Our Mission

The mission of the Building Division is to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the Town's residents and visitors through the enforcement of the State and local laws, bylaws and regulations.

About the Division

The Building Division is charged with the enforcement and interpretation of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Building Code 780 CMR and the Access Regulations, 521 CMR, as adopted, Article VIII of the Andover Code, Andover Zoning Bylaw, and Chapter 40A of Massachusetts General Laws. The Building Division also enforces Article 33 of the Andover Bylaw, Demolition of Historically Significant Buildings and Structures, and Article 36 of the Andover Bylaw, Ballardvale Historic District Bylaw.

The Division enforces the compliance of the conditions on the Variances and Special Permits granted by the Zoning Board of Appeals, and assists in the enforcement of the Planning Board restrictions of the Site Plan Certificates of Approval. The Division issues permits for all construction regulated by the State Building Codes, and performs all related inspections. The Division works in cooperation with the Andover Fire Department for fire protection of all new and existing buildings. Included within the Building Division are the Electrical Inspector, Plumbing Inspector and Sealer of Weights and Measures.

The Building Division issues permits for all types of construction including, but not limited to:
  • Additions and alterations to all structures
  • Business
  • Chimneys
  • Commercial and industrial buildings
  • Dormitories
  • Institutional buildings (nursing homes)
  • Multi-family as well as single family dwellings
  • Pools
  • School buildings (both public and private)
  • Signs
Building officials also perform periodic inspections for those buildings, which are required to obtain Certificates of Inspection under State Building Code, Table 108.
  1. Building Inspector

    The Building Division issues permits for all types of construction and performs periodic inspections for those buildings.

  2. Electrical Inspector

    The Electrical Inspector is responsible for receiving and granting permits and scheduling inspections on a daily basis, approving electrical plans for new buildings, and inspecting commercial and residential jobs.

  3. Plumbing & Gas Inspector

    Plumbing and Gas Inspections issues permits for installation of gas piping, plumbing and sewer installations and repairs. Inspections are conducted as necessary to ensure compliance with State codes.

  4. Zoning Board of Appeals

    The Board issues special permits, grants variances and comprehensive permits, and hears appeals from decisions of the Building Commissioner or other administrative officer.

  5. Fees, Forms & Checklists

    Find fee schedules, application forms and checklists for Building Division permits and functions.

  6. Online Permit Center

    The Town of Andover is pleased to offer licensed contractors and home/property owners the ability to apply, pay for, and receive building, electrical, gas, plumbing, and mechanical permits online through ViewPermit, our permitting partner.

  7. GIS Maps