The Building Department is responsible for ensuring the safety of buildings in Peabody.
These responsibilities include:
- Supervision and enforcement of all provisions of the Massachusetts State Building Code and any other State statutes.
- Supervision and enforcement of all provisions of the City of Peabody Zoning Ordinance 2013 and as amended.
- Receipt and processing of permit applications and inspection of the premises for which permits have been issued and enforce compliance with the provisions of the applicable code.
Who Needs to Contact this Office?
EVERY BUSINESS will need to contact this office when locating to or expanding in Peabody. Here is the general process:
- Contact the Building Department and speak with a Building Inspector to obtain a Building Permit (single family/owner occupied home offices are excluded). The minimum fee is $100 for Commercial ($50 for Residential).
- Present the scope of work to the Inspector to determine whether a set of professionally drawn plans and a Construction Control Document are required before issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy.
- After any construction has been completed, schedule a site visit with an Inspector to determine that business space is safe and meets proper Building Code.
- Upon meeting all Building Code requirements (Health and Fire Codes if applicable) an Inspector will issue a Certificate of Occupancy. The fee is $100.
- At this point you can apply for a Business Certificate with the Building Inspector.*
- Present sign off for Business Certificate, issued by a Building Inspector, to the City Clerk’s Office to obtain your certificate. The filing fee is $20.
*The State of Massachusetts (in conformity with the provisions of Chapter one hundred and ten, Section five of the General laws, as amended) requires that every business obtain a certificate to register their DBA (doing business as) name. Home office must be single family/ owner occupied.
Certificate of Compliance
*Business Certificate is ultimately issued by the City Clerk after a Building Inspector has issued a sign off slip.
**A receipt is needed from the Fire Department in order to obtain a Commercial Building Permit.
Frequently Asked Questions
When is a building permit required?
Anyone seeking to construct, alter, or demolish a structure or install a sign must first obtain a building permit from a building inspector in the Building Department. The building permit must be obtained before the start of any work and must be prominently posted at the job site.
Who can be issued a building permit?
What about the issuance of plumbing, gas, or wiring permits?
When must work be started under the building permit?
Is there a time limitation on a building permit?
Yes. The permit shall be deemed to have been abandoned six months after the date of filing, unless such application has been diligently prosecuted or a permit shall have been issued; except that the building official shall grant one or more extensions of time for additional periods not exceeding 90 days each if there is reasonable cause and upon written request by the owner.
What is the procedure for a Special Permit?
Inspectors Office Hours
Please note that permit applications are ONLY accepted during Inspectors Office Hours. Depending on the scope of work, commercial applications should be filled out by contractor or architect and should be accompanied by two sets of plans.
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday
8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
(City Hall closes at 12:30 p.m.)
8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
12:00 – 12:30 p.m.