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Building Permit Review Guidelines
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Building Permit
 •   Construction Management Plan Guidelines
 •   Building Permit Review Application
 •   PTDM Forms
 •   Interdepartmental Parking Facility Form
 •   Building Permit Review Guidelines
 •   T, P & T Building Permit Review Guidelines Pamphlet.PDF
Curb Cut
Large Project
Off Street Parking
Certificate Of Occupancy
Specifications for Work on Public Right-of-Way
Traffic Counts

Building Permit applications start and end with the Inspectional Services Department (ISD).  ISD may request the Traffic, Parking and Transportation Department (TP&T) to review the building permit.  These guidelines are designed to help you obtain your Building Permit review from the TP&T Department as efficiently as possible.

The TP&T Department reviews the safety and design of driveways, parking lots, pedestrian and bicycle accommodations, and the project’s relation to the public streets and sidewalks.

Refer to Zoning Ordinance for applicable regulations.


  1. Complete a Building Permit application from the Inspectional Services Department (ISD).
  2. Complete a site plan that includes the information in this brochure, for TP&T Department review.
  3. Complete an “Interdepartmental Parking Facility Registration Form” from the TP&T Department.
  4. If required, a PTDM plan must have been approved prior to ISD issuance of a Building Permit, per City Ordinance 10.18.

Site Plan
Site Plans shall be 1:20 or 1:40 scale and signed and stamped by a professionally licensed engineer. Site plans shall include, but are not limited to, the following:

Existing and Proposed Conditions
In general, existing conditions are shown in gray and new or proposed conditions are shown in heavy black. Right-of-Way Conditions
  • Show property lines and label property ownership
  • Show all surrounding public and private roadways, alleys and sidewalks; both sides of the street must be shown. 
  • Show buildings, parks and north arrow.
  • Show all existing and proposed pavement markings including, crosswalks, lane lines, centerlines and bicycle lanes. Show all items on the sidewalk including parking meters, hydrants, landscaping, signs, bike racks, street trees and lighting. 
    • Label street names, sidewalk widths, curb-to- curb and travel lane widths, and all pavement treatment types.
Traffic Control Devices
  • Show all traffic and pedestrian signals, signs, fences, barriers, walls and bollards.
Driveways and Curb Cuts
  • Show driveways and curb cuts in detail.
    • Label driveway width, slopes, distance from nearest intersection and pavement treatment type.
    • Driveway curb cuts shall be per Department of Public Works specifications.
  •   The Project must have any new or modified curb cuts approved.
Pedestrian Conditions
  • Show building footprint.
    • Label pedestrian paths and building access locations.
    • Label pavement material for pedestrian paths.
  • Pedestrian ramps must meet Massachusetts Architectural Access Board (MAAB) Guidelines.

Vehicle Parking

  • Show parking layout, including all pavement markings.
    • Label number of spaces, stall and aisle dimensions and allocation of spaces (i.e. resident, employee, visitor, handicap, carpool/vanpool, vehicle-sharing spaces).
  • Show pedestrian paths to/from and within the parking facility.
  • Show any access control measures such as ticket booths, gates, screens and landscaping.
  • Show parking meters and parking regulation signs.
    • Label on-street curb regulation(s).
Bicycle Parking
  • Show bicycle parking in detail.
    • Label number and type of bicycle racks.
    • Label dimensions of bike parking areas.
  • Provide long-term bike parking in secure, weather protected locations and short-term bike parking near entrances of the use being served.
  • Show bicycle parking sign locations and showers for bicycle commuters, if applicable.
  • The location and type of bike racks must be approved by the TP&T Department.


  • Show loading locations, dimensions and number of loading bays.
    • Label clearance widths and heights.
  • Show truck-turning radii for entering and exiting maneuvers.
    • Label truck size used in design.
    • Label hours of loading activity.
    • Label number of daily and peak hour trucks expected.

      No-idling signs should be posted at loading areas

Construction Management Plans:

Required for all development projects in coordination with the Public Works and TP&T Departments

Curb Cuts:

TP&T requires new or modified curb cuts to be approved prior to our building plan review.

Parking Registration and PTDM Plan:

Prior to TP&T review, verify compliance with PTDM Plan and Parking Space Registration per  City Ordinance 10.18.  

TP&T Review:

  • The time required for TP&T to review plans varies depending on the completeness and accuracy of the submitted plans.
  • On average, it takes from a few days to a few weeks based on the complexity of the project.  If drawings are complete at submittal, the processing time will likely be shortened.
  • The TP&T Department may ask for additional information if needed.
Changing an Approved Plan:

After the Building Permit is approved by ISD, changes to the Site Plan will need to be reviewed by TP&T.

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