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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.

2013 Annual Report

The Building Department continues to see increased construction activity on residential and commercial properties during 2013. The Shipyard continues to add residential units along with commercial. A Certificate of Use and Occupancy was issued for the South Shore Educational Collaborative facility. The new Middle School is well on its way to completion. Damon Farms has started on the construction and remodeling of a three unit building. The Derby Street Shops continue to see new tenants including Legal C Restaurant.

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 of Hingham General By-Law and the Zoning By-Law.

We are now using a computer based permitting program which allows all departments' access to the building permit information. We continue to work with the IT department on enhancing the new permitting software. Our goal is to offer the program next year to allow the homeowners and contractors to apply for permits from their homes or offices.

The Building Department has issued a total number of 4,065 permits and conducted 7,670 inspections this past year.

Fees Collected
1051 Building Permits $742,558
49 Final Cost Affidavits 89,913
721 Plumbing Permits 65,995
595 Gas Permits 29,445
1215 Electrical Permits 137,733
131 Certificate of Inspection 7,040
155 Occupancy 4,830
40 Re-inspection 3,000
105 Sheet Metal 14,899
4 Special Events 140

4,066 $1,095,553

Estimated Cost
50 New Single Family Dwellings $19,429,267
8 Multi Family Dwellings (28 Units) 5,880,060
137 Dwelling Additions 19,891,356
512 Dwelling Alterations 11,659,055
5 New Garages/Additions 179,200
71 Commercial Alterations/Additions 9,263,706
1 Move Building 85,000
3 New Commercial Bldg/Bank/Industrial 1,646,000
11 Pool Houses/Barns 588,735
8 Barn Alterations 343,300
5 School Additions/Alterations 2,604,500
3 Storage Garages 416,000
19 Foundations Only 1,459,000
35 Demolitions 310,285
28 Demolitions (non-residential) 154,350
27 Sheds 100,477
3 Docks 282,000
22 Pools (in ground) 1,044,930
38 Signs 158,090
1 Church Alteration 270,474
20 Wood/Coal/Pellet Stoves/Chimney 67,430
32 Temporary Tents 86,426
5 Retaining Walls 131,020
3 Antenna/Solar Array 173,000
2 Handicap Ramps 40,900
2 Mobile Homes 24,000

1051 $76,288,561

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 2014.

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