Apply for a Building Permit

When a Building Permit is Required

Per the Massachusetts State Building Code, a building permit is required for the following reasons.

  • To construct, reconstruct, alter, repair, remove or demolish a structure.
  • To change the use or occupancy of a building or structure.
  • To install or alter any equipment for which provision is made or the installation of which is regulated by the code.

This includes, but is not limited to the following.

  • Additions
  • Antennas
  • Chimneys
  • Decks
  • Dormers
  • New Structures
  • Roofing
  • Siding
  • Swimming Pools
  • Windows
  • Wood-Stoves

Online Permitting

To apply for your permit online, please click here.

Obtain an Application

Applications can be obtained online or at the Division of Development Services located at:

375 Merrimack Street

2nd Floor

Lowell, MA 01852 Hall

Completed, original applications must be submitted in person or by mail.


Comments, questions, or concerns related to Building Permits should be directed to the City Development Services Office at 978-674-4144, where every attempt to return your call in a timely manner will be made as appropriate - please note, however, that due to the volume of calls received, there may be delays in responding.