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Fire Prevention

COVID-19 update: We are open to the public by appointment only on Tuesdays and Fridays. We are performing all scheduled inspections and accepting applications for permits. We're also extending the expiration date on all existing Place of Assembly and Annual Permits from June 30, 2020, to September 30, 2020. You can learn more on our COVID-19 informational page. Please also stay safe with fireworks this July Fourth holiday season.

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.

Go to our online portal

1010 Mass Avenue
4th Floor
Boston, MA 02118
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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