[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Harrington Park 2-8-2010 by Ord. No. 646. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Pursuant to Section 11 of the Uniform Fire Safety Act (P.L. 1983, c. 383), the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code (N.J.A.C. 5:70-1.1 et seq.) shall be locally enforced in the Borough of Harrington Park.
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 52:27D-202.
The local enforcing agency shall be the Harrington Park Fire Department through its Bureau of Fire Prevention which is hereby created therein. The Bureau of Fire Prevention shall be hereinafter known as the "local enforcing agency."
The local enforcing agency shall enforce the Uniform Fire Code in all buildings, structures and premises within the established boundaries of the Borough of Harrington Park 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.
The local enforcing agency shall faithfully comply with all pertinent requirements of the International Fire Code, New Jersey Edition.
Appointment and qualifications of Fire Official. The Fire Official shall be certified by the state and appointed by the governing body from a list of three names submitted by the Chief of the Fire Department.
Appointment and qualifications of inspectors and other employees. Inspectors and other employees of the enforcing agency shall be appointed by the governing body upon recommendation of the Fire Official. All life-hazard use inspectors shall be certified by the state.
Appointment of legal counsel. The governing body shall specifically appoint legal counsel to assist the agency in enforcing the Uniform Fire Code.
Term in office. The Fire Official shall serve for a term of a minimum of one year. Any vacancy shall be filled for the unexpired term.
Removal from office. 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 the hearing officer designated by it.
The Bureau of Fire Prevention established by § 173-2 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 the Department of Community Affairs.
In addition to the registration required by the Uniform Fire Code, the following non-life-hazard uses shall register with the Bureau of Fire Prevention. These uses shall be inspected once per year at an annual fee of $75.
B-1: professional use, one- and two-story less than 5,000 square feet per floor.
B-2: one- and two-story more than 5,000 square feet and less than 10,000 square feet per floor.
B-3: one- and two-story more than 10,000 square feet.
B-4: three- to five-story less than 5,000 square feet per floor.
B-5: three- to five-story more than 5,000 square feet per floor.
B-6: three- to five-story over 10,000 square feet per floor.
Pursuant to Sections 15 and 17 of the Uniform Fire Safety Act (N.J.S.A. 52:27D-206 and 52:27D-208), any person aggrieved by any action of the local enforcing agency shall have the right to appeal to the Bergen County Construction Board of Appeals.
Enforcement and violations and penalties shall be managed in conformity with the International Fire Code, New Jersey Edition, N.J.A.C. 5:70-2.10 et seq., and all other laws of the State of New Jersey as may be applicable. All fines collected shall be deposited to a dedicated account for the purpose of funding the enforcing agency, as the same may be permitted by law. The funds not allocated from this account by the Mayor and Council for the enforcing agency shall become part of the general fund of the Borough.