Plan Reviews

Plan Reviews

Plan Review – New or Renovation

Lawrence Fire Department Plan Review is done in part to protect the consumer via the department overseeing and enforcing the codes and regulations in place for the safety of the general public.


Commercial and/or Mixed (commercial & residential)

Included in the review but not limited to the following:

  • Emergency Lighting
  • Directional Exit Signs
  • Building Access & Egress
  • Fire Lanes
  • Sprinkler Design (FDC=Fire Department Connection Placement)
  • Fire Alarm System & Sprinkler Size (pending size of building & commodity protected)
  • Fire Extinguishers - Amount & Placement (pending size of building & commodity protected)

Multiple Family Plan Review

Included in the review but not limited to the following (where applicable):

  • Fire Alarm System
  • Emergency Lighting
  • Directional Exit Signs
  • Residential Sprinklers if applicable
  • Carbon Monoxide Detectors

The Property Owner/Project Manager is to schedule a meeting with Fire Prevention; Required attendance at the meeting is the following:

  • Project Manager if applicable
  • Electrician and/or the Fire Alarm Company
  • Sprinkler Company if applicable


*** The Fire Prevention unit reserves the right to request third party review of any plans they see fit at the cost of the submitter.  More info on these reviews can be found in our additional info and documents section.

The procedure is simple and easy. First download the permit application PDF below to fill out. Then click on this link Lawrence Permits to go straight to the City of Lawrence permitting portal. Navigate to Fire Department Permits and you will then be asked to create an account if you do not already have one. After logging in you can choose the appropriate application for your scope of work. Before submitting your application make sure you have attached the completed Lawrence Fire Department PDF and any other pertinent information regarding your work. A fire prevention member will then receive your application and if approved you will receive an email verification with option for payment.

** When applying for plans review appointment make sure to attach PDF plans and any other pertinent documents to application before submitting.  Info on digital submissions can be found on our additional information page.


Charges for plans reviews are as follows:

  • 7500 sq. ft. or under: $50
  • Over 7500 sq. ft.: $100

This information is based on five (5) resources that Lawrence Fire Department adheres to:

  1. Mass General Law, Chapter 148
  2. Mass State Building Code, 780 CMR
  3. Fire Prevention Regulations, 527 CMR
  4. Municipal Code of Lawrence
  5. If applicable Elevator Regulations, 524 CMR
  6. "Nicole’s Law"