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Yes. A building permit is required for any structure to ensure compliance with the City Zoning Ordinance. If the shed has more than 120 square feet of floor area, the shed will need to comply with the Massachusetts State Building Code 780 CMR.
Sections 5110.3 and 110.3 of the Massachusetts State Building Code 780 CMR give exemptions for building permits. In general, a building permit is required for any work that is more than ordinary repairs of a structure.