Paid Details

Conditions and Safeguards‎ requiring a Boston Fire Department Paid Detail

If the Boston Fire Department Permit states:

  • A “Paid Detail is Required” for issuance of the permit for an event or work to be performed.

  • Or if there is a life safety condition in the building such as a disabled fire alarm or sprinkler system and the district chief requires it as a condition of the building remaining occupied throughout the duration of inoperability to protect life and property.

How to schedule a Boston Fire Department Paid Detail

Only an authorized agent may schedule, change or cancel a paid detail.  ‎The paid detail office must be contacted ‎directly by the contractor holding this permit‎.‎


The permit holder must contact the Boston Fire Department Paid Detail Scheduling Office in order to schedule, change or cancel a paid detail at 617-343-2836 or 617-343-2838.


The preferred method is to fax the Boston Fire Department Paid Detail Scheduling Office using only the BFD Paid Detail Fax Form and faxing it to 617-343-2873.

Paid Detail Fax Form

In order to have sufficient time and staff to fill all requests for paid details:

  • All requests to order, cancel, or change detail, must be placed by fax or phone by 1300 hours (1:00pm) the regular business day (Monday - Friday non Suffolk County Holiday) the day before the detail is required

  • On Friday, all requests for Saturday, Sunday and Monday must be in by fax or phone by 1:00pm

  • 24 hour notice is required for the cancellation of all scheduled details. 

  • A 4 hour minimum will be charged if a detail is cancelled with less than the above mentioned  notice unless approved by the District Chief.

In the event that the detail office is closed, e‎.‎g‎. ‎weekends, nights, holidays, contact Fire Alarm at 617-343-2880 who will route you to the appropriate district office.


There is an additional 10% administrative fee for all equipment and services.


  • It is the contractor‎’‎s responsibility to obtain current rates and charges.‎‎

  • ‎There is a 4 ‎hour minimum requirement on all details.‎

  • Time and ‎a half will be billed for all details ‎over ‎8 ‎hours.‎

  • Double Time will be billed for details performed on all BFD Contractual Holidays.

All details must be paid for within 30 days of invoicing or existing permits will be subject to revocation or future permits will not be issued.

Location and Hours of Operation

Paid Detail Scheduling Office
115 Southampton Street – 3rd Floor
Monday – Friday 06:00 to 1800 pm (6:00 am to 6:00 pm | Closed Suffolk County Holidays)

Paid Detail Billing and Payroll Office
1010 Massachusetts Ave – 4th Floor
Monday – Friday 8:00am to 4:00 pm (Closed Suffolk County Holidays)

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