Permit Guidelines & Applications

Electronic Permitting and Plan Submittal Coming to BFD in 2014

The Boston Fire Department Fire Prevention Division is pleased to announce that in 2014 customers will begin to use electronic permitting submittal, payment and plan review software.

In 2014 the following permit applications, as well as their plans, will be require to electronic submission. Our goal is to make the process more convenient for our contractors:

  • Fire Alarm

  • Sprinkler

  • Tent

  • Place of Assembly

  • Temporary Place of Assembly

  • Self-Service Gas Stations

  • Construction

We will be implementing the portal used by the City of Boston’s Inspectional Services Department for application submittal. This portal will also allow you to pay online saving you from having to come to 1010 Massachusetts Avenue. Once your application has been submitted you will receive an email invitation from our new e-plan software, called ProjectDox, to upload your plans and required supporting documents.

We will keep you updated as we have launch dates and specific instructions. After the above listed applications are implemented we will be working on the other types as well.

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