Services provided by the Department include:

  • Processing and issuance of building permits, inspection of permitted projects.
  • Enforcement of the State Building Code, the Minimum Housing Code (Rhode Island Housing Maintenance and Occupancy Code) and various local ordinances.
  • Inspections with regard to compliance for licensing of mobile home parks, public and private schools, day care facilities, laundries, purveyors of alcoholic beverages, bed & breakfast, hotels, motels, rooming houses and second hand furniture dealers.
  • The staff also provides assistance and information to the public concerning permit applications, inspection requirements, appeals, and the interpretation of flood maps, codes, regulations and ordinance.