Procedures for Issuing, Scheduling, and Inspecting Permits
Permits will be issued Tuesday thru Friday during business hours.
Inspections will be scheduled Tuesday thru Friday on a first come first serve basis (24-72 hours after completed form has been submitted) and will be completed Tuesday thru Friday during business hours please call 508-349-3754 to schedule.
Information Needed for Obtaining a Permit
Information Required when Calling to Request an Inspection
If a property has a fire alarm system, fire protection system, or a medical alert alarm that transmits the alarm off the premises, a lock box must be purchased thru the Fire Department and installed. A key to the front door of the property is needed to be placed inside the box at the time of installation.
The requirements for transfer or resale of property with regards to carbon monoxide detector installations are as follows: The effective date of compliance is January 1, 2007 for all hardwired occupancies, and March 31, 2006 for all non-hardwired occupancies. (For your convenience all plans for new structures will be stamped with CO detector placements as of March 31, 2006). For more information please scroll down this page.
As of March 31, 2006, per order of the Board of Health, all transfers or resale of property require that existing oil tanks be upgraded to double walled tanks.
The requirements for smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms are different depending on when your house was built. A short summary of the requirements is given below. For a more comprehensive explanation, click here for a link to a brochure from the State Fire Marshal on all the requirements for smoke and CO alarms.
1 & 2 family houses built before 1975
Approved battery operated or primary power smoke detectors must be installed on the ceiling of each stairway leading to the floor above, near the base of, but not within the stairway and outside each separated sleeping area. If the detector is within 20 feet of a kitchen or a bathroom with a tub or shower, the detector must be a photoelectric type. If the detector is more than 20 feet from a kitchen or a bath with a tub or shower, the detector must be a dual detector containing both ionization and photoelectric sensors or you may use two separate detectors (one ionization and one photoelectric).
1 & 2 family houses built between 1975 and August, 1977
Approved hard wired interconnected smoke detectors must be installed outside the bedrooms and one detector on each floor at the top of the stairs (this detector can be the same detector required outside the bedroom).
1 & 2 family houses built between August, 1997 and January, 2008
Approved hard wired interconnected smoke detectors with battery backup must be installed inside each bedroom as well as outside of, or within ten feet of, each bedroom and at the top of each flight of stairs. A single smoke detector can satisfy multiple locations if sited properly. There must be at least one smoke detector on each level and one detector for each 1200 square feet of living space.
1 & 2 family houses built after January, 2008
Approved hard wired interconnected smoke detectors with battery backup must be installed inside each bedroom as well as outside of, or within ten feet of, each bedroom and at the top of each flight of stairs. A single smoke detector can satisfy multiple locations if sited properly. There must be at least one smoke detector on each level and one detector for each 1200 square feet of living space. Within 20 feet of a kitchen or bath with a shower or tub, the detectors must be the photoelectric type. More than 20 feet from a kitchen or bath with a shower or tub, the detector must be a photoelectric type or a dual detector containing both photoelectric and ionization sensors.
New Construction and Major Renovations
The most recent regulations, as outlined above, will apply. Before a building permit is issued three sets of construction plans, a permit application, and $35.00 fee must be submitted to the fire department. All smoke and carbon monoxide detector location requirements will be stamped on the plans and two copies will be returned to the applicant. For related details see "Procedures for Issuing, Scheduling and Inspecting Permits" above.
Carbon Monoxide Alarm Information
For information on carbon monoxide and its effects please see the "Fire Prevention" section of this web site.
Beach Fire Permits
Open Burning Permits
The open burning season begins on January 15, and runs through May 1.
A permit from the Fire Department is required before any burning is done, and burning is only allowed when the Fire Department determines that the weather conditions are safe.
NO PERMITS WILL BE ISSUED BEFORE JANUARY 15
Permit holders must call the Fire Department on a special open burning line each day to find out whether or not burning is allowed.