Township of Stafford, NJ
Ocean County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Stafford 3-26-1985 by Ord. No. 85-40. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fire prevention — See Ch. 111.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 201.

§ 109-1 Establishment of fire lanes.

A. 
The Fire Official or Fire Subcode Official of the Township may require the owner of any shopping center, commercial structure, place of public assembly, multiple-dwelling group, industrial park, office building, hotel or motel, school or marina to designate "Fire Lane" in the driveways of the premises leading to and from the parking areas, loading areas, public streets or rights-of-way leading to the above-type buildings or structures. Such fire lanes shall be not less than 10 feet nor more than 50 feet in width and shall be striped and lettered in yellow on a paved surface, such striping and lettering to remain legible at all times. Metal fire lane signs, the lettering of same to be legible at all times, shall be provided, erected and maintained by the owner and placed at the discretion of the Fire Official or Fire Subcode Official. The signs are to be of a design and quality and lettered in accordance with applicable state law and approved by the Fire Official or Fire Subcode Official.
[Amended 7-15-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-79]
B. 
No person shall at any time park a vehicle or in any other manner obstruct any driveway or other area that has been designated as a fire lane.

§ 109-2 Establishment of pumping stations.

A. 
All owners of commercial structures and commercial uses on property abutting any body of water shall have pumping stations constructed at the water having a thirty-foot section of bulkhead with a depth of water of three feet minimum at low tide. The pumping station shall be constructed with a paved surface at the bulkhead adequate for the use of heavy fire equipment and apparatus. It shall be the responsibility of the owner or owners of the commercial structures or commercial properties to repair and maintain the pumping stations, and if the Fire Official or Fire Subcode Official makes a determination that repairs are needed and the repairs are not made by the owner within 60 days of notification of the need for the repairs, such failure to make repairs will constitute a violation of this chapter.
[Amended 7-15-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-79]
B. 
No person shall at any time park a vehicle or in any other manner obstruct any driveway or other area that has been designated as a pumping station.

§ 109-3 Regulations for shopping centers.

The following regulations shall apply to shopping centers.
A. 
Fire areas shall be established in all shopping centers to ensure fire equipment and other emergency vehicles unobstructed means of ingress to and egress from the properties and buildings located therein in the event of a fire or other emergency.
B. 
The number, location, dimensions and markings of such areas shall be determined by the Fire Official or Fire Subcode Official based upon the size, type and location of the buildings in the shopping centers, the type of uses contained therein, the number of motor vehicles operated and parked upon the property, the number of persons using and occupying the premises, the existing means of ingress and egress, the total area of the property and other relevant factors.
[Amended 7-15-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-79]
C. 
The Fire Official or Fire Subcode Official is authorized to regulate, restrict and prohibit the parking and operation of motor vehicles in and near the fire areas and to impose other reasonable regulations necessary to ensure that the areas are free from obstruction.
[Amended 7-15-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-79]

§ 109-4 Enforcement.

[Amended 12-16-1986 by Ord. No. 86-64]
The Fire Official or Fire Subcode Official, the Township Police Department, the Code Enforcement Officer, the Zoning Officer and the Fire Official and inspectors of the Bureau of Fire Prevention shall have concurrent jurisdiction to enforce the provisions of this chapter.

§ 109-5 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 2-21-1989 by Ord. No. 89-22; 2-20-1990 by Ord. No. 90-12]
A. 
Fines.
(1) 
Any person violating any provision of this chapter for the first or second time may avoid a court appearance by pleading guilty and paying the following fine:
(a) 
First offense: $30.
(b) 
Second offense: $50.
(2) 
Any person charged with a third or subsequent offense shall be required to make a court appearance and be subject to the penalties set forth in § 109-5B.
B. 
Any person charged for a third or subsequent offense for violating or failing to comply with any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000, by imprisonment for a term not to exceed 90 days or by community service of not more than 90 days, or any combination of fine, imprisonment and community service as determined in the discretion of the Municipal Court Judge. The continuation of such violation for each successive day shall constitute a separate offense, and the person or persons allowing or permitting the continuation of the violation may be punished as provided above for each separate offense.
C. 
The violation of any provision of this chapter shall be subject to abatement summarily by a restraining order or injunction issued by a court of competent jurisdiction.