Inspections may only be scheduled on the web via the link below or in person at 1010 Massachusetts Ave., 4th Floor. To cancel a previously scheduled appointment you may call the cancellation line at 617-343-3627, select option 1 and leave the requested information.
Perhaps more important than fire fighting itself in many modern industrial countries is fire prevention. Fire fighters in the U.S. are trained in basic fire prevention methods, and fire companies are assigned inspection districts in which they attempt to prevent or correct unsafe conditions. Fire departments are charged with enforcement of the local fire prevention code and of state fire laws and regulations.
The Fire Prevention Division, in the Boston Fire Department, directs fire prevention activities. It handles the more technical fire prevention problems, maintains appropriate records, grants permits, investigates the causes of fires, and conducts public education programs. All commercial or multiple-dwelling buildings are inspected at regular intervals, and orders are issued for the correction of violations of fire laws. If necessary, court action is taken to compel compliance.
We are located at:
1010 Mass Avenue
Boston, MA 02118
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:
Place of Assembly
Temporary Place of Assembly
Self-Service Gas Stations
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.
Lots of information on fire safety and prevention. Look for Risk Watch, lesson plans arranged by grade level; Learn Not to Burn; Fire Prevention Week Facts and History, and more.
Lots of information on firesafety including arson prevention. There is a lot of firesafety information that can be downloaded. Excellent site.
A non-profit educational foundation that has established the only nationally recognized certification and accreditation program for chimney sweeps in the United States. CSIA devotes its resources to educating the public, chimney service professionals and other fire prevention specialists, and the insurance industry about the prevention and correction of chimney venting system hazards.
Helping people stay safe, by teaching them to recognize and avoid fire hazards and other burn risks. The Burn Prevention Foundation offers numerous educational programs and seminars, each designed for a specific audience. Also, a wide variety of educational materials, audio-visual presentations and displays.
Holiday Fire Safety Tips from BFD
Follow these helpful tips to ensure a safe holiday season.
Think Safety First When Heating Your Home This Winter
BFD offers tips and advice on winter heating and safety in the home.
Important gas safety information for residents of Hyde Park from NStar
NSTAR Gas delivers natural gas safely and reliably to customers in the neighborhood of Hyde Park. We ask those residents especially to take a moment to review the following important gas safety information regarding pipeline operations and safety:
Think Safety First When Planning Your Barbecue
BFD offers tips and advice on barbecue safety.
New Requirements for Certain Lodging and Boarding Houses
On December 5, 2012 the Boston City Council adopted MGL Chapter 148 Section 26H requiring owners of lodging and boarding houses renting to 6 or more unrelated tenants to sprinkler their properties by December 5, 2017. (Click links below for more information.)
Restricted Use of Propane (LPG) for "Hot Work"
Effective January 1, 2013
Commercial Hood and Exhaust Cleaners
December 1, 2012 new guidelines from the Boston Fire Department that can affect commercial hood and exhaust cleaners registration
Sale or Transfer of Residential Dwellings
As of August 1, 2012, realtors and sellers scheduling Certificate of Compliance inspections should be aware that under MGL Chapter 148 sec 26F residential dwellings built after 1975 or having 6 or more dwelling units are exempt from the requirements of 26F.....
Candle Usage Guidelines, Definitions and Application for Candle Usage in a Place of Assembly
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.
New Crowd Manager Regulations
According to 527 CMR 10.13 effective June 1, 2011 a trained crowd manager must be present in any Nightclub, Bar, Discotheque, or Dance Hall with an occupant load of 100 or more persons during all hours when the facility is open to patrons.