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1. How do I get a copy of a vital record?
2. How do I get a document notarized?
3. How do I register to vote or update my voter information?
4. Who has taken out nomination papers for the 2021 Local Election?
5. What is the population of Beverly, Massachusetts?

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1. How often are tax bills issued?
2. What is a "fiscal year"?
3. When are tax bills due?
4. What should I do if I don’t receive my tax bill?

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1. What is a cross connection?
2. What is a backflow?
3. What can I do to help prevent a cross-connection?

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1. How many businesses are located in Beverly?
2. What is the average weekly wage paid by employers in Beverly?
3. What are the predominant industries in Beverly?
4. Where should I locate my business in Beverly?
5. How do I determine what permits I need in order to open a business?
6. Is Beverly a college town?
7. What is there to do and see in Beverly?

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1. What if my project makes it impossible to comply with a provision of the building code?
2. How do I obtain a variance?
3. What if something is not covered in the building code?
4. What if I don’t agree with a decision of the inspector?

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1. When is a Building Permit required?
2. What is an ordinary repair?
3. What is the penalty for working without a permit?
4. How do I apply for a building permit?
5. Is any other information required to be submitted with the application?
6. Can I begin work once I submit my application?
7. How long does it take to obtain a permit?
8. Will I be informed when the permit is issued, or do I have to keep calling to find out the status?

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1. What is the fee for a building permit?
2. What do I get for this fee?
3. Do I calculate the fee?
4. What if I don’t know the valuation?
5. If I do my own work and use donated materials, won’t the permit fee change?
6. Why should I obtain a building permit?

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1. Are plans required?
2. Do I have to have an architect prepare my plans?
3. How much detail is needed on the plans?
4. Can I change my plans after they have been approved?

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1. Who enforces the zoning ordinance and who interprets its requirements?
2. What are the penalties for violating the zoning by-law?
3. What if I believe that my neighbor is violating the zoning by-law?

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1. When I obtain my permit, how long do I have to start the work?
2. How long do I have to complete the work?

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1. What requirements are there for fences?

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1. If I don’t know any good contractors, can the Department of Municipal Inspections recommend someone?
2. I understand that if I obtain the building permit, I do not need to be licensed, but if I hire a contractor, does my contractor need a license?

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1. I would like to run a business out of my home. Is this allowed?

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1. When I start construction, is the work inspected?
2. Where should this card be kept?
3. Do I need to provide anything else to the inspector?
4. How much notice does the inspector need when I am ready for an inspection?
5. Can I call for plumbing and electrical inspections?
6. What does the inspector look for during the inspection?
7. Does the inspector carry identification?
8. Will the inspector ever come to my house without a call from me or my contractor?
9. Does someone have to be home during the inspection?
10. I’m having an addition built. When can I begin using it?
11. Is a Certificate of Use/Occupancy always required?
12. If I don’t get a Certificate, how do I know the work was completed satisfactorily?
13. Can I occupy my structure before all the work is done?

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1. Can I do the construction myself or do I have to be licensed?
2. What is a homeowner?
3. Can I do my own electrical and plumbing/gas work?

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1. Is a plot plan required?
2. I have a mortgage plan that was given to me by the bank when I purchased my home. Can this be used?
3. Can I prepare my own plot plan, if I am certain where my property line is?
4. What if I have over 100 feet to my property line and it is obvious that I will not be anywhere near the required setbacks?
5. What information is required on a plot plan?
6. If I have a plot plan, can I draw my addition on it?
7. If I don’t have a plot plan, where can I get one?
8. Can the city recommend surveyors?
9. How much is a plot plan?
10. How does the Department of Municipal Inspections know if the structure was placed in the location proposed?

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1. Do I need a permit for a storage shed?
2. Are there any setback requirements?
3. Does my shed need to be placed on a foundation?

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1. Do I need a permit for a swimming pool?
2. Are there setback requirements?
3. Is a fence required?

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1. What if I want to build closer to my lot line than permitted?
2. If approved, when can I apply for a building permit?

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1. Are there any special requirements for woodstoves?
2. What are the installation requirements?

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1. Is there a comprehensive itemized disposal guideline?
2. Why should I recycle?
3. When is my trash and recycle collection day?
4. What about holiday week collections?
5. When should I put out my recycling?
6. Why didn’t the truck pick up my recycling?
7. Whom do I call if my trash, recycling, or yard waste is not picked up?
8. What can I recycle?
9. How do I put items out for recycling?
10. Do I need to rinse out my bottles and cans?
11. Do I need to separate cans, bottles and plastic containers from each other?
12. What about polystyrene, cartons (milk, juice, juice boxes etc), pizza boxes and microwave food boxes?
13. Can I put out more than one recycling bin?
14. Where can I get a recycling bin?
15. Does the City collect yard waste?
16. Is there a place where I can drop off my yard waste?
17. Does the City have a curbside pick up compost program?
18. How can I dispose of Christmas trees?
19. Where can I recycle books, CDs, DVDs and VHS tapes?
20. How can I stop junk mail?
21. How can I shred confidential documents?
22. Is there an electronics collection?
23. Is there a hazardous waste collection?
24. How do I dispose of items containing mercury?
25. How do I dispose of waste oil (used motor oil)?
26. What can I do with all my plastic bags?
27. Can I put out any size barrel for trash and recycling?
28. Can I throw away my propane tank?
29. Is there a limit to the amount of large (“Bulk”) items I can throw away?
30. Where can I bring ink and toner cartridges to recycle?
31. How do I dispose of pharmaceuticals?