[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Borough Council of the Borough of Gibbsboro 7-17-1979 by Ord. No. 79-9 (Ch. 89 of the 1989 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Every building or structure erected or substantially altered to be occupied for use shall be protected with an automatic fire warning system equipped with automatic smoke detection devices or automatic smoke and heat detection devices primarily intended for the protection of life by indicating abnormal conditions as hereinafter provided. Placement of the aforesaid system shall be immediately adjacent to all sleeping quarters in the building.
The aforesaid system shall be in conformance with the requirements of the most recent editions of the National Fire Code Standard No. 101 relative to life safety and of the National Fire Code Standard No. 74 relative to household fire warning equipment adopted by the National Fire Protection Association.
Automatic smoke detection devices or automatic smoke and heat detection devices which comprise such system shall conform to and be installed and tested periodically as specified by the most recent provisions of the Life Safety Code, National Fire Protection Association No. 101, and Household Fire Warning Equipment, National Fire Protection Association No. 74.
This chapter shall apply to all buildings and structures substantially altered, all buildings and structures conveyed by deed or sales agreement and all buildings and structures or parts thereof leased to new tenants after the effective date hereof. The term "substantially altered" shall mean alterations exceeding the value of $1,500.
The number and placement of detectors shall be under the direct control and enforcement of the Fire Protection Subcode Officer. Said control and enforcement shall not be arbitrary, but shall be in compliance with acceptable standards as recommended by good fire-protection procedures.
Notification of the appropriate provisions of this chapter shall be given to all applicants for building permits or certificates of occupancy prior to the issuance of such permits or certificates. Upon the issuance of a building permit for alterations exceeding $1,500 or upon application for a certificate of occupancy, notification of same shall be forwarded to the Fire Protection Subcode Officer.
A Class A fire system and approved combination fire alarm and sprinkler system, as defined in National Fire Code No. 13 or 72A, B, C, D and E (whichever is applicable) of the National Fire Protection Association, shall be installed in all new construction in the Borough of Gibbsboro having a sleeping capacity of 30 or more persons above the first floor, specifically including tenement houses, apartment houses, boardinghouses, lodging houses, hotels, dormitories, clubhouses, public or private houses, sanatoriums, surgical institutions, asylums and hospitals or homes for the aged. All buildings four stories or more shall be totally sprinklered, no matter what type and/or occupancy.
The provisions of this chapter shall apply without regard to the regulations of lenders or funding agencies and shall be in addition to any control exercised by such agencies concerning construction and fire-protection requirements related to such construction.