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How to get a demolition permit

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Need a permit for demolition work in the City? You can start the process online, but you still have to come into our office to finish your application.


Before you get started

You need to get approval from other departments before you can apply for a permit:

If you’re using hazardous materials, you need to get approval from the state Department of Environmental Protection.


File a short-form application online

You can get a demolition permit by filing a short-form application. Keep in mind that you can only start the application online. You still need to visit our office to complete the process.

Start the application process online. Choose “Demolition” as the work type. On the application, you need to give us:

  • a description of your proposed work plans
  • the total cost of the project
  • identification and Trade Licenses for all contractors
  • a copy of the signed contract between contractor and property owner, and
  • a homeowner waiver if you're the property owner and will be doing the work yourself. This only applies to one- and two-family homes.

Get ready to visit our office

You have to finish the permitting process with us in person. When you visit our office, you need to:

  • Pay us the total amount of the demolition cost. You can do this with a bond, an Irrevocable Letter of Credit, or a certified check. Make the check out to the City of Boston, Inspectional Services Department.
  • Sign an agreement that you'll follow state building codes and the City's zoning laws.
  • Give us proof that you’re working with a licensed exterminator. When you visit our office, you’ll need to schedule a pest inspection with our Environmental Sanitation Division.
  • Give us shut-off notices from all underground utilities, including your gas and electric company, the Boston Water and Sewer Commissioner, and your phone and cable companies.

Bring your information to us

Please bring your documents, information, and payment to:

Building Division, Counter 1
1010 Massachusetts Ave, 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02118
Office hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. The Building Division is open until 7 p.m. on Thursdays.
If you’re still stuck, we can help you figure out everything you need for your project when you visit our office.
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