How long will it take for me to get a permit?

Express Permits, which do not require plan review, will be issued instantly unless there are conditions that require review by an official (such as a property in a historic district). Examples of Express Permits include roofing, window replacement, electrical upgrades, and water heater installation. Other permits are required by law to be approved or denied within 30 days. The specific time for your permit will depend on a variety of factors. The new online permit system is part of a regional effort to make the approval process as quick and transparent as possible.

For more information, or if you having problems using the system, please call 617-577-9000, ext. 2.

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1. Why am I required to get an account before using the system?
2. How secure is my information?
3. When is a permit required?
4. What are the fees associated with getting a permit?
5. Does it cost extra to apply online?
6. Who may apply for a permit?
7. Who can do the work?
8. How long will it take for me to get a permit?
9. Why should I get a permit?
10. How do I submit plans or other documents as part of my permit application?
11. How was this system developed and paid for?
12. What do I need to obtain a permit?