Code Compliance officers are responsible for ensuring statewide compliance with the laws and regulations the State Fire Marshal is charged to enforce. Code Compliance officers have statewide jurisdiction and are designated by the State Fire Marshal to support the regulatory compliance efforts of local fire departments. Fire Protection engineers also provide support to local fire department fire prevention efforts through the application of the fire and building codes and other applicable laws and regulations for new construction, renovation, and alteration of buildings. Compliance officers and engineers can be asked to look into any matter covered by MGL Chapter 148 or 527 CMR 1.00.
Technical support staff provides fire protection engineering support, fire code interpretations, and opinions on the application of fire safety laws and regulations, and support to local enforcement agencies. Code compliance officers review plans and issue permits for the operation of aboveground storage tanks. The State Fire Marshal issues advisories to the public and fire professionals.
Here's a quick link to the Fire Safety Division's forms and applications for both fire prevention and the Boiler & Pressure Vessel Program.
DFS also provides technical advisories which may be helpful.
Fire Code Compliance
Technical support staff provides fire protection engineering support, fire code interpretations, and opinions on the application of fire safety laws and regulations, and support to local enforcement agencies.
Fire departments can reach the DFS Code Compliance Desk at (978) 567-3375.
Additional Resources for Fire Code Compliance
Fire Prevention Resources
The State Fire Marshal issues advisories from time to time on fire prevention topics that can be helpful to local fire officials.
DFS provides information for the regulated industries that is also very useful for fire officials on:
- Aboveground Storage Tanks
- Blasting, Fireworks and Explosives
- Boiler & Pressure Vessels
- Commercial Cooking and Exhaust Systems (Hood Cleaning)
- Crowd Managers
- Fire Extinguishers
- Hotworks (Welding & Cutting)
- Marine Fueling
- Motion Picture & TV Production
- Oil Burners
DFS also provides information on fire prevention topics for specific occupancies: