The revised Massachusetts Comprehensive Fire Safety Code (527 CMR 1.00), took effect on January 1, 2015. The revised code adopts, in large part, the National Fire Prevention Association’s (NFPA) Model Fire Code (NFPA 1- 2012 Edition), with Massachusetts amendments.
These are unofficial versions of 527 CMR regulations and are provided as a convenience to the public. DFS uses its best efforts to update these documents, however for official use please contact the Secretary of the Commonwealth's office. To view PDF versions you will need a pdf reader, please download and install Acrobat Reader. The PDF files are formatted to print on legal size paper.
- Massachusetts 527 CMR 1.00 – the Massachusetts Amendments (unofficial version)
- Massachusetts 527 CMR 12.00 – the Massachusetts Amendments to the Electrical Code (unofficial version)
- 527 CMR 1.00 Frequently Asked Questions
- To view the Base Code - NFPA -1, 2012 Edition, go to the NFPA Codes webpage, change the code edition to 2012, and then the website will ask you to register to be able to view the archived version of the code.
DFS Advisories on the New Fire Code
There have been several recent advisories on important fire prevention issues including legislation concerning blasting near natural gas pipelines, required inspections for liquor license renewals, permits for fire protection systems under the new fire code, NFPA subscription service for code enforcement officials, inspection of commercial cooking and exhaust facilities, and food trucks.
Cross Walk Document – Making the Transition
The purpose of this cross walk document is to provide a cross reference between sections 527 CMRs 1 to 50 (previous code) and the newly revised Massachusetts Comprehensive Fire Safety Code, 527 CMR 1.00, which took effect on January 1, 2015. This cross walk document is provided as a convenience to the reader and should not be relied upon for research.
Staff: Richard Fredette, BFPR Executive Director, Richard.Fredette@massmail.state.ma.us P.O. Box 1025, State Rd, Stow, MA 01775, Tel. 978-567-3713.
Previous Code: 527 CMR – as of December 31, 2014
The following are unofficial copies of the State Fire Code (527 CMR) that were in effect as of December 31, 2014. They are posted here for reference and convenience only.
It should be noted that some provisions of 527 CMR (previous code) adopted by reference, in whole or in part, standards created by various code development organizations. For your convenience we have provided the link listed below, to facilitate access to read-only versions of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) codes and standards. While accessing these documents you should be careful to reference the correct edition and be aware of modifications that may be unique to Massachusetts.