Township of Mansfield, NJ
Burlington County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Mansfield as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fire department — See Ch. 21.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 25.
[Adopted 2-9-2000 by Ord. No. 2000-1]

§ 21A-1 Local enforcement of Uniform Fire Safety Act. [1]

Pursuant to § 11 of the Uniform Fire Safety Act,[2] it shall be locally enforced in the Township of Mansfield.
[1]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 52:27D-192 et seq.
[2]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 52:27D-202.

§ 21A-2 Enforcing agency designation.

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

§ 21A-3 Duties of enforcing agency.

A. 
Within the established boundaries of the Township, the local enforcing agency shall enforce the code[1] in all buildings, structures and premises other than owner-occupied buildings of less than three dwelling units used exclusively for dwelling purposes and buildings, structures and premises owned or operated by the federal government, interstate agencies or the state.
[1]
Editor's Note: The New Jersey Uniform Fire Code; see N.J.A.C. 5:70-1.1 et seq.
B. 
The local enforcing agency shall faithfully comply with all the pertinent requirements of the code.

§ 21A-4 Organization of Bureau of Fire Prevention.

A. 
The Bureau of Fire Prevention established by § 21A-2 of this article shall be under the direct supervision and control of a Fire Official who shall report to the Township Committee, represented by the Public Safety Director.
[Amended 3-22-2000 by Ord. No. 2000-5]
B. 
The Bureau of Fire Prevention shall have at least one paid Fire Official and such paid inspectors as may be necessary to properly enforce the Code.
C. 
The governing body shall hereby appoint a temporary Fire Official in the absence of the duly appointed Fire Official.

§ 21A-5 Appointments; qualifications; term of office; removal.

A. 
Appointment and qualifications of Fire Official. The Fire Official shall be certified by the state and appointed by the governing body from a list of at least three names submitted by the Chief of the Franklin Fire Company No. 1. The recommended person for the position of Fire Official shall be preferred to be an active member of the Franklin Fire Company No. 1.
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. The recommended person for the position of inspector, and employees, shall be preferred to be an active member of the Franklin Fire Company No. 1. All Life-Hazard Use Inspectors shall be certified by the State of New Jersey.
C. 
Appointment of legal counsel. The governing body shall specifically appoint legal counsel to assist the agency in enforcing the code.
D. 
Term of office. The Fire Official shall serve for a term of three years. Any vacancy shall be filled for the unexpired term.
E. 
Removal from office. The Fire Official, inspectors and other employees of the agency shall be subject to removal by the governing body for just cause. Before removal from office, all persons shall be afforded an opportunity to be heard by the governing body or a hearing office designated by the same.

§ 21A-6 Life-hazard uses.

The Bureau of Fire Prevention established by § 21A-2 of this article shall carry out the periodic inspections of life-hazard uses required by the code on behalf of the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.

§ 21A-7 Non-life hazard uses.

A. 
In addition to the registrations required by the Code, the following non-life-hazard uses shall resister with the Bureau of Fire Prevention. These uses shall be inspected once per year and shall pay an annual fee as set forth below:
[Amended 4-27-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-9]
Use Group Business
Annual Fee
B-1 (under 1,000 square feet)
$  30
B-2 (1,001 to 4,999 square feet)
$  50
B-3 (5,000 to 9,999 square feet)
$ 100
B-4 (10,000 to 19,999 square feet)
$ 200
B-5 (20,000 square feet and over)
$ 400
Factory
F-1 (under 5,000 square feet)
$  75
F-2 (5,000 to 11,999 square feet)
$ 100
Mercantile
M-1 (under 2,500 square feet)
$  50
M-2 (2,500 to 5,000 square feet)
$ 100
M-3 (5,001 to 11,999 square feet)
$ 150
Storage
S-1 (under 2,500 square feet)
$  50
S-2 (2,500 to 11,999 square feet)
$ 100
Residential
R-A (non-owner-occupied 1 and 2 units)
Equal to fees as listed on smoke detector application
R-B 3 to 6 units
$  35
R-C 7 to 12 units
$  50
R-D 13 to 20 units
$ 175
  R-E over 20 units
$ 350
Utilities
U-1 (under 2,500 square feet)
$  25
U-2 (2,500 and over square feet)
$  50
B. 
R/A uses shall be inspected and charged a fee upon sale or change of tenant, and shall be registered, inspected and charged a fee in accordance with Chapter 39D of this Code relating to rental inspections.
[Amended 4-27-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-9]
C. 
A fee shall be paid to the Fire Official to offset the cost of the inspection and certification. The fee schedule shall be as established in the Regulations promulgated pursuant to the Uniform Fire Code by the State of New Jersey.
[Amended 4-27-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-9]
D. 
Uses required to register with the state as life hazard uses shall not be required to register under this section.
E. 
Vacant buildings which create a fire hazard shall be charged and inspected according to the previous use of the building.
[Added 3-22-2000 by Ord. No. 2000-5]

§ 21A-8 House number compliance and change of occupancy.

A. 
When inspecting for compliance with the smoke alarm requirements of the Fire Code, the Municipal Fire Official shall also determine if house numbers have been properly placed in compliance with Township Ordinance No. 1991-26.[1] If so, he or she shall indicate the same in the certificate covering the smoke alarm. In the event that the numbers are nonexistent or not in compliance with the ordinance, the deficiency shall be corrected before the certificate required by this article shall be issued.
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 25, Property Maintenance, Art. II, Numbering of Buildings.
B. 
Whenever an occupancy changes in any building, structure or premises, the Fire Official shall be notified and an inspection shall occur. This notice shall occur within 10 days of the change of occupancy.
C. 
A fee shall be paid to the Fire Official to offset the cost of the inspection and certification. The fee schedule shall be as follows:
When Request Received
Fee
14 days or more prior to settlement date
$25
7 to 13 days prior to settlement date
$50
2 to 6 days prior to settlement date
$75
With notice of less than 48 hours
$125
D. 
A fee shall be paid to the Fire Official to offset the costs of any reinspections required as a result of failures occurring at the time of the initial inspection. The fee for a reinspection shall equal the fee charged for the initial inspection.
[Added 4-27-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-9]

§ 21A-9 Permits.

[Added 3-22-2000 by Ord. No. 2000-5]
The application fees for the permits listed in N.J.A.C. 5:70-2.7 shall be as provided by state regulation.

§ 21A-10 Technical amendments.

[Added 3-22-2000 by Ord. No. 2000-5]
(Reserved)

§ 21A-11 Board of Appeals.

[Added 3-22-2000 by Ord. No. 2000-5]
Pursuant to §§ 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 Construction Board of Appeals of Burlington County.
[1]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 52:27D-206 and 52:27D-208, respectively.

§ 21A-12 Enforcement; violations and penalties.

[Added 3-22-2000 by Ord. No. 2000-5; amended 4-27-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-9]
Except as otherwise set forth below, enforcement, violations and penalties shall be as established in conformity with the Uniform Fire Safety Act, the Uniform Fire Code and all other laws of the State of New Jersey. For violations of § 21A-8, conviction in first offense shall carry with it a fine of $100; $250 for a second offense; and $500 for the third and each subsequent offense.
[Adopted 5-25-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-6]

§ 21A-13 Establishment; duties; certification; compensation.

There is hereby created within the Township of Mansfield in the Office of Fire Prevention who shall be known as the "Senior Fire Inspector" of Mansfield Township.
A. 
Senior Fire Inspector. Fire Inspectors who are licensed by the Department of Community Affairs as Fire Inspector or Fire Official who maintain their certification may be recommended for the rank of Senior Fire Inspector by the Fire Official.
B. 
No person shall carry out the duties of the Fire Official or Fire Inspector unless that person is certified pursuant to Section 5:71-4.3 of the Uniform Fire Code. The term “carry out the duties” shall mean and include representing oneself as authorized to carry out inspection of life hazard uses on behalf of the Commissioner, issuing orders pursuant to the Act,[1] and assessing or imposing any of the penalties provided for by the Act.
[1]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 52:27D-192 et seq.
C. 
No local enforcing agency shall employ any person to enforce the provisions of the Uniform Fire Code at a life hazard use, unless that person shall be certified in accordance with the provisions of the Act.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 52:27D-192 et seq.
D. 
Compensation. The rate of compensation will be between $15 an hour and $25 per hour. The first five years of employment the Senior Fire Inspector shall be paid at the rate of $15 an hour. After five years the Senior Fire Inspector will be compensated at the rate of $19 dollars an hour.