Building in Leverett Checklist

I.  SO YOU WANT TO BUILD OR MAKE CHANGES TO YOUR EXISTING HOME IN LEVERETT

Save yourself time, money and frustration.
State  and/or Town regulations and bylaws require building permits for construction or adding on to any kind of building, installing or repairing a septic system, creating new lots, constructing a well and cutting trees or altering a stone wall along any road.

Before you: Get approval from: 
Build a new structure,         
Add on to an existing structure,
Install Chimney, Fire Place,    
Replacement Windows,            
New Roof or Siding
              
Franklin County
Building Inspector
772-2026
772-2027
Install, repair, replace, or expand a sewage disposal system;
drill or dig a well    

             
Board of Health
548-1022 x1    
Divide up lots along an existing road or subdivide land by creating new roads 
                      
Planning Board
548-9477 
Cut a tree or alter a stone wall along any road (except Route 63)

Planning Board
548-9477  
Build a driveway
Highway Superintendent
 548-9400
Do any work near a wetland, swamp, brook, lake, marsh, or vernal pool
Conservation
548-1022 x3

II.  BUILDING ON AN APPROVED LOT    

Your lot is approved if:

  • It is registered at the Registry of Deeds; you are not subdividing an existing lot.
  • It is on a public way or an approved subdivision road.
  • It matches the dimensional standards of the Zoning Bylaws for the Zoning District in which it is located.
  • You wish to build a structure, which is permitted by the Zoning Bylaw for your Zoning District.


III.  YOU CANNOT BEGIN CONSTRUCTION  WITHOUT A PERMIT


1.  Obtain Building Permit application from Town Hall or Franklin County Building Inspector, Court House in Greenfield (772-2026).
2.  Seek appropriate approvals:

  • For soil analysis, perc test, and sewage disposal system design:
    Board of Health (548-1022 x1)
  • For certification of potable water:
    Board of Health (548-1022 x1)
  • For driveway permit:
    Highway Superintendent (548-9400)                                                                                                                                                                   
  • For smoke detector approval:
    Fire Chief (548-9225)
  • For Order of Conditions if wetlands are involved: 
    Contact the Conservation Commission.
    Conservation Commission (548-1022x3) sign-off is required prior to Board of Health sign-off on Building Permit application.
  • For scenic roads permit if tree cutting or stonewall  alteration along road is involved:
    Planning Board  (548-9477)

3. Finalize application and submit to:

  • Franklin County Cooperative Building Inspector Program
    Courthouse
    425 Main Street
    Greenfield, Ma. 01301

4. Building Inspector renders a decision.
  a.   If approved:
        Building permit will be sent to the Town Hall where it may be obtained upon payment of the required fee during regular Town hall hours.
   b.  If denied:
        Correct the problems or appeal to the Zoning Board of Appeals.

 

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