The design and modification of fire protection systems is regulated by the Massachusetts State Building Code (780CMR) and, therefore, a Building Permit must be issued prior to any work. If the fire system work involves the shutdown, disconnection or obstruction of existing fire equipment, Section 27A in Chapter 148 of the Massachusetts General Laws requires that an additional permit be obtained beforehand from the Fire Department.
Application for a 27A Fire Department Permit may be submitted by visiting the Fire Prevention Office. A 27A Fire Department Permit can only be issued if the Building Permit has been issued and an impairment plan is submitted that is acceptable to the Fire Department.
The following checklist explains the necessary submittals in order to apply for the Building Permit:
Per the State Building Code (Section 107.6.2), the following forms will need to be submitted by the registered design professional that will take responsibility for making sure the fire equipment is designed and installed correctly: