Site & Building Permits

Finding A Site


The City's Office of Economic Development can offer many types of site assistance such as canvassing real estate web sites or contacting local and regional real estate agencies, property owners and property management firms.  These resources can be found on the  Site Selection Services page of this web site.  Site selection can also be carried out on a confidential or "Quiet Client" basis where only the site requirements of an inquiry are sent to all real estate brokers and owners.  All  sites that are submitted are turned over to the client for their review. 

Zoning and Land Use Permitting


Assistance with zoning, land use permitting and other land use issues can be obtained with the City's  Office of Planning and Sustainability. Some businesses are also allowed as home occupations. The Office of Planning and Sustainability can provide information on all land use permits that might be required for your business. Carolyn Misch, Senior Land Planner/Permits Manager, can be reached at 413-587-1287. A copy of the Northampton Zoning Ordinance and other land use regulations can be found online.

Building Permits


The Building Commissioner's Office issues permits for building construction, plumbing, electrical, gas, signs, and initial zoning review and may be reached at 413-587-1240.

Additional Required Permits


The following permits may be required: