Building Permits & Fees

Building Permits

Building permits are issued to the following:

  • Licensed contractors with current CSL & HIC;
  • Design professionals licensed in the State of Massachusetts;
  • Homeowners of owner-occupied one and two-family dwellings.

Application Requirements

  • A completed online application indicating cost of project including materials and labor signed by owner and applicant;
  • Proof of workman’s compensation insurance (Acord Form) when applicant has employees;
  • Contract signed by owner when work is performed by an HIC registered contractor;
  • In some cases applicant must include permitting from the Conservation Commission, Planning Board, Old and Historic Commission and or Zoning Board of appeals;
  • Call (781) 631-2220 to schedule an appointment with the Building Department located at the Mary Alley Municipal Building, 7 Widger Road, Marblehead, MA.

Building Project Permit Fees

Effective October 5, 2017

The amount of any Building Permit Fee will be $15.00 per $1,000 of estimated project cost to be paid by the applicant, general contractor, or homeowner. 

The minimum fee for each permit is $30.00.

*Please Note:  Failure to obtain a required permit prior to commencement of work will result in a fee three times the applicable fee.