The Inspectional Services Department will respond to informal requests for zoning information when an applicant submits an application for zoning information.
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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.
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.
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.