Township of Woolwich, NJ
Gloucester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Woolwich 10-7-1985 by Ord. No. 85-2. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Uniform Construction Code — See Ch. 68, Art. I.
[Amended 1-20-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-01]
Pursuant to Section 11 of the Uniform Fire Safety Act (P.L. 1983, c. 383), N.J.S.A. 52:27D-202, the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code shall be locally enforced in the Township of Woolwich by the County of Gloucester.
[Amended 1-20-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-01]
The local enforcing agency shall be the County of Gloucester.
[Amended 1-20-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-01]
The County of Gloucester 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 Woolwich, other than owner-occupied one- and two-family dwellings and those that are incidental or auxiliary to the agricultural use of a farm property, and shall faithfully comply with the requirements of the Uniform Fire Safety Act[1] and the Uniform Fire Code.
[1]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 52:27D-192 et seq.
[Amended 1-20-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-01]
The County of Gloucester established by § 99-2 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.
[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 99-5, Organization, was repealed 1-20-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-01.
[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 99-6, Appointments; terms of office; removal, was repealed 1-20-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-01.
[Amended 1-20-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-01]
Pursuant to Sections 15 and 17 of the Uniform Fire Safety Act, any person aggrieved by any order of the County of Gloucester shall have the right to appeal to the Construction Board of Appeals at Gloucester County.
A. 
In addition to the inspection and 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. 
Inspection and fee schedule for all buildings as defined and classified in the Uniform Fire Code of New Jersey other than owner-occupied one- and two-dwellings and those that are incidental or auxiliary to the agricultural use of a farm property shall be as follows:
[Amended 9-16-2002 by Ord. No. 02-13]
Building Type
Inspection Fee
Assembly1
For occupancies under 100
$35
Building Type
Inspection Fee
Business
One and two story with less than 5,000 square feet
$25
One and two story with 5,000 square feet or more
$50
Three to five story with less than 10,000 square feet
$75
Three to five story with more than 10,000 square feet
$100
Building Type
Inspection Fee
Factory
F-1 under 12,000 square feet
$150
F-2 under 12,000 square feet
$75
Building Type
Inspection Fee
Mercantile
One and two story with less than 5,000 square feet
$50
One and two story with 5,000 square feet or more
$75
Three to five story with less than 10,000 square feet
$100
Three to five story with 10,000 square feet or more
$125
Building Type
Inspection Fee
Residential
R-2, 3 to 6 units
$25 per building
R-2, 7 to 12 units
$50 per building
R-2, 13 to 20 units
$75 per building
R-2, over 20 units
$100 per building
R-3 other than owner-occupied
$10 per building
Building Type
Inspection Fee
Storage
S-1 under 12,000 square feet
$150
S-2 under 12,000 square feet
$75
Building Type
Inspection Fee
Mixed Uses
Full fee shall be charged for main use and half fee for other uses
NOTES:
1Assembly places for churches, social and fraternal organizations and other organizations conducted not-for-profit shall be exempt from inspection fees if used solely as a meeting place and not more than once a week on average.
[Amended 5-5-1986 by Ord. No. 86-4; 3-6-1989 by Ord. No. 89-3; 9-16-2002 by Ord. No. 02-13]
The permit fees for certain activities and uses shall be as required by N.J.A.C. 5:70-2.9(c), as it is amended and supplemented from time to time, except that the permit fee for the discharge of fireworks shall be $25 for nonprofit organizations only.
[Amended 1-20-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-01]
The County of Gloucester shall mail or deliver to the Chief of the Woolwich Fire Company a copy of each notice of violation of the Fire Prevention Code and shall consult with the Chief at least monthly, or as needed, regarding any suspected violations that have come to the attention of the County of Gloucester or have come to the attention of the Woolwich Fire Company.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Original Section 11, added 3-6-1989 by Ord. No. 89-3, regarding pallet yard operations and wood chipping, which immediately followed this section, was deleted 3-15-1999 by Ord. No. 99-6. See now § 99-12, Pallet yard operations and storage, including wood chipping operations.
[Added 3-15-1999 by Ord. No. 99-6]
A violation of this chapter shall be punishable as provided in Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article I.
A. 
Definitions. As used in this section, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
PALLET
A portable platform of wood or other material for handling, storage or movement of materials and packages in warehouses, factories, or vehicles, including those portable platforms in partial disrepair.
WOOD CHIPPING
Pallets or other wood products such as construction lumber, stumps or trees, which are ground, chipped or pulverized.
B. 
Yard maintenance and storage.
(1) 
Outside storage of pallets shall be piled with due regard to stability of piles and in no case higher than 12 feet.
(2) 
Wood chipping shall be piled no higher than 12 feet, with side slopes no greater than 60°.
(3) 
Driveways shall be so spaced that maximum grid systems for pallets is not over 50 feet by 150 feet. Grid systems for wood-chip piles being no larger than 30 by 90 feet in length and width. Pile-to-pile clearance of at least 30 feet at the base of the piles shall be provided.
(4) 
Driveways shall have a minimum width of 15 feet and an all-weather surface capable of supporting fire department apparatus.
(5) 
Where the yard has earth or crushed stone drives, boundary posts with signs designating stack limits shall be provided to indicate yard area and alley limits. In paved yard areas, painted boundary limits can be used instead of posts and signs.
(6) 
The entire yard shall be surrounded by a suitable fence at least six feet high to prevent access by unauthorized persons.
(7) 
An adequate number of gates shall be provided in the surrounding fence or other barrier so as to permit ready access of fire apparatus. The number and placing of such gates for each pallet/chipping yard shall be determined by the Fire Department.
C. 
Smoking, weeds and debris.
(1) 
Smoking shall be prohibited. Large "NO SMOKING" signs shall be posted throughout all buildings. Large "NO SMOKING" signs shall be painted on exterior buildings' walls and on signs erected at driveway edge.
(2) 
Weeds shall be kept down throughout the entire yard and shall be sprayed as often as needed with a satisfactory weed killer or cut or grubbed out. Dead weeds shall be removed.
(3) 
Debris such as loose portions of pallets and chippings shall be removed regularly from piling areas and not less frequently than quarterly. Proper housekeeping shall be maintained at all times.
D. 
Buildings in outside storage areas. Piles are not to be less than 15 feet from any buildings. Buildings of wood-frame construction or housing hazardous operations or storage of flammable liquids, the distance shall be increased to at least 50 feet.
E. 
Portable fire extinguishers. At least one portable fire extinguisher with a minimum Class 4A rating shall be provided within 50 feet of travel distance to any machine producing shaving, chips or sawdust. Fire extinguishers shall be property protected against freezing, where necessary. A minimum of one Class 4A rating portable fire extinguisher shall be provided on all vehicles operating on the pile and a minimum Class 20BC rating portable fire extinguisher in the vehicle for the vehicle.
F. 
Inside storage of idle pallets, wood shavings or chips.
(1) 
There shall be no inside storage of wood shavings or chips and areas producing such and shall be cleaned on a regular basis.
(2) 
Inside storage of pallets shall conform with NFPA 13.
[Added 1-20-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-01]
The enforcing agency established by this chapter is the County of Gloucester and shall be under the direct supervision and control of the County Fire Official.