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Inspectional Services

COVID-19 UPDATE: We've established new protocols for essential construction work in the City of Boston due to the public health emergency. We also have an informational page on how to best access our services during COVID-19.

We administer and enforce building, housing, health, sanitation, and safety regulations mandated by City and State governments.  We are made up of five regulatory divisions whose aim is to protect and improve the quality of life for all Boston residents. Our mission is to serve the public by protecting the health, safety, and environmental stability of Boston's business and residential communities. Learn more about our work.

Take Advantage OF our online portal

The online option saves you time — you can apply online and even print out your permit when it has been approved by us. Right now, you can apply for some of our permits online, but the list will continue to grow over time.

Go to our online portal

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5th Floor
Boston, MA 02118
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Records Request

Requesting a copy of records? Check our Public Records Center.

Zoning Board of Appeal

The Zoning Board regulates the rules behind what you can build and where you can build in Boston.

Zoning Board information
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Health, food, and environment
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Health Division

The Health Division enforces food and sanitary laws for Boston Inspectional Services. Learn about our team approach to protecting public health.

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Environmental Sanitation

We keep Boston free of pests and rodents.

Weights and measures
Weights and measures

We protect consumers when they buy products sold by weight or volume.

Forms and documents



Home Improvement Contractors

Are you a contractor and subcontractor performing home improvement work on an existing one- to four-unit residential property in Massachusetts? You must register for the Home Improvement Contractor Registration as the following:

  • an Individual
  • a limited liability company (LLC)
  • a limited liability partnership (LLP), and
  • a corporation.

News and announcements

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Sean Lydon to serve as Interim Commissioner of Inspectional Services Department

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Veteran leader Dion Irish appointed Chief of Operations for the City of Boston

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Zoning Board of Appeal project tracker now available online

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Inspectional Services releases survey on Zoning Board of Appeal process

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