The following information is necessary for review to begin, and must be submitted.
Plans should be submitted as fire alarm layer only. Where more than one type of visual appliance is specified, the candela of each should be noted as a subscript to the device on the drawings. A riser diagram is required for each system.
Manufacturer’s cut sheets are checked for UL listing, compatibility and to double-check battery calculations. Be sure this information is available.
All initiating devices and notification appliances should be included. If this is an addition to an existing system, the ability of the existing panel to accept the addition of a zone or devices should be shown.
The narrative should briefly but completely address the scope of work being done. This should also state the type of occupancy per 780 CMR, chapter 3 (use groups) as well as the code which the fire alarm system is designed under. If the designer is taking advantage of exceptions within the State Building Code, this should be addressed here.
This will describe how the initiating devices report an alarm condition to the building occupants and/or the fire department. Additional controls by the fire alarm system, such as elevator recall and smoke control should be addressed.
Plans will be assigned a “document number” which is used for internal tracking purposes only. All contact or information between an applicant and the Boston Fire Department concerning a set of plans should always reference the assigned document number.
Locations requesting a Masterbox installation must have the designer or installer contact Superintendent Patrick O’Rourke, 617-343-2060, prior to beginning installation.
Permits are valid for one year after approval. Contact the Fire Prevention Division for extensions.
Just to get you there a little faster
Quick Links below:
The Massachusetts Firefighting Academy is offereing a Nightclub Fire Safety Program
designed to deliver an overview of nightclub fire safety laws and regulations for fire and building officials, as well as all owners and managers. Please read for more information
Summertime & BBQ Safety Tips from Boston Fire
Think "safety first" when planning your summer activities and barbecues. Boston Fire has some helpful summer safety tips available and reminds residents of important summertime regulations in the City.
Electronic Plan Submittal Coming in May 2016
In May 2016 the Boston Fire Department will be accepting Tier II Plans for Fire Alarm Applications and Plans for Special Suppression Systems electronically when we implement the City of Boston's Online Permitting Portal. Read the Boston Fire Department's requirements for electronic plan submital. We are also implenting changes to the Fire Alarm Application Process to better serve our customer's with this portal implemntation.
New Air Pressurized Standpipe Requirements
In the City of Boston during constuction or demolition in high rise buildings (70 feet or higher) an air pressurized standpipe is required to be in place in the building. The effective date for this requirement in Boston is on all construction applications received from August 15, 2015 on. Please read the documents below for more information.
Hazardous Material Process or Processing
Read below for all information required to be in compliance when processessing hazardous materials as defined under 527 CMR 1.00 c 60.
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
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.
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.
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 1.00 c 12, "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.
Important gas safety information for residents of Hyde Park from Eversource
Eversource 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: