Township of Lumberton, NJ
Burlington County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Lumberton as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Alarm systems — See Ch. 92.
Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 121.
Smoke detectors — See Ch. 242.
[Adopted 7-15-1985 by Ord. No. 1985-13 (Chapter XA of the 1973 Code)]

§ 152-1 Local enforcement.

[Amended 6-6-1988 by Ord. No. 1988-12]
Pursuant to Section 11 of the Uniform Fire Safety Act (P.L. 1983, c. 383),[1] the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code shall be adopted by reference and locally enforced in the municipality of Lumberton.
[1]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 52:27D-192 et seq.

§ 152-2 Local enforcing agency designated.

The local enforcing agency shall be the Bureau of Fire Prevention in the Township of Lumberton.

§ 152-3 Duties of local enforcing agency.

The local enforcement agency shall enforce the Uniform Fire Safety Act and the codes and regulations adopted under it in all buildings, structures and premises within the established boundaries of Lumberton Township, other than owner-occupied one- and two-family dwellings, and shall faithfully comply with the requirements of the Uniform Fire Safety Act and the Uniform Fire Code.

§ 152-4 Inspection of life hazard uses.

The local enforcing agency established by § 152-2 of this article shall carry out the periodic inspections of life hazard uses required by the Uniform Fire Code on behalf of the Commissioner of Community Affairs.

§ 152-5 Supervision and control.

[Amended 6-6-1988 by Ord. No. 1988-12]
The local enforcing agency established by § 152-2 of this article shall be under the direct supervision and control of the Fire Official, who shall report to the Director of the Department of Public Safety.

§ 152-6 Appointment of Fire Official.

[Amended 6-6-1988 by Ord. No. 1988-12; 9-22-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-9-012]
The local enforcing agency shall be under the supervision of a Fire Official who shall be appointed by Lumberton Township.

§ 152-7 Term of office of Fire Official.

The Fire Official shall serve for a term of one year. Any vacancy shall be filled for the unexpired term.

§ 152-8 Appointment of inspectors and employees.

[Amended 6-6-1988 by Ord. No. 1988-12; 9-22-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-9-012]
Such inspectors and other employees as may be necessary in the local enforcing agency shall be appointed by Lumberton Township upon the recommendation of the Fire Official.

§ 152-9 Removal from office.

Inspectors and other employees of the enforcing agency shall be subject to removal by Lumberton Township, upon the recommendation of the Fire Official, for inefficiency or misconduct. Each inspector or employee to be so removed shall be afforded an opportunity to be heard by the appointing authority or a designated hearing officer.

§ 152-10 Board of Appeals.

Pursuant to Sections 15 and 17 of the Uniform Fire Safety Act,[1] any person aggrieved by any order of the local enforcement agency shall have the right to appeal to the Construction Board of Appeals of Burlington County.
[1]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 52:27D-192 et seq.

§ 152-11 Fees, registration and permits.

[Amended 6-6-1988 by Ord. No. 1988-12; 3-1-1993 by Ord. No. 1993-2;7-9-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-20]
The inspection and permit fees established by the Uniform Fire Code, as updated, shall be charged by the Fire Official as follows:
A. 
Permit application fees:
Type
Fee
1
$100
2
$200
3
$400
4
$500
5
$1,000
B. 
Annual registration fees for non-life-hazard uses:
(1) 
Use types shall be as follows:
Use Type
Abbreviation
Assembly
(A)
Business
(B)
Educational
(E)
Factory and industrial
(F)
High-hazard
(H)
Institutional
(I)
Mercantile
(M)
Storage
(S)
Utility and miscellaneous
(U)
(2) 
Annual registration fees for non-life-hazard uses; Non-life hazards are those businesses that do not classify as a life hazard under the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code and are inspected by the Lumberton Township Fire Prevention Bureau on an annual cycle.
Building Size
(square feet)
Annual Fee
0-2000
$50
2001-4000
$75
4001-6000
$100
6001-8000
$150
8001-10,000
$200
10,001-12,000
$250
12,001+
$300
C. 
Cyclical inspections and enforcement of Uniform Fire Code in hotels and multiple dwellings. Pursuant to the provisions of N.J.A.C. 5:71-3.6(f), and 3.6(f)(1), the Fire Official is hereby authorized to inspect hotels and multiple dwellings that are not life-hazard uses at a frequency of not less than once every five years as is currently permitted by N.J.A.C. 5:10. The term “hotels” shall mean hotels, motels, rooming houses and boardinghomes; the term “multiple dwellings” shall be interpreted to mean building sections containing more than four dwelling units as well as those containing less than four dwelling units, unless: 1) the property is held under a condominium or cooperative form of ownership or by a mutual housing corporation; 2) is in the building that has no occupied dwelling units not occupied by unit owners, if a condominium, or by shareholders, if a cooperative or mutual housing corporation; 3) has at least two exterior walls unattached to any adjoining building section; and 4) is attached to any adjoining building sections exclusively by fire separation walls having a one-and-one-half-hour minimum fire-resistance rating, in the case of buildings constructed prior to January 1, 1977, or as required by the State Uniform Construction Code at the time of construction.
(1) 
The fee for such cyclical inspections shall be $5 per dwelling unit per inspection.
[Adopted 9-22-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-9-012]

§ 152-12 Key lock box system required.

A. 
The following premises shall be equipped with a key lock box at or near the main entrance or such other location required by the Fire Official (exceptions: owner-occupied one- and two-family dwellings as defined in the Uniform Construction Code):
(1) 
Premises protected by an automatic fire alarm system, automatic fire suppression system, and/or standpipe system;
(2) 
Premises equipped with an elevator;
(3) 
Premises, as determined by the Fire Official, secured in a manner that restricts access during an emergency;
(4) 
Premises that are required to prepare and have available material safety data sheets and/or hazardous chemical inventory forms under the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (SARA Title III).
B. 
All newly constructed structures subject to this article shall have the key lock box installed and operational prior to the issuance of an occupancy permit. All structures for which certificates of occupancy have been issued as of the effective date of this article and subject to this article shall have a key lock box installed and operational within 12 months of the effective date of this article.
C. 
The Fire Official shall designate the type of key lock box system to be implemented within the Township and shall have the authority to require all structures to use the designated system.

§ 152-13 Lock box type and contents.

The Fire Official shall approve the type of key lock box and its location prior to installation. The key lock box, at a minimum, shall contain two sets of keys and combination access codes shall be provided to the following areas:
A. 
Locked points of egress, whether in interior or exterior of such buildings;
B. 
Mechanical and boiler rooms;
C. 
Rooms containing fire protection equipment, sprinkler controls and fire alarm components;
D. 
All locked fire protection devices that require restoring;
E. 
Elevator control rooms;
F. 
Any fenced or secured areas; and
G. 
Any other areas difficult to access as determined by the Fire Official.

§ 152-14 Security padlocks and key switches.

Premises protected by fences, gates and related barriers presently secured by a padlock, electronically operated or automatic gates, or other control circuits that control access to the premises shall be equipped with a high-security padlock or emergency override control device (key switch) that is master-keyed at a location approved by the Fire Official.

§ 152-15 Security caps for Fire Department connections.

A. 
When a building is protected by an automatic sprinkler system or standpipe system and the Fire Department connection(s) is exposed to undue vandalism, the Fire Official may require that a Fire Department connection security cap(s) be installed. The Fire Department connection security cap shall be a type approved by the Fire Official.
B. 
All structures subject to this provision shall have, in addition to a key lock box system, locking Fire Department connection caps installed and operational prior to issuance of a certificate of occupancy or within the time frame set forth regarding time for compliance under this article.

§ 152-16 Time for compliance.

All existing buildings shall comply with this article as set forth in § 152-12B. All newly constructed buildings not yet occupied or buildings currently under construction and all buildings or businesses applying for a certificate of occupancy shall comply prior to obtaining a certificate of occupancy.

§ 152-17 Rules and regulations.

The Fire Official shall be authorized to implement rules and regulations for the use of the lock box system.

§ 152-18 Violations and penalties.

Any person or entity violating any provision of this article shall, after receiving notice from the Fire Official and upon conviction, be subject to a penalty as set forth in the Uniform Fire Code.

§ 152-19 New plans submitted to Land Development Board.

The lock box system shall be on all new plans submitted to the Land Development Board in support of an application for a proposed building to the extent such a building falls into the categories set forth in § 152-12 of this article.