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It is the mission of the Division of Fire Safety, Office of the State Fire Marshal to prevent deaths, injury and property loss by promoting a safe fire, building and hazardous materials environment for the citizens and visitors of New Hampshire through education, engineering, investigation and enforcement.

The Division of Fire Safety is led by State Fire Marshal/Director J. William Degnan. The current term of office runs through March 2020.

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State Building Permit System
The Bureau of Building Safety & Construction issues building, electrical, mechanical (fuel gas), plumbing and fire protection permits, performs inspections and issues certificates of occupancies for all state owned construction projects, university system and community college system projects and upon written request of a local municipality that has not adopted an enforcement mechanism pursuant to RSA 674:51.

State Fire Code - Update - Effective June 30, 2016 adobe acrobat reader symbol
Effective June 30, 2016 the New Hampshire Fire Code or “state fire code” means the adoption by reference of the Life Safety Code 2015 edition and the Uniform Fire Code NFPA 1, 2009 edition.

State Fire Marshal's Award of Excellence in Fire & Life Safety - Program
The State Fire Marshal’s Award of Excellence in Fire & Life Safety program recognizes New Hampshire students in grades prekindergarten through high school that do an outstanding act in the area of Fire and Life Safety that benefits the lives and wellbeing of those around them. We want to recognize these hometown heroes!

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Director J. William Degnan




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