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 Notice of Violation 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.
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.
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.
Phone: 617-343-2182; 617-343-3776; 617-343-2180; 617-343-3022
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.)
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.
Think Safety First When Planning Your Barbecue
BFD offers tips and advice on barbecue safety.
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.
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: