Do I Need a Permit?

This list is for most common projects.  If you have a project not on this list, then please call the Building Department.

 

 

Work Requiring a Permit in the

Town of Southborough

Type of Work

Do I Need a Building Permit?

Comments

Air Conditioning, Central

Yes

By a CSL

Window Awnings

Maybe

Call the Building Dept

Carpentry, Structural

Yes

By a CSL and HIC

Carpentry, Trim

No

By a HIC.  Need CSL if fire resistance rating required

Decks

Yes

By a CSL and HIC

Demolition

Yes

By a Demolition CSL and HIC

Door Replacement

Maybe

Permit required if exit door or a public safety concern.

Door Installation

Yes

By a CSL and HIC

Driveways

No

Check Zoning Requirements

Energy Conservation Devices

No

Thermostats, light bulbs, weather stripping

Fencing

Yes if 6' or more tall

 

Flooring, Finish, Carpet, Tile

Maybe

Only if fire resistance rating required in a 3 to 4 family

Flooring, Structural

Yes

 

Gutters

Maybe

Required by a CSL only if piercing the building’s envelope

Heating System, Central

Yes

 

Insulation

Yes

Insulation CSL and HIC

Kitchen Cabinets and Shelving

Maybe

Permit and CSL may be required if part of a larger project.

Landscaping, Routine

No

 

Locks

Maybe

If affecting egress doors.

Masonry Walls, Not Retaining

Maybe

If greater than 4’ high

Masonry, Related to Building

Yes

Masonry CSL minimum

Masonry, Landscaping

No

As long as no threat to public safety

Painting, Exterior/Interior

No

 

Patios

No

 

Plastering

Yes

 

Plumbing

Yes

Plumbing Permit. Building Permit also if cutting/notching building elements

Pools (inground, above ground)YesPool Permit Application Packet and Electrical permits.

Roofing, Minor Repairs

Maybe

Discretion of Building Commissioner

Roofing, New or Replacement

Yes

Roofing CSL minimum and HIC

Shed Construction

Yes

 

Sheet Metal/Exhaust Venting

Yes

 

Sheetrock/Wallboard

Yes

 

Shutters

No

 

Siding

Yes

Window/Siding CSL Minimum

SignsMaybeMust meet Zoning Requirements

Solar Panels

Yes

Building and Electrical Permits

Solid Fuel Burning Appliance

Yes

Appliance CSL minimum

Stairs, Exterior

Yes

 

Swimming Pools – above and below ground

Yes

Pool Permit Application Packet and Electrical permits.

Tent, TemporaryYesCSL, HIC, and Flame Resistance Certificate Required.

Walls, Exterior Retaining

Maybe

Yes if greater than 4’

Windows, Install or Replace

Yes

Window/Siding CSL minimum

Wiring

Yes

Electrical License and Building Permit if cutting or notching building elements.