Massachusetts Fire Code

The current Massachusetts Fire Code is based on NFPA 1 - 2015 edition, with Massachusetts amendments.

Proposed updates to the State Fire Code

At the Board of Fire Prevention regulations meeting on July 14, 2022 the board voted to adopt the NFPA 1, 2021 edition with Massachusetts amendments, and continue towards the process of promulgation. The proposed amendments are available here:  Final Redline 527 CMR 1.00 Amendment Package Chapter 1 and Final Redline 527 CMR 1.00 Amendment Package Chapter 2-75 to review. NFPA 2021 code may be viewed free of charge by following the steps below:

  • Visit
  • Click on "Free Access"
  • Select “Select Free Access Edition”
  • Select 2021 Edition and Click on "view"

Current State Fire Code

Picture of current state fire code books

The current State Fire Code went into effect on January 1, 2018. To view the code free of charge:

  • Visit
  • Click on "Codes and Standards"
  • Select NFPA 1, Free Access, and the 2015 edition
  • Click on "view"

The Board of Fire Prevention Regulations also adopted Massachusetts amendments to the code to address unique situations in the Commonwealth. To view the current 527 CMR 1.00 Massachusetts Comprehensive Fire Code, please see additional resources below.

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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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Previous Versions of the State Fire Code

Code enforcement officials, architects, and engineers often to need to refer to previous versions of the State Fire Code that were in effect when a building was built or occupied.

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