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Residential Construction FAQs

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  • Residential Construction

    • How do I apply for a building Permit?

    • Does a shed need to be placed on a foundation?

    • What is the penalty for working without a Building Permit when one is required?

    • How close to a lot line may a structure be placed?

    • Will the Building Inspector ever come to my house without an inspection request being made?

    • Do I need a Permit for a storage shed?

    • Are there setback requirements for storage sheds?

    • Where can I get a certified plot plan?

    • Is any other information required to be submitted with the Building Permit application?

    • What is an "ordinary repair"?

    • How long after an application is submitted will a Building Permit be issued?

    • Are construction plans required?

    • How much does a plot plan cost?

    • What can be done if I feel a resident or business has violated the Zoning Bylaw?

    • Are there setback requirements for swimming pools?

    • Do I have to have an architect prepare my plans?

    • What if a project doesn't comply with the Building Code?

    • What information is required on a plot plan?

    • How much detail is required on the construction plans included in the permit application?

    • How much detail is required on the construction plans included in the permit application?

    • Does someone have to be at the project site during a Building Department inspection?

    • What if work is completed without obtaining the required Permits?

    • Can I prepare my own plot plan if I am certain where my property line is?

    • Are there any exceptions to the setbacks?

    • Am I allowed to run a business out of my home?

    • No. These calls must be made by the Licensed plumber or electrician. The amount of notice required is stated in their respective codes.

    • Can I call for plumbing and electrical inspections?

    • Can I call for plumbing and electrical inspections?

    • Is a Certificate of Use/Occupancy always required?

    • How does the Building Department know if a structure was placed in the location proposed?

    • Do I need a Building Permit to demolish a building?

    • Can I begin work once I submit my Building Permit application?

    • How long do I have to complete the work, after a Building Permit is issued?

    • Can the Building Department recommend a surveyor?

    • If I do my own work, or use donated materials, won't the Permit fee change?

    • Can I occupy my structure before all the work is done?

    • Is a plot plan required if the work will obviously be outside the setback?

    • If I have a plot plan, can I draw my addition on it?

    • Are there any special requirements for the installation of a tennis or sports court?

    • Are there any special requirements for woodstoves?

    • What if something is not covered in the Building Code?

    • Is a plot plan required in the Building Permit application?

    • How much notice is required when requesting an inspection?

    • If I'm not issued a Certificate of Occupancy how do I know the work was completed satisfactorily?

    • Do I calculate the Building Department Permit fee?

    • After construction begins, when is the work inspected?

    • Can I change my construction plans after they have been approved?

    • If my Building Permit is denied, or if I decide not to proceed with my project after the Permit is issued, can I get my fee back?

    • Do I need to provide anything to the Building Inspector during their inspection?

    • Do I need a Permit to install an unvented gas appliance?

    • When do I pay the fee for a Building Permit?

    • If approved for zoning relief, when can I apply for a Building Permit?

    • Will I be notified when the Building Permit is issued, or should I call to find out the status?

    • Why should I obtain a Building Permit?

    • Where should the Building Permit card be kept?

    • Can the Building Department recommend a good contractor?

    • Who is considered a homeowner?

    • What if I don't know the valuation of the work included int he Building Permit application?

    • Do the Building Department Inspectors carry identification?

    • Who enforces the Town of Westwood Zoning Bylaw?

    • Can I do my own electrical, mechanical, and plumbing/gas work?

    • What are the installation requirements for a wood stove?

    • What requirements are there for fences?

    • Is there any work exempt from the Permit requirements?

    • When can I move into a new house, or begin using a newly built addition?

    • Can I put a sign on my property?

    • What does the cost of the Building Permit fee cover?

    • What is the Zoning Bylaw?

    • When is a Building Permit required?

    • What is the fee for a Building Permit?

    • Can a structure be built closer to the lot line than allowed in the Zoning Bylaw?

    • If I disagree with the decision of the Building Inspector or Building Commissioner, what can I do?

    • Can I use the mortgage plan issued by my bank as the Plot Plan with my Building Permit application?

    • What does the Building Inspector look for during an inspection?

    • What are the penalties for violating the zoning by-law?

    • If a Building Permit is denied because of a zoning violation, is there any recourse?

    • What is a "setback", as referenced in the Zoning Bylaw?

    • If I hire a contractor to perform work under a Building Permit, do they need to be licensed?

    • Do I need to be a licensed contractor to apply for a Building Permit and perform the work?

    • Is a fence required around a swimming pool?

    • Do I need a Building Permit for a swimming pool?