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Development Services Department Overview

Development Services is a Division of the City of Lowell's Department of Planning and Development. In 2011, the Department of Planning and Development absorbed the code enforcement and inspectional services functions formerly housed in the Inspectional Services, Health, and Public Works Departments to create the Division of Development Services. Development Services now operates a cohesive one-stop permit and code enforcement office that furthers the objectives of the City, the DPD, and the Master Plan through review and regulation of development. The Development Services office provides a clearer path of access for both proponents of major economic development projects and for residents interested in construction activity in their neighborhoods.

DPD’s Development Services Office also works to protect public safety and health through enforcement, permitting, and inspections associated with the state building code, plumbing code, electrical code, sanitary code, and related local ordinances, while also responding to complaints of public nuisances and potential code violations. DPD is also responsible for conducting testing and inspections to confirm the accuracy of devices used throughout the City for measuring and weighing goods in commerce.

Development Services houses all of the administrative functions for the land use boards in the City: the Historic Board, the Zoning Board of Appeals, the Planning Board, the Conservation Commission and the Green Building Commission.