Q. Why is the Department charging a fee to boiler and pressure vessel owners?
A. The fiscal year 2012 state budget gave the Department of Public Safety (DPS) the authority to issue certificates of inspection for pressure vessels and boilers, including the authority to charge a fee to help recover costs.  Massachusetts was one of only 3 states that did not issue such certificates.  

Q. How much is the new certificate fee?
A. $50.00 per certificate which is payable to the Commonwealth and collected by DPS.  

Q. When will the certificate fee go into effect?
A. May 1, 2012

Q. Does the new $50 certificate fee cover the cost of the Inspection?
A. No.  DPS will continue to collect a separate fee for an initial inspection.
Note: DPS does not regulate fees that may be charged by Insurance Companies for the annual inspections they conduct.

Q. How will boiler and pressure vessel owners pay the certificate fee?
A. For first inspections, the certificate fee will be paid as part of the application. For annual inspections, DPS will send payment notices after the inspection report is received from the insurance company inspector.  Owners will send back a remittance form with the $50 payment. Please note that DPS is working to eventually send all payment notices via email. In order to maintain an accurate email database, owners must ensure that a valid email is on file with DPS.

Q. How will boiler and pressure vessel owners receive the inspection certificate?
A. DPS will mail the inspection certificate to the owner of record once the inspection is cleared and the fee has been paid.  Please note that DPS is working to eventually send all payment notices and certificates via email.  In order to maintain an accurate email database, owners must make sure that a valid email is on file with DPS.

Q. May a boiler or pressure vessel be operated without a valid certificate of inspection?
A. No.  However, while owners adjust to the new certificate program, there will be a 30-day grace period from the expiration date.  During this grace period If an owner has a valid inspection report on file and there are no certificate blocking violations, DPS will not enforce the posted expiration date while the fee and certificate are being processed.  Otherwise, the owner of a boiler or pressure vessel shall not operate nor cause to be operated any boiler or pressure vessel until a certificate has been issued and displayed in accordance with state laws and regulations. Also, please note that the new certificate will be valid until the last day of the month in which it expires.

Q. How do I make sure DPS has the correct object and contact information on file?
A. The Inspector is primarily responsible for entering the correct information into the DPS database, including contacts and object locations. The database allows for separate contacts for where the payment notice is sent and where the certificate is sent.  If there is an error or change, please contact Paul Evans at paul.evans@state.ma.us.

Q. Who may I contact with additional questions?
A. Paul Evans at paul.evans@state.ma.us or 617-826-5247