Building Department

The Building Department is committed to improving the quality of life for the people of Holyoke by advancing public health and safety through effective building code enforcement.

The Building Department is charged with enforcing the State Building Code, Plumbing and Gas Code, Electrical Code, the Architectural Access Code, Zoning Ordinances, and conditions attached to Special Permits.  We respond to citizen complaints about the safety, accessibility and security of construction to their homes and businesses.  It issues permits for building, wiring, plumbing, gas, sheet metal,  and signs. 

The Building Department performs plan reviews, on-site inspections of all new construction, alterations, and repairs.  The Department also oversees change of use and occupancy, demolitions and zoning violations.

 

What you need to know

Building permits must be obtained for the following work: 

  • New construction or additions to a structure
  • Repairs and alterations to a structure
  • Swimming pools & decks
  • Fences & sheds
  • Roofing, Siding & windows
  • Signs over 6 square feet
  • Demolition of structures
  • Solid fuel burning appliances
  • Replacement of an existing heating system

 

Minimum application submission requirements:

  • A complete building permit application
  • Plot plan for all new structures and additions to the exterior of the primary structure
  • For projects requiring  plans: two sets on paper and one set in PDF format    

 

Want to find out the status of your permit? 

Visit Geo TMS Web to view permits issued as far back as 1998.

 

Need Property Zoning Information?

Holyoke's on-line Property Records viewing system provides basic information including zoning.

 

For the cost of permits please review our Permit Fee pages.

 

IMPORTANT:

Buildings must remain accessible to the Building Department when an inspection is called for.  It is the responsibility of the contractor not the Building Department to have the building open. We are here to help, please call us if you have any questions.

Kevin Lagimonier - Assistant Commissioner

(413) 322-5600

lagimonierk@holyoke.org

Thomas Sullivan - Electrical Inspector

(413) 322-5600

sullivant@holyoke.org

George Fotopoulos - Plumbing & Gas Inspector

(413) 322-5600

fotog@holyoke.org

Christine Brooks - Head Clerk

(413) 322-5600

brooksc@holyoke.org

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Contractors should be aware of the new and important changes which will impact your construction project.

Commercial permit (Other than 1 and 2 Family) fee schedule

 

Commercial Building Permits

 
   
New construction and addition Minimum Fee $200.00
A. (Business, Assembly, Mercantile etc.) .50 cents per square foot
B. (Multi Family Residential) .40 cents per square foot
C. (Commercial Storage) .30 cents per square foot
   
Alterations and Repairs Minimum Fee $100.00
A. (Business, Assembly, Mercantile etc.) .40 cents per square foot
B. (Multi Family Residential) .30 cents per square foot
C. (Commercial Storage) .20 cents per square foot
   
Commercial Roof Repair or Replacement $.06 cents per square foot
Demolition of Buildings or Structures $150.00 plus $50 per floor
Plan review or preliminary plan review $50.00 per hour
   
Commercial Electric Permit  
   
New construction and additions $80 plus .09 cents per square foot
Alterations and Repairs $80 plus .07 cents per square foot
Permits Requiring One Inspection $80.00
Solar $400.00
Low voltage and security systems $50.00 per story
Blanket permit $300.00
   
Commercial Plumbing Permit  
   
New construction, additions, alterations $100.00 plus $8.00 per fixture
Replacement and Repairs $60.00 plus $8.00 per fixture
Blanket permit $200.00
   
Commercial Gas Permit  
   
New Construction, additions, alterations $100.00 plus $8.00 per fixture
Replacement and Repairs $60.00 plus $8.00 per fixture
Blanket permit $200.00
   
Commercial Plumbing & Gas Combined  
   
New Construction, additions, alterations $150.00 plus $8.00 fixture
Replacement and Repairs $90.00 plus $8.00 per fixture
Permits requiring one inspection $60.00 plus $8.00 per fixture
   
Sheet Metal Minimum fee of $100.00
   
New Construction, additions, alterations Replacement and Repairs $0.02 per square foot of conditioned space

 

NOTE:

Per Section 18-91 of City Ordinances: Fees paid are NON-REFUNDABLE

Fees for re-inspection of incomplete work, partial or missed inspections shall be paid prior to re-inspection and no less than $40.00

Building  
   
New construction $0.45 per sq. feet, Minimum Fee: $100
   
Alterations and Repairs $75.00 plus $0.20 per sq/ft
Replacement windows and doors $50.00 plus $5.00 each additional window and door
Roofing, shed, fence, deck, retaining wall, stove, solar $50.00
Pool, above ground $50.00
Pool, in ground $100.00
Sheet metal work $50.00 per unit
Demolition of 1 or 2 family home or garage $50.00
   
Plumbing and Gas  
   
Plumbing new construction* $60.00 plus $6.00 per fixture per unit
Gas new construction* $60.00 plus $6.00 per fixture per unit
Plumbing & Gas Combined-New* $90.00 plus $6.00 per fixture per unit
Plumbing, renovations, addition* $50.00 plus $6.00 per fixture per unit
Plumbing & Gas Combined, renovations, additions* $75.00 plus $6.00 per fixture per unit
Gas, renovations, addition* $50.00 plus $6.00 per fixture per unit
Permits requiring one inspection* $50.00 plus $6.00 per fixture per unit
Secondary Meters $100.00
   
*includes first fixture  
   
Electric  
   
Electric, new construction single family $120.00
Electric, new construction two family $200.00
Electric, renovations, additions $60.00 per unit
Pool, above and in ground $50.00 above $75.00 in
Solar $200.00
Low voltage and security systems $50.00
Permits requiring one inspection $50.00
   

 

NOTE: 

Late Permit Fee (Permit Application turned in AFTER work has begun) (1st Offense) …Double the permit fee.

Signs  
   
Defined in city zoning ordinance 6.4.6  
   
Up to 75 square feet “as of right” $50.00 per sign
Over 75 square feet permitted by special permit $100.00 per sign
   
Temporary structures  
   
Including; Tents, stages, storage etc. maximum of 180 days. $75.00 per 30 days
   
Communication towers  
   
New towers $500.00 plus $100 per antenna
Alterations and repairs $100.00 per antenna
   
Annual inspections  
   
Home Occupation by special permit inspection $50.00
Certificate of Inspection, residential $50.00
Certificate of Inspection, all other use groups $100.00
   

 

NOTE:

Per Section 18-91 of City Ordinances: Fees paid are NON-REFUNDABLE

Fees for re-inspection of incomplete work, partial or missed inspections shall be paid prior to re-inspection and no less than $40.00

 

From inspections to affidavits to permit applications,  we supply you with forms to download. If there is something you do not see, please contact us.

 

  • All forms are in PDF and require PDF Reader
  • Forms must be filed IN PAPER. 
  • Applications must be filed with the applicable fee.
  • Checks should be made out to the City of Holyoke.

 

NOTES:

  • For electrical, plumbing or gas permits, only individuals or Companies licensed to perform such work in Massachusetts can apply for those permits.
  • A Commonwealth of Massachusetts Application with signature must be submitted, and after review, permit will be granted.
  • Copies of current license and liability insurance must be on file.
  • Workers’ Compensation affidavit must be included.
  • Plumber, gas fitter, or electrician must schedule the rough and finish inspection with inspector directly.
  • Rough work shall be inspected before closing

 


  

Department Head

Damian Cote

Damian Cote

Building Commissioner

Office Address

20 Korean Veterans’ Plaza
City Hall Annex
Room 300
Holyoke, MA 01040 Map

Contact Info

Main Office

(413) 322-5600

(413) 322-5601 (fax)

Office Hours

Monday - Thursday
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Inspectors
8:30 - 9:30am, 1:00 - 2:00pm

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