Essex County Building Department

Find Essex County Massachusetts building departments, planning, permits, zoning, and inspections. Building Departments provide information on certificates of occupancy (CO), building codes, construction codes, inspections, safety, violations, permits, community planning, zoning laws, regulations, ordinances, maps, and land use.


Andover Building Department 91 Ridge Street Andover MA 01810 978-623-8445


Boxford Building Department 200 Washington Street Boxford MA 01921 978-887-6000

Boxford Zoning 4 Middleton Road Boxford MA 01921 978-887-6802

Georgetown Building Department 1 Library Street Georgetown MA 01833 978-352-5736

Gloucester Planning Department 22 Poplar Street Gloucester MA 01930 978-281-9778

Groveland Building Department 23 School Street Groveland MA 01834 978-469-5003

Hamilton Planning Department 577 Bay Road Hamilton MA 01982 978-468-5570

Lawrence Planning Department 147 Haverhill Street Lawrence MA 01840 978-620-3500

Lynnfield Building Department 55 Summer Street Lynnfield MA 01940 781-334-3143

Lynnfield Zoning 55 Summer Street Lynnfield MA 01940 781-334-2032

Manchester Building Department 10 Central Street Manchester-by-the-Sea MA 01944 978-526-2000

Merrimac Town Planning Department 2 School St Merrimac MA 01860 978-346-8013

Methuen Zoning 41 Pleasant Street Methuen Town MA 01844 978-983-8633

Newburyport Planning Department 70 Low Street Newburyport MA 01950 978-465-4456

North Andover Zoning 1600 Osgood Street North Andover MA 01845 978-688-9541

Rockport Building Department 34 Broadway Rockport MA 01966 978-546-9218

Salisbury Building Department 5 Beach Road Salisbury MA 01952 978-462-7839

Wenham Planning Department 5 School Street Wenham MA 01984 978-468-5520

How much does a building permit cost?

Building permit fees vary significantly from one locality to another. The fees are usually based on the total cost of the project.

If I have been issued a building code violation, can I appeal?

Yes, a building code violation can be appealed. In most cases, a local board will hear building code appeals. An appeal should be filed as soon as possible, as some jurisdictions impose deadlines for submitting appeals. The appeals process may require a fee.

Can the Building Department recommend a local home improvement contractor?

Local Building Departments are generally reluctant to recommend specific contractors. However, many will provide a list of licensed contractors that serve the local area.