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Of the nine (9) multi-family residential projects opened in Downtown Beverly since 2017, which together have nearly 450 units, there are twelve (12) students currently enrolled in the Beverly Public School District (Pre-K through Grade 12). Therefore, the ratio of students living in newly constructed TOD-style multi-family development is approximately 1 student for every 33 units (or 0.03 students per unit). This is similar to date analysis we conducted in 2017.  ( Bass River Area District FAQs - Beverly )

If you are not sure if the record you are looking for was recorded in Beverly, please call before placing an online or mail order. To pick up in-person: Please come to the City Clerk's Office at 191 Cabot St. during regular business hours. The cost is $10.00 per certificate. Bringing a photo ID is recommended as it can be required for some records. To request online: Please visit the Unipay website for online payments and transactions. To request by mail: Please print the request form (below) and mail it with the fee of $10.00 per certificate, payable to The City Of Beverly. Please include a self-addressed envelope. Once the application has been processed, the certificate(s) requested will be mailed back to you in the provided envelope. Request forms with payment and a return envelope should be mailed to the  City Clerk’s Office, 191 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA 01915.   Birth Certificate Request Form (PDF) Death Certificate Request Form (PDF) Marriage Certificate Request Form (PDF) ( City Clerk - Beverly )

Marriage License You and your future spouse will need to come to City Hall to file marriage intentions and get a license. For the full process, see details on mass.gov's website . Please come to City Hall no later than half an hour before close to make sure there is time to complete the paperwork. The fee for a marriage license is $25. Justice of the Peace Services The state website also has information on who can conduct the wedding ceremony . The City Clerk's Office has two justices of the peace who can perform marriage ceremonies. Please contact the City Clerk to check availability by calling 978-605-2325 or emailing lkent@beverlyma.gov . ( City Clerk - Beverly )

The City Clerk’s Office has several notaries on staff. To have a document notarized, please bring it to City Hall unsigned with a copy of your identification. The notary will check your ID and watch you sign the document, then apply their notary seal to the document. There is a fee of $2.00 per notarized signature. Please note, the City Clerk’s Office cannot notarize any documents that would require an attorney. ( City Clerk - Beverly )

To register to vote or update your address/name/party online, please visit the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Online Voter Registration website . Paper forms are also available at the City Clerk’s Office to register to vote or make changes to your registration. ( City Clerk - Beverly )

Pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 54, Section 1, the City of Beverly has changed voting precincts to reflect population changes as calculated by the most recent federal census. Effective December 31, 2021, your Ward and/or Precinct that you vote in may have changed. The City Clerk's Office has sent out postcards to those whose wards or precincts changed.  Map of New Ward and Precinct Boundaries (PDF) List of Updated Addresses (PDF) To verify your voter registration status or to request a voter registration form, please call the Beverly City Clerk’s Office at (978) 605-2324 or visit the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s website at www.sec.state.ma.us/ovr Upcoming Election Information ( City Clerk - Beverly )

If you need to correct information on a certificate, please contact the City Clerk's Office before coming to City Hall. Only certain changes can be made through the Clerk's Office, so it will be helpful to go over the details of the situation ahead of time. There is a $50.00 correction/amendment fee. Please call 978-605-2324 or email cdixon@beverlyma.gov for more information. ( City Clerk - Beverly )

Beverly has 42,670 residents as of the 2020 census. ( City Clerk - Beverly )

Tax bills are issued quarterly during the fiscal year. ( Collector of Taxes - Beverly )

A fiscal year covers the period from July 1 of one calendar year and ends on June 30 of the following calendar year. ( Collector of Taxes - Beverly )

Taxes are due quarterly each fiscal year: August 1 November 1 February 1 May 1 ( Collector of Taxes - Beverly )

Each homeowner is responsible for their tax bill even if it is not received in the mail. Please contact the Collector’s office immediately if your bill is not received prior to the above mentioned due dates. Bills are mailed 30 days prior to the due dates. If you are a new homeowner you must contact the assessor’s office with this information. ( Collector of Taxes - Beverly )

Water distribution systems are designed so that water flows in one direction from the treatment plant to the customer. Cross connections are any unprotected actual or potential connection or structural arrangement between a public or a consumer’s potable water system and any other source or system through which it is possible to introduce into any part of the potable system any used water or substance other than the intended potable water. Bypass arrangements, jumper connections or any other temporary or permanent connections through which backflow can occur are considered to be cross connections. Federal and state laws require Water Purveyors to protect their system from cross connections and backflow. ( Cross Connections - Beverly )

Backflow is the undesirable reversal of flow of water or mixtures of water and other liquids or substances into the distribution pipes of the potable supply of water from any source or sources. This backward flow of the water can occur when the pressure created by equipment or system such as a boiler or air conditioning system is higher than the water pressure inside the water distribution line (back pressure), or when the pressure in the distribution lines drops due to routine occurrences such as water main breaks or heavy water demand causing the water to flow backward inside the water distribution system (backsiphonage). Backflow is a problem that many water consumers are unaware of, a problem that each and every water customer has a responsibility to help prevent. ( Cross Connections - Beverly )

Without the proper protection something as simple as a garden hose has the potential to contaminate or pollute the drinking water lines in your house. In fact over half of the country’s cross-connection incidents involve unprotected garden hoses. There are very simple steps that you as a drinking water user can take to prevent such hazards, they are: Never submerge a hose in soapy water buckets, pet watering containers, pool, tubs, sinks, drains or chemicals. Never attach a hose to a garden sprayer without the proper backflow preventer. Buy and install a hose bibb vacuum breaker in any threaded water fixture. The installation can be as easy as attaching a garden hose to a spigot. This inexpensive device is available at most hardware stores and home-improvement centers. Identify and be aware of potential cross-connections to your water line. Buy appliances and equipment with a backflow preventer. Buy and install backflow prevention devices or assemblies for all high and moderate hazard connections. If you are the owner or manager of a property that is being used as a commercial, industrial or institutional facility you must have your property’s plumbing system surveyed for cross-connection by the City of Beverly’s Cross Connection Program Coordinator. If your property has not been surveyed for cross-connection please contact the Water Department at 978-921-6057 to schedule a cross-connection survey. Additional Information EPA’s Cross Connection Control Website Massachusetts DEP Regulations 310 CMR 22.22 (PDF) City of Beverly’s Cross Connection Ordinance (PDF) City of Beverly’s Residential Guide to Cross Connection (PDF) ( Cross Connections - Beverly )

On average during the first quarter of 2014, according to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development , 1,412 business establishments paid unemployment tax for employees. This figure does not include self employed persons. ( Economic & Business Development - Beverly )

The average weekly wage paid by employers in Beverly is $1,300 which is indicative of the skilled labor force located here. ( Economic & Business Development - Beverly )

On average during the first quarter of 2014, according to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development , 40% of employed persons in Beverly are working in education and health services. Other significant sectors include professional and business services (14%) and trade, transportation and utilities (14%). ( Economic & Business Development - Beverly )

Beautiful storefronts as well as fully fitted labs and everything in between are available here in Beverly. Beverly’s downtown is thriving with close to 400 businesses in the downtown core and nearby vicinity. Restaurants, shops and regional cultural institution located blocks from the ocean make it a very special setting. Outside of the downtown premiere office and lab space is available. Cummings Center, located on Route 62, is home to over 100 life science firms, over 550 tenant companies with over 2 million square feet of space. Their Dunham Road campus offers a total of 244,000 square feet of office space. Cherry Hill Business Park is a sprawling campus on the Danvers/Beverly line with easy access to the highway and Beverly Municipal Airport.  These are just several examples of what Beverly has to offer. ( Economic & Business Development - Beverly )

Please contact our Permitting Liaison Denise Deschamps , if you are thinking of opening a business and would like to discuss the steps you need to take in order to make your vision a reality. Denise will advise you as to the municipal departments you need to contact as well as make you aware of other resources in the region. Real estate developers and others thinking of starting a business also have the opportunity to meet with the City’s Project Review Team which consists of representatives from relevant municipal departments that are prepared to answer your questions and work to problem solve. ( Economic & Business Development - Beverly )

With several colleges located in Beverly we do enjoy the vibrancy that the student and faculty population brings to a community. Endicott College, Montserrat College of Art and North Shore Community College all have campuses located in Beverly with Montserrat College of Art being a visible presence right in our downtown as it is located steps from Beverly Common. ( Economic & Business Development - Beverly )

Beverly is at the gateway to Cape Ann with an abundance of natural beauty that can be explored along the oceanfront and in over 40 parks including the much loved Lynch Park and Long Hill and Segdwick Gardens. Beverly also boasts an amazing history intrinsically linked with the American Revolution. It is the birthplace of the American Navy and has wonderful examples of period homes open to the public. Beverly also has a very vibrant downtown with shops and a wide variety of restaurants. The summer months are particularly active downtown with block parties, ArtsFest and the Homecoming celebration. A wide variety of dining and shopping opportunities can be found throughout Beverly from Beverly Farms to Route 1A. Unlike many other communities we have three live performance venues, The Cabot , the North Shore Music Theatre and the Larcom Theatre that offer very distinctive settings, with the Cabot and the Larcom located right downtown. In addition, there are many restaurants and pubs that offer premium live music. ( Economic & Business Development - Beverly )

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The Department of Municipal Inspections does not have the authority to waive a requirement of the building code. If code compliance is not possible due to a unique situation, a variance must be obtained from the State Board of Building Regulations and Standards. ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Building Code Variances - Beverly )

Applications are available in the Department of Municipal Inspections or at the State Department of Public Safety. It is a lengthy process, so allow ample time in your project scheduling. ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Building Code Variances - Beverly )

In that unlikely situation, the building inspector has the authority to approve or disapprove the proposed method of construction. ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Building Code Variances - Beverly )

If the disagreement can not be resolved, an appeal can be filed with the State Board of Building Regulations and Standards, using the same application used for a variance. ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Building Code Variances - Beverly )

The Massachusetts State Building Code 780 CMR states that "it shall be unlawful to construct, reconstruct, alter, repair, remove or demolish a structure; or to change the use or occupancy of a building or structure; or to install or alter any equipment for which provision is made or the installation of which is regulated by this code" without first obtaining a building permit. This includes, but is not limited to new: Additions Antennae Chimneys Decks Dormers Roofing Sheds Siding Structures Swimming pools Woodstoves The only exception is an ordinary repair. An ordinary repair does not require a building permit. ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Building Permit Application Procedure - Beverly )

The State Building Code defines ordinary repairs as "any maintenance which does not affect: Egress Electrical Energy conservation provisions Fire protection systems Fire ratings Gas Plumbing Sanitary Structure Other utilities This has been interpreted to mean that rotted floor boards can be replaced on a deck, but the deck can not be rebuilt without a permit. Also, damaged roof shingles can be repaired, but the entire roof cannot be re-shingled without a permit. If in doubt as to how much work can be done under ordinary repairs, contact the Department of Municipal Inspections before the start of work. ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Building Permit Application Procedure - Beverly )

At the minimum, you will be required to obtain a permit and pay a double fee. The State Building Code allows for a fine of up to $1000 per day. If work requiring inspections is covered, it will be required to be uncovered for inspection, and if any work is in violation of the building code or zoning ordinance, it will be required to be corrected.  Failure to obtain a building permit may jeopardize your homeowner’s insurance. ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Building Permit Application Procedure - Beverly )

Applications can be obtained at the Department of Municipal Inspections. A sample building permit is available online. ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Building Permit Application Procedure - Beverly )

Yes. For most projects, 3 sets of construction plans and 3 copies of a certified plot plan must accompany the application, along with the permit fee. ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Building Permit Application Procedure - Beverly )

No. Work cannot proceed until the permit has been issued. ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Building Permit Application Procedure - Beverly )

The Department of Municipal Inspections has a maximum of 30 days in which to issue or deny a building permit. The actual time can vary from 1 day up to the maximum 30-day limit, depending on the number of applications ahead of yours, and the scope of work. Generally, the smaller jobs will take a shorter time, with new buildings taking close to the full 30 days, so allow for this in your scheduling. ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Building Permit Application Procedure - Beverly )

The applicant will be called when the permit is ready. If we are unable to reach you by telephone you will be notified by mail. When the permit is ready, it must be picked up at the Department of Municipal Inspections: 8 Dane Street Beverly, MA 01915 ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Building Permit Application Procedure - Beverly )

The fee schedule is available elsewhere on this site. These fees are subject to change, so check with the Department of Municipal Inspections for the latest fee schedule . ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Building Permit Fees - Beverly )

Your permit fee covers the cost of plan review and inspections to determine code compliance. ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Building Permit Fees - Beverly )

No. That will be done by the Department of Municipal Inspections. In general, it is based on the valuation of the work, which you provide in the applicable space on the permit application. ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Building Permit Fees - Beverly )

Many cost estimating publications are available at the library or at bookstores to assist you. If the figure you put on the application is too low, we will adjust it. ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Building Permit Fees - Beverly )

No. The fee is based on valuation, not how much the job cost you. ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Building Permit Fees - Beverly )

A building permit ensures that work is done correctly and safely. The permit fee is cheap assurance against faulty construction. Also, there are legal and financial liabilities that you face when you don’t get a permit.  Work done without a permit is illegal and can pose serious complications for you when you try to sell or refinance your house. Any fire and homeowner’s insurance you have may be invalidated if you do work without a permit. ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Building Permit Fees - Beverly )

In most cases, construction plans are required. However, for minor work such as roofing or siding, the requirement for plans will be waived.  When plans are required, three copies must be submitted. Two will be returned with an approved stamp placed on them, and one will be kept for our files. One copy of the approved plans must be kept on the job site at all times for the inspector to view. ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Construction Plans - Beverly )

In most cases, no. However, if the work involves unique methods or materials, the Department of Municipal Inspections may require that the plans be stamped by a Registered Architect or Engineer. ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Construction Plans - Beverly )

A full set of construction plans must be submitted. It must be clear from the plans what work is being done and how it is being done. Plans should be to scale and legible. A title block giving the address of the project must be provided on the lower right-hand corner of all sheets.  All areas addressed in the building code must be addressed on the plans. In general, plans for new construction should include floor plans, foundation plan, framing plans, sections and elevations. Simply adding a note to the plans that says "all work to comply with codes" is not sufficient.  In the Appendix is a review sheet that the Department of Municipal Inspections uses to review residential plans. All applicable items should be addressed on the plans. Remember, the more complete that the plans are, the less likely that problems will arise after construction. Several good books are available at the library or at bookstores on architectural drafting. ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Construction Plans - Beverly )

Yes. Revised plans must be submitted prior to constructing the change. Also, an application for revised plans must be submitted and additional fees, if any, paid. If the new work is a lower valuation than the original work, no refunds are given. ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Construction Plans - Beverly )

The Building Commissioner is responsible for the enforcement, administration and interpretation of the City of Beverly Zoning Ordinances. If the commissioner is informed or has reason to believe that any provision of this By-Law is being violated, he/she shall make or cause to be made an investigation of the facts and inspect the property where such violation may exist. If upon such investigation and inspection he/she finds evidence of such violation, he/she shall give notice thereof in writing to the owner and occupant of said premises and demand that such violation be abated within such time as the Building Commissioner deems reasonable.  Such notice and demand may be given by mail, addressed to the owner at his address as it then appears on the records of the Board of Assessors and to the occupant at the address of the premises. If after such notice and demand the violation has not been abated within the time specified therein, the Building Commissioner shall institute appropriate action or proceedings in the name of the City of Beverly to prevent, correct, restrain or abate such violation of the Ordinances. ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Enforcement of the Zoning Ordinances - Beverly )

Anyone who violates a provision of the Zoning Ordinance, or of any condition of a Variance, a Special Permit or a Special Permit with Site Plan Review, shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $50 for each offense. A violation of the sign ordinance shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $100. Each day during which any portion of a violation continues shall constitute a separate offense. ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Enforcement of the Zoning Ordinances - Beverly )

Simply call the Department of Municipal Inspections and we can tell you if a violation exists. If you wish to file a formal complaint for enforcement action, the complaint must be in writing. You will be informed of any action taken on your written complaint. ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Enforcement of the Zoning Ordinances - Beverly )

The State Building Code states that any permit issued shall be deemed abandoned and invalid unless the work authorized by it shall have been commenced within 6 months after its issuance; however, for cause, one or more extensions of time, for periods not exceeding 6 months each, may be granted in writing by the Building Commissioner or Inspector of Buildings.   Extensions are normally granted without any trouble. However, if there have been changes to the Zoning Ordinances or building code subsequent to the original issuance of the permit, any grandfather status may be lost if work has not begun (i.e., you will have to comply to the new requirements). In addition, there is a fee for each 6-month extension requested. (See Appendix A) A request for an extension must be made in writing. ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Expiration of Permits - Beverly )

The State Building Code states Work under (a permit) in the opinion of the Building Commissioner or Inspector of Buildings must proceed in good faith continuously to completion so far as is reasonably practicable under the circumstances. In addition, there is an annual permit renewal fee. (See Appendix A) For work which takes more than a year to complete. ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Expiration of Permits - Beverly )

A building permit is not required for fences up to 7 feet in height (nominal). A building permit must be obtained for any fence over 7 feet in height. Also, according to MGL c. 49 Section 21, fences over 6 feet in height could be considered to be a spite fence. Therefore, for any fence over 6 feet in height, it is strongly recommended that you obtain approval of the abutter.  It is also recommended that you talk with your neighbor prior to installing any fence, regardless of height. Corner Lots If your fence is on the corner of two streets, the City of Beverly Zoning Ordinance 300-16 states, in part: On a corner lot … nothing else shall be erected, placed, planted, or allowed to grow in such a manner as to obstruct vision at intersections between a height of three feet and eight feet above the street grades in the triangular area bounded by the street lines of such corner lot and a line joining points along said street lines of 25 feet from their intersection. What this means is that for fences on a corner lot, the height may be limited to no more than 3 feet for a distance of 25 feet from the intersection of the streets, along each street line. This is to prevent obstructions to site distance for vehicles. ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Fences - Beverly )

No. Due to obvious conflicts of interest, we can not get involved in the hiring or recommendation of contractors or in any contract disputes. One way to find a good contractor is to ask someone who has recently had similar work done on their home for a recommendation. The Department of Municipal Inspections has a copy of all permits issued.  These permits can be reviewed to locate some addresses that appear to have had similar work done. We suggest that you review the permits and if you find a project similar to yours, contact the owner to see if they were happy with the work.  Most homeowners are happy to talk about their construction projects. If you find a contractor who you are considering hiring, we can give you a computer generated list of all recent projects in the city that the contractor has worked on. Again, you can then contact the owner to see if they were happy with the work. Keep in mind that it is important to check references, but don’t rely on references given to you by the contractor. ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Hiring a Contractor - Beverly )

If you are hiring a contractor, they will generally have to hold a Home Improvement Contractor’s registration and, if doing structural work, will be required to hold a Construction Supervisor’s License. If they obtain a building permit, we will make certain that they have the proper licenses before issuing the permit.  Be wary of a contractor who tries to convince you to obtain the permit as a way around his/her need for a license/registration. These licenses are to protect you. If you would like to verify that your contractor has the required licenses, read information about the State’s Home Improvement Contractor Program. ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Hiring a Contractor - Beverly )

The Beverly Zoning Ordinances allow "the use of a room in a dwelling as an office, studio, or workroom for occupation at home by a person residing on the premises and in connection with which the primary use is not the sale of commodities on the premises". There can not be more than one employee, there must be sufficient off-street parking (see the ordinance for requirements), there can not be more than one commercial vehicle on the property at any one time, and there can be no exterior display or storage of materials. ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Home Occupations - Beverly )

Yes. It is the responsibility of the permit holder to call the Department of Municipal Inspections to arrange for the required inspections. Required inspections are indicated on the inspection record card, which you receive when your permit is approved. ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Inspections - Beverly )

The card must be posted in a location visible from the street and accessible to the inspector. Generally, the best location is inside a front storm door. ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Inspections - Beverly )

Yes. If you submitted plans along with your permit application, a copy of these plans, bearing an "approved" stamp was returned to you with the approved building card. This copy must be available for the inspector to review for determination that the work is in compliance with the approved plans. ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Inspections - Beverly )

The State Building Code states that the contractor must give the inspector 24 hours notice prior to the time when the inspection needs to be performed. It further states the Building Inspector shall make the inspection within 48 hours after such notification. ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Inspections - Beverly )

No. These calls must be made by the licensed plumber or electrician. The amount of notice required is stated in their respective codes. ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Inspections - Beverly )

We are trying to determine compliance with the approved plans and with the applicable codes. For more detail, see the attached list of inspection checkpoints. ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Inspections - Beverly )

Yes. All inspectors have business cards and photo identifications. Also, they normally arrive in an official vehicle. If in doubt as to the inspector’s identity, please request identification. ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Inspections - Beverly )

Generally, no. However, the issuance of a permit gives the inspector the authority to enter the premises at any reasonable hour for the purpose of determining compliance with the approved permit. Denial of permission to enter the premises could result in revocation of the permit. ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Inspections - Beverly )

If access to the new work requires the inspector to walk through your existing, furnished house, someone must be present to let the inspector in. The inspector will not enter an unoccupied furnished house. We also will not enter a house in which only a child is home, unaccompanied by an adult. In these cases, please make arrangements with the inspector for a time to meet.  We will try to accommodate your schedule as much as possible. However, the large number of inspections, and the unpredictability of the length of time each inspection may take, makes precise appointments difficult. ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Inspections - Beverly )

The State Building Code states: a building or structure shall not be used or occupied in whole or in part until the Certificate of Use/Occupancy shall have been issued by the Building Commissioner or Inspector of Buildings… The certificate shall not be issued until all the work has been completed in accordance with the provisions of the approved permits and of the applicable codes for which a permit is required… ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Inspections - Beverly )

No. A Certificate of Occupancy is generally issued only for new construction (new houses, additions, decks, etc.) or for changes in use of an existing area (finishing an attic, etc.). Certificates are also issued for wood stoves.  Certificates are not required or issued for roofing, siding, etc. ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Inspections - Beverly )

The inspector will sign your inspection record card. Also, if for any reason you want a Certificate, simply request one and it will be provided. ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Inspections - Beverly )

In most cases, no. However, at your request we may issue a temporary Certificate of Occupancy if the work is near completion and the structure can be occupied safely. This Certificate will have an expiration date and list the work required to be completed prior to issuance of the permanent Certificate. ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Inspections - Beverly )

The State Building Code states that no structural work shall be done without a construction supervisor’s license. A homeowner can do work on his/her own home without a license provided that if the homeowner engages a person for hire to do such work that the homeowner shall act as supervisor. ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Licenses - Beverly )

For the purpose of determining when a license is required, a homeowner is defined as a person(s) who owns a parcel of land on which he/she resides or intends to reside, on which there is, or is intended to be, a dwelling of six or less units, attached or detached structures accessory to such use and/or farm structures. A person who constructs more than one home in a two-year period shall not be considered a homeowner. ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Licenses - Beverly )

No. State law requires anyone performing electrical, plumbing or gas work to be licensed. ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Licenses - Beverly )

If the work involves a new structure or an addition to an existing structure (including a vertical addition), a plot plan is required. As with construction plans, you must submit three copies. ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Plot Plans - Beverly )

The purpose of a plot plan is for determination of compliance with dimensional controls of the Zoning Ordinances. A mortgage plan is only a rough approximation of where the house is located, and was prepared only for mortgage purposes.  Due to the inaccuracy of these plans, they can only be used if the project is far in excess of the required setbacks (generally, at least 5 feet in excess of the required setback). If the plan shows that your project will be close to the required setbacks, a more accurate plan will be required. ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Plot Plans - Beverly )

No. Plot plans can only be prepared by a Registered Land Surveyor, and must bear his/her stamp. ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Plot Plans - Beverly )

A stamped plot plan is still required. There may be easements, wetlands or other restrictions that the homeowner is not aware of and will only be shown on a stamped plot plan. ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Plot Plans - Beverly )

The surveyor generally knows the procedure for preparing a plot plan and the information required. Setbacks to all structures must be shown. If any structure is to be demolished, its location must be shown. Also, any easements must be indicated on the plan. Any new driveway must have the setback from the property line and its slope shown on the plan.  Trees with a diameter of 8 inches or more must be shown, and grades (before and after construction), must be shown. Some of these requirements may be waived if the work is of a minor nature. ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Plot Plans - Beverly )

No. You must submit the unaltered plot plan along with a separate plan drawn to scale showing the location of the proposed addition. This can generally be done by the homeowner or architect. However, if there is doubt as to the location and conformance with setback requirements, a certified plot plan showing the proposed structure will be required. ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Plot Plans - Beverly )

Mortgage plans can sometimes be obtained from the bank. Also, the Department of Municipal Inspections has plans on file for many properties in the city. If available, these may be acceptable, otherwise you must contact a Registered Land Surveyor to prepare a plan for you. ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Plot Plans - Beverly )

No. They are listed in the yellow pages. It is suggested that you contact a surveyor who is familiar with the area. Shop around, since prices vary greatly. ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Plot Plans - Beverly )

There are too many variables to give an accurate estimate. You can probably expect to pay anywhere from a few hundred dollars for simple jobs to a few thousand dollars for more complex jobs. This amount should be considered when you are estimating the cost of your project. ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Plot Plans - Beverly )

For all new houses and for additions that are close to the required setbacks a certified "as-built" plot plan must be submitted to the Department of Municipal Inspections after completion of the foundation. Framing cannot proceed until the plot plan has been submitted. ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Plot Plans - Beverly )

Storage sheds that exceed 200 square feet require building permits. If the shed is within a floodplain, a floodplain permit is required regardless of the size of the shed. ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Storage Sheds - Beverly )

Sheds are not allowed in a front yard. A shed no more than 100 square feet in area and 10 feet in height may be located no closer than 5 feet from the side and rear property lines. Sheds larger than 100 square feet or higher than 10 feet must meet the same setbacks as a house. ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Storage Sheds - Beverly )

A shed of light frame construction, up to 600 square feet in area and 10 feet high, does not require a foundation with frost protection. However, it must still be anchored to the ground. Kits are available for this purpose. This is to prevent overturning due to wind, and is especially important for aluminum sheds. ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Storage Sheds - Beverly )

Yes. The State Building Code defines a swimming pool as any structure that contains water over 24 inches (610 millimeters) in depth and which is used, or intended to be used, for swimming or recreational bathing. ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Swimming Pools - Beverly )

Yes. A swimming pool must be set back a minimum of 10 feet to the water line from the side and rear lines. ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Swimming Pools - Beverly )

Yes. A fence at least 4 feet high (for a residential pool), with a self-closing and self-latching gate. If the wall of the house serves as part of the enclosure, any doors leading from the house to the pool must be alarmed. ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Swimming Pools - Beverly )

In that case a variance is required from the Zoning Board of Appeals.  A petition for a variance must demonstrate in what manner with respect to particular land or structures or to an existing building thereon a variance from the terms of the ordinance, owing to circumstances relating to the soil conditions, shape or topography of such land or structures and owing to conditions especially affecting such parcel or such building but not affecting generally the zoning district in which it is located, a literal enforcement of the provisions of the zoning ordinance would involve substantial hardship, financial or otherwise, to the appellant, and where desirable relief may be granted without substantial detriment to the public good and without nullifying or substantially derogating from the intent or purpose of the ordinance. In other words, there must be a condition relating to the soil conditions, shape of the lot or the slope of a lot that preclude the erection or construction of a structure in compliance with the zoning ordinances. ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Variances - Beverly )

Applications for building permits may be accepted only after the expiration of a 20 day appeal period, and proof that the variance has been filed with the Registry of Deeds is submitted. ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Variances - Beverly )

All woodstoves must have a separate building permit, even if they are being installed as part of an addition or new home which already has a permit. This is because a separate Certificate of Occupancy/Use is issued. We issue separate certificates since most insurance companies like to know that these have been inspected. ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Woodstoves - Beverly )

When you apply for the permit, you should submit a copy of the manufacturer’s installation instructions. These must show required clearances to combustible materials. Installation must be in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.  Also, the woodstove must be labeled either by U.L. or other accredited laboratory. ( Municipal Inspections / Building Department - Woodstoves - Beverly )

The Zoning Ordinance can be viewed at this link: https://www.ecode360.com/29283330 . It can also be found through the Municipal Inspections/Building Department webpage. You can also use the search function at the top right of the webpage and type in “Zoning Ordinance”. ( Planning and Development - Beverly )

The Subdivision Rules and Regulations can be viewed at this link: https://www.ecode360.com/29285336 . Application forms and checklists can be found on   the Planning Board’s webpage under Subdivision Control Documents ( Planning and Development - Beverly )

For a list of recent and current projects please visit the following   link: https://www.beverlyma.gov/338/Projects-Development ( Planning and Development - Beverly )

A good place to start to see if any wetlands are on your property, is by using the City’s GIS map at this link: https://beverlyma.mapgeo.io/datasets/properties?abuttersDistance=100&latlng=42.55870 1%2C-70.889592&panel=themes&zoom=14 . On the right side of the page, press Themes, click the box next to DEP Wetlands to turn on the Wetlands layer, and click the box next to FEMA Flood Zones to turn on the flood zones layer. Zoom in to your property to see if it is located on or near wetlands. To delineate and flag the exact wetland line for you, you must hire a wetland scientist/environmental consultant. The Conservation Commission's jurisdiction is within 100 feet of most wetland resource areas and within 200 feet of perennial streams. ( Planning and Development - Beverly )

The Ordinance can be found at this link: https://ecode360.com/29283259 and the 2018 Amended Beverly Wetland Protection Regulations can be found at this   link: https://www.beverlyma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/828/2018-Amended-Beverly-Wetland-Protection-Regulations-PDF Under the Ordinance, there is a 50-Foot No Build Zone and 25-Foot No Disturbance Zone. ( Planning and Development - Beverly )

For an explanation of each Board, Committee, and Commission within the Planning Department, please visit the Boards & Commissions page on the Planning & Development website here: https://www.beverlyma.gov/570/Boards-Commissions . For a list of each Board, Committee, and Commission, please visit the main City website and select Boards & Commissions at the top of the page. ( Planning and Development - Beverly )

Affordable housing opportunities are uploaded to the City’s Housing Resources webpage as they   arise. Please visit the housing resources page for more details: https://www.beverlyma.gov/723/Housing-Resources . You can also visit the State’s Housing and Community Development page here: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/affordable-units- for-sale . ( Planning and Development - Beverly )

Not at this time. ( Planning and Development - Beverly )

To access all information related to parking in the City of Beverly including parking permits, and parking tickets, visit Park Beverly’s website at this link: https://www.parkbeverly.com/ ( Planning and Development - Beverly )

To see what kind of signage is permitted at your address, please refer to the Sign Ordinance at   this link: https://ecode360.com/29284814 . You will need to know which zoning district your address is located in. To find your zoning district, use the City’s online GIS map at this   link: https://beverlyma.mapgeo.io/datasets/propertiesabuttersDistance=100&latlng=42.565158%2C-70.857627 . Select Themes on the right side of the page. Click the box next to Zoning to turn on the zoning layer. Visit the Design Review Board page for more information regarding signs, and the Design Review Board process. ( Planning and Development - Beverly )

Some information is available on the City’s GIS website, but for the most accurate information you will need to look at the Registry of Deeds for plans and information on the deed  regarding ownership. ( Planning and Development - Beverly )

A building permit is not required for fences up to 7 feet in height (nominal). A building permit must be obtained for any fence over 7 feet in height. Also, according to MGL c. 49 Section 21,   fences over 6 feet in height could be considered to be a spite fence. Therefore, for any fence over 6 feet in height, it is strongly recommended that you obtain approval of the abutter. It is   also recommended that you talk with your neighbor prior to installing any fence, regardless of height. If your fence is on the corner of two streets, the City of Beverly Zoning Ordinance 300-16 states,   in part: On a corner lot…nothing else shall be erected, placed, planted, or allowed to grow in such a manner as to obstruct vision at intersections between a height of three feet and eight feet above the street grades in the triangular area bounded by the street lines of such corner lot and a line joining points along said street lines of 25 feet from their intersection.   What this means is that for fences on a corner lot, the height may be limited to no more than 3   feet for a distance of 25 feet from the intersection of the streets, along each street line. This is to prevent obstructions to site distance for vehicles. If the fence is in a wetlands buffer, fence installation may need review and approval by the Conservation Commission if located in their jurisdictional area. ( Planning and Development - Beverly )

Yes. Please see the Trash Disposal Guidelines (PDF). ( Recycling & Waste Disposal - Beverly )

Recycling is responsible resource management. Recycling reduces pollution, saves energy and saves the City money! Recycling one ton of paper saves 17 trees. The items that we recycle become other useful products. ( Recycling & Waste Disposal - Beverly )

View the street listing (PDF) to determine your trash and recycling collection day. ( Recycling & Waste Disposal - Beverly )

When there is a holiday, collections will be delayed 1 day after holiday occurs e.g. if your usual day is Monday and that is a holiday, your trash/recycling day will be Tuesday. Friday’s pickup will be on Saturday that week. If the holiday falls on a Thursday (e.g. Thanksgiving), only Thursday and Friday’s collections would be affected. Please refer to the Holiday/ Leaf Calendar (PDF) for observed holidays. ( Recycling & Waste Disposal - Beverly )

Residents should place their recycling at the curb no later than 7 am on their trash collection day. ( Recycling & Waste Disposal - Beverly )

Check to make sure you put your recycling out on the correct day (PDF) . Was it recyclable? See FAQ number 8. Were paper products bundled from containers? Were your recyclables in recycling bin and separate from your trash? Was your cardboard 3 feet by 3 feet or less, and tied or taped in bundles of 6 inches or less? Did you have any recyclables in plastic bags? No plastic bags of any kind allowed. ( Recycling & Waste Disposal - Beverly )

Call JRM at 1-800-323-4285. ( Recycling & Waste Disposal - Beverly )

Paper (keep separate from comingled items) Catalogs Clean paperboard such as cereal / pasta boxes / pizza boxes Egg cartons Flattened cardboard no larger than 3 feet by 3 feet Hardcover books with dust covers removed Junk mail Magazines Newspapers including inserts Phone and other paperback books Commingled items (keep separate from paper items) Clean aluminum foil Glass bottles Metal cans Plastic containers labeled number 1 to 7 [If there is no number (1 through 7), it is considered trash] No plastic bags of any kind or polystyrene . ( Recycling & Waste Disposal - Beverly )

All glass, plastic and metal containers, and clean aluminum foil can be commingled and placed in your recycling bin (or in another like container such as a laundry basket or barrel, 35 gallons, 40 pounds max, if your bin is full). All newspapers, cereal boxes, junk mail and magazines should be put in brown paper bags such as the type you get at a grocery store and placed beside or on top of recycling bin or in its own recycling bin. Cardboard should be flattened and tied in bundles or bundled with twine no larger than 3 feet by 3 feet by 6 inches thick. Do not place any items in plastic bags and do not commingle paper with containers. Place your recycling separate from your trash. No plastic bags of any kind or polystyrene. Learn more about recycling receptacles . ( Recycling & Waste Disposal - Beverly )

Rinsing cans, bottles and jars helps to reduce odor and discourage pests from invading your bin. An easy way to do this is to place cans and bottles and plastics in your dishwasher or rinse them with the rinse water after you have finished your dishes. Labels and neck rings do not need to be removed. ( Recycling & Waste Disposal - Beverly )

All glass, plastic (numbered 1 through 7) and metal containers, and clean aluminum foil can be placed (commingled) in your recycling bin (or in another like container such as a laundry basket or a dedicated and marked barrel (32 gallon, 40 pounds max if your bin is full). No plastic bags of any kind or polystyrene. ( Recycling & Waste Disposal - Beverly )

Polystyrene is not recyclable in our program and is considered trash. See the Trash Disposal Guidelines (PDF) . All cartons such as milk, juice, broth, etc. are not in our recycling program and are considered trash. Your clean pizza boxes and microwavable food boxes shall be recycled with your paper. ( Recycling & Waste Disposal - Beverly )

Yes! There is no limit to the amount of recycling you can put out. ( Recycling & Waste Disposal - Beverly )

You may purchase a conventional barrel (35 gallons max) at any hardware store to co-mingle your glass, metal and plastic and an additional one for paper/cardboard. (See FAQ Number 9 .) ( Recycling & Waste Disposal - Beverly )

Yes! Yard waste collections are scheduled for several weeks in the spring and fall and occur on your regular trash/recycling day. Yard waste should be placed loose in open trash barrels or in the large paper yard waste bags available at many stores. Not acceptable are plastic bags, boxes, tree stumps and large tree limbs. Please see the Leaf/ Holiday Calendar (PDF) scheduled pickups. ( Recycling & Waste Disposal - Beverly )

The City owns a yard waste compost site at 16 Standley Street (Operated by JRM ) that is open from March 1, (unless late snow cover) to December 23, (or first significant snowfall - whichever comes first) on Monday through Saturday from 8 am to 3:30 pm , with winter hours January 6- February 24 Thursdays only, 9 am to 1 pm . Residents are allowed to bring leaves, grass clippings, branches up to 2 inches in diameter and Christmas trees. No food or plastic bags of any kind. ( Recycling & Waste Disposal - Beverly )

Residents who have City trash pick-up and want to recycle their Christmas trees are asked to bring them to compost facility when open. See question 15. You can also see the Leaf/Holiday Calendar (PDF) for your one-time yearly pickup. ( Recycling & Waste Disposal - Beverly )

https://www.beverlyma.gov/212/Composting ( Recycling & Waste Disposal - Beverly )

There are several options for recycling these items. One local option is at Best Buy . There are also other options available through online search. ( Recycling & Waste Disposal - Beverly )

A service called PaperKarma® can help. ( Recycling & Waste Disposal - Beverly )

JRM offers confidential shredding for our municipal individual residents for a fee of $50 per location. This includes up to 3 1-foot by 3-foot boxes of material. You must be a resident of a City or Town that JRM is the hauling contractor. All shredding is done on site by their mobile shredding truck. The pick up can be scheduled by calling their office at 978-536-2500. This rate is only for residential and not for businesses who require shredding services. Commercial accounts can contact us at the same number for a commercial quote. Northshore Recycled Fibers (PDF) provides free document shredding for all Beverly residents. ( Recycling & Waste Disposal - Beverly )

The electronics collection hosted by Beverly's Waste Reduction Committee for 2021 has been cancelled. Please check back for a spring 2022 date.  ( Recycling & Waste Disposal - Beverly )

It is scheduled for Saturday, April 23, 2022 from 8am-12pm at BHS.  Call the Health Department with Hazardous Waste questions, at 978-921-8591. HHW Flyer (PDF) ( Recycling & Waste Disposal - Beverly )

The following items should be brought to the Health Department at 90 Colon Street for safe disposal: Button batteries Compact fluorescent bulbs ( CFL s) and tubes under (no longer than) 2ft long Switches Thermometers Thermostats Do not dismantle mercury containing devices. Call the Health Department at 978-921-8591 for guidance on disposal of fluorescent tubes and other items containing mercury. ( Recycling & Waste Disposal - Beverly )

Waste oil is accepted weekdays at the municipal garage at 148 Park Street during regular work hours (7:30 am to 3:30 pm , Monday through Friday). Call first during the Spring/Summer months to check availability at 978-921-6053. ( Recycling & Waste Disposal - Beverly )

Plastic film bags from the grocery store, newspaper delivery, bread bags, and dry cleaning bags may be returned to most supermarkets. ( Recycling & Waste Disposal - Beverly )

No. The guidelines are no larger than 32 gallons and may not weigh over 40 pounds when full for either trash or recycling containers. ( Recycling & Waste Disposal - Beverly )

No. They may be returned to Aubuchon Hardware at 50 Enon Street (formally Dawson’s) for a $5 fee, or Cabot Fuels at 449 Cabot Street. ( Recycling & Waste Disposal - Beverly )

Yes. JRM (our trash company) will take one large (bulk) item per week with your regular trash. a “bulk item” is an item, not trash, construction debris, hazardous waste, etc. It is an item that will not fit in your 32 gallon trash barrel. For example: one headboard, or  one couch, or  one table, or one mattress, or one box spring etc. ( Recycling & Waste Disposal - Beverly )

There are several places that will accept ink and toner cartridges. Examples are:  Staples (North Beverly Plaza), Keller-Williams office at the Cummings Center or do a Google search ( Recycling & Waste Disposal - Beverly )

Reducing access to unwanted medication is now a national public health and safety strategy. Many Americans are not aware that medicines in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Many studies show that almost half of youth who have misused prescription medications gained fist access from medicine cabinets of family of friends. There is a drop off box at the Beverly Police Station and Beverly Hospital. For further information please contact the Beverly Health Department (90 Colon Street) at 978-921-8591. The Beverly Health Department also runs a Medication Disposal Day. For further details on this event please contact them. ( Recycling & Waste Disposal - Beverly )
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