Building Departments in Worcester, Massachusetts

There are 3 Building Departments in Worcester, Massachusetts, serving a population of 184,743 people in an area of 38 square miles. There is 1 Building Department per 61,581 people, and 1 Building Department per 12 square miles.

In Massachusetts, Worcester is ranked 130th of 585 cities in Building Departments per capita, and 114th of 585 cities in Building Departments per square mile.

List of Worcester Building Departments

Find Worcester, Massachusetts building departments, planning, permits, zoning, and inspections.

Worcester Permits 20 East Worcester Street Worcester, MA

Worcester Planning Department 44 Front Street Worcester, MA

Worcester Zoning 25 Meade Street Worcester, MA

About the Worcester Building Department

Building Departments in Worcester, MA are responsible for ensuring safe construction of buildings located in their jurisdictions. Building Departments create building codes and standards for building construction to ensure building safety. The Worcester DOB is involved in all aspects of construction, including zoning laws, design requirements, building materials, trade and professional license regulation.

You may contact the Building Department for questions about:
  • Worcester, Massachusetts building inspection records
  • Contractor license searches
  • Worcester building codes
  • Building permit violations, appeals, and fines
  • Construction permits and building ordinances
  • Worcester, MA zoning laws and requirements

Worcester Building Structure & Housing Statistics

Find Worcester Residential Housing Units, Occupied Residential Buildings Construction Year, Occupied Residential Buildings Room Characteristics, Occupied Residential Buildings Bedroom Characteristics, and Occupied Residential Building Facility Characteristics. Data Source: U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey, 2018 ACS 5-Year Estimates.

Worcester Residential Housing Units
 WorcesterWorcester County
Total Housing Units77,920333,830
Occupied Housing Units71,145 (91.3%)307,294 (92.1%)
Worcester Occupied Residential Buildings
 WorcesterWorcester County
Single-Family Detached Homes23,055 (32.4%)177,676 (57.8%)
Single-Family Attached Homes4,412 (6.2%)18,745 (6.1%)
2 Apartments6,642 (9.3%)23,448 (7.6%)
3 or 4 Apartments16,464 (23.1%)34,190 (11.1%)
5 to 9 Apartments6,117 (8.6%)16,752 (5.5%)
10 or More Apartments14,272 (20.1%)34,189 (11.1%)
Mobile Home or Other Type of Housing183 (0.3%)2,294 (0.7%)
Worcester Occupied Residential Buildings Construction Year
 WorcesterWorcester County
2014 or Later289 (0.4%)2,131 (0.7%)
2010 to 2013483 (0.7%)4,653 (1.5%)
2000 to 20093,871 (5.4%)26,884 (8.7%)
1980 to 199910,561 (14.8%)70,571 (23.0%)
1960 to 19799,987 (14.0%)61,305 (19.9%)
1940 to 195912,589 (12,589.0%)50,702 (50,702.0%)
1939 or Earlier33,365 (46.9%)91,048 (29.6%)
Worcester Occupied Residential Buildings Room Characteristics
 WorcesterWorcester County
1 Room2,027 (2.8%)6,050 (2.0%)
2 or 3 Rooms49,576 (69.7%)202,941 (66.0%)
4 or 5 Rooms30,175 (42.4%)103,643 (33.7%)
6 or 7 Rooms21,377 (30.0%)98,004 (31.9%)
8 or More Rooms7,068 (9.9%)68,534 (22.3%)
Worcester Occupied Residential Buildings Bedroom Characteristics
 WorcesterWorcester County
No Bedroom2,164 (3.0%)6,462 (2.1%)
1 Bedroom11,404 (16.0%)34,209 (11.1%)
2 or 3 Bedrooms49,576 (69.7%)202,941 (66.0%)
4 or More Bedrooms8,001 (11.2%)63,682 (20.7%)
Worcester Occupied Residential Building Facility Characteristics
 WorcesterWorcester County
With Complete Plumbing Facilities70,692 (99.4%)305,978 (99.6%)
With Complete Kitchen Facilities70,166 (98.6%)304,838 (99.2%)