Frequently Asked Questions
  1. What are the 9999 street addresses?
  2. What types of permits and licenses are listed online?
  3. What type of permits and licenses are not listed?
  4. Why do I see the same permit listed multiple times?
  5. How far back does the permit history go?
  6. Where is the information stored and when is it updated?
  7. Can I apply for a license online?
  8. What are the rules and regulations for each permit or license?
  9. I get an error 'More than 1,000 records found!  Please limit the search.

What are the 9999 street addresses?

A 9999 street number is used to identify a street location that does not have a postal street address.  These properties include community land without a structure (parks, water areas, and utility easements), railroad right of ways, public utility land (water pumping station, power transfer, MWRA easement, NSTAR natural gas lines), and other parcels that do not have street numbers.  New streets may also have 9999 addresses.

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What types of permits and licenses are listed online?

Board of Health Food Service Permits:

Building Permits (Commercial and Residential):

Business Certificates (DBA)

Conservation Applications:

Dog Licenses

Electrical Permits

Fire Department Permits and Plan Reviews:

Gas Line Fitting Permits

General Licenses:

Liquor Licenses (All Alcohol and Malt & Wine):

Plumbing Permits

Street Opening/Sidewalk Obstruction Permits

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What types of permits and licenses are not listed?

Burial Permits, Firearms Identification (FID), Fishing Licenses, Gun Dealerships, Hackney Licenses, Raffle Permits, Marriage Licenses, Birth Certificates, Death Certificates, Rubbish/Septic Transport Permits, Septic Installation Permits, Well Permits, Swimming Pool Permits, Kennel Licenses, Tanning Establishment Permits, Tobacco Resale Licenses, Weights and Measures Certifications, and Public Works Water Services (Meter Certification, Water Entrance, Sewer Entrance, Hydrant/Pump Certification, Lawn Meter).
 
Many of these licenses and permits are maintained by the state and federal authorities.  The town may act as the issuing agent for these licenses, but the license and permit information is maintained by the central authority.
 
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Why do I see the same permit listed multiple times?

A permit may appear in the search results multiple times if there are multiple names associated with a permit.  Depending on the type of permit, significant names may include the Applicant, Owner, Contractor, Business Manager, Engineer, Architect, Botanist, Business Name, or Attorney.
 
An entry for the permit may appear for each address associated with a permit that encompasses multiple addresses.
 
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How far back does the permit history go?

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Where is the information stored and when is it updated?

The Town of Framingham maintains a computerized permit and license system shared by multiple departments.  The software application that we use is from Accela.  As of December 2011, almost 250,000 permits, licenses, and certifications are stored in the database.
 
The issuing departments maintain the permit and license information.  Most permit and license information is available immediately after departments enter the information. Information that is maintained outside of the Accela system is updated annually on a calendar or fiscal year basis.
 
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Can I apply for a license online?

Many application forms are available online for download.  Check here for a complete list.
 
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What are the rules and regulations for each permit or license?

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I get an error 'More than 1,000 records found!  Please limit the search

Sending the data for more than 1,000 license records can take a long time to process.  If more than 1,000 permits match your criteria, try specifying a date range for the Application Date and selecting a specific Permit Type.
 
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