Inspectional Services

Inspectional Services Department


 Mailing Address                                   Department                                       Head           Office Hours

Newton City Hall

Room 202, 2nd Floor

1000 Commonwealth Ave

Newton, MA 02459

John Lojek, Commissioner


617-796-1086 (FAX)                                   

Monday: 7:00am - 5:00pm


Tuesday: 7:00am- 8:00pm


Wednesday-Friday: 7:00am- 5:00pm


Please note: Building permits can only be issued 8:00am-4:00pm, Monday thru 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 8:00am - 4:00pm, as long as staff is available.

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.

Important Notice:

Due to the gas company labor dispute, approval for location of propane tanks is required. Please see below the form that is required to be submitted with the gas permit application.

Zoning Relief Approval; Temporary Propane Tanks

Useful Documents and Resources

Planning and Development Resources: Applications, Forms, and Brochures

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

Leafblower Ordinance Information – 2018 Flyer

In the event of a storm, you may have questions about which parts of your electrical service are privately owned and which parts Eversource maintains. Please see link below for Eversource diagram.

Eversource-Electric equipment ownership and required meter clearances


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 ordinance. 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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