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Building Department


It is the mission of the building department to provide the highest standard of public safety through inspection of all buildings and structures in the City of Medford, enforcement of the State Building Code, plumbing, gas, electrical codes, and all pertinent regulations of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Our office regulates property rights and uses to all stakeholders by enforcing the zoning ordinance dimensional controls and property uses. We are the custodians of building records in the City of Medford.  We remain forever vigilant in the safety and welfare of all inhabitants of the City of Medford.


  • Building applications must be submitted online. 

apply here

  • To search for all permits, past and present, click "apply here" (above) and choose search


Important Information

  • No work on any project may commence until a building permit card is issued to the applicant.
  • Any requests or inquiries regarding the legal zoning status of an existing building, or any future, potential uses must be submitted in writing to the Building Commissioner.
  • Plumbing and gas permit applications may be submitted via mail, however please be aware that applications submitted by mail may require a longer processing time.
  • All contractors filing applications for Building, Electrical, Plumbing and Gas permits must register their licenses with the City- please include your driver’s license for identity purposes.
  • All inspections are made directly with the inspectors during their office hours.
  • Accepted payment methods: cash, check or money order.
  • To file a permit application, all forms must be filled out in their entirety.


Building Department FAQ's

Contractor License Information

To check on licenses for plumbers and gas fitters:

Please visit the: MA Division of Professional Licensure website.

To check on licenses for plumbers and gas fitters: Please visit the: MA Division of Professional Licensure website.

Please visit the: Check an Occupational Board License 



City Hall: Room 115A

Scott Vandewalle
Building Commissioner
Phone: (781)-393-2509


Amy Tenaglia
Head Clerk
Phone: (781)-393-2509
Fax: (781)-393-2415

Merrill Ragusa
Senior Clerk
Phone: (781) 393-2511


Monday: 8:30 - 4:30
Tuesday: 8:30 - 4:30 
Wednesday: 8:30 - 7:30
Thursday: 8:30 - 4:30
Friday: 8:30 - 12:30

Inspector Hours

Monday: 8:30 - 10 & 3:00 – 4:30
 Tuesday: 8:30 - 10 & 3:00 – 4:30
8:30 - 10 & 3:00 - 7:30
Thursday: 8:30 - 10 & 3:00 – 4:30
Friday: 8:30 - 10 & 12 - 12:30

Building Department Staff

Dennis McDonald
Code Enforcement Officer
Phone: 781-393-2510

Jeffrey Fargo
Plumbing & Gas Inspector
Phone: 781-393-2506

Kenneth Lanzilli
Building Inspector
Phone: 781-393-2508

Michael Malerba
Code Enforcement Officer / Sealer of Weights & Measures
Phone: 781-393-2507

Paul Smith
Building Inspector / Sealer of Weights & Measures
Phone: 781-393-2493

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