The Division of Building Inspection shall be responsible for the enforcement of the state building code pertaining to buildings and other structures and for enforcement of related ordinances in the Revised Ordinances of the city of Everett, including, but not limited to the local zoning ordinance and Massachusetts State Building Code.


David Palumbo
Building Commissioner/Director of Inspectional Services



Department of Inspectional Services
484 Broadway, Room 26
Everett, MA 02149

Monday & Thursday, 8am – 7:30pm
Tuesday – Wednesday, 8am – 5pm


David Palumbo
Inspector of Buildings/Director of Inspectional Services

Michael Desmond
Assistant Building Inspector

John DeVito
Local Building Inspector

Jonathan Trull
Local Building Inspector

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, the Massachusetts State Building Code does allow for the following work to be done without obtaining a building permit. You can find the specific building code here.

The Massachusetts State Building Code stipulates that any permit issued shall be deemed abandoned and invalid unless the work authorized by it shall have been commenced within 6 months after its issuance; however, for cause, and upon written request of the owner, 1 or more extensions of time, for periods not exceeding 6 months each, may be granted in writing by the building commissioner. Work under such a permit in the opinion of the building commissioner, must proceed in good faith continuously to completion so far as is reasonably practicable under the circumstances.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Building Code states that “it shall be unlawful to construct, reconstruct, alter, repair, remove or demolish a building or structure; or to change the use or occupancy or a building or structure; or to install or alter any equipment for which provision is made or the installation of which is regulated by 780 CMR (State Building Code) without first filing a written application with the building official and obtaining the required permit therefore.”

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Board of Appeals

The Board of Appeals shall be responsible to hear and decide appeals in accordance with MGL 40A, applications for special permits and variances upon which the Board is empowered to act. The Board is also responsible to hear and decide petitions for variances, and special permits based on zoning denial letters from the building inspector.

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Code Enforcement

The Division of Code Enforcement shall be responsible for the enforcement of chapter 13A of the Revised Ordinances of the City of Everett; enforce all relevant ordinances; maintain a high quality of life for all Everett residents; working in conjunction with the Office of the City Solicitor, prosecute all infractions and violations of city ordinance; perform other relevant duties as assigned.

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Electrical and Wire

The Wire Division is responsible for the maintenance of all traffic signals and the performance of all electrical work within municipal buildings and on City property.

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Health and Sanitation

The Division of Health and Sanitation shall be responsible for enforcement of all provisions of the state sanitary code promulgated by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health which are subject to enforcement by cities and towns; adoption from time to time of additional regulations as are necessary or desirable to protect the public health of the residents of Everett; and enforcement of all regulations so promulgated by the Board of Health.

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Licensing Commission

The License Commission is charged with the responsibility of issuing licenses and enforcing rules, regulations, local ordinances, and state laws pertaining to the sale of alcoholic beverages; the Licensing Commission shall promulgate all regulations necessary for the application local ordinance and state law.

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Plumbing and Gas

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Weights and Measures

The Division of Weights and Measures shall have general charge and supervision of all the public scales of the City of Everett.

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