Town of Southborough, MA
Worcester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of Southborough as Art. XIA of the 1983 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Demolition delay — See Ch. 63.
Alarms — See Ch. 95.
Numbering of property — See Ch. 124.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 136.

§ 62-1 Applicability; when effective.

A. 
The provisions of these regulations shall relate to the construction, alteration and maintenance of buildings and other structures within the limits of the Town of Southborough, County of Worcester, except such as are owned and occupied by the United States or owned and occupied by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or by any County, and also excepting bridges, quays and wharves.
B. 
These regulations shall become effective upon acceptance by the Town of Southborough, in accordance with the provisions of MGL c. 143, § 3.

§ 62-2 Building Department established.

There shall be a Department, to be called the "Building Department."

§ 62-3 Inspector of Buildings.

A. 
The Office of Inspector of Buildings is hereby established.
B. 
The Inspector of Buildings shall be appointed for a three-year term, and may, at pleasure, be removed by the Board of Selectmen, who shall fix his salary and provide for reimbursement of his incidental expenses in the performance of his duties.
[Amended 4-8-1985 ATM by Art. 45]
C. 
No person shall be appointed as Inspector of Buildings who has not had at least five years' experience as a builder, civil engineer or architect or as a superintendent, foreman or competent mechanic in charge of construction.
D. 
The Inspector of Buildings shall enforce all laws and regulations relating to the construction, alteration, repair, removal, demolition, equipment use and occupancy, location and maintenance of buildings and structures, except as may otherwise be provided. He shall inspect all building operations within the Town and shall have the right of entry at reasonable hours. He shall require that all workmanship and all building materials shall be of good quality, and that types and methods of construction shall be in accordance with generally accepted standards of engineering practice, as defined by the Board of Standards Basic Principles of Building Construction, and not inconsistent with law. In case of violation of these regulations, he shall order, in writing, the suspension of the work, which notice shall state the conditions under which work may be resumed.

§ 62-4 Keeping of records; making of reports.

The Inspector of Buildings shall keep records of applications, permits issued, certificates issued, inspections, reports and notices or orders issued. He shall make a report to the Board of Selectmen annually and at such other times as requested by said Board.

§ 62-5 Permit applications.

A. 
It shall not be lawful to construct, alter, remove, demolish or change the class of occupancy of any building or structure without first filing with the Inspector of Buildings an application, in writing, and obtaining a permit.
B. 
An application for a permit shall be submitted in such form as the Inspector of Buildings may prescribe and shall be made by the owner or his duly authorized representative.
C. 
Applications for permits shall be accompanied by such plans, drawings and other data as the Inspector of Buildings may require. When required by the Inspector of Buildings, there shall be filed also a plot diagram, drawn to scale, showing the size and location by dimension of the proposed new construction and other existing or proposed structures on adjoining property within 10 feet of the property lines.
D. 
Nothing in this section shall prohibit the filing of amendments to an application. Such amendments, after approval, shall be filed with and be deemed a part of the original application. In existing buildings, minor repairs may be made without filing an application for obtaining a permit.

§ 62-6 Action on permits; inspections; fees.

A. 
It shall be the duty of the Inspector of Buildings to act upon applications for a permit, plans or amendments thereto without unreasonable or unnecessary delay.
B. 
The Inspector of Buildings shall inspect all buildings or structures during construction to see that the provisions of these regulations are complied with and that the construction is prosecuted safely.
C. 
The fee required for a building permit shall be that established by the Board of Selectmen.

§ 62-7 Certificates of occupancy.

A. 
It shall be unlawful to use or permit the use of any building or premises or part thereof hereinafter created, erected, changed or converted, wholly or partly, in its use or structure, until a certificate of occupancy shall have been issued by the Inspector of Buildings, certifying that the conditions of the permit have been fulfilled in accordance with the provisions of these regulations.
B. 
Upon request of the holder of a permit, or the owner, the Inspector of Buildings may issue a temporary certificate of occupancy for part of a building, provided that such temporary occupancy or use would not jeopardize life, limb or property.

§ 62-8 Unsafe buildings.

Upon notice of an unsafe building, the Inspector of Buildings shall proceed in accordance with the provisions of MGL c. 143, §§ 6 through 12, inclusive.

§ 62-9 Violations and penalties.

If no other penalty for violations is provided, whoever violates any of the provisions of these regulations shall be liable to a fine of not less than $50, nor more than $100.