• An Introduction to the 2015 International Building Code

    The Department of Public Safety will present a four hour training seminar on the 2015 International Existing Building Code (Ninth Edition MA Code) during the month of September. The seminar is open to state and municipal building inspectors, engineers, architects, building contractors and others who have an interest in new code requirements.  Read more...
  • Notice of Public Hearing 523 CMR on October 13, 2016 at 11am


    Under the provisions of G.L. c. 30A, the State Athletic Commission (“the Commission”) will hold a public hearing for the purposes of gathering comments, ideas, and information concerning the amendments of 523 CMR:

    Scheduled Hearing Date: October 13, 2016, at 11 AM

    Location: 50 Maple Street, Milford, Massachusetts, 01757

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  • Notice of Public Hearing: 520 CMR 6.00 - September 12, 2016 at 1PM

    Under the provisions of G.L. c. 30A, the Department of Public Safety (“Department”) will hold a public hearing for the purposes of gathering comments, ideas, and information concerning the amendments of the following regulations:

    520 CMR 6, Hoisting Machinery

    The proposed changes include, but are not limited to, the following: First, reduction of continuing education requirements for licensees to eliminate duplication and, for several classes of license holders, reduction of hourly education metrics per renewal period by half. Second, adoption of a definitional change in the term hoisting equipment to include within the purview of the regulatory scheme a narrower class of machines, thereby reducing the number and types of equipment subject to the operational and licensing requirements. Third, acceptance of an intrastate medical waiver from the Massachusetts RMV, permitting individuals who can be licensed for intrastate shipping and transportation duties to qualify for a hoisting/excavation license. Fourth elimination of the need for special attachment-specific licenses. Fifth, amendments to two portions of the regulatory language to reflect a change in G.L. c. 146, § 53. 


    Scheduled Hearing Date: September 12, 2016, at 1 PM 

    Location: Ashburton Café, One Ashburton Place, Boston, Massachusetts, 02108



  • Notice of Public Hearing: 524 CMR - August 22, 2016 at 11AM

    Under the provisions of G.L. c. 30A, the Board of Elevator Regulations (“the Board”) will hold a public hearing for the purposes of gathering comments, ideas, and information concerning the amendments of the following regulations:


    524 CMR 1 through 38, Board of Elevator Regulations


    The proposed changes to the regulations extensively update and improve the elevator code on many fronts. The most significant revisions and improvements are: the adoption of the most recently available national model codes, most significantly ASME A17.1-2013; the addition of chapters 36, 37, and 38 that incorporate national model standards and allow for installation of code-compliant construction hoists, vertical reciprocating conveyors, and wheelchair lifts; the fundamental reorganization of the code chapters to improve readability, user friendliness, and consistency and to bring the structure in line with widely accepted expectations for organization; and the removal of chapter 17 setting Massachusetts standards for existing regulated equipment and replacement of those substantive rules with uniform, modern design, installation, and alteration specifications.


    Scheduled Hearing Date: August 22, 2016, at 11 AM

    Location: Ashburton Café, One Ashburton Place, Boston, Massachusetts, 02108



  • Amendments to 780 CMR (Building Code) Energy Provisions Effective August 12, 2016

    On June 14, 2016, the Board of Building Regulations and Standards (“Board”) held a public hearing on proposed amendments to the current, Eighth Edition of 780 CMR (the building code) concerning energy standards. Specifically, the Board solicited feedback and took testimony on amendments to 780 CMR 13 (commercial energy efficiency standards), section 11 of 780 CMR 51 (residential energy standards), and 780 CMR 115 Appendix AA (Stretch Energy Code). The Board and Department of Public Safety (“Department”) also took feedback from the public and stakeholders in writing until June 28, 2016.


    Following the public comment period, the Board reviewed that feedback at its regular meeting on July 19, 2016. On that date, the Board voted recommended changes to the three energy chapters and approved the amendments for publication.


    The approved amendments were filed with the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth, Regulations Division, on July 28, 2016. The effective date of the new energy provisions in 780 CMR is therefore August 12, 2016. Read more...

  • Passionate about Education

    by Robert Anderson, Director of Code Education

    It has been a longstanding goal of the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to offer quality, timely education. The Baker administration has afforded DPS an opportunity to expand its education programs in order to develop a Public Safety Academy where state and municipal inspectors, licensees, engineers, architects and other interested parties will be able to choose from an assortment of worthwhile courses aimed at educating them on our regulatory requirements. Read more...

  • DPS Incident Hotline

    Please be advised that the Department of Public Safety (DPS) has instituted a new protocol for the reporting of incidents that require the immediate attention of the DPS. If there is an Emergency involving a DPS regulated activity please contact the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency at (508) 820-1444 to report DPS related incident.
    This number should be used for all DPS related events, including but not limited to the following: Incident involving:
    1. Building collapse/failure
    2. Elevators/escalators
    3. Boiler or air tank failure/explosion
    4. Amusement or tramway incidents
    5. Horse carriage incidents
    6. Incidents involving hoisting and
    excavating equipment.
    For all Non-Emergency calls please dial 617-727-3200
  • DPS License Lookup

    DPS LIcense Lookup
    All licenses issued, renewed or otherwise updated by the Department of Public Safety, are posted to the DPS Website after processing.
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