Township of Chester, NJ
Morris County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Chester 12-16-1985 by Ord. No. 1:17-85. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Alarms — See Ch. 54.
Numbering of buildings — See Ch. 70.
Fire subcode fees — See Ch. 78.
Fires in parks — See Ch. 130, Art. 1.
Smoke from fire as nuisance — See Ch. 188.

§ 97-1 Local enforcement.

Pursuant to Section II of the Uniform Fire Safety Act (P.L. 1983, c. 383),[1] the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code shall be locally enforced in the municipality of the Township of Chester.
[1]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 52:27D-202.

§ 97-2 Agency designation.

The local enforcing agency shall be the Fire Department serving the Township of Chester.

§ 97-3 Enforcement of state regulations.

The local enforcement agency shall enforce the Uniform Fire Safety Act[1] and the codes and regulations adopted under it in all buildings, structures and premises within the established boundaries of the Township of Chester, other than owner-occupied one- and two-family dwellings, and shall faithfully comply with the requirement of the Uniform Fire Safety Act and the Uniform Fire Code.
[1]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 52:27D-194 et seq.

§ 97-4 Life hazard uses.

The local enforcing agency established by § 97-2 of this chapter shall carry out the periodic inspections of life hazard uses required by the Uniform Fire Code on behalf of the Commissioner of Community Affairs.

§ 97-5 Organization.

The local enforcing agency established by § 97-2 of this chapter shall be a part of the Fire Department serving the Township of Chester and shall be under the direct supervision and control of the Chief of the Fire Department, who is hereby designated as the official who will supervise the activities of the agency.

§ 97-6 Supervision and organization of enforcing agency.

A. 
Appointment of Fire Official. The local enforcing agency shall be under the direct supervision of a Fire Official who shall be appointed by the Fire Chief, designated above as the official who will supervise the activities of the agency.
B. 
Term of office. The Fire Official shall serve for a term of two years.
C. 
Inspectors and employees. Such inspectors and other employees as may be necessary in the local enforcement agency shall be appointed by the Township of Chester upon the recommendation of the Chief of the Fire Department.
D. 
Removal from office. The Fire Official and any inspector or other employee of the enforcing agency shall be subject to removal by either the Fire Chief or the Township of Chester for inefficiency or misconduct. Any individual to be so removed shall be afforded an opportunity to be heard by the Township of Chester or a designated hearing officer and shall only be removed for good cause shown and only after having been offered a hearing upon any charges.

§ 97-7 Appeals.

Pursuant to Section 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 the County of Morris.
[1]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 52:27D-206 and 52:27D-208, respectively.

§ 97-8 Additional required inspections and fees.

In addition to the inspections and fees required pursuant to the Act[1] and the regulations of the Department of Community Affairs, the following additional inspections and fees shall be required:
A. 
Eating establishments with the maximum permitted occupancy of less than 50 in which no alcoholic beverages are consumed, registration fee: $25.
B. 
Retail stores and other mercantile uses containing:
(1) 
Less than 1,200 square feet of gross floor area, registration fee: $25.
(2) 
One thousand two hundred to 12,000 square feet of gross floor area, registration fee: $50.
(3) 
More than 12,000 square fee of gross floor area, registration fee: $100.
C. 
Multiple-family dwellings containing:
(1) 
Three to six dwelling units, registration fee: $25.
(2) 
Six to 10 dwelling units, registration fee: $50.
(3) 
More than 10 dwelling units, registration fee: $100.
D. 
Places of business assembly, including but not necessarily limited to office buildings, which are not otherwise defined by the code as a life hazard use, registration fee: $75.
[1]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 52:27D-192 et seq.

§ 97-9 Legal counsel.

Pursuant to the requirements of N.J.A.C. 5:18A-3.2(d) the Municipal Attorney of the Township of Chester is hereby designated as the legal counsel appointed to assist the local enforcing agency to enforce the code. Such appropriate legal counsel shall advise the agency and undertake such actions at law as the Fire Official shall deem necessary to gain compliance with the code within the boundaries of the Township of Chester.