Q) Do I need a building permit for painting or wallpapering?
A) No. These activities, as well as minor repairs such as replacing a few shingles on your house, are considered "ordinary repairs" by the Massachusetts State Building Code and do not require a building permit. The Code defines ordinary repairs as "Any Maintenance which does not affect the structure, egress, fire protection systems, fire ratings, energy conservation provisions, plumbing, sanitary, gas, electrical or other utilities."
Q) Is a building permit required to replace windows in my home?
A) Yes. Window replacement is an energy conservation matter covered in the Massachusetts State Building Code and therefore requires a building permit.
Q) Do I need a building permit to put up a fence? What are the Town of Belmont regulations concerning fences?
A) The town does not have its own fence regulations. Belmont defers to the Massachusetts State Building Code on fencing. A fence less than 6 feet tall does not require a building permit. However, if the property is a corner lot, the corner clearance regulations of Section 4.3.7 in the Belmont Zoning By-Law must be followed. Fences greater than 6 feet tall are considered "Spite Fences" and are prone to neighbor disputes.
Q) Do I need a building permit to put a shed in my yard?
A) It depends on the size of the shed. All sheds must comply with the lot area requirements of Section 4.2.1 in the Belmont Zoning By-Law relating to their particular district and the side and rear yard setback requirements of Section 4.3.5 for location
of accessory buildings.
If your shed is less than 120 square feet, only a certified plot plan is required with the location of the shed and other structures clearly marked. The certified plot plan insures that the property complies with certain zoning regulations after the installation of the shed.
If the shed is greater than 120 square feet, then a building permit and certified plot plan are required to show the location of the shed clearly marked. Additional information may be required depending on the construction of the shed.