• 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.

  • Notice of Public Hearing: 522 CMR - June 23, 2016 at 11AM

    Under the provisions of G.L. c. 30A, the Department of Public Safety (“the Department”) will hold a public hearing for the purposes of gathering comments, ideas, and information concerning the amendments of the following regulations (and adoption of a chapter 19, PORTABLE BOILERS):


    522 CMR 1 through 18, Board of Boiler Rules:

    Scheduled Hearing Date: June 23, 2016, at 11 AM

    Location: 50 Maple Street, Milford, Massachusetts, 01757


    The proposed changes to the regulations reflect and implement the most recent standards by the recognized engineering organizations (ASHRAE, ASME, and NBIC), will bring the regulations up to date with current industry practice and national standards developed and disseminated in 2013 to 2015, reduce compliance burdens for industry while promoting operational safety, and improve the organization and clarity of the regulatory text. Read more...

  • Proposed updates to 524 CMR, Massachusetts Elevator Code

    On May 4, 2016, the Board of Elevator Regulations (“BER”) voted its approval of amendments to the Massachusetts elevator code, codified at 524 CMR. The May 4 vote was the culmination of years of effort to update and improve the elevator code for the public, the regulated community, and the Department of Public Safety (“Department”). Read more...
  • Notice of Public Hearing: 780 CMR - June 14, 2016 at 1PM

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


    780 CMR, State Board of Building Regulations and Standards:

    CHAPTER 13.00: Energy Efficiency

    CHAPTER 51.00: Massachusetts Residential Code (Chapter 11 and Appendix U)

    APPENDIX 115.AA: Stretch Energy Code

    Scheduled Hearing Date: June 14, 2016, at 1 PM

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


    The proposed changes to the regulations at this time amend Chapters 13, 51, and 115.AA to the latest IECC 2015 and ASHRAE 90.1-2013 energy standards to lower consumption requirements, modernize building envelope, ventilation, insulation systems and other measures, and promote cost savings for builders, owners, and residents through offsets and improved efficiency. Read more...

  • 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 . . .
  • 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