• Updates to Draft 9th Edition of the Building Code approved by BBRS on 1/12/2016

    The purpose of this notice is to provide stakeholders with the status of the draft 9th Edition of the MA State Building Code. As of January 12, 2016, the Board of Building Regulations and Standards (“BBRS”) completed an effort, which has lasted over two (2) years, by approving a final draft of the 9th Edition of the MA State Building Code (“780 CMR”).  The proposed new code is based upon the 2015 I-Codes, as published by the International Code Council (“ICC”).  This effort is a testament to the hard work performed by a large group of volunteers, sister agencies, and professional organizations who assisted the BBRS through participation in Technical Advisory Committees and presentations for the BBRS at public meetings. Read more . . .
  • The Department of Public Safety Introduces New Online Inspection and Permitting System (IPS)

    The Department of Public Safety is pleased to announce the introduction of the first phase of its new online Inspection and Permitting System (IPS).  During this initial phase, users are able to apply and pay for Elevator permits and related inspections, Building permits and related inspections (including Certificates of Inspection), and Electrical permits and related inspections using the DPS web based IPS Portal. To access this service please click on the Online Inspection and Permitting Processing hyperlink.  

    All users will be required to register in the system, and will receive email confirmation before proceeding to the application process.  The Department accepts credit cards, (only accepting MasterCard at this time), and electronic checks for on line payments.  There are instructions contained within the system for each step.  You may also download the IPS Training Documentation Customer Portal pdf format of 2015_10_05_ips_customer_portal_documenatation
file size 2MB by clicking the hyperlink.  If you have additional questions, please contact ipsadmin@massmail.state.ma.us for assistance.

  • 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.
  • DPS Seeks Public Input per Executive Order 562

    In order to facilitate the thorough review of its regulations as outlined in Executive Order 562, the Department of Public Safety is seeking comments and feedback from the public on all DPS regulations.  This is an opportunity for public input that goes beyond the traditional public comment and hearing process, and all comments are welcome, whether general in nature or specific to individual code sections.   Please send all comments via email to DPSInfo@state.ma.us , and please put “EO562” in the subject line.  All emails with “EO562” in the subject line will be considered as the Department goes through the regulation review process.  The Department thanks you in advance for your assistance and thoughtful remarks!
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  • MSAC and Special License New Address

    Attention Program Location Move

    The Massachusetts State Athletic Commission and the Special Licensing/ Regulated Activities programs have moved effective November 18, 2015. 

    Please send all applications and mail correspondence to the Dept. of Public Safety (Special Licensing) 50 Maple Street, Milford , MA 01757.

    Ph. 508-422-1957