Effective with the new fire code (527 CMR) local fire departments shall no longer issue permits for the installation of fire protection systems for new or existing buildings. As always, permit applications shall be submitted to the building department for review and approval in consultation with the municipal fire official. If the fire official believes that the plans do not comply with 780 CMR then he\she shall notify the building official in writing of the non-compliance(s) as specified in 780 CMR Section 107.1.2 (appended below).
107.1.2 Fire Department Review. For permits that include fire protection systems under Chapters 4: Special Detailed Requirements Based on Use and Occupancy or 9: Fire Protection Systems, or 34: Existing Structures, construction documents shall be filed with the building official who shall cause them to be filed with the head of the local fire department for review. The fire department shall have ten-working days after receiving the documents to complete its review. Upon the fire department’s written request, the building official may grant one or more extensions up to a total review period maximum of 30-days. If the fire department review is not received within the allowed time frame the building official may upon review deem the documents in compliance with 780 CMR. If the head of the local fire department believes such construction documents to be noncompliant with this code or reference standards, he or she shall notify the building official (refer to M.G.L. c. 148, § 28A) in writing citing relevant sections of noncompliance with this code or the section of the referenced standards of Chapter 35: Referenced Standards.