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19. Massachusetts State Building Code
Authorities: M.G.L. c. 143, §§ 93-100: Inspection and Regulation of, and Licenses for, Buildings, Elevators and Cinematographs; 780 CMR: Massachusetts State Building Code.
Jurisdiction: Structural, life, and fire safety of buildings and structures in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Applicability: New construction, renovation, or demolition of existing structures, and changes of use or occupancy of an existing building must conform to the provisions of the Massachusetts State Building Code.
Regulatory Summary: The purpose of the State Building Code is to protect public safety by ensuring that buildings that are intended for occupancy are structurally sound, are constructed of appropriate materials, have adequate egress for fire safety, promote energy conservation, and have adequate sanitary facilities. The building code is written by the State Board of Regulations and Standards, and is administered locally by board-certified building inspectors.
Review Process: Application for a building permit is made to the local building inspector. The application is, to some extent, locally determined, but certain minimum information, such as a site description, contractor information, a description of the proposed work, and a cost estimate must be included. The local building official will issue a building permit and will also inspect the construction to ensure compliance with the building code.
Forms: Locally determined.
Fees: Locally determined.
Contact: Local Building Department.
Publication Date: Fall, 2003
A publication of the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) pursuant to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Award No. NA170Z2338. This publication is funded (in part) by a grant/cooperative agreement from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The views expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of NOAA or any of its sub-agencies.