Code and Fire Prevention Support

The Fire Safety Division of DFS provides code compliance and fire protection engineering support to local fire departments.
Code compliance officer inspecting truck

Compliance officers and engineers can be asked to look into any matter covered by MGL Chapter 148 or 527 CMR 1.00.

Code compliance officers:

  • Ensure statewide compliance with Massachusetts laws and regulations the State Fire Marshal enforces
  • Have statewide jurisdiction
  • Support the regulatory compliance efforts of local fire departments
  • Review plans and issue permits for the operation of above ground storage tanks

Fire protection engineers support local fire prevention efforts. They do this by reviewing plans for new construction or substantial renovation. They also ensure the uniform application of the fire and building codes and other laws.

Emergency Order on Sale and Transfer Inspections
Under an Executive Order that is part of the State of Emergency, smoke and CO alarm inspections for the sale and transfer of residential properties may be deferred until 90 days after the State of Emergency is lifted if certain legal conditions are met. The buyer must agree to immediately equip the home with smoke and CO alarms that meet the code requirements AND submit the signed agreement to the fire department  within 72 hours.

The Department of Fire Services has worked closely with the Fire Prevention Association of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Realtors Association to develop a documentation process and approved language that can be found in a form on the Mass. Realtor’s Association webpage.

Fire Safety Division forms and applications for:

  • Fire prevention
  • Boiler & Pressure Vessel Program

Revisions to the Comprehensive Fire Safety Code take effect October 18, 2019. For more information see the Advisory - Revisions to 527 CMR 1.00: Massachusetts Comprehensive Fire Safety Code  . 

Fire Code Compliance

Technical support staff provide:

Fire departments can reach the DFS Code Compliance Desk at (978) 567-3375.

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Fire Prevention Resources

The State Fire Marshal issues technical advisories for fire professionals and the public.

DFS provides information for DFS-regulated industries that is also useful for fire officials on:

DFS provides information on fire prevention topics for specific occupancies:

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