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Selectboard Hearing for Special Permit - 5/26/22

Posted on 05/15/22

The Selectboard of the Town of Cummington will hold a hearing on the petition of Mohammed Abdelhalim for a Special Permit to locate a trailer at 36 Bug Hill Road. This hearing will be held on Thursday, May 26 at 7:00 PM at the Cummington Community ...

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Annual Town Election Results

Posted on 05/15/22

Results for annual town election held Monday, 5/9/22....

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Part Time Help Wanted

Posted on 04/08/22

Help Wanted

The Town of Cummington is looking for someone to handle outdoor and some indoor maintenance of two of our municipal buildings. Position to pay $15 an hour and to be filled as soon as possible. Responsibilities would include:

Snow removal of sidewalks, ramps and doorways

Roof snow raking...

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IT Committee Openings

Posted on 05/15/22

The Cummington IT Committee is looking for volunteers to serve on their committee to continue to create and maintain a sustainable IT plan for the Town. Anyone interested please contact the Selectboard at selectboard@cummington-ma.gov....

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Cummington Inspector of Buildings

Member Title Phone Term Start Term End
Jason Forgue
Inspector
413-200-5013
2021
2022

Meeting times: Tuesdays 9-10:30 am
Term: Appointed by the Selectboard for 1 year
Compensation: $10,500/year
Email: buildinginspector@cummington-ma.gov

 

Requests for inspections/meetings can be made by calling office phone: 413-200-5013, cell phone: 413-205-6504 or by emailing jforgue@cummington-ma.gov

 

Application Forms

CERTIFICATION OF PROPERTY TAX

Guide to the Permitting Process for Construction of 1 & 2 Family Dwelling (Form 1) - Rev. 8/20

Form 1 for new Construction of 1 & 2 Family Dwelling - Rev. 8/20

Form 2 - Residential renovations/Additions/Accessory Structures - Rev. 8/20

Form 3 - Solid Fuel Burning Appliances, fireplace and chimney - doc format - Rev. 8/20

Form 4 - Swimming Pools - Rev. 8/20

Form 5 - Commercial Application - Rev 8/20

Tent Application - Rev 8/20

Outdoor Wood/Hydronic Heaters

 

When is a building permit necessary?

As a homeowner or contractor, there may be times when you are uncertain whether it is necessary to secure a building permit. The following guidelines should be used: Work Requiring a Permit: (The following list is not meant to be exclusive, if you are in doubt as to whether the work you are considering needs a permit, please call the Building Inspector.)

New homes, additions, garages, or storage sheds.

Interior renovations, involving the cutting away of any wall or structural member.

Decks and ramps.

Roofing (when re-roofing more than 25% of existing roof).

Siding (when re-siding more than 25% of existing house).

Window or exterior door replacement.

The installation of swimming pools, hot tubs, or spas.

Fences over 6ft high.

Retaining walls over 4ft high.

Wood stoves, fireplace inserts, fireplaces, or chimneys.

Demolition of any existing structure.

Signs-new or alteration of existing signs.

Change of use (e.g., from storage to living space.)

A Permit Is Not Necessary For Ordinary Repairs: "Any maintenance which does not affect the structure, egress, fire protection systems, fire ratings, energy conservation provisions, plumbing, sanitary, gas, electrical or other utilities."

Why Should I get a permit? Because it is the law. Massachusetts Building Code(780CMR 110.0) states: "It shall be unlawful to construct, reconstruct, alter, repair, remove or demolish a building or structure...without first filing a written application with the building official and obtaining the required permit therefore."

In addition, a building permit is for your own protection. The building inspector will require the work performed to meet the standards of the Mass Building Code, which translates into your security. Insurance companies may require a Certificate of Occupancy or approval of the building official for certain work. If you are a licensed contractor, failure to secure a building permit could result in the loss of your license.

How To Obtain a Permit: Permit applications can be found, generally, at Town Offices. There are four separate permit applications(general, swimming pools, wood stove/ chimney, and roofing/windows/siding). Follow the directions on the application and mail or deliver the application to the Cummington building inspector’s office in the Cummington Community House, Cummington MA.

How Long Does it Take? In most cases, a completed application can be approved within 7-10 days. A notice will be sent, advising you of a date when the permit can be picked up at the town office, and the appropriate fee paid.

What happens if I don't get a permit? Fees will be doubled if work has been started prior to issuance of a permit. In addition, local zoning by-laws and the Mass Building Code have provisions for fines and/or prosecution for work done without a permit, in violation of by-laws.