Salem selectmen make change to speed up process for builders
Earlier this week, selectmen approved a plan allowing qualified firms to review building plans.
“Right now, it takes some larger developers up to one month to have their plans reviewed by a building inspector,” said Hickey.
“That’s kind of ‘Hey, buddy, I’m going to have you do my work and you are going to correct my stuff,’” he said. Hargreaves suggested that the town be responsible for choosing the firm to review the plans.
“There are so many entities out there that put their professional name and license on the line for this kind of work,” said Goodwin. “We didn’t want to be in the business of who deciding who succeeds and who fails in the private sector. All the entities have to be pre-qualified by us.”
Building inspectors will also have more time to conduct home inspections, according to Hickey.
“We hope this will alleviate some of the problems, but its not going to solve all of the problems,” said Goodwin. “We aren’t going to get the plumbing inspections done in 24 hours, but I’d like to think it will be faster than two weeks.”email@example.com
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