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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.
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.
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.
Please visit the Unipay website for online payments and transactions.
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)
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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
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 email@example.com for more information.
Beverly has 42,670 residents as of the 2020 census.
Beverly focused nonprofit organizations, or an organization that is exempt from Federal income taxation and that is described in section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and faith-based organizations. Businesses are not eligible to apply for this grant program. Also, an organization must have, or be working towards, an active Dun and Bradstreet (DUNS) number and System Award Management (SAM) registration in order to be eligible. (https://sam.gov/content/entity-registration)
The applicant is responsible as a subrecipient of federal funding under CFDA #21.027- City of Beverly American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Grant Program and must be listed in their respective Single Audit Act report. Subrecipients that expend more than $750,000 in federal funding are subject to the Single Audit Act.
The maximum award entities will be allocated through this program is $200,000. Upon award, 50% of the funding will be allocated to the respective organization; subsequent reporting will be required by the awardee on a semi-annual basis, beginning 6 months after the initial distribution, detailing project activities. The first semi-annual report will initiate the second disbursement (25%) and the final disbursement (25%) will occur upon the last semi-annual report prior to the expected project completion.
We strongly recommend applicants focus on general operating funding needs that have been greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Please be aware that ARPA funds cannot be used for new projects that are unrelated to effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. If your organization has begun to develop a proposal related to new projects or purchases unrelated to how your organization or the populations you serve were impacted by COVID-19, please change the focus of your application to an eligible activity. Treasury guidance has also been provided to show all eligible uses under ARPA. Ineligible uses include the following:
Deposit into pension funds- the statute provides that recipients may not use Fiscal Recovery Funds for deposit into any pension fund. More specifically, the interim final rule does not permit assistance to be used to make a payment into the pension system if:
The payment reduces a liability incurred prior to the start of the COVID-19 public health emergency;
The payment occurs outside the recipient’s regular timing for making such payments.
Funds cannot be used to offset a reduction in net tax revenue.
Other restrictions on use- payments from Fiscal Recovery Funds are subject to pre-existing limitations provided in other Federal statutes and regulations and may not be used as non-Federal for other Federal programs whose statute or regulations bar the use of Federal funds to meet matching requirements.
THE APPLICATION DEADLINE HAS NOW BEEN EXTENDED TO THE CLOSE OF BUSINESS ON FRIDAY JULY 1st. PLEASE NOTE THAT CITY CLOSES AT 1PM ON FRIDAY JULY 1st
A link to the application portal will be provided on the City website. The application checklist indicates the necessary attachments the applicant will be required to provide. All organizations must fill out a budget or they will not be eligible to receive funding. All required documents must be uploaded to your electronic application. If you cannot provide a particular document, please upload a statement explaining your particular hardship or eligibility as it relates to the specific form.
In addition to the questions contained in the application, the following documents are required as part of your submission.
Proposed Project Budget- A budget detailing the proposed expenditures over the course of the grant term. Any format is acceptable, however the more detailed the budget the better. Please include general category descriptions of the expenses by spending category. All organizations must fill out a budget or they will not be eligible to receive funding. Upon award you will be responsible for each expenditure and must provide a quarterly report regarding progress, in addition to backup documentation such as invoices.
Budget Narrative – This attachment can be in any format the applicant chooses. It should clearly articulate the spending categories contained in the Proposed Project Budget and how they relate to the overall proposal. Please be detailed so the readers are able to understand exactly what is being proposed.
IRS 990 Statement – Please upload the most recent statement available for your organization.
Audited Financial Statements – Please upload the most recent available financial statements of the organization.
Current Operating Budget – Please upload a copy of the operating budget of the organization.
IRS 501(c)(3) Letter – Please include a copy of the IRS determination letter for the organization.
W-9 Form – Please upload a signed w-9.
**The documents must be attached to your application. If you cannot provide a particular document, please upload a statement explaining why.
In addition to the documents required for application, upon award, the City of Beverly will require some additional documentation up to and including the following;
Grant Agreement documents
SF-424 Application for Federal Assistance- The ARPA grant program is the same as a federal grant application in which the applicant is required to file a federal assistance form. Instructions on how to fill the form are on the website. Sections that are highlighted and bolded must be filled out in particular. Do the best you can with filling this out.
Disclosure of Lobbying Activities- this form is required on federal applications and ensures your organization has not engaged in lobbying activities.
Certification of Debarment and Suspension- this form is to be filled to ensure your organization has not been convicted of fraud or suspended for any reason.
Title VI Civil Rights Act Compliance- this form is required by the Treasury Department to ensure an organization commits to fair practices under the Civil Rights Act.
Other Federal Assurance related documentation that may be required for Federal awards.
A review committee consisting of a member of the Finance Department, Mayor’s Office, and a community liaison, will review and score applications based on the evaluation rubric on the City’s website.
If awarded, the applicant will receive an award letter signed by the Mayor and Chief Financial Officer. Additionally, a packet of award documentation will be provided including a grant agreement to be reviewed and signed by the respective nonprofit and faith-based organization. All state, federal, and local procurement laws will apply.
The grant period will cover up to two years from the date of an executed grant agreement or September 30th, 2024, whichever is sooner. All awardees will be required to close out any final expenses and provide all outstanding invoices, receipts, and grant reports to the City’s grant contacts.
Yes. The awardee will be responsible for providing a detailed semiannual expenditure report (provided upon award) outlining expenses incurred in addition to current objectives/goals, project activities, and principal accomplishments based on the provided timeline in the application. During the reporting period awardees must provide all supporting documentation (invoices) as it relates to expenses incurred.
A review committee will review and score applications based on the evaluation rubric contained below. Recommendations will be made by the committee based on how the applicant scores. Applicants will be scored fairly and equally no matter the size of the organization. Applicants will be evaluated and compared among similar organizations intending to address similar impacts. Beginning on June 27th 2022, all applications will be reviewed with a letter and grant contract packet provided to successful applicants following the final decisions.
View the rubric here for the ARPA Nonprofit Grant program.
Semiannual reporting periods will provide an opportunity for awardees to amend the budget as necessary, while maintaining the outlined eligibility. If a budget adjustment is needed soon an amendment letter must be submitted to the City of Beverly’s ARPA Non-Profit grant coordinator. Similarly, changes in the scope of services must be amended during the semiannual report period, or a written letter must be filed to the grant coordinators.
Awardees that do not comply with federal, state, and local guidelines and reporting requirements set forth in this agreement, may be subject to a termination of contract and required to return the funds to the City of Beverly. Additionally, any remaining funds that are not expended are subject to be returned to the City of Beverly.
Any questions you may have before, during, or after you submit your application regarding the proper use of funds, narrative development, and filling out forms can be directed to:
Tax bills are issued quarterly during the fiscal year.
A fiscal year covers the period from July 1 of one calendar year and ends on June 30 of the following calendar year.
Taxes are due quarterly each fiscal year:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
The average weekly wage paid by employers in Beverly is $1,300 which is indicative of the skilled labor force located here.
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%).
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.
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.
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.
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.
All tenants have the right to live in a safe and decent place. If your landlord knows about a dangerous or unhealthy problem in your apartment or building, and they do not fix it, they are breaking the law. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts holds minimum standards for human habitation. Read more here.
If a landlord does not respond to a tenant’s complaints about a Sanitary Code violation, the tenant may request that a code enforcement officer or the local board of health inspect the apartment. An inspector can then come to the apartment, review the conditions, and order the landlord to fix the problem if necessary. In the event that the landlord still fails to fix the problem, a tenant may be able to withhold a portion of the rent or move out, even if there is a lease or rental agreement in place. However, before either withholding rent or moving out, tenants considering these options should contact a private lawyer or legal services for more information and advice.
You can reach out to the Beverly Board of Health here: (978) 921-8591.
For more information about the State Sanitary Code, you can call the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Citizen Information Service hotline at 617-727-7030 or 1-800-392-6090 (in MA only).
Get help documenting bad conditions in your home here: https://madeuptocode.org/
In Massachusetts, landlords of private, unsubsidized housing can ask for as much rent as they want. They do not have to adjust the rent to an amount you can afford.
Your landlord can only raise the rent if they give you proper notice. A new landlord must accept your old rent until the new landlord gives you proper notice. Proper notice says your current tenancy is ending and offers you a new tenancy at a higher rent. The notice can be 1 document or 2 separate documents.
Your landlord must not raise your rent if:
Read more here.
Get legal help at Massachusetts Legal Resource Finder here: https://masslrf.org/en/triage/info
Are you having trouble paying your rent, mortgage or utility bills? Have you lost your job or lost income? Are you at risk of becoming homeless?
You may be eligible to receive help with paying your rent, mortgage or utility bills. Massachusetts offers emergency housing payment assistance administered through regional agencies that can assist low-income renters, homeowners, and landlords. Renters and landlords can access the Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT) program, which can cover utilities, moving costs, and overdue rent costs, as well as future rent in limited situations. Homeowners may be eligible to receive assistance through the Homeowners Assistance Fund (HAF). Learn more about HAF here.
Regional legal aid programs assist low-income tenants with referrals, legal information, and legal representation for evictions statewide. Please see https://www.mass.gov/info-details/eviction-diversion-initiative-legal-services-and-mediation for more information.
A lawyer can advise you about the law, refer you to resources, fill out and file court papers, and represent you. A lawyer can help advise you before a case gets to court or if a case is in court. The earlier you contact a lawyer the better.
Massachusetts Community Mediation Centers are offering free pre-court mediation between landlords and tenants for lease disputes in addition to the summary process cases referred through the courts.
Mediation is a confidential, voluntary and non-judgmental process where a neutral third party (the mediator) helps people resolve differences based on what is important to them.
Beverly's local mediation center is:
THE RESOLUTION CENTER (FORMERLY NORTH SHORE COMMUNITY MEDIATION, INC)
Serving Essex County
100 Cummings Center Suite 307J | (978) 232-1212
The City of Beverly accepts and encourages payment through the online payment page of this website. Both electronic checks and credit card payments are accepted through this method.
Bill payments can also be made:
Check out open job positions on our website: beverlyma.gov/jobs.
Call JRM: 1-800-323-4285 or fill out a Service Request here: https://beverlyma.qscend.com/311.
You can find agendas here: https://www.beverlyma.gov/AgendaCenter
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.
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.
In that unlikely situation, the building inspector has the authority to approve or disapprove the proposed method of construction.
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.
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:
The only exception is an ordinary repair. An ordinary repair does not require a building permit.
The State Building Code defines ordinary repairs as "any maintenance which does not affect:
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.
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.
Applications can be obtained at the Department of Municipal Inspections. A sample building permit is available online.
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.
No. Work cannot proceed until the permit has been issued.
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.
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 StreetBeverly, MA 01915
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.
Your permit fee covers the cost of plan review and inspections to determine code compliance.
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.
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.
No. The fee is based on valuation, not how much the job cost you.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
the Building Inspector shall make the inspection within 48 hours after such notification.
No. These calls must be made by the licensed plumber or electrician. The amount of notice required is stated in their respective codes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No. State law requires anyone performing electrical, plumbing or gas work to be licensed.
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.
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.
No. Plot plans can only be prepared by a Registered Land Surveyor, and must bear his/her stamp.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes. A swimming pool must be set back a minimum of 10 feet to the water line from the side and rear lines.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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
For a list of recent and current projects please visit the following link: https://www.beverlyma.gov/338/Projects-Development
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=42.558701%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.
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.
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.
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.
Not at this time.
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/
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.
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.
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.
Yes. Please see the Trash Disposal Guidelines (PDF).
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.
View the street listing (PDF) to determine your trash and recycling collection day.
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.
Residents should place their recycling at the curb no later than 7 am on their trash collection day.
Call Republic Services at 1-800-323-4285.
No plastic bags of any kind or polystyrene.
Learn more about recycling receptacles.
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.
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.
Yes! There is no limit to the amount of recycling you can put out properly.
You may purchase a conventional barrel (35 gallons max) at any hardware store to co-mingle your glass, metal, plastic and paper/cardboard. (See FAQ Number 9.)
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.
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.
The Waste Reduction Committee runs a food compost curbside pick up program that is managed by Black Earth Compost.
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.
There are several options for recycling these items. One local option is at Best Buy. There are also other options available through online search.
A service called PaperKarma® can help.
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.
The electronics collection hosted by Beverly's Waste Reduction Committee has been cancelled. Please check the website for future dates and events.
The Health Department does not have a date scheduled at this time. The website will be updated as soon as they know. Call the Health Department with Hazardous Waste questions, at 978-921-8591.
The following items should be brought to the Health Department at 90 Colon Street for safe disposal:
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.
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.
Plastic film bags from the grocery store, newspaper delivery, bread bags, and dry cleaning bags may be returned to most supermarkets.
No. The guidelines are no larger than 32 gallons and may not weigh over 40 pounds when full for either trash or recycling containers.
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.
Yes. Republic (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, one chair, one microwave, etc.
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
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.