Temporary Shelters

In response to needs that have arisen across the state, the NH State Fire Marshal’s Office (NHFMO) Bureau of Building Safety and Construction has issued specific guidance for ensuring temporary shelters comply with fire protection standards related to construction, occupancy, fire alarm and sprinklers.

Temporary shelters act as a safety net for individuals and families who would otherwise be without a place to sleep and typically serve over 700 people on any given night in New Hampshire.

All temporary/emergency shelters require approval from the local Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ), which is typically the Fire Chief or designee within a city or town.


Guidance and Forms

We are committed to working with all stakeholders to balance their needs while maintaining an adequate level of fire and life safety.


NH Emergency Shelter Information


Need Help?

Please do not hesitate to contact us at (603) 223-4289 or fmo@dos.nh.gov