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About Construction Projects in Massachusetts

Browse our Massachusetts heavy equipment rental locations by city. BigRentz offers a wide variety of heavy equipment for rent, including earth moving machines, aerial equipment, lift trucks, compaction equipment, and job site services.

What You Need To Know

Massachusetts has one of the nation’s strongest building industries. Only Hawaii and Rhode Island employ more new construction workers each year. The local building sector’s strength is built on good knowledge of all aspects of construction from permits and licenses to soil types.

Building Permits in Massachusetts

Massachusetts law requires a building permit for most new construction projects within the state. A building inspector responds to all new building permit applications within 30 days, according to the State Building Code.

This response may be:

  • Approval, leading to the issuing of a building permit.
  • A request for more information.
  • Denial of the application for a listed reason.

Massachusetts municipalities handle most building permits. The State of Massachusetts deals with the permits for all state-owned building projects.

Whether you are applying through your local municipality or the state, you should submit your building permit application electronically. You can use the fill-in form in MS Word to complete the application on your computer. You can also print the PDF version and hand write your answers. Scan your finished application and submit it via email. Check your building permit application carefully. If it isn’t completed correctly, it will be returned to you.

Soil Types in Massachusetts

Local builders use different equipment depending on the soil in their location. The state is known for its rocky soils. Lime and stones are common in the soil of many parts of Massachusetts. The Connecticut River Valley’s soil is some of the state’s richest due to deposits made by the glacial Lake Hitchcock during the Ice Age. Soils are much sandier along the coastal plain region around Cape Cod. The Cape also has gravelly parts and some silt and clay layers.

The Right Equipment for the Job

Massachusetts builders consider local soils carefully when renting equipment. Loose soil is a hazard for boom lifts, which excel in the state’s more compact clay regions. It can be dangerous to use a scissor lift or forklift on soft soil, but they will work on hard, rocky soil. Manlifts need even, stable soil for safe operation. Soil compactors can help pack down the soil for safer equipment use. Rippers can break up hard, rocky soil.

Building Licenses in Massachusetts

Builders that are constructing one- and two-family dwellings of any size and other buildings smaller than 35,000 cubic feet must work under a person licensed as a Construction Supervisor. Massachusetts’ State Board of Building Regulations and Standards issues Construction Supervisor licenses. An engineer or architect must oversee the construction of other types of buildings.

Supervisors must have at least three years of construction or design experience to get their Construction Supervisor’s License. They must also pass a written test on the Massachusetts State Building Code and other reference standards.

To keep their license, supervisors must also undergo continuing education every two years. Courses range from four to 12 hours.

The state of Massachusetts has a strong construction industry, but it’s vital that local firms don’t rest on their laurels. Make sure you do your research to prepare for your next construction job.

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