The Building Department is responsible for ensuring that buildings are constructed and repaired safely and buildings, structures and land are used properly. The Department issues building, electrical, gas and plumbing permits that allow the construction, reconstruction, repair, alteration and demolition of buildings and structures as well as the installation of equipment. The Department annually inspects restaurants, lodgings and other places of assembly. The Building Department enforces the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Building Code and the Abington By-Laws. The goal of the Department is to ensure a safe public and private environment for the residents and businesses.