Building Department


Today, March 23, 2020, the Governor issued a “stay-home” advisory and an order that requires the closure of workplaces and prohibits gatherings of more than 10 people. While there are some exemptions, the Governor has cited those exemptions. Under the “Public Works” category, the Governor cited “Workers such as plumbers, electricians, exterminators, inspectors and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, construction sites and projects, and needed facilities.” To that effect, the Town of Wenham has already been closed for business to the public and by Tuesday, March 24 at noon, the Permitting Office operations will be done remotely. We will continue to process permits and inspect projects that fit the Governor’s definition and are “necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, construction sites and projects, and needed facilities.” All other projects that do not meet that definition should be postponed.

Please continue to check the Town of Wenham website, including the homepage and the Board of Health for resources from the Department of Public Health and CDC. 

Click here for the full list of categories of “COVID-19 Essential Services”

Click here for a copy of the Emergency Order

To contact our office with questions, please email If you call (978-468-5520 ext. 4), please leave a voicemail. All voicemails are being forwarded to us by email and we will follow up as soon as feasible. Thank you in advance for your patience. 


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.

Contact the Building Department:

Angelo Salamone, Inspector of Buildings 
Office hours: Monday-Thursday 1:00-2:00 pm
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, Director of Administrative Services
Permit applications can be dropped off anytime Town Hall is open

Permitting Office Hours & Location:

Please email us with your requests and questions at
Thank you!

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


Wenham is utilizing the Accela Civic Platform for online permitting. 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.


town hall hours

Monday 9am - 4:30pm

Tuesday 9am - 7pm

Wed & Thurs 9am-4:30pm

Friday 9am - 1pm

contact town hall

Phone: 978-468-5520

Fax: 978-468-8014

138 Main Street

Wenham, MA 01984

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