Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ
Morris County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills by Ord. No. 2000:38. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Alarm systems — See Ch. 80.
Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 124.
Fire insurance claims — See Ch. 165.
Hazardous materials — See Ch. 199.
Smoke and heat detectors — See Ch. 343.

§ 169-1 Adoption of standards by reference.

Pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40:49-5.1 et seq., the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code, N.J.A.C. 5:70-1.1 et seq., is hereby accepted, adopted and established by reference in the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills. A copy of the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code is on file in the office of the Township Clerk and is available to all persons desiring to use and examine same.

§ 169-2 Establishment and duties of Bureau of Fire Prevention.

[Amended 9-15-2009 by Ord. No. 2009:34]
A. 
The New Jersey Uniform Fire Code[1] and any regulations adopted hereunder shall be enforced by the Township Bureau of Fire Prevention, its Fire Official and Fire Inspectors.
[1]
Editor's Note: See N.J.A.C. 5:70-1.1 et seq.
B. 
The Bureau of Fire Prevention of the Township shall be composed of the Fire Chief and Assistant Fire Chief of each fire district and one member of each of the six Boards of Fire Commissioners within the Township. Each fire district shall also appoint one Fire Commissioner and one Captain to serve as alternates to the Bureau. The Captain shall serve as an alternate for his/her respective Chief or Assistant Fire Chief and the alternate Fire Commissioner shall serve in the absence of the Fire Commissioner from his/her fire district. Alternate members may participate in discussions, but may not vote except in the absence or disqualification of a regular member from his/her fire district as set forth above. Appointments of regular and alternate members shall be for one year.
C. 
The Chairman of the Bureau of Fire Prevention shall be elected annually by the members of the Bureau. Seven members of the Bureau shall constitute a quorum for the purpose of transacting business. The Bureau of Fire Prevention is hereby designated as the liaison between the fire districts and the Township.

§ 169-2.1 Authority of the Chairman to pay bills.

[Added 9-18-2007 by Ord. No. 2007:25]
In the event that a quorum cannot be attained at a regularly scheduled meeting where the payment of bills is scheduled to be approved, the Chairman of the Fire Prevention Bureau shall have the authority to approve the payment of those bills up to an aggregate amount of $2,000 per month. The authority provided herein is limited to those expenditures accounted for in the Fire Prevention Bureau’s annual budget. A complete list of the expenditures and payments so authorized by the Chairman in accordance with this section shall be provided to the Fire Prevention Bureau at its next regularly scheduled meeting.

§ 169-3 Establishment and duties of Division of Fire Prevention.

A. 
Local enforcing agency. The Division of Fire Prevention is hereby designated as the local enforcing agency that is authorized to conduct inspections and enforce regulations prescribed by the Uniform Fire Safety Act, N.J.S.A. 52:27D-192 et seq., and the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code.
(1) 
The purpose of the inspections is to safeguard the health and safety of the general public through the enforcement of minimum fire safety standards throughout the Township.
(2) 
The Division of Fire Prevention shall enforce the Uniform Fire Code in all buildings, structures and premises within the Township, other than owner-occupied one- and two-family dwellings.
(3) 
The Fire Official and Fire Inspectors shall perform their respective jobs and duties according to N.J.A.C. 5:71-3.3 of the Uniform Fire Code of the State of New Jersey.
[Added 12-19-2006 by Ord. No. 2006:29]
(4) 
The holding of any rank of officer by the Fire Official and Fire Inspectors under the direction of the Bureau of Fire Prevention shall not interfere with the Fire Official's and Fire Inspectors’ titles under the Division of Fire Prevention operating under the direction of the Fire Official.
[Added 12-19-2006 by Ord. No. 2006:29]
(5) 
Definitions. As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
[Added 12-19-2006 by Ord. No. 2006:29]
FIRE INSPECTOR
A person working under the direction of the Fire Official who is certified by the Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs and appointed or designated to enforce the code by the appointing authority of a local enforcing agency.
FIRE OFFICIAL
A person certified by the Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs and appointed or designated to direct the enforcement of the code. This term shall also include "Fire Marshal" where the Fire Official has been appointed pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:71-3.2.
B. 
Appointments.
(1) 
The Division of Fire Prevention shall be under the supervision of a Fire Official who shall be appointed by the Mayor. The municipality shall also appoint Fire Inspectors and other employees as may be necessary for the Division of Fire Prevention to properly carry out its responsibilities under the Uniform Fire Code. The Fire Official and all Fire Inspectors engaged in the inspection of life-hazard uses shall be certified as specified in N.J.A.C. 5:71-4.
(2) 
The municipality shall appoint legal counsel to assist and represent the Division of Fire Prevention in all matters related to the code. Such legal counsel shall advise the Division and undertake such actions at law as the Fire Official shall deem necessary.
C. 
Variances. Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:70-2.14, the Fire Official may grant a variance from the requirements of the Uniform Fire Code; provided, however, that no variance shall be granted unless it is determined that strict compliance would result in practical difficulty and that the variance, if granted, would not unreasonably jeopardize the safety of the occupants or intended occupants, fire fighters or the public generally. Financial hardship alone shall not be grounds for a variance. In any facility subject to regulation by any state agency, no variance shall be granted except after consultation with that state agency.
D. 
Life-hazard uses. The Division of Fire Prevention shall carry out periodic inspections of life-hazard uses pursuant to the definitions and requirements of the Uniform Fire Code.

§ 169-4 Evacuation plans.

A. 
Definitions. As used in this chapter the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
EVACUATION PLAN
A diagram of a building or portion thereof, showing the shortest and safest route to the exterior of the building.
EXIT
That portion of a means of egress which is separated from all other spaces of a building or structure by construction or equipment as required to provide a protected way of travel to the exit discharge.
EXIT ACCESS
That portion of a means of egress which leads to an entrance or an exit.
EXIT DISCHARGE
That portion of a means of egress between the termination of an exit and a public way.
EXIT HORIZONTAL
A way of passage from one building to an area of refuge in another building on approximately the same level, or a way of passage through or around a wall or partition to an area of refuge on approximately the same level in the same building, which affords safety from fire or smoke from the area of incidence and areas communicating therewith.
FIRE EXIT DRILL
An established procedure to insure the efficient and safe use of the available exit facilities.
OCCUPANT LOAD
The total number of persons that are permitted to occupy a building, or portion thereof, at any one time.
B. 
Written evacuation plan.
(1) 
The owner, tenant or person having charge of any building subject to this chapter shall submit four copies of an evacuation plan to the Division of Fire Prevention for approval by the Fire Official and the appropriate District Chief.
(2) 
The plan shall comply with the requirements of the Division of Fire Prevention, including but not limited to the following:
(a) 
A depiction of the location of aisles, exit accesses, exits and exit discharges.
(b) 
A depiction, in contrasting colors, of the most direct path to the means of egress (preferably red) and an alternate path (preferably blue).
(3) 
Approved evacuation plans shall be posted in conspicuous locations and shall be distributed to all tenants and building service employees.
(4) 
With respect to motels and hotels, approved evacuation plans shall be posted in each guestroom and area of assembly, and employees shall be instructed in fire exit drill procedures.
(5) 
Fire exit drills should be conducted on an annual basis in all premises regulated herein unless exempted by the Division of Fire Prevention. A record of all fire exit drills, including the time of the drill, the discharge time, method of alarm and remarks on the drill, shall be maintained and made available for review upon request by the Fire Official. The Division of Fire Prevention shall be notified prior to each fire exit drill, which may be monitored by the Fire Official and the appropriate District Chief or his designated representative.
(6) 
Elevator lobbies shall be visibly marked with the following language: "In case of fire, use stairs."
(7) 
All doors to stairways shall be visibly identified as "Stairway."

§ 169-5 Fire alarms.

A. 
Response to fire alarms.
(1) 
Upon the activation of a fire alarm or other fire emergency in any structure other than a one- or two-family dwelling, the owner, tenant, occupant, or their designated representative shall respond to the structure in order to reset the alarm system, if necessary, and to allow the Fire Department access to the interior. The designated representative shall respond to the structure within 30 minutes.
(2) 
Failure to comply with the above requirements may subject the responsible party, as defined above, to a penalty.
B. 
Evacuation of premises.
(1) 
When a fire alarm occurs in any building, structure or premises containing a fire alarm or fire protection system, except those included in Use Group R-3, as defined in the Uniform Fire Code, the occupants will be notified and once so notified shall immediately leave the structure or premises. Once notified, no persons shall enter or re-enter, until authorized to do so by the District Fire Chief or his representative.
(2) 
Any person who refuses to leave, interferes with the evacuation of other occupants or continues any operation after having been given an evacuation order, except such work as that person is allowed to perform, shall be deemed in violation of the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code and shall be subject to a penalty and/or arrest as provided therein.
(3) 
The Fire District Chief or his representative shall certify in writing to the Fire Official any violations of the above prior to the issuance of any notice of violation or penalty. The certification shall include the name of any occupants who failed to evacuate and the date and time of occurrence.
C. 
False alarms. The provisions of this section shall apply to any person who operates, maintains or owns any alarm device or local alarm designed to summon fire departments to any location in response to any type of alarm signal. This section shall not apply to volunteer fire companies in the Township. For purposes of this section, "false alarm" shall mean the actuation of a fire alarm device of any type to which the Fire Department must respond and for which an investigation fails to reveal a cause of the nature or type to which the alarm device was designed or intended to react.
(1) 
In case of a false fire alarm, the appropriate District Chief shall notify the Fire Official, who shall issue the appropriate penalty.
(2) 
The owner shall take all necessary steps to ascertain immediately the cause of any false alarm and shall alleviate the problem. Failure by the owner to take reasonable precautions to avoid false alarms shall be deemed to be a violation of the Uniform Fire Code.
(3) 
Testing of alarms required by the Uniform Fire Code without prior notice to the Police Department and the Fire Official shall be considered false alarms.
(4) 
The following penalties shall apply to false alarms:
[Amended 12-19-2006 by Ord. No. 2006:29]
Number of False Alarms
Residential False Alarms
All Other False Alarms
Second
$50
$125
Third
$75
$175
Fourth
$100
$225
Fifth
$125
$300
Sixth
$150
$350
Seventh
$175
$400
Eighth
$200
$450
Ninth
$225
$500
Tenth and any subsequent false alarms within the calendar year
$275
$600

§ 169-6 Lock boxes required.

A. 
When access to or within a building or structure subject to the Uniform Fire Code and listed in Subsection B below is unduly difficult because of secured openings or where immediate access is necessary for lifesaving or firefighting purposes, the local enforcing agency shall require a lock box to be purchased and installed, by and at the expense of the owner or occupant of the structure, in an accessible location to be approved by the appropriate District Chief.
B. 
All buildings of Use Groups B, E, F, H, M, S-1 and S-2 as defined in N.J.A.C. 5:70-1.5 shall be subject to the requirements of Subsections C through F below.
C. 
The following criteria shall be utilized by the local enforcing agency in determining whether a lock box is required:
(1) 
The need for forcible entry during hours in which the structure is unoccupied;
(2) 
Whether the building is equipped with a sprinkler system or other suppression system and/or an automatic alarm system;
(3) 
Whether there are exit areas within the structure that may not be visible from the exterior of the structure;
(4) 
The types of occupancy or hazards contained in the structure; and
(5) 
Whether the structure contains multiple occupants.
D. 
The following is an exception to the above requirement: if the building has twenty-four-hour security.
E. 
The lock box shall be an approved type and shall be uniform within Parsippany-Troy Hills Township. Access to lock boxes shall be available only to authorized Fire Department personnel and only by the master key. For security of the lock box, a tamper alarm can be connected to the building's burglar alarm system.
F. 
The lock box shall contain the following items:
(1) 
Updated keys necessary for access to all portions of the premises.
(2) 
Keys to fire alarm control panels; keys necessary to service fire alarm control panels, and keys necessary to operate or service fire protection systems.
(3) 
Electronic entry cards.
(4) 
Elevator control keys.
G. 
Any lock box required to be installed under this section or any preexisting lock box shall be maintained by the owner or occupant of the premises.
H. 
Any building that is defined in Subsection B above that is subject to these requirements shall have one month for compliance from the time a violation is issued.

§ 169-7 Submission of schedule of events by hotels and schools.

All hotels and schools shall submit to the Fire Official a schedule of events. Hotels shall submit their schedules on a weekly basis. Schools shall submit their schedules on a monthly basis. For purposes of this provision, events are the use of conference or banquet facilities, cafeterias, auditoriums and gymnasiums, whether interior or exterior, with the gathering of 50 or more persons. Appropriate permits shall be applied for.

§ 169-8 Fire watch at entertainment events.

A. 
Entertainment events shall be defined as activities utilizing theater-style seating or freestanding tables and chairs, or both, including but not limited to concerts, comedy shows, sporting events, and the like, with or without a raised stage for the purpose of entertainment.
B. 
A fire watch team shall be established for entertainment events when deemed necessary by the Fire Official, when fire suppression or detection systems are out of service, when pyrotechnics are used during the performance or when an extraordinary hazard is present. The purpose of such fire watch team is to observe and recognize hazards that may occur during the course of said entertainment event and to assist in evacuation procedures.
C. 
There shall be one fire watch team member for every 500 occupants.
D. 
Fire watch team members shall be properly trained in evacuation procedures and crowd control.
E. 
Prequalified fire watch team members shall include any fire department member, any police officer, security personnel, cast members, promoter, or service employees of the building owner. Proof of fire or police department affiliation or training in evacuation and recognition of safety hazards for each team member shall be submitted 72 hours prior to the scheduled event for which a permit has been issued.
F. 
Each member of the fire watch team shall be identified. The team members shall report to the Fire Official or his designee one hour prior to the start of the event and be dedicated to the fire watch for the duration of the event. Each team member shall be under the direction of the Fire Official or his designee at the event.
G. 
Any requests for fire watch attendants for entertainment events shall be made to the Fire Official.
[Added 9-18-2007 by Ord. No. 2007:24]
H. 
The Fire Official, at his discretion, may assign Division of Fire Prevention personnel, Fire Department members and/or police personnel to perform fire watch services as described in the preceding subsections for entertainment events. While on said duties, the fire watch attendant so assigned shall be under the supervision and control of the Fire Official or his designee at the event and shall be subject to the provisions of this chapter.
[Added 9-18-2007 by Ord. No. 2007:24]
I. 
The Division of Fire Prevention shall be paid the sum of $40 per hour for each fire watch attendant assigned to the entertainment event, which sum includes the amount to be paid to the attendant assigned to the duty, and administrative charges for the processing of funds, maintenance of accounts, issuance of checks, payment of taxes and other administrative costs paid by the Township. The above-stated administrative charges shall be waived for all nonprofit agencies. If the Fire Official is not notified of the cancellation or postponement of an entertainment event at least four hours prior to the scheduled start time, the private party shall be required to pay the Township for a minimum of four hours at the above-specified rate for each fire watch attendant scheduled to work said event. This four-hour minimum guarantee for failure to notify in the case of cancellation or postponement shall be waived for all nonprofit agencies. The Fire Official is authorized to establish the appropriate procedure for payment and collection of this charge.
[Added 9-18-2007 by Ord. No. 2007:24]

§ 169-9 Gas detection systems.

All gas detection systems shall be tested annually in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications. Written documentation shall be supplied to the Fire Official as to the result of such tests.

§ 169-10 Smoke control systems.

A. 
Smoke control systems. In addition to the requirements outlined in N.J.A.C. 5:70-3.1(a) or 5:70-3.2(a)-F501.4, the Fire Official may require smoke control systems to be tested, in the presence of the Fire Official or his designee, using smoke-generating services. The smoke-generating devices shall be supplied by the owner and at the owner's expense.
B. 
Other fire protection systems. The Fire Official may require other fire protection systems, including but not limited to fire alarms, generators, sprinkler systems, smoke removal systems and fire pumps, to be tested in the presence of the Fire Official or his designee, using appropriate equipment. The owner shall be required to supply whatever equipment is necessary to effectuate the testing, at the owner's expense.
C. 
Subsequent testing. If the testing performed pursuant to Subsections A and B above is unsuccessful, a subsequent test shall be arranged.
D. 
Fee for testing after normal business hours. Testing performed during normal business hours will be performed without a fee. If the testing cannot be performed during normal business hours, a fee of $200 shall be paid to the Division of Fire Prevention to perform the test during nonbusiness hours. Such a fee shall be paid prior to the performance of the test.

§ 169-11 Garbage containers.

Garbage containers known as "dumpsters" shall not be located within 15 feet of any building or structure. However, dumpsters located under overhangs that are sprinklered or located in sprinklered parking structures shall be an exception to this restriction.

§ 169-12 Floor refinishing.

A Type 1 permit, as defined in N.J.A.C. 5:70-2.7, shall be required where flammable or combustible liquids are applied for floor refinishing. Proper ventilation shall be supplied and all sources of ignition removed.

§ 169-13 Tar kettles.

A. 
A Type 1 permit, as defined in N.J.A.C. 5:70-2.7, shall be required for the use of tar kettles as defined in the Uniform Fire Code.
B. 
Tar kettles shall be kept a minimum of 15 feet from any building.

§ 169-14 Barbecue grills.

The following shall apply to all buildings of Use Group R-2 as defined in the Uniform Fire Code and to multiple single-family dwellings in Use Group R-3 as defined in the BOCA National Building Code/1996:
A. 
Barbecue grills shall not be used on any porch, balcony or any other portion of a building, within any room or space of a building, within five feet vertically or horizontally of any opening in any way.
B. 
Portable gas barbecue grills shall not be stored inside any building or structure.

§ 169-15 Store markings.

A. 
Front and rear doors to all commercial businesses shall be marked with the address of said business. Address numbers shall be a minimum of four inches and reflective and shall be placed above the door or next to the door so it shall not be blocked by any obstruction.
B. 
Failure to comply with the above requirements shall subject the owner or occupant to a penalty.

§ 169-16 Fire hydrants.

A. 
All fire hydrants located on private property shall be left unobstructed and shall be identified with a sign as described below so that the hydrants can be located in the snow.
B. 
All private fire hydrants shall be identified with a four-foot metal flag attached to the two-and-one-half-inch connection of the hydrant. The metal flag shall be four inches square and painted reflective blue.
C. 
The owner, tenant or occupant of any lands upon which a fire hydrant is located or the owner, tenant or occupant of any lands abutting the sidewalk upon which a fire hydrant is located shall be responsible for keeping the fire hydrant clear of any obstructions.
D. 
Any fire hydrant located on a construction site shall be operational before any structural work is begun on the site.
E. 
If an approved site plan requires a fire hydrant, no structural work on the site may begin until the hydrant is installed and operational.
F. 
Fire Department connections. All new and existing Fire Department connections shall be designated with a light containing a red lens which shall remain continuously illuminated and shall be approved by the Fire Official or his designee prior to installation. Owners of buildings with existing Fire Department connections shall be notified by the Division of Fire Prevention and given 60 days to comply with the terms of this subsection.
[Added 2-24-2015 by Ord. No. 2015:01]

§ 169-17 Fire Department connection identification.

A. 
Fire Department connections that are located on buildings shall be identified with a sign as detailed below.
B. 
The signs shall be installed at a minimum height of four feet and a maximum height of seven feet.
C. 
The signs shall read "FIRE DEPT. CONN.," shall be in red letters on a white background, and shall be reflective.
D. 
The signs shall be 12 inches by 18 inches in size and shall be installed within five feet of the connection.

§ 169-18 Fees.

[Amended 12-19-2006 by Ord. No. 2006:29]
Fees shall be as follows:
A. 
Inspection of buildings, structures and premises other than owner-occupied one- and two-family dwellings:
(1) 
Premises under 3,000 square feet: $65.
(2) 
Premises over 3,000 square feet and under 6,000 square feet: $150.
(3) 
Premises over 6,000 square feet and under 12,000 square feet: $250.
(4) 
Premises over 12,000 square feet: $400.
(5) 
Multilevel premises under three stories: $250.
(6) 
Multilevel premises with three to six stories: $500.
(7) 
Hotels and motels without interior stairways and with less than 50 rooms: $250.
(8) 
Hotels and motels without interior stairways and more than 50 rooms: $350.
(9) 
Multifamily dwellings (Use Group R-2 as defined in the Uniform Construction Code): $75.
(10) 
Life-hazard inspections: as per the Uniform Fire Code, N.J.A.C. 5:70-2.9(a).
(11) 
Residential smoke detector/carbon monoxide detector/fire extinguisher inspections:
(a) 
Requests for a CSDCMAC received more than 10 business days prior to the change of occupant: $50.
(b) 
Requests for a CSDCMAC received four to 10 business days prior to the change of occupant: $75.
(c) 
Requests for a CSDCMAC received fewer than four business days prior to the change of occupant: $125.
(d) 
Reinspection fee for CSDCMAC: $50.
B. 
Permits.
(1) 
Type 1: $42.
(2) 
Type 1A: $50. [Note: Type 1A permits for scheduled events as defined in § 169-7 will be $50 if application is made at least five business days prior to event, $100 if application is made less than five business days prior to the event, $250 if application is made less than two business days prior to the event, and $300 if application is made the day of the event.]
(3) 
Type 2: $166.
(4) 
Type 3: $331.
(5) 
Type 4: $497.
C. 
Fire extinguisher training.
[Added 5-18-2010 by Ord. No. 2010:09]
(1) 
Group of one to five people: $100.
(2) 
Group of six to 10 people: $150.
(3) 
Group of 11 or more: $200.
D. 
Lightweight construction emblem:
[Added 9-17-2013 by Ord. No. 2013:26]
(1) 
Picked up: $2.
(2) 
Mailed: $3.

§ 169-19 Interference with Fire Department operations; complaint summonses.

When, in the opinion of the Fire Official or appropriate District Fire Chief, there exist conditions which would interfere with Fire Department operations, such conditions shall be corrected and enforced pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:70-3.1(a) or 5:70-3.2(a)-F102.
A. 
Any vehicle that is parked or obstructing a fire zone that has been established by ordinance in accordance with Chapter 285, Parking, Article I, Fire Zones, N.J.S.A. 40A:14-53, shall be subject to ticketing by use of a complaint summons.
B. 
The following shall be authorized to issue complaint summonses for Subsection A above: Fire Chief, Assistant Fire Chief, Fire Official, and Fire Inspector.

§ 169-19.1 Self-storage facilities.

[Added 9-18-2007 by Ord. No. 2007:23]
A. 
"Self-storage facility" shall be defined as any real property designed and used for the purposes of renting or leasing individual storage spaces to occupants who are to have access to such space for the purpose of storing and removing personal property.
B. 
All self-storage facilities shall be required to maintain a list of all items stored in each rental unit. This list shall include the following information:
(1) 
A description of each item;
(2) 
The quantity of each item; and
(3) 
A specific reference to all flammable goods, chemicals, toxic material or anything hazardous.
C. 
In the event of a fire emergency, or upon the request of the Fire Official or his designee, the owner/operator of the self-storage facility shall immediately provide the Division of Fire Prevention or the highest ranking Fire Department officer at the scene of a fire emergency with the list of items, as described herein, for any and all requested units on the premises. These lists shall be maintained by the manager of the self-storage facility on site at the facility and shall be available for inspection as required herein.
D. 
Failure on the part of the self-storage facility to comply with the requirements of this section shall subject the self-storage facility to the penalties set forth in § 169-20 of this chapter.

§ 169-19.2 Identifying emblems for lightweight construction.

[Added 9-17-2013 by Ord. No. 2013:26]
A. 
Purpose.
(1) 
The purpose of this section is to mandate the exterior identification of all structures within the Township of Parsippany that utilize engineered lumber, including prefabricated I-joists, truss joists, truss rafters, laminated beams, studs and other similar lightweight construction materials, as a method to construct, renovate, or alter any section of a structure. The pre-incident identification of these structures will provide fire-suppression crews with critical strategic and tactical information to be utilized during firefighting operations and significantly enhance the safety of fire-suppression personnel operating at emergency incidents. This section shall apply to all structures consisting of truss or premanufactured building components not currently regulated for identification within the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code.
(2) 
This section shall govern the administration, use, and requirements of the Township of Parsippany's Lightweight Construction Identification Program.
B. 
Definitions. As used in this section, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ALTERATION
The rearrangement of any space by the construction of walls or partitions, the addition or elimination of any door or window, the extension or rearrangement of any system, the installation of any additional equipment or fixtures and any work which effects a primary structural component.
BUILDING PREPLAN/SITE INSPECTION
Any preoccupancy site visit conducted by fire prevention or fire district personnel for the purpose of gathering building information, developing strategic and tactical incident action plans, reviewing construction type(s), and familiarizing personnel with the individual construction site or renovation project.
CONSTRUCTION OFFICIAL
The individual responsible for enforcing the Township's Construction Code.
ENGINEERED LUMBER
Prefabricated I-joists, truss joists, truss rafters, laminated beams, studs and other similar lightweight construction materials used to construct, renovate, or alter any section of a structure.
FIRE CHIEF(S)
The individual Chiefs from the six fire districts responsible for the daily fire operations within the Township of Parsippany.
FIRE DISTRICTS
The six fire districts within the Township of Parsippany.
FIRE OFFICIAL
The individual responsible for the daily operations of the Fire Prevention Bureau.
HOUSING/PROPERTY MAINTENANCE INSPECTION
An inspection of an individual residential unit or a building or property designed to determine if any violations of local or state ordinances, laws, or regulations governing housing and property maintenance are in existence.
LWC
The insignia that is used to identify the use of lightweight construction/engineered lumber components within a structure.
PLAN REVIEW
Any review of required building plans conducted by the Construction Official, Fire Chief, Fire Official, and/or any other official/agent authorized by the Township of Parsippany to review such plans.
PROGRAM ADMINISTRATOR
The Fire Official (or his designee) that is responsible to administer and supervise the provisions of this section.
PROPERTY OWNER
The owner or owners in fee of the property or a lesser estate therein, a mortgagee or vendee in possession, an assignee of rents, receiver, executor, trustee, lessee or any other person, firm or corporation, directly or indirectly in control of a building, structure, or real property and shall include any subdivision of the state.
RENOVATION
The removal and replacement or covering of existing interior or exterior finish, trim, doors, windows, or other material with new materials that serve the same purpose and do not change the configuration of space. Renovation shall include the replacement of equipment or fixtures.
STRUCTURE
Any commercial or residential building or dwelling unit within the Township of Parsippany, including detached one- and two-family residential dwellings.
C. 
Determination of use, implementation, exemptions, enforcement, dimensions and placement.
(1) 
The property owner of any existing or new structure that contains engineered lumber components in its construction, renovation, or alteration shall be required to install a lightweight construction identification emblem on the exterior of the structure or unit. Structures containing engineered lumber must have a reflective symbol affixed above the electric meter or to the right of the entrance door at a height of six feet above the ground and shall be applied by the owner of the property/building. Installation of the lightweight construction identification emblem on structures containing engineered lumber shall be a condition of the issuance of a certificate of occupancy by the Construction Official.
(2) 
The lightweight construction identification emblems shall be of a bright, reflective color, or be made of a reflective material. The shape of the emblem shall be a triangle and the size shall be six inches horizontally by six inches vertically. The emblem shall contain the letters "LWC" in red on a white reflective background. Letters shall be a minimum of three inches in height to make them conspicuous.
(3) 
Individual structures and dwelling units constructed with engineered lumber that are part of a planned real estate development shall not be required to have identifying emblems if there is an emblem affixed at the entrance to the development.
(4) 
This section shall be enforced by the Construction Official in cooperation with the Fire Official. Structures that existed prior to the implementation of this section where a certificate of occupancy was issued shall be enforced by the Fire Official. The identification of the use of the engineered lumber to construct, renovate, or alter any structure may occur through one or more of the following nonexclusive methods:
(a) 
Fire prevention inspection.
(b) 
Housing/property maintenance inspection.
(c) 
Building preplan/site inspection.
(d) 
Code enforcement inspections.
(e) 
Plan review.
(f) 
Fire district hazard assessment inspection.
(5) 
Immediately upon identification of the use of engineered lumber as a method of construction, renovation, or alteration, the party identifying same shall notify the program administrator. This notification shall be in the form of a written memo and shall include the type of construction, location(s) within the structure, address, block/lot, and name of the property owner.
(6) 
The program administrator (or his designee) shall then contact the property owner to inform him or her of the requirements set forth by this section and schedule any immediate or future inspections that will be required to assist the property owner with compliance and emblem placement. The program administrator (or his designee) shall ensure that all follow-up inspections and site visits are coordinated and scheduled to coincide with the completion of the building construction, alteration or renovation project.
(7) 
Upon completion of the construction, renovation, or alteration project it shall be the responsibility of the property owner to permanently affix the identification emblem to the structure at the approved location as stipulated within this section. This installation shall be completed within 30 days of the completion of the construction, renovation, or alteration project. The property owner shall be responsible to maintain the emblem.
(8) 
Upon completion of the construction, renovation, or alteration project it shall be the responsibility of the program administrator (or his designee) to ensure that the property owner installs the identification emblem at the approved location and has complied with all parts of this section. In addition, the program administrator (or his designee) shall provide the property owner with all contact information in order to assist the property owner with any future inquiries regarding compliance with this section.
(9) 
The lightweight construction identification emblem shall be purchased by the property owner from the Township of Parsippany at a fee as established in § 169-18, Fees.
(10) 
In the event the identification emblem becomes detached from the structure and is lost, the property owner shall immediately contact the Fire Official and purchase a replacement emblem.
(11) 
The location shall provide firefighters with an immediate, unobstructed view of the emblem upon reaching the front entrance of the structure.
(12) 
The emblem shall be located in an area that will not detract from the exterior appearance of the structure.
D. 
Failure to comply. It shall be a violation of this section if the property owner fails to install the required emblem within 30 days following receipt of written notification from the program administrator.
E. 
Violations and penalties. Any person convicted of violating a provision of this section shall be subject to a fine of not more than $100.

§ 169-20 Violations and penalties.

Failure to comply with this chapter or any other local ordinance adopted pursuant to the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code shall be subject to penalties in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:70-2.12.