Inspectional Services

Office Hours  Mailing Address  Department Head
The Inspectional Services Department is open 7:00am - 5:00pm and Tuesdays evenings until 8:00pm.

Please note:  Building Permits can only be issued between 8:00am - 4:30pm, Monday through Friday.

In addition to the daily schedule, all Building Inspectors have office hours: 7:00am - 9:00am.

Electrical and Plumbing/Gas Inspectors have office hours: 7:00am - 8:00 am, 3:00pm - 4:00pm.

Plumbing, Gas and Electrical permits can be issued between 8:30am - 3:00pm, as long as staff is available.

 Newton City Hall, Room 202
1000 Commonwealth Ave.
Newton Centre, MA 02459

(617) 796-1060
(617) 796-1086 Fax

John Lojek, Commissioner

Inspectional Services Department

The Inspectional Services Department (ISD) is responsible for insuring that buildings are constructed safely and used properly.  ISD enforces the provisions of the state building code, city zoning ordinance (Chapter 30 - Zoning Ordinance), and other applicable ordinances.  ISD issues permits to allow the construction, reconstruction, alteration, repair, and demolition of buildings and structures, as well as the installation of equipment and the location, use and occupancy of all buildings, structures and land.

The Inspectional Services Department front counter is open to the public every weekday, except holidays, from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Tuesdays until 8 p.m.  Please note:  No permits can be issued on Tuesday nights.

During these hours, a building inspector is available to assist with permit applications and building code questions.

Useful Documents and Resources

Online Permit History Lookup

Online Permit History Lookup- Step-by Step Instructions

Building Permits Monthly Reports

Floor Area Ratio Worksheet & Calculator

Newton GIS Browser

City Ordinances

Tips and FAQ's

Can I file for a permit online or by email?

  • No, at this time we do not have online permitting and we do not accept permits by email.  You can bring your completed application into Inspectional Services and a permit will be issued over the counter (as long as the staff person is available). You can mail a completed plumbing, gas, or electrical application to receive your permit.

What are the allowable construction hours?

  • Construction activity must comply with the city's noise ordniance. In general, construction noise may be generated only during the hours listed below. Refer to Newton revised ordinances, 2012, Sec 20-13 for additional details and restrictions.
    • Monday-Friday                    7AM - 7PM
    • Saturday                               8AM - 7PM
    • Sundays & Holidays            Not permitted except by permit approved by the Mayor

Upcoming Events and Resources

City Clerk-Electronic Posting Board

Land Use Committee - Special Permits

Planning and Development - High Interest Projects

Commission on Disability


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