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The Board of Fire Prevention Regulations (BFPR) voted to promulgate a revised fire safety code at their meeting on Thursday, August 7, 2014. The new Massachusetts Comprehensive Fire Safety Code (527 CMR 1.00) will take effect on January 1, 2015. The new code adopts, in large part, the National Fire Prevention Association’s (NFPA) Model Fire Code (NFPA-1- 2012 Edition), with Massachusetts amendments. The new code should result in an improved, more comprehensive fire safety code, using consensus standards recognized throughout the nation.

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.

Massachusetts Amendments to NFPA 1
The new base code: NFPA 1 (2012) and the Massachusetts amendments to the base code are available for review.

  • Massachusetts 527 CMR 1.00  pdf format of Massachusetts 527 CMR 1.00 
– the Massachusetts Amendments (unofficial version)
  • Massachusetts 527 CMR 12.00  pdf format of Massachusetts 527 CMR 12.00 
– the Massachusetts Amendments to the Electrical Code (unofficial version)
  • 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.

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 CMR’s 1 to 50 (old code) and the newly revised Massachusetts Comprehensive Fire Safety Code, 527 CMR 1.00, which takes 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.

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.

Staff: Richard Fredette, BFPR Executive Director, P.O. Box 1025, State Rd, Stow, MA 01775, Tel. 978-567-3713.