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How to find historical permit records

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If you want to see the historical record of permits for a property, you have two options:

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Get your info together before you search

To perform a search to look up permit records from the past, all you need is the address of the property.

PLEASE KEEP IN MIND

If you’re looking for the status of a current permit application, please use our Permit Finder website.

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Search our online databases

We have a couple of options for searching permits:

Here is a brief guide on navigating and searching within the system.

Step
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Get your info together before you visit

To perform a search to look up permit records from the past, all you need is the address of the property.

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Go to our office

Please bring your information to:

1010 MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE, 5TH FLOOR
BOSTON, MA 02118
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Office hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. The Building division is open until 7 p.m. on Thursdays.

Keep in mind

Having trouble finding a permit? Please contact us at 617-635-5300, or by email: ISD@cityofboston.gov.

If you have any questions about the Open Data portal, please email opengov@cityofboston.gov.

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