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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 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.

2014 Annual Report

The Building Department continues to see increased construction activity on residential and commercial properties during 2014. The shipyard continues to add residential units along with commercial spaces. A certificate of use and occupancy was issued for the new Middle School. Damon Farms three unit building is nearing completion. The Derby Street Shops continue to see new tenants. The old Deering Nursing Home on Main Street has been demolished. The Baker Hill subdivision is almost complete with 4 homes under construction. The 8 unit Craftsman Village on Beal Street is complete. Best Chevrolet renovation project is finished. South Shore BMW/Mini has opened for business. The new Lexus dealership on Derby Street is anticipating a spring of 2015 opening.

We continue to enforce the Massachusetts 8th Edition of 780 CMR State Building Code, The Massachusetts State Electrical Code 527 CMR 12.00 2014, The Massachusetts State 248 CMR Plumbing and Gas Code, Along with the Town of Hingham General By-Law and the Zoning By-Law.

The computer based permitting program is receiving upgrades from the IT department. The new software will make on line permitting more user-friendly for homeowners and contractors to apply for permits from their home or office.

The Building Department has issued a total of 4095 permits and conducted 6456 inspections in 2014.

Fees Collected
1125 Building Permits $806,053
31 Final Cost Affidavits 34,865
700 Plumbing Permits 67,808
605 Gas Permits 33,280
1158 Electrical Permits 133,749
105 Certificate of Inspection 9,330
172 Occupancy 5,110
48 Re-inspection 3,580
150 Sheet Metal 21,345
1 Special Events 35

4,095 $1,115,155
Estimated Cost
68 New Single Family Dwellings $27,117,474.25
(4 Buildings with 18 units)
134 Dwelling Additions 15,564,860.00
556 Dwelling Alterations 12,190,729.22
15 Garage Additions/Alterations 228,300.00
88 Commercial Alterations/Additions 6,239,303.28
5 New Commercial Bldg/Bank 11,241,067.00
10 Pool Houses/Barns 459,710.0
1 School Alterations 12,000.00
5 Garages 214,630.00
14 Foundations Only 529,200.00
21 Demolitions 253,500.00
20 Demolitions (non-residential) 752,900.00
31 Sheds 285,609.56
2 Docks 140,000.00
22 Pools 971,705.21
36 Signs 120,265.99
1 Church Alteration 700,000.00
39 Wood/Coal/Pellet Stoves/Chimney 167,331.00
34 Temporary Tents 68,919.00
9 Retaining Walls 443,154.00
8 Antenna/Solar Array 293,000.00
4 Handicap Ramps 53,500.00
3 Other 31,200.00

1125 $78,078,358.50

I would like to thank the staff of the Building Department for their continued professional manner in which they serve the various customer concerns and inspections that we address throughout the day.

We would like to thank all applicants, residents, businesses and town departments for their cooperation and support this past year. We look forward to serving you in 2015.

Respectfully submitted,

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