Township of Deerfield, NJ
Cumberland County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Deerfield as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Volunteer Fire Department — See Ch. 11.
Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 69.
Fire insurance — See Ch. 89.
Housing standards — See Ch. 112.
Smoke detectors — See Ch. 163.
[Adopted 8-19-1992 by Ord. No. 1992-4 (Ch. 53 of the 1984 Code)]

§ 93-1 Adoption of standards.

[Amended 6-5-2002 by Ord. No. 2002-4]
Pursuant to Section 11 of the Uniform Fire Safety Act (P.L. 1983, c. 383),[1] the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code (N.J.A.C. 5:70-1 et seq.) shall be enforced locally in the Township of Deerfield.
[1]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 52:27D-192, et seq.

§ 93-2 Local enforcing agency.

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

§ 93-3 Duties of agency.

A. 
The local enforcing agency shall enforce the Uniform Fire Code in all buildings, structures and premises within the established boundaries of the Township of Deerfield other than one- and two-unit owner-occupied dwellings used exclusively for dwelling purposes and buildings, structures and premises owned or operated by the federal government, interstate agencies or the state.
B. 
The local enforcing agency shall faithfully comply with all the pertinent requirements of the Uniform Fire Safety Act and the Uniform Fire Code.

§ 93-4 Administration; inspector.

[Amended 12-17-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-6]
A. 
The Bureau of Fire Prevention established by § 93-2 of this article shall be under the direct supervision and control of the Chief Fire Marshal, who shall report to the Township Committee.
B. 
The Bureau of Fire Prevention shall have at least one paid inspector, who may be the Chief Fire Marshal.
C. 
The Bureau of Fire Prevention, under the direct supervision of the Chief Fire Marshal, shall have a backup fire inspector with the title of Deputy Chief Fire Marshal.

§ 93-5 Appointment and qualifications of Chief Fire Marshal and employees.

A. 
Appointment and qualifications of the Chief Fire Marshal. The Chief Fire Marshal shall be certified by the state and appointed by the Township Committee from a list of three names submitted to the Township Committee by the Township Fire Chiefs.
[Amended 12-17-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-6]
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 Chief Fire Marshal. All life-hazard use inspectors shall be certified by the state.
[Amended 12-17-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-6]
C. 
Appointment of legal counsel. The governing body shall specifically appoint legal counsel to assist the agency in enforcing the Uniform Fire Code.
D. 
The Chief Fire Marshal shall serve for a term of one year, running from January 1 to December 31. The Deputy Chief Fire Marshal shall serve for a term of one year, running from January 1 to December 31. Any vacancy shall be filled for the unexpired term.
[Amended 12-17-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-6]
E. 
Removal from office. The Chief Fire Marshal, inspectors and other employees of the agency shall be subject to removal by the Township Committee for inefficiency or misconduct. Before removal from office, all persons shall be afforded an opportunity to be heard by the Township Committee or a hearing officer designated by the same.
[Amended 12-17-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-6]

§ 93-6 Inspections.

The Bureau of Fire Prevention established by § 93-2 of this article shall carry out periodic inspections of life-hazard uses required by the Uniform Fire Code on behalf of the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.

§ 93-7 Non-life-hazard uses.

A. 
In addition to the registrations required by the Uniform Fire Code, the following non-life-hazard uses shall register with the Bureau of Fire Prevention. These uses shall be inspected once per year and shall pay an annual fee as set forth below:
Use Group
(square feet)
Annual Fee
Business
  B-1 under 2,500
$25
  B-2 2,500 to 4,999
$35
  B-3 5,000 to 9,999
$45
  B-4 10,000 and over
$50
Factory
  F-1 under 5,000
$25
  F-2 5,000 and over
$50
Mercantile
  M-1 under 6,000
$25
  M-2 6,000 to 11,999
$50
Storage
  S-1 under 2,500
$25
  S-2 2,500 and over
$50
Residential
  R-A non-owner-occupied 1 and 2 units
$25
  R-B 3 to 6 units
$35
  R-C 7 to 12 units
$50
  R-D 13 to 20 units
$75
  R-E over 20 units
$125
Utilities
  U-1 under 2,500
$25
  U-2 2,500 and over
$50
B. 
R-A uses shall be inspected and charged a fee only upon sale or change of tenant.
C. 
Uses not classified above that are subject to the Uniform Fire Code will be classified as business uses.
D. 
Uses required to register with the state as life-hazard uses shall not be required to register under this section.
E. 
At the discretion of the Chief Fire Marshal, vacant buildings will be charged and inspected according to the previous use of the building.
[Amended 12-17-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-6]
F. 
All residential uses except R-A uses shall be inspected in the common areas only.

§ 93-8 Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms required; certification; fee.

A. 
In accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:70-4.19 of the Uniform Fire Code, all one- and two-family dwellings shall be certified to have had installed approved and tested smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms at the time of sale of the property.
[Amended 6-5-2002 by Ord. No. 2002-4; 2-4-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-1]
B. 
It shall be the responsibility of the owner or his agent to obtain the proper certification of smoke detector and carbon monoxide alarm installation before the sale is final.
[Amended 2-4-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-1]
C. 
Certification of installation of smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms may be made by one of the following individuals:
[Amended 2-4-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-1]
(1) 
A licensed architect.
(2) 
A licensed engineer.
(3) 
A licensed attorney.
(4) 
An employee of a licensed title company.
(5) 
A licensed New Jersey real estate agent.
(6) 
A licensed New Jersey fire subcode official.
(7) 
A certified New Jersey Chief Fire Marshal.
(8) 
A certified New Jersey fire inspector.
D. 
A certificate will be issued after an inspection or certification of compliance has been completed.
E. 
Fee.
[Amended 2-4-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-1]
(1) 
Requests for a CSDCMAC (certificate of smoke detector and carbon monoxide alarm compliance) received more than 10 business days prior to the change of occupant: $35.
(2) 
Requests for a CSDCMAC received four to 10 business days prior to the change of occupant: $70.
(3) 
Requests for a CSDCMAC received fewer than four business days prior to the change of occupant: $125.

§ 93-9 Permit fee; Fire Code status certificate fee.

A. 
The application fees for permits listed in N.J.A.C. 5:70-2.9(c) shall be established in accordance with the Uniform Fire Code of the State of New Jersey.
[Amended 12-19-2001 by Ord. No. 2001-6; 6-5-2002 by Ord. No. 2002-4; 5-21-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-3]
B. 
The cost for the issuance of a certificate of Fire Code status shall be $25.

§ 93-10 Fire Advisory Board.

A. 
The Fire Advisory Board shall consist of the following members: the Chief Fire Marshal, a Township Committee Member (Public Safety Chairman), the Coordinator of Emergency Management, the Township Fire Chiefs and the Assistant Chiefs.
[Amended 12-17-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-6]
B. 
The Board shall meet on a monthly basis.
C. 
The Board shall communicate and discuss firesafety, training and operational concerns among its members.
D. 
The Board shall assist the Chief Fire Marshal in formulating operational policies consistent with his responsibilities under the Uniform Fire Code.
[Amended 12-17-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-6]
E. 
The Board shall be chaired by the Chief Fire Marshal, who shall call the meetings.
[Amended 12-17-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-6]

§ 93-11 Board of Appeals.

[Amended 6-5-2002 by Ord. No. 2002-4]
Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:70-2.19(a)(1) of the Uniform Fire Code, any person aggrieved by any action of the local enforcing agency shall have the right to appeal to the local Construction Board of Appeals. If no such body exists, appeals shall be made to the County Construction Board of Appeals.

§ 93-12 Enforcement; violations and penalties.

Enforcement, violations and penalties shall be managed in conformity with the Uniform Fire Safety Act,[1] the Uniform Fire Code and all other laws of the State of New Jersey.
[1]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 52:27D-192 et seq.

§ 93-13 Technical amendments.

Reserved.
[Adopted 9-1-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-3]

§ 93-14 Required installation.

A Knox Box shall be installed if ordered by the Fire Marshal's office on any building, business or group home that is classified as a life hazard use, in accordance with the State of New Jersey Uniform Fire Code. This installation shall be at the expense of the owner or occupant of the building or business:
A. 
Any life hazard buildings with an automatic fire alarm or sprinkler system.
B. 
Any building or business that has any type of security gate(s) or gated communities.
C. 
Any building that contains large quantities of hazardous materials.
D. 
Any building that has a history of chronic false or nuisance fire alarms.

§ 93-15 Placement and contents.

A. 
Prior to purchase and installation, the building or business owner shall meet with a representative from the Fire Marshal's office to determine the size box, placement and contents in said Knox Box.
B. 
It shall be the responsibility of the building or business owner to inform the Fire Marshal's office any time a key needs to be added to or changed from the Knox Box.

§ 93-16 Maintenance and inspection.

It shall be the responsibility of the business owner to ensure the maintenance of the Knox Box. Each Box will be checked annually by a representative of the Fire Marshal's office. Any repairs shall be noted at the time and repairs shall be completed within the specified time frame.

§ 93-17 Enforcement.

It shall be the duty of the Fire Marshal's office to enforce this article. The Knox Box installation shall be sited by the Fire Marshal's office during any inspection or complaint of any building or business. If the business or property owner refuses to comply, a citation will be issued through the Deerfield Township Municipal Court.

§ 93-18 Exceptions.

Should a business or building owner whose building fits the criteria listed above wish to not install a Knox Box System, said owner may submit a letter stating their reasons to the Chief Fire Marshal with in 10 days of being cited to install. At that time, the Chief Fire Marshal shall review the situation with the Fire Chief and a member of the Deerfield Township Committee to determine if a variance is warranted.

§ 93-19 Compliance schedule.

A. 
Upon notice from the Fire Marshal's office, a building or business owner shall have 30 days to order and receive a Knox Box. Upon receipt of the Knox Box, the building owner shall notify the Fire Marshal's office and make an appointment determine the placement and contents of the box.
B. 
The Knox Box shall be installed and ready for use no later than 10 days after meeting with the Fire Marshal's office.
C. 
The building or business owner shall not be responsible for delays caused by either the Fire Marshal's office or the Knox Box vendor.

§ 93-20 Violations and penalties.

A. 
Refusal to comply with this article shall be in violation of this article and punished by a penalty of no less than $100 and not more than $500 plus court costs.
B. 
If the violation remains unabated after 30 days from the date the original violation is issued a daily penalty of $100 will be imposed for each day thereafter that the violation remains unabated.