Housing and Home Improvement Resources
Have questions or need assistance? We've compiled a list of important contacts in the Housing Division.
Inspecting Houses in Boston
Learn about the Housing Division at Inspectional Services, and what we do for Boston residents.
When You Need a Rental Inspection
We inspect rental properties to make sure they meet state housing codes.
How to Apply for the Five-Year Inspection Plan
If you have a good record as a property owner in Boston, you may qualify for the plan.
Rental Inspection Checklist
Use this checklist to prepare for your upcoming rental inspection.
How to Request an Administrative Hearing
Learn how to ask for a hearing in the event you get a violation on your property.
Meeting the Housing Code in Boston
All homes must meet the State Sanitary Code. Learn more about the regulations.
How to Get a Foundation Permit
Learn the permitting process to change, repair, or build a new foundation.
How to Get a Long Form Permit
Learn how to apply for a long-form permit for new construction or significant updates to a building.
How to Get a New Construction Permit
Learn how to get a new construction permit before starting a new building project.
How to Register a Rental Property
If you own a rental property, you must register it with the City each year
Renew Your Rental Registration
Property Owners who have previously registered you rental units must renew your registration every year
Learn the rules around registering a short-term rental in Boston.
Vacant and Foreclosed Property Registration
You must register your property with Inspectional Services if it is vacant or going into foreclosure.
Home Improvement Contractors
Are you a contractor and subcontractor performing home improvement work on an existing one- to four-unit residential property in Massachusetts? You must register for the Home Improvement Contractor Registration as the following:
- an Individual
- a limited liability company (LLC)
- a limited liability partnership (LLP), and
- a corporation.
- Home Improvement Contractors (HIC) Guide
- First-time registrations
- Renew your HIC Registration (online account only)
- Change your registered address
- Request a duplicate or supplemental (additional) card
- Renew your HIC registration (by mail or in-person)
- Change your Doing Business As (DBA)
- Register as a Foreign Corporation