Borough of Ramsey, NJ
Bergen County
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GENERAL REFERENCES
Fire Department — See § 2-33.
Emergency alarm systems — See § 4-5.
Traffic — See Ch. 7.
Building and housing — See Ch. 13.
[Ord. No. 907B § 2; Ord. No. 907C §§ 1, 2, 4, 5; Ord. No. 907F § 1; Ord. No. 907G § 1; Ord. No. 18-2000 § 1; Ord. No. 11-2004 §§ 1, 3; amended 3-14-2007 by Ord. No. 6-2007]
Pursuant to Section 11 of the Uniform Fire Safety Act[1] (P.L. 1983 c. 383), the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code (N.J.A.C. 5:70-1 et seq.) shall be locally enforced in the Borough of Ramsey.
[1]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 52:27D-202.
The local enforcing agency shall be the Fire Prevention Bureau of the Borough of Ramsey, which is hereby created therein. The Bureau of Fire Prevention shall hereinafter be known as the "local enforcing agency."
a. 
The local enforcing agency shall enforce the Uniform Fire Code in all buildings, structures and premises within the established boundaries of the Borough of Ramsey 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.
a. 
The Bureau of Fire Prevention established by Subsection 14-1.2 of this section shall be under the direct supervision and control of a fire official who shall report to the Borough Administrator.
b. 
The Bureau of Fire Prevention shall have at least one paid inspector.
The Fire Official shall be certified by the state and appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the governing body.
The Fire Official shall serve for a term of three years. Any vacancy shall be filled for the unexpired term.
Such inspectors and other employees of the local enforcing agency shall be appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the governing body after consideration of the written recommendation of the Fire Official. Such inspectors and other employees shall be appointed for terms of one year. Any vacancy shall be filled for the unexpired term.
The governing body shall specifically appoint legal counsel to assist the agency in enforcing the Uniform Fire Code.
The Fire Official, inspectors and other employees of the agency shall be subject to removal by the governing body for just cause. Before removal from office, all persons shall be afforded an opportunity to be heard by the governing body or a hearing officer designated by the same.
[Amended 2-27-2013 by Ord. No. 02-2013]
a. 
The Bureau of Fire Prevention established by Subsection 14-1.2 of this section shall carry out the 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.
[Amended 4-22-2009 by Ord. No. 09-2009]
Pursuant to Sections 15 and 17 of the Uniform Fire Safety Act, 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.)
[Amended 4-22-2009 by Ord. No. 09-2009]
Enforcement, violations and penalties shall be managed in conformity with the Uniform Fire Safety Act, the Uniform Fire Code and all other laws of the State of New Jersey.
[Added 4-25-2007 by Ord. No. 14-2007; amended 4-22-2009 by Ord. No. 09-2009]
a. 
The following fees shall be required for each business use within the Borough of Ramsey. All fees shall be invoiced annually. New businesses will be invoiced upon receipt of application.
[Amended 12-23-2013 by Ord. No. 17-2013]
1. 
Business (any building, structure or premises or part thereof used for business):
(a) 
R1 Use Group: one square foot to 1,499 square feet: $60.
(b) 
R2 Use Group: 1,500 square feet to 2,999 square feet: $80.
(c) 
R3 Use Group: 3,000 square feet to 5,999 square feet: $160.
(d) 
R4 Use Group: 6,000 square feet to 11,999 square feet: $200.
(e) 
R5 Use Group: 12,000 square feet to 23,999 square feet: $300.
(f) 
R6 Use Group: 24,000 square feet to 49,999 square feet: $320.
(g) 
R7 Use Group: 50,000 square feet to 99,999 square feet: $340.
(h) 
R8 Use Group: Over 100,000 square feet: $420.
2. 
Residential/multifamily (any building or portion thereof withy three dwelling units or more).
(a) 
Three units to 10 units: $100.
(b) 
Eleven units to 20 units: $200.
(c) 
Twenty-one or more units: $300.
b. 
Copies.
1. 
Fire reports (per report): $10.
2. 
Other correspondence:
(a) 
One to 10 pages: $0.75.
(b) 
Eleven to 20 pages: $0.50.
(c) 
Twenty-one or more pages: $0.25.
c. 
Buildings owned by the Board of Education and operated solely for Board of Education services, municipal libraries and buildings owned by the Borough of Ramsey are exempt from fees imposed by this section, but are subject to all required inspections and regulations pursuant to the Uniform Fire Safety Act.
[Added 4-25-2007 by Ord. No. 14-2007; amended 4-22-2009 by Ord. No. 09-2009]
a. 
The permit fees established by type group as defined in the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code, N.J.A.C. 5:70-2.9 (c), and shall be as follows:
[Amended 12-23-2013 by Ord. No. 17-2013]
1. 
Type 1: $75.
2. 
Type 2: $200.
3. 
Type 3: $400.
4. 
Type 4: $575.
b. 
Fees for all single event individual permits shall be paid at the time of application.
c. 
Notwithstanding anything to the contrary stated herein, there shall be no fee for Type 4 permits for storage or activity at a premises registered as a life hazard use.
[Added 4-25-2007 by Ord. No. 14-2007; amended 4-22-2009 by Ord. No. 09-2009]
A permit is required for any manufacturing, storage or handling of any explosives, hazardous materials and flammable liquids or gases. There is no fee required for this permit. No permit shall be issued for a life hazard use.
[Added 4-25-2007 by Ord. No. 14-2007]
a. 
Prohibited acts. It shall be a violation of this section for any person, firm or corporation to:
1. 
Obstruct, hinder, delay, or interfere by force or otherwise with the Fire Prevention Bureau in the exercise of any power or the discharge of any function or duty under the provisions of this section.
2. 
Prepare, utter, or render any false statement, pertaining to reports, documents, plans or specification permitted or required under the provisions of this section.
3. 
Render ineffective or inoperative or fail to properly maintain any protective equipment or system installed, or intended to be installed, in a building or structure.
4. 
Refuse or fail to comply with a lawful ruling, action, order, or notice of the Fire Prevention Bureau.
5. 
Violate, or cause to be violated, any of the provisions of this section.
6. 
Refuse to provide identification and/or vehicle registration information.
b. 
Complaints. The Fire Official and/or Fire Inspector(s) shall be empowered to issue a Municipal Court complaint for violations of this section. No complaint shall be issued except upon issuance of a written order requiring abatement and the allowance of a reasonable specified period in which to comply, unless clear notice of the violation otherwise exists.
c. 
Violations and penalties. Any person, firm, or corporation found guilty in the Municipal Court for a violation of the provisions of this subsection shall be subject to a fine of not less than $25 nor more than $1,000 or imprisonment for a period not exceeding 90 days, or both. Each and every day a violation continues shall be separate offense. Such penalty shall not relieve the violator of the duty to take corrective actions.
[Added 4-22-2009 by Ord. No. 09-2009]
a. 
The penalty for failure to file a registration application for a new business or the expansion of an existing business after having been ordered to do so shall be an amount equal to double the application registration fee, but not less than $200 nor more than $1,000 for each registration.
b. 
The penalty for failure to pay the required annual registration fee when due shall be an amount equal to the unpaid registration fee.
[Added 4-22-2009 by Ord. No. 09-2009]
a. 
The maximum penalty for failure to obtain a required permit prior to commencing the operation, process or activity for which a permit was required shall be a maximum of double the amount of the applicable permit fee.
b. 
Failure to obtain a required permit after being ordered to do so while continuing the operation, process or activity shall be a maximum of $5,000 per day during which the operation, process or activity continues.
[Ord. No. 485; 1972 Code §§ 91.100; 91.105, 91.110, 91.115, 91.120; Ord. No. 698; Ord. No. 749; Ord. No. 802; Ord. No. 806; Ord. No. 809; Ord. No. 904A; Ord. No. 919; Ord. No. 955; Ord. No. 963; Ord. No. 1192; Ord. No. 1198; Ord. No. 1216; Ord. No. 1235 § 1; Ord. No. 1239 § 1; 11-23-2009 by Ord. No. 21-2009; 10-10-2012 by Ord. No. 21-2012]
Preamble: This section shall apply to all fire lane/fire safety zones designated in Subsection 14-2.1 entitled "Fire Safety Zones" as well as all fire lane/zones as may be subsequently designated pursuant to Subsection 14-2.6 below.
The following driveways, rights-of-way, and private roadways or areas which provide a means of entrance or exit from multiple dwelling units or business property are hereby designated as "fire zones":
a. 
Interstate Shopping Center. An area of 25 feet in width along the entire length of the curb of the promenade, the curb shall constitute the westerly and southerly boundary line while the easterly and northerly boundary line is hereby established as beginning at a point which is distant 25 feet in an easterly direction from the northerly terminus of and perpendicular to the curb and running in southerly and easterly directions parallel with the curb to a point which is distant 25 feet in a northerly direction from the easterly terminus of and perpendicular to the curb; together with a similar twenty-five-foot strip immediately adjacent to the entire rear and sides of all structures fronting upon the promenade.
b. 
Village Square. (Northeasterly corner of Main Street and North Central Avenue) An area 25 feet in width along the entire length of the curb of the promenade, the curb shall constitute the northerly and easterly boundary line thereof while the southerly and westerly boundary line is hereby established as beginning at a point which the distance is 25 feet in a southerly direction from the westerly terminus of and perpendicular to the curb and running in easterly and southerly directions parallel to the curb to a point which the distance is 25 feet in a westerly direction from the southerly terminus of and perpendicular to the curb; together with a similar twenty-five-foot strip immediately adjacent to the entire rear and sides of all structures fronting upon the promenade.
c. 
School Street School. An area of 25 feet in width immediately adjacent to and parallel with the rear line of the school building.
d. 
Regency Park Garden Apartments (northeasterly corner of Addison Place and Island Avenue). All driveway areas including a twelve-foot gravel drive north of the northeast building complex, except such areas approved by the proper municipal authorities and specifically designated for parking; together with four eight-foot concrete pedestrian access walks leading to the center of each apartment complex.
e. 
Shop Rite Shopping Center. An area 25 feet in width adjacent to and along the entire length of the promenade curbline. This curbline shall constitute the westerly and northerly boundary lines of the fire safety zone, and this zone shall extend from the easterly to the southerly terminal points of the curbline. Also, the entire area between the northerly side of the shopping center building and the southerly curbline of Carol Street.
f. 
Washington Drive (Franklin Square Apartments area). The northerly and easterly side of Washington Drive from Franklin Turnpike to Island Road.
g. 
Christopher Street (Franklin Square Apartments area). The west side of Christopher Street from Poplar Street to Washington Drive.
h. 
Ramsey Square Shopping Center. An area 25 feet in width adjacent to and along the entire length of the promenade curb.
i. 
Lot 19-3, Block 3 as shown on the Borough of Ramsey Tax Map.
1. 
An area 15 feet in width around the existing building measured from the asphalt curb;
2. 
In those areas adjacent to the existing building which are paved but without curbing, an area 15 feet in width measured from such building;
3. 
Beginning at a point on the northerly side of East Crescent Avenue, the point being distant 164 feet easterly from the intersection of the easterly curbline of Route 17 with the northerly curbline of East Crescent Avenue and proceeding thence northerly from the beginning point a fire lane 15 feet in width extending from East Crescent Avenue to the canopy and main entrance of the existing building.
j. 
Interstate Shopping Center Theater and Bowling Alley Complex.
1. 
An area 25 feet in width around the existing building measured from the curb;
2. 
In those areas adjacent to the existing building which are paved but without curbing, an area 25 feet in width measured from such building.
k. 
Ramsey High School — Prospect Street Parking Lot.
1. 
An area at the loading platform 25 feet in width and 25 feet in depth.
2. 
An area at the gymnasium entrance doors 30 feet in width and 30 feet in depth.
3. 
An area 19 feet in width and 140 feet in length parallel to Prospect Street having its northerly side distant 59 feet from the southerly face of the building.
4. 
An area 19 feet in width and 104 feet in length parallel, to Prospect Street having its northerly side distant 39 feet from the southerly face of the building.
5. 
An area 24 feet in width and 88 feet in length, perpendicular to Prospect Street, running from the northerly curbline to the vicinity of the loading platform.
l. 
10 South Franklin Turnpike.
1. 
An area 25 feet in width around the existing building, measured from the curb;
2. 
In those areas adjacent to the existing building which are paved but without curbing, an area 25 feet in width, measured from such building.
m. 
1100 State Highway 17 (Lot 16, Block 4301).
1. 
The entire perimeter of the existing building for a distance of 10 feet from the exterior wall of the existing building.
2. 
The northerly entrance/exit roadway on both sides of the existing building for its entire length from the Franklin Turnpike Ramp road to the parking lot on the northerly side of the existing building.
3. 
On the southerly entrance/exit roadway on both sides for its entire length to the parking lot on the south side.
4. 
On both sides of the roadway adjacent to the easterly side of the existing building (rear) for its entire length.
n. 
1136 State Highway 17 (Lot 17, Block 4301).
1. 
On the north and south side of the existing building for a distance of 10 feet from the exterior wall of the existing building.
2. 
On the easterly side of the existing building for a distance of 25 feet from the existing building.
3. 
On the westerly side of the existing building for a distance of 25 feet from the existing building, with the exception of vehicles being stopped while persons are loading or unloading, and for handicapped parking.
o. 
Crescent Avenue Access Road. The entire length and both sides of the access roadway from East Crescent Avenue to the parking areas at the rear of the following properties: Lot 6, Block 5101 (commonly known as "Skinner's Nuts"); Lots 7 and 8, Block 5101 (commonly known as "Lawrence Motors"); Lot 10, Block 5101 (commonly known as "Laub Warehouse").
p. 
Williams Drive. The entire length and both sides of the driveway leading from Williams Drive to the parking area at the south side of the building located on Lots 3 and 9, Block 3901 (commonly known as "Colorforms").
q. 
606 State Highway 17 (Lot 1, Block 5102).
1. 
An area 25 feet in width around the existing building measured from the curb.
2. 
In those areas adjacent to the existing building which are paved but without curbing, an area 25 feet in width around the existing building measured from the exterior wall of such building.
r. 
900 State Highway 17 (Lot 1, Block 4702). The northeasterly entrance/exit roadway on both sides for its entire length from State Highway 17 to the parking lot on the northeasterly side.
s. 
Spruce Run. Spruce Run for its entire length on the south side of the street.
t. 
150 Hilltop Road (Lot 11, Block 3702). The entire length and both sides of the entrance/exit driveway on the property commonly known as the "Goddard School," which property is designated as 150 Hilltop Road (Lot 11, Block 3702).
u. 
815 Route 17 South (Lot 10, Block 4701). An area five feet in width along the entire length of the driveway adjacent to the south side of the building on the premises.
v. 
475 Route 17 South (Lot 9, Block 5150).
1. 
An area five feet in width along the entire length of the driveway adjacent to the retaining wall on the west side of the parking lot.
2. 
An area five feet in width along the entire length of the driveway adjacent to the curb and island on the north side of the building on the premises.
w. 
706 Route 17 North (Lot 7, Block 4702).
1. 
An area five feet in width along the entire length of the driveway adjacent to the curb on the northeast corner, extending to the main entrance of the building on the premises.
2. 
An area five feet in width along the entire length of the driveway adjacent to the curb on the north side of the building on the premises.
3. 
An area five feet in width along the entire length of the driveway adjacent to the building on the premises on the northwest side, ending at the loading zone.
4. 
An area five feet in width along the entire length of the driveway adjacent to the curb on the northwest side of the building on the premises (including all islands).
x. 
150 Triangle Plaza (Lots 5, 5.1, 8 and 9 Block 4702.) The entire thirty-foot by forty-foot paved area adjacent to the main entrance of the building on the premises.
y. 
900A and 900B Route 17 North (Lot 1, Block 4702).
1. 
An area five feet in width along the entire length of the parking are adjacent to the curbing parallel to Route 17 North.
2. 
An area five feet in width along the entire length of the access road from Route 17 North to the parking areas.
3. 
An area five feet in width on the northeast side, rear of the building on the premises, along the entire length of the paved area adjacent to the curb from Airmount Avenue to the loading zone (including all islands).
z. 
Cambridge Heights West Condominiums (Lot 12, Block 4001). An area five feet in width along the entire length of the paved area adjacent to the retaining wall on the northwest side of Roanoke Court.
aa. 
Shop Rite Interstate Shopping Center (Lot 4, Block 4203).
1. 
An area five feet in width along the entire length of the paved area, adjacent to the building on the north and south sides of the premises.
2. 
An area five feet in width along the entire length of sidewalk, adjacent to the west side of the building.
3. 
An area 25 feet in width along the entire length of the driveway, adjacent to the east side of the building.
bb. 
Inn at Ramsey (rear parking lot) 315 Route 17 South (Lot 3, Block 3802).
1. 
An area five feet in width along the entire length of the parking area, adjacent to the curbs on the north, south, and east sides of the building.
2. 
An area 35 feet in length, by an area of 15 feet in width, adjacent to the curb at break away gate.
cc. 
St. Paul's School 187 Wyckoff Avenue (Lot 4, Block 2701). An area 10 feet in width along the entire length of the building, adjacent to the east side of the parking lot.
dd. 
Briarwood Court Units 1-17 Briarwood Court (Lot 38, Block 4601). An area 16 feet in width along the entire length of the driveway, adjacent to the curbs on the north and south sides on the premises.
ee. 
N.J.D.O.T./Park and Ride 26 North Central Avenue (Lot 10, Block 2306).
1. 
An area 19 feet in width, along the entire length of the driveway, adjacent to the curb on the north side turnaround.
2. 
An area 19 feet in width along the entire length island, adjacent to the curb on the west side turnaround.
3. 
An area 19 feet in width along the entire length of island adjacent to the curb on the east side turnaround.
ff. 
Prestige Lexus, 955 Route 17 South (Lot 11, Block 5101).
1. 
An area five feet in width along the entire length of the east side of the building, extending around the north side of the building to the rear parking lot.
2. 
An area 25 feet in width along the entire west side of the building.
3. 
An area five feet in width along the entire length of both access road islands, adjacent to Route 17 South.
gg. 
Prestige BMW, 985 Route 17 South (Lots 45, Block 4603).
1. 
An area five feet in width along the entire length of curb from the main entrance extending north to the showroom driveway.
2. 
An area five feet in width along the entire curbline on the west side of the building.
3. 
An area 24 feet in width along the entire length of the north side of the building (service area).
hh. 
Access driveway Airmount Avenue, behind auto dealers, (Lots 45, 46, 47, 48, Block 4603). Entire length of roadway from Airmount Avenue to the main roadway on the southeast side of the building.
ii. 
Cambridge Heights, upper parking lot for tenants of Buildings 19, 20 and 21 (Lot 22, Block 4401). An area 24 feet in width along the entire roadway on the south side of the parking lot.
jj. 
Timber Valley Condominiums (Block 3701, Lots 5, 5.1, 5.2).
1. 
An area 22 feet in width along the entire length of Cypress Court.
2. 
An area 25 feet in width along the entire length of Evergreen Road; Mulberry Road; Redwood Court; Magnolia Road; Oakland Court.
kk. 
Chelsea Court (Block 4603, Lot 8) An area 23 feet in width along the entire length of Chelsea Court.
ll. 
1005 Route 17 South (Block 4603, Lot 43). The entire length of the driveway from the gate to Route 17 South.
mm. 
Don Bosco Preparatory High School (Block 3901, Lot 15).
1. 
An area five feet in width along the entire front of the DeSales Building beginning at the furthest corner of the parking lot near the lake and continuing along the southerly side of the entire roadway from the corner of the DeSales Building and ending at the end of the roadway at the top of the hill approaching the football field with the exception of eight existing parking spaces halfway up the hill.
2. 
An area five feet in width along the northerly side of the roadway descending from the football field beginning at the end of the mid-level student parking lot and continuing along the entire front of the Immaculata Building and continuing along the west side of the building, up the roadway and wrapping behind the Immaculata Building to the edge of the paved parking lot behind the gymnasium. Seven existing parking spaces in the rear of Immaculata Hall are exempt and shall remain.
3. 
An area five feet in width commencing at the edge of the main driveway from North Franklin Turnpike where it adjoins the roadway up the hill to the rear of the Immaculata Building and ending where the roadway begins its descent to Franklin Turnpike.
4. 
An area five feet in width along the entire curbline in front of and on the same side as the St. John Building.
No person shall at any time park a motor vehicle in, or otherwise obstruct in any way, any fire zone as designated in Subsection 14-2.1.
It shall be unlawful for any person to park or leave standing any vehicle or place any obstruction on lands, whether publicly or privately owned, in the Borough of Ramsey after notice has been posted, as hereinafter provided, by the owner, occupant, lessee or licensee prohibiting such parking.
As used in this section, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
FIRE LANE/ZONE
Areas designated by the Fire Official and properly posted and marked in accordance with this section. The terms "fire zone" and "fire lane" shall be interchangeable.
FIRE OFFICIAL
Is appointed by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Ramsey, and shall enforce the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code as defined in N.J.A.C. 5:71-3.3.
OWNER
A person who owns, purports to own, manages, rents, leases or exercises control over a building, structure, premises or use or a portion thereof.
PERSON
Any natural person or individual or any firm, partnership, association, limited partnership, sole proprietorship, corporation or any other business entity or any government agency or entity.
The Fire Prevention Bureau of the Borough of Ramsey shall enforce this section.
a. 
The Fire Official shall designate fire lane/zone on both private and public property in the Borough of Ramsey as deemed necessary for public safety. He shall notify, in writing, the owner of said property, specifically describing the designated areas and the Borough of Ramsey standard for posting and marking.
b. 
The marking of fire lane/zone shall be the responsibility of and at the expense of the owner and shall be accomplished within 30 days of the receipt of the notification.
c. 
Suitable signs and/or markings bearing the words "No Parking or Standing Fire Lane" shall be posted and marked and striped in accordance with standards established by the Fire Prevention Bureau and shall be properly maintained on said lands by the owner, occupant, lessee or licensee thereof where this section is effective and as are approved by the Fire Official. Defacing, tampering with or damaging such signs or allowing them to deteriorate so as to reduce their effectiveness to notify when posted shall constitute a violation of this section.
The Fire Official or his designated representative shall have the authority to remove or have removed such obstructions or vehicles as may violate this section at the expense of the owner of the premises in the case of obstructions or at the expense of the owner of the vehicle.
a. 
Any person who violates Subsection 14-2.3 of the section shall, upon conviction in Municipal Court thereof, be punished by a mandatory fine of $100. Each violation shall constitute a separate offense.
b. 
An owner who fails to comply with the regulations specified in Subsection 14-2.6b or c shall result in a penalty of $500. Penalties shall be assessed by the Fire Official in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:70, the Uniform Fire Code.
[Ord. No. 837 § 5]
The term "Fire Official" as used herein shall mean the Chief, the Assistant Chief and other officers and members of the Ramsey Fire Department.
[Ord. No. 837 § 5]
The Fire Official or his duly authorized representatives, as may be in charge at the scene of a fire or other emergency involving the protection of life and/or property, is empowered to direct such operations as may be necessary to extinguish or control any suspected or reported fires, gas leaks, or other hazardous conditions or situation or of taking any other action necessary in the reasonable performance of their duty. The Fire Official may prohibit any person, vehicle or object from approaching the scene and may remove or cause to be removed from the scene any person, vehicle or object which may impede or interfere with the operations of the Fire Department. The Fire Official may remove or cause to be removed any persons, vehicle or object from hazardous areas. All persons ordered to leave a hazardous area shall do so immediately and shall not reenter the area until authorized to do so by the Fire Official.
[Ord. No. 837 § 5]
It shall be unlawful to interfere with, attempt to interfere with, conspire to interfere with, obstruct or restrict the mobility of, or block the path of travel of any Fire Department emergency vehicle in any way, or to interfere with, conspire to interfere with, obstruct or hamper any Fire Department operation.
[Ord. No. 837 § 5]
A person shall not willfully fail or refuse to comply with any lawful order or direction of the Fire Official or to interfere with the compliance attempts of another individual.
[Ord. No. 837 § 5]
A vehicle shall not be driven or propelled over any unprotected fire hose of the Fire Department when laid down on any street, alleyway, private driveway or any other vehicular roadway without the consent of the Fire Official in command of the operation.
[Ord. No. 837 § 5]
Authorized emergency vehicles shall be restricted to those which are defined and authorized under the laws of the State of New Jersey.
[Ord. No. 837 § 5]
Upon the approach of any authorized emergency vehicle, giving audible and visual signal, the operator of every other vehicle shall immediately drive the same to a position as near as possible and parallel to the right-hand edge or curb of the street or roadway, clear of any intersection, and shall stop and remain in such position until the authorized emergency vehicle or vehicles shall have passed unless otherwise directed by the Fire Official or a Police Officer.
[Ord. No. 837 § 5]
It shall be unlawful for the operator of any vehicle, other than one on official business, to follow closer than 300 feet from any fire apparatus traveling in response to a fire alarm or returning from an alarm of fire or emergency or to drive any vehicle within the block or immediate area where fire apparatus has stopped in answer to a fire alarm.
[Ord. No. 837 § 5]
A person shall not, without proper authorization from the Fire Official in charge of the Fire Department emergency equipment, cling to, attach himself to, climb upon or into, board or swing upon any Fire Department emergency vehicle, whether the same is in motion or at rest, or sound the siren, horn, bell or other sound-producing device thereon, or to manipulate or tamper with, or attempt to manipulate or tamper with any levers, valves, switches, starting devices, brakes, pumps, or any equipment or protective clothing, on, or a part of, any Fire Department emergency vehicle.
[Ord. No. 837 § 5]
It shall be unlawful for any person to damage or deface, or attempt or conspire to damage or deface any Fire Department emergency vehicle at any time, or to injure, or attempt to injure or conspire to injure Fire Department personnel while performing departmental duties.
[Ord. No. 837 § 5]
It shall be unlawful to obscure from view, damage, deface, obstruct or restrict the access to any fire hydrant or any Fire Department connection for the pressurization of fire suppression systems, including fire hydrants and Fire Department connections that are located on public or private streets and access lanes, or on private property. No person shall park any vehicle or otherwise cause any obstruction within 10 feet on either side of a fire hydrant.
If upon expiration of the time mentioned in a notice of violation obstructions or encroachments are not removed, the Fire Official shall proceed to remove the same. Cost incurred in the performance of necessary work shall be paid from the Borough treasury on certificate of the Fire Official and with the approval of the Chief Administrative Official and the legal authority of the municipality shall institute appropriate action for the recovery of such costs.
[Ord. No. 837 § 5]
All new and existing oil storage plants, lumber yards, amusement or exhibition parks and educational or institutional complexes and similar occupancies and uses involving high fire, or life hazards, and which are located more than 150 feet from a public street or which require quantities of water beyond the capabilities of the public water distribution system shall be provided with properly placed fire hydrants. Such fire hydrants shall be capable of supplying fire flows as required by the Fire Official and shall be connected to a water system in accordance with accepted engineering practices.
The Fire Official shall designate and approve the number and location of fire hydrants. The Fire Official may require the installation of sufficient fire hose and equipment housed in accordance with the approved rules and may require the establishment of a trained fire brigade when the hazard involved requires such measures. Private hydrants shall not be placed into or removed from service until approved by the Fire Official.
[Ord. No. 837 § 5]
A person shall not obstruct, remove, tamper with or otherwise disturb any fire hydrant or fire appliance required to be installed or maintained under the provisions of the Fire Prevention Code except for the purpose of extinguishing fire, training or testing purposes, recharging, or making necessary repairs, or when permitted by the Fire Official. Whenever a fire appliance is removed as herein permitted, it shall be replaced or reinstalled as soon as the purpose for which it was removed has been accomplished. Defective and nonapproved fire appliances or equipment shall be replaced or repaired as directed by the Fire Official.
[Ord. No. 837 § 5]
A person shall not sell, trade, loan or give away any form, type or kind of fire extinguisher which is not approved by the fire underwriters, or which is not in proper working order, or the contents of which do not meet the requirements of the fire underwriters. The requirements of this section, shall not apply to the sale, trade or exchange of obsolete or damaged equipment for junk and the units are permanently disfigured or marked with permanent sign identifying the unit as junk.
[Ord. No. 837 § 5]
A person or persons shall not erect, construct, place or maintain any bumps, fences, gates, chains, bars, pipes, wood or metal horses or any other type of obstruction in or on any street, within the boundaries of the municipality. The word "street" as used in this section, shall mean any roadway accessible to the public for vehicular traffic, including, but not limited to, private streets or access lanes, as well as public streets and highways within the boundaries of the Borough.
[Ord. No. 837 § 5]
No person or persons shall willfully or maliciously, in any way, turn in or cause to be turned in any false alarm.
[Ord. No. 905 § 1]
Any vehicle parked in a fire safety zone as hereinbefore set forth shall be towed away at the vehicle owner's expense if the Borough Police Department determines that the parking of such vehicle in the fire safety zone is detrimental to public safety.
[Ord. No. 837 § 6]
See Chapter 1, Section 1-5 of the Revised General Ordinances of the Borough of Ramsey.
[Ord. No. 17-1998 § 1]
In all structures served by an internal automatic fire detection or suppression system, where access within the structure or an area is unduly difficult because of secured openings, or where immediate access is necessary for lifesaving or for fire fighting purposes, the Fire Official may require a key box to be installed in an accessible location. The key box shall be a type approved by the Fire Official, so that all key access of this type within the Borough of Ramsey may be accomplished with one system. The key box shall contain keys to gain necessary access as required by the Fire Department.
[Ord. No. 17-1998 § 1]
Installation of the key box shall be in accordance with specifications maintained and approved by the Fire Official as required. The Fire Official shall have the authority to implement a uniform system throughout the Borough, so that access to the designated key boxes may be accomplished by the utilization of one uniform key system.
[Ord. No. 17-1998 § 1]
The Fire Official shall enforce the provisions of this section.
[Ord. No. 17-1998 § 1]
See Chapter 1, Section 1-5, of the Revised General Ordinances of the Borough of Ramsey.
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Editor's Note: Prior ordinance history includes portions of Ordinance No. 907E.
[Ord. No. 12-2004 § 1]
Pursuant to the Uniform Fire Safety Act, P.L. 1983, c. 383 (N.J.S.A. 52:27D-192 et seq.) and Ramsey Ordinances 970E and 1153 states: Before any Use Group R-3 or R-4 structure is sold, leased or otherwise made subject to a change of occupancy for residential purposes, the owner shall obtain a certificate of smoke detector and carbon monoxide alarm compliance (CSDCMAC) evidencing compliance with N.J.A.C. 5:70-4.19.
[Ord. No. 12-2004 § 1]
For existing one- and two-family dwellings, battery-operated and/or hard-wired smoke detectors and battery-operated-, hard-wired-, or plug-in-type carbon monoxide alarms that have been listed and labeled in accordance with UL (Underwriters Laboratories) shall be accepted as meeting the requirements.
[Ord. No. 12-2004 § 1]
Any owner who does not comply with the requirements shall be subject to a fine of not more than $500, which may be collected by the local enforcing agency.
[Ord. No. 12-2004 § 1]
Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors shall be installed and maintained as per manufacturer's instructions. All smoke detectors shall be in accordance with the National Fire Prevention Association Standard 72-1993. All smoke and carbon monoxide detectors shall be maintained in working order at all times.
a. 
Smoke detectors shall be installed at the base of each stairway on each level of the structure (including basement) and outside each separate sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of the bedrooms (within 10 feet of each bedroom door) and not closer than three feet to five feet to any air register or bathroom door.
b. 
Carbon monoxide detectors shall be installed within 10 feet of every bedroom, and as required by the manufacturer's recommendations. All carbon monoxide detectors shall meet the requirements of UL Standard 2034.
[Ord. No. 12-2004 § 1]
The application fee for a certification of smoke detector and carbon monoxide alarm compliance (CSDCMAC), as required by N.J.A.C. 5:70-2.3 shall be based upon the amount of time remaining before the change of ownership or occupant is expected as follows:
a. 
Requests for a CSDCMAC received more than 10 business days: $50.
b. 
Requests for a CSDCMAC received four to 10 business days: $70.
c. 
Requests for a CSDCMAC received fewer than four business days: $125.
Note: Alarms that are not working or not installed properly upon initial inspection, a fee of $35 shall be charged for a reinspection; all fees shall be paid prior to the reinspection. Checks should be made payable to the "Borough of Ramsey."
[Ord. No. 12-2004 § 1]
A central (certified) fire alarm station test document shall be required in addition to a field inspection. A (CSDCMAC), will be issued upon meeting all Code requirements, including payment of fee(s).
[Ord. No. 12-2004 § 1]
No inspector will be permitted to enter any premises unless accompanied by an occupant, owner, tenant, agent, etc.
[Adopted 2-25-2010 by Ord. No. 02-2010]
The purpose of this section is to mandate the exterior identification of all structures within the Borough of Ramsey, Bergen County, New Jersey, that utilize lightweight wood, wood truss, steel truss, composite truss, laminated wood, wood I-beams, or any other premanufactured lumber as a method to construct, renovate, or alter any section of an individual structure or dwelling unit. The identification of these buildings will provide fire-suppression crews with critical strategic and tactical information to be utilized during fire-fighting operations and significantly enhance the safety of fire-suppression personnel. This section shall apply to all structures consisting of truss or premanufactured building components not currently regulated for identification within the New Jersey Edition of the Uniform Commercial Code and International Fire Code.
a. 
As used in this section, the following words and phrases shall be defined as is hereinafter indicated:
ALTERATION
The rearrangement of any space by the construction of walls, 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 affects a primary structural component.
BUILDING PREPLAN INSPECTION
Any preoccupancy site visit conducted by Fire Department personnel utilized to gather building information, develop strategic and tactical incident action plans, review construction type(s), and familiarize personnel with the individual construction site or renovation project.
CODE ENFORCEMENT
The department responsible for all Construction Code and Housing/Property Maintenance Code inspections, Zoning Regulations and inspections, and all construction plan reviews within the Borough of Ramsey.
CODE ENFORCEMENT INSPECTOR
Any employee assigned to the Code Enforcement office responsible to conduct code enforcement inspections and plan reviews.
COMPANY OFFICER
Any officer (Lieutenant, Captain, Deputy Chief, Chief) assigned to the fire suppression division of the Ramsey Fire Department.
COMPOSITE TRUSS
Any truss building component comprised of a mixture of wood and steel truss components.
CT
The insignia utilized to identify the use of a composite truss support system within the building.
ENGINEERED LUMBER
Prefabricated I-joists, truss joists, truss rafters, and laminated beams and studs and any other materials that may fit within this category.
F
The insignia utilized to identify the use of the structural components identified in Subsection 14-6.1, Purpose, as a floor support system.
FIRE CHIEF
The individual responsible for the daily operations of the Ramsey Fire Department.
FIRE DEPARTMENT INSPECTION
A complimentary inspection conducted by Fire Department personnel at the request of the property owner to assist in determining the type of floor and/or roof support system present within an individual building or dwelling unit.
FIRE INSPECTION
An inspection of an individual building and/or property designed to determine if any violations of local fire code ordinances or the New Jersey Uniform Commercial Fire Code are in existence.
FIRE OFFICIAL
The individual responsible for the daily operations of the Fire Prevention Bureau.
FIRE or FIRE DEPARTMENT
The Ramsey Fire Department.
LIGHTWEIGHT WOOD TRUSS
A collection of lightweight structural components (two inches by four inches or less) joined in a triangular unit that can be used to support either floors or roofs.
LOCAL ENFORCING AGENCY (LEA)
A municipal entity charged with the administration and enforcement of the regulations consisting of the construction official, subcode officials, fire official, and assistants in accordance with N.J.S.A. 52:27D-126 and the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code.
LW
The insignia that is used to identify the use of laminated wooden beams in the support system within the building.
PLAN REVIEW
Any review of required building plans conducted by Code Enforcement personnel, subcode officials, fire official, or Fire Chief.
PREMANUFACTURED LUMBER
Any assembly of materials or products that is intended to comprise all or part of a building or structure and that is assembled off-site by a repetitive process under circumstances intended to insure uniformity of quality and material content. The term shall include, but not be limited to, manufactured homes and industrialized modular buildings.
PROGRAM ADMINISTRATOR
The Fire Chief (or his designee), who is responsible for administering and supervising the provisions of this section.
PROPERTY OWNER
The owner in fee of the property or a lesser estate therein, a mortgagee or vendee in possession, an assignee of rents received, 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 thereof the state.
REFLECTIVE SYMBOL
An emblem made of reflective material, in the shape and form as described by the Uniform Construction Code (UCC), the Uniform Fire Code (UFC) and the International Fire Code, New Jersey Edition (IFC), with the mentioned modifications, in order to maintain continuity throughout the state identifying a structure as containing engineered lumber.
RENOVATION
The removal and replacement or covering of existing interior or exterior finish, trim, doors, windows, or other materials 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
A combination of materials to form a construction for occupancy, use or ornamentation, whether installed on, above or below the surface of a parcel of land.
b. 
All definitions in the UCC, the UFC, and the IFC shall be the same for this section.
The Borough Construction Official shall determine if a structure contains engineered lumber. All structures containing engineered lumber shall have a reflective symbol affixed as follows: primary location will be the electrical meter. In the event the electrical meter is inside the structure, the secondary location will be the area of the gas meter plainly visible. In the event the gas meter is inside the building, the third and final location will be the garage door.
The relective symbol shall be an emblem made of reflective material, in the shape and form as described by the UCC. Dimensions shall be five inches by 2.5 inches. This shape and design shall be used in order to maintain continuity throughout the state identifying a structure as containing engineered lumber. This reflective symbol will be supplied by the Borough at no expense to the owner.
This section shall apply to all structures, whether residential, commercial or otherwise, including structures existing at the time of the effective date of this section. Existing structures shall be posted according to these guidelines with the owner's consent.
This section shall be enforced by the Construction Official, Zoning Officer and the Fire Official of the Borough of Ramsey.
Any person violating this section by refusing to use the reflective symbol or by removing or tampering with the reflective symbol shall be subject to a fine in an amount of $250 per violation. Each day that a violation continues shall be deemed to be a separate and distinct offense.