Township of Moorestown, NJ
Burlington County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Moorestown 9-23-1985 by Ord. No. 1287. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 56.
Pursuant to Section 11 of the Uniform Fire Safety Act (P.L. 1983, c. 383),[1] the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code shall be enforced locally by the Board of Fire Commissioners of Fire District Nos. 1 and 2 within the established limits of Fire District Nos. 1 and 2 of the Township of Moorestown.
[1]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 52:27D-202.
The local enforcing agency within each fire district shall be as follows:
A. 
Fire District No. 1. The local enforcing agency shall be the Division of Fire Prevention of Fire District No. 1 of the Township of Moorestown within the limits established by the ordinances establishing the present boundaries.[1]
(1) 
Senate Bill No. 101, adopted March 11, 1922, and concurring Resolution of the Township of Moorestown, adopted July 31, 1922, adopting all ordinances of Chester Township passed prior to the separation of Moorestown Township.
(2) 
Ordinance No. 80 of October 27, 1930, An Ordinance of the Township of Moorestown in the County of Burlington Enlarging Fire District No. 1 of Said Township.
(3) 
Ordinance No. 333 of December 9, 1957; An Ordinance of the Township of Moorestown in the County of Burlington, Further Enlarging Fire District No. 1 of Said Township.
(4) 
Ordinance No. 489 of November 15, 1965, An Ordinance of the Township of Moorestown in the County of Burlington Further Enlarging Fire District No. 1 of Said Township So As to Include Therein the Entire Easterly Section of Said Township Not Heretofore Included in Any Fire District.
[1]
Editor's Note: The full text of the laws and ordinances, establishing the present boundaries, is on file in the Township offices.
B. 
Fire District No. 2. The Local Enforcing Agency shall be the Bureau of Fire Prevention of Fire District No. 2 of the Township of Moorestown within the limits established by the present boundaries.[2]
[Amended 2-23-2004 by Ord. No. 4-2004]
(1) 
Ordinance No. 36 of October 12, 1925, An Ordinance to Lay Off a Part of the Township of Moorestown into a Fire District to be Known as Fire District No. 2 in the Township of Moorestown and County of Burlington.
(2) 
Ordinance No. 334 of December 9, 1957, An Ordinance of the Township of Moorestown in the County of Burlington Enlarging Fire District Number 2 of Said Township.
[2]
Editor's Note: The full text of the laws and ordinances, establishing the present boundaries, is on file in the Township offices.
[Amended 2-23-2004 by Ord. No. 4-2004]
Each local enforcing agency 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 Fire District No. 1 and Fire District No. 2 of the Township of Moorestown other than single-family dwellings and owner-occupied two-family dwellings, except as provided for in § 5:70-2.1 of the New Jersey Uniform Fire Safety Code and in the technical amendments to this code, 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.
Each local enforcing agency established by § 79-2 of this chapter shall carry out the periodic inspections of life-hazard uses required by the Uniform Fire Code on behalf of the Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs.
[Amended 2-13-1989 by Ord. No. 1447-89]
A. 
Each local enforcing agency established by § 79-2 of this chapter shall be a part of its Fire District, and said part shall be known in Fire District No. 1 as the "Division of Fire Prevention" and in Fire District No. 2 as the "Bureau of Fire Prevention" within each District and shall be under the direct supervision and control of the Fire Officials, who shall report to the Board of Fire Commissioners of their respective districts.
[Amended 2-23-2004 by Ord. No. 4-2004]
B. 
Such funds as may be necessary to support the operations of the agency shall be appropriated and raised by the districts in the manner provided by law.
A. 
Appointment of fire official. Each local enforcing agency shall be administered and supervised by a Fire Official, who shall be appointed by the Board of Fire Commissioners of each fire district.
B. 
Term of office. The Fire Official for each district shall serve for a term of one year. Any vacancy shall be filled for the unexpired term.
C. 
Inspectors and employees. Such inspectors and other employees as may be deemed necessary for the efficient operation of each local enforcing agency shall be appointed by the Board of Fire Commissioners of each fire district upon the recommendation of the Fire Official within each district.
D. 
Removal from office.
(1) 
Fire inspectors and other employees of each enforcing agency shall be subject to removal from office by the Board of Fire Commissioners 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 Board of Fire Commissioners or a hearing officer designated by it, at the election of the Board of Fire Commissioners, in accordance with due process of law.
(2) 
The Fire Official of each enforcing agency shall be subject to removal from office by the Board of Fire Commissioners for inefficiency or misconduct. Each fire official to be so removed shall be afforded an opportunity to be heard by the Board of Fire Commissioners or a hearing officer designated by it, at its election, in accordance with due process of law.
[Amended 2-13-1989 by Ord. No. 1447-89]
E. 
Civil service. Nothing in this subsection shall be construed as in any way derogating from or limiting the right of any person under Title 11 of the Revised Statutes (Civil Service).
[Amended 2-23-2004 by Ord. No. 4-2004]
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 the County of Burlington.
[1]
Editor's Note: N.J.S.A. 52:27D-206 and 208.
In addition to the inspection and fees required pursuant to the Uniform Fire Safety Act and the regulations of the State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, the following firesafety inspections, permits and fees shall be required, none of which shall apply to fees or inspections of life-hazard uses as governed by the Uniform Fire Safety Act, unless such uses are to be inspected more frequently than required by the Act:
A. 
Firesafety uses defined.
(1) 
The following buildings, uses and premises contained in this section constitute firesafety uses which are subject to registration and periodic inspection requirements established by this chapter. Where two or more firesafety uses exist at the same building or premises, each one shall be considered as separate and distinct for the purposes of this code and shall be registered pursuant to the provisions of this chapter.
B. 
Firesafety Use Group A, Assembly.
(1) 
General. All buildings and structures, or parts thereof, shall be classified in Use Group A which are used or designed for places of assembly as defined in this chapter.
(a) 
Firesafety Use Group A-1 structures. (Reserved)
(b) 
Firesafety Use Group A-2 structures. (Reserved)
(c) 
Firesafety Use Group A-3 structures. This use group shall include all buildings in which persons assemble, such as libraries, restaurants other than nightclubs, etc.
(d) 
Firesafety Use Group A-4 structures. This use group shall include all buildings used as churches and for similar religious purposes.
(e) 
Firesafety Use Group A-5 structures. This use group shall include bleachers, similar structures and related use structures for outdoor assembly use.
C. 
Firesafety Use Group B, Business.
(1) 
General. All buildings and structures, or parts thereof, shall be classified in Firesafety Use Group B which are used for the transaction of business, for the rendering of professional services or for other services that involve stocks of goods, wares or merchandise in limited quantities for use incidental to office uses or sample purposes.
(2) 
(Reserved) [1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection C(2), Firesafety Use Group B-1, was repealed 2-13-1989 by Ord. No. 1447-89.
(3) 
Firesafety Use Group B-2. This use group shall include business establishments having a gross floor area of 3,500 square feet or more, but less than 12,000 square feet.
[Amended 2-13-1989 by Ord. No. 1447-89]
(4) 
List of business uses. The uses listed in Table B.1 are indicative of, but not exclusive of, and shall be classified as, Firesafety Use Group B.
(5) 
Firesafety Use Group B-1A. This use group shall include all business establishments having a gross floor area of less than 250 square feet.
[Added 2-13-1989 by Ord. No. 1447-89]
(6) 
Firesafety Use Group B-1B. This use group shall include business establishments having a gross floor area of 250 square feet or more, but less than 3,500 square feet.
[Added 2-13-1989 by Ord. No. 1447-89]
(7) 
Firesafety Use Group B-2A. This use group shall include business establishments having a gross floor area of 12,000 square feet or more, but less than 24,000 square feet.
[Added 2-13-1989 by Ord. No. 1447-89]
(8) 
Firesafety Use Group B-2B. This use group shall include business establishments having a gross floor area of 24,000 square feet or more, but less than 48,000 square feet.
[Added 2-13-1989 by Ord. No. 1447-89]
(9) 
Firesafety Use Group B-2C. This use group shall include business establishments having a gross floor area of 48,000 square feet or more.
[Added 2-13-1989 by Ord. No. 1447-89]
(10) 
Firesafety Use Group B-3. Multiple business occupancy: This use group shall include all buildings and structures, or parts thereof, which are used for the purposes that meet the requirements of Use Group B, and which comprise a multiplicity of rooms, suites or areas to accommodate multiple business occupancies, not to exceed 30 in number, which are rented from a common owner. The building owner, who shall control access to all areas, shall provide basic services as are needed for the tenant to conduct their businesses, at their option. These services may include, but are not limited to, clerical, phone-answering and message-taking, photocopying and reproduction, mail services, security and secretarial and stenographers.
[Added 2-13-1989 by Ord. No. 1447-89]
Table B.1
Typical Firesafety Use Group B, Business Uses
Animal hospitals, kennels, pounds
Automobile and other motor vehicle showrooms
Banks
Barbershops
Beauty shops
Car washes
Civic administration
Clinics, outpatient
Dry-cleaning; pickup and delivery stations
Electronic data processing
Emergency services buildings
Fire stations
Florists and plant nurseries
Laboratories; testing, research and medical
Laundries; pickup and delivery stations and self-service
Police stations
Post offices
Printshops
Professional services; attorney, dentist, physician, engineer, etc.
Radio and television stations
Telephone exchanges
D. 
Firesafety Use Group E, Educational.
(1) 
General. All buildings and structures, or parts thereof, shall be classified in Firesafety Use Group E which are used for gathering people together for the purpose of instruction, including, among others, schools, colleges, universities and academies.
(2) 
Exception. School buildings, or parts thereof, for vocational training shall be classified in the same use group as the vocation taught.
E. 
Firesafety Use Group F, Factory and Industrial.
(1) 
General. All buildings and structures, or parts thereof, in which occupants are engaged in performing work or labor in the fabricating, assembling or processing of products or materials shall be classified in Firesafety Use Group F, including, among others, factories, assembling plants, industrial laboratories and all other industrial and manufacturing uses, except those of Firesafety Use Group H involving highly combustible, flammable or explosive products and materials.
(2) 
Structures and uses.
[Amended 2-13-1989 by Ord. No. 1447-89]
(a) 
Firesafety Use Group F-1. Factory and industrial uses, which are not otherwise classified as low-hazard Firesafety Groups F-2, et al., shall be classified as moderate-hazard Factory and Industrial Firesafety Use Group F-1. The manufacturing processes listed in Table F.1 shall be indicative of, but not exclusive of, and shall be included in Firesafety Use Group F-1 and as further categorized as set forth in this section.
[1] 
Firesafety Use Group F-1A. Firesafety Use Group F-1 structures with a gross floor area of less than 3,500 square feet.
[2] 
Firesafety Use Group F-1B. Firesafety Use Group F-1 structures with a gross floor area of 3,500 square feet or more, but less than 12,000 square feet.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Former Subsections E(2)(a)[3], Firesafety Use Group F-1C, E(2)(a)[4], Firesafety Use Group F-1D, and E(2)(a)[5], Firesafety Use Group F-1E, which immediately followed this subsection, were repealed 2-24-2003 by Ord. No. 4-2003.
(b) 
Firesafety Use Group F-2. Factory and industrial uses which involve the fabrication or manufacturing of noncombustible materials which, during finishing, packing or processing, do not involve a significant fire hazard shall be classified as Firesafety Use Group F-2. The manufacturing processes listed in Table F.2 shall be indicative of, but not exclusive of, and shall be included in Firesafety Use Group F-2 and shall be categorized by size as set forth in this section.
[1] 
Firesafety Use Group F-2A. All structures of Firesafety Use Group F-2 which have a gross floor area of less than 3,500 square feet.
[2] 
Firesafety Use Group F-2B. All structures of Firesafety Use Group F-2 which have a gross floor area of 3,500 square feet or more, but less than 12,000 square feet of gross floor area.
[3] 
Firesafety Use Group F-2C. All structures of Firesafety Use Group F-2 which have a gross floor area of 12,000 square feet or more, but less than 24,000 square feet of gross floor area.
[4] 
Firesafety Use Group F-2D. All structures of Firesafety Use Group F-2 which have a gross floor area of 24,000 square feet or more, but less than 48,000 square feet of gross floor area.
[5] 
Firesafety Use Group F-2E. All structures of Firesafety Use Group F-2 which have a gross floor area of 48,000 square feet or more.
Table F.1
Firesafety Use Group F-1 Moderate-Hazard Factory and Industrial Uses
[Amended 2-13-1989 by Ord. No. 1447-89]
Aircraft
Appliances
Athletic equipment
Automobiles and other motor vehicles
Bakeries
Beverages, alcoholic
Bicycles
Boat building
Boiler works
Brooms or brushes
Business machines, including repair and rebuilding
Cameras and photo equipment
Canneries, including food products
Clothing
Condensed and powdered milk manufacturer
Construction and agricultural machinery
Disinfectants
Electric-light plants and powerhouses
Electrolytic reducing works
Electronics
Engines, including rebuilding
Film, photographic
Food processing
Furniture
Hemp and jute products
Laundries
Leather and tanneries, excluding enameling or japanning
Machinery
Millwork and woodworking, wood distillation
Motion-picture and television filming
Musical instruments
Optical goods
Paper mills or products
Plastic products
Printing or publishing
Recreational vehicles
Refuse incinerators
Shoes
Soaps and detergents
Sugar refineries
Textile mills, including canvas, cotton cloth, bagging, burlap, carpets and rags
Tobacco
Trailers
Upholstery and manufacturing shops
Table F.2
Firesafety Use Group F-2 Low-Hazard Factory and Industrial Uses
[Amended 2-13-1989 by Ord. No. 1447-89]
Beverages, nonalcoholic
Brick and masonry
Ceramic products
Foundries
Glass products
Gypsum
Ice
Metal fabrication and assembly
Water-pumping plants
F. 
(Reserved)[3]
[3]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection F, Firesafety Use Group H, High-Hazard, was repealed 1-28-1991 by Ord. No. 1563-91.
G. 
Firesafety Use Group I, Institutional.
(1) 
General. All buildings and structures, or parts thereof, shall be classified in Firesafety Use Group I in which people suffering from physical limitations because of health or age are harbored for medical or other care or treatment.
(2) 
Firesafety Use Group I. This use group shall include buildings housing individuals who, because of age, mental instability or other reasons, must live in a supervised environment but who are physically capable of responding to an emergency situation without personal assistance. Included in this group are uses such as facilities for children, aged persons, mentally impaired and convalescents, including convalescent facilities, group homes, mentally retarded care facilities, nursing homes (ambulatory), orphanages and residential care facilities.
H. 
Firesafety Use Group M, Mercantile.
[Amended 2-13-1989 by Ord. No. 1447-89]
(1) 
Firesafety Use Group M-1A. This use group shall include mercantile establishments having a gross floor area of less than 250 square feet.
(2) 
Firesafety Use Group M-1B. This use group shall include mercantile establishments having a gross floor area of 250 square feet or more, but less than 3,500 square feet.
I. 
Firesafety Use Group R, Residential.
(1) 
General. All buildings and structures, or parts thereof, shall be classified in Firesafety Use Group R in which families or households live, or in which sleeping accommodations are provided for individuals with or without dining facilities, excluding those that are classified as institutional buildings.
(2) 
Fire Safety Use Group R-1 structure. Life-hazard uses reserved to the state. This use group shall include all hotels, motels, boardinghouses and similar buildings arranged for shelter and sleeping accommodations and in which the occupants are primarily transient in nature, occupying the facilities for a period of less than 30 days.
[Amended 2-23-2004 by Ord. No. 4-2004]
(3) 
Firesafety Use Group R-2 structures. This use group shall include all multiple-family dwellings having two or three dwelling units, except for two-family dwellings one of which is occupied by the holder of title to the property.
(4) 
Firesafety Use Group R-2A. This use group shall include all multiple-family dwellings having four or more dwelling units, but less than 12 units.
[Amended 2-13-1989 by Ord. No. 1447-89]
(5) 
Firesafety Use Group R-2B. This use group shall include all multiple-family dwellings having 12 or more dwelling units, but less than 22 dwelling units.
[Added 2-13-1989 by Ord. No. 1447-89]
(6) 
Firesafety Use Group R-2C. This use group shall include all multiple-family dwellings having 22 or more dwelling units.
[Added 2-13-1989 by Ord. No. 1447-89]
(7) 
Use Group R-3 structures. This use group shall include all buildings arranged for occupancy as one- , or two-family dwelling units, including not more than five lodgers or boarders per family, and multiple single-family dwellings where each unit has an independent means of egress and is separated by two-hour fire separation assembly.
[Added 2-23-2004 by Ord. No. 4-2004]
(8) 
Use Group R-4 structures, This use group shall include all detached one- , or two-family dwellings not more than three stories in height, and the accessory structures as indicated in the CABO One and Two Family Dwelling Code. All structures shall be designed in accordance with the CABO One and Two Family Dwelling Code or in accordance with the requirements of the BOCA National Building Code applicable to Use Group R-3.
[Added 2-23-2004 by Ord. No. 4-2004]
J. 
Firesafety Use Group S, Storage.
[Amended 2-13-1989 by Ord. No. 1447]
(1) 
General. All buildings and structures, or parts thereof, shall be classified in Firesafety Use Group S which are used primarily for the storage of goods, wares or merchandise, except those of Use Group H that involve highly toxic materials or poisonous gases, including, among others, warehouses, storehouses and freight depots.
(2) 
Structures and use groups.
(a) 
Firesafety Use Group S-1. Buildings used for storage of moderate-hazard contents which are likely to burn with moderate rapidity, but which do not produce either poisonous gases, fumes or explosions, including among others, but not limited to, the materials listed in Table S.1, shall be classified in Firesafety Use Group S-1 and shall be further categorized as set forth in this section.
[1] 
Firesafety Use Group S-1A. Structures of Firesafety Use Groups S-1 with a gross floor area of less than 3,500 square feet.
[2] 
Firesafety Use Group S-1B. Structures of Firesafety Use Group S-1 with a gross floor area of 3,500 square feet or more, but less than 12,000 square feet.[4]
[4]
Editor's Note: Former Subsections J(2)(a)[3], Firesafety Use Group S-1C, J(2)(a)[4], Firesafety Use Group S-1D, and J(2)(a)[5], Firesafety Use Group S-1E, which immediately followed this subsection, were repealed 2-24-2003 by Ord. No. 4-2003.
(b) 
Firesafety Use Group S-2. Low-hazard uses shall include buildings used for the storage of noncombustible materials and of low-hazard wares that do not ordinarily burn rapidly, such as products on wood pallets or in paper cartons without significant amounts of combustible wrappings. Such products may have a negligible amount of plastic trim, such as knobs, handles or film wrapping. Such uses shall be classified as Firesafety Use Group S-2, including among others, but not exclusive of, the materials listed in Table S.2 and shall be further categorized as set forth in this section.
[1] 
Firesafety Use Group S-2A. Firesafety Use Group S-2 whose gross floor area is less than 3,500 square feet.
[2] 
Firesafety Use Group S-2B. Firesafety Use Group S-2 whose gross floor area is 3,500 square feet or more, but less than 12,000 square feet.
[3] 
Firesafety Use Group S-2C. Firesafety Use Group S-2 whose gross floor area is 12,000 square feet or more, but less than 24,000 square feet.
[4] 
Firesafety Use Group S-2D. Firesafety Use Group S-2 whose gross floor area is 24,000 square feet or more, but less than 48,000 square feet.
[5] 
Firesafety Use Group S-2E. Firesafety Use Group S-2 whose gross floor area is 48,000 square feet or more.
Table S.1
Firesafety Use Group S-1 Storage Uses, Moderate-Hazard
Bags, cloth, burlap and paper
Bamboo and rattan
Baskets
Belting, canvas and leather
Books and paper in rolls or packs
Boots and shoes
Buttons, including cloth-covered, pearl or bone
Cardboard and cardboard boxes
Clothing, woolen wearing apparel
Cordage
Furniture
Furs
Glue, mucilage, paste and size
Horn and combs, other than celluloid
Leather, enameling or japanning
Linoleum
Livestock shelters
Lumberyards
Petroleum warehouses for storage of lubricating oils with a flash point of 200° F. (93.33° C.) or higher
Photo engraving
Public parking garages and stables
Silk
Soap
Sugar
Tobacco, cigars, cigarettes and snuff
Upholstering and mattress manufacturing
Wax candles
Table S.2
Firesafety Use Group S-2 Storage Uses, Low-Hazard
Asbestos
Chalk and crayons
Food products
Glass
Mirrors
Food in noncombustible containers
Frozen foods
Meats
Fresh fruits and vegetables in nonplastic trays or containers
Dairy products in nonwaxed coated-paper containers
Beer or wine up to 12% alcohol in metal, glass or ceramic containers
Oil-filled and other types of distribution transformers
Cement in bags
Metal desks with plastic tops and trim
Electrical coils
Electrical motors
Dry cell batteries
Metal parts
New empty cans
Stoves
Washers and dryers
Metal cabinets
Glass bottles, empty or filled with noncombustible liquids
Gypsum board
Inert pigments
Ivory
Metals
Porcelain and pottery
Talc and soapstones
K. 
Firesafety Use Group U, Utility and Miscellaneous Uses.
(1) 
General. Buildings and structures of an accessory character and miscellaneous structures not classified in any specific use group shall be equipped and maintained to meet the requirements of this code commensurate with the fire and life hazard incidental to their use. Utility and miscellaneous uses shall include tanks, cooling towers, sheds and agricultural buildings.
L. 
Doubtful firesafety use classification.
(1) 
General. When a building or structure is not specifically provided for in this chapter or the classification of which is doubtful, such building or structure shall be included in the firesafety use group which it most nearly resembles in respect to the existing life and fire hazard, and it shall be so classified by the Fire Official.
M. 
Firesafety Use Group V, Vacant Buildings.
(1) 
General. All structures or portions thereof vacant or unoccupied for a period of 90 days and not under active renovation, modification or construction shall be classified as Firesafety Use V.
[Amended 3-12-2001 by Ord. No. 1949-01]
A. 
All firesafety uses shall be inspected annually for compliance with the provisions of this code. Where, in the opinion of the Fire Official, there exist conditions liable to cause fire, contribute to the spread of fire, interfere with fire-fighting operations or endanger life or violations of the provisions or intent of this code, he shall inspect as often as necessary for the purpose of ascertaining these conditions and causing them to be corrected.
B. 
Where a firesafety use is operated on a seasonal basis or is in operation for only a portion of the year, an inspection for compliance with the requirements of the Uniform Fire Code of New Jersey shall be conducted immediately prior to opening and once during operation of the use. A certificate of smoke detector and carbon monoxide alarm compliance (CSDCMAC) or certificate of. smoke detector alarm compliance (CSDAC) may be issued by the Fire Official of the Fire District where the property is located for a seasonal rental unit for a period of up to 12 months regardless of the number or frequency of changes in tenancy.
[Amended 2-23-2004 by Ord. No. 4-2004]
C. 
Where a use is found to be free of violation, the enforcing agency shall issue a certificate of inspection, which shall be posted by the owner of the use in a conspicuous location therein.
D. 
Use Group R-3 and R-4 inspections. Use Group R-3 and R-4 structures shall be inspected as per the requirements of N.J.A.C. 5:70-4.19(d) and in compliance with any and all technical amendments to this code.
[Added 2-23-2004 by Ord. No. 4-2004]
[Amended 3-12-2001 by Ord. No. 1949-01]
A. 
Whenever the local enforcing agency shall have cause to believe a building or use is a firesafety use, then the agency shall submit a registration survey to the owner of the building or use. It shall be a violation of the chapter for an owner to fail to complete and return such a survey within 30 days.
B. 
The owner of a firesafety use shall file with the local enforcing agency, upon forms provided by the local enforcing agency, an application for a certificate of registration. Each application shall include at least the following information:
(1) 
The name, address and telephone number of the applicant.
(2) 
Where the applicant is a corporation, the names and residential addresses of each officer, director and stockholder holding more than 10% of the stock. Stockholder information shall not be required for a publicly traded stock corporation.
(3) 
Where the applicant is a corporation, the name, address and telephone number of the agent for service of process. The address must be a physical location and shall not be a post office box.
(4) 
A description of the use being applied for, including:
(a) 
The geographical location, including street address and tax lot and block numbers.
(b) 
The height of the building in which the use is located.
(c) 
The location of the use in the building.
(d) 
The floor area of the use.
(e) 
The capacity when the use is public assembly.
(f) 
A description of the processes carried out or material stored when it is the process or storage which causes the use to be subject to registration.
(5) 
A description of any storage or activity which would require a Type 4 permit pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:70-2.7(a)6.
(6) 
Where the owner of the use and the owner of the building in which it is located are not the same, then the application shall include the same information for the owner of the building as is herein required for the owner of the use.
(7) 
The name, address, physical location and telephone number of the person responsible for the maintenance of the premises.
(8) 
The name of the fire and liability insurance carriers, the policy number and policy amount.
C. 
Upon receipt of the application and the required registration fee, the local enforcing agency shall forthwith issue to the owner of the firesafety use a certificate of registration, which shall be posted by the owner of the use in a conspicuous location therein, but only upon subsequent receipt of a certificate of inspection. The certificate of registration shall be in such form as may be prescribed by the local enforcing agency.
D. 
Where more than one firesafety use exists at a given building or premises, then each such firesafety use shall be separate and distinct and shall be registered separately. However, where more than one firesafety use exists as part of the same storage or manufacturing operation, only the most hazardous storage or manufacturing firesafety use is required to be registered.
E. 
When applying for registration, and thereafter as required by this chapter, the owner of each firesafety use shall appoint an agent for the purpose of receiving service of process and orders or notices issued by the local enforcing agency pursuant to this chapter. Each agent shall be either a resident of this state or a corporation licensed to do business in this state.
F. 
If the ownership of a firesafety use is transferred, whether by sale, assignment, gift, intestate succession, testate devolution, reorganization, receivership, foreclosure or execution of process, the new owner shall file with the local enforcing agency, within 30 days of the transfer, an application for a certificate of registration pursuant to Subsection M(3)(b) above and appoint an agent for the service of process pursuant to this chapter.
G. 
If an owner of a firesafety use has not fulfilled the requirements of this section, the local enforcing agency shall notify the owner in writing that he is in violation of this section and shall order that registration be accomplished within 30 days. The notice and order shali nclude an accurate restatement of the subsection with which the owner has not complied. If the owner has not complied with the order of the local enforcing agency within 30 days of the date on which it was mailed, the local enforcing agency shall order him to pay $500 for each registration. Pursuant to the Penalty Enforcement Law, N.J.S.A. 2A:58-1 et seq., the local enforcing agency may issue a certificate to the Clerk of the Superior Court stating that the owner is indebted for the payment of the penalty, and the Clerk shall immediately enter upon his record of docketed judgments the name of the owner and of the local enforcing agency, a designation of the chapter under which the penalty is imposed, the amount of the penalty certified and the date the certification was made. The making of the entry shall have the same effect as the entry of the docketed judgment in the office of the Clerk but without prejudice to the owner's right of appeal.
H. 
The owner of each firesafety use in the fire district shall pay to the local enforcing agency an annual registration fee in the amount specified in this subsection. The annual registration fee shall be paid when due.
(1) 
The collection of the annual registration fee shall be the responsibility of the local enforcing agency.
(2) 
It shall be the responsibility of the owner to pay the fee to the local enforcing agency.
I. 
The owner of a fire safety use shall pay the annual fee within 30 days of the day on which it is demanded by the local enforcing agency. If he fails to do so, the local enforcing agency may, pursuant to the Penalty Enforcement Law, N.J.S.A. 2A:58-1 et seq., issue a certificate to the Clerk of the Superior Court stating that the owner is indebted to the local enforcing agency for the payment of the annual fee, and the Clerk shall immediately enter upon his record of docketed judgments the name of the owner and of the local enforcing agency, a designation of the chapter under which the fee is assessed, the amount of the fee certified and the date the certification was made. The making of the entry shall have the same effect as the entry of a docketed judgment in the office of the Clerk but without prejudice to the owner's right of appeal.
[Amended 2-13-1989 by Ord. No. 1447-89; 1-28-1991 by Ord. No. 1563-91; 12-9-1996 by Ord. No. 1797-96; 3-10-1999 by Ord. No. 1875-99; 3-12-2001 by Ord. No. 1949-01]
A. 
The annual registration fee for annual inspection of firesafety uses shall be as set forth in Schedule A, which is attached hereto and made a part hereof.
[Amended 2-24-2003 by Ord. No. 4-2003]
Schedule A
Schedule of Annual Registration Fees
Description
Fee
Effective January 1, 2003
Assembly
$38
Church
$38
Stadium building
$38
Business
0 to 250 square feet
$32
251 to 3,500 square feet
$49
3,501 to 12,000 square feet
$84
12,001 to 24,000 square feet
$167
24,000 to 48,000 square feet
$333
Greater than 48,000 square feet
$666
Multi
$332
Educational
$118
Factory-MH
Less than 3,500 square feet
$167
3,500 to 12,000 square feet
$417
Factory-LH
Less than 3,500 square feet
$139
3,500 to 12,000 square feet
$333
12,001 to 24,000 square feet
$444
24,001 to 48,000 square feet
$555
Greater than 48,000 square feet
$695
Institutional
$111
Mercantile
0 to 250 square feet
$32
251 to 3,500 square feet
$49
3,501 to 12,000 square feet
$84
Residential
2- to 3-family
$41
4 to 11 units
$69
12 to 21 units
$111
Greater than 22 units
$167
Storage - MH
Less than 3,500 square feet
$167
3,500 to 12,000
$417
Storage - LH
Less than 3,500 square feet
$139
3,500 to 12,000
$333
12,001 to 24,000
$444
24,001 to 48,000
$555
Greater than 48,000
$695
Utility
$35
Vacant
$167
B. 
Where more than one firesafety use exists under one ownership at a given location, the highest firesafety use shall be registered at full fee, and subsequent firesafety uses at 1/2 the scheduled fee. Each firesafety use that is separately owned shall be registered at full fee.
C. 
The fee for issuance of a certificate of Fire Code status shall be $25.
D. 
The fee for issuance of a fire investigation report shall be $25.
[Added 2-23-2004 by Ord. No. 4-2004]
E. 
The fee for issuance of fire investigation photos shall be $3 per photo.
[Added 2-23-2004 by Ord. No. 4-2004]
F. 
The duplication fee for public records shall be in accordance with the New Jersey Open Public Records Act (OPRA), N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1 et. seq as follows:
[Added 2-23-2004 by Ord. No. 4-2004]
(1) 
Pages 1 through 10: $0.75 per page.
(2) 
Pages 11 through 20: $0.50 per page.
(3) 
All pages after 20: $0.25 per page.
A. 
It shall be unlawful to engage in any of the following activities without first obtaining a permit from the Fire Official:
(1) 
(Reserved)[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Subsections A(1), requiring a permit for stationary aboveground storage tanks, was repealed 3-12-2001 by Ord. No. 1949-01.
(2) 
The use or operation of any fire hydrant intended for the use of the Fire Department for fire-suppression purposes, unless such person first secures a permit for such use from the Fire Official and the Water Utility of the Department of Public Works. This section shall not apply to the use of such hydrants by a person employed by and authorized to make such use by the Department of Public Works. The use of a hydrant for fire flow tests shall not require a permit, but the user shall notify the Fire Official prior to such tests.
B. 
Permits shall be obtained from the Fire Official and at all times shall be kept on the premises designated thereon and be subject to inspection by the Fire Official.
C. 
Application for a permit required by this chapter shall be made to the local enforcing agency in such form and detail as the Fire Official shall prescribe. Applications for permits shall be accompanied by plans or drawings as required by the Fire Official for evaluation of the application.
D. 
Before a permit is issued, the Fire Official or the Fire Official's designated representative shall make or cause to be made such inspections or tests as necessary to assure that the use and activity for which application is made complies with the provisions of this chapter.
E. 
A permit shall constitute permission to conduct such activities in accordance with the provisions of this chapter. Such permissions shall not be construed as authority to violate, cancel or set aside any of the provisions of this chapter. Unless revoked, said permit shall remain in effect for a period of one year, unless specified. Permits are not transferable, and any change in use, operation or tenancy shall require a new permit The permit is not used in lieu of permits required by any other regulatory agency and does not relieve the applicant of the duty to obtain such permits if any are required.
F. 
Plans approved by the Fire Official are approved with the intent that they comply in all respects with this chapter. Any omission or error on the plans does not relieve the applicant of complying with all applicable requirements of this chapter.
G. 
The Fire Official may revoke a permit or approval issued under the provisions of this chapter if, upon inspection, any violation of the chapter and/or the provisions of the New Jersey Fire Safety Act and/or the regulations promulgated thereunder exists or if conditions of a permit have been violated or if there has been any false statement or misrepresentation as to material fact in the application, data or plans on which the permit or approval was based.
H. 
Any permit issued shall become invalid if the authorized work or activity is not commenced within six months after issuance of the permit or if the authorized work or activity is suspended or abandoned for a period of six months after the time of commencement.
I. 
A permit shall not be issued until the designated fees have been paid.
The fee for permits as required under § 79-9 of this chapter shall be $25.
[Amended 3-12-2001 by Ord. No. 1949-01; 7-28-2008 by Ord. No. 16-2008]
The permit fees shall be those established by the New Jersey Uniform Fire Safety Act, N.J.S.A. 52:27D-192 et seq.
[Amended 2-23-2004 by Ord. No. 4-2004]
A. 
The application fee for a certificate of smoke detector and carbon monoxide alarm compliance (CSDCMAC) as required by N.J.A.C. 5:70-2.3 or for a certificate of smoke detector alarm compliance (CSDAC) as required by N.J.A.C. 5:70-4.19 shall be $25.
B. 
The fee for a second or further succeeding reinspection pursuant to the inspection for smoke detector compliance CSDCMAC or CSDAC shall be $10.
C. 
The fee for a certificate of CSDCMAC or CSDAC, when application is made less than five days prior to the scheduled date of inspection, shall be $35.
[Amended 2-13-1989 by Ord. No. 1447-89; 2-23-2004 by Ord. No. 4-2004; 11-8-2004 by Ord. No. 28-2004]
The following sections are added to the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code:
SECTION L4318 FIRESAFETY TRAINING AND EDUCATION
L4401 Open burning. These rules shall apply to all use groups, including R-3 and R-4.
L4401.1 Portable outdoor fire pits. An outdoor fire pit that permits the products of combustion to be emitted directly into the ambient air without passing through a stack or chimney from an enclosed chamber is prohibited. A chamber shall be regarded as enclosed, when, during the time combustion occurs, only apertures, ducts, stacks, flues or chimneys necessary to provide combustion air and permit the escape of exhaust gas are open.
L4401.2 Portable outdoor fireplaces. An outdoor fireplace shall be permitted, provided the appliance is designed to allow the products of combustion to be emitted directly into the ambient air by passing through a stack or chimney from an enclosed chamber. A chamber shall be regarded as enclosed, when, during the time combustion occurs, only apertures, ducts, stacks, flues or chimneys necessary to provide combustion air and permit the escape of exhaust gas are open. Portable outdoor fireplaces shall not be used:
(1)
Within any building or dwelling unit.
(2)
On any combustible porch. balcony or any other combustible portion of a building.
(3)
Within 10 feet of any combustible exterior wall.
(4)
Within 10 feet, vertically or horizontally, of an opening in any wall.
(5)
Under any building overhang.
(6)
Within 10 feet of any combustible landscaping or ground covering.
L4401.3 No other open burning shall be permitted except:
(1)
In accordance with a permit issued under the provision of N.J.A.C. 7:27-2. administered by the State Forest Fire Service in the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
(2)
With the approval of the Fire Official pursuant to the regulations published in Section F-403.0 et seq. of the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code.
L4401.4 Enforcement.
L4401.4A The uniformed Fire Officials, uniformed Fire Inspectors and uniformed Fire Chiefs of the designated respective Fire District of the Township of Moorestown are empowered to issue summonses to any offending party.
L44111.4B Upon the first finding of violation of technical amendment, a written warning will be issued by the unformed Fire Officials, uniformed Fire Inspectors and uniformed Fire Chiefs of the designated respective Fire Districts, providing notification to the person(s) in violation of the requirements stating the requirements of this section and the penalties for subsequent violation. This notification, properly executed, shall be hand deliver with signature or sent via United States Postal Service certified, return receipt.
L4401.4C Upon second finding of violation, a monetary penalty will be issued on a form cognizable before the Municipal Court of the Township of Moorestown. Any and all hearings to be held in connection with summonses issued hereunder shall be held before said Municipal Court pursuant to the Penalty Enforcement Law, N.J.S.A. 2A:58-10 et seq.
LL4401.4D The penalty for violating Section L4401l et seq. this section of this code shall be a maximum of $500, plus court costs payable to the Clerk of the Municipal Court. All penalties assessed as a result of summonses issued by the uniformed Fire Officials, uniformed Fire Inspectors and uniformed Fire Chiefs of the designated respective Fire Districts will be paid thereafter by the Court Clerk to the Treasurers of the respective Fire Districts.
L4403.1.2 Maintenance of fire-suppression equipment: A person shall not obstruct, remove, tamper with or otherwise disturb any fire hydrant or fire appliance required to be installed or maintained under the provisions of the Uniform Fire Code except for the purpose of extinguishing fire, training or testing purposes, recharging or making necessary repairs or when permitted by the Fire Official. Whenever a fire appliance is removed as herein permitted, it shall be replaced or reinstalled as soon as the purpose for which it was removed has been accomplished. Defective and nonapproved fire appliances or equipment shall be replaced or repaired as directed by the Fire Official.
L4403.3.1 Water supply and access roads for construction sites: Prior to the start of any frame-building construction, the use, storage or installation of arty combustible or flammable material or the use of any temporary heating device, the following must be complied with:
(1)
An all-weather, truck-bearing road giving access to the construction site shall be provided and maintained to the satisfaction of the Fire Official until permanent vehicular roads are in place and usable by fire-suppression apparatus.
(2)
When municipally owned and maintained water mains and fire hydrants are proposed to serve a construction site, they shall be constructed in accordance with a design approved by the Department of Public Works and shall be operational to the satisfaction of the Department of Public Works.
(3)
When privately owned and maintained water mains and fire hydrants are proposed to serve a construction site, they shall be constructed in accordance with a design approved by the Fire Official and shall be operational to the satisfaction of the Fire Official.
(4)
When alternative water sources for fire-suppression purposes are proposed in lieu of water mains and hydrants, such water sources, associated piping and appurtenances shall be constructed in accordance with a design approved by the Fire Official and be operational to the satisfaction of the Fire Official.
(5)
The Director of Public Works or the Fire Official, where appropriate in accordance with Paragraphs 1 to 4 above, shall have the right to waive any portion of the above requirements if, in their opinion, such waiver does not constitute a distinct hazard to life, property or public health.
L4403.3.2 Fire separation walls during construction: A temporary fire separation shall be provided for all wall openings and other unprotected openings in existing buildings to separate new construction or to separate major alterations in adjoining buildings or parts of buildings where, in the affected building or portion of buildings, no permit has been issued pursuant to the Uniform Construction Code of the State of New Jersey[1] but which leaves said building or portion of building vulnerable to fire from areas under permit and under construction or alteration when such building is classified as a life-hazard use. The separation shall provide a fire rating of at least two hours and may be provided through the use of fire separation partitions, fire suppression equipment and/or through the use of other nationally recognized methods. At the discretion of the Fire Official, a firesafety use building may be separated by a lesser degree of protection. Nothing in this requirement shall prevent the required temporary fire separation from being a permanent part of the structure involved.
L4501.2.1 Exit discharges and public way obstructions: Exit discharges and public ways shall not be used for any purpose other than a means of egress. They shall not be used for the storage of combustible or noncombustible material nor the parking of motor vehicles, trailers or other mobile equipment. When so ordered by the Fire Official, they shall be marked to the full width of 10 feet for a distance of 20 feet from the exit.
L4209.1.6 Transfer of hazardous waste: If a facility or its agent is transferring, packing or preparing hazardous waste material, within the meaning of 42 U.S.C.A. § 6903 et seq. and N.J.A.C. 7:26-7.4 et seq. and all other applicable laws and regulations, for shipment to a disposal site, the facility shall notify the Fire Official in writing at least 72 hours prior to beginning the operation and immediately upon its completion.
L4311.1.1 Fire lanes: Approval by reference: Fire lanes shall be all fire lanes as created pursuant to Ordinance No. 1403 of the Township of Moorestown and all subsequent resolutions adopted pursuant to that ordinance by the Township Council of the Township of Moorestown approving the designation of fire lanes.
L4311.5 Fire lane enforcement:
(a)
It shall be a violation of this code and ordinance for any person to park a motor vehicle in or otherwise obstruct a fire lane at any time.
(b)
The Uniformed Fire Officials and Uniformed Fire Inspectors of the designated local enforcing agencies of the respective fire districts of the Township of Moorestown are empowered to issue summonses to any offending party.
(c)
All such summonses will be on a form cognizable before the Municipal Court of the Township of Moorestown, and any and all hearings to be held in connection with any summonses issued hereunder shall be held before said Municipal Court pursuant to the Penalty Enforcement Law, N.J.S.A. 2A:58-1 et seq.
(d)
The penalty for violating Section L4311.5(a) of this code (referenced Section F311 et seq. of the State Fire Prevention Code) shall be a maximum of $25, plus court costs payable to the Clerk of the Municipal Court. All penalties assessed as a result of summonses issued by the Uniformed Fire Officials and Uniformed Fire Inspectors of the respective fire districts will be paid thereafter by the Court Clerk to the treasurers of the respective fire districts.
L4311.6 Secured Opening Key Boxes
(A)
Installation; contents.
1.
When a property is protected by an automatic alarm system, and access to or within a structure or an area on that property is impeded by secured openings, and where immediate access might become necessary for lifesaving or fire-fighting purposes, the Fire Official may require a key box to be installed in an approved location. The key box shall be a type approved by the Fire Official and shall be installed at the expense of the property owners.
2.
The key box shall contain:
(a)
Keys to locked points of ingress whether on the interior or exterior of such buildings.
(b)
Keys to locked mechanical equipment rooms.
(c)
Keys to locked electrical rooms.
(d)
Keys to elevator control rooms.
(e)
Keys to other areas as directed by the Fire Official.
(f)
Other material as directed by the Fire Official.
(B)
All keys shall be clearly labeled or marked to identify the doors they open or the devices they operate.
(C)
Keys placed in the key box shall be in addition to any other key placement required by any other code or agency.
(D)
Application.
1.
This section applies to both existing and future structures, but shall not apply to one- and two-family dwellings.
(E)
Approvals.
1.
The Fire Official shall, within 90 days of the effective date of this section, develop a list of specifications for key boxes and submit said specifications to the Township Planning Board for the Planning Board's use. Any box complying with those specifications shall be deemed to be approved. Until such specifications are developed and at any time thereafter, any property owner may request the Fire Official to render a determination as to whether a particular key box, which does not comply with the specifications, can be approved for installation.
2.
Before installing any key box required by this section, the property owner shall contact the Fire Official to receive the appropriate forms and location approval for installation.
3.
The owner shall notify the Fire Official within 48 hours of receipt of the key box.
4.
The key box shall be installed at the approved location no more than seven days after receipt.
5.
The key box shall be locked by the Fire Official or Fire Chief with all keys required under this chapter not more than seven days after receipt.
(F)
Fees.
1.
The Fire Official may determine appropriate fees for processing an application to determine whether a key box which does not comply with the specifications can be approved for installation and a request for designation or approval of proposed locations for key boxes. Such fees shall become effective upon adoption by resolution of the Township Council.
[1]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 52:27D-119 et.seq.
Each fire district shall appoint legal counsel to assist the local enforcing agency under their jurisdiction in the enforcement of this chapter.