A building permit is required for all fences over seven feet in height. Any fence over seven feet in height must also meet the applicable property setbacks. A fence seven feet or less in height can be placed on the owner’s property line.
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Often plot plans are included in the mortgage documents received at time of closing for a property. Plot plans can sometimes be found on-line at the South Middlesex Registry of Deeds. There is a slight chance the Building and Wire Department may have a copy in its archives, but only if a plot plan was submitted as part of a building permit application for a given property. (Until the Building and Wire Department can digitize its records, there is a $30 fee for retrieving records from the archives.) Please note that plot plans are not reliable for determining property lines. Always consult with a registered, licensed land surveyor for accurate information about a property.
Yes, any structure that contains water over 24 inches in depth is a private swimming pool and requires a permit. This includes in-ground, above-ground, and on-ground swimming pools, hot tubs, and spas. A fence enclosure or barrier at least 48 inches high is also required around all swimming pools.
The Inspectional Services Department will respond to informal requests for zoning information when an applicant submits an application for zoning information.