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The Massachusetts Fire Safety Commission (MFSC) promulgates all rules and regulations for the implementation of a statewide plan for the retrofit installation of automatic sprinklers in all existing buildings and structures of more than seventy feet in height. The Fire Safety Commission is composed of nine members. Contact the Commission at (978) 567-3181.
The Automatic Sprinkler Appeals Board (ASAB), a five member hearing board of the Massachusetts Fire Safety Commission, conducts hearings for persons seeking relief from orders or requirements of the head of the fire department, issued pursuant to the following provisions of M.G.L. c. 148:
For ASAB hearings: the presence of the appellant and the head of the fire department or designee/agent is strongly recommended. To obtain an appeal application, please see the link below.
Filing ASAB Appeals: All appeals must be filed within 45 days (calendar days) after receiving service of notice of the head of the fire department's determination. All appeals require the submission of the formal application form (8 copies), a copy of the head of the fire department's written determination, a written explanation of relief request, and a $100.00 file fee.
ASAB Appeal Application and Instructions
If you have any questions regarding the appeals application, or the hearings process, please feel free to call the Executive Assistant to the Board at (978) 567-3181.
Memorandum - August 8, 2003 - Stipulations of Facts and Recommended Dispositions
ASAB Jan. 10, 2005 Advisory - Advisory regarding certain provisions of Ch. 304, of the Acts and Resolves of 2004 (M.G.L. c.148, s.26G½) relating to the installation of automatic sprinklers in certain existing places of public assembly.
Memorandum - August 24, 2005 - Presentation of cases before the Board
ASAB Official Approved 26G Guidance - Advisory regarding recent amendments to M.G.L. c. 148, s. 26G (Chapter 508 of the Acts of 2008) which requires enhanced sprinkler protection in certain buildings which total more than 7,500 gross square feet in floor area.
ASAB Decisions on High-Rise Sprinkler Law - M.G.L. c. 148, s. 26A½
ASAB Decisions on Sprinklers in Buildings over 7,500 s.f. - M.G.L. c. 148, s. 26G
ASAB Decisions on Sprinklers in Nightclubs - M.G.L. c. 148, s. 26G½
ASAB Decisions on Sprinklers in Boarding Houses - M.G.L. c. 148, s. 26H