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How to get a foundation permit

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You need a permit to change, repair, or build a new foundation. You can start the process online, but you still have to come into our office.


Apply for a long-form permit at Counter 1

You have to apply for a long-form permit before you can get a foundation permit. You can start your application online, but you have to visit our office to finish the application. We also have a guide on how to apply for the long-form permit.

You can also just come to our office from the start and apply in person:

Building Division, Counter 1
1010 Massachusetts Ave. 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02210
Office hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. We’re open until 7 p.m. on Thursdays.


Get your plans approved at Counter 2

After you apply, you'll need to bring extra documents to Counter 2. Here, we’ll review your plans and approve them.

Counter 2 is right next to Counter 1 at our offices. The hours for Counter 2 are also Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., and we’re open until 7 p.m. on Thursdays.

The documents you need to show at Counter 2 include:

  • a long form permit on file with us (check the status of your permit)
  • your plans, with a stamp from the Plans and Zoning Division at Counter 2
  • a description of the foundation you'll be building
  • a signed agreement that says you'll meet all building codes and only do the work described on your permit
  • proof that you've been working with a licensed rodent control exterminator
  • approval from the Boston Water Sewer Commission, and
  • a fee for the permit. We'll tell you how much to pay when you visit us. You can pay with a bond, an Irrevocable Letter of Credit, or a certified check. Make the check out to the City of Boston, Inspectional Services Department.
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Still have questions?

You can contact us at 617-635-5360. If you’re still stuck, we can help you figure out everything you need for your project when you visit our office.

Inspectional Services
1010 Massachusetts Avenue
5th Floor
Boston, MA 02118

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