City of Pittsfield, MA
Berkshire County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
GENERAL REFERENCES
Administration — See Ch. 2.
Building Code — See Ch. 3.
Electricity — See Ch. 5.
Fire Department — See Ch. 7.
Solid waste collection and disposal — See Ch. 8.
Junk dealers and waste collectors — See Ch. 10.
Licenses, registrations and permits — See Ch. 11.
Attachment 1 - Periodic Inspection Fees

Sec. 24-1 Establishment.

[Ord. No. 411, § 1, 12-9-1981; Ord. No. 431, § 1, 9-10-1982; Ord. No. 441, § 1, 1-27-1983; Ord. No. 443, § 1, 3-11-1983; Ord. No 444, § 1, 3-11-1983; Ord. No. 459, § 1, 6-29-1983; Ord. No. 468, § 1, 11-18-1983; Ord. No. 504, § 1, 4-10-1985; Ord. No. 530, § 2, 1-17-1986; Ord. No. 549, § 1, 9-9-1986; Ord. No. 590, § 1, 7-17-1987; Ord. No. 591, § 1, 7-17-1987; Ord. No. 597, § 1, 1-28-1988; Ord. No. 619, § 1, 12-5-1988; Ord. No. 618, § 1, 12-15-1988; Ord. No. 628, § 1, 2-17-1989; Ord. No. 629, § 1, 3-2-1989; Ord. No. 645, § 1, 9-27-1989; Ord. No. 650, § 1, 1-11-1990; Ord. No. 660, § 1, 6-28-1990; Ord. No. 673, § 7, 3-14-1991; Ord. No. 676, § 1, 6-13-1991; Ord. No. 680, 6-26-1991; Ord. No. 683, § 1, 10-10-1991; Ord. No. 688, § 1, 3-1-1992; Ord. No. 710, § 1, 6-24-1992; Ord. No. 729, § 1, 3-10-1993; Ord. No. 785, § 1, 6-13-1995; Ord. No. 786, § 4, 6-13-1995; Ord. No. 822, § I, 3-26-1997; Ord. No. 879, §§ I, II, III, 9-12-2000; Ord. No. 886, § I, 1-19-2001; Ord. No. 917, § I, 9-9-2003; Ord. No. 921, § 1, 1-13-2004; Ord. No. 930, § I, 6-22-2004; Ord. No. 977, § I, 1-24-2006; Ord. No. 978, § I, 1-24-2006; Ord. No. 1003, § II, 9-26-2007; Ord. No. 1027, § I, 3-24-2009; Ord. No. 1028, § I, 3-24-2009; Ord. No. 1029, §§ I, II, III, 3-24-2009; Ord. No. 1038, § I, 4-27-2010; Ord. No. 1090, 11-25-2014; Ord. No. 1106, § I, 1-13-2015; Ord. No. 1140, § I, 9-29-2015; Ord. No. 1159, § I, 9-29-2015; Ord. No. 1182, § I, 3-28-2017]
Notwithstanding any other provisions contained in the previous chapters, there is hereby established the following schedule of fees:
Description
Rate
BERKSHIRE ATHENAEUM
Adult (overdue book per day per book)
$0.10
Children (overdue book per day per book)
$0.05
First notice (overdue book)
$0.15
Final notice (overdue book/notice)
$0.25
Post card (reserve card)
$0.15
Lost card (replacement card)
$0.25
Out-of-state resident (library card)
$15
 
  
BUILDING DEPARTMENT
Required periodic inspection fee[1]
Building Permit Schedule
(a) 
In general a permit is required for roofing, siding, insulation, and replacement of windows at a charge of $6 per $1,000 of the signed contract. A copy of the signed agreement as required under MGL c. 142A, § 2, shall be provided and agreed to by the Building Official prior to the issuance of any permit under this section.
(1) 
Minimum permit fee: $35.
(2) 
Maximum fee: no cap.
(b) 
RESIDENTIAL
(1) 
New residential construction: $0.35 per square foot ($150 minimum).
(2) 
Existing residential dwelling:
a. 
Roofing, siding, insulation, window replacement, and projects not specifically listed in the fee schedule: $6 per $1,000 of construction cost ($35 minimum).
(3) 
Existing residential construction:
a. 
Additions, alterations, repairs, decks, porches, and three-season rooms: $0.30 per square foot ($35 minimum).
(4) 
Residential accessory building and structures:
a. 
Garages, barns, sheds, gazebo, and pool enclosures: $0.25 per square foot ($35 minimum).
b. 
Private swimming pools:
[1] 
Aboveground pool: $50.
[2] 
In-ground pool: $100.
c. 
Tennis courts: $50.
d. 
Stoves: $35.
e. 
Wood, pellet, gas, corn, coal, and fireplaces inserts: $35.
f. 
Fences: $35.
g. 
Tents: $35.
[1] 
Each additional tent: $10.
(5) 
Demolition:
a. 
Selective demolition: $100.
b. 
500 square feet or less: $35.
c. 
500 to 2,000 square feet: $70.
d. 
Over 2,000 square feet: $140.
(6) 
Mechanical permit (permit needs to be issued under this heading per 780 CMR, Massachusetts Building Code): $6 per $1,000 of construction cost ($35 minimum).
(7) 
Sheet metal permit (permit needs to be issued under this heading per 271 CMR, Massachusetts Sheet Metal Code): $6 per $1,000 of construction cost ($35 minimum).
(8) 
Certificates:
a. 
Certificate of occupancy
[1] 
First dwelling or three units: $35.
[2] 
Each additional two units: $25.
b. 
Certificate of inspection: See attached schedule.
c. 
Certificate of approval: $35.
d. 
Zoning verification: $35.
e. 
Home occupation certificate: $35.
(c) 
COMMERCIAL
Plan Examination Fee
A plan examination fee will be assessed when plans and specifications and/or a Chapter 34 are submitted to the Building Inspection Department for review and comment. The time required to research and prepare comments is based on the Massachusetts Building Code, the Massachusetts Architectural Access Board of Regulations and the City of Pittsfield Zoning Ordinance.
Minimum permit fee: $150.
Maximum permit fee: $350.
(1) 
New commercial building: $0.35 per square foot ($150 minimum).
(2) 
Existing commercial buildings and structures:
a. 
Roofing, siding, insulation and window replacement: $6 per $1,000 of construction cost.
b. 
Additions, alterations, and repairs to commercial, industrial, religious, and educational buildings and structures: $0.30 square foot ($75 minimum).
(3) 
Accessory building and structures: $0.25 per square foot ($50 minimum).
(4) 
Demolition:
a. 
Selective demolition: $100.
b. 
500 square feet or less: $35.
c. 
500 to 2,000 square feet: $140.
d. 
Over 2,000 square feet: $300.
(5) 
Mechanical permit: $6 per $1,000 of construction cost ($35 minimum).
(6) 
Sheet metal permit: $6 per $1,000 of construction cost ($35 minimum).
(7) 
Certificate of occupancy: $35.
(8) 
Certificate of inspection: See attached.
(9) 
Certificate of approval: $50.
(10) 
Zoning verification: $35.
(11) 
Signs:
a. 
Up to $750 of cost and installation: $75.
b. 
Over $750 of cost and installation: $200.
NOTES:
A.
Where work for which a permit is required by ordinance is started prior to obtaining said permit, the fees herein specified shall be doubled, but payment of such double fee shall not relieve any person from fully complying with requirements of the Building Code in the execution either of the work or from any other penalties prescribed herein.
B.
An additional charge of $35 will be made to this Department and must be paid for by the contractor or other person doing the work for each additional inspection resulting, in the opinion of the Building Official, from defective work caused in whole or in part by the use of improper installation or workmanship or where the job was not completed, or by improper filing of permit application, such as wrong addresses, etc.
Plumbing Permit Installation
(a)
Plumbing permit application: $35.
(b)
Plus each
(1)
Fixture: $10.
(2)
Water meter: $10.
(3)
Electric water heater: $10.
(4)
Backflow preventer: $10.
(5)
Waste or water piping: $10.
(c)
Gas permit application: $35
(d)
Plus each:
(1)
Gas appliance: $10.
(2)
Gas log or fireplace: $10.
(3)
Decorative gas appliance: $10.
(4)
Gas piping installation: $10.
(5)
Gas water heater: $10.
(e)
An additional fee of $35 will be charged for reinspections of code violations or defective workmanship.
(f)
An additional fee of $35 will be charged for each partial inspection.
NOTE:
All fees will be doubled on work started prior to filing a permit application with this office.
Permits are issued only to licensed plumbers and gas fitters.
Electrical Installation
(a)
Residential
(1)
Minimum permit fee: $35.
(2)
Maximum permit fee: no cap.
(3)
Temporary service: $35.
(4)
Service upgrade: $35.
(5)
Miscellaneous electrical work (2 inspections)
a.
Rough and final wiring inspection: $70.
(5)
Modular homes (4 inspections): $140.
a.
Footing ground inspection.
b.
Underground service trench inspection.
c.
Service entrance inspection.
d.
Final wiring inspection.
(6)
New home or condo (5 inspections): $175.
a.
Footing ground inspection.
b.
Underground service trench inspection.
c.
Service entrance inspection.
d.
Rough wiring inspection.
e.
Final wiring inspection.
(7)
Swimming pools:
a.
Aboveground: $35.
b.
In-ground (3 inspections): $105.
1.
Grounding inspection.
2.
Trench inspection.
3.
Final inspection.
(8)
Jacuzzi or hot tubs: $35.
(9)
Oil or gas burner: $35.
(10)
Fire alarm system or security system: $35.
(11)
Any additional or partial inspections: $40.
(12)
Reinspections for work not approved: $40.
(b)
Commercial and industrial
(1)
Electrical permit application.
a.
Minimum permit fee: $150.
a.
Maximum permit fee: no cap.
(2)
New construction, additions, and renovations: $6 for each $1,000 of electrical work cost.
a.
Two inspections.
(3)
New or upgrade service: $75.
a.
One inspection.
(4)
Fire alarm system or security system: $50.
(5)
Sign: $50.
(6)
Any additional or partial inspection: $50.
(7)
Reinspection for work not approved: $50.
NOTE:
All fees will be doubled on work started prior to filing a permit application with this office.
Permits are issued only to licensed electricians.
CITY CLERK
Issuing and recording of licenses to keepers of intelligence offices: $25.
Assignment for benefit of creditors: $5.
Recording order granting locations of poles, conduits, cabinets (utility cost), flat rate: $50.
Filing notice of intention of marriage and issuing certificate of marriage: $25.
Filing notice of intention of remarriage and issuing certificate of remarriage: $25.
Furnishing certified copy of birth certificate: $10.
Furnishing certified copy of marriage certificate: $10.
Furnishing certified copy of death certificate: $10.
Recording of home birth: $25.
Recording delayed return of birth, marriage, or death: $25.
Recording out-of-commonwealth birth, marriage, or death: $25.
Affidavit and correction of birth, marriage, or death: $25.
Examining and copying a record of manuscript pertaining to birth, marriage or death upon application of any person: $5.
Business certificate for conducting business under any title but real name: $25.
Business certificate: change of residence, retirement or withdrawal from, change of location, discontinuance of such business: $10.
Filing listing of inventory for going-out-of-business sale, termination sale, or any designation signifying cessation of business, plus $2 per additional page: $20.
Registration in medicine: $25.
Raffle permit: $20.
Sale of ward and precinct map: $5.
Sale of voter or resident list: $10.
Sale of City Charter: $10.
Filing tax liens, writs of attachment, child support liens, and declarations of trust (MGL c. 182, § 2): $5.
Filing a homestead on a manufactured/mobile home: $10.
Notary public service: $1.
Certified/attested copies: $5.
Photocopies (per page): $0.20.
Computer printouts (per page): $0.50.
Schedule of Permits Issued
Fees
FIRE DEPARTMENT
Ammunition (annual)
$35
Small arms ammunition primers (private use):
More than 1,000; less than 10,000
$35
More than 10,000
$35; requires an additional license issued by the City Clerk
Small arms ammunition primers (commercial use)
Less than 100,000
$35
More than 100,000
Requires an additional license issued by the City Clerk
Small arms ammunition rim fire (private use)
More than 10,000; less than 30,000
$35
More than 30,000
$35; requires an additional license issued by the City Clerk
Small arms ammunition center fire (private use)
More than 10,000; less than 50,000
$35
More than 50,000
$35; requires an additional license issued by the City Clerk
Small arms ammunition shotgun (private use)
More than 5,000; less than 50,000
$35
More than 50,000
$35; requires an additional license issued by the City Clerk
Small arms ammunition primers
Less than 10,000
$35
More than 10,000
$35; requires an additional license issued by the City Clerk
Small arms ammunition primers (commercial use)
Less than 100,000
$35
More than 100,000
$35; requires an additional license issued by the City Clerk
Smokeless propellants (private)
More than 16 pounds; less than 48 pounds
$35
More than 48 pounds
$35; requires an additional license issued by the City Clerk
Smokeless propellants (commercial)
Less than 100 pounds
$35
More than 100 pounds
$35; requires an additional license issued by the City Clerk
Blasting
$50
Bonfire
$35
Carbon monoxide detector installation with technical options
$35
Code compliance inspection (annual)
$40
Cutting and welding/hot works
$35
Demolition
$35
Dumpster (temporary/annual)
$35
Entertainment
$35
Fire alarm system/sprinkler system disable
$35
Fire hydrant (private) installation/maintenance
$35
Fireworks
$50
Flame test materials
$25
Flammable/combustible liquids/gases/solids (annual)
Class I liquid
Less than 10,000
$35
More than 10,000
$35; requires an additional license issued by the City Clerk
Class II liquid
Less than 10,000
$35
More than 10,000
$35; requires an additional license issued by the City Clerk
Class IIIA liquid
Less than 10,000
$35
More than 10,000
$35; requires an additional license issued by the City Clerk
Class IIIB liquid
Less than 10,000
$35
More than 10,000
$35; requires an additional license issued by the City Clerk
Solids
Less than 100 pounds
$35
More than
$35; requires an additional license issued by the City Clerk
Flammable gases (within a building)
Less than 3,000 cubic feet
$35
More than 3,000 cubic feet
$35; requires an additional license issued by the City Clerk
Flammable gases (outside a building)
Less than 10,000 cubic feet
$35
More than 10,000 cubic feet
$35; requires an additional license issued by the City Clerk
Flammable or Class II combustible liquids unattended within cargo tanks, portable tanks or transfer tanks on a parcel of land
Less than 15,000 gallons
$35
More than 15,000 gallons
$35; requires an additional license issued by the City Clerk
Gunpowder/black powder (annual)
$35
Private
Less than 5 pounds
$35
More than 5 pounds
$35; requires an additional license issued by the City Clerk
Commercial
Less than 50 pounds
$35
More than 50 pounds
$35; requires an additional license issued by the City Clerk
Hazardous process (annual)
$35
Miscellaneous
$35
Oil burner/tank installation
$35
Paint spray booths
$35
Propane exchange or filling station (renew every 2 years)
$50
Propane fork truck (renew every 2 years)
$50
Propane installation: AST/UST
$35
Propane temporary usage/seasonal
$35
Reinspection (any permit)
$25
Research of tanks (UST/AST)
$35
Rockets (storage of) (annual)
$35
Salamanders/construction heaters (temporary permit)
$35
Smoke/Carbon dioxide detector inspection
1- to 2-family
$35
3- to 6-multifamily
$50
7- to 12-multifamily
$100
13- or more multifamily
$200
Sprinkler system inspection (hydro tests and flush flow)
$50
Suppression system for gas station and food trailer permit and puff test
$35
Tank removal: AST/UST
$35
Tank terminate by slurry
$35
Tank truck/transfer tank (renew every 2 years)
$50
Tar kettles/roofing torching
$35
Underground storage of flammable/combustible liquid (renew every 3 years)
$100
Unvented propane/natural gas space heaters
$35
BOARD OF HEALTH
Permits/Service
Fee
Bakery
$75
Beach/water testing:
Pittsfield residents
$20
Nonresident
$25
Beaver permit
$75
Bed-and-breakfast
$50
Body art apprentice
$100
Body art establishment
$100
Body art technician
$100
Burial permits
$20
Cabins, hotels, motels, mobile home parks, overnight camps
$50
0 to 49 rooms
$50
50 to 99 rooms
$75
100 plus rooms
$100
Catering
$100
Collect/rubbish/hauler permits
$100 base fee plus $25 additional fee for each registered garbage truck per permittee
Disposal works construction permit
$100
New
$200
Upgrade
$150
Repair
$100
Farmer's market vendor
Produce only
$25
Prepared food
$40
Food retail
0 to 49 square feet
$50
50 to 99 square feet
$100
100 square feet and up
$75, plus $4 per square foot
Food service restaurant; seating capacity of:
0 to 49 seats
$75
50 to 99 seats
$125
100 seats and over
$150, plus $25 per 25 seats
Food service establishment temporary
$50
Food service plan review
$75
Frozen dessert
$100
Funeral director
$50
Ice skating rink
$50
Massage establishment
N/A
Massage therapist
N/A
Mobile vendor
$100
Mobile vendor (seasonal)
$75
Nonprofit permit fees
$10
Permit reissue (for lost, stolen, etc., permits)
$10
Permit renewal late fee
$25
Pool review
Remodel
$50
New
$75
Recreational camp
Fewer than 100 campers
$125
Reinspection fee (third and subsequently thereafter)
$50 each
Residential kitchen
$50
Septage hauler license
$75 base fee plus $25 additional fee for each registered septic truck per permittee
Septic installer's permit
$100
Soil perc test witness (minimum 2 hours)
$100 per hour
Swimming pool
$100
Yearly
$150
Seasonal
$100
Tanning
$100
Tobacco
$200
Subdivision plan review:
Preliminary review
$100
Definitive review
$200
Water bottling facility
$37.50
Well construction
New
$100
Decommission
$100
LICENSING BOARD
Permit
Yearly Fee
Amusement device
$20
Auctioneer
$50
Auctioneer (specials)
$50
Auto dealer Class I
$100
Auto dealer Class II
$50
Auto dealer Class III
$100
Boat (passenger)
$5
Bowling alleys, per alley
$10
Common victualler
$10
Entertainment
$10
Fortuneteller
$25
Innholder
$10
Junk collector
$25
Junk dealer
$100
Lodging house
$10
Lord's Day
$10
Pool/billiards (table)
$25
Popcorn wagon
$50
Taxicabs
$10
Trucks
$10
Open air parking lots:
Not more than 25 vehicles
$25
Not less than 26 nor more than 50
$50
Not less than 51 nor more than 75
$75
Not less than 76 nor more than 100
$100
Over 100 vehicles
$150
MAINTENANCE DEPARTMENT
Per One Rental
Facility
Profit
Nonprofit
Rental of school facilities:
Auditorium
$300
$100
Cafeteria
$100
$50
Gym
$100
$20
Classroom, depending on size of group
$75
$25 to $45
Rental of Berkshire Athenaeum:
Auditorium
$200
$75
Conference room
$100
$50
(a)
There will be no charge assessed to supervised youths and civic organizations. A "civic organization" for purposes of this section shall mean an association formed for purposes beneficial to the community as a whole or one in which the members cooperate to accomplish community goals.
(b)
There will be a charge of 1.5% per month for any overdue rental fees (after the regular thirty-day billing period), and such overdue party will not be allowed to book the use of any room until all back rentals are paid.
PLANNING BOARD
Type of Application
Fee Per Application
Rezoning petitions (legal ad paid by applicant)
$400
Special permits (legal ad paid by applicant)
$200
Variances
$200
Site plan review (SR uses only)
$200
Planning Board determinations:
81-P (approval not required) plans
$75
Application under Subdivision Control Law
$100
Preliminary subdivision plan
$100
Definitive subdivision plans (plus $25 per lot)
$500
Special permits for shopping centers, plazas, and malls
$1,000
POLICE DEPARTMENT
False Alarm
Fee per Calendar Year
First alarm
Free
Second alarm
$25
Third alarm
$50
Fourth and subsequent
$100
(a)
The fine shall be waived only when, in the judgment of the Chief of Police or his official designee, the burglar alarm was activated by a cause beyond one owner's control. Said waiver or denial must be in writing, signed by the Chief of Police or his designee.
PUBLIC UTILITIES
Type of Service
Fee
Water (per calendar year):
Connection or repair permit, per connection
$100
Tapping fee, per tap
$300
Service charge rate, per hour
$100
Water service connection, repair or renewal:
Length of 100 feet or less:
Pipe diameter of 1 inch or less
$100 per hour not to exceed $750 maximum
Pipe diameter of 1 1/2 inches
$100 per hour not to exceed $950 maximum
Pipe diameter of 4 inches or larger
Per estimate
Length to 100 feet or more:
Pipe diameter of 1 inch or less
$100 per hour not to exceed $750 plus $100 for each additional unit of 100 feet or fraction thereof
Pipe diameter of 1 1/2 inches
$950 plus $100 for each additional unit of 100 feet or fraction thereof
Pipe diameter of 4 inches or larger
Per estimate
Sewer:
Connection or repair permit, per connection
$100
Service charge rate, per hour
$100
Sewer service connection, repair or renewal:
Length of 100 feet or less:
Pipe diameter of 6 inches or less
$100 per hour not to exceed $750 maximum
Pipe diameter of over 6 inches
Per estimate
Pipe diameter of 6 inches or less
$100 per hour not to exceed $750 plus $100 for each additional unit of 100 feet or fraction thereof
Pipe diameter of over 6 inches
Per estimate
(a)
All connection repairs as specified herein are limited to that portion of service connection within the public way.
Industrial wastewater discharge permit:
$500
WWTP laboratory sampling and analysis, industrial pretreatment program
$400
WWTP sampling and non-WWTP laboratory analysis, industrial pretreatment program:
$200, plus cost
PUBLIC SERVICES
Type of Permit
Fees
Excavation permits
$25
Driveway permits
$25
Storm drains connection
$100
Oversize load (Annual permit fee of $100 for Pittsfield-based transfers)
$50
Block parties
$5
Sidewalk or road occupancy:
For one to 10 days
$15
For 10 to 30 days
$25
Newspaper vending machines, annual
$25
WEIGHTS AND MEASURES
Permit/Service
Fee
Balancing
0 to 99 pounds
$20
100 to 999 pounds
$40
1,000 to 4,999 pounds
$50
5,000 to 9,999 pounds
$60
10,000 pounds and up
$150
Weights (each)
Avoirdupois
$2
Metric
$2
Apothecary
$2
Troy
$2
Liquid measurements
Gasoline
$20
Vehicle tank pump
$50
Other devices
Taxi meters
$20
Linear measurements
Yard sticks
$3
Tapes
$3
Bottle returns
$20
Reinspection/adjustment fee (each)
$25
STORMWATER MANAGEMENT
Permit Application Fees
Type of Project
Application Fee
1)
Category A - stormwater improvement projects made to an existing residential property
$50
2)
Category B - projects other than Category A that involve less than 3 acres of land disturbance
$200
3)
Category C - projects that involve 3 to 10 acres of land disturbance
$1,000
4)
Category D - projects that involve greater than 10 acres of land disturbance
$2,000
5)
Category E - resubmittals and amendments to a valid stormwater management permit application previously acted upon by the applicable authority
1/2 of the initial submittal fee
or
In the event that a resubmittal or amendment results in the project falling into a higher category: the entire fee for the higher category
[1]
Editor's Note: The table setting forth required periodic inspection fees is included as an attachment to this chapter.