Building Department

Building Department updated April 21, 2021

PERMITS ISSUED since March 18, 2020 are now available on-line.  Log into VPC, click on "Search for Records" in the bottom right hand corner, enter the complete address, and then click on "Record Number" of the permit you wish to view.

The Building Department is open M-F, 8:00am to 5:00pm.  While we aren't currently meeting with anyone in our office, we are able to assist you remotely. The Plumbing and Wiring Inspectors are in the office daily through 12:00noon, and the Building Inspectors are in the office through 5:00pm daily.  

To apply for a Permit through Viewpoint Cloud (VPC) click here: 

We no longer accept paper permit applications.  All permits are on-line submittal only.

To amend an active permit, you simply need to fill out a regular Building Permit Application.  Please give us a call for assistance.  We no longer have a  Permit Amendment Application.

Building Permits  are being processed for all work.  The staff is working in ways that maintain social distancing and given our precautions and the demand for permits, wait times for permit processing may be longer than normal. All permit applications must be submitted electronically via  We no longer accept paper permits.  

Payment  may be made by check, e-check and credit card.  Please reference both the Permit # and the Permit Property Address on your check.  You may drop it off in the drop box at 500 Dedham Avenue; USMail it to 500 Dedham Ave., Needham, MA 02492; pay by e-check; or pay by credit card (2.95% Processing Fee).  Payment by credit card is generally posted within two to three business days.  Please click below for on-line payments:

Inspections  are performed daily through noon and the permit contractor must be present at all inspections.  Inspections are not performed until a Permit has been paid in full and work can not begin until full payment has been made.  Contact us  (781-455-7550, Ext. 537) to schedule 2+ days in advance.  Please don't leave a phone message to schedule an Inspection, you must call and speak directly with an Associate.  Inspection requests cannot be made through VPC, please call the office.  To familiarize yourself with our inspection procedure, please read this:

                 Inspection Procedures during COVID-19 Outbreak 

2nd / Irrigation Water Meters  are installed by the Water Department only. Tampering with the Town of Needham's water supply will result in a fine.  The Water Department is installing second meters.  Please apply for a permit today, and once your permit is paid for in full, please contact David Branson (781-455-7550, Ext. 306) for complete details.

Scanning and uploading documents in ViewPoint is easy.  Many of the attachments that we receive with Permit Applications are photographs taken with iPhones and iPads.  Photographs aren’t clear pictures.  If you have an iPhone or iPad, please check out Apple’s Document Scanner that is in the Notes tab.  This produces a clear image therefore allowing us to process your permit quicker.  Please check it out at:

Smoke Detector Inspections

For Smoke Detector inspections, please click this link Executive Order

On-Line Permitting

All applications must be submitted via ViewPoint Cloud (VPC) On-Line Permitting:

UPDATED  For more ViewPoint Cloud information please click here


The Building Division staff enforces state building, electrical, plumbing, gas, mechanical codes, and sheet metal as well as local zoning by-laws and Architectural Access Board Regulation.


Our staff:

  • Conducts periodic safety inspections of multi-family dwellings, restaurants, schools, religious institutions, museums, and other places of assembly
  • Issues permits
  • Inspects construction sites

Main Phone Number - 781 455-7550, Ext. 537

Staff Members

  • David A. Roche, CBO
    Building Commissioner - Ext. 308
  • Erik J. Tardif
    Assistant Building Commissioner - Ext. 341
  • Bernard Ashley
    Local Building Inspector - Ext. 335
  • Jim Grover
    Local Building Inspector - Ext. 310
  • Larry V. DiBona
    Plumbing & Gas Inspector - Ext. 311
  • Scott W. Chisholm
    Wiring Inspector - Ext 312
  • John J. McGourty
    Wiring Inspector - Ext 312
  • Lyn Heintz
    Administrative Specialist - Ext. 309
  • Rick Rutherford 
    Department Assistant - Ext 332
  • Sheila Whisler
    Department Assistant - Ext. 215

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