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Building permits

 Subject
Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Found in 15 Collections and/or Records:

Building Commissioner correspondence

 Series
Identifier: 5410.013
Scope and Contents note

Includes incoming and outgoing correspondence of the Building Commissioner and Assistant Commissioner. This collection is unprocessed.

Dates: 1969-1975

Building Commissioner subject files

 Series
Identifier: 5410.007
Scope and Contents

Subject files of the Building Commissioner. Includes correspondence, reports, plans, etc.

Dates: circa 1958-1985

Building Commissioner's Bulletin

 Series
Identifier: 5410.008
Scope and Contents note

Building Commissioner's Bulletins relating to approvals for use of new building products. Includes bulletins #101-#184.

Dates: 1962-1972

Building Inspector reports

 Series
Identifier: 5410.016
Dates: 1879-1903 with gaps

Certificates of Use and Occupancy

 Series
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

Demolished building permit files ("Takedowns")

 Series
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

 Series
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

Hearing transcripts

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 5410.018
Scope and Contents

Includes transcripts of hearings before the Building Commissioner primarily relating to nursing homes, hospitals, etc., circa 1941-1966.

Dates: circa 1941-1966

Hotel Vendome records

 Series — Box 1
Identifier: 5410.011
Scope and Contents

Records relating to the collapse of the Hotel Vendome which killed nine Boston firefighters on June 17, 1972. Includes files of permits, correspondence, etc. of the Hotel Vendome at 154-170 Commonwealth avenue that were reviewed during the investigation into the collapse; correspondence relating to the investigation; final report of the investigation; and supplemental report on the reconstruction.

Dates: circa 1911-1973

Permit application index cards

 Series
Identifier: 5410.019
Scope and Contents

Index cards for each property listing years permits applied for with permit number.

Dates: circa 1916-1970

Permit plans

 Series
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

Permits and permit log books

 Series
Identifier: 5410.003
Scope and Contents Miscellaneous building/alteration permits and logs of permits issued and applications filed. Includes permits to do alterations, 1874-1876, 1886 and 1888; permit log book pages, circa 1872-1880 (pages were salvaged from log books damaged by water); logs of daily entry sheets of new construction, alterations, elevators, fire escapes, takedowns, etc., 1946-1947, 1950-1959, logs of gas fitting permits, 1939, 1953-1963; log of electrical permits, 1956-1959, log of plumbing permits, 1953-1957;...
Dates: 1872-1963

Stable petitions

 Series
Identifier: 7010.004
Scope and Contents

Chapter 89 of the Acts of 1889, an "Act Relating to the Use of Buildings in the City of Boston for Stables", transferred the power to regulate stables from the Board of Aldermen to the Board of Health. Includes petitions numbered 1-6696 to occupy stables presented to the Board of Health.

Dates: 1889-1952; Majority of material found within Bulk, 1889-1936