Office in the Town Hall
56 School St.
Oak Bluffs, MA 02557
P: (508) 693-3554 x203
F: (508) 693-5375
The Building Department is responsible for the review, inspection and permitting for new construction and/or alterations to any structures within the Town They also have the authority to issue fines on persons or properties violating the Town's General By-Laws, Zoning By-Laws, Building Code Regulations and Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Regulations 780 CMR 110.0 Applications for Permit.
M.S. R. 780 CMR 110.1 Permit application: It shall be unlawful to construct, reconstruct, alter, repair, remove or demolish a building or structure; or to change the use or occupancy of a building or structure; or to install or alter any equipment for which provision is made or the installation of which is regulated by 780 CMR without first filing a written application with the building official and obtaining the required permit therefore.
If you are planning any construction projects, please plan a minimum of two (2) weeks for completion of your application; plan review and issuance of the building permit for most construction jobs.
Permit applications are accepted during regular business hours. The building inspector need not be present in the office for someone to submit a permit application. If you call or come into the office to talk with the inspector, and he is not available, please feel free to leave your name and phone number, however, we do ask you submit your complaints in writing.
Always obtain quotes from a minimum of three contractors. Check to make sure the contractors have the necessary licenses, insurance, etc. Have the contractor supply you with a list of references. Check out these references, don't ignore them. They can be an excellent source of information about the contractor. Check with the Better Business Bureau and the Massachusetts Attorney General to see if any complaints have been filed against the contractor in the past. Then make your best decision from the information you collect. If you follow these few steps you may avoid costly delays or problems in the future.
Dig Safe is an important step if you plan on doing any excavation on your property. You or your contractor should call Dig Safe to locate all underground utilities. Dig Safe number is 1-888-DIG-SAFE. Dig Safe requires 72 hours notice so they can get in contact with all utilities. If you fail to contact Dig Safe and you damage underground utilities you could be liable to pay for the repairs. This could cost you hundreds or maybe thousands of dollars just for not making a phone call. Dig Safe is a free service.