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Building Inspection Division

The Building Inspection division is responsible for all new construction and alterations of existing buildings within the City. This division issues permits which include construction/building, plumbing, mechanical, and electrical for enforcement of the Rhode Island State Building Code and also administers the zoning ordinances. Minimum housing complaints are reviewed by the Building Inspection division.

The Building Inspection division's staff consists of one building official, one plumbing-mechanical inspector, one zoning officer, one electrical inspector, one building inspector, one Minimum Housing inspector, two clerks, and one Minimum Housing clerk. The inspection division is located on the 2nd floor of City Hall, room 204.

Building permits are required for most improvements. Contact the building inspector or zoning officer before beginning improvements on your home or property. Call the Building Inspection Office.

Complaints regarding neglected properties, click here.

The Minimum Housing division of the Building Inspection Division is responsible for enforcing minimum standards governing the condition and maintenance of properties. The purpose of this division is to protect public health, safety and welfare by ensuring that structural integrity, utility installation and maintenance, and safe and sanitary conditions are maintained, thereby alleviating urban blight, decay and substandard housing stock.