A Commonly Heard Piece of Misinformation

Property Owners: do not be misled by building supply people, contractors, acquaintances, and others when they tell you:

  • “Don’t get a permit the inspector will only make the cost of the job go up”
  • “It will slow up the work because we will have to wait for inspections
  • “If you get a permit your taxes will go up”
  • “You don’t need a permit, the work you are doing is not structural”
There is a good chance that bad advice will cost you money down the road. Only the Code Officials or Code Inspectors are qualified to determine if permits are or are not needed.


FOR MORE THAN 49% ALTERATION OR DEMOLITION OF A PROPERTY BUILT PRIOR TO 1940: The Historic Commission may need to review and/or approve the Building Permit Application. 
540,560,563,568,569,577,588,589,595, 598,61,604,605,609,610,613,621,624,625,630,638,648,651,670,684, 690,700 BAY ROAD: The Historic Commission may need to review and/or approve the Building Permit Application
FOR PROPERTIES LOCATED ON A DESIGNATED SCENIC ROAD: (Asbury Street, Bridge Street, Chebacco Road, Cutler Road, Gardner Street, Goodhue Street, Highland Street, Miles River Road, Moulton Street, Sagamore Street, Waldingfield Road, Walnut Road, Winthrop Street) Please contact the Building Department to find out if the proposed work will require approval from the Planning Board.



Plumbers and Gas Fitters Consumer FAQs→
The Home Improvement Contractor FAQs→
Electricians Consumer Fact Sheet→
 Building Permit FAQs→
What do I need for a Building Permit Application?
When do I need to obtain a building permit and hire a licensed contractor?→

IMPORTANT: FOR SIDING REPAIR/REPLACEMENT/INSTALLATION Due to water meters, applicants must obtain approval/sign-off on form from the Department of Public Works Water Department prior to the issuance of a Building Permit.       
DPW Phone Link     Email Link

The purpose of the Building Code is to establish the minimum requirements to safeguard the public health, safety and general welfare through structural strength, means of egress facilities, stability, sanitation, adequate light and ventilation, energy conservation, and safety to life and property from fire and other hazards attributed to the built environment, and to provide safety to fire fighters and emergency responders during emergency operations.  
If you are a licensed electrician and you are dealing with a property which has an emergency situation and Town Hall is not open, please email the Electrical Inspector directly. Denis Curran: dcurran@hamiltonma.gov


Name Contact
James Butler Building Inspector 978-626-5250
Denis Curran Electrical Inspector 978-626-5250
Kevin Dash Plumbing Inspector 978-423-2061