Featured Meetings Real Estate

Short Term Rental (Airbnb) Enforcement Gearing Up at Boston Inspectional Services

Six months since taking the helm as Commissioner of Boston’s Inspectional Services Department (ISD), Dion Irish intends to make an impact on several key initiatives. “ISD is like a giant ship and we need to maneuver to address new challenges,” said Irish, speaking at the November meeting of the North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association Read More…

Police & Fire

Officials Cite Contractor as Creating “Unsafe and Dangerous Worksite” After Woman Hurt

The woman who was struck by a falling metal railing on Thursday remains in critical condition as city officials investigate the scene and the contractor involved in the tragic incident. Boston Inspectional Services Department named Corolla Contracting of Winthrop in a statement on Friday and stopped work at the site on the North End waterfront. Read More…

Featured Real Estate

Residents Evacuated from 454-464 Hanover Street as North End Building Declared Structurally Unsafe

Boston Inspectional Services has declared the building at 454-464 Hanover Street is structurally unsafe for occupancy. Residents were forced to evacuate on March 13th after city officials decided to condemn the property. The building is home to dozens of residents in its 26 residential units. There was formerly a 7-Eleven store on the ground floor Read More…

Community Featured Health & Environment Meetings

Inspectional Services Commissioner Talks Trash and Rats at Neighborhood Council [Video]

Inspectional Services Department (ISD) Commissioner, William “Buddy” Christopher led a spirited discussion at the June 2018 meeting of the North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC). ISD is responsible for enforcing Boston’s building, zoning and sanitary codes. The first resource for residents and business owners is the 311 hotline, 617-635-4500, available online at Boston.gov/311 or Download the app for iOS or Android. (Call Read More…

Community Featured Photos & Videos Real Estate

Inspectional Services Commissioner Speaks About Illegal Peace Garden Deck, Moon St. Building Height and Zoning Issues [Video]

Boston Inspectional Services Commissioner William “Buddy” Christopher, Jr. spoke at the July 2017 meeting of the North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA). The ISD commissioner started by addressing the controversial fire escape overlooking the St. Leonard’s Peace Garden. The commissioner confirmed it is not a legal deck and should not be used as such. The Read More…

Business Community

Follow-up: Longtime Vegetable Stand Returns to North End

The homegrown vegetable stand at the corner of Salem & Cooper Streets is back in business! A recent column by Tom Schiavoni brought attention to the code enforcement closure, that was quickly rectified by City Hall to get the needed authorizations for the stand. The operation has been run for over 45 years by the Tammaro family who Read More…

Commentaries Government

NORTH END MOMENT: Code Enforcement Overkill

(A cherished mom-and-pop vegetable stand was targeted for closure this by city code enforcement officials.) It was Saturday morning of Labor Day weekend, and something was out of place at the intersection of Salem and Cooper Streets. To the untrained eye, there were three potted plants discarded along the sidewalk on the corner. On closer Read More…

Real Estate

Inspectional Services Defers One; Approves Two Other Requests

Boston Inspectional Services Department (ISD) has deferred one request and approved two others. Media Vision proposal to install a new 10.6’ x 36’ digital billboard at 55-59 Causeway Street was deferred. New construction for a Hostel/Hotel at 234 Friend Street received approval. A basement level extension to the building lot line and construction on a Read More…

Event Notices Photos & Videos Real Estate

Inspectional Services Head Expediting Building Permits (Video)

Head of Boston Inspectional Services, William “Buddy” Christopher, spoke recently to the North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA) to discuss general issues associated with the department. Mr. Christopher said that ISD has been tasked by Mayor Walsh to: Expedite the permitting process for applicants. Uphold minimum standards for housing. Improve the experience at ISD. Change the Read More…

Event Notices Government

“Chief Chat” in North End with Boston’s Inspectional Services Commissioner

On October 15, the City of Boston will host the next event in its “Chief Chat” series aboard the City Hall To Go Truck. City Hall to Go is a mobile office, which offers many city services to Boston residents in their local neighborhoods, including resident parking permits, voter registrations, and recycling stickers, among others. Read More…

Health & Environment Photos & Videos Police & Fire

Inspectional Services Discusses Rooftops, Rental Units and Code Enforcement at Public Safety Meeting [Video]

Video: Inspectional Services at North End Public Safety Meeting, June 6, 2013 Coming off the latest North End rooftop incident as well as the fatal Allston fire, the Public Safety Committee invited Latifa Ali, Community Liaison from Inspectional Services Department (ISD) to engage residents on current issues. (00:00 in video) Rooftop and inspection issues related Read More…

Health & Environment Photos & Videos Police & Fire

Walking the Trash Beat with Code Enforcement Police and Councilor LaMattina [Slideshow]

On Sunday, March 10th around noon, City Councilor Sal LaMattina, Code Enforcement Sgt. Steven Tankle and Senior Aide / NEWNC President Stephen Passacantilli walked through the North End to get a first hand look at the state of trash on the streets and sidewalks. During the one hour walk, Code Enforcement issued 12 violations / Read More…