About the Fire Prevention Bureau

Effective November 1, 2021 - Please note the changes in fees for some Fire Prevention permits (see 'Schedule of Fees' tab)


The primary responsibility of the Fire Prevention Bureau is preventing fires from occurring by aggressive enforcement and educating the public on all laws and ordinances relative to fire safety. This is accomplished by conducting inspections, issuing permits, and following up on citizen complaints and fire company violation reports. Fire Prevention also reviews plans for new construction, additions, sprinkler and fire alarm system upgrades, and demolition of structures. Inspectors also monitor the installation and removal of underground and aboveground storage tanks. The Fire Prevention Office works closely with many City agencies to ensure fire safety, most notably Inspectional Services, the Board of Health, and the Planning Board.

The Flammable Liquid Compliance Unit specifically targets businesses using flammable and combustible liquids. This is an educational and enforcement unit. The primary goal is to locate occupancies using flammable and combustible liquids that are not in compliance with existing legal requirements. The occupancy is then entered into the permitting system and will require periodic inspection. Another goal is to inform and educate the users of flammable products of the many hazards that exist so that they can be used safely in the City. The Fire Prevention Bureau and Flammable Compliance Unit work closely together to create a fire safe environment.

  • During the State of Emergency

  • Schedule of Fees

  • Paid Fire Detail Fees

  • Regulations

  • Permits and Applications

Effective November 1, 2021 - Please note the changes in fees for some Fire Prevention permits (see 'Schedule of Fees' tab)


COVID-19 State of Emergency Update

The Fire Prevention office will continue to support the citizens of Somerville by working virtually from our office at 1 Franey Road. While our office is closed to the public we will remain open and continue to offer the following services.

All of our permit request forms are available under the permits and applications tab of this page.

For timely processing of permit applications, all permit applications should be emailed to FirePrevention@somervillema.gov. Payments can be mailed to the address in the contact box.


Plan Reviews and Permitting

The Somerville Fire Prevention office will start conducting plan reviews by phone. This will require our office to have a copy of the fire alarm or sprinkler system plans sent to us. A reminder that building department permits will need to be submitted through Citizenserve prior to requesting fire alarm or sprinkler system permits.

This modified over-the-phone plan review will take a little longer time than the in-person review. 

Once plans have been reviewed and approved, the contractor will mail a check or money order for payment to our office:

Fire Prevention
1 Franey Rd.
Somerville MA 02145
Attn: Permits

Once payment is received, we will send the permit by email to the contractor and have them print it out and display at the site. 


Permit Inspections and Home Sale: Smoke Detector & Carbon Monoxide Certifications (26F Inspections) – Now Being Conducted in Person

House Sale Inspection Permit Applications are available online (see above). Email your forms to FirePrevention@somervillema.gov. Please be sure to put the address of the property in the subject line. We will also need to know if the property is new construction or just a resale.

Within 48 hours of receiving your application, we will contact you to schedule your inspection. We will inform you how much the permit will be when we contact you, so you can mail in the payment to our office.

Fire Prevention
1 Franey Rd.
Somerville MA 02145
Attn: 26F Inspections

Note: We strongly suggest getting your requests in at least three weeks prior to closing!

During the Inspection:

  • Only the Fire Department Inspector and one other individual (general contractor, Fire alarm or Sprinkler installer, real estate agent or owner, etc,.) will be allowed to be in the building during the inspection.
  • Proper PPE: face mask (required), gloves (optional)
  • No one else allowed in the unit(s) being inspected during the inspection (no homeowner or tenants, etc,.)

If the party requesting the in-person inspection feels sick the day of the inspection please let us know ASAP. We should be able to provide a virtual inspection instead.


Dumpster Permits

Dumpster permit forms and regulations are available online (see above). Email your dumpster forms to FirePrevention@somervillema.gov. Once we receive your payment we will email you the dumpster permit. Send check or money order payments to our office.

Fire Prevention
1 Franey Rd.
Somerville MA 02145
Attn: Dumpster Permits

Existing dumpster permits can easily be extended by phone, as long as they haven’t expired.


Hot Works Permits

Permit forms are available online (see above). Please call Fire Prevention prior to emailing forms to discuss project.


All Other Permits

Please call Fire Prevention to discuss permits for: tents, flammables, tanks in and out or any other permit not mentioned

Effective November 1, 2021 - Please note the changes in fees for some Fire Prevention permits


Please note: For timely processing of permit applications, all permit applications should be emailed to FirePrevention@somervillema.gov. Payments can be mailed to the address in the contact box.

Fire Prevention Permit Fees Effective November 1, 2021

Type

Fee

Duration

Annual Flammable Inspection

$75.00

Must See Compliance Officer

Barbeque Permit/Inspection

$75.00

6 Months

Dumpster Permit – on Property

$125.00

3 Months

Dumpster Permit – on Property

$500.00

12 Months

Food Truck Inspection/Permit

$50.00

Expires annually on April 30

Fuel Oil Storage - Aboveground

$100.00

1 Year

Fuel Oil Storage - Underground - 500 Gallons or Less

$75.00

1 Year

Fuel Oil Storage - Underground - 500 Gallons or More

$150.00

1 Year

Garage Permit

$10.00 Per parking Space

(Max $500.00)

1 Year

Gun Powder Permit

Residential $50.00

Commercial $100.00

1 Year

Kitchen Suppression (ANSUL) System Permit/Inspection

$100.00

1 Year

Oil Burner Permit/Inspection

$75.00

1 Year

Sprinkler System Install or Modification

$150.00

Up to 6 Months

Smoke Detector Permit - Single Family Dwelling

$50.00

2 Months

Smoke Detector Permit - Two Family Dwelling

$100.00

2 Months

Smoke Detector Permit - 3-6 Dwellings

$150.00

2 Months

Smoke Detector Permit - 7 or More Dwellings

$500.00

2 Months

Temporary storage of Heaters/Flammables/ Generators/E-Generators/Tar Kettles etc.,

$100.00

Less Than 6 Months

Tents 10x12 or Larger

$75.00 per tent

No longer Than 6 Months

Tank/Truck Inspection

$100.00

2 Year

Tank/Line Gas Station Inspection

$100.00

1 Year

Tank Install - Aboveground (275 Gallons or Less)

$250.00

1 Month or as Needed

Tank Install - Aboveground (276 - 500 Gallons)

$250.00

1 Month or as Needed

Tank Install - Aboveground (501 Gallons or More)

$250.00

1 Month or as Needed

Tank Removal - Aboveground (275 Gallons or Less)

$100.00 per Tank

1 Month or as Needed

Tank Removal - Aboveground (276 Gallons or More)

$150.00 per Tank

1 Month or as Needed

Tank Install - Underground

$250.00

1 Month or as Needed

Tank Removal - Underground

$250.00

1 Month or as Needed

Welding/Hot Works Permit (Short term)

$50.00

Up to 1 week

Welding/Hot Works Permit

$100.00

Up to 6 Months

Welding/Hot Works Permit After Stop Work Order

$300.00

Up to 6 Months

Effective November 1, 2021 - Please note the changes in fees for some Fire Prevention permits (see 'Schedule of Fees' tab)


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Effective November 1, 2021 - Please note the changes in fees for some Fire Prevention permits (see 'Schedule of Fees' tab)


Information about the City's fire regulations can be found in the links below. The regulations are orders issued by the Fire Chief under the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 148 Section 28 Chapter 148 Laws, 527 CMR 1 Fire Code, and the State Fire Marshall Advisories

If you have any questions regarding fire regulations please call (617) 623-1700 x8400 or send an email to FirePrevention@somervillema.gov

Effective November 1, 2021 - Please note the changes in fees for some Fire Prevention permits (see 'Schedule of Fees' tab)


Please note: For timely processing of permit applications, all permit applications should be emailed to FirePrevention@somervillema.gov. Payments can be mailed to the address in the contact box.


Links

Fire Prevention Bureau


Office Hours

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 10 a.m.
3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Phone

(617) 623-1700  ext 8400
FAX: (617) 666-4597

Email

fireprevention@somervillema.gov

Address

Fire Prevention
1 Franey Rd.
Somerville, MA 02145