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Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector Inspection Application now on Fire Prevention Portal

We have more information about the update to our Fire Prevention Portal.

For best results, it is recommended that you apply for your Smoke/CO Detector Inspection as soon as you sign your Purchase and Sale Agreement.

We require a minimum of 10 business days advance notice (not including weekends or holidays) to schedule an appointment date. All requests are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis and assigned based on first available appointment date.

Please do not submit multiple requests for the same inspection. We do not perform afternoon inspections in Allston, Brighton or East Boston.

Payment is now online and due prior to the scheduling of an appointment. You will receive an automatic email when your application has been accepted for intake and available for payment.

If you do not receive a confirmation that your application has been accepted or (after payment) an email with your scheduled appointment date, check your SPAM folder, if not there, contact us at the email or phone number below.

You must now allow 48 hours advanced notice to reschedule Cancellations must be 24 hours prior to inspection.

Please note:
  • There is no guarantee that your inspection will be scheduled prior to your closing date.
  • Email your questions to or call 617-343-3628
  • If you already have an account on the City of Boston Portal, there is no need to register again

Go to the Fire Prevention Portal

MGL Chapter 148 sec 26F requires that sells of residential properties built prior to 1975 having 1-5 dwelling units obtain a Certificate of Compliance for Smoke Detectors upon sale or transfer. Properties built after January 1, 1975 and having 6 or more dwelling units are exempt from the requirements of 26F and are not inspected by BFD for smoke compliance.

MGL Chapter 148 sec 26F 1/2 require sellers of residential dwelling units regardless of the year of construction or number of units to obtain a Certificate of Compliance for Carbon Monoxide detectors.

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  • Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector Requirements

    Please see the Requirements based on Construction Year

  • Smoke and CO Alarm Reference
  • Portal Tips
    • You do not need to register if you already have an account with the city of Boston
    • Once logged into Portal, click apply for a Permit
    • Click on drop down & select Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector Inspection
    • When entering an address, do not add Street, Ave or Road in the street name field 


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