The Building Department provides efficient, streamlined permitting services for properties in Great Barrington. The office issues permits, performs inspections, provides inspection information and maintains records and reports. The office provides zoning interpretation and determines applicability, and inspects and certificates existing buildings.
The Building Inspector and his staff maintain a rapport with local business owners, builders, contractors, and residents, with emphasis on areas of Main Street, sidewalk signage and the abatement of vacant structures. The office provides a critique of all buildings and various other permit submittals for compliance with all city and state regulations, with a public safety focus. This department also coordinates inspection review with appropriate town officials.
The office is tasked wtih enforcement of the the State Building Code 780 CMR, The Architectural Access Board (AAB) 521 CMR and any other state statutes, rules and regulations or ordinances and bylaws which empower the Building Inspector.