Inspectional Services


The mission of the Department of Inspection Services is to ensure that the structures within the Town of Rockport are a safe place for people to live, work, learn, worship, or visit; this is accomplished through fair and consistent enforcement of - and inspection for compliance with - all State and Local Rules and Regulations applicable to construction and building occupancy. It is the Department's wish to assist every applicant to achieve their goals within the Codes, Ordinances, Rules, and Regulations under our jurisdiction.

Inspection Services & Building Permits

The Inspection Services Department performs the following functions:

  • Customer Service Whether for Construction Projects, Zoning or Code Interpretation, or Complaint Resolution
  • Issuance of Occupancy Permits
  • Issuance of Permits
  • Maintenance of Accurate and Complete Records
  • Plan and Application review for Zoning and Code Compliance (For the 2017 Zoning By-Laws, click on the blue box labeled "Zoning By-Laws).
  • Thorough and Professional Completion of all Field Inspections

Building Permits are required for:

  • Additions
  • Alterations
  • Change in Building Use
  • Decks and Stairs
  • Demolition
  • New Construction
  • Remodels
  • Renovations
  • Repairs
  • Roofing
  • Siding
  • Swimming Pools
  • Tool Sheds
  • Window Replacement
  • Wood Stoves/Pellet Stoves

For Your Convenience

  1. Applications, plans, forms, and permit fees may be submitted by mail.
  2. Applications, plans, and forms may be scanned and emailed to this office with the permit fee submitted by mail.
  3. Applications may be submitted in person during business hours


  • Email: Email Paul Orlando
  • Mail: 34 Broadway, Rockport, MA 01966
  • Office: 26 Broadway, Rockport