[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Sandyston 6-14-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-07. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Fire Department — See Ch. 11.
Alarms — See Ch. 32.
Construction codes — See Ch. 45.
Unsafe buildings — See Ch. 48.
Fees — See Ch. 69.
Hazardous wastes — See Ch. 85.
Junkyards — See Ch. 91.
Editor’s Note: This ordinance also provided for the repeal of former Ch. 71, Fire Prevention, adopted 8-1-1985, as amended.
Pursuant to Section 11 of the Uniform Fire Safety Act (P.L. 1983, c. 383), the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code (N.J.A.C. 5:70-1 et seq.) shall be locally enforced in the Township of Sandyston.
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 52:27D-192.
The local enforcing agency shall be the Fire Prevention Bureau, which is hereby created within the Township of Sandyston.
The local enforcing agency shall enforce the Uniform Fire Safety Act and the codes and regulations adopted under it in all buildings, structures and premises within the established boundaries of Sandyston Township, other than owner-occupied one- and two-family dwellings used exclusively for dwelling purposes, and buildings, structures and premises owned or operated by the federal government, interstate agencies or the state.
The local enforcing agency shall faithfully comply with all the pertinent requirements of the Uniform Fire Safety Act and the Uniform Fire Code.
The local enforcing agency established by § 71-2 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 Community Affairs and collect the fees established by the Uniform Fire Code.
The local enforcing agency established by § 71-2 of this chapter shall be a part of the Township of Sandyston and shall be under the direct supervision and control of the Fire Official, who shall report to the Township Committee of the Township of Sandyston.
Appointment of Fire Official. The local enforcing agency shall be under the supervision of a Fire Official, who shall be certified by the state and appointed by the Sandyston Township Committee.
Term of office. The Fire Official shall serve for a term of two years. Any vacancy shall be filled for the unexpired term.
Inspectors and employees. Such inspectors and other employees as may be necessary in the local enforcing agency shall be appointed by the Sandyston Township Committee upon the recommendation of the Fire Official.
Removal from office. The Fire Official, inspectors and other employees of the enforcement agency shall be subject to removal by the Sandyston Township Committee for inefficiency or misconduct. Prior to removal from office, all persons shall be afforded an opportunity to be heard by the appointing authority or designated hearing officer designated by the same.
Certification. The Fire Official and all life-hazard-use inspectors shall be certified by the Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs pursuant to N.J.S.A. 52:27d-203.
Appointment of legal counsel. The governing body shall specifically appoint legal counsel to assist the agency in enforcing the Uniform Fire Code.
Pursuant to Sections 15 and 17 of the Uniform Fire Safety Act, any person aggrieved by any order of the local enforcing agency shall have the right to appeal to the Construction Board of Appeals of Sussex County.
The permit fees shall be as established by the Department of Community Affairs as amended from time to time, and more particularly set forth in N.J.A.C. 5:70-2.9.
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 a minimum of once every three years, and a fee will be required upon inspection. Changes in the ownership or use of a property during the three-year period will require a new inspection.
R(A) one- and two-family rental where the owner does not occupy shall be inspected and charged a fee every five years and upon sale or change of tenant.
Uses not classified above that are subject to the Uniform Fire Code will be classified as business/professional uses.
Uses required to register with the state as life-hazard uses shall not be required to register under this section.
In the discretion of the Fire Official, vacant buildings will be charged and inspected according to the previous use of the building.
A certificate of smoke detector and carbon monoxide alarm (hereinafter "CSDCMAC") shall be required as per N.J.A.C. 5:70-2.3, and the fee shall be based upon the amount of time remaining before the change of occupant is expected, as follows:
The application fee for a CSDCMAC received more than 10 business days prior to the change of occupant: $50.
The application fee for a CSDCMAC received four to 10 business days prior to the change of occupant: $80.
The application fee for a CSDCMAC received fewer than four business days prior to the change of occupant: $125.
There is a reinspection fee of $40.
Enforcement, violations and penalties shall be managed in conformity with the Uniform Fire Safety Act, the Uniform Fire Code and all other laws of the State of New Jersey.