Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detector Regulations

If you are selling a residential property in the City of Fitchburg, you must contact the Fire Prevention Bureau at (978) 345-9672 to schedule a Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector Inspection at least two weeks prior to your scheduled closing to ensure you will get an appointment and have time to make any necessary changes, if required. Certificates of Compliance are valid for sixty days from the date of issue. The Fire Prevention Bureau is available to conduct inspections Monday – Friday between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. If the property consists of six or more residential units, you may be required to have an electrician present during the inspection.

Please note - New and existing buildings shall have approved address numbers placed in a position to be plainly legible and visible from the street or road fronting the property, regardless of whether mail is delivered to such building or property. 

Upon transfer of ownership, all residential properties in the City of Fitchburg must be equipped with hard-wired Photoelectric  smoke detectors with a battery backup. Ionized Detectors of any kind are not allowed under Massachusetts Building and Fire Codes.

Please see the Smoke Detector/Carbon Monoxide Regulations below for additional requirements.

26F, 26F1/2 Certificate of Compliance Fees

Number of Residential UnitsFee
Re-Inspection After Each Failed InspectionAdditional $25.00

Please have a check or money order made payable to the City of Fitchburg.