Inspectional Services

Office Hours Department Contact
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.

John Lojek, Commissioner
(617) 796-1060
(617) 796-1086 Fax

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

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.

Permit History

Online Permit History Lookup

Building Permits Monthly Reports

Floor Area Ratio Worksheet & Calculator

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This program will begin on April 1st 2016 and will have no end date.



A change to the Demolition Delay Ordinance was made last year to the Newton Ordinances, Planning and Development, Section 22-50, Division 2, Demolition Delay.  New sections of this ordinance address the transfer of ownership during a Demolition Delay period.  The new clauses read as follows:

(7) In the event a transfer of ownership of a preferably preserved property occurs during the applicable demolition delay period, the full applicable demolition delay period will restart from the date of the transfer of ownership.

(8) In the event a transfer of ownership of a preferably preserved property occurs after the applicable demolition delay period expires but prior to the issuance of a demolition permit, no demolition permit shall issue until the new owner complies with the procedures set forth in section 22-50 (c) (5).

Please be aware that ownership of record will be affirmed prior to the issuance of a Demolition Permit.

If you have any questions about this change to the ordinance please call Katy Hax Holmes (617) 796-1143 or email:

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