Thomas G. Gatzunis, Commissioner

Thomas G. Gatzunis, Commissioner

Welcome to the Department of Public Safety (DPS) Website

Key Resources

Extension to the Continuing Education Requirements & the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners

Please be advised that the deadline for completion of the Continuing Education requirements contained in 520 CMR 6.00: HOISTING MACHINERY, has been extended to September 1, 2014. Licensees whose Hoisting Machinery License expires prior to this date will not be required to submit Continuing Education at the time of renewal.

In addition, effective May 21, 2014, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (“FMCSA”) will require that all commercial motor vehicle (“CMV”) medical examinations be performed by an FMCSA approved medical examiner that is listed on the new National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (“National Registry”). To comply with the changes of the FMCSA, the Department will only recognize DOT Medical Certificates approved by a medical examiner that is listed on the National Registry effective May 21, 2014. 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)


The series of storms Massachusetts has been receiving continue to present a variety of challenges. Following are a number of important helpful tips to consider regarding the dangers of roof collapses, power outages and traveling. Read more...

Notice of Public Hearing - 529 CMR: Boxers' Fund Board

Under the provisions of M.G.L. c. 30A, and pursuant to M.G.L. c.6, §99, the Boxers’ Fund Board will hold a public hearing for the purposes of gathering comments, ideas, and information concerning overall revisions to 529 CMR.   The revisions incorporate the change in M.G.L. c.147, §40A requiring that financial need be based on an injury sustained during an event, and update outdated provisions, including those limiting eligibility for funds to boxers only, rather than all fighters regulated by the State Athletic Commission. Read more...

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...

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.

Notice of New Regulation - 520 CMR 6.00: Hoisting Machinery

The Department of Public Safety ("Department") would like to notify you that the new 520 CMR 6.00: HOISTING MACHINERY regulations will go in to effect on November 8, 2013. Many of the changes incorporated in to the new regulations reflect and implement recent amendments to the hoisting law, G.L. c. 146, § 53, and public comment.  Please note that this is a summary only of some of the more significant changes and should not be read in lieu of the regulations themselves. 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

2012 IECC - New Energy Code Approved

In July the State 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 these amendments may be found at Building Code/BBRS.  Read more ...

Building Code Changes for February 2014 Public Hearing

The Board of Building Regulations and Standards will hold a public hearing on February 11, 2014.  Read more...

Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed Amendments to 520 CMR 5.00, et seq.

The Department of Public Safety (“Department”) proposes amending its amusement regulations, 520 CMR 5.00, et seq.  The recently enacted Chapter 108 of the Acts of 2012 inserted a section into M.G.L. c. 147, which provides that licenses issued under the authority of the Department and held by individuals engaged in active duty with the armed forces will remain valid for up to 90 days following their release from active duty.  The purpose of the proposed amendments is to codify this new law into the Department’s amusement regulations. Read more...

2013 Best Accessible Design Awards

On August 23, 2013, the Architectural Access Board and the Boston Society of Architects held the awards ceremony for the 2013 Best Accessible Design Awards.  You can read more about the details of the awards and the awards ceremony here .

Civil Fine Enforcement Regulations

This is to notify you that the Department of Public Safety’s new Civil Fine Enforcement regulations, 520 CMR 1.00, will go into effect on July 1, 2013. Read more...

Construction Control Documents

Construction Control documents have been revised and approved by the BBRS and are now available for use state wide.  Read more ...

Radon Advisory

The Board of Building Regulations and Standards encourages homeowners to check for radon.  Read more...

CSL - Continuing Education Requirements

Any person with a license expiration date of July 1, 2013 or after will need to comply with continuing education requirements.  Read more...

Change in Law for Elevators Located in Owner Occupied Single Family Residences

A new law was recently enacted which expands the definition of “owner occupied single family residences” to include both attached and detached residences.  As a result, attached and detached single family owner occupied residences will only require inspection every five years rather than the current requirement of every year.  Please note that this provision only applies to elevators in owner occupied residences that serve only the residence. Read more...

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...

Home Improvement Contractor has moved to the Office of Consumer Affairs

As you may know the HIC program has been moved from DPS to the Office of Consumer Affairs (OCA).
Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation
10 Park Plaza, Suite 5170
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 973-8700