Home & Business Inspections

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. An application must be filled out at the Lawrence Fire Department Headquarters located at 65 Lowell Street. Appointments cannot be made over the telephone. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.


Charges for inspection fees are as follows:

  • Single Family: $50
  • Two Family: $100
  • Three to Five Family: $150
  • Six or more units: $50 per unit

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 Monday through Friday 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.