Borough of Palisades Park, NJ
Bergen County
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[Adopted 10-10-1985 by Ord. No. 1029]
[Amended 4-23-2009 by Ord. No. 1525]
Pursuant to Section 11 of the Uniform Fire Safety Act (P.L. 1983, c. 383)[1], the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code shall be locally enforced in the Borough of Palisades Park.
[1]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 52:27D-192 et seq.
[Amended 5-15-2012 by Ord. No. 1575]
The local enforcing agency shall be the Bureau of Fire Prevention which is hereby created in the Borough of Palisades Park.
[Amended 7-20-1999 by Ord. No. 1331; 3-21-2000 by Ord. No. 1346]
The Bureau of Fire Prevention shall enforce the Uniform Fire Safety Act and the codes and regulations adopted under it in all buildings, structures and premises within the established municipal boundaries of the Borough of Palisades Park other than owner-occupied one- and two-family dwellings used exclusively for dwelling purposes and shall faithfully comply with the requirements of the Uniform Fire Safety Act and the Uniform Fire Code.
[Amended 7-20-1999 by Ord. No. 1331; 3-21-2000 by Ord. No. 1346]
The Bureau of Fire Prevention established by § 143-25 of this article shall carry out the periodic inspections of high-rise structures and life hazard uses on behalf of the Commissioner of Community Affairs and may inspect buildings and premises other than high-rise structures and life hazard uses in order to secure compliance with the State Uniform Fire Safety Act.
[Amended 7-20-1999 by Ord. No. 1331; 3-21-2000 by Ord. No. 1346; 5-15-2012 by Ord. No. 1575]
The local enforcing agency established by § 143-25 of this article shall be the Palisades Park Bureau of Fire Prevention and shall be under the direct supervision and control of the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Palisades Park.
[Amended 9-26-1991 by Ord. No. 1135; 7-20-1999 by Ord. No. 1331; 3-21-2000 by Ord. No. 1346; 5-15-2012 by Ord. No. 1575]
A. 
Appointment of Fire Official. The local enforcing agency shall be under the direct supervision of the Fire Official, who shall be a member of the Palisades Park Fire Department, appointed by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Palisades Park after recommendation of the Chief of the Palisades Park Fire Department.
B. 
Chief Fire Inspector.
[Added 1-15-2013 by Ord. No. 1593[1]]
(1) 
There is hereby created the position of full-time Chief Fire Inspector.
(2) 
The Chief Fire Inspector shall have an initial salary of $55,000 to $65,000 per year, and thereafter the salary will be as set forth in the annual Salary Ordinance.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: The currently effective Salary Ordinance is on file in the office of the Borough Clerk.
(3) 
The Chief Fire Inspector shall be a resident of Palisades Park and a member of the Palisades Park Fire Department and shall be appointed by the Mayor and Council after recommendation of the Chief of the Palisades Park Fire Department.
(4) 
Term of office. The Chief Fire Inspector shall serve for a term of five years. Any vacancy for the unexpired term shall be filled by the Mayor and Council after recommendation of the Chief of the Palisades Park Fire Department.
(5) 
The Chief Fire Inspector shall have fire experience within the Borough for a minimum of 15 years and must possess the following certifications:
(a) 
Fire Official.
(b) 
Firefighter 1.
(c) 
Hazardous Materials Operations.
(d) 
Incident Management Level 2.
(6) 
Duties.
(a) 
Under the direction of the Fire Official, the Chief Fire Inspector's duties shall include enforcement of the Uniform Fire Safety Act[3] and all codes and regulations adopted under it in all buildings, structures and premises within the Borough, other than owner-occupied one- and two-family dwellings, and compliance with the requirements of the Uniform Fire Safety Act and the Uniform Fire Code.
[3]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 52:27D-192 et seq.
(b) 
During the normal course of the work schedule established for this position, the Chief Fire Inspector shall be the first responder to all fire calls and alarms and shall immediately determine the necessity for response from the Fire Department.
(c) 
The Chief Fire Inspector shall conduct all fire inspections required by the Uniform Safety Act and/or the Department of Consumer Affairs to ensure compliance with the Code.
(d) 
Under the direction of the Fire Official, the Chief Fire Inspector shall be charged with the issuance of notices and orders to abate and shall serve them to the public.
(e) 
The Chief Fire Inspector shall have suitable identification and shall establish an office within the office of the Fire Chief.
(7) 
Hours; time in office. The Chief Fire Inspector shall be considered a full-time employee and shall be present in his office for at least two hours a day between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and shall inspect and perform all necessary functions outside of the office for the balance of the day as may be required by the position and its duties. The Chief Fire Inspector shall set his hours so that they can be as uniform as possible.
(8) 
The Chief Fire Inspector shall be the sole inspector performing the duties of the Uniform Fire Safety Act and the Uniform Fire Code under the direction of the Fire Official.
(9) 
All prior fire inspectors' terms of office and part-time employees are hereby terminated. In accordance with § 143-29D, should a need arise for additional part-time inspectors, such inspectors may be hired on a per diem basis for inspections which they make. Such per diem inspectors shall be hired by the Mayor and Council upon the advice and consent of the Fire Official.
[1]
Editor’s Note: This ordinance also repealed former Subsection B, Appointment of Chief Fire Inspector.
C. 
Term of office. The Fire Official shall serve for a term of five years. Any vacancy for the unexpired term shall be filled by the Mayor and Council after recommendation of the Chief of the Palisades Park Fire Department.
D. 
Inspectors and employees. Such inspectors and other employees as may be necessary in the Bureau of Fire Prevention shall be appointed by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Palisades Park, provided that they meet the following criteria:
(1) 
Appointment of the inspector/employee has been recommended by the Fire Official.
(2) 
Candidates for appointment as inspectors shall be members of the Palisades Park Fire Department and have successfully completed the Fire Fighting One course and fire inspector's school.
(3) 
Candidates for appointment as inspectors have met all state requirements.
(4) 
Sufficient funds have been appropriated in the municipal budget.
E. 
Removal of inspectors and other employees from office. Inspectors and other employees of the Bureau of Fire Prevention shall be subject to removal from office by the Fire Official for inefficiency or misconduct. Each inspector or employee to be so removed shall be afforded an opportunity to be heard by the appointing authorities or a designated hearing officer.
F. 
Removal of Fire Official or Chief Fire Inspector from office. The Fire Official/Chief Fire Inspector of the Bureau of Fire Prevention shall be subject to removal from office by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Palisades Park for inefficiency or misconduct. The Fire Official or Chief Fire Inspector to be so removed shall be afforded an opportunity to be heard by the appointing authorities or a designated hearing officer.
[Amended 4-23-2009 by Ord. No. 1525]
Pursuant to the Uniform Fire Safety Act,[1] any person aggrieved by any order of the local enforcement agency (or agencies) shall have the right to appeal to the Construction Board of Appeals of Bergen County.
[1]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 52:27D-192 et seq.
The permit and inspection fees established by the Uniform Fire Code are hereby incorporated into this article by reference.
[Added 7-20-1999 by Ord. No. 1331; amended 3-21-2000 by Ord. No. 1346]
In addition to the inspections and associated fees required pursuant to the Fire Safety Act and regulations of the Department of Community Affairs, additional annual inspections performed by the Bureau of Fire Prevention shall require the following fees:
Type
Fee
Residential:
1 to 3 units
$ 50
4 to 10 units
$ 75
11 to 20 units
$125
21 to 30 units
$175
31 to 40 units
$225
Over 40 units
$300
Other (includes all buildings not classified as life hazard uses as described by the Uniform Fire Code):
Buildings not exceeding 5,000 square feet
$ 75
Buildings in excess of 5,000 square feet not exceeding 10,000 square feet
$100
Buildings in excess of 10,000 square feet not exceeding 25,000 square feet
$150
Buildings in excess of 25,000 square feet not exceeding 50,000 square feet
$250
Buildings in excess of 50,000 square feet not exceeding 100,000 square feet
$350
Buildings in excess of 100,000 square feet
$500
All other properties which are subject to inspection and which do not meet the above referenced criteria
$100
NOTE:
All square footages shall be based upon gross floor area.
[Added 7-20-1999 by Ord. No. 1331; amended 3-21-2000 by Ord. No. 1346]
The use of charcoal burners, portable gas stoves, propane barbecue stoves and other similar fuel-burning appliances and the use of portable kerosene stoves or other similar fuel-burning appliances using highly flammable liquids or gases is prohibited in or on any multiple dwelling (more than two dwelling units).
[Added 7-20-1999 by Ord. No. 1331; amended 3-21-2000 by Ord. No. 1346]
The use of charcoal burners, portable gas stoves, propane barbecue stoves and other similar fuel-burning appliances and the use of portable kerosene stoves or other similar fuel-burning appliances using highly flammable liquids is prohibited within five feet of any structure.