How to close out permits?

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Town Offices

36 Bartlet Street

Andover, MA  01810

(978) 623-8620



DATE:                 December 6, 2021


TO:                 All Building Division Staff


FROM:           Chris Clemente Building Commissioner/Inspector of Buildings


RE:                 Requests to “Close” Open Permits



This office in accordance with the provisions of 780 CMR (Massachusetts State Building Code) is unable to “close” or “finalize” open building permits that were issued prior to 10/20/2017. 780 CMR § 110.5, which states in part, “It shall be the duty of the holder of the building permit or their duly authorized agent to notify the building official when work is ready for inspection.”


Permits that have not had the required inspections (including building, electrical, gas, plumbing & mechanical) become invalid after 180 days. 780 CMR § 105.5 states in part, “Every permit shall become invalid…if the work authorized on the site by such permit is suspended or abandoned for a period of 180 days after the time the work is commenced.”


Should a party be aggrieved by this policy, they may in accordance with 780 CMR § 113 appeal such to the Massachusetts Building Code Appeals Board. Forms for such are available at

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1. What are the swimming pool barrier & enclosure requirements?
2. Do I need a permit for a fence? What requirements apply?
3. What is a plot plan? Where can I get a plot plan? Where is the Registry of Deeds?
4. What are the zoning setbacks for a pool (above ground pool, shed, etc.)? Do I need a fence around the pool?
5. If my property is listed in the Ballardvale Historic District or on the Mass Historic Register, how does that affect my Building Permit application?
6. Can you tell me if this lot is "buildable"? What is a “hundred-percent-upland” rule?
7. Can I do my own electrical work as the homeowner?
8. Do I need to get a permit for small jobs?
9. Do I need an electrical permit for an above-ground pool?
10. Why can’t I do plumbing and gas fitting work as the homeowner?
11. Why do I need permits?
12. Guidance on Stairways, Handrails & Guardrails?
13. How to determine the maxium number of occupants?
14. How to close out permits?