Building Department

Building Division Summary

The Building Division is responsible for administration and enforcement of the Massachusetts State Building Code, Electrical, Plumbing, Gas, the Architectural Access Codes, and the Eastham Zoning By-Law.


New zoning bylaw amendments for residential site coverage adopted at the May 2023 Annual Town Meeting are now in effect.

The new bylaws place limits on site coverage and gross floor area for residential development. The new bylaws also calculate site coverage on buildable upland (not total lot area).   Please refer to zoning bylaw section 7.4 Residential Lot Intensity and sub sections 7.4.1, 7.4.2 and 7.4.3 to verify the site coverage limits and development potential for residential projects. Contact Paul Lagg, Community Development Director or Justin Post, Building Commissioner for assistance with the bylaw.

New zoning bylaw amendments prohibiting clear cutting and requiring maintenance of perimeter vegetation on residential properties.

Undeveloped lots: Clear cutting & removal of "Lagacy Trees" prohibited without first obtaining a building permit. See zoning bylaw section 6.11.

Developed Lots: An area of not less than 6 feet around perimeter of the lot shall be landscaped with grass, shrubs or other plants. See zoning bylaw section 7.2.6

Online Building Permits NOW AVAILABLE!

Submit a Permit Application

image of text choice fields to simulate permit entry optionsPermit applications are NO LONGER being accepted by mail or drop off. As of January 17th, 2023 we have moved to an online building permit software. Please visit our Online Permitting Page to learn more and submit, track and even print permit cards online.

Wwe are available for any inquiries via phone at 774-801-3231 or by emailing the Building Department.

CSL Renewals

If you have questions about CSL renewal changes during the pandemic, please review the BBRS CSL Renewal Guide (PDF).