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Board of Fire Prevention Regulations (BFPR)

Board of Fire Prevention Regulations

The Board of Fire Prevention Regulations (BFPR)  was created after the 1942 Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire that killed 492 people. It is a sixteen member board responsible for promulgating a comprehensive fire safety code 527 CMR for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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 Notices

In accordance with Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 30A, Section 20, notice is hereby given that a meeting of the Board of Fire Prevention Regulations will be held at the Department of Fire Services, 1 State Road, Stow, Massachusetts in the Boards and Commissions Room at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 7, 2019 is cancelled.

The next meeting is scheduled for March 14, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at the Department of Fire Services, 1 State Road, Stow, MA in the Boards and Commissions Room.

 

 

Additional Resources for Board Meeting Notices

Code Committee Meeting Notices

The first stage of our code adoption process is called the (Public) Input Stage. In this stage, the public is able to propose and submit code changes for consideration in developing the next edition of NFPA 1: 527 CMR 1.00. Proposals received by the closing date of  February 1, 2019 have been submitted to the applicable code committee for their deliberation.  (note: For proposals to be accepted, for this code cycle, the proposal must have been received by staff liaison (Richard A. Fredette) by the closing date of February 1, 2019, 5:00 pm.)

Shortly after each code committee meeting is completed, their respective code committee chair will submit to the Board of Fire Prevention Regulations, their committee meeting minutes and recommendations. Once such minutes and recommendations are accepted by the Board, the proposed regulation will be published and subject to a hearing in accordance with Massachusetts General Law 30A. All meetings are open to the public. 

 

A meeting of the General Requirements Code Committee of the Board of Fire Prevention Regulations scheduled for Friday, February 8, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. in the Boards and Commissions Room at the Department of Fire Services, 1 State Road, Stow, Massachusetts 01775 to review NFPA 1 code adoption.

A meeting of the Occupancy Code Committee of the Board of Fire Prevention Regulations scheduled for Monday, February 11, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. in the Boards and Commissions Room at the Department of Fire Services, 1 State Road, Stow, Massachusetts 01775 to review NFPA 1 code adoption.

A meeting of the Equipment Code Committee of the Board of Fire Prevention Regulations scheduled for Friday, February 22, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in the Boards and Commissions Room at the Department of Fire Services, 1 State Road, Stow, Massachusetts 01775 to review NFPA 1 code adoption.

A meeting of the Hazardous Code Committee of the Board of Fire Prevention Regulations scheduled for Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in the Boards and Commissions Room at the Department of Fire Services, 1 State Road, Stow, Massachusetts 01775 to review NFPA 1 code adoption.

A meeting of the Administration Code Committee of the Board of Fire Prevention Regulations scheduled for Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. in the Boards and Commissions Room at the Department of Fire Services, 1 State Road, Stow, Massachusetts 01775 to review NFPA 1 code adoption.

A meeting of the Process Code Committee of the Board of Fire Prevention Regulations scheduled for Monday, March 11, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. in the Boards and Commissions Room at the Department of Fire Services, 1 State Road, Stow, Massachusetts 01775 to review NFPA 1 code adoption.

Board Meeting Minutes

Click below for minutes of past meetings

 

Submit Proposed Changes to the State Fire Code

The Board of Fire Prevention Regulations is currently reviewing the 2015 edition of NFPA 1. The public is invited to submit proposed amendments to the 2015 edition of NFPA 1 for the board to consider. Please visit us here for details on how to submit a proposal.

Visit our Massachusetts State Fire Code page for information on the current State Fire Code or how to access the editions of NFPA 1.

BFPR Interpretations

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

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