Building Department

Building Department updated May 2, 2022

HIRING:  We are currently looking to fill two Inspector of Wires' positions.  The first is a Substitute Inspector with varied hours as needed.  The second is a Part-Time Inspector at 22.5 hours per week.  Please log on to the Town of Needham website for complete details.

The Building Department is OPEN and looks forward to seeing you.  Our hours are 8:30am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.

ALL Permit Applications are submitted on-line only.

To apply for a Permit click here: 

We no longer accept paper permit applications.

Building Permit Applications  are being processed for all work.  Due to the demand for permits, wait times for processing may be longer than normal. All permit applications and attachments must be submitted electronically via  We no longer accept paper permits.

OUR CURRENT PLOT PLAN can be found below.  If you don't use our Current Plot Plan, your application will be rejected and you will have to reapply with the current Needham Plot Plan.

To amend an active permit, simply complete a new Permit Application. 

Payment  may be made by check, e-check, credit card or cash (in person only).  Please reference both the Permit # and Permit Property Address.  You may drop it off in the drop box at 500 Dedham Avenue; USMail to 500 Dedham Ave., Needham, MA 02492; pay by e-check or pay by credit card (2.95% Processing Fee).  Payment by credit card is generally posted within two to three business days.  Please click below for on-line payments:

Inspections  are performed daily and the permit contractor must be present at all inspections.  Inspections are not performed until a Permit has been paid in full and work can not begin until full payment has been made.  Contact us (781-455-7550, Ext. 537) to schedule 2+ days in advance.  Please don't leave a phone message to schedule an Inspection, you must speak with an Associate.  For details of Inspections being performed on the next business day, please click on "Inspection Schedule" in the blue ribbon on the left hand side of this page.  Once there, click on "Inspection Schedule" to scroll through the Inspection Schedules (Building, Wiring, Plumbing and Gas).

2nd / Irrigation Water Meters  are installed by the Water Department only. Tampering with the Town of Needham's water supply will result in a fine.  Please apply for a Plumbing Permit today, and once your permit is paid for in full, contact Kristen (781-455-7550, Ext. 367) for complete details and scheduling.

Building Permits issued since March 18, 2020 are available on-line.  Log into VPC, click on "Search for Records" in the bottom right hand corner, enter the property address, and then click on "Record Number" of the permit you wish to view.  Or, click on "Building Permits Issued" on the left hand side of this page, in the blue ribbon.

Scanning and uploading documents in ViewPoint is easy.  Many of the attachments that we receive with Permit Applications are photographs taken with iPhones and iPads.  Photographs aren’t clear pictures.  If you have an iPhone or iPad, please check out Apple’s Document Scanner that is in the Notes tab.  This produces a clear image therefore allowing us to process your permit quicker.  Please check it out at:

Smoke Detector Inspections.  For Smoke Detector inspections, please click this link Executive Order

On-Line Permitting

All applications must be submitted via ViewPoint Cloud (VPC) On-Line Permitting:


The Building Division staff enforces state building, electrical, plumbing, gas, mechanical codes, and sheet metal as well as local zoning by-laws and Architectural Access Board Regulation.


Our staff:

  • Conducts periodic safety inspections of multi-family dwellings, restaurants, schools, religious institutions, museums, and other places of assembly
  • Issues permits
  • Inspects construction sites

Main Phone Number 781-455-7550, Ext. 537

Staff Members

  • David A. Roche    CBO
    Building Commissioner - Ext. 308
  • Erik J. Tardif
    Assistant Building Commissioner - Ext. 341
  • Bernard Ashley
    Local Building Inspector - Ext. 335
  • Jim Grover
    Local Building Inspector - Ext. 310
  • Larry V. DiBona
    Plumbing & Gas Inspector - Ext. 311
  • Cyril Kavanagh
    Assistant Plumbing & Gas Inspector (PT) - Ext. 214
  • Scott W. Chisholm
    Wiring Inspector - Ext. 312
  • Mike DeRubeis
    Assistant Wiring Inspector (PT) - Ext.333
  • John J. McGourty
    Wiring Inspector - Ext. 312
  • Lyn Heintz
    Administrative Specialist - Ext. 309
  • Rick Rutherford 
    Department Assistant - Ext 332
  • Sheila Whisler
    Department Assistant - Ext. 215

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