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  • After construction begins, when is the work inspected?

  • Am I allowed to run a business out of my home?

  • Am I required to allow the Assessor to inspect my property?

  • Am I required to fill out the census form I received?

  • Am I required to License my dog(s)?

  • Are construction plans required?

  • Are meetings of the Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals & Conservation Commission open to the public?

  • Are state-approved trigger locks required any time a trigger lock is used?

  • Are there any exceptions to the setbacks?

  • Are there any special requirements for the installation of a tennis or sports court?

  • Are there any special requirements for woodstoves?

  • Are there setback requirements for storage sheds?

  • Are there setback requirements for swimming pools?

  • As an abutter, what kind of information is the Planning Board interested in hearing about?

  • Can a Massachusetts resident sell a gun without being a licensed dealer?

  • Can a nonresident obtain a permit to carry a weapon in MA?

  • Can a structure be built closer to the lot line than allowed in the Zoning Bylaw?

  • Can I apply for a passport in a town office?

  • Can I begin work once I submit my Building Permit application?

  • Can I call for plumbing and electrical inspections?

  • Can I call for plumbing and electrical inspections?

  • Can I change my construction plans after they have been approved?

  • Can I do my own electrical, mechanical, and plumbing/gas work?

  • Can I drop out of a program and receive a refund?

  • Can I get a “Variance” to change the zoning or the use of my property?

  • Can I get a dog License application online?

  • Can I get my birth certificate here if I was born in another State but lived here for 20 years?

  • Can I initiate a zoning change?

  • Can I leave my gun in my car?

  • Can I occupy my structure before all the work is done?

  • Can I prepare my own plot plan if I am certain where my property line is?

  • Can I put a sign on my property?

  • Can I use my own trigger lock?

  • Can I use the mortgage plan issued by my bank as the Plot Plan with my Building Permit application?

  • Can the Building Department recommend a good contractor?

  • Can the Building Department recommend a surveyor?

  • Can work begin once the Permit application is submitted?

  • Do Board approvals expire?

  • Do I calculate the Building Department Permit fee?

  • Do I have to file a business certificate with the Town?

  • Do I have to have an architect prepare my plans?

  • Do I have to inspect my septic system before selling my home?

  • Do I need a Building Permit for a swimming pool?

  • Do I need a Building Permit to demolish a building?

  • Do I need a lawyer, engineer, or architect to represent me at the public hearing?

  • Do I need a permit for a bake sale?

  • Do I need a Permit for a storage shed?

  • Do I need a Permit for a yard sale?

  • Do I need a permit to drill a private well on my property?

  • Do I need a Permit to install an unvented gas appliance?

  • Do I need a Permit to run a raffle?

  • Do I need a permit to sell/serve food to the public?

  • Do I need an FID Card or an LTC Firearms to possess a gun in my home?

  • Do I need to be a licensed contractor to apply for a Building Permit and perform the work?

  • Do I need to have permission to widen, move or add another driveway to my property?

  • Do I need to lock my non-large capacity rifles and shotguns in a case while transporting them in a vehicle

  • Do I need to provide anything to the Building Inspector during their inspection?

  • Do the Building Department Inspectors carry identification?

  • Do weapons purchased by MA residents while in another state have to be reported in MA?

  • Do you have to be a Westwood resident to register for Westwood Recreation programs?

  • Does a Building Permit cover all the work on a project? Are separate plumbing, electrical, mechanical, etc. permits required?

  • Does a shed need to be placed on a foundation?

  • Does someone have to be at the project site during a Building Department inspection?

  • Does someone have to be at the project site during a Building Department inspection?

  • Does the Planning Board need to review my project?

  • Does the Town have any Senior Housing?

  • Does the Westwood Fire Department provide fire education?

  • For free Text Comment fields, can I type the comments into a Word document and then use the Copy and Paste Function to enter them?

  • How and when can I get on a Planning Board agenda?

  • How and when is a project issued a Certificate of Occupancy?

  • How can I appeal a Planning Board Decision?

  • How can I apply for a real estate tax abatement?

  • How can I find out if my land can be subdivided?

  • How can I get a copy of a Board's Decision?

  • How can I get a copy of plans or documents?

  • How can I get a copy of the Westwood Zoning Bylaws?

  • How can I get more information about applications submitted to the Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, or Conservation Commission?

  • How can I make my concerns known if I cannot attend a Board or Commission meeting?

  • How can I subscribe to the Recreation Listserv (email list)?

  • How do I acquire a License for my dog?

  • How do I apply for a building Permit?

  • How do I apply for a raffle Permit?

  • How do I apply for an unforeseeable emergency withdrawal?

  • How do I contact the Board of Health? Where are they located?

  • How do I contact the Public Health Nurse?

  • How do I dispose of old medications?

  • How do I dispose of used needles, lancets and syringes?

  • How do I enroll & decide which funds I want to invest in?

  • How do I find out more about my distribution options?

  • How do I get a copy of past meeting minutes?

  • How do I get copies of minutes of past Board or Commission meetings?

  • How do I get recognized to speak at Town Meeting?

  • How do I join the Medical Reserve Corps?

  • How do I make or change my beneficiary designation?

  • How do I obtain a fire report or ambulance report?

  • How do I prepare my family for an emergency?

  • How do I register for a Recreation Program?

  • How do I report a street light outage?

  • How do I request an additional trash or recycling barrel?

  • How do I request mosquito control?

  • How do I schedule a tour of the fire stations?

  • How do I transport a gun in my vehicle?

  • How does one apply for a Building Permit?

  • How does the Building Department know if a structure was placed in the location proposed?

  • How does the SMART Plan work?

  • How is a request for inspection made?

  • How is my property assessed?

  • How long after an application for Permit is submitted will a Permit be issued?

  • How long after an application is submitted will a Building Permit be issued?

  • How long do I have to complete the work, after a Building Permit is issued?

  • How long does the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) process typically take?

  • How many copies of plans and materials should I submit to the Zoning Board of Appeals?

  • How many guns a year can a person sell without being a dealer?

  • How many voting precincts do we have?

  • How May I Obtain A Certified Copy of A Birth Certificate?

  • How May I Obtain A Certified Copy of A Death Certificate?

  • How May I Obtain A Certified Copy of A Marriage License?

  • How much can I contribute?

  • How much detail is required on the construction plans included in the permit application?

  • How much detail is required on the construction plans included in the permit application?

  • How much does a plot plan cost?

  • How much notice is required when requesting an inspection?

  • How much notice is required when requesting an inspection?

  • How much notice is required when requesting an inspection?

  • How often do you re-assess properties in Town?

  • How soon can I get on the next agenda of the Zoning Board of Appeals?

  • How soon can I get on the Planning Board’s agenda?

  • How will I deal with my yard waste?

  • I am a design professional not registered in Massachusetts. Can I provide services for a project in Westwood?

  • I am changing my address. Who do I notify?

  • I am interested in being on the Planning Board, what is involved?

  • I am moving within Westwood, can I take my trash and recycling barrels to with me?

  • I do not see all of my classes in my Class List in Gradebook. What do I do?

  • I do not see all of my students on my roster/Gradebook or I see students who are not in my class. What is wrong?

  • I have a dog. Why do I have to register him?

  • I just became a Notary Public. I need to be sworn in. Where do I go?

  • I need documents notarized. Where do I go?

  • I received a notice that my neighbor is applying for a permit for his/her property. What should I do?

  • I recently purchased a house in Westwood but the tax bill still has the previous owner's name on it. When will this change?

  • I sold my property and still received a real estate tax bill. What should I do?

  • I work all week, how can I come in when Town Clerk hours are similar to mine?

  • I’m currently a resident of Westwood at risk of losing my housing. Who should I call?

  • If a Building Permit is denied because of a zoning violation, is there any recourse?

  • If a project falls under the umbrella of Construction Control, does the Building Department still have to perform inspections?

  • If approved for zoning relief, when can I apply for a Building Permit?

  • If I disagree with the assessed value and file for abatement, do I have to pay my tax bill?

  • If I disagree with the decision of the Building Inspector or Building Commissioner, what can I do?

  • If I disagree with the decision of the Building Inspector or Building Commissioner, what can I do?

  • If I do my own work, or use donated materials, won't the Permit fee change?

  • If I have a plot plan, can I draw my addition on it?

  • If I hire a contractor to perform work under a Building Permit, do they need to be licensed?

  • If I participate in another retirement plan, is my annual contribution limit reduced?

  • If I'm not issued a Certificate of Occupancy how do I know the work was completed satisfactorily?

  • If my Building Permit is denied, or if I decide not to proceed with my project after the Permit is issued, can I get my fee back?

  • Is a Certificate of Occupancy always issued?

  • Is a Certificate of Use/Occupancy always required?

  • Is a fence required around a swimming pool?

  • Is a license required to possess an air gun or ammunition?

  • Is a permit required to perform demolition work?

  • Is a plot plan required if the work will obviously be outside the setback?

  • Is a plot plan required in the Building Permit application?

  • Is any other information required to be submitted with the Building Permit application?

  • Is there a way I can reduce my property taxes?

  • Is there any work exempt from the Permit requirements?

  • May I increase, decrease, restart or stop my contribution amount?

  • My Special Permit application was approved. Can I get started on the work prior to the end of the appeal period?

  • No. These calls must be made by the Licensed plumber or electrician. The amount of notice required is stated in their respective codes.

  • Once I choose a benefit payment option, can I make a change?

  • Should a special form be used when selling guns through a private sale?

  • Should all weapons sold within the Commonwealth be equipped with a safety lock?

  • Should I continue to bag my trash?

  • The Board voted to approve my application. Now what?

  • We need a Justice of the Peace.

  • What are my distribution options?

  • What are the criteria required for approval of a Special Permit?

  • What are the criteria required for approval of a Variance?

  • What are the Decision timelines for the Planning & Zoning Boards?

  • What are the installation requirements for a wood stove?

  • What are the office hours Recreation Department and how do I contact you?

  • What are the penalties for violating the zoning by-law?

  • What are the policies concerning LTC/FID cards and restraining orders?

  • What are the voting requirements for a Decision of the Planning Board or Zoning Board of Appeals?

  • What can be done if I feel a resident or business has violated the Zoning Bylaw?

  • What can I do as an abutter to stop a development from going in?

  • What do I do about problem wildlife, such as turkeys and geese on my property?

  • What do I do if my trash or recycling barrels are damaged or lost?

  • What do I do with my cesspool/septic system when I connect to sewer?

  • What does the Building Inspector look for during an inspection?

  • What does the cost of the Building Permit fee cover?

  • What does the Planning Board do?

  • What happens to my money when I die?

  • What if a project doesn't comply with the Building Code?

  • What if I am moving or cleaning out the garage and have a lot of trash to get rid of?

  • What if I disagree with the assessed valuation of my home?

  • What if I disagree with the Board's decision?

  • What if I don't know the valuation of the work included int he Building Permit application?

  • What if I have an appliance, grill, TV or other large metal or bulk item to be picked up?

  • What if I have extra trash that will not fit in my trash barrel?

  • What if something is not covered in the Building Code?

  • What if something is not covered in the Building Code?

  • What if work is completed without obtaining the required Permits?

  • What information is required on a plot plan?

  • What is "Construction Control"?

  • What is a "setback", as referenced in the Zoning Bylaw?

  • What is a 457 deferred compensation plan?

  • What is a scenic road and how can I find out if I live on one?

  • What is a Special Permit?

  • What is a Variance?

  • What is a Zoning Board Special Permit?

  • What is an "ordinary repair"?

  • What is an “Approval Not Required" (ANR) plan?

  • What is Proposition 2 1/2?

  • What is the "Stretch Code"?

  • What is the Board of Appeals and who comprises this Board?

  • What is the contact number for the fire department?

  • What is the difference between a real estate tax exemption and an abatement?

  • What is the difference between a subdivision and an ANR (approval not required)?

  • What is the fee for a Building Permit?

  • What is the fee for a Building Permit?

  • What is the fire department's mailing address?

  • What is the fiscal year and what is the effective date for valuation?

  • What is the Medical Reserve Corps?

  • What is the penalty for working without a Building or Trade Permit when one is required?

  • What is the penalty for working without a Building Permit when one is required?

  • What is the Zoning Bylaw?

  • What is Zoning?

  • What requirements are there for fences?

  • What should I expect at a public hearing?

  • What should I expect to take place at the Zoning Board of Appeals or Planning Board’s public hearing?

  • What’s the difference between a public meeting and a public hearing?

  • What’s the difference between a Variance and a Special Permit?

  • When am I required to begin receiving distributions?

  • When can I move into a new house, or begin using a newly built addition?

  • When can I withdraw money from my account?

  • When do I have to test my private well?

  • When do I pay the fee for a Building Permit?

  • When does the Planning Board meet?

  • When is a Building Permit required?

  • When is open burning allowed?

  • When is the fire department open for business?

  • When should I renew my FID card?

  • When should the Permit Fee be paid?

  • Where can I apply for a Section 8 voucher?

  • Where can I find Emergency Preparedness information?

  • Where can I find Justice of the Peace services?

  • Where can I find Notary Public services?

  • Where can I find the Master Development Plan for University Station?

  • Where can I find the pool schedule and membership fees?

  • Where can I get a certified plot plan?

  • Where can I get a copy of the deed to my property?

  • Where can I get a copy of the Official Zoning Map?

  • Where do I apply for a License to Carry (LTC) or a Firearms ID Card?

  • Where is the Recreation Office and the Pool located?

  • Where should the Building Permit card be kept?

  • Who enforces the Town of Westwood Zoning Bylaw?

  • Who governs the town of Westwood?

  • Who is considered a homeowner?

  • Who is eligible to participate in the SMART Plan?

  • Who is the Planning Board?

  • Why am I not listed as a registered voter? I filled out a census form.

  • Why can’t the Planning Board just say “no” to new development?

  • Why did I receive a door hanger note indicating that the Assessor has dropped by to inspect my house?

  • Why do I need a Special Permit or Variance?

  • Why does my newly released assessed value not reflect the value of my house today?

  • Why should I obtain a Building Permit?

  • Will I be notified when the Building Permit is issued, or should I call to find out the status?

  • Will I be notified when the Building Permit is ready to be issued, or should I call to find out the status?

  • Will I be sent a confirmation for a program registration?

  • Will I receive notification of a Board or Commission's Decision?

  • Will my birth certificate, marriage certificate or death certificate be on file in Westwood?

  • Will the Building Inspector ever come to my house without an inspection request being made?

  • Will the DPW be picking up Christmas Trees this year?

  • Zoning Bylaw - How close to a lot line may a structure be placed?