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  • Building in Leverett Checklist
  • I.  SO YOU WANT TO BUILD OR MAKE CHANGES TO YOUR EXISTING HOME IN LEVERETT

    Save yourself time, money and frustration. 
    State  and/or Town regulations and bylaws require building permits for construction or adding on to any kind of building, installing or repairing a septic system, creating new lots, constructing a well and cutting trees or altering a stone wall along any road.

    Before you: Get approval from: 
    Build a new structure,          
    Add on to an existing structure, 
    Install Chimney, Fire Place,     
    Replacement Windows,             
    New Roof or Siding
                   
    Franklin County
    Building Inspector
    772-2026
    772-2027
    Install, repair, replace, or expand a sewage disposal system; 
    drill or dig a well     

                  
    Board of Health 
    548-1022 x1     
    Divide up lots along an existing road or subdivide land by creating new roads  
                           
    Planning Board 
    548-9477  
    Cut a tree or alter a stone wall along any road (except Route 63)
     
    Planning Board
    548-9477   
    Build a driveway Highway Superintendent
     548-9400
    Do any work near a wetland, swamp, brook, lake, marsh, or vernal pool  Conservation
    548-1022 x3

    II.  BUILDING ON AN APPROVED LOT    

    Your lot is approved if:

    • It is registered at the Registry of Deeds; you are not subdividing an existing lot.
    • It is on a public way or an approved subdivision road.
    • It matches the dimensional standards of the Zoning Bylaws for the Zoning District in which it is located.
    • You wish to build a structure, which is permitted by the Zoning Bylaw for your Zoning District.


    III.  YOU CANNOT BEGIN CONSTRUCTION  WITHOUT A PERMIT

    1.  To obtain Building Permit application call the Franklin County Building Inspector, Greenfield (772-2026) or go to www.fccip.org
    2.  Seek appropriate approvals:

    • For soil analysis, perc test, and sewage disposal system design:
      Board of Health (548-1022 x1)
    • For certification of potable water:
      Board of Health (548-1022 x1)
    • For driveway permit: 
      Highway Superintendent (548-9400)                                                                                                                                                                   
    • For smoke detector approval:
      Fire Chief (548-9225)
    • For Order of Conditions if wetlands are involved:  
      Contact the Conservation Commission.
      Conservation Commission (548-1022x3) sign-off is required prior to Board of Health sign-off on Building Permit application.
    • For scenic roads permit if tree cutting or stonewall  alteration along road is involved:
      Planning Board  (548-9477)

    3. Finalize application and submit to:

    • Franklin County Cooperative Building Inspector Program
      Courthouse 
      425 Main Street 
      Greenfield, Ma. 01301

    4. Building Inspector renders a decision.
      a.   If approved:
            Building permit will be sent to the Town Hall where it may be obtained upon payment of the required fee during regular Town hall hours.
       b.  If denied:
            Correct the problems or appeal to the Zoning Board of Appeals.

     

     

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