The department chemist is responsible for examining and/or testing regulated materials and interior finishes for flammability. Upon approval the chemist issues permits for all decorations, furnishings and interior finishes in every mercantile, business, assembly, institution, and residential hotel occupancy as well as in certain residential multi-family dwellings in accordance with Article IX of the Boston Fire Prevention Code.

Your completed application, required materials, and manufacturer's documentation must be submitted to our office at least two weeks prior to your event or inspection in order for you to receive your permit in a timely manner.

Contact Information

Phone: 617-343-3527
Fax: 617-343-3604

Helpful Guidelines


Latest Fire Prevention News

  • Fire Prevention Week is October 5th through October 11th, 2014

    This year's theme is "Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives, Test Yours Every Month".

    2014 Fire Prevention Week

    Home Safety Checklist

    Fire Prevention Week Information from the Department of Fire Services

  • Halloween Safety Tips

    Stay safe this Halloween by following these helpful safety tips from the Boston Fire Department.

    Halloween Safety Tips

  • Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries

    Fall Back! Beginning Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 2AM, set your clock back 1 hour. The Boston Fire Department reminds residents to make another important adjustment - change the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors and make sure they are in working order.

    Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries

  • New Ordinance Enacted in Boston

    Regulating the use and sale of outdoor cooking appliances, outdoor patio and space heaters, outdoor decorative appliances, and outdoor fireplaces. On July 30, 2014 the Boston City Council amended the Boston Fire Prevention Code by passing Article XXXIII of the Boston Fire Prevention Code.

    Article XXXIII of the Boston Fire Prevention Code

  • Think Safety First When Planning Your Barbecue

    BFD offers tips and advice on barbecue safety.

    Barbecue Safety Information

  • 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.

    More Chemist Information

  • 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:

    NStar gas safety information

  • 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.)

    City Ordinance Adopting MGL Chapter 148 Section 26H

    Letter from Fire Marshal regarding MGL Chapter 148 Section 26H

    MGL Chapter 148 Section 26H

  • Restricted Use of Propane (LPG) for "Hot Work"

    Effective January 1, 2013

    Restricted Use of Propane (LPG) for "Hot Work"

  • Commercial Hood and Exhaust Cleaners

    December 1, 2012  new guidelines from the Boston Fire Department that can affect commercial hood and exhaust cleaners registration 

    Guidelines for Loss of Registration for Hood Exhaust Cleaners and Inspectors

  • 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.....

    Certificate of Compliance changes

  • 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.

    Candle Usage Guidelines, Definitions and Application for Candle Usage in a Place of Assembly

  • 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. 

    Mass. Dept. of Fire Services Information on Crowd Manager Designation


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