Code Compliance officers are responsible for ensuring uniform statewide compliance with the laws and regulations the State Fire Marshal is charged to enforce. The unit can be asked to look into any matter covered by MGL Chapter 148 or 527 CMR 1.00. Code Compliance officers have statewide jurisdiction and are designated by the State Fire Marshal to support the regulatory compliance efforts of local fire department officers and to enhance our fire prevention goals. Technical support staff provides fire protection engineering support, fire code interpretations, and opinions on the application of fire safety laws and regulations, and support to local enforcement agencies. Code compliance officers review plans and issue permits for the operation of aboveground storage tanks and for self-serve gas stations .
Please note: Effective July 1, 2009 administration of the Underground Storage Tank Program (UST) has been transferred to the Department of Environmental Protection. (Phone: 617-556-1035 Ext. 2)
New Fire Code Training
The revised Comprehensive Fire Safety Code, 527 CMR 1.00, took effect on January 1, 2015. The revised code adopts the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Model Code (NFPA 1, 2012 Edition), with Massachusetts amendments. The Department of Fire Services and the NFPA are offering additional training in January across the state for fire service personnel to learn to navigate the new code. Attendees will receive a hard copy of the base code and the amendments at the class. Click here for a full list of classes and registration info.
The Aboveground Storage Tank (AST) regulations, 502 CMR 5:00, are currently enforced by the State Fire Marshal, and require anyone constructing or installing new aboveground storage tanks to obtain a permit from the Office of the State Marshal. The regulations also require that all such tanks have a Use Permit issued by the marshal upon construction and every five years thereafter. Inspections must still take place annually. The tank owner or operator must retain a qualified inspector for the required annual inspection.
Approved Tank Disposal Yards
Tank disposal yards are facilities that must be permitted by the State Fire Marshal to accept and dispose of underground steel storage tanks which formerly contained motor fuel.
The Office of the State Fire Marshal issues licenses to people and companies engaged in fireworks, blasting, explosives, special effects, cannon and mortar firing, commercial cooking exhaust system cleaning and inspection, special hazard systems and portable fire extinguishers. It also issues permits for the transport of fireworks and explosives.
|Division of Fire Safety|
Code Compliance and Enforcement Unit
|Licensing and Permits||(978) 567-3700|
|Fire and Explosion Investigation Section||(978) 567-3310|
|Arson Hotline||(800) 682-9229|
|Western Mass. Office||(413) 587-3181|
|Public Fire Safety Education Hotline||(877) 9NO-FIRE|
|Activation of Emergency Resources||Click Link|