Township of Maplewood, NJ
Essex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Maplewood as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Alarms — See Ch. 75.
Building construction — See Ch. 93.
Hazardous materials — See Ch. 147.
[Adopted 6-18-1985 by Ord. No. 1676]

§ 127-1 Uniform Code to be locally enforced.

Pursuant to Section II of the Uniform Fire Safety Act (P.L. 1983, c. 383),[1] the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code shall be locally enforced in the municipality of the Township of Maplewood.
[1]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 52:27D-192 et seq.

§ 127-2 Local enforcing agency designated.

[Amended 1-16-2001 by Ord. No. 2145-01]
The local enforcing agency shall be the Bureau of Fire Prevention within the Maplewood Fire Department.

§ 127-3 Duties of local enforcing agency.

The local enforcing agency (or agencies) shall enforce the Uniform Fire Safety Act[1] and the codes and regulations adopted under it in all buildings, structures and premises within the established boundaries of the Township of Maplewood, 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.
[1]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 52:27D-192 et seq.

§ 127-4 Life hazard uses.

The local enforcing agency established by § 127-2 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.

§ 127-5 Supervision of local enforcing agency.

The local enforcing agency established by § 127-2 of this article shall be under the direct supervision and control of the Chief of the Fire Department.

§ 127-6 Fire Official designated.

[Amended 1-16-2001 by Ord. No. 2145-01]
The local enforcing agency shall be under the direct supervision of a Township Fire Official, who shall report to the Township Committee through the Public Safety Committee.

§ 127-7 Fire Official's term of office; reappointment.

[Amended 1-16-2001 by Ord. No. 2145-01]
The Fire Official shall serve for a term of one year. Reappointment shall be made yearly by the Township Committee.

§ 127-8 Inspectors and additional employees.

[Amended 1-16-2001 by Ord. No. 2145-01]
Such inspectors and other employees as may be necessary in the local enforcing agency shall be appointed by the Township Committee upon the recommendation of the Fire Official.

§ 127-9 Removal of inspectors and additional employees.

Inspectors and other employees of the enforcing agency shall be subject to removal by the Township Committee 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.

§ 127-10 Appeals.

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

§ 127-11 Additional inspections and fees.

In addition to the inspection and fees required pursuant to the Act[1] and the regulations of the Department of Community Affairs, the following additional inspections and fees shall be required.
[1]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 52:27D-192 et seq.

§ 127-12 Permit fees.

[Amended 8-1-1995 by Ord. No. 1977]
The permit fees established by the Uniform Fire Code shall be as provided in Chapter 123, Fees.

§ 127-13 Billing and collection of annual registration fees.

The Bureau of Fire Safety shall be responsible for and shall annually bill for and take such steps as may be necessary to collect annual registration fees provided for by the code and sent to the Township of Maplewood in accordance with the New Jersey Administrative Code.
[Adopted 10-15-1985 by Ord. No. 1683; amended 8-1-1995 by Ord. No. 1977; 11-5-2003 by Ord. No. 2230-03]

§ 127-14 Smoke detectors/carbon monoxide alarms required.

A. 
Every dwelling unit, room or suite subject to this article shall have installed a minimum of one approved smoke detector on each story or level, installed in a manner and location approved by the Fire Official, or his designee, of the Township of Maplewood.
B. 
Additionally, carbon monoxide alarms shall be installed in dwellings in a manner and location approved by the Fire Official, or his designee, of the Township of Maplewood.

§ 127-15 Applicability.

Each dwelling unit in a single-family, two-family or multifamily residence, each guest room or suite in a hotel, motel, rooming house or boardinghouse and each suite or sleeping area in a dormitory shall he subject to the terms of this article.

§ 127-16 Sale or rental of property; time for compliance.

No structure containing a unit, room, suite or area subject hereto shall be sold after the effective date of this article without first having met its requirements. No dwelling unit, room, suite or area subject hereto shall be leased or rented after the effective date of this article without first having met its requirements. In the absence of sale or rental, the owner of any dwelling unit, room, suite or area subject hereto shall comply with the terms of this section immediately.

§ 127-17 Approved types of smoke detectors/carbon monoxide alarms.

An approved smoke detector shall be a photoelectric and/or an ionization type with an Underwriters' Laboratories, Inc., or FM label affixed to it. An approved carbon monoxide alarm may be battery-operated, hardwired or of the plug-in type, and labeled in accordance with UL-2034.

§ 127-18 Installation of detectors and alarms.

The installation of smoke detectors/carbon monoxide alarms, battery-operated, hardwired or plug-in type, shall be made in accordance with the regulations of the Fire Official, or his designee, and the requirements of the manufacturer, both as to the number of detectors and alarms needed for an area to be protected and as to the method employed. All such equipment and installations shall comply with regulations established under NFPA Standard No. 74-1984 and 720-1988 and the Uniform Construction Code Act.

§ 127-19 Certificate required prior to title conveyance.

It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to convey title to any building in the Township of Maplewood without first having procured a certificate from the Fire Official, or his designee, indicating that the premises to be sold or conveyed comply with the provisions of this article.

§ 127-20 Maintenance of detectors and alarms.

It shall be the sole responsibility of the owner to maintain every smoke detector/carbon monoxide alarm in working order after it has been inspected by the Fire Official, or his designee.

§ 127-21 Inspection fee.

The Fire Official, or his designee, shall have the right to impose a fee upon anyone seeking said inspection in the amount as provided in Chapter 123, Fees.

§ 127-22 Violations and penalties.

The penalty for the violation of any provision of this article shall be a fine not exceeding $500 or imprisonment in the county jail for not more than 90 days, or both. Noncompliance as to each dwelling unit, room, suite or area in the same structure shall constitute a separate violation.