26F Home Smoke Inspection


March 20, 2020

Due to an Executive Order signed by Governor Charlie Baker the requirements of M.G.L. Chapter 148 Section 26F and Section 26F ½ are deferred for up to ninety (90) days after the State of Emergency is lifted provided:

a) The buyer and seller agree, in writing, that the buyer not the seller shall be responsible to equip the property with compliant smoke and CO detectors/alarms and;

b) The buyer agrees to equip the property in accordance with 527 CMR 1.00, Chapter 13.

As a result the Lawrence Fire Department will not be conducting Smoke and CO Detector Compliance inspections until further notice.

Massachusetts Law requires that all residential buildings be inspected by the fire department upon sale or transfer. The inspection is to ensure the proper location and operation of automatic smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.


The procedure is simple and easy.  First download the permit application PDF below to fill out.  Then click on this link Lawrence Permits to go straight to the City of Lawrence permitting portal.  Navigate to Fire Department Permits and you will then be asked to create an account if you do not already have one.  After logging in you can choose the appropriate application for your scope of work.  Before submitting your application make sure you have attached the completed Lawrence Fire Department PDF and any other pertinent information regarding your work.  A fire prevention member will then receive your application and if approved you will receive an email verification with option for payment.


Charges for inspection fees are as follows:

  • Single Family: $50
  • Two Family: $100
  • Three to Six Family: $150
  • Seven or more units: $500

If the home does not pass inspection, re-inspections are half of the original price.


The inspections are done by appointment and are scheduled from Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. in half hour intervals. You will be given a specific time and date for the inspection that is convenient for you. A certificate of compliance will be issued by the inspector upon passing the inspection. This certificate is good for 60 days.

Additional Information

Should you have any questions regarding the correct placement of detectors or the inspection procedure, informational brochures and instructions are available online or at the Lawrence Fire Department Office or you may call 978-620-3400.