Welcome to Barre, Massachusetts

The Town of Barre is a small rural community located 61 miles from Boston, almost exactly in the center of the State, and covers 44.8 square miles. It has a population of 5,365 is bordered by Phillipston on the north, Hubbardston on the northeast, Rutland and Oakham on the southeast, New Braintree on the south, Hardwick on the southwest, and Petersham on the northwest. Barre is 22 miles northwest of Worcester has a latitude of 42.422N, a longitude of 72.105W and and elevation of 784 feet above sea level. The form of government is Board of Selectmen and open town meeting.

The community was named after Isaac Barré, a member of the British Parliament who opposed the taxation of America.

The town of Barre did not start out as the "Town of Barre". From the beginning of the earliest kept records Barre was part of Rutland. The town was part of the Naquag grant and was made the "Northwest District of Rutland in 1749. In 1774 the town incorporated and was called "Hutchinson". Two years later a petition for a different name resulted in it being called "Barre", with a population of 734. During the Industrial Revolution, it became known for its production of farming equipment and palm leaf hats. During the Civil War it supplied much of the gunpowder used by the Union Army.

Henry Woods Building - Second Floor
40 West St - Box 370
Barre, MA 01005
Phone: (978) 355-2504 Ext 105

Fax: (978) 355-5009
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Office Hours:
Monday 7:30am - 2 & 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Wednesday 7:30am - 2
Thursday 7:30am - 3:30

 

The Town of Barre has adopted the Stretch Code "Appendix 120 AA" at the Annual Town Meeting June 20, 2011.

The Stretch Code goes into effect Jan. 1, 2012.

Information can be viewed at the Department of Public Safety website.

 

The Board of Building Regulations and Standards approves the Eigth Edition of the Building Code

 

FYI from The Mass. Federation of Building Officials regarding Homeowners pulling permits

 

NOTICE FOR INSULATION CONTRACTORS: New licensing requirements

 

SHED GUIDELINES

No Building Permit is necessary to construct a shed if it is less than 200 square feet. However, you  are still expected to observe the setback requirements outlined in theZoning By-laws of the Town of Barre.

Setback is: minimum of 5' from the side & rear property lines.



Building Inspector - George Ricker

 

Administrative Assistant - Andrea Mastrototoro

Phone: 978-355-2504 ext 105  Fax: 978-355-5015
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Electrical Inspector - Darrell Sweeney

Phone: 978-355-2504 ext 105 Fax: 978-355-5015
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Inspection days & times Mon. & Th. evenings after 4:30pm


Plumbing Inspector - Byron Carpenter

Phone: 508-882-3308 Fax: 978-355-5015


Gas Inspector - Tom Monfreda

Phone: 978-928-5158 Fax: 978-355-5015

 

Important links:

Construction Supervisor License check

Home Improvement Contractor's Registration

Plumbing, Gas & Electrician license look up

Department of Industrial Accidents

Building Code/BBRS

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