Building Department

Building Department update as of July 2, 2020

The Building Department is open,

however we will be closed on July 3.


We are here to help you.  If you’d like to speak with an Office Associate or Inspector, please call during our normal business hours.  If you’d like to meet with an Inspector, please call to schedule an appointment.  Please do not come to our offices without an appointment because we won’t be able to meet with you at that time.


We are processing all building and mechanical permits for all construction work including demolition and new building. The staff is working in ways that maintain social distancing and given our precautions and the demand for permits, wait times for permit processing may be longer than normal. All permit applications must be submitted electronically at  We no longer accept paper permits.  

Payment is by check only.  Please either drop off your check in the mail slot at our main door or mail it to 500 Dedham Ave., Needham, MA 02492.  Please include the Permit Number and Property Address on your check.


Many of the attachments that we receive with the VPC Permits are photographs taken with iPhones and iPads.  Unfortunately these aren’t clear pictures and we have to request a scanned copy.  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:


Inspections are being performed daily through noon time.  Please contact the office (781-455-7550, Ext. 309) to schedule. Please do not leave a phone message to schedule an Inspection, you must speak with an Associate. To familiarize yourself with our inspection procedure, please read this:

                 Inspection Procedures during COVID-19 Outbreak 


For Smoke Detector inspections, please click this link Executive Order


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

UPDATED  For more ViewPoint Cloud information please click here


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. 309

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
  • Scott W. Chisholm
    Wiring Inspector - Ext 312
  • John J. McGourty
    Wiring Inspector - Ext 333
  • Lyn B. Heintz
    Administrative Specialist - Ext. 309
  • Rick Rutherford 
    Department Assistant - Ext 332
  • Sheila Whisler
    Department Assistant - Ext. 215

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