Mail In and Online Permit Applications Require Prior Registration: Prior registration consists of a copy of your license, along with a copy of your Workers Compensation Insurance documentation, having been placed on file/registered with the Department of Inspectional Services. If you are registered a completed application, along with a check made out to the City of Worcester may be mailed to:
Department of Inspectional Services
25 Meade Street
Worcester, MA 01610
Counter Registration and Application Process: If you are not registered with us please visit our 25 Meade Street facility, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Once you provide a copy of your official license and Workers Compensation Insurance documentation you can begin to use the mail in or online application process.
For information on all city permits, licenses and fees, visit Permit Center
Landscape retaining walls up to 6 feet and fences up to 7 feet that are dilapidated and are dividing property lines that are not in the public way are a civil matter and are not enforced by the buildings and zoning division.
Fences 7 feet or less do not require a building permit (but fences over 6 feet might require zoning relief).
Retaining walls less than 4 feet in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall do not require a building permit.
Sheds under 120 sq. ft. do not require a building permit.
Owner occupied 1 and 2 family dwellings performing work for which a building permit is required shall be exempt from the licensing provisions of 780 CMR 110.R5, provided that if a homeowner engages a person(s) for hire to do such work, then such homeowner shall act as supervisor. This exception shall not apply to the field erection of a manufactured buildings constructed pursuant to 780 CMR 110.R3.
Online Permit Service is available for building, electrical, gas, plumbing and mechanical permits.