To protect the public from fire hazards, we inspect properties and issue relevant permits, licenses, and certificates. We also educate the public on fire safety and prevention.
As a division under the Boston Fire Department, we issue permits, licenses, registrations, and certificates. We also handle inspection requests. This includes smoke and carbon monoxide detector compliance for the sale or transfer of residential property, environmental property searches, and obtaining fire reports.
Learn more about how our division helps the City of Boston.
Take Advantage OF our online portal
The online option saves you time — instead of visiting us at 1010 Massachusetts Avenue, you can apply online and even print out your permit when it has been approved by us.
You can apply for some of our permits online, and the list will continue to grow over time.
1010 Mass Avenue
4th FloorBoston, MA 02118
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Fire report and records request:
- Copy our email address and email to
- New Requirement: NFPA 241 Affidavit
Get an inspectionInspections
Does your fire alarm system require bi-directional amplification?
We play an important role in approving a Certificate of Occupancy for new residential units and businesses.
The following information is necessary for a review to begin, and must be submitted.
If you own or run a summer camp, you need to schedule a fire safety inspection every year.
Fire permits you may needFire permits
News and AnnouncementsLatest news
Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector Inspection Application now on Fire Prevention Portal
Fire Prevention Program Manager Certificate
Paul F. Burke Named Boston Fire Commissioner
Tips and resourcesTips and resources
Important safety reminders for the holidays!
Get some Fire Alarm Permit Application tips from the Fire Marshal, as presented at the March 14, 2018, AFAA NE meeting.
Fire prevention is just as important as fire fighting. Please follow these tips at home with your family.
Learn how to protect yourself and your family from deadly carbon monoxide poisoning.
Learn about our regulations and safety tips for residential outdoor cooking and heating.
The Legal Unit enforces all state and local fire prevention laws and regulations.
Learn about the rules for exhaust vent cleaners and inspectors in the City.