Building Department

NOTICE: THE TOWN HALL  WILL BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC UNTIL AT LEAST 4/7/20. IN THE MEANTIME WE WILL CONTINUE TO PROCESS PERMITS AND CONDUCT INSPECTIONS WHENEVER POSSIBLE.

CHANGES TO INSPECTIONS DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC

STARTING MARCH 16, 2020  and UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

  • All inspection requests must be called into the request line as usual.
  • Inspectors will not enter occupied homes or apartments.
    • Inspectors  will call to go over what will be required.
    • Pictures or videos texted, emailed - facetime or skype
  • New construction, full gut renovations, additions and exterior inspections can take place as long as social distancing is observed.
    • The work area must be clear of all people in advance of inspection.
  • Use of inspection alternatives are at Inspectors discretion.


Building Department Mission

The Building Department provides public safety through enforcement of the
Massachusetts State Building Code and the Specialized Codes: Plumbing, Gas, Electric, Mechanical, Sheet Metal, Fire Prevention and Architectural Accessibility Codes.

The Department further protects public safety and enhances property values through the enforcement of The Town of Ipswich Bylaws and Protective Zoning Bylaws. Issuing permits, performing inspections, enforcing the codes and bylaws help to make are buildings safer, more durable and energy efficient.

Online Permitting
All permit applications must be submitted using our Online Permitting system.

Zoning
All projects should start with zoning.
Any questions concerning zoning regulations, such as land use, change of use,
structure locations and set backs should be directed to the Building Commissioner.
Projects requiring a Special Permit or Variance will be directed to the Zoning Office or the Planning Office.