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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.

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 pdf format of Cross Walk
 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.

CMR NumberCMR Title
527 CMR 1.00 (until 12/31/14)Administration and Enforcement pdf format of 527001.pdf
527 CMR 2.00The Manufacturing Storage, Transportation and Use of Fireworks pdf format of 527002.pdf
527 CMR 3.00Dry Cleaning and Dry Dyeing and the Keeping, Storage and Use of Cleaning and Dyeing Fluids pdf format of 527003.pdf
527 CMR 4.00Oil Burning Equipment pdf format of 527004.pdf
file size 1MB
527 CMR 5.00Operation and Maintenance of Buildings or Other Structures Used as Garages, Service Stations and the Related Storage, Keeping and Use of Gasoline or Other Motor Fuel pdf format of 527005.pdf
527 CMR 6.00Liquefied Petroleum Gas Containers and Systems pdf format of 527006.pdf
527 CMR 7.00Manufacture and Handling of Plastics pdf format of 527007.pdf
527 CMR 8.00Transportation of Flammable and Combustible Liquids pdf format of 527008.pdf
527 CMR 9.00Tanks and Containers pdf format of 527009.pdf
527 CMR 10.00Fire Prevention, General Provisions pdf format of 527010.pdf
file size 1MB
527 CMR 11.00Commercial Cooking Operations pdf format of 527011.pdf
527 CMR 12.00Massachusetts Electrical Code Amendments pdf format of 527012.pdf
527 CMR 13.00Explosives pdf format of 527013.pdf
527 CMR 14.00Flammable and Combustible Liquids, Flammable Solids or Flammable Gases pdf format of 527014.pdf
527 CMR 15.00Keeping, Handling and Transportation of Flammable and Combustible Liquids, and the Disposition of Crude Petroleum or any of its Products in Harbors or Other Waters of the Commonwealth pdf format of 527015.pdf
527 CMR 16.00Model Rockets pdf format of 527016.pdf
527 CMR 17.00Lumber and other Forest Products pdf format of 527017.pdf
527 CMR 18.00Flammable Liquids in Bulk Plant Loading and Unloading Facilities pdf format of 527018.pdf
527 CMR 19.00Tentage pdf format of 527019.pdf
527 CMR 20.00Use and Maintenance or Temporary Portable Space Heating Devices and Equipment Used in the Construction Industry pdf format of 527020.pdf
527 CMR 21.00Decorations, Curtains, Draperies, Blinds and Other Window Treatments pdf format of 527021.pdf
527 CMR 22.00Cannon or Mortar Firing pdf format of 527022.pdf
527 CMR 23.00Issuance of Certificates for the Servicing of Portable Fire Extinguishers and the Installing and Servicing of Fixed Fire Extinguishing Systems pdf format of 527023.pdf
527 CMR 24.00Fire Warning Systems Installed In Buildings Within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts pdf format of 527024.pdf
527 CMR 25.00Obstructions and Hazards In Certain Buildings and on Public or Private Ways pdf format of 527025.pdf
527 CMR 26.00Compressed Natural Gas Containers and Systems pdf format of 527026.pdf
527 CMR 27.00Emergency and Standby Power Systems pdf format of 527027.pdf
527 CMR 28.00Combustible Fibers pdf format of 527028.pdf
527 CMR 29.00Upholstered Furniture, Molded Seating and Re-upholstered Furniture pdf format of 527029.pdf
527 CMR 30.00Unvented Propane or Natural Gas-Fired Space Heaters pdf format of 527030.pdf
527 CMR 31.00Carbon Monoxide Detectors pdf format of 527031.pdf
527 CMR 32.00Approved Smoke Detectors pdf format of 527032.pdf
527 CMR 33.00Hazardous Material Process or Processing pdf format of 527033.pdf
527 CMR 34.00Rubbish Handling pdf format of 527034.pdf
527 CMR 35.00Crop Ripening or Color Processes pdf format of 527035.pdf
527 CMR 37.00Pesticide Storage pdf format of 527037.pdf
527 CMR 38.00Minimum Standards for Motion Picture and Television Production Studio Soundstages, Production Facilities, Production Locations and Activities relating thereto. pdf format of 527038.pdf
527 CMR 39.00Welding and Cutting Processes pdf format of 527039.pdf
527 CMR 40.00Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems pdf format of 527040
527 CMR 49.00Appendices pdf format of 527049.pdf
527 CMR 50.00Petitions for Adoption, Amendment or Repeal of Regulations pdf format of 527050.pdf

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