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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

In accordance with Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 30A, Section 20, notice is hereby given a meeting of the Board of Fire Prevention Regulations is scheduled for September 3, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. 

Per Governor Charles D. Baker’s Order Suspending Certain Provisions of the Open Meeting Law, G.L. c. 30A, s.20 signed and dated March 12, 2020, the September 3, 2020 meeting of the Board of Fire Prevention Regulations will be conducted, and open to the public, via teleconference at (866) 916-2030 pass code 7460297 # beginning at 1:00 p.m.

BFPR Board Meeting Notices and Minutes

2020 Meetings

Date Agenda / Notice Meeting Minutes  
January 2, 2020 Cancellation Notice    
February 6, 2020  Cancellation Notice    
March 17, 2020 Agenda / Notice Meeting Minutes  
April 2, 2020 Cancellation Notice    
May 7, 2020 Cancellation Notice    
May 28, 2020 Agenda / Notice Meeting Minutes  
July 2, 2020 Cancellation Notice    
August 6, 2020 Cancellation Notice    
September 3, 2020 Agenda / Notice    

Previous BFPR Meeting Minutes 2014-2019

BFPR Public Hearing

In accordance with M.G.L. c.148, s. 10, notice is hereby given of a public hearing to be conducted on behalf of the Board of Fire Prevention Regulations at the Department of Fire Services, State Road, Stow, Massachusetts via teleconference on Thursday, October 1, 2020, 1:00 p.m. for the purpose of hearing any comments, petitions or suggestions for changes to Massachusetts Comprehensive Fire Prevention Code, 527 CMR 1.00. Such comments, petitions or suggestions for consideration of the Board may be submitted orally at the time of said hearing, or in writing to MaryAnn.E.Smith@mass.gov prior to said hearing.

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Code Committee Meeting Notices

There are no code committee meetings scheduled.

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.

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