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.  To obtain Building Permit application call the Franklin County Building Inspector, Greenfield (772-2026) or go to www.fccip.org
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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