Township of Long Hill, NJ
Morris County
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[Ord. No. 19-85; 1967 Code § 34-29; Ord. No. 103-02 § 2]
As used in this chapter:
ACT
Shall mean the Uniform Fire Safety Act. (N.J.S.A. 52:27D-202, et seq.)
CODE
Shall mean the Uniform Fire Code adopted as N.J.A.C. 5:70.
FIRE DEPARTMENT
Shall mean the Bureau of Fire Prevention established in Section 17-2 of this chapter.
FIRE INSPECTOR
Shall mean a person working under the direction of the Fire Official who is certified by the Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs and appointed or designated to enforce the Code by the Township Committee.
FIRE OFFICIAL
Shall mean a person certified by the Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs and appointed or designated to direct the enforcement of the Code by the appointing authority of a local enforcing agency.
FIRE SUBCODE OFFICIAL
Shall mean the official appointed pursuant to the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code to enforce the Fire Protection Subcode.
LIFE HAZARD USE
Shall mean any life hazard use designated by the Code as defined in N.J.A.C. 5:70-1.5.
LOCAL ENFORCING AGENCY
Shall mean the Bureau of Fire Prevention created in Section 17-2 of this chapter.
OWNER
Shall mean a person who owns, purports to own, manages, rents, leases, or exercises control over a building, structure, premises or use or any portion thereof.
[Ord. No. 19-85; 1967 Code § 34-29; Ord. No. 103-02 § 2]
Pursuant to Section 11 of the Uniform Fire Safety Act (N.J.S.A. 52:27D-202), the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code (N.J.A.C. 5:70) shall be locally enforced in the Township.
[Ord. No. 103-02 § 2]
The Bureau of Fire Prevention established in Section 17-2 of this chapter shall enforce the Code.
[Ord. No. 19-85; 1967 Code § 34-29; Ord. No. 103-02 § 2]
The local enforcing agency shall carry out the periodic inspections of life hazard uses required by the Code on behalf of the Commissioner of Community Affairs.
[Ord. No. 192-06 § 1; Ord. No. 335-2014; Ord. No. 339-2014]
In addition to the registrations required by the Uniform Fire Code, the following non life hazard uses shall register with the Bureau of Fire Prevention. These uses shall be inspected once per year and pay an annual fee. The fee is not to be used for life hazard uses as defined in the Uniform Fire Code.
a. 
Assembly.
A-1
Eating establishment under 50
$50
A-2
Take-out food service (no seating)
$50
A-3
Church or synagogue
$25
A-4
Recreation centers, multipurpose rooms, etc. fewer than 50
$50
A-5
Courtrooms, libraries, fraternal organizations, condominium centers fewer than 50
$50
A-6
Senior citizen centers fewer than 50
$50
b. 
Business/Professional.
B-1
Professional use 1 & 2 story less than 5,000 square feet per floor
$50
B-2
1 & 2 story more than 5,000 square feet less than 10,000 square feet per floor
$50
B-3
1 & 2 story more than 10,000 square feet
$75
B-4
3 to 5 story less than 5,000 square feet per floor
$100
B-5
3 to 5 story more than 5,000 square feet less than 10,000 square feet per floor
$150
B-6
3 to 5 story over 10,000 square feet per floor
$200
c. 
Retail (mercantile).
M-1
1 & 2 story less than 5,000 square feet per floor
$125
M-2
1 & 2 story more than 5,000 square feet less than 10,000 square feet
$150
M-3
1 & 2 story more than 10,000 square feet per floor
$175
M-4
3 to 5 story less than 5,000 square feet per floor
$200
M-5
3 to 5 story more than 5,000 square feet less than 10,000 square feet
$225
M-6
3 to 5 story over 10,000 square feet
$250
M with the exception of hardware store 3,000 square feet, retail store over 12,000 square feet are life hazard uses.
d. 
Manufacturing (factory).
F-1
1 & 2 story less than 5,000 square feet per floor
$75
F-2
1 & 2 story more than 5,000 square feet less than 10,000 square feet per floor
$100
F-3
1 & 2 story more than 10,000 square feet
$150
F-4
3 to 5 story less than 5,000 square feet per floor
$175
F-5
3 to 5 story more than 5,000 square feet less than 10,000 square feet
$200
F-6
3 to 5 story over 10,000 square feet
$250
F exception life hazard uses.
e. 
Storage S-1 (moderate hazard S-1, low hazard S-2)
S-1
1 & 2 story less than 5,000 square feet per floor
$50
S-2
1 & 2 story more than 5,000 square feet less than 10,000 square feet per floor
$100
S-3
1 & 2 story more than 10,000 square feet
$150
S-4
3 to 5 story less than 5,000 square feet per floor
$175
S-5
3 to 5 story more than 5,000 square feet less than 10,000 square feet
$200
S-6
3 to 5 story over 10,000 square feet
$250
S exception life hazard uses.
f. 
Residential (LEA listed with multifamily) BHI
Fee is for each building.
Res-1
1 to 6 units
$25
Res-2
7 to 12 units
$50
Res-3
13 to 20 units
$75
Res-4
21 to 50 units
$100
Res-5
For each additional unit
$2
[N.J.A.C. 5:18A-3.3; 1967 Code § 34-34; Ord. No. 19-85; Ord. No. 103-02 § 2]
a. 
Appointment. At its annual reorganizational meeting, the Township Committee shall appoint a certified Fire Official to serve as the chief administrator of the Bureau of Fire Prevention.
b. 
Certification. No person shall be appointed as Fire Official unless that person is certified pursuant to the provisions of N.J.A.C. 5:71-4.3.
c. 
Salary. The salary of the Fire Official shall be set by the Township Committee by ordinance.
d. 
Term. The Fire Official shall serve for a term of one year or until the appointment of his successor.
e. 
Duties. The Fire Official shall serve as the chief administrator of the agency and shall establish the day-to-day operating routines of the agency and shall coordinate the activities of any inspectors or other staff. The Fire Official shall perform those duties set forth in N.J.A.C. 5:71-3.3(a) and (b) as follows:
1. 
The Fire Official shall enforce the Code and the regulations and shall:
(a) 
Maintain certification with the Bureau pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:71-4;
(b) 
Ensure that notices of violations are served whenever inspections reveal violations;
(c) 
Provide that permit applications are available and assist the public on preparing them when necessary;
(d) 
Review all permit applications for completeness as to form;
(e) 
Ensure that the inspection required for the issuance of a permit is performed in a timely manner;
(f) 
Ensure that no activity or use which requires a permit is carried out without one;
(g) 
Ensure that all life hazard uses are registered;
(h) 
Assist the Bureau when requested, with any registration survey;
(i) 
Coordinate with the fire subcode official where work to be done to comply with the Fire Code requires a construction permit;
(j) 
Collect all fees and penalties due the local enforcing agency and ensure that they are properly accounted for;
(k) 
Ensure that all requests for variances are properly prepared, documented and approved or denied in a timely manner;
(l) 
Ensure that all appeals are promptly referred to the Construction Code Board of Appeals;
(m) 
Record all notices of violation and determine the amount of all penalties for noncompliance;
(n) 
Ensure that a report of every inspection is completed and properly filed;
(o) 
Take reasonable measures to determine when imminent hazards exist and enforce the law as provided for by the Code;
(p) 
File such reports as the Bureau may from time to time require;
(q) 
Supervise the work of any assigned inspectors or enforcement personnel to ensure compliance with the Code, completeness and accuracy;
(r) 
Ensure that any agency staff members requiring certification have been certified;
(s) 
Ensure that the procedures of the local enforcing agency conform to the requirements of the Code and the regulations;
(t) 
Prepare and obtain reports required by the regulations;
(u) 
Attend meetings and hearings as required by the Code and the regulations;
(v) 
Coordinate the activities of the local enforcing agency with other Code enforcement agencies and State agencies having a related interest or responsibility;
(w) 
Carry out such other functions as are necessary and appropriate to the position of fire officials;
(x) 
Respond to and cause to be investigated any complaints brought under the State Fire Code;
(y) 
Investigate, or cause to be investigated, every reported fire or explosion occurring within the jurisdiction that involves the loss of life or serious injury or causes destruction or damage to property. Such investigation shall be initiated immediately upon the occurrence of such fire or explosion; and if it appears that such an occurrence is of a suspicious nature, the fire official shall take charge immediately of the physical evidence, and in order to preserve any physical evidence relating to the cause or origin of such fire or explosion, take means to prevent access by any person or persons to such building, structure or premises until such persons designated by law to pursue investigations into such matters become involved and shall further cooperate with such authorities in the collection of evidence and prosecution of the case.
2. 
Whenever a fire death occurs within the jurisdiction of a local enforcing agency, the Fire Official shall notify the Bureau of Fire Safety via telephone within 48 hours of the death. A Fire Incident and Casualty report shall be forwarded to the Bureau of Fire Safety within 30 days.
[Ord. No. 103-02 § 2]
a. 
Appointment. At its annual reorganizational meeting, the Township Committee shall appoint a certified person to serve as a Fire Inspector.
b. 
Certification. No person shall be appointed as Fire Inspector unless that person is certified pursuant to the provisions of N.J.A.C. 5:71-4.
c. 
Salary. The salary of the Fire Inspector shall be set by the Township Committee by ordinance.
d. 
Term. The Fire Inspector shall serve for a term of one year or until the appointment of his successor.
e. 
Duties. The Fire Inspector shall enforce the Code and the regulations under the direction of the Fire Official and shall:
1. 
Maintain certification with the Bureau pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:71-4;
2. 
Conduct field surveys to identify and register life hazard uses;
3. 
Conduct fire inspections to ensure compliance with the Code;
4. 
Where authorized to do so by the Fire Official, prepare violation notices and orders to abate and serve to the public;
5. 
Witness the testing of installed detection and protection systems as required by the Code;
6. 
Read, interpret and apply codes, standards and regulations, including issuing permits;
7. 
Meet with owners and occupants to explain violations and hazards; and
8. 
Carry out such other functions as are necessary and appropriate to the position of Fire Inspector.
[Ord. No. 19-85; Ord. No. 26-91 § 1; 1967 Code § 34-36; Ord. No. 62-00 § 1; Ord. No. 103-02 § 2; Ord. No. 130-03 § 1; Ord. No. 139-03 § 1; Ord. No. 334-2014; Ord. No. 407-2017]
a. 
Uniform Fire Code Fees. The permit fees as established by the Uniform Fire Code shall be amended to be as follows:
Type 1
$54
Type 2
$214
Type 3
$427
Type 4
$641
b. 
Fees for Inspection and Certificate of Smoke Detector and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Compliance. 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, shall be based upon the amount of time remaining before the change of occupant is expected, as follows:
1.
Requests for a CSDCMAC received more than 10 business days prior to the change of occupant
$45
Reinspection fee
$25 each
2.
Requests for a CSDCMAC received 4 to 10 business days prior to the change of occupant
$90
Reinspection fee
$50 each
3.
Requests for a CSDCMAC received fewer than 4 business days prior to the change of occupant
$161
Reinspection fee
$100 each
c. 
Fees for Carnival Registrations. The annual application fee for a carnival registration fee shall be as follows:
1. 
For 10 or fewer locations: $77
2. 
For 11 to 25 locations: $116
3. 
For 26 or more locations: $155
d. 
Additional Fees for Weekend and Holiday Inspections. In addition to the fees set forth above, there shall be an additional fee of $40 per hour or any part thereof for any inspections conducted outside of normal business hours or on any Saturday, Sunday or Township holiday.
[Ord. No. 19-85; 1967 Code § 34-35; Ord. No. 103-02 § 2]
Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 52:27D-206 and 208 and N.J.A.C. 5:70-2.19, any person aggrieved by any order of the local enforcement agency shall have the right to appeal to the Construction Board of Appeals of Morris County.
[Ord. No. 103-02 § 2]
There is hereby created the Bureau of Fire Prevention which shall serve as the local enforcing agency.
[Ord. No. 103-02 § 2]
The Bureau of Fire Prevention shall consist of the Fire Marshal, the Deputy Fire Marshal, the Fire Official and one additional representative from each Fire Department.
[Ord. No. 103-02 § 2]
The Chief of one of the Township's two Fire Companies shall be designated Fire Marshal at the annual reorganization meeting and shall serve for a one-year term until the next reorganization meeting. The position of Fire Marshal shall be alternated between the Chiefs of the two Fire Companies. The Chief of the Fire Company not serving as Township Fire Marshal shall be designated as the Deputy Fire Marshal.
[Ord. No. 20-77; 1967 Code § 34-7; Ord. No. 103-02 § 2]
There is hereby adopted by the Township the fire control measures and regulations as herein set forth for the purposes of controlling conditions which could impede or interfere with fire suppression forces.
[Ord. No. 20-77; 1967 Code § 34-8; Ord. No. 19-85; Ord. No. 103-02 § 2]
The Fire Marshal or his duly authorized representatives as may be in charge at the scene of a fire or other emergency involving the protection of life and/or property is empowered to direct such operations as may be necessary to extinguish or control any suspected or reported fires, gas leaks or other hazardous conditions or situations or of taking any other action necessary in the reasonable performance of his duty. The Fire Marshal may prohibit any person, vehicle or object from approaching the scene and may remove or cause to be removed from the scene any person, vehicle or object which may impede or interfere with the operations of the Fire Department. The Fire Marshal may remove or cause to be removed any person, vehicle or object from hazardous areas. All persons ordered to leave a hazardous area shall do so immediately and shall not reenter the area until authorized to do so by the Fire Marshal.
[Ord. No. 20-77; 1967 Code § 34-9; Ord. No. 103-02 § 2]
It shall be unlawful to interfere with, attempt to interfere with, conspire to interfere with, obstruct or restrict the mobility of or block the path of travel of any Fire Department emergency vehicle in any way or to interfere with, attempt to interfere with, conspire to interfere with, obstruct or hamper any Fire Department operation.
[Ord. No. 20-77; 1967 Code § 34-10; Ord. No. 19-85; Ord. No. 103-02 § 2]
A person shall not willfully fail or refuse to comply with any lawful order or direction of the Fire Marshal or interfere with the compliance attempts of another individual.
[Ord. No. 20-77; 1967 Code § 34-11; Ord. No. 19-85; Ord. No. 103-02 § 2]
A vehicle shall not be driven or propelled over any unprotected fire hose of the Fire Department, when laid down on any street, alleyway, private drive or any other vehicular roadway, without the consent of the Fire Marshal in command of the operation.
[Ord. No. 20-77; 1967 Code § 34-12; Ord. No. 103-02 § 2]
Authorized emergency vehicles shall be restricted to those which are defined and authorized under the laws of the State of New Jersey.
[Ord. No. 20-77; 1967 Code § 34-13; Ord. No. 19-85; Ord. No. 103-02 § 2]
Upon the approach of any authorized emergency vehicle giving audible and visible signal, the operator of every other vehicle shall immediately drive the same to a position as near as possible and parallel to the right hand edge or curb of the street or roadway, clear of any intersection, and shall stop and remain in such position until the authorized emergency vehicle or vehicles shall have passed, unless otherwise directed by the Fire Marshal or a police officer.
[Ord. No. 20-77; 1967 Code § 34-14; Ord. No. 103-02 § 2]
It shall be unlawful for the operator of any vehicle, other than one on official business, to follow closer than 300 feet to any fire apparatus traveling in response to a fire alarm or to drive any vehicle within the block or immediate area where fire apparatus has stopped in answer to a fire alarm.
[Ord. No. 20-77; 1967 Code § 34-15; Ord. No. 103-02 § 2]
A person shall not without proper authorization from the Fire Official in charge of the Fire Department emergency equipment cling to, attach himself to, climb upon or into, board or swing upon any Fire Department emergency vehicle, whether the same is in motion or at rest, or sound the siren, horn, bell or other sound producing device thereon or to manipulate or tamper with or attempt to manipulate or tamper with any levers, valves, switches, starting devices, brakes, pumps or any equipment or protective clothing on or a part of any Fire Department emergency vehicle.
[Ord. No. 20-77; 1967 Code § 34-16]
It shall be unlawful for any person to damage or deface or attempt or conspire to damage or deface any Fire Department emergency vehicle at any time, or to injure or attempt to injure or conspire to injure Fire Department personnel while performing departmental duties.
[Ord. No. 20-77; 1967 Code § 34-17]
The driver of any emergency vehicle, as defined in subsection 17-3.7 of this section, shall not sound the siren thereon or have the front red lights on or disobey any existing traffic regulation, except when the vehicle is responding to an emergency call or when responding to, but not upon returning from, a fire. Tactical strategies, such as but not restricted to move ups, do not constitute an emergency call. The driver of an emergency vehicle may:
a. 
Park or stand irrespective of the provisions of existing traffic regulations.
b. 
Proceed past a red or stop signal or other sign, but only after slowing down as may be necessary for safe operation.
c. 
Exceed the prima facie speed limit so long as he does not endanger life or property.
d. 
Disregard regulations governing direction of movement or turning in specified directions.
e. 
The exemptions herein granted to an emergency vehicle shall apply only when the driver of any such vehicle while in motion, sounds audible signal by bell, siren or exhaust whistle as may be reasonably necessary and when the vehicle is equipped with at least one lighted lamp displaying a red light visible under normal atmospheric conditions from a distance of 500 feet to the front of such vehicle.
[Ord. No. 77-20; 1967 Code § 34-18]
a. 
It shall be unlawful to obscure from view, damage, deface, obstruct or restrict the access to any fire hydrant or any Fire Department connection for the pressurization of fire suppression systems, including fire hydrants and Fire Department connections that are located on public or private streets and access lanes or on private property.
b. 
If, upon the expiration of the time mentioned in a notice of violation, obstructions or encroachments are not removed, the Fire Official shall proceed to remove the same. Cost incurred in the performance of necessary work shall be paid from the municipal treasury on certificate of the Fire Official and with the approval of the chief administrative official; and the legal authority of the municipality shall institute appropriate action for the recovery of such costs.
[Ord. No. 77-20; 1967 Code § 34-19]
A person shall not use or operate any fire hydrant intended for 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 company having jurisdiction. This subsection shall not apply to the use of such hydrants by a person employed by and authorized to make such use by the water company having jurisdiction.
[Ord. No. 77-20; 1967 Code § 34-20]
The Fire Official shall recommend to the chief administrative official of the municipality the location or relocation of new or existing fire hydrants and the placement or replacement of inadequate water mains located upon public property and deemed necessary to provide an adequate fire flow and distribution pattern. A fire hydrant shall not be placed into or removed from service until approved by the Fire Official.
[Ord. No. 20-77; 1967 Code § 34-21]
All new and existing shipyards, oil storage plants, lumberyards, amusement or exhibition parks and educational or institutional complexes and similar occupancies and uses involving high fire or life hazards and which are located more than 150 feet from a public street or which require quantities of water beyond the capabilities of the public water distribution system shall be provided with properly placed fire hydrants. Such fire hydrants shall be capable of supplying fire flows as required by the Fire Official and shall be connected to a water system in accordance with accepted engineering practices. The Fire Official shall designate and approve the number and location of fire hydrants. The Fire Official may require the installation of sufficient fire hose and equipment housed in accordance with the approved rules and may require the establishment of a trained fire brigade when the hazard involved requires such measures. Private hydrants shall not be placed into or removed from service until approved by the Fire Official.
[Ord. No. 20-77; 1967 Code § 34-22]
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 Fire Prevention 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.
[Ord. No. 20-77; 1967 Code § 34-23]
A person shall not sell, trade, loan or give away any form, type or kind of fire extinguisher which is not approved by the Fire Official or which is not in proper working order or the contents of which do not meet the requirements of the Fire Official. The requirements of this section shall not apply to the sale, trade or exchange of obsolete or damaged equipment for junk, and these units are to be permanently disfigured or marked with a permanent sign identifying the unit as junk.
[Ord. No. 20-77; 1967 Code § 34-24]
A person or persons shall not erect, construct, place or maintain any bumps, fences, gates, chains, bars, pipes, wood or metal horses or any other type of obstruction in or on any street within the boundaries of the municipality. The word street as used in this section shall mean any roadway accessible to the public for vehicular traffic, including but not limited to private streets or access lanes, as well as all public streets and highways within the boundaries of the Township.
[Ord. No. 231-08 § 1]
When a building within the Township is protected by an automatic fire suppression or standpipe system it shall be equipped with a key box. The key box shall be at a location approved by the Township Fire Subcode Official or Fire Official. The key box shall be a UL type and size approved by the Fire Subcode Official/Fire Official.
[Ord. No. 231-08 § 1]
When a building is protected by an automatic alarm system and/or access to or within a building, or an area within that building, is unduly difficult because of secured openings, and where immediate access is necessary for life saving or firefighting purposes, the Fire Subcode Official/Fire Official may require a key box to be installed at a location approved by the Township Fire Subcode Official/Fire Official. The key box shall be a UL type and size approved by the Fire Subcode Official/Fire Official.
[Ord. No. 231-08 § 2]
The Fire Subcode Official/Fire Official may require a key box tamper switch connected to the building's fire/security alarm system.
[Ord. No. 231-08 § 2]
When a property is protected by a locked fence or gate and where immediate access to the property is necessary for life saving or firefighting purposes, the Fire Subcode Official/Fire Official may require a security padlock to be installed at a location approved by the Township of Long Hill Fire Subcode Official/Fire Marshal. The padlock shall be UL type and size approved by the Fire Subcode Official/Fire Official.
[Ord. No. 231-08 § 1]
When a building is protected by an automatic sprinkler system or standpipe system and the Fire Department connection is exposed to undue vandalism the Fire Subcode Official/Fire Official may require that a Fire Department connection security cap(s) be installed. The Fire Department connection security cap(s) shall be a type approved by the Fire Subcode Official/Fire Official.
[Ord. No. 231-08 § 1]
The term "building" used herein means any building or structure located in the Township, whether privately or publicly owned, including, without limitation, any building owned by the Township of Long Hill, the Long Hill Board of Education, or any other public, quasi-public, or private entity or person provided however that this section shall not apply to owner occupied one- and two-family dwellings.
[Ord. No. 231-08 § 1]
The rapid key boxes shall contain the following:
a. 
Keys to locked points of egress, whether in interior or exterior of such buildings;
b. 
Keys to the locked mechanical rooms;
c. 
Keys to the locked elevator rooms;
d. 
Keys to the elevator controls;
e. 
Keys to any fence or secured areas;
f. 
Keys to any other area that may be required by Fire Subcode Official/Fire Official;
g. 
A card containing the emergency contact people and phone numbers for such building.
In addition, a floor plan of the rooms within the building may be required.
[Ord. No. 231-08 § 1]
All existing buildings shall comply with this section six months from its effective date. All newly constructed buildings, not yet occupied or buildings currently under construction and all buildings or businesses applying for a certificate of occupancy, shall comply immediately.
[Ord. No. 231-08 § 1]
Any individual who violates the terms of this section may be subject to fines and penalties in accordance with the penalties set out in the Uniform Fire Code and the regulations promulgated by the Department of Community Affairs. In addition, any individual, corporation or other entity who violates the terms of this section shall upon conviction be liable to the penalties stated in Chapter 1, Section 1-5 of this Code.