[Adopted 9-8-2009 by Ord. No. 1659-2009]
Before any dwelling unit located within the Township of Hamilton is sold, leased or otherwise made subject to a change of occupancy for residential purposes, the owner shall obtain a certificate of smoke detector compliance (CSDC), evidencing compliance with N.J.A.C. 5:70-4.19, from the Bureau of Fire Prevention in the Township of Hamilton.
Within 10 working days from the receipt of a fully completed application to the Bureau of Fire Prevention, an inspection will be conducted. The fee for the first and one reinspection (if needed) conducted at the same location listed on the application form shall be $50. Any inspections conducted at this same location, after the initial inspection and subsequent reinspection, shall be assessed $50 for each additional inspection visit. The additional charge will be paid in full before the reinspection is scheduled.
Inspections ordered that do not meet the ten-working-day advanced application notice will be charged a total of $135 for two inspections. Inspections in this case will be completed within three working days of receipt of a fully approved, completed application. If subsequent inspections are required, an additional $50 per inspection will be charged.
The Fire Official and/or appointed Fire Inspectors are authorized to issue a certificate of smoke detector compliance (CSDC) with the Smoke Detector Amendment. In lieu of an on-site inspection, the Township Bureau of Fire Prevention may issue a compliance certificate after receiving a notarized certification of smoke detector compliance form, supplied by the Bureau of Fire Prevention. It will be at the discretion of the Bureau as to whether these notarized affidavits will be accepted.
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 52:27D-198.1 et seq.
The Fire Official and/or appointed Fire Inspector shall be authorized to enforce this article by and pursuant to the terms and provisions of the Uniform Fire Safety Act, N.J.S.A. 52:27D-192 et seq.
If, upon inspection by the Fire Official and/or appointed Fire Inspector, the property is found to be in noncompliance with N.J.A.C. 5:70-2.3, a monetary penalty of $300 shall be assessed and paid prior to the issuance of the certificate of smoke detector compliance (CSDC). Said penalty shall be in addition to any inspection fees as permitted under § 170-18.
Violations shall include occupancy of the property by a renter, tenant or homeowner prior to the issuance of a certificate of smoke detector compliance by the Bureau of Fire Prevention, and the fine of $300 shall apply to all such violations.