Online Permit Portal

Welcome to the Town of Orleans Online Permit Portal. This system allows you to search existing permits for a property, apply for certain new permits online, and pay for newly issued permits.

You can now pay for building permits through the portal once you have been notified by the Building Department that your permit has been approved. 

To search for existing permits, go to the Portal, simply enter the address, and select "Go".

To apply for an Express Permit or a Plumbing/Gas Permit, please read the following before selecting "Go":

Currently online permitting is limited to the following:

  • Express Building Permit Applications for Homeowners and Licensed Building Contractors
  • Plumbing and Gas Permit Applications for Licensed Plumbers and Gas Fitters
  • Pay Online: You may pay for your Building Permit via the Online Portal if you have been notified by the Building Department that the permit has been approved. Simply enter the address in the portal and select "Go". Once you find your new permit listed, select "Add to Cart" and follow the payment process.

Express Building Permit Applications for Homeowners & Licensed Building Contractors

What is an Express Permit? Express Building Permits are strictly for maintenance and repair work such as in-kind window/door replacement, roofing, siding, insulation, and fencing greater than 7 feet in height. ("In-kind" means no changes to rough openings.) All aspects of the current Building Code still apply! Inspections are usually not required - please check with the Building Department if you are unsure.

Building Contractors must first register with the Building Department and receive a PIN before applying for Online Express Permits.

MA Building Contractors Registration

You must submit proof of current worker's compensation Insurance, Proof of Current CSL and HIC registration, valid phone number, email and mailing address either by email or drop off. Once processed, an Express Permit PIN will be emailed to you. Your PIN will enable you to apply online for as many Express Permits as you wish. Send registration materials to the Building Department.

Homeowners may apply for Express Building Permits online without prior registration.

All Building Permit Applications other than Express must be dropped off, completed, in the box outside the main entrance to town hall. Required forms are available on the Permits, Applications & Fees page.

Plumbing & Gas Permit Applications

Plumbing and Gas Permit Applications are for MA Licensed Plumbers and Gas Fitters only.

MA Licensed Plumbers & Gas Fitters Registration 

You must submit proof of current liability insurance, proof of current license, valid phone number, email and mailing address. Once processed, an Express Permit PIN will be emailed to you. Your PIN will enable you to apply online for as many Plumbing and Gas Permits as you like.

  1. Larry Baker

    Plumbing/Gas Inspector
    Phone: 508-240-3700, ext. 2348

    Office Hours

    Wednesday and Friday
    1 pm to 2 pm


  1. Scott VanRyswood

    Plumbing/Gas Inspector
    Phone: 508-240-3700, ext. 2348

    Office Hours

    Wednesday and Friday
    1 pm to 2 pm


Electrical Permit Applications

Electrical Permit Applications are not available via online submission. Drop off at town hall only. By MA law, homeowners can apply for their own Electrical Permits, but are strongly advised to hire a Licensed Electrician.

  1. Dave Messier

    Wiring Inspector
    Phone: 508-240-3700, ext. 2343

    Office Hours

    Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
    8:30 am to 10:00 am


Express Permit

You can apply for an Express Permit using the drop-off method. 

For Help

Please call the Building Department at 508-240-3700, ext. 2455 with any questions before applying online.

We are still developing this system so it can be used to its full potential.

Visit the Express Permit Page/Online Portal