Township of Robbinsville, NJ
Mercer County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township of Washington (now Township of Robbinsville) as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Alarm systems — See Ch. 62.
Unfit buildings — See Ch. 85.
Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 90.
Fees — See Ch. 109.
Fire insurance claims — See Ch. 118.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 187.
Housing standards — See Ch. 274.
[Adopted 12-31-2001 by Ord. No. 2001-37 as §§  15-1.1 to 15-1.9 of the 2001 Code]

§ 122-1 Local enforcement.

Pursuant to the Uniform Fire Safety Act (N.J.S.A. 52:27D-203) the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code shall be locally enforced in the Township.

§ 122-2 Enforcing agency designated.

[Amended 3-24-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-7]
The local enforcing agency shall be the Bureau of Fire Prevention, which shall consist of the Fire Official and Director of the Division of Fire.

§ 122-3 Duties of enforcing agency.

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, other than owner-occupied one- and two-family dwellings, and shall faithfully comply with the requirements of the Uniform Fire Safety Act and the Uniform Fire Code.

§ 122-4 Life hazard uses.

The local enforcing agency established by § 122-2 shall carry out the periodic inspection of life hazard uses required by the Uniform Fire Code on behalf of the Commissioner of Community Affairs.

§ 122-5 Organization.

[Amended 3-24-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-7]
The local enforcing agency established by § 122-2 shall be a part of the Division of Fire of the Township and shall be under the direct supervision and control of the Fire Official.

§ 122-6 Appointments; term of office; removal.

A. 
Appointment of Fire Official. The local enforcing agency shall be under the direct supervision of the Fire Official, who shall be qualified pursuant to the Uniform Fire Safety Act (N.J.S.A. 52:27D-127 et seq.).
B. 
Term of office. The Fire Official shall serve for a term of one year. Any vacancy shall be filled for the unexpired term. The Fire Official may be removed for cause in accordance with law.
C. 
Inspectors and employees. Such inspectors and other employees as may be necessary in the local enforcing agency shall be appointed by the governing body, upon the recommendation of the Fire Official and the Bureau of Fire Prevention.
D. 
Removal from office. Inspectors and other employees of the enforcing agency shall be subject to removal by the governing body for inefficiency or misconduct. Each inspector or employee to be so removed shall be afforded an opportunity to be heard by the appointing authority or a designated hearing officer.

§ 122-7 Appeals.

[Amended 3-24-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-7]
Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 52:27D-206 and 52:27D-208 of the Uniform Fire Safety Act, any person aggrieved by any order of the local enforcement agency (or agencies) shall have the right to appeal to the Mercer County Construction Board of Appeals.

§ 122-8 Additional required inspections and fees.

[Amended by Ord. No. 86-17; Ord. No. 87-16]
In addition to the inspection and fees required pursuant to the Uniform Fire Safety Act and the regulations of the Department of Community Affairs, the following additional inspections shall be required, and the fees therefor shall be as provided in Chapter 109, Fees:
A. 
Single occupancy under 1,000 square feet.
B. 
Single occupancy 1,001 to 2,000 square feet.
C. 
Single occupancy 2,001 to 4,000 square feet.
D. 
Single occupancy over 4,000 square feet.

§ 122-9 Fire hazard use permit fees.

A. 
Fire hazard uses. Pursuant to the Uniform Fire Code of the State of New Jersey, certain enumerated types of uses are classified as fire hazard uses for which the State of New Jersey collects annual registration fees and may seek information and assistance from the Robbinsville Township Fire Code Official and/or the Robbinsville Township Fire Prevention Bureau in establishing and/or collecting. These types and fees applicable thereto are set forth in Chapter 109, Fees, for reference purposes only.
B. 
Permits. The permit fees established by the Uniform Fire Code shall be collectible and payable to the Township on an annual basis as set forth in Chapter 109, Fees.
[Adopted by Ord. No. 93-17 (§ 15-1.10 of the 2001 Code)]

§ 122-10 Purpose of fire lanes and zones.

Fire lanes and fire zones shall be areas designated by signs or painted marks on public or private streets, parking lots or other rights-of-way, solely for the purpose of providing ingress and egress for fire, police and other emergency vehicles.

§ 122-11 Authority to establish.

The governing body hereby vests authority in the Chief of Police, in conjunction with recommendations from the Chief of the Robbinsville Township Volunteer Fire Company and the Township Fire Official, to designate and establish fire lanes and fire zones within the Township.

§ 122-12 Location and design.

Fire lanes and fire zones so designated shall be in those locations and of sufficient design to preserve and safeguard public health, safety and welfare and guarantee unimpaired ingress and egress for fire, police and other emergency vehicles.

§ 122-13 Establishment on private property; objections.

Whenever fire lanes or fire zones are proposed to be designated on private property, the property owner or owners shall be notified in writing by registered or certified mail, or by hand delivery of such notice, prior to the establishment of the service. The notice shall specifically describe the area proposed to be designated as a fire lane or fire zone and the reasons for establishing the same. If the property owner or owners object to the establishment of any proposed fire lane or fire zone, the owner or owners shall notify the Municipal Clerk in writing within 14 days of receiving notice of the proposed establishment of the fire lane or fire zone. The governing body shall hold a public hearing within one month of the receipt of any objection to determine whether or not the proposed fire lane or fire zone shall be established.

§ 122-14 Installation and maintenance.

Upon establishment of fire lanes and fire zones on public property, the lanes and zones shall be installed and maintained by the property owner utilizing regulation signs and paint designating the area covered by the lane or zone. Installation by the property owner shall be under the supervision of the Chief of Police, based upon recommendations of the Chief of the Robbinsville Township Volunteer Fire Company and Township Fire Official.

§ 122-15 Enforcement.

The Robbinsville Township Police Department shall have sole jurisdiction in enforcing this article.

§ 122-16 Violations and penalties.

It shall be a violation of this article for any person to park a motor vehicle or otherwise obstruct designated fire lanes or fire zones. Any person found guilty of violation of this article shall be liable to the penalties in Chapter 1, Article II, General Penalty.