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Board of Fire Prevention Regulations (BFPR)

The BFPR promulgates the State Fire and Electrical Codes.

The Board of Fire Prevention Regulations was created after the 1942 Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire. The tragedy killed 492 people. The sixteen member board promulgates the Massachusetts comprehensive fire safety code (527 CMR).

For further information on board activities, including, but not limited to:

  • Procedures for the adoption, amendment or repeal of regulations;
  • availability of regulations;
  • filing of regulations; and
  • advisory rulings,

please contact the Executive Director to the Board.


Board Meeting Information

The January 2, 2020 meeting of the Board of Fire Prevention Regulations has been cancelled.


Department of Fire Services
Boards and Commissions Room
1 State Road
Stow, MA 01775


BFPR Board Meeting Notices and Minutes

2019 Meetings
Date Agenda / Notice Meeting Minutes  
January 10, 2019 Agenda / Notice Minutes  
February 7, 2019 (cancelled) Agenda / Notice    
March 14, 2019 (cancelled) Agenda / Notice    
April 4, 2019 (cancelled) Agenda / Notice    
April 11, 2019 Agenda / Notice Minutes  
May 2, 2019 (cancelled) Agenda / Notice    
May 2, 2019 Public Hearing Agenda / Notice    
June 6, 2019 Agenda / Notice  Minutes
July 18, 2019 Agenda / Notice   
September 19, 2019 Agenda / Notice  
October 3, 2019 (cancelled)    
October 8, 2019 Public Hearing Agenda / Notice  
November 7, 2019 (cancelled) Agenda / Notice  
December 5, 2019 Agenda / Notice  

Previous BFPR Meeting Minutes 2014-2018

Code Committee Meeting Notices

There are no code committee meetings scheduled at this time.

Revisions to 527 CMR 1.00: Massachusetts Comprehensive Fire Safety Code (Effective October 18, 2019)

The Board of Fire Prevention Regulations recently promulgated revisions to 527 CMR 1.00, the Massachusetts Comprehensive Fire Safety Code which is largely based upon the 2015 Edition of NFPA 1. This amendment package supplements the current code, bridging the gap between the current 2015 NFPA 1 base code and the recently published 2018 NFPA 1 edition. The amendment package revises some items for clarity and adopts new chapters from the 2018 edition of NFPA 1. The revisions will go into effect on October 18, 2019.

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BFPR Interpretations

The Board issues interpretations of the State Fire Code to ensure uniform application of the code across Massachusetts.