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During the COVID-19 pandemic, please call (603) 223-4289 before coming to our offices.
While our office is currently closed to the public we continue to conduct operations.
The NH State Fire Marshal’s Office (NH FMO) is open Monday through Friday 8:15 AM until 4:15 PM.

NHFMO encourages no unnecessary visitors to the building and campus during the declared state of emergency for COVID-19.
To ensure everyone’s safety all visitors will be required to pass through a safety checkpoint before coming on campus.

The Bureau of Building Safety & Construction has adapted the submittal process for project reviews. The preferred method of submittal is electronic. During this time our team is still working for you and will continue accepting and reviewing project documents and plans, issuing permits and conducting inspections. To submit permit applications and plans electronically, please first email to set-up a folder. If electronic means is not possible, submittals may be sent by mail or by dropping applications into the yellow drop box located near the check point at Smokey Bear Blvd. For delivery of larger projects and plan sets, you can call (603) 223-4289 to arrange a time for drop off. Payments for permit fees will continue to be by mail or drop box.

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It is the mission of the Division of Fire Safety, Office of the State Fire Marshal to save lives and property through education, engineering and enforcement.

The Division of Fire Safety is led by State Fire Marshal/Director Paul J. Parisi. The current term of office runs through March 20, 2024.


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September 10, 2020: We need your help with code updates!

The Board of Fire Control (BFC) and the State Fire Marshal’s Office (NHFMO) is seeking the public’s input into the possible adoption of the 2018 edition of the National Fire Protection Association’s Uniform Fire Code (NFPA 1) and Life Safety Code (NFPA 101).

The code adoption process is initiated by the BFC and NHFMO, and requested through the General Court for consideration and adoption. These PDF documents outline the substantive changes from the current code (2015) to the potential proposed code (2018). If you have suggestions for any revisions or amendments regarding the updates to these codes, please email by October 1st with your comments and put “code update” in the subject line so the Board of Fire Control and Fire Marshal can contemplate them while determining the course of action that will be taken. Thank you for your help!

Upcoming NHFMO Seminars, Workshops & Classes:

For full details and to Register, click on the active links below. If you would like to request a class, please let us know.

Inspecting School and Assembly Occupancies

This seminar is designed to assist the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) conduct life safety inspections in educational occupancies, define what an assembly occupancy is, and what safety measures are required.

Inspecting Tents and Commercial Kitchens
This seminar is designed to introduce the new guidelines for the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) to utilize when inspecting tents and will also identify what to look for when inspecting commercial kitchens.

Youth Firesetter and Rural Fire Prevention Program
This seminar is designed to shed light on the Youth Firesetter problem and the importance of reporting and intervention. This seminar will also cover the importance of fire prevention and implementation strategies for rural areas.

Fire Investigation for First Responders
This seminar is designed to familiarize students with the roles and responsibilities of first responders and how they relate to the basic principles of arson detection and the proper procedures for scene security, evidence preservation and documentation.

Inspecting Oil Burners, Gas Lines & Appliances and the Most Common Plumbing Violations
This seminar is designed to help the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) conduct inspections of oil burners, gas lines and gas appliances. The seminar will also review common plumbing inspection concerns and questions of compliance with laws and amendments in the State of NH.

The NH State Building Code & Fire Codes have been updated - Effective September 2019 Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol

Annual School Inspection Requirements - Updated Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol
The annual school inspection reporting program has been updated to reflect the current code edition and has undergone additional enhancements to increase inspectional clarity for the local fire chief and/or fire inspector.

Electronic Monitoring of Fire Extinguishers - Rescinded Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol
On May 31, 2018, the Board of Fire Control voted to rescind the requirement for electronic monitoring of fire extinguishers per Saf-C 6008.03(d) and NFPA 1

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 studentsfrom pre-kindergarten through high school who 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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