Legal

The Legal Unit is responsible for the enforcement of all state and local fire prevention laws and regulations.  When a property or property owner is found to be in non-compliance with any of these regulations a violation is issued to the property owner or agent. There are two types of violations: the Abatement Order which when not complied with could result in a criminal complaint being issued and the Massachusetts Non-criminal Violation Notice that could potentially carry a fine. The Legal Unit works with attorneys from the City of Boston Law Department, and other enforcement and regulatory agencies within the Massachusetts legal system to obtain compliance.


Frequently Asked Questions

I've received an Abatement order. What happens now?

The order must be complied with within the time period stated on the order. A follow up inspection will be made of the violation in about 15 days or sooner if there is a life safety issue. If the violation is not corrected a criminal complaint will be sworn out in the Boston Housing Court.  You may call the Fire Prevention Legal Unit for guidance on how to proceed.

I've received a non-criminal violation notice. What happens now?

On the back of the notice is an explanation of your rights and responsibilities. If you choose to pay the fine you should mail the payment to the address on the front of the notice. If you choose to appeal you should fill out the appeal section on the back of the form and send it to the address on the front of the form. You will be notified by mail of the date, time, and place that the appeal will be heard.


Contact Information

Phone: 617-343-2182; 617-343-3776; 617-343-2180; 617-343-3022

Fax: 617-343-2133

 

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 »

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  • 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

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