The mission of the Building Division is to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the Town's residents and visitors through the enforcement of the State and local laws, bylaws and regulations.
The Building Division is charged with the enforcement of the State Building 780 CMR of the Acts of 1972 and Zoning Act, Massachusetts General Laws 40A and all other applicable laws and regulations including applicable sections of the North Andover Code. The Building Division issues permits for all types of construction including, but not limited to, school buildings (both public and private), institutional buildings (nursing homes), business, commercial and industrial buildings, dormitories, multi-family as well as single family dwellings, pools, chimneys, signs and additions and alterations to all structures. Building officials also perform periodic inspections for those buildings which are required to obtain Certificates of Inspection under State Building Code, Table 108.
Other building inspection offices include:
The purpose of the Massachusetts Electrical Code is the practical safeguarding of persons and property from hazards arising from the use of electricity. The Electrical Inspector is responsible for receiving and granting permits and scheduling inspections on a daily basis, inspecting all residential, commercial and industrial jobs, approving electrical plans for new buildings, assisting the Fire Department in inspections of fires due to faulty electrical devices and seeing that permits are issued for repairs due to fire damage.
Enforcement of fire alarm regulations for new homes, conducting and certifying inspections of schools, public buildings, day care centers and nursing homes in conjunction with the building officials are part of the duties of the Electrical Inspector.
Plumbing and Gas Inspections:
All plumbing and gas fitting installations are controlled through enforcement of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Uniform Plumbing and Gas Code formulated by the Board of State Examiners of Plumbers and Gas Fitters under authority of Chapter 142 of the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This office issues permits for installation of gas piping, plumbing and sewer installations and repairs. Inspections are conducted as necessary to ensure compliance with State codes. A final inspection is conducted for the purpose of issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy. Complaints and violations must also be investigated and corrected or reported to the proper authorities.