[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Willingboro as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I Fire Prevention Code
[Derived from Ch. XII of the 2003 Revised General Ordinances]
Adoption by reference. Pursuant to the authority of N.J.S.A. 40:49-5.1 et seq., the entire code of rules and regulations, except as amended by any reference made hereinafter, printed in book form as a code known and commonly designated as the "2006 International Fire Code, New Jersey Edition," a printed copy of which code in book form, plainly marked so as to indicate therein which portions of the same are intended to be adopted herewith, is annexed hereto and made a part hereof as fully as if it were set forth herein, and the same is hereby adopted as the Fire Prevention Code of the Township of Willingboro, and its rules and regulations are hereby ordained to be the rules and regulations for the specification, regulation or prohibition of conditions hazardous to life and property by reason of fire and explosion in the Township.
Public record. Three printed copies in book form of the Fire Prevention Code, annexed to this article, similarly marked so as plainly to indicate what portion thereof is intended to be adopted, have been placed on file in the office of the Township Clerk and will remain on file there for the use and examination of the public. Three printed copies of the code annexed to this article, conforming to the copies annexed hereto, shall be filed in the office of the Chief of the Fire Department.
Wherever the following words and terms are used in the Fire Prevention Code, they shall have the meanings given herein:
- CORPORATE COUNSEL
- The Attorney or Solicitor for the Township of Willingboro.
The enforcing agency shall have power to modify any of the provisions of the Fire Prevention Code upon application, in writing, by the owner or lessee, or by the owner's or lessee's duly authorized agent, when there are practical difficulties in the way of carrying out the strict letter of the code, provided that the spirit of the code shall be observed, public safety secured and substantial justice done. The particulars of such modification when granted or allowed and the decision of the enforcing agency thereon shall be entered in the records of the Township Clerk.
Whenever the enforcing agency shall disapprove an application or refuse to grant a permit applied for or when it is claimed that the provisions of the Fire Prevention Code do not apply or that the true intent and meaning of the code have been misconstrued or wrongly interpreted, the applicant may appeal from the decision of the enforcing agency to the Township Manager. Within 15 days from the date of the decision of the appeal, any person aggrieved may appeal to the Township Council.
The enforcing agency shall specify, after giving affected persons an opportunity to be heard, any new materials, processes or occupancies which shall require permits, in addition to those now enumerated in the Fire Prevention Code. The enforcing agency shall post such list in a conspicuous place in the Township Municipal Building and shall distribute copies thereof to interested persons.
Permits shall be issued by the enforcing agency or authorized designee, the Building Inspector of the Township of Willingboro, for a fee as provided in § 150-7 of the Code of the Township of Willingboro for each permit, and all permits so issued shall be subject to revocation by the enforcing agency or duly authorized designee for violation of any of the provisions of the Fire Prevention Code or of this article. No such permit may be effective for any period in excess of one year from the date on which the permit was issued, and, upon the expiration of that period, the permit will thereafter be null, void and ineffective.
[Added 2-24-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-6]
On all new commercial/multiple-family/apartment complex construction and all major renovations, reconstruction and rehabilitations to commercial buildings, the Fire Department connections shall be as follows:
Locations of all new Fire Department connections must be approved by the Chief of the Fire Department.
All motor vehicles transporting explosives, blasting agents, hazardous chemicals and/or other dangerous articles shall be permitted to utilize only the following designated arterial routes within the Township of Willingboro: Van Sciver Parkway; Levitt Parkway; Charleston Road from Route 130 to John F. Kennedy Way; John F. Kennedy Way from the Burlington Township line to Beverly-Rancocas Road; and Beverly-Rancocas Road. All other streets, routes or public rights-of-way within the Township are restricted and may not be utilized by motor vehicles transporting such substances.
Whenever, in the judgment of the Chief of the Fire Department or Construction Official, a condition exists in violation of the standards established in the Township Fire Prevention Code, which condition causes an immediate peril and danger to the life and safety of any person in the Township, the enforcing agency may issue an order directing the prohibition of access to the area of immediate peril and danger by all persons other than those directly involved in removing or remedying the condition. This order shall be posted in conspicuous places bordering the area of immediate peril and danger, and a copy of the order, where possible, shall be immediately served upon the owner or other person in charge of the area. No persons, other than those involved in removing or remedying the condition, shall thereafter enter into or remain in the area of immediate peril or danger or authorize same until the peril or danger has been abated or removed.
Appeals. Appeals from the decision of the Township enforcing agency ordering the prohibition of access to an area of immediate peril or danger shall be taken in accordance with § 170-4 of this article, except that the order shall not be stayed until a decision reversing the order of the enforcing agency on appeal is made.