Township of Toms River, NJ
Ocean County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Township Council of the Township of Toms River as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fire companies — See Ch. 109.
Fire prevention and protection — See Ch. 308.
Peace and good order — See Ch. 388.
[Adopted 12-9-2008 by Ord. No. 4168-08[1]]
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Editor's Note: This ordinance repealed former Art. I, Unauthorized Use, adopted 11-27-1973 by Ord. No. 1378 as Ch. 82A, Art. I, of the 1973 Code.

§ 297-1 Unauthorized use prohibited; violations and penalties.

Any person who willfully or maliciously cuts, injures, damages, tampers with, destroys, defaces or uses without authorization from the Board of Fire Commissioners or the Township Council of the Township of Toms River any fire hydrant, fire hose, fire engine or fire equipment or apparatus, whether publicly or privately owned, or intentionally opens any fire hydrant without proper authorization as aforesaid, shall be fined not more than $2,000 or sentenced for a term of not more than six months in the county jail, or both.
[Adopted 12-9-2008 by Ord. No. 4168-08[1]]
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Editor's Note: This ordinance repealed former Art. II, Fire Hydrants in Residential Areas, adopted 12-26-1973 by Ord. No. 1388, as amended.

§ 297-2 Proximity of residential structures to hydrants.

A. 
No construction permit shall be issued for any residential structure located in an area served by a public or private water company unless the distance from the midpoint of the frontage of such premises to a fire hydrant as measured down the center line of connecting public streets is no more than 250 feet.
B. 
All temporary roads shall be accessible to fire apparatus by way of an approved temporary driving surface capable of supporting the imposed load of fire apparatus weighing at least 75,000 pounds, with the exception of masonry foundations.

§ 297-3 Indication of hydrants on subdivision plats.

No subdivision shall be approved by the Planning Board unless fire hydrants are indicated on the tentative plat or, where tentative approval has previously been granted or not applied for on the final plat, in accordance with the requirements herein contained as to location of and distances between fire hydrants.

§ 297-4 Hydrants in cul-de-sac turnarounds.

No fire hydrant shall be placed at the closed end of a turnaround of a cul-de-sac unless the distance between the open end and the closed end is greater than 400 feet, in which event fire hydrants shall be placed at both the open and closed ends of the cul-de-sac. Where a waterline dead ends at a hydrant, such waterline shall be no less than eight inches in diameter. Hydrants shall be set plumb with nozzles 18 inches above the ground or, where they are to be placed in hose houses, 18 inches above the floor.
A. 
Access road width with a hydrant. Where a fire hydrant is located on a fire apparatus access road, the minimum road width shall be 26 feet.
B. 
Required access roads. Prior to any certificate of occupancy, facilities, buildings or portions of buildings hereafter constructed shall be accessible to Fire Department apparatus by way of an approved fire apparatus access road with an asphalt, concrete or other approved driving surface capable of supporting the imposed load of fire apparatus weighing at least 75,000 pounds (34,050 kg).
C. 
Dead ends. Dead-end fire apparatus access roads in excess of 150 feet (45,720 mm) shall be provided with a minimum width of 26 feet and turnaround provisions in accordance with the following. One-hundred-fifty-one-foot to seven-hundred-fifty-foot-long road: ninety-five-foot cul-de-sac; or one-hundred-twenty-foot Hammerhead, or sixty-foot Y.
D. 
Turning radius. The minimum turning radius for all buildings and structures shall be determined by the Code Official.
E. 
Existing fire hydrants. Existing fire hydrants on public streets are allowed to be considered as available. Existing fire hydrants on adjacent properties shall not be considered available unless fire apparatus access roads extend between properties and easements are established to prevent obstruction of such roads.

§ 297-5 Installation in subdivision required prior to issuance of certificate of occupancy.

Installation of fire hydrants with respect to any subdivision shall not be considered a subdivision improvement to be included in the bonding requirements of the Subdivision Ordinances of the municipality,[1] but rather the proper installation of fire hydrants shall be a condition of the issuance of certificates of occupancy.
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Editor's Note: See Ch. 348, Land Use and Development Regulations.

§ 297-6 Fire-flow requirements for residential structures.

[Amended 5-12-2009 by Ord. No. 4195-09]
The procedure for determining fire-flow requirements for buildings or portions of buildings hereafter constructed shall be in accordance with the latest edition of the International Fire Code and its Appendix B and any subsequent appendices as adopted by reference by the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code.

§ 297-7 Painting and identification of hydrants.

All fire hydrants shall be painted in accordance with the following schedule:
A. 
All public hydrants, i.e., those maintained by a public water company or authority, shall be painted in a color combination of yellow tops and nozzle caps and silver barrels.
B. 
All private hydrants, i.e., hydrants other than public hydrants, shall be entirely painted in yellow.
C. 
Each public hydrant shall be marked or identified by numbers no less than three inches high placed above the steamer connection and below the bonnet, where feasible, indicating the size main, in inches, to which the hydrant is connected. Such markings or identification shall be painted on each hydrant, shall face the street or, in the absence of a public street, the direction from which reasonably might be expected responding fire apparatus, and notwithstanding the foregoing, the size and color of such markings or identification shall be readily visible to a person with 20/20 vision from a distance of 75 feet in daylight and in clear weather.
D. 
The Bureau of Fire Prevention shall inspect such hydrants to ensure compliance herewith.
E. 
The owners of existing private hydrants shall comply with this section by October 15, 1984, and the owners of existing public hydrants shall comply with this section by December 31, 1985, provided that at least 1/3 of the hydrants owned by public water companies or authorities operating within Toms River Township shall conform to this section by December 31, 1984, and 2/3 of such hydrants shall conform by June 30, 1985.

§ 297-8 Nozzles; threads.

All fire hydrants installed in the municipality shall have no less than two two-and-one-half-inch hose connection nozzles and one four-and-one-half-inch pumper nozzle. All threads are to be national standard fire hose threads.

§ 297-9 Violations and penalties.

Any person, firm, corporation or other entity who or which shall violate any provision of this article shall be subject to a fine not exceeding $2,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days, or both, and each day in which such violation continues shall constitute a separate violation or offense. This penalty provision shall be construed as an addition to and not in place of any other remedies available in law or in equity, including the withholding of certificates of occupancy.