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    Tar Kettle Use Permit

A permit shall be obtained from the head of the fire department at least two working days prior to the use of the tar kettle. (527CMR § 10:03)

  • Asphalt tar kettles shall not be used inside any building or on any roof top under 70 feet in height. Fired asphalt tar kettles shall not be left unattended. The attendant must man the kettle for a period of one hour after operation or until the material reaches a temperature of 315°F.
  • Temporary use of asphalt tar kettles on roofs over 70 feet in height: There shall not be an exposed flame on roof top kettles. There shall be a minimum of one 20BC multipurpose portable fire extinguisher within 30 feet of each kettle in use and one additional 20BC minimum extinguisher on the roof being covered.

Please call the Fire Prevention office at (617) 349-4918 to obtain a permit for use of tar kettle.