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Hingham Massachusetts, Incorporated 1635, History & Pride

Town Government &


Departments: Building Department

210 Central Street
Hingham, MA 02043-2759
Phone 781-741-1420
FAX 781-741-1460
Hours of Operation:
M-W-Th 8:30am - 4:30pm
Tues 8:30am-7:00pm
Fri 8:30am-1:00pm
Contact Us

Building Commissioner's Hours
Mon. – Fri. 8:30 – 10:00
Mon., Wed., Thurs. 3:30 – 4:30
Tuesdays 5:00 – 7:00
All other times by appointment only

Important Documents & Links:

Building Permit Status - Check Status Online

Building Permits Issued Updated weekly

Building Permits Issued 6 Month Summary

Request for Code Enforcement

Massachusetts State Building Code: 780 CMR

List of Roads that fall under 5 Year Moratorium

Building Department

Name Title Office Hours Telephone:
Michael J. Clancy Building Commissioner M-F 8:30-10
MWTh 3:30-4:30
T 5-7
Press 1
William R. Nickerson Inspector of Wires M,W,Th,F 8:30 to 10:00 AM
Tues 5 to 7 PM
Press 2
Brian W. McPherson Plumbing & Gas Inspector M,W,Th,F 8:30 to 10:00 AM
Tues 5 to 7 PM
Press 3
Jeanne M. Kehoe Administrative Secretary   Press 0
Sue Letizia-Eddy Clerk   Press 0

Building Department Staff

The Hingham Building Department is responsible for administration and enforcement of the Massachusetts State Building Code, Electrical, Plumbing and Architectural Access Codes,the Hingham Zoning By-Law and General By-Laws of the town.

The Department issues permits to construct, repair, and maintain properties, the issuance of Certificates of Occupancy for new and change of use properties and the annual inspection of restaurants, assembly and school uses. We also remind you to protect yourself before buying property. The records of this department are available to the public to check for legal occupancy, compliance, and for complaints against the property you propose to purchase.

2012 Annual Report

2012 has proven to be a busy year with the continued construction at the Shipyard, the start of the new Middle School, the South Shore Education Collaborative facility along with various construction projects throughout the Town.

We are now enforcing the eighth edition of 780 CMR State Building Code, the National Electrical Code, Mass. Plumbing and Gas Code along with the Town's General By-Law and the Zoning By-Law.

The new computer based permitting program was implemented during 2011 which allows all departments access to Building permit information. We are working diligently with IT on enhancing the new permitting software. Our goal is to offer on-line building, gas, and plumbing and electrical permits in the near future. This will allow for homeowners and contractors to send permit applications from their homes or businesses.

The Building Department has issued a total number of 3,543 permits and conducted 6,640 inspections this past year.

I would like to thank the staff of the Building Department for their continued professionalism while servicing the various customer concerns and inspections that are addressed throughout the day.

The Building Department would like to thank all applicants, residents and businesses for their cooperation and support this past year.  In addition, we thank all town departments for their continued cooperation.  We look forward to serving you in 2013.

Respectfully submitted,

Michael J. Clancy C.B.O./Building Commissioner