Inspectional Services Department (ISD)
Government and Organizational Resources
isd
permits
regulations

1010 Massachusetts Avenue
5th Floor
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 635-5300
ISD@fboston.gov
https://www.boston.gov/departments/inspectional-services

The ISD enforces building and housing regulations. Permits applications for building, modifying, or demolishing a building are submitted to this department. Vacant and foreclosed properties are registered with the ISD, which includes documentation and photographs.

Their website includes a wide variety of forms one would expect, but also a searchable online database of building permits, permits for electrical or plumbing work, or other changes to buildings, including historic information. Some permits reference (though a “bin number”) blueprints which may be housed in the Boston Public Library's Fine Arts Department.

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