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The following list includes fees for the various permits and services offered within the Division of Development Services.

 
 
 
 
 
Building Permits
New buildings, additions, alterations, structures (based on cost of construction per unit)
     Up to $1,000 $25​
     $1,001 - $2,000 $35​
     $2,000 - $3,000 $45​
     $3,001 - $4,000​ $55​
     $4,001 - $5,000​ $65​
     Per $1,000 or fraction thereof over $5,000 add​ $10​
Demolition
     Three Stories or Less $75​
     Four – Five Stories​ $150​
     Over Five Stories $175​
Foundations
     Single-Family or Two-Family Residential​ $150
     All Others $500
     Per 5,000 square feet (not to exceed $600)​ $30​
Retaining Walls​ ​
     Residential $100​
     All Others​ ​$125
Occupancy Permit​ ​$75 per Unit
Siding ​
     Single-Family or Two-Family Residential​ $75
     All Others $100​
Private Swimming Pools​ ​
     In-Ground​ $75​
     Above Ground, No Deck​ $30​
     Above Ground with Standard Deck​ $45​
     Above Ground with Deck Exceeding Standard Prefabricated Deck​ ​See New Buildings above
Public & Semi-Public Swimming Pools (based on cost of construction)
     Up to $10,000 $75
​     Per $1,000 or fraction thereof over $10,000 add $3​
Sign​ ​$5 per sq. ft.
Fireplaces and Wood Burning Stoves​ $60​
Re-Inspection Fee​ $50​
 
Certificates of Inspection
Movie Theaters or Performance Theaters $100
Restaurants or Night Clubs​ $100​
Lecture Halls, Churches, Recreation Centers, Terminals​ $100​
Low Density Recreation​ $100​
Special Amusement Buildings​ $100​​
Education, Day Care​ $100​​
Group Home​ $100​​
Institutional Incapacitated​ $100​​
Institutional Restrained​ $100​​
Adult, Child Day Care w/Beds​ $100​​
Multi-Family Residential
     Up to Three (3) Units $50
     Per Unit over Three (3) Units add​ $5​
Hotels, Motels, Boarding Houses​ ​$100
Detox Facilities​ ​$100​
Summer Camps​ $100
Assisted Care ​$100 ​
Other w/ Alcohol​ $100​
House Museums ​$50​
Fire Escapes​ ​$50
 
Historic Board
Downtown Lowell Historic District and Acre Neighborhood District
     Signs​ $25​
     Minor Development : ¼ of 1% of Total Project Cost
          Minimum​ $25
          Maximum $1,000​
          Nonprofit (Not Less Than Minimum)​ 50% of Normal Fee​
     Major Development : ½ of 1% of Total Project Cost​​
          Minimum​ ​$50
​          Maximum $2,000​
​          Nonprofit (Not Less Than Minimum) 50% of Normal Fee​
All Other Neighborhood Districts
​     Major Development : ½ of 1% of Total Project Cost​​
​          Minimum​ $50​
          Maximum $2,000​
          Nonprofit (Not Less Than Minimum)​ 50% of Normal Fee​
 
Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA)​ ​
Abutter Notification​ $1 per abutter
Residential Existing​ $100​
Residential New (One and Two Family)​​
     Special Permit​ $100​
     Variance​ $150​
     Second Unit​ $25​
Residential New (Three or More)​​
     Special Permit​ $200​
     Variance​ $250​
     Up to 20 Units​ $20 per unit​
     Over 20 Units​ $5 per unit​
Commercial & Industrial​
     Special Permit​ $300​
     Variance​ $350​
     Per 5,000 square feet (not to exceed $600)​ $30​
Appeal of Development Services Decision to Deny Permit​ $100​
Special Permit​
     Home Occupation​ $100​
     Signage Internal Illumination​ $100​
     Off Site Parking​ $100​
     Body Art or Massage Therapy​ $100
 
Planning Board​
Subdivisions
     Preliminary Application $500
     Definitive Application (following preliminary) $500
          Add per lot $100​
     Definitive Application (if no preliminary) $1,000​
          Add per lot $100​
     Revised Definitive Application​ $500​
     Form “C” Application​ $100​
          Add per lot​ $100​
Inspection for Bond Reduction, Release, Certificate of Performance
     Per linear foot of road (minimum $200) or $1​
     Per 5 lots $200​
Site Plans​
     Application​ $500​
     Revision Application​ ​$250 ​
Discretionary Fee per Requested Agenda Item​ ​$100 ​
Planned Residential Development Application​ $500​
Special Permit under Zoning Ordinance ​$100 ​
Repetitive Petition Application​ ​$100
 
Conservation Commission
Request for Determination
     Group 1
          Single Family Dwelling ​$25
          Two Family Dwelling $25​
          Undeveloped Land​ $25​
     Group 2
          Multi-Family Dwellings (more than 2 units)​ $75​
          Mixed Use With 2 Or Less Dwelling Units​ $75​​
          Educational and Religious Structures Less Than 10,000 sq. ft.​ $75​
          Public and Semi-Public Utilities​ $75​
          All Other Non-Exempt Not Otherwise Defined​ $75​
     Group 3
          Institutional ​$100
​          Industrial $100​
​          Commercial $100​
​          Retail/Office $100​
​          Educational and Religious Structures 10,000 sq. ft. or Greater $100​
​          Mixed Use With 3 or More Dwelling Units $100​
     Request for Amended Order of Conditions​ $50​
     All Other Fees Assessed In Accordance with Wetlands Protection Act​

The fee information located on this page has been gathered for your convenience from the City of Lowell Fee Ordinance, Chapter 150 of the General Ordinances. Every effort is made to keep this information up to date, however, the information on this site is subject to change without notice. Accordingly, please verify the appropriate fee amount directly with Development Services staff at 978-674-4144 or at the Development Services office located on the second floor of City Hall, in Room 55.