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Welcome To The Inspectional Services Department

The Inspectional Services Department is responsible for insuring public safety, health and welfare to the inhabitants of the City through the oversight of all electrical, building, gas, plumbing and health related issues. The department is responsible for the issuing all related permits and enforcement. A selection of permits is available on our website.

ISD is a customer service department oriented to the review and inspection process that provides for the necessary public health, safety, environmental and community concerns in an efficient, effective, timely and cost efficient manner.

Inspectional Services Department (ISD) encompasses the following operating divisions: Building, Electrical, Gas and Plumbing, Health and Sanitation, Planning and Conservation and Facilities Management. These divisions will enforce all codes, laws, and ordinances relating to their respective divisions. The Department will also be responsible for the promulgation of policy set by the various boards acting through the ISD.

Please select an item from the left hand menu to view information and download links to available files and forms.

Contact The Inspectional Services Department

Our Mission | Enforcement of the State Building Code as it is applicable to electrical fixtures and wires, including issuance of permits for the construction, repair and alteration of electrical fixtures and wires, and all applicable inspections.

Maintenance of the traffic signals in the City and the fire alarm call box system.

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact us:

List Inspectional Services Chief and Building Commissioner
  Contact
Phone
Fax
Email
Michael Donovan
(781) 598-4000
(781) 477-7031
mdonovan@lynnma.gov
List Staff
  Michael Donovan Inspectional Services Chief and
Building Commissioner
  MaryAnn O'Connor Health Divisional Head
(Click here to visit our expanded webpage)
  Lloyd "Butch" Barns Facilities Manager

News and Announcements

New Ice Cream Vendor Regulations
Please visit the Health Services page for details on the new regulations. - Click Here

Abandon Property Requirements

City of Lynn Abandoned and Foreclosed Properties Registration Form - Click Here

Street Light Out?
Is there a streetlight out in your neighborhood? We are now pleased to announce the ability for our customers to report a streetlight or a public area light out. Follow the link to report it: Light Out

GeoTMSWeb Services
Lynn Inspectional Services has teamed up with GeoTMSWeb who supplements our permitting and inspection system by letting contractors, municipal employees, and the general public access data critical to project success. For more information please follow this link: GeoTMSWeb.

 

Inspectional Services | Ordinances, Forms and Applications | AUGUST 2013

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BUIDLING DIVISION | ORDINANCES, APPLICATIONS AND FORMS
Abandoned - Foreclosed Property | FORM
Application Sheet Metal Installation | FORM
Application to Construct, Repair, Renovate, Change the Use or
Occupancy of or Demolish Any Building | FORM
Application Commercial Building Permit | FORM
Application One & Two Family Building Permit | FORM
Billboard Ordinance
Certificate of Inspection Billboard | FORM
Certificate of Inspection | FORM
Certificate of Occupancy | FORM
City Owned Property Sale/Rental
Control Construction Affidavits | LINK
Demolition Permit Sign-off Regulation | FORM
Electrical Meter Sockets
Electrical Standards
Electrical Permit | FORM
Gas Fitting Permit Ordinance | FORM
Lead Paint
Permits Owing Taxes
Plumbing Permit | FORM
Mechnical Work Permit | FORM
Permit To Erect A Sign | FORM
Request For Public Information | FORM
Request For Public Records | FORM
Safety During Construction | FORM
State Sanitary Code and Fire Prevention
Storm Fact Sheet | LINK
Street and Sidewalk Excavations
Street Numbers
Commercial Swimming Pool Renewal | FORM
Swimming Pool Renewal Application | FORM
Swimming Pool Fence Ordinance
Land Subdivision Regulations | LINK
Trench Permits | FORM
Waste Disposal Affidavit | FORM
Workers Compensation | FORM LINK
Zoning Board of Appeals | FORM
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HEALTH DIVISION | ORDINANCES, APPLICATIONS AND FORMS
Amended Keeping of Animals | FORM
Application for Certificate of Approval (Apartment Occupancy) | FORM
Application for Renewal of a Rooming House License Certificate of Approval | FORM
Board of Health Inspection | FORM
Dumpster Ordinance | PERMIT FORM
Drug Paraphernalia Amendment
Feeding Animals in City 
Feeding of Geese or Wild Birds 
Keeping of Animals
Operate Food Establishment | FORM
Grading Policy for Permanent Food Facilities | LINK
Frozen Desserts
Health Clinic Zone
Methadone Center
Needle Exchange
Nuisances Part 1
Extermination of Rodents
Rodent Control Guide | LINK
Cigarette Lighters-Matches to Minors
Sale of Tobacco | FORM
Shopping Carts
Sale of Food From Vehicles | FORM
Scavenging For Trash
Tanning Facilities | FORM
Tattooing Establishment Regulation | FORM
Tattooing Practitioners Permit Regulation | FORM
Tattooing Practitioners | FEES
Tobacco To Minors
Transient Vendors

ISD | Building Division

The building division is an enforcement of the Massachusetts Building Codes, including review of plans and issuance of permits for construction, repair, and alteration of buildings and all applicable inspections. This division is also responsible for the issuance of occupancy certifications under the Massachusetts Building Code and response to violations of this code.

In addition, the building division focuses on the enforcement of the Lynn Zoning Ordinance along with the enforcement of violations to the Massachusetts Building Code. The building division also includes the administrative operations of the Zoning Board of Appeals, Board of Examiners and the Planning board.

The Building & Structures division is responsible for the following tasks:
- Enforcement of the Massachusetts Building Codes, including review of plans and issuance of permits for construction, repair, and alteration of buildings and all applicable inspections.

This division is also responsible for the issuance of occupancy certifications under the Massachusetts Building Code and response to violations of this code.
- Enforcement of the Lynn Zoning Ordinance.
- Enforcement of violations to the Massachusetts Building Code.
- Administrative operations of the Zoning Board of Appeals, Board of Examiners and the Planning Board.


Quick Links | Forms and Permits
Please note permits can be paid by cash, check or credit card.

PDF Acrobat Document For Download (PDF)
  Application Commercial Building Permit
  Application One & Two Family Building Permit
  Abandoned & Foreclosed Properties Form
  Electrical Permit
  Gas-fitting Permit
  Plumbing Permit
   
Web GeoTMSWeb Online Services
  Lynn Inspectional Services has teamed up with GeoTMSWeb who supplements our permitting and inspection system by letting contractors, municipal employees, and the general public access data critical to project success. For more information please follow this link: 
  GeoTMSWeb

ISD | Electrical Division

The electrical division is responsible for the following tasks, enforcement of the State Building Code as it is applicable to electrical fixtures and wires. This includes issuance of permits for the construction, repair and alteration of electrical fixtures and wires, and all applicable inspections. This department also deals with maintenance of the traffic signals in the City and the fire alarm call box system.

The Electrical Division is responsible for the following tasks:
- Enforcement of the State Building Code as it is applicable to electrical fixtures and wires, including issuance of permits for the construction, repair and alteration of electrical fixtures and wires, and all applicable inspections.
- Maintenance of the traffic signals in the City and the fire alarm call box system.

Quick Links | Forms and Permits
Please note permits can be paid by cash, check or credit card.

PDF Acrobat Document For Download (PDF)
  Abandoned & Foreclosed Properties Form
  Electrical Permit
  Gas-fitting Permit
  Plumbing Permit
   
Web GeoTMSWeb Online Services
  Lynn Inspectional Services has teamed up with GeoTMSWeb who supplements our permitting and inspection system by letting contractors, municipal employees, and the general public access data critical to project success. For more information please follow this link: 
  GeoTMSWeb

ISD | Gas and Plumbing Division

The Gas and Plumbing division is responsible for the following tasks, enforcement of the State Building Code as it is applicable to plumbing and gas codes, including review of plans and issuance of permits for construction, repair and alteration of appliances, and plumbing and gas systems and all applicable inspections.

The Gas and Plumbing Division is responsible for the following tasks:
Enforcement of the State Building Code as it is applicable to plumbing and gas codes, including review of plans and issuance of permits for construction, repair and alteration of appliances, and plumbing and gas systems, and all applicable inspections.


Quick Links | Forms and Permits
Please note permits can be paid by cash, check or credit card.

PDF Acrobat Document For Download (PDF)
  Abandoned & Foreclosed Properties Form
  Electrical Permit
  Gas-fitting Permit
  Plumbing Permit
   
Web GeoTMSWeb Online Services
  Lynn Inspectional Services has teamed up with GeoTMSWeb who supplements our permitting and inspection system by letting contractors, municipal employees, and the general public access data critical to project success. For more information please follow this link: 
  GeoTMSWeb.

ISD | Health and Sanitation Division

Administration and enforcement of the State Sanitary Code promulgated by the Department of Public Health through the conduction of inspections, investigations, and required permitting. This includes inspection and permitting of food establishments, swimming pools, recreational camps and body art establishments. Also included are permitting and licensing of cemetery burials, animals, tobacco, vending machines, funeral directors, food handlers, milk producers and dealers. The response to individual complaints regarding violations of the Sanitary Code is also the responsibility of the Health and Sanitation Division.

Visit our expanded Lynn Health Department website for more information.

Facilities Management

The Facilities Management Division is responsible for the following tasks:
-Maintenance and repair of all City-owned buildings and schools.

Planning and Conservation

The Planning & Conservation Division is responsible for the following tasks:

- Administration and enforcement of the City of Lynn's Subdivision Control Rules and Regulations.
- Responsible for administering Chapter 40A (The Zoning Act) and Chapter 41 (Municipal Planning and Subdivision Legislation). Some duties include endorsement of approval not required plans and subdivision plans, rezoning's, abandonment of streets, tree hearings, etc.
- The purpose of these By-Laws is to protect the wetlands, related water resources, and adjoining land areas in Lynn, Massachusetts by regulating or prohibiting activities deemed by the Lynn Conservation Commission (L.C.C.) likely to have a significant or cumulative effect upon resource area values, including but not limited to the following: public or private water supply, ground water, flood control, erosion and sedimentation control, storm damage prevention including coastal storm flowage, water quality, water pollution control, fisheries, shellfish, wildlife habitat, rare species habitat including rare plant species, agriculture, aqua culture, and recreation values, deemed important to the community (collectively, the "resource area values protected by these By-Laws"). 

These By-Laws are intended to utilize the Home Rule authority of this municipality to protect additional resource areas, for additional values, with additional standards and procedures stricter than those of the Wetlands Protection Act, G. L. Ch. 131, S.40, and Regulations there under, 310 CMR 10.00.

Our FAQ Page
(See our Process Check Lists at the bottom of this page)

Where and when are permits issued?
The permits can be issued from the Inspectional Service Department Office at 3 City Hall Square Lynn, Ma 01901 – Room 401. City Hall Hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8:30AM – 4:00PM, Tuesday from 8:30AM – 8:00PM, Friday 8:30AM – 12:30PM.

Who can obtain a building permit?
Permit requirements are determined by both City and State regulations. The following information regarding who can obtain a permit is an outline, to further investigate complete information see City Ordinances.

* Homeowners of one or two family and owner-occupied buildings may obtain the building permit as the owner. If a one or two family building is not occupied by the owner, or for any three or more family buildings, a licensed contractor must obtain the Building Permit. For all commercial property, a licensed contractor must obtain the Building Permit.

What is the Building Permit Process?

  1. Pay the applicable fees and submit a filled out Building Permit Application from ISD office.
  2. Turn in any additional documents that might be needed and make any modifications if necessary after receiving the permit from the ISD office.
  3. Review the plan of the application and process
  4. Building permit will be issued and posted on the job site
  5. Take note of when and how many inspections ISD will be doing
  6. Submit affidavit/apply for a Certificate of Occupancy if either necessary

What requirements must be met prior to requiring a building permit?
As long as the work is in accordance with the City of Lynn’s Zoning Ordinance and that any new structure that is being built in a particular section, including historic, neighborhood or preservation districts is approved.

When must the work be started after the working permit is issued?
After the permit is issued, work must be started within six months. In addition, once the work has begun it must be continuously worked on until it is completed.

Is a building permit needed to build a shed?
As long as the shed is less than 200 sq.. feet you do not need a building permit.

When re-roofing a house, how many layers of roofing is allowed?
Only one layer of roofing is allowed.

How do I get copies of inspectional services records?
You can visit the inspectional service dept. and ask for copies of previous records.

What happens if a project has been started without a building permit?

Work should be stopped immediately and you should report to the Inspectional Service dept and request a building permit as soon as possible.

Do I need a permit for a swimming pool?
If the pool is deeper than 24” then a permit is required regardless if its above-ground or in ground.

Do I need a permit for building a fence?
If the fence is over 6ft high then a building permit is usually required. You can contact the Inspectional Services Dept. with any questions regarding the height of your fence and whether one is necessarily required.

How long does it take, on average for a building permit to be processed and accepted?
If all goes as planned, the application should be reviewed and hopefully accepted within 30 days after filing the permit.

What are building permit fees?
On the home page, look through the fee schedule for each permit. These fees are payable when submitting your application documents. Permits can be paid by cash, check or credit card.

Will the Inspectional Services Dept. refer or recommend a contractor for home improvement?
No, but by consulting through the Dept. of Public Safety you may be provided with a method for looking up home improvement workers and constructors.

If I receive a corrections list from my application, what do I do next?
If you receive a corrections list, it means that your application was denied with reasons listed. It is then your responsibility to both resolve these issues and then reapply for a building permit.

Where do I get a plot plan?
In order to obtain a plot plan, a contractor or owner is needed to survey the land. In order to ensure that the area is in sync with zoning and environmental regulations, plot plans are necessary.

Are plans needed in order to apply for a permit?
An updated and current plot plan is necessary to request for a building permit.

How can I obtain a property record card?
Please visit their website by clicking here.

I only sell pre-packaged foods. Do I need to contact the Health Dept.?
Yes, even if it is all pre-packaged you must still contact the health dept.

Do I need a permit for roll down grills or awnings?

Yes.

What is the requirement for food vendor’s vehicles?
Through the health dept. you can access and confirm the specific requirements for each vendor vehicle.

Can I make improvement to my property myself?
Only if the property is residence to one or two families and if the inspector feels the workers are competent and prepared for the task.

Are satellite dishes allowed on roofs or side walls?
Yes, they are allowed.

I am a small business, where do I go to find out an easy method to find out what I need to be compliant?
To ensure that you have everything to be compliant, go through the building, health etc. requirements listed throughout their dept.

How do I find out if I am in a residential or commercial district?
By looking at the zoning map it becomes easy to determine with district you are in.

Can I call an ISD inspector in advance to get a clearer understanding before I start a project?

Yes, absolutely!

What licenses is the health division responsible for issuing?
The health and sanitation department is fully responsible for issuing licenses that deal with food establishments, retail space, body art/piercing places, trash removal and disposal.

Where do you obtain a Health license?
The permits can be issued from the Inspectional Service Department Office at 3 City Hall Square Lynn, Ma 01901 – Room 401. City Hall Hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8:30AM – 4:00PM, Tuesday from 8:30AM – 8:00PM, Friday 8:30AM – 12:30PM.

What are examples of reasons to file a complaint in health department?
Many issues can surface such as lead paint, mold, rodents, asbestos, bed bugs etc. If any of these problems become apparent or suspicious the tenant may file a complaint through the ISD in City Hall or call for further information (781) 598 – 4000

What is the minimum sq. footage for living space?
For a single bedroom, 70 sq. feet and then another 50 sq. feet added on for each additional person added to the room.

Are locks required on all windows in a house?
If the window is an exterior window then yes, it does require a lock.

Should owner provide lights for outside porches etc.?

At the owner’s expense, these should all be provided.

What are some tips in controlling rodents?
There are many things that can be done to both attempt to and control pests and rodents in your home. Make sure your trash is placed outside shortly before its time for pickup and in metal or heavy containers, either with tight lids to secure the trash inside. If you have a pet, make sure that the pet food is not left out overnight or outside. Make sure that all of your windows have screens on them and are repaired as soon as possible if there is a problem. Inspect your basement for any cracks or holes that may be letting rodents in and seal them.

PDF Acrobat Document For Download (PDF)
  City of Lynn Process Check Lists
  General Office/Body Shop/Retail/Food Establishment Check List
  Food Service Process Check List
  Site Plan Review Residential/Central Business/Waterfront Check List
  Special Permit Check List
   

Snow and Ice Information

Snow and Ice Removal Guide
A Summary of the City of Lynn’s Ordinance Pertaining to Snow and Ice Removal Regulations - Inspectional Services Lynn, City Hall Lynn, MA 01901 (781) 598-4000

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HOMEOWNERS and RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY OWNERS
BUSINESS and COMMERCIAL
PROPERTY OWNERS

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SNOW MUST BE REMOVED BETWEEN SUNRISE AND SUNSET, WITHIN 10 HOURS AFTER SNOW HAS FALLEN AND MAINTAINED THROUGHOUT THE DAY.

A CLEAR, FULL, PAVED PATH THE WIDTH OF THE SIDWALK MUST BE PROVIDED FOR PEDESTRIANS WITH A MINIMUM WIDTH OF 42 INCHES.

SNOW REMOVAL MUST INCLUDE CLEARING SNOW FROM ALL CURB CUTS, INTERSECTIONS, CROSSWALKS, HANDICAPPED RAMPS AND SIDEWALK LOCATIONS.

VIOLATORS WILL BE SUBJECT TO A $50 FINE FOR EACH DAY VIOLATIONS EXIST.

SNOW MUST BE REMOVED BETWEEN SUNRISE AND SUNSET, WITHIN 3 HOURS AFTER THE SNOW HAS FALLEN AND MAINTAINED THROUGHOUT THE DAY.

A CLEAR, FULL, PAVED PATH THE WIDTH OF THE SIDEWALK MUST BE PROVIDED FOR PEDESTRIANS WITH A MINIMUM WIDTH OF 42 INCHES.

SNOW REMOVAL MUST INCLUDE CLEARING SNOW FROM ALL CURB CUTS, INTERSECTIONS, CROSSWALKS, HANDICAPPED RAMPS AND SIDEWALK LOCATIONS.

ANY RESIDENTIAL UNIT CONTAINING MORE THAN SIX RESIDENTIAL UNITS IS CONSIDERED COMMERCIAL PROPERTY.

VIOLATORS WILL BE SUBJECT TO A $50 FINE FOR EACH DAY VIOLATIONS EXIST.

The depositing or dumping of snow from private property and sidewalks into city streets is prohibited. Violators are subject to a $100 fine.

The Parking Dept, Police Dept., Lynn Department of Public Works and the Inspectional Services Department of the City of Lynn are the authorities responsible for enforcement.

 
Snow Shoveler
 
   
   
Together let’s keep our sidewalks safe for all residents and visitors.
Thank you for your cooperation!
For more information or if you have questions regarding the information contained within this Guide, please contact the Inspectional Services Department at (781) 598-4000. We can also provide you with a copy of the complete ordinance.
     
PHONE NUMBERS FOR QUESTIONS OR HELP DURING SNOW EMERGENCY
Lynn Department of Public Works (781) 268-8000
Lynn Inspectional Services Department (781) 598-4000
Lynn Police Department (781) 595-2000
Greater Lynn Senior Services (For Info and Referral) (781) 599-0110
FOR A LIFE HEALTH AND SAFETY EMERGENCY DIAL 911

City of Lynn Snow Ice Removal Ordinance Amendment

New Item Acrobat Documents For Download (PDF)
  2010 Snow and Ice Removal Amendment

Rodent Control Guide

Download our new 2014 Rodent Control Program flyer in both English and Spanish.

This guide is offered to Lynn property owners and residents to help protect their property and City property from rats and other rodents.

A rodent control program is only effective if everyone takes responsibility for keeping their homes and businesses as rodent-proof as possible. Please help us by using the information provided in this guide.

STORE GARBAGE IN METAL OR HEAVY PLASTIC CONTAINERS WITH TIGHT LIDS | According to City Ordinance all trash stored outside must be in covered waterproof and airtight rodent resistant containers.

PLACE TRASH OUTSIDE SHORTLY BEFORE PICKUP; DON’T LEAVE PLASTIC GARBAGE BAGS OUTSIDE | According to City Ordinance trash may be placed out no earlier than 5 P.M. on the day before collection and no later than 7 A.M. the day of collection. Plastic bags can only be placed out on collection day if on top of barrels. Not on the ground.

DO NOT LEAVE PET OR BIRD FOOD OUT | Remove all uneaten pet food and water after pet has eaten. Do not leave pet food containers outside. If you observe rodent activity, do not continue to use bird feeders or feed birds in other ways.

STOP PROVIDING HOMES FOR RATS BY GETTING RID OF:

ABANDONED CARS | If the vehicle is on private property the owner of property must remove it. Unused tires must be removed.

ABANDONED BUILDINGS | Should be adequately boarded. Report buildings not boarded to Inspectional Services.

ABANDONED APPLIANCES | Washing machines, stoves, and old refrigerators should not be stored on the property. They should be removed and properly disposed of.

TALL GRASS AND WEEDS | Should be kept cut short enough to prevent rats from nesting and hiding.

STACKS OF LUMBER | Provide places for rats to nest and breed. Lumber should be stacked 12 to 18 inches above ground and away from walls or fences.

Rodent Control Guide Available

New Item Acrobat Document For Download (PDF)
  Download the 2014 Rodent Control Guide (PDF Format)

Flood Clean Up Fact Sheets

The Massachusetts Department of Public Safety (DPS), in conjunction with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), is providing important information to homeowners and business owners to safely respond to the widespread flood damage. “The recent rainstorms have affected many properties throughout the Commonwealth,” stated DPS Commissioner Thomas G. Gatzunis.  “As cleanup efforts begin, please keep the following important information in mind.”

New Item Acrobat Document For Download (PDF)
  Post Flood Clean Up
  FEMA Drying Out Your Home
 

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