Township of Stafford, NJ
Ocean County
By using eCode360 you agree to be legally bound by the Terms of Use. If you do not agree to the Terms of Use, please do not use eCode360.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Stafford as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Building construction — See Ch. 70.
Fire lanes and stations — See Ch. 109.
[Adopted 12-17-1985 by Ord. No. 85-85A]

§ 111-1 Establishment of enforcement agency.

The Bureau of Fire Prevention is hereby created to locally enforce the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code in accordance with Section 11 of the Uniform Fire Safety Act.[1] The Bureau of Fire Prevention shall be the local enforcement agency and shall consist of a Fire Official and such inspectors and other employees as may be appointed by the Mayor and Township Council.
[1]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 52:27D-198 et seq.

§ 111-2 Duties; responsibilities.

The Bureau of Fire Prevention, hereinafter referred to as the "local enforcement agency," shall enforce the Uniform Fire Safety Act and the codes and regulations adopted under it in all buildings, structures and premises within the established boundaries of the Township of Stafford, other than owner-occupied, one- and two-family dwellings, and shall faithfully comply with the requirements of the Uniform Fire Safety Act and Uniform Fire Code.

§ 111-3 Life hazard uses.

The local enforcement agency shall carry out the periodic inspections of life hazard uses required by the Uniform Fire Code on behalf of the Commissioner of Community Affairs.

§ 111-4 Fire official, inspectors and other employees.

The local enforcement agency shall be under the direct supervision of the Fire Official.
A. 
The Fire Official shall be appointed by the Mayor and Township Council and shall serve for a term of two years. In making this appointment, the Mayor and Township Council shall give preference to all recommendations received from all fire companies within the Township of Stafford. Any vacancy, other than by expiration of term, shall be filled for the unexpired term.
B. 
Such inspectors and other employees as may be necessary in the local enforcement agency shall be appointed by the Mayor and Township Council upon the recommendation of the Township Administrator. The terms of office for such inspectors or other employees shall be two years.
[Amended 4-17-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-21]
C. 
The Fire Official, inspectors and other employees of the local enforcement agency shall be subject to removal by the Mayor and Township Council for inefficiency or misconduct. Each official, inspector or employee to be so removed shall be afforded an opportunity to be heard by the Mayor and Township Council or a designated hearing officer.
D. 
The Fire Official shall report and be responsible to the Township Administrator.

§ 111-5 Additional inspections and fees.

[Amended 7-11-1989 by Ord. No. 89-50]
In addition to the inspections and fees required pursuant to the Uniform Fire Safety Act and the regulations of the Department of Community Affairs, the following additional inspections and fees shall be required:
A. 
Type 6 uses.
(1) 
Business use as defined in the latest edition of the BOCA Basic National Building Code, 500 square feet or less total gross floor area.
(2) 
Mercantile use as defined in the latest edition of the BOCA Basic National Building Code, 500 square feet or less total gross floor area. (Exception: Any Type 6 uses with suppression/detection systems shall be classified under Type 7.)
B. 
Type 7 uses.
(1) 
Business uses as defined in the latest edition of the BOCA Basic National Building Code, more than 500 square feet but less than 2,500 square feet total gross floor area.
(2) 
Mercantile uses as defined in the latest edition of the BOCA Basic National Building Code, more than 500 square feet but less than 2,500 square feet total gross floor area.
(3) 
Storage buildings as defined in the latest edition of the BOCA Basic National Building Code, less than 2,500 square feet total gross floor area.
C. 
Type 8 uses.
(1) 
Business uses as defined in the latest edition of the BOCA Basic National Building Code, 2,500 square feet or more, but less than 5,000 square feet total gross floor area.
(2) 
Mercantile uses as defined in the latest edition of the BOCA Basic National Building Code, 2,500 square feet or more, but less than 5,000 square feet total gross floor area.
(3) 
Storage buildings as defined in the latest edition of the BOCA Basic National Building Code, 2,500 square feet or more, but less than 5,000 square feet total gross floor area.
D. 
Type 9 uses.
(1) 
Business uses as defined in the latest edition of the BOCA Basic National Building Code, 5,000 square feet or more, but less than 7,500 square feet total gross floor area.
(2) 
Mercantile uses as defined in the latest edition of the BOCA Basic National Building Code, 5,000 square feet or more, but less than 7,500 square feet total gross floor area.
(3) 
Storage buildings as defined in the latest edition of the BOCA Basic National Building Code, 5,000 square feet or more, but less than 7,500 square feet total gross floor area.
(4) 
Eating and drinking establishments with less than 50 occupants.
E. 
Type 10 uses.
(1) 
Business uses as defined in the latest edition of the BOCA Basic National Building Code, 7,500 square feet or more, but less than 10,000 square feet total gross floor area.
(2) 
Mercantile uses as defined in the latest edition of the BOCA Basic National Building Code, 7,500 square feet or more, but less than 10,000 square feet total gross floor area.
(3) 
Storage buildings as defined in the latest edition of the BOCA Basic National Building Code, 7,500 square feet or more, but less than 10,000 square feet total gross floor area.
(4) 
Hotels and motels with 100 rooms or less and not defined as life hazard uses.
(5) 
Buildings where less than 100 persons assemble for the purpose of amusement, entertainment, recreation centers and health spas.
F. 
Type 11 uses.
(1) 
Business uses as defined in the latest edition of the BOCA Basic National Building Code, 10,000 square feet or more total gross floor area.
(2) 
Mercantile uses as defined in the latest edition of the BOCA Basic National Building Code, 10,000 square feet or more total gross floor area.
(3) 
Storage buildings as defined in the latest edition of the BOCA Basic National Building Code, 10,000 square feet or more total gross floor area.
(4) 
Factory and industrial uses as defined in the latest edition of the BOCA Basic National Building Code, not defined as life hazard uses.
G. 
Required inspections. All additional uses as listed in the aforementioned shall be inspected for compliance with the provisions of this chapter periodically, but not less than as specified therein.
(1) 
Type 6 uses: once every 12 months.
[Amended 10-19-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-81]
(2) 
Type 7 uses: once every 12 months.
(3) 
Type 8 uses: once every 12 months.
(4) 
Type 9 uses: once every 12 months.
(5) 
Type 10 uses: once every 12 months.
(6) 
Type 11 uses: once every 12 months.
H. 
Permit fees.
[Amended 10-19-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-81]
(1) 
Type 6 uses: $60.
(2) 
Type 7 uses: $60.
(3) 
Type 8 uses: $75.
(4) 
Type 9 uses: $100.
(5) 
Type 10 uses: $125.
(6) 
Type 11 uses: $175.
(7) 
Where more than one additional use exists under one ownership at a given location, the highest use shall be registered at full fee and subsequent use at 1/2 the scheduled fee.
I. 
Payment of inspection fees; failure to remit; penalties.
[Added 10-19-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-81]
(1) 
Permit fees delineated within § 111-5 shall be billed on a quarterly basis. Fees shall be due and owing 30 days after the date the bill was issued.
(2) 
If the above permit fees are not remitted to the Township within 30 days after the date of issuance, a second notice for payment shall be issued 45 days after the original date the bill was issued. If payment is not received within 60 days after the original date that the bill was issued, a penalty equal to the amount of the original permit fee shall be assessed. Certificates of inspection shall not be issued unless all outstanding permit fees and penalty fees, if applicable, are paid in full.

§ 111-6 Permit fees.

[Amended 7-15-1986 by Ord. No. 86-27; 5-6-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-49; 3-16-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-27]
The permit fees established by the Uniform Fire Code shall be as follows:
A. 
Type 1: $42.
B. 
Type 2: $166.
C. 
Type 3: $331.
D. 
Type 4: $497.
E. 
Type 5: (Reserved)

§ 111-7 Appeals.

Pursuant to Sections 15 and 17 of the Uniform Fire Safety Act,[1] any person aggrieved by any order of the local enforcement agency shall have the right to appeal to the Construction Board of Appeals of Ocean County.
[1]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 52:27D-206 and 27D-208.

§ 111-8 Solar panels emblem.

[Added 6-19-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-19]
A. 
Commercial structures. Identifying emblems shall be permanently affixed to the front exterior of all commercial structures that have solar panels.
(1) 
The emblem shall be in the shape of an isosceles triangle, 12 inches horizontally by six inches vertically. The emblem shall be of a yellow reflective background, with a bright orange reflective sun with the letter "S" inside the sun shape in a bright white reflective material. The "S" inside the sun shape shall be a minimum of four inches vertically by four inches horizontally.
(2) 
The emblem shall be permanently affixed to the front exterior of the main entrance door of the commercial structure, approximately six feet above the ground or as designated by the Fire Official and/or inspectors. The emblem shall be installed and maintained by the owner of the structure at his or her expense.
(3) 
Sample emblems shall be available at the office of the Fire Official.
B. 
Planned real estate developments. Individual structures and dwelling units with solar panels that are part of a planned real estate development shall not be required to have an identifying emblem as long as there is an emblem affixed at each entrance to the development, unless otherwise required by the Fire Official.
C. 
Residential structures. Detached one- and two-family residential structures with solar panels that are not part of a planned real estate development shall be exempt from the requirements of Subsection A above, unless otherwise required by the Fire Official.