Building Department


All departments and boards work together to simplify the permitting process. Although some processes may seem redundant and / or time consuming, they are necessary for the welfare and safety of the town. Anyone planning a project, residential or commercial, is welcome to come in and discuss aspects of the proposed project and hopefully alleviate any delays that could occur when the project is in motion.

Permit Types

The Building Department is responsible for all residential and commercial permits that are submitted including but not limited to:
  • Electric
  • Gas
  • Plumbing
  • Sheet metal / mechanical for all projects requiring duct work

What Requires Building Permits

Under the Massachusetts State Building Code a building permit is required for:
  • Any and all new construction
  • Alterations
  • Change of occupancy in a building or structure.
  • Change of use
  • Demolition
  • Reconstruction
  • Repairs
The many different types of permits submitted to our department, depending on the project, may require various departments and /or boards to review the submittal.


Along with reviewing and processing the permits, inspections are necessary to document all work completed is in compliance with the Massachusetts State Building Code and all other applicable codes. Continuous changes made by the state are putting more demands on the inspectors.

Zoning Enforcement

Along with all the building aspects and permits, our department is also responsible for Zoning Enforcement.  Our role is to enforce the Town of Douglas Zoning Bylaws as well as any and all Special Permits and Variances with conditions that may be granted by the Zoning Board of Appeals and / or Planning Board.