Fire Department

Prior to the sale OR transfer of any residence:

Massachusetts General Law, chapter 148 section 26F½ and 527 CMR 1.00:13.7.6
mandates that upon the sale or transfer of any residence, the local fire department must inspect the residence for carbon monoxide alarm compliance. After a successful inspection, the local fire department will issue a Certificate of Compliance indicating that the residence meets the carbon monoxide alarm requirements. Smoke alarm and CO alarm inspections can be conducted in the same visit. Smoke alarm inspections known as a 26F inspection are also required on certain homes before the sale or transfer of ownership.

  • These inspections are required to be done before the closing date; not after. 
  • This is required of all sellers and new owners and pertains to any sale or transfer, including those between family members or a family and an estate.
  • All inspections must be requested at least 7 business days in advance. Contact the Inspections Team via email to schedule:

Open Burn Permits - January 15 to May 1 only:
Shelburne Control will no longer be issuing permits via phone. All permits are done online only between 8:30 am - 1:00 pm.

  • Burning is allowed to begin at 10:00 am and all fires must be fully extinguished by 4:00 pm.
  • A permit is required for each day you wish to burn.
  • Residential Open Burning Permits are January 15 to May 1 only. 
  • Agricultural Burn Permits are obtained by contacting the Fire Chief in advance. 
  • Any unauthorized burning, burning of construction debris, leaves or any other prohibited item will create a toned-out response by the Fire Department and/or Police Department. 
  • Failure to follow the published open burn season rules and regulations will created a toned-out response by the Fire Department and/or Police Department.



The Official Sunderland Fire Department website:

Public Records Requests or general questions, please send an email to:

Town Park Questions or Rental Inquiries: or send email to:

Permits & Inspections & Fee Schedule Info:

Important Permit Updates:

  • The Sunderland Fire Department will no longer accept pre - populated permits for oil burner installations. This means that the installer must fill in their license number and name on the permit application in front of the Fire Inspector immediately after the completed installation is inspected. 
  • All permit applications must be filled out with the correct and complete address of the property, including the house or building number. No permit application will be accepted if this information is missing.

What types of permits and inspections does the Fire Dept. do?

  • Smoke and Carbon Monoxide detectors (required before any sale or transfer of a home residence
  • Propane, LPG tanks
  • Truck Tank permits
  • Bonfire permits (per State code & regs.)
  • Residential Open Burn permits (Seasonal)(Online only)
  • Agricultural burn permits (by Fire Chief only)
  • Oil tank permits
  • Hot work permits
  • and more! 

HOT WORK permits: Issued by the Fire Chief only
Please send an email to:

Issued by the Sunderland Building Inspector


Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Steven Benjamin Fire Chief (413) 665-2465 ext. 2
Fire Inspections & Permits Inspections
Laurie Smith Emergency Management Director and MEMA-Sunderland