Township of Deptford, NJ
Gloucester County
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§ 12-1
UNIFORM FIRE SAFETY ACT ENFORCING AGENCY. 

§ 12-1.1
Local enforcement. 

§ 12-1.2
Agency designation. 

§ 12-1.3
Duties. 

§ 12-1.4
Life hazard uses. 

§ 12-1.5
Organization. 

§ 12-1.6
Appointments, term of office, removal. 

§ 12-1.7
Board of Appeals. 

§ 12-1.8
Required life hazard fees. 

§ 12-1.9
Additional inspection fees. 

§ 12-1.10
Permits. 

§ 12-1.11
Technical amendments. 

§ 12-2
ESTABLISHMENT OF FIRE DISTRICT AND BOARD OF FIRE COMMISSIONERS. 

§ 12-2.1
Fire district established. 

§ 12-2.2
Board of Fire Commissioners. 

§ 12-2.3
Responsibility of Board. 

§ 12-2.4
Fire departments and fire districts. 

§ 12-3
R-1 AND/OR R-2 MULTIPLE FAMILY DWELLING UNITS. 

§ 12-3.1
Registration and inspection required. 

§ 12-3.2
Registration fees. 

§ 12-4
INSPECTION AND FEE SCHEDULE FOR ALL NONLIFE HAZARD USES. 

§ 12-4.1
Registration and inspection requirements. 

§ 12-4.2
Annual inspection fees. 

§ 12-4.3
Exemptions. 

§ 12-4.4
Other fees. 

§ 12-5
RAPID ACCESS KEY BOXES. 

§ 12-5.1
Required; exceptions. 

§ 12-5.2
Type of box and location. 

§ 12-5.3
Key box contents. 

§ 12-5.4
Penalties. 

§ 12-6
(RESERVED) 

§ 12-7
OUTDOOR STORAGE OF RUBBER TIRES AND RECYCLED RUBBER PRODUCTS. 

§ 12-7.1
Findings. 

§ 12-7.2
Regulations for outdoor storage of rubber tires. 

§ 12-7.3
Storage of tires in excess of 500 prohibited. 

§ 12-7.4
Standards for storage of tires. 

§ 12-7.5
Recycled rubber products. 

§ 12-7.6
Exceptions to tire storage. 

§ 12-7.7
Violations. 

§ 12-1 UNIFORM FIRE SAFETY ACT ENFORCING AGENCY.

§ 12-1.1 Local enforcement.

[Ord. No. 0-14-85 § 1]

Pursuant to Section 11 of the Uniform Fire Safety Act (P.L. 1983, c.383), the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code shall be locally enforced in the Municipality of the Township of Deptford.

§ 12-1.2 Agency designation.

[Ord. No. 0-14-85 § 2]

The local enforcing agency shall be the Bureau of Fire Prevention of the Township Fire District established pursuant to Section 2-22 of this Code and which sets forth the boundaries of the Fire District.

§ 12-1.3 Duties.

[Ord. No. 0-14-85 § 3]

The local enforcement agency shall enforce the Uniform Fire and Safety Act and the Codes and regulations adopted under it in all buildings, structures and premises within the established boundaries of the 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.

§ 12-1.4 Life hazard uses.

[Ord. No. 0-14-85 § 4]

The local enforcing agency shall carry out the periodic inspections of the life hazard uses required by the Uniform Fire Code on behalf of the Commissioner of Community Affairs.

§ 12-1.5 Organization.

[Ord. No. 0-14-85 § 5]

The local enforcing agency shall be part of the Township Fire District. Such funds as may be necessary to support the operations of the agency shall be raised by the District in the manner provided by law.

§ 12-1.6 Appointments, term of office, removal.

[Ord. No. 0-14-85 § 6]
a. 

Appointment of fire official. The local enforcing agency shall be under the supervision of a Fire Official who shall be the Fire Marshal and appointed by the Board of Fire Commissioners of the Township Fire District. In making the appointment, the appointing authority shall make the appointment from among those persons that they shall consider qualified, which persons shall have been certified pursuant to the provisions of Title 5.

b. 

Term of office. The Fire Official/Fire Marshal shall serve for a term of two years. Any vacancy shall be filled for the unexpired term in accordance with the provisions of New Jersey Administrative Code, Title 5, Chapter 18A, Subchapter 4.

c. 

Inspectors and employees. Such inspectors and other employees as may be necessary in the local enforcing agency shall be appointed by the Township Board of Fire Commissioners upon the recommendation of the Fire Official.

d. 

Removal from office. The Fire Official/Fire Marshal, inspectors and other employees of the enforcing agency shall be subject to removal by the Township Board of Fire Commissioners for inefficiency or misconduct. The Fire Official, inspector or employee to be so removed shall be afforded an opportunity to be heard by the appointing authority or a designated hearing officer.

§ 12-1.7 Board of Appeals.

[Ord. No. 0-14-85 § 7]

Pursuant to Sections 15 and 17 of the Uniform Fire Safety Act, any person aggrieved by any order of the local enforcement agency shall have a right to appeal to the Construction Board of Appeals of the County of Gloucester.

§ 12-1.8 Required life hazard fees.

[Ord. No. 0-14-85 § 8]

The life hazard fees required pursuant to this section shall be those required pursuant to the Uniform Fire Safety Act and the regulations of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, including any amendments or supplements thereto.

§ 12-1.9 Additional inspection fees.

Reserved.

§ 12-1.10 Permits.

[Ord. No. 0-14-85 § 10]

The permit fees required by this sections hall be those established by the Uniform Fire Code, including any amendments or supplements thereto.

§ 12-1.11 Technical amendments.

Reserved.

§ 12-2 ESTABLISHMENT OF FIRE DISTRICT AND BOARD OF FIRE COMMISSIONERS.

§ 12-2.1 Fire district established.

[Ord. No. 10-25-65; 1967 Code § 27-1]

All of the land lying and being within the corporate boundary lines of the Township are hereby established and designated as the Fire District of the Township.

§ 12-2.2 Board of Fire Commissioners.

[Ord. No. 10-25-65; 1967 Code § 27-2]

Pursuant to the provisions of the statutes of the State of New Jersey in such case made and provided, the legal voters of the Township shall by ballot determine the amount of money to be raised for the ensuing year and elect a Board of Fire Commissioners to consist of five persons in accordance with the provisions of the statutes.

§ 12-2.3 Responsibility of Board.

[Ord. No. 10-25-65; 1967 Code § 27-3]

The Board of Fire Commissioners shall be responsible for the administration of the Fire District pursuant to the provisions of the statutes of the State of New Jersey in such case made and provided.

§ 12-2.4 Fire departments and fire districts.

[Ord. No. 0-1-72; 1967 Code § 2-65]

All Fire Departments and Fire Districts heretofore created are hereby continued in the manner designated by ordinance.

§ 12-3 R-1 AND/OR R-2 MULTIPLE FAMILY DWELLING UNITS.

§ 12-3.1 Registration and inspection required.

[Ord. No. 0.8.94]

All multiple-family dwelling units within the Township classified as R-1 and/or R-2 as defined by the New Jersey Construction Code shall be required to register with the Bureau of Fire Prevention of the Deptford Township Fire Department and complete forms provided by the Bureau. These multiple-family dwelling units shall be inspected periodically, but not less than once every 12 months.

§ 12-3.2 Registration fees.

[Ord. No. 0.9.94]

Annual registration fees for non-life hazard use multiple-family dwelling units shall be as follows:

Use Group R-1 $25 per dwelling unit
Use Group R-2 $25 per dwelling unit

§ 12-4 INSPECTION AND FEE SCHEDULE FOR ALL NONLIFE HAZARD USES.

§ 12-4.1 Registration and inspection requirements.

[Ord. No. 0.3.01 § 1]

All assembly, commercial, industrial and multifamily dwelling uses within the Township of Deptford shall be required to register with the Bureau of Fire Prevention of the Deptford Township Fire Department and complete forms provided by the Bureau. These uses shall be inspected periodically, but not less than once every 12 months. Multifamily dwelling units shall have no less than 20% of the complex inspected annually so that the entire complex is inspected once every five years.

§ 12-4.2 Annual inspection fees.

[Ord. No. 0.3.01 § 2]

Annual inspection fees assessed to the owner(s) of the property or business for non-life hazard uses shall be as follows:

Use Group Description Fee
Assembly Uses
NLA-1 Place of Assembly, occupancy less than 100 $55
NLA-2 Place of Assembly, Temporary (less than 90 days) $35
Tent
NLA-3 Reserved
Business Uses (offices, etc.)
NLB-1 Place of Business, less than 500 square feet $20
NLB-2 Place of Business, greater than 500, less than 2,500 square feet $30
NLB-3 Place of Business, greater than 2,500, less than 5,000 square feet $35
NLB-4 Place of Business, greater than 5,000, less than 7,500 square feet $50
NLB-5 Place of Business, greater than 7,500, less than 10,000 square feet $75
NLB-6 Place of Business, greater than 10,000, $100
Educational Uses
NLE-1 Educational use, less than 50 occupancy $50
Factory Uses (manufacturing)
NLF-1 Factory use, less than 2,500 square feet $30
NLF-2 Factory use, greater than 2,500, less than 5,000 square feet $40
NLF-3 Factory use, greater than 5,000, less than 7,500 square feet $50
NLF-4 Factory use, greater than 7,500, less than 10,000 square feet $75
NLF-5 Factory use, greater than 10,000, less than 12,000 square feet $125
Mercantile Uses
NLM-1 Mercantile, less than 500 square feet $20
NLM-2 Mercantile, greater than 500, less than 2,500 square feet $30
NLM-3 Mercantile, greater than 2,500, less than 5,000 square feet $40
NLM-4 Mercantile, greater than 5,000, less than 7,500 square feet $50
NLM-5 Mercantile, greater than 7,500, less than 10,000 square feet $75
NLM-6 Mercantile, greater than 10,000, less than 12,000 square feet $125
NLM-7 Mercantile-Temporary (less than 90 days) Kiosk, Cart (located in the common area of another use) $35
NLM-8 Mercantile-Permanent Kiosk (located in the common area of another use) $35
Residential Uses
NLR-1 Residential-Hotel/Motel (per dwelling unit) $25
NLR-2 Residential-Multifamily dwellings (per dwelling unit) NOTE: not less than 20% of each complex will e inspected Each year so that the entire complex is inspected once every 5 years $25
Storage Uses
NLS-1 Storage use, less than 2,500 square feet $30
NLS-2 Storage use, greater than 2,500, less than 5,000 square feet $40
NLS-3 Storage use, greater than 5,000, less than 7,500 square feet $50
NLS-4 Storage use, greater than 7,500, less than 10,000 square feet $75
NLS-5 Storage use, greater than 10,000 square feet $125

§ 12-4.3 Exemptions.

[Ord. No. 0.3.01 § 3]

The following uses shall be exempt from the payment of inspection fees imposed by this section.

a. 

All fire/rescue stations;

b. 

All Township owned and operated buildings;

c. 

All county owned and operated buildings;

d. 

All State owned and operated buildings;

e. 

All Federally owned and operated buildings.

f. 

All State registered Life Hazard Uses;

g. 

All uses required to obtain all annual permit in accordance with the N.J. Uniform Fire Code (N.J.A.C. 5:70-1.1 et seq.);

h. 

Churches.

§ 12-4.4 Other fees.

[Ord. No. 0.3.01 § 4]
Category Fee
Fire Investigation reports $25
Certificate of Fire Code Status $25
Cost of Suppression-Apparatus (per hour with operator) $100 (1 truck/1 hour minimum)
Cost of Suppression-Fire fighters (per member, per hour) $25 (5 fire fighters minimum)
Cost of Suppression — Minor vehicles $50
Fire flow testing (on request) $50
The above fees shall apply if the non-life hazard use was cited for a violation and this violation causes the need for suppression.

§ 12-5 RAPID ACCESS KEY BOXES.

§ 12-5.1 Required; exceptions.

[Ord. No. 0.7.94 § 1]

All properties within the Township having an automatic fire alarm system or a fire sprinkler system shall be equipped with a key box. This shall not apply to owner occupied one and two-family dwellings.

§ 12-5.2 Type of box and location.

[Ord. No. 0.7.94 § 2]

The key box shall be of a UL type and approved by the Township Fire Official. The rapid entry key box shall be installed in a location approved by the Fire Official.

§ 12-5.3 Key box contents.

[Ord. No. 0.7.94 § 3]

The rapid key boxes shall contain the following:

a. 

Keys to locked points of egress, whether on interior or exterior of such buildings;

b. 

Keys to the locked mechanical rooms;

c. 

Keys to the locked elevator rooms;

d. 

Keys to the elevator controls;

e. 

Keys to any fence or secured areas;

f. 

Keys to any other areas as directed by the Fire Official;

g. 

A floor plan of the rooms within the building.

§ 12-5.4 Penalties.

[Ord. No. 0.7.94 § 4]

Any building owner violating this section shall be subject to penalties set forth in the Uniform Fire Code.

§ 12-6 (RESERVED)

§ 12-7 OUTDOOR STORAGE OF RUBBER TIRES AND RECYCLED RUBBER PRODUCTS.

§ 12-7.1 Findings.

[Ord. No. 0.17.94, Preamble]

The outdoor storage of rubber tires and/or recycled rubber products may create a fire and health hazard; and the Township wishes to regulate the amount of rubber tires and/or recycled rubber products that may be stored in any one location. N.J.A.C. 5:18-4.5 provides that a municipality may, by ordinance, make its Fire Code more restrictive than the Uniform Fire Code.

§ 12-7.2 Regulations for outdoor storage of rubber tires.

[Ord. No. 0.17.94 § 1]

All tires stored outdoors in the Township shall be stored in accordance with the National Fire Protection Association's Standard No. 231D, 1989 Edition, Appendix "C", except as modified herein.

§ 12-7.3 Storage of tires in excess of 500 prohibited.

[Ord. No. 0.17.94 § 2]

The number of loose tires, mounted or unmounted, to be permitted to be stored outside any one lot shall not exceed 500 tires. There shall be no distinction between new or used tires for the purposes of this section.

§ 12-7.4 Standards for storage of tires.

[Ord. No. 0.17.94 § 3]

Tires shall be stored in the following manner.

a. 

Tires shall be stored in piles no greater than 10 feet in height;

b. 

Tires shall be stored no closer than 25 feet from any building or lot line;

c. 

Tires shall be stacked in such a manner as to be readily counted.

§ 12-7.5 Recycled rubber products.

[Ord. No. 0.17.94 § 4]

Any business that recycles used tires or other rubber products shall not store the products in the same area as the processing plant. The products shall be packaged for storage as soon as possible after processing and removed to buildings that meet or exceed the requirements for storage of such materials as determined by the Uniform Construction Code. The process of recycling used tires into other products shall conform and comply with any and all other regulations that may be established by the Township Fire Official.

§ 12-7.6 Exceptions to tire storage.

[Ord. No. 0.17.94 § 5]

The provisions of subsections 12-6.1 and 12-6.2 shall not apply to any business that recycles used rubber tires into another product on site. In such a case, the business may store only the number of tires that may be recycled in one business day. Tires must be stored in a suitable enclosure that meets Township and State regulations.

§ 12-7.7 Violations.

[Ord. No. 0.17.94 § 6]

Any person who violates these provisions shall be liable for penalties as set forth in the Uniform Fire Code.