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.
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.
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.
Hourly detail rates vary.
Equipment is $50.00/hour (For Fire Pump, Ladder Trucks etc.)
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.
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)
A new Comprehensive Model Fire Code (527 CMR 1.00) has been adopted by the Division of Fire Services and the State Fire Marshal's Office effective January 1, 2015 replacing the current 527 CMR.
The new code adopts, in large part, the National Fire Prevention Association’s (NFPA) Model Fire Code (NFPA-1- 2012 Edition), with Massachusetts amendments. The new code should result in an improved, more comprehensive fire safety code, using consensus standards recognized throughout the nation. This new code will replace the current 527 CMR. More information can be obtained by visiting the Department of Fire Services website.
New Ordinance Enacted in Boston
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Effective April 1, 2014 Boston has a Revised Upholstered Furniture, Molding Seating and Re-upholstered Furniture Policy
Effective April 1, 2014 the Boston Fire Department shall modify its upholstered seating regulations to more closely align with the current state regulations: 527 CMR 29, "Upholstered Furniture, Molded Seating and Re-upholstered Furniture. This change will effectively reduce the number of regulated use groups in the City of Boston.
Although this modified policy closely follows the requirements of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Regulations, there are still some notable exceptions that shall be strictly enforced. This policy is subject to modification at the discretion of the Boston Fire Marshal.
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Read the new Candle Guidelines that are in effect October 1, 2012. The Boston Fire Department requires that the use of candles in a Place of Assembly be permitted as defined in the attached document.