Contractor Safety Package available here.

Ensure a JHA and SSSP are uploaded to the General Contractor’s primary building permit in Citizenserve, or if there is none, to the individual permit application (i.e. Electric, Gas, or Plumbing permit):

Required measures for safety documentation include but are not limited to the following:

  • All workers on the site must wear clean face coverings, masks, or face shield which cover their nose and face, unless unable due to a medical condition or is otherwise exempted by Department of Public Health guidance.
  • A sign-in/sign-out log must be maintained for all persons on site (including deliveries).
  • Hand tools are not to be shared
  • Limit the number of people that reside in different locations traveling in the same vehicle
  • Sanitization procedures and handwashing availability
  • Social Distancing
  • Site Health Checks and/or Self-Health-Certification Checks prior to shift
  • Limiting individuals present at time of inspection if practical

As an alternative to a physical sign-in sheet as well as a self-certification form, you can use an electronic version that will be logged with ISD.

Food Service

  • All restaurant establishment are limited to “Take Out” and “Delivery” services
  • Grocery stores, convenience stores and “corner” stores are allowed to remain open and shall practice social distancing requirements to the fullest extent possible
  • No non-prepackage self-service food is allowed for purchase i.e. salad bars, olive bars, etc.

Resources

 

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:

Home- and Property-Owner Permits 

  • Building Permits
  • Demolition Permits
  • Driveway/Curb Cut 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