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Greetings and welcome to the Rhode Island Fire Safety Code Board of Appeal & Review web site. The Rhode Island Fire Safety Code sets forth the fire safety requirements for all buildings in the state, new and existing, and can be viewed by occupancy type on this site under the "Rules and Regulations" tab. If you would like to view or download a copy of the entire 158-page document in PDF format, please click here.

Here's what you'll find on the Fire Safety Code Board website:

  • Read about the Fire Safety Code
  • Meet the Fire Safety Code Board Commissioners and staff
  • Check our "Scheduled Hearings" page for upcoming appeal hearings and meetings
  • View the Rules and Regulations - this is where to find the State Fire Safety Code
  • View the Rhode Island fire statutes (General Laws)
  • Link to the Rehabilitation Building and Fire Code for Existing Buildings & Structures site (Rehab Code)
  • Interpretations - current formal interpretations and blanket variances can be found here
  • Decisions
  • Board contact information




February 1, 1974 / Joelma office building fire -- Sao Paulo, Brazil / 174 fatalities

February 8, 1946 / Loebel Restaurant fire -- Berlin, Germany / 89 fatalities

February 17, 1957 / Katie Jane Nursing Home fire -- Warrentown, MO / 72 fatalities

February 18, 1923 / Manhattan State Hospital fire -- Warren Island, NY/ 25 fatalities

February 20, 2003 / Station Nightclub fire -- West Warwick, RI / 100 fatalities

"We Will Remember"


TRIVIA: The halligan bar was developed by FDNY first deputy chief Hugh Halligan as a forcible entry tool in 1948 and first used extensively by the Boston Fire Department.

Click here to see what a halligan tool looks like.


We welcome the opportunity to provide you with this information and will update this site as the need arises. If you should have any comments, questions or require additional information or assistance, please submit your request to us via the "Contact Us" tab.

W. Keith Burlingame, Esq.
Executive Director


Addition information and resources regarding fire safety issues in Rhode Island can be found on the RI Division of the State Fire Marshal web site or by telephone at 401-889-5555. Information regarding the inspection process for various occupancy types can be viewed here.

ARSON TIPLINE: 401-889-5490.

All National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) codes, including NFPA 1, NFPA 72 and NFPA 101 can be viewed at no cost on the NFPA web site. Additionally, all codes can be purchased online from the NFPA Online Catalog or by telephone at 800-344-3555.

A printed and electronic (CD) version of the 2017 - 2018 Rhode Island Fire Laws and Rules Annotated can be purchased from LexisNexis online or by telephone at 877-461-8801. This publication contains all fire-related Rhode Island statutes, a complete copy of all rules & regulations, a complete copy of the Rehabilitation Building and Fire Code for Existing Buildings and Structures and all current Blanket Variances & Formal Interpretations.



Application forms for appeals/variances are available from the Fire Safety Code Board**, the State Fire Marshal's Office or your local city or town fire authority. All applications must be completely filled out, signed by the Applicant (property owner or authorized representative) and the state or local fire authority and accompanied by the appropriate filing fee. Click here to view the filing fee schedule currently in effect. You can click here to see a sample of a properly completed Variance Application form.

^^^ The Board is now accepting Variance Application forms that can be downloaded here, however the completed form still must be submitted to the Board with the appropriate filing fee, any supporting documents and original signatures* - copies of signatures will not be accepted.


*N O T I C E: In accordance with Fire Safety Code Section 6-1-11, any person, other than an attorney at law, who signs an application form as an authorized representative, shall provide the Board of Appeal & Review with a letter of authorization signed by the owner of the subject property.

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