Building / Demolition Permit Requirements

Building Permit Requirements


The Westford Health Department reviews building permit applications for both residential and commercial projects. The review process involves a few days of looking at the septic system design plan, setbacks, total room counts, and if any proposed room will meet the state's bedroom definition.

Activities Requiring a Permit


Adding or Finishing a Room or Basement, please include a drawing of all of your current finished rooms on all floors. We recommend coming in to go over your existing and proposed plans before you submit your building permit. Addressing any potential concerns, setbacks, or additional requirements before you submit your permit application can save you time.

In most basement finishes today a deed restriction is required per Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) requirements. The form is supplied by the Health Department and the form will need to be notarized and filed with the Registry of Deeds in Lowell prior to our department signing off on the permit application.

Any other renovations or construction of projects may need additional permits or reviews by the Health Department. Examples such as... Pools, Restaurants, Septic System repairs/upgrades, Retail Stores, and Services.

It is the owners and contractors responsibility to be in compliance with all state and local requirements and regulations.

Demolition Requirements


The Westford Health Department requires a Pre-Demo Walkthrough application and fee for any commercial or residential structure that is to be demolished in full.

The Health Department conducts a walk-through inspection prior to sign-off of all applications.

In addition and prior to sign off, an asbestos survey conducted by a DLS-certified Asbestos inspector is required and a copy of the report needs to be submitted to the Health Department. Any Asbestos found on the property will need to be removed prior to our walk-through inspection.

What Inspectors Look for On Their Walk-Through Inspection


Removal of:
  • Asbestos
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Home Heating Oil
  • Mercury
It is the owners and contractors responsibility to be in compliance with all state and local requirements and regulations. A separate Demolition permit is also required at the Westford Building Department.