Fire Department

Fire Alarm System Permit


fire alarm system control panel

Installation or modification to any automatic fire protection system shall require a permit from the Fire Department and Electrical Inspector.  The Fire Department Permit will be issued upon the approval of the plans and specifications submitted when applying for a building permit.  All contractor and sub-contractor drawings, shop-drawings, cut sheets, and design specifications must be submitted to Inspectional Services to complete the permit process.  The plans or drawings must indicate the type of system being installed or modified, and indicate the location of the devices within the structure.
527CMR 24

Here is the link for the required permit: Fire Alarm System Permit

The owner, tenant, or lessee of every building or structure shall be responsible for the care and maintenance of all fire protections systems, including equipment and devices, to insure the safety and welfare of the occupants. Fire protection systems shall not be disconnected or otherwise rendered unserviceable without first notifying the Fire Department. A fire  permit may be required depending on the extent and length of time the system is out-of-service.527CMR 1.06

Approval/Certificate of Occupancy Inspection
Before requesting final approval of the installation by the Fire Department, the installing contractor shall furnish a written statement to the effect that the fire suppression equipment has been installed in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications and the provisions of the Massachusetts State Building Code. The installation of such devices shall be completed within six months of issuance of permit.
527CMR 24

Fire Permit Application
Click the following link to download the application to install or modify a fire suppression system. This form can be submitted with the building permit application and plans. 

Fire Suppression System Permit

Fire Protection Impairment Affidavit
This form is required to be submitted with the permit application whenever any system is being shut down. 


Certificate of Completion

When required by Fire Prevention, for engineers and contractors.

Certificate of Completion

Installation and Maintenance Requirements

For installation and maintenance requirements, please reference the 

Massachusetts State Buildling Code Section 9

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Cambridge City Hall

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Cambridge MA, 02139
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Monday: 8:30am-8pm
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Friday: 8:30am-12pm

Louis DePasquale
City Manager

Lisa C. Peterson
Deputy City Manager