The following is a list of Inspections required by 527 CMR 1.00 or the MGLs, or where it is good policy to conduct an Inspection before issuing a permit.

Massachusetts General Laws:

C.10 s.74 – Inspections of premises for liquor licenses.

C.148 s.4 – Institutions defined by State Building Code and licensed by Department of Public Health and Department of Public Welfare – every 3 months. These occupancies include:

- Hospitals

- Sanatoriums

- Convalescent and nursing homes

- Public and private infirmaries

- Rest homes (does not include assisted living)

- Charitable homes for the elderly

- Mental health hospitals and facilities

C.148 s.4 – Inns licensed under c.140.

C.148 s.26F – Smoke alarms upon sale or transfer of property (pre-1975).

Inspection is not mandated but is a good practice before issuing the certificate.

C.148 s.26F1/2 – Carbon monoxide detectors upon sale or transfer of property.

C.111 Inspections of: (These inspections are conducted at time of licensing). These duplicated the inspections contained in MGL c.148 s.4)

          - Hospitals

          - Clinics

          - Infirmaries

          - Charitable homes for the elderly

          - Care facilities for the developmentally disabled

          - Rest homes

Inspection by the Fire Department

527 CMR 1.00: – Certificate of completion for the installation or alteration of fuel oil burning equipment and the storage of oil.

527 CMR 1.00: – Fleet fueling (Installations)

527 CMR 1.00: – LP-gas installations

527 CMR 1.00: 69 – Liquefied Petroleum Gases and Liquefied Natural Gases

Fire Department Issues Permit/May Inspect

527 CMR 1.00: and 1.12 – Installation of unvented propane or natural gas fire space heaters.

527 CMR 1.00: and & MGL c.148 s. 13 – Temporary storage of fireworks

527 CMR 1.00: 69.1.2. and 1.12, Table – Storage of 1-pound LP-gas cylinders

527 CMR 1.00: – Transportation of combustible liquids via cargo and transfer tanks.

527 CMR 1.00: & MGL c.148 s.13 – Intrastate transportation of fireworks and explosives – There is no specific inspection requirement but these vehicles are normally included in the inspection process for fireworks displays.

Permits Issued by the State Fire Marshal

It is the policy of the State Fire Marshal to conduct inspections before issuing any permits.

527 CMR 1.00: and – Manufacture or storage of fireworks or explosives – annual inspection.

527 CMR 1.00: 65.2.12 – Dense pack portable firing trailers – Inspect every five years.

527 CMR 1.00: Inspection of equipment for a Certificate of Registration – code required inspection.

527 CMR 1.00: & MGL c.148 s.13 – Intrastate transportation of fireworks and explosives (explosive magazine truck inspection)

Plan reviews conducted by the State Fire Marshal

527 CMR 1.00, Chapter 42 – Refueling

527 CMR 1.00: – New and Renovated Fixed Marine Fueling Facilities

502 CMR 5.00 – Above ground storage tanks over 10K gallons (other than water)

Permits Required and issued by the FD.

General Requirements

          Open Air Burning

          Burning Demolition/building debris

          Ceremonial Bonfires

          Use of candles, open flames, and portable cooking in assembly areas

          Burning of Christmas trees

          Torch or other open flame device

          Canine guards

          Fumigation and insecticidal Fogging

          Storage of Combustibles >2500 cuft

Oil Burners and Fuel-oil

          Installation and altering of fuel oil burning equipment

          Storage of fuel oil in excess of 10,000 gallons used in connection with an oil burner

          Installation or removal of a fuel storage tank

Fire Protection System and Related Equipment

          Sale or transfer CO/ smoke devices installations [#<5dwelling units].

          Installations of carbon monoxide protection technical options.

          Fire protection system and related equipment.

          Replacement or disconnection of any fire protection system.

Safeguarding Construction, Alteration, and Demolition Operations

          Torch-applied roofing operations.

          Placement of a tar kettle on a roof.

          Use of salamanders.

Combustible Waste and Refuse. Rubbish Containers

          Rubbish containers > than six cubic yards

Occupancy Fire Safety

          Exhibits or displays in mall areas.

          Storage, handling, use, or display of cellulose nitrate film.

          Unvented propane or natural gas-fired space heaters.


          Use, storage or handling of hazardous materials.

Dry Cleaning

          Use, storage or handling of hazardous materials.

Motor Fuel Dispensing Facilities and Repair Garages

          Use, storage or handling of hazardous materials.

Forest Products

          Storage of mulch > 300 cubic yards.

Motion Picture and Television Production Studio Soundstages and Approved Production Facilities

          (1) Use of pyrotechnic special effects [Section 65.3].

          (2) Use of open flames. [Section 65.4].

          (3) Welding and cutting [Chapter 41].

          (4) Storage and use of flammable or combustible liquids of gases [Chapters 63         and 66].

          (5) Use of aircraft.

          (6) Presence of motor vehicles within a building.

          (7) Productions with live audiences.

          (8) Storage and use of liquefied petroleum gases [Section 69.1].

          (9) Use of fog and haze.

Dust Explosion and Fire Prevention

          An operation that uses or produces combustible dust.

 Welding, Cutting, and Other Hot Work

          Cutting and welding operations.

          Storage of fuel gases.

Refueling [Gaseous Fuel Containers and Systems]

          Installation or connection of.

Refueling [Cargo Tanks, Portable Tanks or Transfer Tanks]

          Cargo tanks, portable tanks, and transfer tanks < 15,000 gallons in the        aggregate.

          Transportation of any combustible liquid.

          To received flammable and combustible liquids.     

          For dispensing motor fuel from a tank vehicle.

          Alternate fuels.

Refueling Marine Fueling

          The dispensing, transferring of fuel at marine fueling facilities.

          To construct or alter a new or existing marine fueling facility.

          To maintain a fueling facility.

Spraying, Dipping, and Coating, Using Flammable or Combustible Materials

          Storage, use or handling of hazardous materials.

Combustible Fibers

          For storage or handling of combustible fibers > 100 ft3 (2.8 m3).

Commercial Cooking Equipment

          Installation of fire-extinguishing equipment.

Industrial Ovens and Furnaces

          Installation and operation of an oven or furnace.

Hazardous Material

          Process or Processing of any Hazardous Material in Category 2, 3, 4, and/or 5.

          Crop ripening or color processing.

Aerosol Products

          Storage > 500lbs.

Compressed Gases and Cryogenic Fluids Storage of compressed gases

          Inside of a building

          Outside of a building

Explosives, Fireworks, Model Rocketry and Flame Effects

Black Powder/Blasting/Explosives/Model Rocketry/Pyrotechnics/Cannons/Flame Effects

          Storage and manufacturing of fireworks or explosives.

          A vehicle carrying explosive materials left unattended and parked in an        authorized area.

          Storage of in any magazine, building or structure. 

          Supervision of the use of explosives, fireworks and cannon mortar.

          Storage of solid propellant model rocket motors, reloading kits, or motor        components > 50lbs. (23 kg) net weight at a residence.

          Storage of high power model rocket motors, motor reloading kits, and   pyrotechnic modules.

          The use of flame effects.

Flammable and Combustible Liquids

          To keep, store, manufacture, handle flammables or combustible liquids.

          Installation, maintenance, and storage waste oil storage tanks.

          Storage of alcohol based hand rub preparations > ten gallons.

          Removal of tanks and underground piping.

          Abandoned tanks .

 Flammable Solids

          Storage of Flammable solids >100 lbs.

Liquid Petroleum Gases and Liquefied Natural Gas

          Installation or modification

          Keeping, removal, storage or use of LP-gas >42 Pounds aggregate capacity.