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Bureau of Building Safety & Construction

The Bureau of Building Safety and Construction is responsible for administering a wide variety of codes and standards. The Bureau is administered and lead by Bureau Commander/Deputy State Fire Marshal Sean Toomey. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 603-223-4289 or at Please note that we have made changes to our operations in resonse to COVID-19 and we ask that you visit our COVID-19 microsite for more information.

Programs and Sections

State Building Permit System
The bureau 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.

Engineering & Plan Review
The NH State Fire Marshal’s Office is charged by statute with ensuring compliance with the NH State Fire Code and the NH State Building Code through the review and approval of plans prior to construction in the following types of projects:

- State owned property (not leased or rented by the State of NH).
- NH University System and NH Community College System.
- Educational Occupancies and Healthcare occupancies.

Mechanical Safety & Licensing
The Mechanical Safety & Licensing Section operates five programs to increase public safety to the residents and visitors of the state. The programs are centered around the compliance with nationally accepted codes relative to fuel gas systems, plumbing systems, oil heating systems, fire protection equipment, and water treatment.

Modular Building Program
The Modular Building Program was established in conjunction with various modular building manufacturers, third party inspection agencies, local and state code enforcement officials.

School Safety
The NH State Fire Marshal's Office administers the statewide school inspection program and provides plan reviews for public school construction.

Tramway & Amusement Ride Safety
The Tramway and Amusement Ride Safety section is administratively attached to the Division of Fire Safety. This section was established to oversee the safe and enjoyable use of the State's ski industry resources. Additionally, it ensures compliance with safety regulations for the carnival and amusement ride operators in New Hampshire.

Codes & Standards
Visitors to our site may access the codes published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) free of charge by clicking on the link below. You will be asked to create a unique log-in and password to access these codes.
List of currently Adopted NH Building and Fire Codes Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol
NFPA Codes and Standards

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