• Fire Protection Permit and the Comprehensive Fire Safety Code

    The revised Comprehensive Fire Safety Code, 527 CMR 1.00, is in effect as of January 1, 2015 and as a result, many questions have been raised regarding the permitting of the installation of fire protection systems. Read more... pdf format of bbrs-revised-fireprotectionjointmemowithdps-feb 06 2015

  • NOTICE OF NEW REGULATION - 520 CMR 5.00: Amusement Devices

    Changes to the Amusement regulations, 520 CMR 5.00, were incorporated to reflect requirements established by Chapter 305 of the Acts of 2014 in the area of portable fabricated rock climbing wall safeguards. 

    On January 30, 2015, the Department of Public Safety ("Department") held a public hearing to consider these changes to the amusement regulations.  The final amended regulations are effective on February 27, 2015.  Below please find a summary of some of the more significant changes.  This is a summary only and should not be read in lieu of the regulations themselves. Read more...

  • Public Safety Advisory on Potential Roof Collapses  docx format of Public Safety Advisory on Potential Roof Collapses

    Dangers Associated With Heavy Snow Loads on Roofs

    The recent prolonged cold weather and repeated snowstorms have contributed to severe roof load conditions.  Compounding the situation is the short-term weather forecast of potentially two more snowstorms over the next few days.  Read more...

    Joint News Release on Roof Collapse pdf format of joint-news-release-on-roof-collapse-feb19_15


    Please be advised that the Process Piping Pipefitter license grandfathering period shall sunset on March 14, 2015. All completed Process Piping Pipefitter license grandfathering applications must be submitted in to the Department of Public Safety (the Department) prior to this date. Process Piping Pipefitter license grandfathering applications submitted in to the Department after March 14, 2015 will no longer fall under the 180 day grandfathering period stated in 528 CMR 11.02(1) and will not be processed. Any individual seeking a Process Piping Pipefitter license after March 14, 2015 must pass a written examination and must follow the pipefitter licensing process outlined in 528 CMR 11.02(2)-(4).

    Due to the extensive number of grandfathering applications that have been submitted in to the Department prior to March 14, 2015, the Department will honor these applications and issue Process Piping Pipefitter licenses upon verification of compliance with 528 CMR 11.02(1).

    The regulations, as well as FAQs, can be found here.

  • NEW SUNDAY LICENSE FORM (Effective Immediately)

    The Department of Public Safety has revised the “License for Public Entertainment on Sunday” and “Application for License for Public Entertainment on Sunday” forms in response to complaints about antiquated language.  The new licensing form has also consolidated the application and license into a single form.  A copy of the new “License for Public Entertainment on Sunday” form can be found here pdf format of app_sunday_license_feb15

  • 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 FAQs

  • 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.

    The Hoisting and Engineering Exams scheduled for Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at the Mullins Center in UMass Amherst have been CANCELLED due to inclement weather. These exams have been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 10, 2015. The Department will be resending notifications to the individuals scheduled to appear on  Tuesday, January 27, 2015 with the new rescheduled time and date. Please contact the Department if you have any further questions.

  • Notice of New Regulation – 529 CMR 2: Boxers’ Fund Board Regulations Effective December 19, 2014

    The Boxers’ Fund Board has revised 529 CMR 2 to  incorporate the change in M.G.L. c.147, §40A requiring that financial need be based on an injury sustained during an event.   The Board has also updated several provisions including those limiting eligibility for funds to boxers only, rather than all fighters regulated by the State Athletic Commission.  A pdf copy of the regulations can be found here pdf format of msac-529-cmr-2-dec14

  • Notice of Public Hearing on Civil Fine Regulations 520 CMR 1 and 520 CMR 16

    The Department of Public Safety (“Department”) will hold a public hearing on November 21, 2014, at 10:00 AM at One Ashburton Place, Ashburton Café Conference Room, Boston, MA, regarding proposed changes to 520 CMR 1.00 relative to civil fines and the adoption of 520 CMR 16.00 relative to fines for expired elevator inspection certificates. Read more...

  • Commissioner Gatzunis receives 2014 Award for Excellence in Performance Management  docx format of Commissioner Gatzunis receives 2014 Award for Excellenc

    On June 26th, Governor Deval Patrick and Secretary Andrea Cabral presented Commissioner Thomas G. Gatzunis with an Award for Excellence in Performance Management for 2014.  Read more...

  • Changes to Civil Fine Appeal Process for the Operation of Elevators with an Expired Certificate

    Recently, legislation was enacted which significantly impacts the Civil Fine program with regard to the appeal of fines associated with the operation of elevators beyond their expiration dates.  Specifically, the legislation allows the Department to establish factors which may be taken into consideration upon appeal of a fine issued pursuant to M.G.L. c. 143 section 65.  Further, the legislation provides that these factors may be applied retroactively to January 1, 2013.  Read more
  • 2012 IECC - New Energy Code Approved, Webinar Available

    In July 2013 the Board of Building Regulations and Standards approved the International Energy Conservation Code 2012 with MA amendments as the new baseline energy code, effective August 16, 2013.  An unofficial version of the MA amendments is found at Building Code/BBRS.  Read more and view the attached residential webinar ...

  • Cost and Effectiveness of Building Code Requirements

    The Board of Building Regulations and Standards has issued two preliminary papers on the cost and effectiveness of building code requirements.  Read more...

  • The Boston Survivors Accessibility Alliance (BSAA)

    Renovate For Recovery Transforms Homes Of Marathon Victims (WGBH)


    We have all been deeply affected by the Marathon bombings on April 15th which left so many innocent people seriously injured.  Like many of you, the Department is looking for ways to help the survivors of the bombings.  Towards this end, the Department has established the Boston Survivors Accessibility Alliance (BSAA) to assist those who may need assistance with renovations to help transition to a new lifestyle. Read more...


    Marathon victims get help making homes accessible - Volunteers donate time, skills, materials
    By Eric Moskowitz (The Boston Globe)

  • New 90-Day Elevator Re-Inspection Fee

    Please be advised that the Department of Public Safety’s new elevator 90-day re-inspection fee was recently filed with the Secretary of State and will go into effect on January 31, 2014.  However, in order to give the industry adequate time to complete its pre-inspections, the Department will not begin enforcement and collection of this fee until March 1, 2014. Read more...

  • Elevator Variance - Amended Procedures

    In keeping with the Department's efforts to communicate changes and updates to its procedures, and to expedite the process in a more efficient and timely fashion, it is reconfirming and amending its variance procedures.  There are currently two types of variance decisions that could be required with a new installation permit application, read more... pdf format of Elevator Variance Amended Procedures 11.2013

  • Policy Statement Relating to the Installation of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard 13D Multi-purpose Piping Sprinkler Systems  pdf format of nfpa_standard_13d_multi_purpose_piping_sprinkler

  • Licensing of Military Personnel

    On May 31, 2012, Governor Patrick signed in to law a bill that will provide certain exceptions to the Department’s licensing requirements for individuals in the military and armed forces.  The bill has three main components relative to the Department.  These exceptions apply to all licenses and certificates issued by the Department and its boards and commissions. Read more...

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