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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Commissioners Office Hours

730-930AM Monday-Friday, 1-2 Monday-Thursday, and a late office hour between 430-6PM on Wednesdays

 

Building Permit Applications and Related Forms

 

Other forms

 

*All forms are in PDF and require PDF Reader
*Forms must be filed IN PAPER
*Applications must be filed with the applicable fee before review can begin
*Checks should be made out to the City of Holyoke

 

Building Fee Schedule

 

Residential (one or two family)

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

 

Commercial

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. (Multifamily 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
Sheet Metal New Construction, additions, alterations Replacement and Repairs $0.02 per square foot of conditioned space

 

 

Links related to the Massachusetts State Building Code and related can be found here

 

NOTES:

  • Workers’ Compensation affidavit must be included
  • Copy of workers compensation must be submitted with each application
  • Rough work shall be inspected before closing

Plumbing & Gas inspector Office Hours 

830-930 and 1-2 Monday through Friday

 

Plumbing and Gas Permit Applications

 

Plumbing and Gas Fee Schedule

Residential

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  
   

 

Commercial

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
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
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

 

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

 

Links related to the Massachusetts State Plumbing Code and related can be found here:

  • 248CMR Massachusetts State Pluming Board

 

NOTES:

  • For 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.
  • Workers’ Compensation affidavit must be included.
  • Copies of workers compensation and liability insurance (if applicable) must be submitted with each application.
  • Plumber or gas fitter must schedule the rough and finish inspection with inspector directly.
  • Rough work shall be inspected before closing
  • All forms are in PDF and require PDF Reader
  • Forms must be filed IN PAPER. 
  • Applications must be filed with the applicable fee before review can begin.
  • Checks should be made out to the City of Holyoke.

Electrical inspector Office Hours

830-930 and 1-2 Monday through Friday

 

Electrical Permit Applications

 

Electric Permit Fee Schedule

Residential

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

 

Commercial

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

 

Links related to the Massachusetts State Electrical Code and related can be found here

527CMR

 

NOTES:

  • For electrical 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.
  • Workers’ Compensation affidavit must be included.
  • Copies of workers compensation and liability insurance (if applicable) must be submitted with each application.
  • Electrician must schedule the rough and finish inspection with inspector directly.
  • Rough work shall be inspected before closing
  • All forms are in PDF and require PDF Reader
  • Forms must be filed IN PAPER. 
  • Applications must be filed with the applicable fee before review can begin
  • Checks should be made out to the City of Holyoke.
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

Department Head

Damian J. Cote

Damian J. 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 - Friday
7:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesdays
7:30 am - 6:00 pm
*Please see individual pages for Inspectors Hours

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