[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Lumberton 8-19-1991 by Ord. No. 1991-11. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 7-9-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-20]
This chapter implements the provisions of P.L. 1991, c. 92, to require installation of at least one smoke detector on each level of one- and two-family homes when a change of occupancy occurs. It shall further require one carbon monoxide detector to be installed on each floor with a bedroom. The Municipal Fire Official and Fire Prevention Bureau shall have responsibility to enforce the provisions of this chapter.
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 52:27D-192 et seq.
[Amended 7-9-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-20]
A structure used or intended for use for residential purposes by not more than two households shall have a smoke-sensitive alarm device, also known as a “smoke detector,” on each level of the structure and outside each separate sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of the bedrooms and located on or near the ceiling in accordance with National Fire Protection Association Standard No. 74-1984 for the installation, maintenance and use of household fire warning equipment. All detectors must meet the requirements of the construction code at the time of the dwellings’ construction; and provided, further, that all smoke-sensitive devices installed pursuant to this chapter must be tested and listed by a product certification agency recognized by the Bureau of Fire Safety of the State of New Jersey. A structure used or intended for use for residential purposes shall have one carbon monoxide detector installed on each floor with a bedroom.
Whenever there is a change of occupancy of any building subject to the requirements of this chapter, no owner shall sell, lease or otherwise permit occupancy for residential purposes of that building without first obtaining from the Municipal Fire Official a certificate evidencing compliance with the requirements of this chapter.
When inspecting for compliance with the smoke alarm requirements of this chapter, the Municipal Fire Official shall also determine if house numbers have been properly placed in compliance with Chapter 106, Buildings, Numbering of, and if so, shall indicate the same in his certificate covering the smoke alarm. In the event that there are no house numbers placed on the property or they are not as required by Township ordinance, the deficiency must be corrected before the certificate required by this chapter shall be issued.
[Amended 2-2-1998 by Ord. No. 1998-1; 7-9-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-20; 12-5-2017 by Ord. No. 2017-013]
A fee shall be paid to the Municipal Fire Bureau to offset the cost of inspection and certification required by this chapter. Said fee shall be in addition to any other fees required by other ordinances in connection with inspections and certifications by any other local, county or state agency. The fee schedule shall be as follows:
A reinspection fee will be charged at the same rate of the original inspection fee. If additional reinspections are needed, a fee will be charged based on the fee schedule in this section.
[Amended 12-5-2017 by Ord. No. 2017-013]
An owner who sells, leases, rents or otherwise permits to be occupied for residential purposes any premises subject to the provisions of this chapter when the premises do not comply with the requirements of this chapter or without complying with the inspection and certification requirements hereof shall be subject to a fine of not more than $500, which may be collected and enforced by the Municipal Fire Bureau by summary proceedings pursuant to the Penalty Enforcement Law, N.J.S.A. 2A:58-1 et seq., or any amendments or supplements thereto.
Editor's Note: The Penalty Enforcement Law, N.J.S.A. 2A:58-1 et seq., was repealed by L. 1999, c. 274. See now N.J.S.A. 2A:58-10 et seq., the Penalty Enforcement Law of 1999.