Building Department & Zoning Enforcement Office

Town Hall Hours as of Monday, March 29th, 2021:  We will now be open to the public without having to schedule an appointment.   The 2nd floors of both buildings will still be closed to public access.  Our building hours:  Mon, Wed, Thu 8 – 4pm, Tue 8 – 7pm and Fri 8 – Noon.  We will continue to utilize the drop box/bins located outside the rear entrances to our buildings moving forward as an additional means of communication but feel free to stop in at any time.


Re: New septic system installations

Beginning December 23, 2020, the Health Department is ceasing installations and permits of all septic systems for new construction projects until March 31, 2021, or until the weather allows.This decision is not made lightly, and is made with regards to the extreme cold weather that we have already experienced in our area already this season.  Repairs, Perc Tests (weather permitting) and New Septic Plans will continue to be addressed and/or reviewed by the Board of Health.

IN PERSON APPOINTMENTS:  Please call 508.347.2505 or email me

PERMIT APPLICATIONS:  Please start to use the Drop Box, Plan Bin or Snail Mail for your permits.  These bins are located outside our building, at the rear entrance, of 301 Main Street.  I will be checking these bins on an hourly basis until further notice.  

ON LINE APPLICATIONS:  Electrical, Plumbing and Gas permits only, are available with payment at this time.  Recently the link was broken, if you continue to have issues with this, please email me,  Building Permits can be emailed, snail mailed or "drop n' go". THE ON LINE FEE PAYMENT METHOD IS NOT CURRENTLY WORKING, PLEASE DROP OFF OR MAIL CHECKS TO "301 MAIN STREET".  WE APOLOGIZE FOR THIS INCONVENIENCE.

INSPECTIONS:  Please start to email pictures to  I will forward onto our inspectors and you will receive a “Pass/Fail” email back from me.  For Plumbers/Gas Fitters, please email your inspection pictures directly to the inspector, Peter at

To find a GIS Map of a property, please follow these steps: 

  • At "Home Page" of the Town Website, see the left hand side of the page under "Sturbridge NE Crossroads"
  • Then click on "GIS/Maps"
  • Then click on the link for "On Line GIS"
  • Then click on "Agree", then at the next screen, enter the street number & name in the top left hand corner and hit "enter" key

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Nelson Burlingame Bldg Commissioner & Zoning Enforcement Official 508.347.2505
Cindy Sowa Forgit Permit Technician 508.347.2505
Peter Starkus Plumbing Inspector (508) 735-5277
Clyde Gagnon Electrical Inspector
Robert Garon Asst.Inspector
William Gibson Electrical Inspector; Back Up 508.347.2505
Paul Mazeika Plumbing & Gas Inspector; Back Up 508.347.2505