[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Park Ridge 2-11-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-2. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Fire Department — See Ch. 14.
Police Department — See Ch. 28.
Alarm systems — See Ch. 41.
Fire insurance claims — See Ch. 59A.
Housing standards — See Ch. 70.
Editor's Note: This ordinance superseded former Ch. 60, Fire Prevention, which consisted of Art. I, Bureau of Fire Prevention, adopted 12-9-1963, as amended; Art. II, Enforcement and Administration, adopted 7-23-1985 by Ord. No. 85-9, as amended; Art. III, Fire Key Boxes, adopted 4-9-1991 by Ord. No. 91-5; and Art. IV, Smoke Detectors, adopted 5-13-1992 by Ord. No. 92-13.
Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 52:27D-192 et seq. (the Uniform Fire Safety Act), the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code shall be locally enforced in the Borough of Park Ridge.
The local enforcing agency for the provisions of the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code shall be the Fire Prevention Bureau of the Borough of Park Ridge. The local enforcing agency for the provisions § 60-16 shall be the Police Department and/or the Fire Prevention Bureau of the Borough of Park Ridge.
The Bureau of Fire Prevention shall enforce the Uniform Fire Safety Act and the codes and regulations adopted thereunder in all buildings, structures and premises within the established boundaries of the Borough of Park Ridge, other than owner-occupied one- and two-family residential dwellings, and shall faithfully comply with the requirements of the Uniform Fire Safety Act and the Uniform Fire Code.
The Bureau of Fire Prevention shall carry out periodic inspections of life-hazard uses as required by the Uniform Fire Safety Code on behalf of the Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs.
Creation of position of Fire Official. There is hereby created the position of Fire Official, who shall be appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the Council. The appointment shall be made with regard to a list of three candidates submitted by the Chief of the Park Ridge Volunteer Fire Department, the Fire Subcode Official and the Fire Commissioner.
Term of office of Fire Official. The Fire Official shall serve for a term of three years. Any vacancy shall be filled as soon as possible for the unexpired term as allowed by law.
Creations of the position of Fire Inspector. Fire inspectors as may be necessary in the Bureau of Fire Prevention shall be appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the Council and with regard to the recommendation of the Fire Official.
The term of office of Fire Inspector. The Fire Inspector shall serve for a term of three years. Vacancies may be filled at the recommendation of the Fire Official by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the Council. The number of inspectors shall be determined based on a recommendation of the Fire Official to the Mayor and Council.
Removal from office. The Fire Official, Inspectors and other employees shall be subject to removal by the Mayor and Council for inefficiency or misconduct. Each Inspector and employee to be so removed shall be afforded an opportunity to be heard by the appointing authority or a designated hearing officer.
Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:7-2.19 et seq. of the Uniform Fire Safety Code, any person aggrieved by any order or decision of the Bureau of Fire Prevention shall have the right of appeal to the Construction Board of Appeals of Bergen County.
In addition to the inspections set forth for life-hazard uses, all remaining buildings, structures and premises within the established boundaries of the Borough of Park Ridge, other than owner-occupied one- and two-family residential dwellings, shall be inspected annually. Other inspections shall be made upon receipt of a complaint or other reason to believe a violation of the Uniform Fire Code exists.
Fees for inspections are hereby established and shall cover the operating costs of the Fire Prevention Bureau and shall be paid on an annual basis by schedule established and announced by the Fire Prevention Bureau by January 1 of each year. Amounts of the fees thereof shall be as set and adopted, as required, by resolution of the Mayor and Council.
Permit fees established pursuant to, and in the amounts of, the Uniform Fire Code [N.J.A.C. 5:70-2.9(c)] shall be adopted by resolution of the Mayor and Council.
The application fee for certification of smoke detector compliance (CSDC) and carbon monoxide detector compliance (SMDC) shall be as set and adopted, as required, by resolution of the Mayor and Council.
[Added 12-23-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-14]
Any person or persons who violate any provision of this chapter or of the Uniform Fire Safety Act shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine not exceeding $500 or by imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days, or both.
Smoke detectors shall be required in all residential buildings and all buildings of mixed use where residential use is included. The regulations for the maintenance of rooming and boarding houses (Rooming and Boarding House Act, N.J.A.C. 5:27 et seq.), hotels and multiple dwellings (Hotel and Multiple Dwellings Act), Uniform Fire Code (N.J.A.C. 5:23 et seq.) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA 72) concerning smoke detectors and smoke alarms is hereby incorporated by reference to determine the type of equipment and placement requirements. In circumstances where a need for detectors is not defined in the preceding sentence, the determination of need and placement of detectors shall be at the discretion of the Fire Official.
Carbon monoxide detectors shall be required, installed and maintained in accordance with the requirements of the Borough of Park Ridge and related state law. Compliance with the carbon monoxide detector requirements shall be done in a similar manner as the smoke detector requirements.
Fire extinguishers shall be required in all one- or two-family homes. The fire extinguishers shall be of the ABC-rated chemical fire extinguisher, not less then 2 1/2 pounds nor more than 10 pounds. The fire extinguishers must have been inspected within the past 12 months with an inspection tag attached. The fire extinguisher must be wall mounted within 10 feet of the kitchen in the premises.
[Added 12-13-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-29]
In order to ensure compliance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 52:27D-198.2, no residential structure used by not more than two households shall be sold, leased or otherwise made subject to a change of occupancy for residential purposes prior to or until the owner shall obtain a certificate of smoke detector compliance from the Fire Official.
Prior to any change of occupancy as set forth in § 60-10 of this article, the owner or authorized agent of the owner of the residential premises shall apply for a certificate of smoke detector compliance to the Fire Official on a form provided by the Fire Official. The application shall be accompanied by a fee, in accordance with § 60-8, to cover the cost of administration of the smoke detector compliance requirements of N.J.S.A. 52:27D-198.2 et seq.
[Amended 12-13-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-29]
The Fire Official may accept in lieu of inspection a certification approved by the Fire Official that the smoke detector/carbon monoxide detector/fire extinguishers required herein have been installed and tested in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:70-4.19 or such other regulations that are in effect at the time of the inspection. The certification shall be upon forms approved by the Fire Official of the Borough of Park Ridge. This certification must be made by the owner or duly authorized agent of the owner. The certification may be rejected in the sole discretion of the Fire Official if, in his opinion, an inspection is required.
The Fire Official shall issue a certificate of smoke detector compliance upon approval of a certification of compliance or after an inspection of the premises showing compliance.
No person shall smoke or carry a lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe, match or open flame in areas prohibited by the Bureau of Fire Prevention. Every person or his agent having control of premises upon which prohibition is established by this section shall conspicuously display upon the premises a sign reading "no smoking."
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- FIRE LANE/ZONE
- An area designed by the Fire Official and properly posted and marked in accordance with this article. The terms "fire zone" and "fire lane" shall be interchangeable.
- FIRE OFFICIAL
- The Borough of Park Ridge Fire Official or his or her designated representative; as defined in N.J.A.C. 5:70, the New Jersey State Uniform Code.
Fire zones on public property shall be designated and/or approved by the Fire Official.
Fire lanes/zones on private property.
Designation. The Fire Official may designate, and the Fire Chief and Police Chief may recommend to the Fire Official, fire lanes on private property to which the public is invited or which is devoted to public use, if it is necessary to provide safety for the public or to provide proper access for Fire Department operations in the event of any emergency.
Fire Zones may also be designated during the planning/zoning site plan approval process.
Notification. Whenever a determination has been made for the fire lane designation, pursuant to this chapter, the Fire Official shall notify the owner of the property, in writing, by registered or certified mail or by hand delivering such notice, specifically describing the area designated and the reason for making the designation.
The marking of fire zones shall be the responsibility of and at the expense of the owner and shall be accomplished within 30 days of receipt of the notification. Suitable signs and/or markings bearing the words "No Parking or Standing - Fire Zone" shall be posted and marked and striped in accordance with standards established by the Fire Prevention Bureau and shall be properly maintained on said lands by the owner, occupant, lessee or licensee thereof where this article is effective and as approved by the Fire Official. Defacing, tampering with or damaging such signs or allowing them to deteriorate so as to reduce their effectiveness to notify when posted shall constitute a violation of the article.
A current, detailed listing of the designated fire zones and fire lanes within the boundaries of this Borough shall be kept on file with the Borough Clerk and in the Fire Prevention Bureau office.
Removal of obstructions. A police officer shall remove or have removed such obstructions or vehicles as may violate this article at the expense of the owner of the premises, in the case of obstructions, or at the expenses of the owner of the vehicle.
All fire zones located within the Borough of Park Ridge shall be striped, and/or have signs posted, at the discretion of the Fire Official, in the following manner:
All signs shall be 12 inches wide by 18 inches high in size.
Light-reflective material shall be used for the sign background and lettering.
All signs, whether wall- or post-mounted, shall be placed not more than 100 feet center to center. Whenever the fire zone changes angle or directions more than 60°, a sign shall be visible from another sign. Additional signs may be required at the discretion of the Fire Prevention Bureau, the Municipal Fire Subcode Official or the Park Police Department.
The sign shall be placed at a height of seven feet as measured from the ground surface to the bottom of the sign at a forty-five-degree angle facing the direction of flow. If the traffic flow is bidirectional, then the sign shall be placed parallel to the traffic flow.
The fire zone sign shall state: "NO PARKING OR STANDING--FIRE ZONE."
Paint for all fire zone striping and lettering shall be in yellow paint.
Each individual stripe shall be four inches in width.
All fire zones shall be striped to a width of four feet, or as otherwise designated by the Fire Official.
All fire lanes shall be striped to a width of 12 feet, or as otherwise designated by the Fire Official.
The legend "NO PARKING--FIRE ZONE" shall be placed within the striped outer boundary lines of the zone at a minimum of one-hundred-foot intervals.
The lettering of the legend shall be 1.8 inches in height and shall be placed within the center of the fire zone.
Paint for all parking space and loading zone delineations shall be in white paint.
Paint for all handicapped parking space delineations, including the universal handicapped logo, shall be in blue paint, said logo to be a minimum of two feet in height.
The color yellow shall be reserved solely for the purpose of marking fire zones/lanes. Striping, space marking and/or curb marking for purposes other than fire zones/lanes shall not be the color yellow.
Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:70-2 et seq., violation of the Fire Prevention Ordinance is punishable by monetary penalties of not more than $5,000 per day per violation. Penalties must be paid in full within 30 days of receipt of an order to pay penalty and abate violations. If not paid within 30 days of receipt of the notice, the Bureau will proceed to collect the penalty and abate violations. If not paid within 30 days of receipt of the notice, the Bureau will proceed to collect the penalty in a civil action by summary hearing under the Penalty Enforcement Law (N.J.S.A. 2A:58-1 et seq.) in the appropriate municipal, county or state Superior Court.
[Amended 6-24-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-013]
Except as set forth in Subsection B hereof, it shall be unlawful for any person to park, stop or stand any motor vehicle or to otherwise place or store material or obstruct any fire zone.
The following vehicles shall be permitted to park, stop or stand in fire zones:
Any person, company, corporation, proprietorship, partnership association or other business entity that shall park, stop or stand a motor vehicle or otherwise obstruct a fire zone shall be subject to a fine, upon conviction, for a first violation in an amount not to exceed $100 and, upon conviction for a second violation, to a fine in an amount not to exceed $200 or to be confined to the county jail for a period not exceeding 30 days, or both.
In any instance where a fire zone shall be obstructed by the storage or placement of material therein, each day in which such obstruction shall occur shall be considered a separate violation.
[Amended 4-10-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-8]
When access to or within a structure or an area is unduly difficult because of secured opening(s) or where immediate access is necessary for lifesaving or fire-saving purposes, the Fire Chief, the Fire Official or the Fire Subcode Official, where appropriate, may require a key box and/or a key switch to be installed at the owner's or tenant's expense in an accessible location. The key box and/or key switch shall be of a type approved by the Fire Official or Fire Subcode Official, as appropriate, so that all key access of this type within the Borough of Park Ridge may be accomplished with the use of one unified system. The key box shall contain a key(s) to gain necessary access required by the Fire Department. All key boxes shall be large enough to contain the required number of keys and must be approved by the Fire Official and/or Fire Subcode Official. The key switch shall conform to the current key access system as set forth in this chapter.
[Amended 4-10-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-8]
Installation of a key box and a key switch shall be in accordance with the specifications maintained and approved by the Borough of Park Ridge Fire Official and Borough of Park Ridge Fire Subcode Official as required. The Borough Fire Official and Borough Fire Subcode Official shall have the authority to implement a uniform system throughout the Borough so that access to the designated key boxes and key switches may be accomplished by the utilization of one uniform key system.
The enforcement of the provisions of this article shall be the responsibility of the Fire Official in accordance with the provisions of the Uniform Code of the State of New Jersey.
If any section, part of any section, or clause or phase of this chapter is for any reason held to be invalid or unconstitutional, such decision shall not affect the remaining provisions of this chapter. The governing body of the Borough of Park Ridge declares that it would have passed the chapter and each section and subsection thereof, irrespective of the fact that may any one or more of the subsections, sentences, clauses, clauses or phrases may be declared unconstitutional or invalid.
This chapter shall take effect immediately upon passage and publication according to law.