When do I need a Permit?

Usually a building permit is required for any renovations, repairs and additions except painting, wallpaper and interior floor coverings.

Do I need a permit for painting or wallpaper?

No. These activities, as well as minor repairs such as replacing a few shingles on your house, are considered “ordinary repairs” by the state building code and do not require a permit. The code defines ordinary repairs as “Any maintenance which does not affect the structure, egress, fire protection systems, fire ratings, energy conservation provisions, plumbing, sanitary, gas electrical or other utilities.”

 Is a permit required to replace windows in my home?

Yes. Window replacement is an energy conservation matter covered in the state building code.

 Do I need a permit to put up a fence? What is the Town of Tewksbury regulations concerning fences?

The town does not have its own fence regulations. Tewksbury defers to the state laws on fencing. A permit is not required to put up a fence up to 6 feet in height. However, if the property is located on a corner, the corner clearance regulations in the Tewksbury zoning by-law must be followed.

  Do I need a permit to put a shed in my yard?

Yes.   If the shed is over 200 sf A building permit and a plot plan is required .  If the shed is 200 sf or less no building permit is required.  The shed must be under 20' high, it must be at least 10' from side and rear lot lines, 25' from all streets and behind the front set back of the existing house.  It is the homeowners responsibility to know where their lot lines are located.

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1. What are the guidelines for obtaining a Building Permit (residential & commercial)?
2. What are the setbacks?
3. When do I need a Permit?
4. Where can I find Building Permit Fees?