Permitting Information

Building Permits

The Division of Development Services processes all applications for Building, Plumbing, Gas, Mechanical and Electrical permits. The Local Building Inspectors, the Chief Plumbing, Gas, and Sheet Metal Inspector, and the Wire Inspectors are located within our office, and perform all inspections required for each permit issued.

For additional details about the various permits available, visit our Building Permits page.

Development Services generates a monthly application activity report of all applications received for building, plumbing, gas, sheet metal, electrical, and other projects.

For the most recent report as well as reports for the last several months, visit our Application Reports page.

Health Permits

Development Services also processes permit applications for various Health permits, including Food Service permits, Dumpster permits, Night Soil permits, and Rental Unit permits.

For additional details about the various health permits available, visit our Health Permits page.

Regulatory Authorities, Codes & Ordinances, & Forms

Lowell regulates development through a number of established codes and ordinances. These include zoning, subdivision control, site plan review, wetlands protection, flood plain development, and historic preservation design review. Below is a table with links to information about Lowell's four regulating authorities including meeting schedules. You can also find links to regulations, as well as various applications.

For a brief introduction to the land development process in Lowell, please consult our Development Guide.

The Division of Development Services is now making project information available online for building projects that require Historic Board, Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, or Conservation Commission approval. Project files are also available at the Development Services office located at:

Development Services Office

City Hall

375 Merrimack Street

2nd Floor Room 51

Lowell, MA 01852


View Development Services Fees.

Geographic Information System

Access the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Maps.

Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) Documents

Planning Board Documents

Conservation Commission