More about:

Building Code Enforcement Official Certification

Massachusetts General Law (MGL) c 143 § 3 defines three titles for municipal building code enforcement officials: Inspector of Buildings, Building Commissioner or Local Inspector - collectively referred to as building code enforcement officials.

The Inspector of Buildings or Building Commissioner is the highest ranking individual in the make-up of a building department. All other building officials within a building department's office structure are referred to as Local Inspectors according to the law (although cities and towns may have varied titles for these positions; i.e. assistant inspector, deputy commissioner, etc).

Additionally, MGL Chapter 143 § 3 mandates minimum qualifications for each of these titles. It is imperative that these minimum qualifications are met or exceeded by any individual seeking certification as a building code enforcement official. The Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) will not issue certification to any individual who is not able to demonstrate compliance with these minimum qualifications. Please reference M.G.L. c. 143 § 3 to become familiar with these qualifications or you may reference the Commonwealth's Application for Certification as a Building Code Enforcement Official, where the qualifications are reiterated.

All applications and forms are available via the links below.

Please contact Kim Spencer at Kimberly.spencer@mass.gov or 617-826-5224 with any questions regarding the certification process. Please mail all forms to:

Office of Public Safety and Inspections
Attention: Kimberly Spencer 
1000 Washington St., Suite 710

Boston, MA 02118

617-826-5224        

617-727-1944 fax

Examination Approval Form

Step One: Submit this Building Official Certification Exam Approval Form with an up-to-date resume. Approval is required before taking required exams.

Exams & Reference Materials

  • Building Official Continuing Education Credit Hours (as of May, 2018)
  • Memorandum: Building Code Enforcement Official Certification  Important - Must Read
  • 780 CMR R7 Certification of Building Officials
  • Laws and Regulations 780 CMR R7 Certification of Building Officials   : 
  • Required Exams and Reference Materials February 2017:
    • Download National Certification Exam Information Bulletin –  ICC Information Bulletin for the latest reference materials and invaluable information regarding the exams. (Inspector of Buildings)
    • NCPCCI Exams: (Local Inspector)     
  • Exam Registration and Candidate Bulletin

Additional Resources for Exams & Reference Materials

Application & Continuing Education

  • Application for Certification: Submit this after successfully completing the steps for each level of certification.  
  • Extension of Time Request: Conditional appointees may use this to request a time extension to comply with the examination process: after 12 months for Local Inspector; after 18 months for Inspector of Buildings.   
  • Continuing Education Policy: For all certified building officials. Conditional appointees must attain 1-hour of education each month of employment until completing the required examination schedule.
  • Attachment A: Attendance Sheet
    • Sign In Sheet
    • Sign Out Sheet  
  • Attachment B: Continuing Education Credit Application Form  
  • Attachment C: Training Report Discrepancy Form

Forms for City and Town Clerks

  • New Employee Report Form: File with BBRS for newly appointed building officials.       
  • Current Employee Reporting Form: File current list of building officials yearly by April 1st with BBRS. For a pre-populated form email  Kimberly.spencer@state.ma.us

Additional Resources for Forms for City and Town Clerks

Training

  • On-line training offered by Simpson Strong-Tie
    • You will need to create a Simpson Profile on the site including your MA Building Official ID (MAID)
  • Energy Code Training

    • Performance Systems Development is Mass Save's lead vendor for the Energy Code Technical Support initiative in cooperation with the Board of Building Regulations and Standards.

Feedback

Did you find what you were looking for on this webpage? * required
We use your feedback to help us improve this site but we are not able to respond directly. Please do not include personal or contact information. If you need a response, please locate the contact information elsewhere on this page or in the footer.
We use your feedback to help us improve this site but we are not able to respond directly. Please do not include personal or contact information. If you need a response, please locate the contact information elsewhere on this page or in the footer.

If you need to report child abuse, any other kind of abuse, or need urgent assistance, please click here.

Tell us what you think