Township of Union, NJ
Union County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Union as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Brush, grass, weeds and leaves — See Ch. 192.
Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 237.
Fire hydrants — See Ch. 277.
Fire liens — See Ch. 281..
Multiple dwellings — See Ch. 373.
Smoking; tobacco products — See Ch. 450.
Liquid-fuel-burning space heaters — See Ch. 467.
[Adopted 7-23-1985 by Ord. No. 3803 (Ch. 149 of the 1986 Code)]

§ 285-1 Local enforcement. [1]

Pursuant to Section 11 of the Uniform Fire Safety Act (P.L. 1983, c. 383),[2] the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code shall be locally enforced in the Township of Union, in the County of Union.
[1]
Editor's Note: The preamble for this ordinance read as follows: "Whereas, the Uniform Fire Safety Act (P.L. 1983, c. 383) was enacted for the purpose of establishing a system for the enforcement of minimum firesafety standards throughout the State of New Jersey. Whereas, the Uniform Fire Safety Act authorizes municipalities to provide for local enforcement and to establish local enforcement agencies for that purpose. Whereas, it is in the best interest of the Township of Union to have the Uniform Fire Safety Act enacted locally. Whereas, all fire departments, fire companies and fire districts have agreed to the plan, which is set forth herein, for the administration and enforcement of the Uniform Fire Safety Code."
[2]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 52:27D-202.

§ 285-2 Agency designation.

A. 
There is hereby created the Bureau of Fire Prevention in the Fire Department of the Township of Union, in the County of Union, which said Bureau shall be operated under the control of the Chief of the Fire Department and the daily supervision of an officer of the Township of Union Fire Department.
B. 
The local enforcing agency shall be the Township of Union Fire Department, through the Bureau of Fire Prevention.

§ 285-3 Duties.

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 Union, in the County of Union, State of New Jersey, except owner-occupied buildings used exclusively for dwelling purposes and containing fewer than three dwelling units, and shall faithfully comply with the requirements of the Uniform Fire Safety Act and the Uniform Fire Code.
[1]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 52:27D-192 et seq.

§ 285-4 Life-hazard uses.

The local enforcing agency established by § 285-2 of this article shall carry out the periodic inspections of life-hazard uses required by the Uniform Fire Code on behalf of the Commissioner of Community Affairs.

§ 285-5 Organization. [1]

A. 
The local enforcing agency established by § 285-2 of this article shall be a part of the Township of Union Fire Department and shall be under the direct supervision and control of the Fire Official, who is a sworn, uniformed member of the Township of Union Fire Department, who reports to the Chief of the Department, and shall be comprised of the membership of the Bureau of Fire Prevention and such other sworn officers and members as are certified by the Bureau of Fire Safety to conduct such work.
B. 
The Bureau of Fire Prevention established by this article shall be under the direct control of the Chief of the Fire Department and shall be comprised of an officer of the Fire Department, who shall be known as "Chief Inspector of the Fire Prevention Bureau." The Chief of the Fire Department shall appoint such other members as needed to carry out the functions of this Bureau.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

§ 285-6 Appointments; terms of office; removal.

A. 
Appointments.
(1) 
The Fire Official shall be appointed by the Chief of the Fire Department.
(2) 
The Chief Inspector of the Fire Prevention Bureau shall be appointed by the Chief of the Fire Department.
(3) 
The Chief of the Fire Department shall appoint such other members as needed to carry out the functions of the Fire Prevention Bureau and the local enforcing agency.
B. 
Term of office. Such appointments shall be for a period of one year, commencing on the first day of each subsequent year. The Chief of the Fire Department shall appoint the Fire Official initially commencing on the effective date of this article, which appointment shall expire on January 1, 1986. Any vacancy shall be filled for the unfilled term of office.
C. 
Inspectors and employees. Such inspectors and other employees as may be necessary in the local enforcing agency shall be appointed by the Chief of the Fire Department to carry out the functions of the local enforcing agency and the Fire Prevention Bureau.
D. 
Removal from office. The Fire Official, Chief Inspector of the Fire Prevention Bureau, inspectors and such other employees described above shall be subject to removal by the Chief of the Fire Department for inefficiency or misconduct. Each person or employee so removed shall be afforded an opportunity to be heard by the appointing authority or a designated hearing officer, in accordance with the law.

§ 285-7 Board of Appeals.

Pursuant to Sections 15 and 17 of the Uniform Fire Safety Act,[1] any person aggrieved by an order of the local enforcement agency shall have the right to appeal to the Construction Board of Appeals of the Township of Union.
[1]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 52:27D-206 and 52:27D-208, respectively.

§ 285-8 Required inspections and fees.

A. 
In addition to the inspection fees required pursuant to the act and the regulations of the Department of Community Affairs, the following additional inspections and fees shall be required.
B. 
Periodic inspections shall be completed on other structures not mandated by the Uniform Fire Safety Act and the Uniform Fire Code, other than one- and two-family owner-occupied dwellings. There shall be no inspection fee involved.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 149-9, Permits, which previously followed this section, was repealed 3-23-1993 by Ord. No. 4235.

§ 285-9 Technical amendments; enforcement of certain ordinances.

Enforcement under the following entitled ordinances be and the same is hereby vested in the local enforcing agency and/or the Bureau of Fire Prevention, namely:
A. 
Ordinance No. 2980, adopted on May 13, 1975, and entitled "An Ordinance Prohibiting Smoking and Carrying Lighted Objects in Specified Places in the Township of Union, Requiring Enforcing by Persons Having Control of Premises, Authorizing the Chief Inspector of the Bureau of Fire Prevention to Prohibit Safety, and Prescribing Penalties for Violations of Its Provisions."[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 450, Art. I, Smoking; Carrying Lighted Objects.
B. 
Ordinance No. 3372, adopted on May 8, 1979, and entitled "An Ordinance Requiring the Installation of Household Fire Warning Devices and Fixed Penalties For Violations of this Ordinance."[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: This ordinance was repealed 3-23-1993 by Ord. No. 4235.
C. 
Ordinance No. 1712, adopted on December 11, 1956, and entitled "An Ordinance Prohibiting the Use, Keeping, Storing and Maintenance for Use of Portable Liquid Fuel-Burning Space Heaters in Structures on and after July 1, 1957, and Providing Penalties For the Violation Thereof."[3]
[3]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 467, Space Heaters, Liquid-Fuel-Burning.

§ 285-10 Warning signs on heaters. [1]

Any retail dealer of portable, flammable, liquid-burning space heaters within the Township of Union shall be required to post a warning sign at the point of sale of said heaters and to provide warning cards or tags to bear the statement that "The use of these heaters within the Township of Union in the County of Union is hereby prohibited."
[1]
Editor's Note: See also Ch. 467, Space Heaters, Liquid-Fuel-Burning.
[Adopted 10-26-2004 by Ord. No. 4845]

§ 285-11 Key box requirement.

All properties within the Township of Union having an automatic fire alarm system and/or an automatic fire suppression system shall be equipped with a rapid entry key box. Residential property shall be exempt from this requirement.

§ 285-12 Type of box; installation.

The rapid entry box shall be of the Underwriters' Laboratories, Inc. (UL) type and approved by the Fire Official of the Township of Union Bureau of Fire Prevention. The rapid entry key box shall be installed in a location outside of the building, structure or other improvement approved by the Fire Official.

§ 285-13 Contents of box.

The rapid entry key boxes shall contain the following:
A. 
Keys to locked points of ingress or egress, whether such points are on the interior or exterior of the building.
B. 
Keys to locked mechanical equipment rooms.
C. 
Keys to locked electrical rooms.
D. 
Keys to elevator controls.
E. 
Keys to other areas as mandated by the Fire Official.

§ 285-14 Time for compliance.

All existing occupied buildings shall comply with this article within 18 months of the effective date of this article. All existing buildings not occupied on the effective date of this article shall comply prior to occupancy. All existing buildings at a change of occupancy shall comply prior to reoccupancy. All buildings, structures and other improvements under construction or newly constructed buildings, not yet occupied, shall comply immediately and, in all events, prior to occupancy.

§ 285-15 Violations and penalties.

Any building owner violating this article after notice from the Township of Union Fire Official shall be subject to assessed penalties in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:70-2.12.