Essex County Building Inspector

Find Essex County Massachusetts building inspectors. Building inspectors provide information on building inspections, safety codes, construction permits, and violations.


Amesbury Building Inspector 11 School Street Amesbury MA 01913 978-388-8129


Beverly Building Inspector 502 Cabot Street Beverly MA 01915 978-921-6025

Beverly Building Inspector 188 Cabot Street Beverly MA 01915 978-921-6024

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

Gloucester Building Inspector 3 Pond Road Gloucester MA 01930 978-281-9774

Groveland Building Inspector 183 Main Street Groveland MA 01834 978-469-5003

Haverhill Building Inspector 4 Summer Street Haverhill MA 01830 978-374-2341

Ipswich Building Inspector 25 Green Street Ipswich MA 01938 978-356-6605

Lawrence Building Inspector 200 Common Street Lawrence MA 01840 978-686-4438

Lawrence Building Inspector 65 Lowell Street Lawrence MA 01840 978-685-0282

Marblehead Building Inspector 7 Widger Road Marblehead MA 01945 781-631-2220

Merrimac Building Inspector 2 School Street Merrimac MA 01860 978-346-0525

Middleton Building Inspector 195 North Main Street Middleton MA 01949 978-777-2850

Newburyport Building Inspector 60 Pleasant Street Newburyport MA 01950 978-465-4405

North Andover Building Inspector 1600 Osgood Street North Andover MA 01845 978-688-9545

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

Salem City Building Inspector 120 Washington Street Salem MA 01970 978-745-9595

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

Swampscott Building Inspector 22 Monument Avenue Swampscott MA 01907 781-596-8857

About Essex County Building Inspectors

The Essex County Building Inspector, sometimes referred to as a Building Official, is an Essex County or local official responsible for ensuring that all building construction is in compliance with building codes and related regulations in Essex County, MA. Building codes establish standards for the construction of buildings and they address virtually all aspects of construction, including design requirements, building materials, electric, plumbing and other trades, parking, and resistance to natural disasters. Building Inspectors are typically employed within a Building or Development Department. A Building Department may have multiple Essex County Building Inspectors with a Chief Building Inspector overseeing all inspection activities, while smaller jurisdictions may have a single Building Inspector to conduct all building inspection activity.

You may contact the Building Inspector for questions about:
  • Essex County building inspections
  • What Building Inspectors look for
  • Building codes and violations in Essex County, MA
  • Building permits and permitting process
  • Building, elevator, and fire code compliance in Massachusetts
Essex County Construction & Plan Inspections

Essex County Building Inspectors inspect new construction, remodels, and renovations, and in some cases, they ensure the safety of vacant real estate that is the site for planned construction. As part of the process, Building Inspectors issue Essex County construction, relocation, demolition, and occupancy permits. Depending on the nature of a project, inspections may be required at any phase of construction work. Building Inspectors review and approve Essex County building plans and blueprints for new construction or major renovations in order to ensure that the plans incorporate compliance with Essex County building codes. While large projects are underway, Building Inspectors monitor and inspect to verify that approved plans are followed and the building meets code requirements. These building site inspections include mechanical, as well as plumbing and electrical inspections. If the project is non-compliant at any time, the Building Inspector can issue a building code violation notice and an Essex County stop work order. At the conclusion of the project, a final comprehensive inspection is conducted.

Essex County Building Inspections

Building Inspectors may also be required to inspect existing structures in Essex County to verify that they are safe for occupancy if they have been damaged by fire, a weather event, an accident, or a similar incident. Essex County elevator inspections are performed routinely to ensure elevators are safe and in compliance with local code. Building Inspectors may also inspect Essex County buildings as the result of complaints or referrals from Essex County law enforcement or other agencies if they suspect safety violations. Buildings that are determined to be unsafe by a Building Inspector may be condemned.

Fire Inspections

Essex County Fire Inspectors perform similar duties as Building Inspectors, but with an emphasis on compliance with fire codes. In some jurisdictions, the Building Inspector may also serve as the Essex County Fire Inspector.