Why can’t I do plumbing and gas fitting work as the homeowner?
The State of Massachusetts requires a Massachusetts Licensed Plumber or Gas Fitter to apply for permits and to perform plumbing and gas fitting work.

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1. What are the zoning setbacks for a pool (above ground pool, shed, etc.)? Do I need a fence around the pool?
2. Do I need a permit for a fence? What requirements apply?
3. What is a plot plan? Where can I get a plot plan? Where is the Registry of Deeds?
4. If my property is listed in the Ballardvale Historic District or on the Mass Historic Register, how does that affect my Building Permit application?
5. Can you tell me if this lot is "buildable"? What is a “hundred-percent-upland” rule?
6. Can I do my own electrical work as the homeowner?
7. Do I need to get a permit for small jobs?
8. Do I need an electrical permit for an above-ground pool?
9. Why can’t I do plumbing and gas fitting work as the homeowner?
10. Why do I need permits?