The Massachusetts State Building Code requires that fire protection plans and specifications be reviewed by the building official and fire official prior to the issuance of a building permit (780CMR Section 9). The following information should assist you in processing your building permit application. Important: The fire official is responsible for the review of fire protection plans. A building permit application cannot be signed until the fire protection plans and specifications have been submitted. This applies to new construction and alterations to exitsitng buildings. Please do not submit plans that do not include fire protection documents. (note: if your sub-contractor is providing the design documents, please have your subcontractor submit the design drawings to the architect prior to applying for a building permit)
New Construction and Major Alterations/Rehabilitations: A plan review is required. In some instances, a pre-construction concept meeting is preferred prior to final design submittals by the architect. This will ensure that the design drawings will not have to be re-submitted. A second plan review may be required once the final design drawings are ready to be submitted for building permit. Once the fire protection drawings for building permit have been reviewed and approved, sprinkler and/or fire alarm permits will be issued. Contractors and sub-contractors must submit any plans, shop drawings, cut sheets, or design specifications to the Inspectional Services Department and Water Department to complete the permit application process.
Minor Alterations/Rehabilitations: A plan review meeting is not necessary for minor alterations, tenant fit-ups, or tenant improvements. For building permit sign-off, please submit your architectural or sub-contractor fire protection drawings along with the building permit application to Fire Headquarters. Fire Department Permits will issue upon approval of the submittals. All plans and design specifications must be submitted to the Inspectional Services and Water Departments to complete the permit process. Please follow the instructions on the FIre Plan Review Drop Off Form. The submittals can be dropped off at your conveinience M-F 8am-4pm. Once the plans are reviewed, you will be contacted and informed that the building permit has been signed or if any additional information is required.
Contractor or Sub-Contractor Fire Alarm or Sprinkler Plans: Once a building permit application has been approved, fire permits will be issued with the building permit. All contractors and sub-contractor plans, drawings, cut sheets, and design specifications must be submitted to the Inspectional Services Department or Water Department to complete the permit application process.