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Planning Board Survey Results

Posted on 01/14/21

Results of the Planning Board survey conducted at the end of 2020 to help inform the Board's decisions regarding future changes to our zoning bylaws. Click here for link....

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ZBA Hearing Continuance - 2/24/21 - 7 PM

Posted on 01/14/21

The ZBA will continue its hearing originally held on 11/18/20.  See ZBA page for original hearing announcement. This meeting will be held via Microsoft Teams.  Here is the link for the meeting: https://tinyurl.com/y56eycak...

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Dog License Info

Posted on 01/09/21

January 2021: Dog licences are available by mail through the Town Clerk.  Please send the following info along with a check made out to the Town of Cummington to:  Town Clerk at PO Box 128, Cummington, MA 01026, or info and check can be dropped off in the drop box located ...

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Board and Commission Members Needed

Posted on 01/09/21

Volunteers needed for the following Boards/Commission

Openings for one member each on:  Planning Board (until next election)

                                                                        Conservation Commission

Please contact the Planning Board and/or Conservation 
Commission or Selectboard with your interest to participate...

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Drop Box Info

Posted on 12/27/20

When using the dropbox on the back side of the Community House, please pick up cover and put article in slot.  Thank you....

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Road Closings for 2020-2021 Season

Posted on 11/13/20

ROAD CLOSINGS DECEMBER 1, 2020 – MAY 1, 2021 or from first snow until mud season is over.

 STAGE ROAD from House number 200-132

 TROW ROAD from House number 43 – 88

 TIRRELL HILL from House number 3 – 34

 BUG HILL ...

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Cummington Inspector of Buildings

Member Title Phone Term Start Term End
Jason Forgue
Inspector
413-200-5013
2020
2021

Meeting times: Due to Covid 19, office hours are suspended until further notice; please call the phone number listed below
Term: Appointed by the Selectboard for 1 year
Compensation: $10,250
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.