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Inspectional Services

We administer and enforce building, housing, health, sanitation, and safety regulations mandated by City and State governments.

We are made up of five regulatory divisions whose aim is to protect and improve the quality of life for all Boston residents. Our mission is to serve the public by protecting the health, safety, and environmental stability of Boston's business and residential communities. Learn more about our work.

Take Advantage OF our online portal

The online option saves you time — you can apply online and even print out your permit when it has been approved by us. Right now, you can apply for some of our permits online, but the list will continue to grow over time.

Go to our online portal

Inspectional Services Department
1010 Massachusetts Avenue
5th Floor
Boston, MA 02118
United States
Cashier hours
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Office hours
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. The Building Division is open until 7 p.m. on Thursdays.

Short-term rentals

Short-term rentals in the City of Boston are subject to new regulations starting on January 1, 2019.

Meeting the housing code in Boston

All homes must meet the State Sanitary Code. Learn more about the regulations.

Learn more about our work

Health, food, and environment
Health Division
Health Division

We create and enforce food safety codes for Inspectional Services.

Inspectional Services workers
Environmental Sanitation

We keep Boston free of pests and rodents, and oversee Animal Control in the City.

Weights and Measures
Weights and measures

We protect consumers when they buy products sold by weight or volume.

Forms and documents

Forms and documents

Latest news

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Oct 11

Preparing your home for the inevitable winter

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Summer safety tips: Keep your food safe
Jul 1

Summer safety tips: Keep your food safe

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Jun 25

Summer safety tips: Rodent and pest control

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Summer safety tips: Use precaution and common sense
Jun 19

Summer safety tips: Use precaution and common sense

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