Building Department


The Building Department is responsible for enforcing the following codes:

  • 2015 International Building Code (IBC) with MA Amendments
  • 2015 International Residential Code (IRC)
  • 2015 International Existing Building Code (IEBC)
  • 2015International Mechanical Code (IMC)
  • International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)
  • International Swimming Pool and Spa Code (ISPSC)
  • 2021 NEC Chapter 12 with MA Amendments (527 CMR)
  • 248 CMR: Plumbing and Fuel Gas Code
  • and portions of the 2015 International Fire Code (IFC) with MA Amendments
  • 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 below.  Guidelines for E-Permitting can be found on the left hand navigation.



We are in the process of transitioning to another permitting system which will be active on 7/1/2024.  Effective 6/3/2024 we have disabled the link to the current system and request that you submit paper applications for all permit requests until 6/30/2024.  Permit applications are listed on the left side in the blue bar for you  to print and complete.  The completed application and payment can either be hand delivered to our office on the second floor at Town Hall or mailed to the Building Department, 138 Main Street, Wenham, MA 01984.

Please be sure to review the fee schedule and call with any fee calculation questions prior to submitting the permit. Permits submitted without the appropriate fee will be delayed until the fee is paid in full. Please direct fee questions to 978-468-5520 ext. 4.  Please remember to submit the total estimated cost of your project in the appropriate section so your fee can be invoiced to you promptly. 

BEM Fee Schedule as of 7.1.2024

ALL inspection inquiries and requests should be emailed to Christine Xiarhos, the Permitting Coordinator, at
or by phone at (978) 468-5520 x4. 

The office hours are:
Monday thru Wednesday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

See below of individual office hours and inspection hours.

Richard Maloney 
Building Commissioner/Zoning Enforcement Officer
Office Hours:  Monday thru Thursday 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Inspections/Appointments:  Monday thru Friday - as requested

Denis Curran, Inspector of Wires
Inspections:  Monday thru Thursdays 3:00-5:00pm

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

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


RecycleSmart_logo_300x115 - Copy Code Red Logo for Webiste v2 white-logo copy