[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Haverhill as Ch. 7 of the 1963 City Code (Ch. 120 of the 1980 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Inspector of Buildings shall examine, or cause to be examined, all buildings upon which work is to be done under the provisions of this chapter, as often as practicable, and shall examine all buildings under application to be moved, raised, razed, enlarged, altered, restored, built upon or which are reported to him to be unsafe or dangerous and shall make a record of the same.
The Inspector of Buildings, so far as may be necessary for the proper performance of his duties, shall have the right to enter any building or any premises without charge, fee or restriction and to examine and inspect such building and to order the suspension of any building operations as shall not conform to the requirements of this chapter or to order any repairs or alterations as he may deem necessary to cause it to conform or to be made safe. No person shall prevent or obstruct the Inspector from entering in or on any building or premises in the performance of his duties, or in inspecting the same, or shall continue any building operations of any kind after the Inspector shall have, in writing, directed the suspension of the same for such reason, or shall refuse, fail or neglect to make any repairs or alterations after the Inspector has, for such reason, directed the same in writing.
No officer, board or commission or other person other than the Inspector of Buildings shall grant, give or issue any permit authorizing the erection, construction, alteration or repair of any building or structure in the City, and no such permit shall be granted or issued for such erection, construction, alteration or repair otherwise than in strict conformity to the provisions of this chapter and to the laws of the commonwealth.
It shall be the duty of the Inspector of Buildings to keep a full and complete record of all permits issued by him which shall contain the names of the owners, lessees, occupants, architects and builders concerned and the date of such permits. He shall keep a record of all notices and certificates issued by him or his office, to whom and for what purpose as well as a record of all visits and inspections made by him in the performance of his duties and of the reasons therefor and the results thereof.
Persons desiring to erect, alter or repair buildings or other structures in the City shall make application for a permit to the Inspector of Buildings which application shall be accompanied by plans and specifications of the work proposed to be done, and no such erection, alteration or repairs shall be undertaken until a permit has been issued therefor in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
The Inspector of Buildings shall also require, at his discretion, a plan of the lot on which any proposed building is to be erected to be filed with the application.
A permit issued in accordance herewith shall continue in force for six months, unless sooner revoked by the Inspector of Buildings.
A complete set of plans and specifications of any building or structure shall be filed in the office of the Inspector of Buildings when required by him, and a complete set of plans and specifications bearing the approval of the Inspector of Buildings must be kept on the premises during the process of construction if the Inspector so requires.
Minor repairs may be made without a building permit under the following conditions:
Repairs are to be made by the owner to the building where he resides.
There shall be no cost of labor, and the costs of the material for any one project shall not exceed $1,000.
[Amended 7-10-2007 by Doc. 76]
There shall be no structural change, changes in dimensions or change of occupancy of the dwelling.
The above conditions shall apply in all cases, except in emergencies such as fire, windstorm or any catastrophe when a permit may be obtained later if necessary.
No permit to install aluminum siding, asbestos siding, wood-shingle siding and the like shall be granted by the Inspector of Buildings unless the application therefor shall have been approved in writing by the Inspector of Wires. This does not pertain to installations of siding where the electrical service, outdoor fixtures, outdoor receptacles, etc., are not to be disturbed in any way, shape or manner, such as spot repairs or additions to buildings. Proper removal and reinstallation of all electrical equipment shall be performed by a licensed electrician according to Chapters 141 and 143 of the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
[Amended 1-18-1977 by Doc. 5; 8-11-1981 by Doc. 151; 10-13-1981 by Doc. 151-B; 6-14-1983 by Doc. 110; 1-28-1992 by Doc. 23; 5-21-2002 by Doc. 75; 12-13-2016 by Doc. 114]
Pursuant to MGL c. 23B, §§ 17 and 19, as amended, and the authority conferred by the Massachusetts State Building Code, Section 119.0, the fee schedules for building, plumbing, gas and electrical permits shall be deleted in their entirety and shall be replaced by the attached schedules, which shall be incorporated herein and become part of this chapter.
When the City of Haverhill is the property owner or lessee, there shall be no permit fee for work being performed for the City.
Building permits and fees.
A building permit is not required for nonstructural repairs which cost $1,000 or less for labor and materials. However, notification of the Building Inspection Department by phone or mail prior to starting repairs is mandatory in order to be sure repairs are made in compliance with the Massachusetts Building Code. Said repairs shall consist of only actual out-of-pocket costs and disbursements.
[Amended 7-10-2007 by Doc. 76]
New construction: permit application of $25, plus $13 per $1,000 for residential construction and commercial construction, or portion thereof, with no maximum. New residential occupancy fee of $50 to be included at time of building permit issuance.
[Amended 10-5-2004 by Doc. 134; 7-10-2007 by Doc. 76]
Editor's Note: The 2007 amendment to this subsection is made effective 9-30-2003 in order to correct a scrivener's error discovered during review of the Code for the recodification project.
Prior to a building permit being issued for new construction, a site plan must be filed. A site plan review fee of $100 shall be charged and paid.
[Added 9-30-2003 by Doc. 150-B]
Alterations, additions, and repairs: permit application of $50 for the first $2,000, plus $14 per $1,000 for each additional $1,000 or portion thereof.
[Amended 7-10-2007 by Doc. 76; 7-14-2015 by Doc. 89]
Any reinspection shall be subject to a fee of $25.
[Added 10-5-2004 by Doc. 134]
Certificate of occupancy.
Certification of buildings will be done in accordance to fees outlined in the Massachusetts State Building Code and in cases where violations are found, an additional fee of $25 per inspection will be charged.
All fees will be doubled in the event that work is started before a permit is obtained or permission is granted by the Building Inspector.
[Amended 9-30-2003 by Doc. 150-B]
Demolition: $25 for each floor to be demolished, plus an additional $35 for application fee for all residential structures; $13 per $1,000 or portion thereof for all commercial structures.
[Amended 7-14-2015 by Doc. 89]
Removal of stop-work orders: $50.
Amusement parks, equipment, tents, etc.: $20 per unit.
Requested inspection of existing buildings: $50.
Signs: $25, plus $15 per $1,000 or portion thereof after the first $1,000.
Air conditioning, except units included under the original building permit (central air or where structural alterations are required): $15, plus $10 per $1,000 or portion thereof.
Heating alterations permit application: $25, plus $12 per $1,000 or portion thereof.
Change of ownership permit: $50.
Construction trailers and/or emergency mobile homes: fifty $50; storage trailers permit fee: $50.
Gravel removal permits: $50.
Permit renewals: $25.
Solid fuel burning stove permits and chimney permits: $30.
Zoning verification for business certificates: $10.
Conformance to zoning affidavit: $25.
Electrical fees shall be as follows:
[Amended 10-5-2004 by Doc. 134; 7-14-2015 by Doc. 89]
If applications are mailed, allow a minimum of three working days for the permit to be issued prior to requesting inspection. Please enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope for the return of the permit.
It is required that electricians be present for any inspection.
Service conductors are to be installed in approved raceways.
Oil burners and gas burners shall have an emergency switch at the burner and outside the fire area and shall also have a firomatic thermal switch.
Outdoor signs shall be on separate circuits, approved raceways outside of the building with a service disconnect switch.
Installations shall be tested by the electrician for polarization, grounds and proper connection.
Editor's Note: Former Subsection B(2)(g), which immediately followed, regarding permit fees for work being done for the City, was repealed 12-13-2016 by Doc. 114. See now the beginning of this section.
Gas fees. Gas fees are as follows:
Plumbing fees. Plumbing fees are as follows:
[Amended 10-5-2004 by Doc. 134]
Local regulations for gas and plumbing.
If applications are sent through the mail, allow a minimum of three days for the permit to be issued before starting work. Please call to verify that application has been received and processed. Enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope for the return of the permit. If any questions are not answered or information is missing, the application will be returned.
Requests for inspections shall be made no later than 9:00 a.m. for an inspection appointment on that day.
This office shall be notified immediately when jobs are finished.
All fees will be doubled in the event that work is started before a permit is obtained or verbal permission is granted by the Plumbing/Gas Inspector.
Editor's Note: MGL c. 23B, §§ 17 and 19, were repealed 1984, c. 348, § 2. See now MGL c. 143, § 93 et seq.
[Added 6-1-1982 by Doc. 113]
The City shall employ the services of a qualified Clerk of the Works to supervise all appropriate City construction and/or substantial rehabilitation projects. The Inspector of Buildings or, where applicable, the Department of Public Works Director shall determine if the project's scope dictates a Clerk be required and shall recommend to the Mayor and Council a nominee after first advertising the availability of position. Rates of pay and benefits shall be as dictated by current trade standards and the City's personnel regulations for temporary City employees. City officials, in their official capacity when required, may serve as the Clerk for the City at no increase in salary.
[Added 12-20-1983 by Doc. 150]
All abandoned or fire-damaged buildings shall be boarded up by the owner as follows:
Material for boarding shall be three-eighths-inch exterior plywood.
All first floor and cellar windows shall have the material cut to fit between the staff moldings and rest on the windowsill to provide solid nailing all around. All remaining windows visible from a public way shall also be so covered.
-Windows in exterior doors shall be secured, and doors either padlocked or boarded with plywood.
All material to be nailed with six-pound-cement coating nails.
Fire-damaged buildings shall be boarded within 48 hours of fire. Abandoned buildings shall be boarded within five days.
Any owner of a building who fails to comply with this section shall be subject to a fine of $100 per day from the date of written notice from the Building Inspector.
[Added 12-20-1983 by Doc. 150]
All signs, either wall or freestanding, announcing businesses which have since discontinued operation shall be removed within five days from the date of discontinuance. Any property owner who fails to adhere to this requirement shall be subject to a fine not to exceed $100 per day from the date of written notice from the Building Inspector.
[Added 1-30-2018 by Doc. 14]
All residential homes being constructed pursuant to a special permit and/or an approved subdivision shall erect a sign during construction which provides the following information: the name, address and telephone number (both regular and an emergency contact) for the construction company performing the work. The signage shall be a minimum of 18 inches by 24 inches and shall be visible from the street. The sign may be freestanding or may be attached to the structure being erected.
[Added 6-5-2018 by Doc. 73]
- Portable storage containers intended to be transported to a designated location for storage purposes (typically known as "PODS®," "MODS," etc.).
- METAL-FRAMED TRAILERS OR CONTAINERS, WITHOUT WHEELS
- Metal frames or totally metal boxes primarily used, intended for, or suitable for the transportation of cargo by road, rail or ship.
- MEMBRANE STRUCTURES
- Membrane structures, including tents and canopies, erected on a location for a short- or long-term storage or accessory purpose relating to motor or recreational vehicles or personal property.
- REGULATED STORAGE CONTAINER(S)
- PODS®, metal-framed trailers or containers, without wheels, and membrane structures.
The residential or nonresidential accessory uses of regulated storage containers are permitted as follows: With the prior issuance of a regulated storage container permit from the City's Inspectional Service Department, the use of not more than two regulated storage containers for up to six consecutive months in a calendar year at a residential or nonresidential location is permitted. The use of more than two regulated storage containers, or the use of a regulated storage container for more than six months, shall require the issuance of a permit by the City Council. Prior to hearing any application for a permit, seven days' written notice of the application and the hearing date shall be sent to all immediate abutters by regular mail. Regulated storage containers must comply with all accessory setbacks requirements of Chapter 255 of this Code.
Upon notification of a violation of this section, an owner of the real property upon which the regulated storage container(s) is located shall have 48 hours to remove the offensive regulated storage container(s) from the property. Any owner of a building who fails to comply with this section shall thereafter be subject to a fine of $100 per day from the original date of written notice from the Building Inspector and/or Local Building Inspector for each day the regulated storage container(s) remains on the property.
[Added 6-19-2018 by Doc. 1-JJ]
- INTERNATIONAL ENERGY CONSERVATION CODE (IECC)
- The International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) is a building energy code created by the International Code Council. It is a model code adopted by many state and municipal governments in the United States for the establishment of minimum design and construction requirements for energy efficiency and is updated on a three-year cycle. The baseline energy conservation requirements of the Massachusetts State Building Code are the IECC with Massachusetts amendments, as approved by the Board of Building Regulations and Standards.
- STRETCH ENERGY CODE
- Codified by the Board of Building Regulations and Standards as 780 CMR Appendix 115.AA of the Massachusetts Building Code, the Stretch Energy Code is an appendix to the Massachusetts Building Code, based on further amendments to the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) to improve the energy efficiency of buildings built to this code.
Purpose. The purpose of 780 CMR 115.AA is to provide a more energy-efficient alternative to the Base Energy Code applicable to the relevant sections of the building code for new buildings.
Applicability. This code applies to residential and commercial buildings. Buildings not included in this scope shall comply with 780 CMR 115.AA, as indicated.
The Stretch Code, as codified by the Board of Building Regulations and Standards as 780 CMR Appendix 115.AA, including any future editions, amendments or modifications, is herein incorporated by reference into § 120-17 of the Code of the City of Haverhill.
The Stretch Code is enforceable by the Inspector of Buildings or Building Commissioner and effective as of the date of passage.