Residential & Commercial Permits

The City of Amesbury uses OpenGov for all residential and commercial permits. Minimum permit fee is $50. All fees doubled if work is started without a permit.

Please apply online!

  • Building Permit - Commercial
  • Building Permit - Residential
  • Certificate of Occupancy
  • Demolition Permit (Learn more!)
  • Electrical Permit
  • Fence Permit
  • Gas Fitter Permit
  • Mechanical Permit
  • Plumbing Permit
  • Sheet Metal Permit

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Do You Need a Permit?

The need for a permit can be fairly subjective, based on the project details. For larger projects, like a new building or renovating an existing building, permits and inspections are needed. For smaller projects, such as a minor roof repair or replacing a few planks on a deck, it's likely that no permit is needed. We recommend that it's always better to be safe and give us a call before starting your project just to be sure! Always keep in mind that there are certain projects that you must hire a licensed professional for, including plumbing and gas work

If you've hired a professional to do some work for you, make sure you check that they will handle the permitting process for you. Generally, it's easier for them to take care of the permits, which includes having them share information about their insurance and licenses.

Yes! Permit Needed

  • Adding or removing walls in your home
  • Building or renovating a bathroom
  • Putting in a pool
  • Adding nev electrical outlets
  • Replacing your hot water tank / furnace
  • Installing a skylight
  • Re-roofing
  • Kitchen renovation
  • + More!

No Permit Needed

  • Painting your home
  • Replacing existing carpet 
  • Minor roof repair
  • Deck / porch repair
  • Window replacement
  • Fence repair
  • Adding / replacing gutters
  •  + More!

Not sure if you need a permit? Call us at 978-388-8129!