Building Department

Building Department Mission

The Building Department provides public safety through enforcement of the
Massachusetts State Building Code and the Specialized Codes: Plumbing, Gas, Electric, Mechanical, Sheet Metal, Fire Prevention and Architectural Accessibility Codes.

The Department further protects public safety and enhances property values through the enforcement of The Town of Ipswich Bylaws and Protective Zoning Bylaws. Issuing permits, performing inspections, enforcing the codes and bylaws help to make are buildings safer, more durable and energy efficient.

Online Permitting
All permit applications must be submitted using our Online Permitting system.

All projects should start with zoning.
Any questions concerning zoning regulations, such as land use, change of use,
structure locations and set backs should be directed to the Building Commissioner.
Projects requiring a Special Permit or Variance will be directed to the Zoning Office or the Planning Office.