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Boston (Mass.). Inspectional Services Department


Historical note

The Inspectional Services Department was established by Chapter 19 of the Ordinances of 1981. Inspectional Services holds and exercises all powers and duties imposed on it by law including but not limited to duties formerly held and exercised by the Building Commissioner and the Housing Inspection Commissioner. The Inspectional Services Department (ISD) is comprised of five regulatory divisions whose aim is to protect and improve the quality of life for all Boston residents by effectively administering and enforcing building, housing, health, sanitation and safety regulations mandated by City and State governments.

Found in 13 Collections and/or Records:

Building Commissioner subject files

Identifier: 5410.007
Scope and Contents Subject files of the Building Commissioner. Includes correspondence, reports, plans, etc.
Dates: circa 1958-1985

Certificates of Use and Occupancy

Identifier: 5410.005
Scope and Contents Files from 1972-2002 arranged alphabetically by address. Files from 2003-2014 are arranged chronologically. Files generally include copy of the certificate, inspection reports and other materials submitted during the application process.
Dates: 1972-2014 with gaps

Commissioner William Good records

Identifier: 5400.001
Scope and Contents Correspondence and subject files of Commissioner William Good who served from 2004-2011. This collection is unprocessed.
Dates: 2006-2011

Commissioner's bulletins

Identifier: 5400.002
Dates: 1986-2001

Demolished building permit files ("Takedowns")

Identifier: 5410.001
Scope and Contents Building permit files of demolished buildings, also called "Takedowns." File jacket usually includes original building permit, permits for repair or renovation, violation notices, correspondence and permit to repair or raze (Takedown permit).
Dates: circa 1880s-1990s

Demolished building (takedowns) photographs

Identifier: 5410.002
Scope and Contents Photograph files of buildings ordered razed by the City of Boston. Photographs document condition of building just prior to demolition and usually include photograph of lot after demolition.
Dates: circa 1950-1990

Division of Health Inspections records

Identifier: 5430.001
Scope and Contents note Includes copies of permits issued for milk wholesalers, funeral directors, sale of frozen desserts, massage/vapor baths, etc., circa 1977-1988; complaints of violations, circa 1978- 1986; and temporary food service applications, 1992-1994. This collection is unprocessed.
Dates: 1969-1994

Housing Inspection Department publications

Identifier: 5440.002
Scope and Contents Reports produced by the Housing Inspection Department.
Dates: 1971, undated

Housing Inspection Division records

Identifier: 5440.001
Scope and Contents Includes administrative files, complaint case files, financial records, etc. This collection is unprocessed.
Dates: circa 1956-1991

Permit plans

Identifier: 5410.004
Scope and Contents Plans filed with building permits in paper form from circa 1902-1970 and on aperture cards from circa 1970-1995. Contact the Inspectional Services Department, Building Division for access to plans on aperture cards.
Dates: circa 1902-1995