About the Fire Prevention Bureau

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.

  • Schedule of Fees

  • Regulations

  • Permits and Applications

Please note: All permits must be paid for by check or money order made payable to City of Somerville, MA. We cannot accept cash, credit card, or electronic transfer.



Above Ground Tank Installation (275 Gallons or Fewer) $50
Above Ground Tank Installation (276 - 500 Gallons) $75
Above Ground Tank Installation (501 Gallons or More) $200

Above Ground Tank Removal (275 Gallons or Fewer)

Above Ground Tank Removal (276 Gallons or More) $150
Annual Inspection $50
Barbeque Permit/Inspection $75
Dumpster Permit $100 for 3 months, over 3 months 300
Fire Alarm Inspection/Permit $100
Flammable Storage Permit/Inspection/Fumigation $100
Food Truck Annual Inspection $50
Gun Powder Permit Residential $50
Commercial $100
Kitchen Suppression System Permit/Inspection $75
Oil Burner Permit/Inspection $50
Plans Review Residential  Small 1-2 Family $75
Plans Review Residential 3-12 Family $200
Plans Review Residential > 12 Family $300 or consultant fee
Plan Review Commercial Small 100
Plan Review Commercial Medium 200
Plan Review Commercial Large $300 or consultant fee
Sprinkler Permit/Inspection $125
Smoke Detector Permit – Single Family Dwelling $50
Smoke Detector Permit – Two Family Dwelling $100
Smoke Detector Permit – 3-6 Dwellings $150
Smoke Detector Permit – 7 or More Dwellings $500
Tank/Line Gas Station Inspection $100
Tank/Truck Inspection $100
Tar Kettle Permit $75
Tents 10x12 or Larger $75 per
Underground Fuel Oil Storage (Fewer than 500 Gallons) $75
Underground Fuel Oil Storage (500 Gallons or More) $150
Underground Tank Installation $250
Underground Tank Removal $250
Welding/Cutting Permit $75
or $225 if pulled after stop work order

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 and 527 CMR 1 Fire Code.

If you have any questions regarding fire regulations please call (617) 623-1700 x8400 or send an email to [email protected]

Please note: All permit applications must be submitted in person to the Fire Prevention Office at 1 Franey Rd. (Get Directions)

Fire Prevention Bureau

Office Hours

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


(617) 623-1700  ext 8400
FAX: (617) 625-8101


[email protected]


Department of Public Works
1 Franey Rd.
Somerville, MA 02145