Township of Jefferson, NJ
Morris County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Jefferson as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fire Department — See Ch. 47.
Fire lanes — See Ch. 130, Art. XVII.
Alarm systems — See Ch. 138.
Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 182.
Fire insurance claims — See Ch. 251.
[Adopted 7-16-2003 by Ord. No. 20-03 (Ch. 38 of the 1967 Code)]

§ 256-1 Adoption of standards for rapid entry systems.

The Township of Jefferson does hereby adopt a code for rapid entry systems.

§ 256-2 Enforcing agency designation.

The local enforcing agency shall be the Jefferson Township Bureau of Fire Prevention as created in Chapter 256, Article II, for existing buildings as outlined in this article for all buildings already issued a certificate of occupancy. The Jefferson Township Fire Subcode Official shall be designated to enforce this article for all new construction and renovation of buildings as outlined in this article.

§ 256-3 Applicability.

The term "building," used herein, means any building or structure located in the Township of Jefferson, whether privately or publicly owned, including, without limitation, any building owned by the Township of Jefferson, the Township of Jefferson Board of Education or any other public, quasi-public or private entity or person; provided, however that this article shall not apply to owner-occupied one- and two-family dwellings.

§ 256-4 Mandatory key boxes.

The following structures shall be equipped with a key box at or near the main entrance or such other location as required and approved by the Township of Jefferson Fire Subcode/Fire Official. The key box shall be at a location outlined in the installation requirements of this article and approved by the Township of Jefferson Fire Subcode/Fire Official. The key box shall be a UL type and size approved by the Fire Subcode/Fire Official. This shall be a requirement for buildings under construction or renovation prior to the issuance of a certificate of occupancy.
A. 
Mandatory key boxes for fire suppression and standpipe system. When a building within the Township of Jefferson is protected by an automatic fire suppression or standpipe system, it shall be equipped with a key box.
B. 
Mandatory key boxes for automatic alarm systems. When a building within the Township of Jefferson 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 fire-fighting purposes, it shall be equipped with a key box.
C. 
Mandatory key boxes for multifamily residential structures. When a building within the Township of Jefferson is registered as a multifamily structure with the Township of Jefferson and the New Jersey Bureau of Housing and has restricted access through locked doors and have a common corridor for access to the living units, it shall be equipped with a key box.
D. 
Mandatory key boxes for buildings or facilities complying with Title III SARA. When a building within the Township of Jefferson contains a quantity of hazardous material which would require compliance with Title III of SARA (Superfund Amendment Reauthorization Act), it shall be equipped with a key box.

§ 256-5 Key box tamper switch.

The Fire Subcode/Fire Official shall require a key box tamper switch connected to the building's fire alarm system.

§ 256-6 Security padlocks.

When a property is protected by a locked fence or gate and where immediate access to the property is necessary for life-saving or fire-fighting purposes, the Fire Subcode/Fire Official may require a security padlock be installed at a location approved the Township of Jefferson Fire Subcode/Fire Official . The padlock shall be a UL type and size approved by the Fire Subcode/Fire Official.

§ 256-7 Security caps.

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/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/Fire Official.

§ 256-8 Access to the key box in a nonemergency.

The owner or person in control of any building or facility described in § 256-4 required to have a key box shall be present, himself/herself or through a designated agent, during access to such a key box by the Township of Jefferson Bureau of Fire Prevention except when the Township of Jefferson's Emergency Services have been dispatched and responded to the property in an emergency.

§ 256-9 Access to the key box in an emergency.

A. 
The following organizations are identified as part of the Township of Jefferson Emergency Services:
(1) 
Jefferson Township Police Department.
(2) 
Jefferson Township Fire Company No. 1.
(3) 
Jefferson Township Fire Company No. 2.
(4) 
Milton First Aid Squad.
(5) 
Jefferson Township Rescue Squad.
(6) 
Jefferson Township Office of Emergency Management.
[Added 1-15-2014 by Ord. No. 1-14]
B. 
The following organizations or designate within the organization shall have the universal key for access to the key box:
(1) 
Jefferson Township police officers as authorized by the Police Chief or Captain.
(2) 
Jefferson Township Fire Company No. 1 Chief or Acting Chief/designee.
(3) 
Jefferson Township Fire Company No. 2 Chief or Acting Chief/designee.
(4) 
Township of Jefferson Bureau of Fire Prevention Fire Official or Acting Fire Official.
(5) 
Director of the Office of Emergency Management or a member of the office authorized by the Director.
[Added 1-15-2014 by Ord. No. 1-14]
C. 
In the event the Township of Jefferson Emergency Services is dispatched and responds to a property for an emergency, the following steps, as they apply to a particular emergency situation, maybe followed:
(1) 
The emergency service unit shall provide the dispatcher with their operator ID.
(2) 
Identify the building location by address or key box number, if assigned.
(3) 
Notify dispatch upon entry into the building.
(4) 
Notify dispatch when all keys have been returned to the key box and key box is locked.
(5) 
Dispatch shall repeat back to the radio operator the message received after each radio transmission.
(6) 
Reset alarm once key is back in key box, if applicable.

§ 256-10 Contents of key boxes.

The contents of the key box for buildings or facilities required to have a key box shall be the following:
A. 
Keys to locked points of egress, whether interior or exterior of such buildings.
B. 
Keys to the locked mechanical rooms and sprinkler control rooms.
C. 
Keys to the elevator rooms.
D. 
Keys to the elevator controls.
E. 
Keys to any fence or secured areas.
F. 
Keys to fire alarm rooms (if one exists).
G. 
Keys to fire alarm control panel.
H. 
Special keys to reset pull stations or other fire protection devices.
I. 
Keys to any other areas that may be required by the Fire Subcode/Fire Official.
J. 
A card containing the emergency contact people and phone numbers for such building. In addition, floor plan of rooms within the building may be required. Where such emergency cards and floor plans are not appropriate for storage in the key box, they shall be filed with the appropriate Emergency Service Department identified by the Fire Official.

§ 256-11 Update of keys and information.

The owner or person in control of any building or facility described in § 256-4 required to have a key box shall do the following:
A. 
Provide keys capable of access to such key box unit at all times to identified Township of Jefferson Emergency Services.
B. 
Maintain current information of hazardous materials stored in the building or facility by filing the information with the Township of Jefferson Bureau of Fire Prevention and the Fire Chief for the district the building or facility is located in.

§ 256-12 Installation requirements.

A. 
Application shall be made to the Township of Jefferson Bureau of Fire Prevention or the Township of Jefferson Police Department, Office of Community Service, to obtain a registration form.
(1) 
The property owner or operator shall be given an application for the key box to be obtained from the vendor.
(a) 
Cause to be or confirm the required permits are obtained from the Division of Construction and Housing Inspection to connect the key box to the fire alarm system.
[1] 
If an alarm system needs to be installed, obtain permits for the installation of the fire alarm system.
[2] 
Register the alarm system with the Police Department.
B. 
The owner of applicable buildings, as described in § 256-4 above, shall install or cause to be installed a key box prior to the issuance of a certificate of occupancy for any portion of the building for new or remodeling construction or within 12 months of the adoption date of this article if no new construction or remodeling takes place.
C. 
The key box shall be installed on the front of the building near the main entry door and be between six feet and eight feet above the ground unless approved at a higher or lower level by the Fire Subcode/Fire Official.
D. 
The key box shall contain the key(s) as outlined in § 256-10 above. Keys within the key box shall be labeled for easy identification either by tenant name or indexed to a floor plan of the building and shall be kept current.
E. 
Where a building contains a tenant that is required to maintain material safety data sheets, a key box document vault shall be installed. The key box document vault shall be installed on the front of the building near the main entry door and between six feet and eight feet above the ground unless approved at a higher or lower level by the Fire Subcode/Fire Official. The vault shall contain copies of the material safety data sheets that are required to be on file within the building, as well as a floor plan or written description that indicates the location of the general areas of these materials will be found within the building.

§ 256-13 Violations and penalties.

A. 
Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this article hereby adopted, or who fails to comply therewith, or who shall violate or fail to comply with any order made thereunder, or who shall build in violation of any detailed statement of specifications or plans submitted and approved thereunder, or any certificate or permit issued thereunder, and from which no appeal has been taken, or who shall fail to comply with such an order as affirmed or modified by the Bureau of Fire Prevention or by a court of competent jurisdiction, within the time fixed herein, shall severally for each and every violation and noncompliance, respectively, be punishable by a fine of not more than $500 or by imprisonment for not more than 90 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. The imposition of one penalty for any violation shall not excuse the violation nor permit it to continue; and all such persons shall be required to correct or remedy such violations or defects within a reasonable time; and when not otherwise specified, each 10 days that prohibited conditions are maintained shall constitute a separate and distinct offense.
B. 
The application of the above penalty shall not be held to prevent the enforced correction of any identified requirement of this article.

§ 256-14 Power to modify standards.

The Fire Official of the Bureau of Fire Prevention shall have power to modify any of the provisions of this article upon application, in writing, by the owner or lessee or his duly authorized agent when there are practical difficulties in the way of carrying out the strict letter of this article, and provided that the intent of this article shall be observed, public safety secured and substantial justice done. The particulars of such modification, when granted or allowed, and the decision of the Fire Official of the Bureau of Fire Prevention thereon shall be entered upon the records of the Bureau, and a signed copy shall be furnished to the applicant.
[Adopted 7-16-2003 by Ord. No. 21-03 (Ch. 41 of the 1967 Code)]

§ 256-15 Adoption of standards.

The Township of Jefferson does hereby adopt as the Fire Prevention Code for the Township of Jefferson the New Jersey Uniform Fire Safety Act, N.J.S.A. 52:27D-192 et seq, and the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code, N.J.A.C. 5:70-1.1 et seq. The Fire Prevention Code for the Township of Jefferson shall include any and all amendments to said statute and regulations, including interpretation of said regulations.

§ 256-16 Amendments and deletions.

[Amended 2-18-2015 by Ord. No. 4-15]
The following deletions, modifications or amendments to the code to be adopted by the Township of Jefferson are as follows:
A. 
N.J.A.C. 5:70-3, Section 307.1.1, Prohibited open burning, is amended to include at the end of the section as follows:
307.1.1 Prohibited open burning. Open burning shall be allowed after obtaining a permit from the New Jersey State Forest Fire Service. The permit holder shall apply to the Bureau for a Township permit and shall supply a copy of the state permit. No fee shall be required for the Township permit. The Bureau shall supply copies of both the state and Township permit to the police dispatcher and district fire chief for the district in which the permit is issued. Permits shall not exceed the time granted by the state permit nor any limitations which may be set forth in said permit.
B. 
N.J.A.C. 5:70-3, Section 503.1.1, Fire lanes, be and is hereby amended as follows:[1]
503.1.1 Designation: The Township Fire Chief from the Township Fire Department or the Fire Official/Fire Marshal may require and designate public or private fire lanes as deemed necessary for the efficient and effective use of fire apparatus, subject to the applicable provisions of state and local laws.
[1]
Editor's Note: See also Ch. 130, Art. XVII, Fire Lanes.

§ 256-17 Enforcing agency designated.

The local enforcing agency shall be the Jefferson Township Bureau of Fire Prevention, which is hereby created therein. The Bureau of Fire Prevention shall hereinafter be known as the "local enforcing agency."

§ 256-18 Fire Official/Fire Marshal; other employees.

A. 
Appointment and qualifications of Fire Official/Fire Marshal. The Fire Official/Fire Marshal shall be certified by the state and appointed by the governing body from a list of qualified candidates submitted through civil service records. The Fire Official's/Fire Marshal's appointment shall be probationary for six months, at which time a review will be conducted. The Fire Official/Fire Marshal shall not be removed from office except by the governing body and may succeed himself/herself upon successful completion of the probationary period. The Fire Official/Fire Marshal will report to the Township Mayor.
B. 
Appointment and qualifications of inspectors and other employees. Inspectors and other employees of the enforcing agency shall be appointed by the governing body upon the recommendation of the Fire Official/Fire Marshal from a list of qualified candidates submitted through civil service records. All life-hazard use inspectors shall be certified by the state.
C. 
Appointment of legal counsel. The governing body shall specifically appoint legal counsel to assist the agency in enforcing the Uniform Fire Code.

§ 256-19 Duties of enforcing agency.

A. 
The local enforcing agency shall faithfully comply with all the pertinent requirements of the Uniform Fire Safety Act[1] and the Uniform Fire Code.
[1]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 52:27D-192 et seq.
B. 
The local enforcing agency shall enforce the Uniform Fire Code in all buildings, structures and premises within the established boundaries of the Township of Jefferson other than one- and two-unit owner-occupied dwellings used exclusively for dwelling purposes and buildings, structures and premises owned and operated by the federal government, interstate agencies or the state.
C. 
The local enforcing agency shall carry out the periodic inspections of life-hazard uses required by the Uniform Fire Code on behalf of the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
D. 
A report of the Bureau of Fire Prevention shall be made annually and transmitted to the Township Administrator of the municipality. It shall contain all proceedings under this article, with such statistics as the Fire Official/Fire Marshal may wish to include therein. The Bureau of Fire Prevention shall also recommend any amendments to this article which, it its judgment, shall be desirable.

§ 256-20 Registration and inspection of certain uses. [1]

[Amended 9-1-2004 by Ord. No. 28-04; 4-12-2006 by Ord. No. 10-06]
A. 
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:
(1) 
These uses shall be inspected once per year and shall pay an annual fee as set forth below:
Use
Annual Fee
Business Use Group:
B-1 under 2,500 square feet
$35
B-2 2,500 to 4,999 square feet
$55
B-3 5,000 to 9,999 square feet
$85
B-4 10,000 square feet and over
$125
Factory Use Group:
F-1 under 5,000 square feet
$75
F-2 5,000 square feet and over
$100
Mercantile Use Group:
M-1 under 6,000 square feet
$50
M-2 6,000 to 11,999 square feet
$75
Storage Use Group:
S-1 under 2,500 square feet
$50
S-2 2,500 square feet and over
$75
Residential Use Group:
R-A non-owner-occupied 1 and 2 units
$40
R-B 3 to 6 units
$60
R-C 7 to 12 units
$80
R-D 13 to 20 units
$175
R-E over 20 units
$350
Utilities Use Group:
U-1 under 2,500 square feet
$40
U-2 2,500 square feet and over
$75
(2) 
Use group definitions are specified in the Uniform Fire Code (N.J.A.C. 5:23-1.1 et seq.).
B. 
R-A Uses shall be inspected and charged a fee only upon sale or change of tenant.
C. 
Uses not classified above that are subject to the Uniform Fire Code will be classified as business uses.
D. 
Uses required to register with the state as life-hazard uses shall not be required to register under this section.
E. 
In the discretion of the Fire Official/Fire Marshal, vacant buildings will be charged and inspected according to the previous use of the building.
F. 
All residential uses, except R-A Uses, shall be inspected in the common areas only.
[1]
Editor's Note: See also Ch. 490, Art. X, Zoning Compliance Permit.

§ 256-21 Permit and certification fees.

A. 
The application fees for the permits listed in N.J.A.C. 5:70-27(b) shall be as follows:
[Amended 12-3-2003 by Ord. No. 38-03]
Type
Fee
Type 1
$42.00
Type 2
$166.00
Type 3
$331.00
Type 4
$497.00
Type 5
$1,000.00
B. 
The cost for the issuance of a certificate of Fire Code status shall be $35.
[Amended 4-12-2006 by Ord. No. 10-06]
C. 
Fees for residential smoke detector, carbon monoxide, and fire extinguisher certification.
[Amended 4-12-2006 by Ord. No. 10-06]
(1) 
An inspection fee per inspection visit per individual structure, including reinspections, for the certificate of smoke detector, carbon monoxide alarm and fire extinguisher compliance (CSDCMAC) as required by N.J.A.C. 5:70-2.3 for residential dwellings at time of resale, regardless if owner-occupied or registered as a rental property, based upon the amount of time remaining before the change of occupant/inspection date is expected, as follows:
(a) 
Requests for a CSDCMAC received 10 or more business days prior to the change of occupant: $40 per inspection.
(b) 
Requests for a CSDCMAC received four to nine business days prior to the change of occupant: $75 per inspection.
(c) 
Requests for a CSDCMAC received fewer than four business days prior to the change of occupant: $125 per inspection.
D. 
The applicant shall pay the fees outlined above relative to the identified registration and/or permit and/or certification requirement(s) to the Office of Fire Prevention. The Township Council, upon application, shall have the right to waive all or any portion of the applicable fee(s) for any charitable, nonprofit organization; quasigovernmental groups and associations, such as police, fire or civil defense organizations; and events sponsored by governmental units. The waiving by the Township Council of any such fees does not waive fees for any other departments of the Township or waive any fees which by law the Township cannot waive. This waiver is separate from any Township waiver granted under Chapter 342, Outdoor Gatherings.
[Added 12-19-2007 by Ord. No. 26-07]

§ 256-22 Board of Appeals.

Pursuant to Sections 15 and 17 of the Uniform Fire Safety Act,[1] any person aggrieved by any action of the local enforcing agency shall have the right to appeal to the local Construction Board of Appeals. If no such body exists, appeals shall be made to the County Construction Board of Appeals.
[1]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 52:27D-206 and 52:27D-208.

§ 256-23 Violations and penalties.

A. 
Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of the New Jersey Uniform Fire Safety Act, N.J.S.A. 52:27D-192 et seq., and the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code, N.J.A.C. 5:70, or who fails to comply therewith, or who shall violate or fail to comply with any order made thereunder, or who shall build in violation of any detailed statement of specifications or plans submitted and approved thereunder, or any certificate or permit issued thereunder, and from which no appeal has been taken, or who shall fail to comply with such an order as affirmed or modified by the Bureau of Fire Prevention shall be assessed, levied and collected penalties pursuant to the Uniform Fire Code N.J.A.C. 5:70-2-12.
B. 
Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this article not already covered in the New Jersey Uniform Fire Safety Act, N.J.S.A. 52:27D-192 et seq., and the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code, N.J.A.C. 5:70, hereby adopted, or who fails to comply therewith, or who shall violate or fail to comply with any order made thereunder, or who shall build in violation of any detailed statement of specifications or plans submitted and approved thereunder, or any certificate or permit issued thereunder, and from which no appeal has been taken, or who shall fail to comply with such an order as affirmed or modified by the Bureau of Fire Prevention or by a court of competent jurisdiction, within the time fixed herein, shall severally for each and every violation and noncompliance, respectively, be punishable by a fine of not more than $500 or by imprisonment for not more than 90 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment. The imposition of one penalty for any violation shall not excuse the violation nor permit it to continue; and all such persons shall be required to correct or remedy such violations or defects within a reasonable time; and when not otherwise specified, each 10 days that prohibited conditions are maintained shall constitute a separate and distinct offense.
C. 
The application of the above penalty shall not be held to prevent the enforced removal of any prohibited condition.

§ 256-24 Power to modify standards.

The Fire Official/Fire Marshal of the Bureau of Fire Prevention shall have power to modify any of the provisions of this article upon application, in writing, by the owner or lessee or his duly authorized agent when there are practical difficulties in the way of carrying out the strict letter of said article, and provided that the intent of this article shall be observed, public safety secured and substantial justice done. The particulars of such modification, when granted or allowed, and the decision of the Fire Official/Fire Marshal of the Bureau of Fire Prevention thereon shall be entered upon the records of the Bureau, and a signed copy shall be furnished to the applicant.