Fire Prevention Division


The Fire Prevention responsibilities include:
  • Enforcement of all fire laws and ordinances
  • Issuance of fire safety permits
  • Investigation of all fires
  • Forwarding of appropriate reports to the state fire marshal
  • Education of the public regarding fire prevention topics and techniques
  • Management of in-service fire company inspections
  • Addressing of citizen complaints regarding fire safety issues
  • Approval of building plans relating to fire protection
  • Supervision of the permit fee schedule and associated inspections

Division Goal

The goal of the Fire Prevention Division is to coordinate townwide fire prevention and fire inspection programs in order to reduce the number of fires and resultant casualties, and reduce property damage.

Additional Information

For your convenience, Fire Prevention accepts MasterCard® and Visa® credit cards for permits and inspections.

Open Burning: Answers to Your Burning Questions

Smoke Detectors - 
New State Guidelines

The State has issued new guidelines regarding the inspection of smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors for the sale of 1- and 2-family homes. One of the major concerns is the age of the detector. The homeowner is responsible for showing proof that the detectors meet the new code and are under 10 years old. If the homeowner cannot show proof and the detector appears to be over 10 years old – e.g., significant discoloration – fire personnel will fail the inspection. Fire Department personnel will not take down detectors to check the age.

It is highly recommended that the homeowner have detectors checked before the Fire Department comes to inspect the residence. It is recommended that the homeowner replace any detectors whose age is uncertain. The guidelines for meeting the law’s requirements can be found at

NEST Smoke Detector AND CO System Rules

  1. Battery operated NEST Smoke/CO detectors are allowed for residential smoke detector coverage if the home or condo:
    a. Was built prior to 1975
    b. Has not been substantially renovated 
  2. Hardwired (120 volt) NEST devices are allowed in residences that were built or substantially renovated between 1975 and 2008
  3. Homes built after 2008 with a garage are required to have heat detectors in the garages. NEST does not presently produce or support a device that is in compliance with the heat detector requirement. Therefore, NEST systems are not allowed in homes built or substantially  renovated since 2008.

Plan Reviews

The Brookline Fire Prevention Division requires that the following guideline be adhered to when submitting plans for review. Plans are required for any new or alterations to a fire suppression system or fire alarm system. Plans may also be required when an occupancy user group changes.

Brookline Fire Department Plan Submittal Requirements

Third Party Review Assistance

BDA Bi Directional Antenna Requirements

Massachusetts State Department of Fire Services