The Fire Prevention Bureau has several functions. The following is a list of activities for which the Fire Prevention Bureau is responsible:

Enforcing Massachusetts General Law Chapter 148 and 527 CMR 1 (The Massachusetts Comprehensive Fire Safety Code)

Review of fire alarm and sprinkler plans

Conducting inspections in conjunction with the Building Department

Issuing permits required by the fire code

Conducting 26F & 26F1/2 inspections with the sale or transfer of property

Investigating the origin and cause of fires in Watertown 

Managing fire department details

Managing quarterly inspections

Managing oil burner inspections

Keeper of public records