Building Department

The Building Department is responsible for enforcing the following codes:

  • International Building Code (IBC)
  • International Residential Code (IRC)
  • International Existing Building Code (IEBC)
  • International Mechanical Code (IMC)
  • International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)
  • International Swimming Pool and Spa Code (ISPSC)
  • and portions of the International Fire Code (IFC)
  • and the Wenham Zoning Bylaw

The Ninth Edition of the building code applies to all building permits filed on or after January 1, 2018. 

Building, Electrical and Plumbing Permits are issued and all construction inspections are processed through this office. See link to E-Permitting at the bottom of this page. Guidelines for E-Permitting can be found on the left hand navigation.


  • Permits can be submitted online, in person, or by mail. If you are planning to submit online or by mail, please call to have your permit fee calculated so as to avoid the additional processing time required for over or under paid permit fees. Thank you!

If you have any questions, please contact us at 978-468-5520 ext. 4 or

Contact the Building Department:

Brian Leathe, Inspector of Buildings
Office Hours: Monday-Thursday 1:00-2:00 pm at Town  Hall
Inspections: Monday-Thursday 2:00-4:00 pm

BJ Brown,  Inspector of Wires
Inspections: Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:00-5:00pm

Kevin Dash, Plumbing & Gas Inspector
Inspections: By Appointment Weekday Evenings

Jackie Bresnahan, Permitting Coordinator

Permitting Office Hours & Location:

9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, & Thursday
9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Tuesday
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Friday

Wenham Town Hall
Second Floor
138 Main Street
Wenham, Ma 01984

Phone: 978-468-5520 Ext. 4
Fax: 978-468-8014


Interested in submitting permit applications and fees online? Wenham Building Department now has a portal for collecting permits and fees (see link below). If you have questions or need a permit fee determined, please email or call 978-468-5520 ext. 4.



Town Hall Hours

Monday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Tuesday 8:00 am - 7:00 pm

Wednesday & Thursday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Friday Closed

Contact Town Hall

Phone: 978-468-5520

Fax: 978-468-8014

138 Main Street

Wenham, MA 01984


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