Township of Cherry Hill, NJ
Camden County
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Editor's Note: Prior ordinance history includes portions of Ordinance Nos. 85-57, 93-54 and 2004-9.
[Ord. #2008-7, 4-28-08]
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 et seq.) shall be enforced locally within the established limits of Fire District No. 13 within the Township of Cherry Hill.
[Ord. #2008-7, 4-28-08]
The local enforcing agency shall be the Fire Marshal's (hereinafter referred to as Fire Marshal or Fire Official) Office, Cherry Hill Fire District No. 13, established for the entire geographical area of Cherry Hill Township. The Fire Marshal's Office/Cherry Hill Fire District 13 shall hereinafter be known as the "Local Enforcing Agency."
[Ord. #2008-7, 4-28-08]
The local enforcing agency shall enforce the Uniform Fire Safety Act, the Uniform Fire Code and all regulations adopted under it in all buildings, structures and premises within the geographic boundaries of Cherry Hill Township other than one- and two-unit owner-occupied dwellings used exclusively for dwelling purposes and buildings, structures and premises owned or operated by the government, interstate, State, and County agencies. The local enforcing agency shall faithfully comply with the requirements of the Uniform Fire Safety Act and Uniform Fire Code.
[Ord. #2008-7, 4-28-08]
The local enforcing agency established in subsection 16-1.2 of this section shall be part of the Fire District and shall be under the supervision of the Fire Marshal who shall report to the Chief of the Fire District. Such funds as may be necessary to support the operations of the agency, shall be raised by the District No. 13 in a manner provided by law.
[Ord. #2008-7, 4-28-08]
a. 
Appointment of the Fire Marshal. The Fire Marshal shall be appointed by the Board of Fire Commissioners.
b. 
Terms of Office. The terms of office for the Fire Marshal and the Fire Inspectors/ Investigators/Fire Prevention Specialists shall be set forth by the Board of Fire Commissioners.
c. 
Inspections/Investigators and Employees. The Fire District shall appoint such inspectors/investigators/fire prevention specialists as may be necessary to carry out all required inspection activity in the Fire District. Such inspectors shall be under the supervision and control of the Fire Marshal. All life hazard use inspectors shall be certified by the State.
d. 
Attorney. Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:71-3.2 (d), the Fire District shall appoint an attorney as the designated local enforcing agency attorney.
e. 
Removal from Office. The Fire Marshal and the fire inspectors/investigators/fire prevention specialists and other employees of the enforcing agency shall be subject to removal by the Board of Fire Commissioners for inefficiency or misconduct. All employees to be removed shall be afforded an opportunity to be heard by the appointing authority or designated hearing officer.
[Ord. #2008-7, 4-28-08]
Pursuit to N.J.S.A. 52:27D-206 and 208, of the Uniform Fire Safety Act, any person aggrieved by any order of the local enforcing agency shall have the right to appeal to the Construction Board of Appeals of Camden County.
[Ord. #2008-7, 4-28-08]
The local enforcing agency established by subsection 16-1.2 of this section shall carry out 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.
[Ord. #2008-7, 4-28-08; Ord. #2014-13, 9-22-14]
a. 
Non-Life Hazard Uses.
1. 
In addition to the registration required by the Uniform Fire Code, the following non-life hazard uses shall register with the local enforcing agency. These uses shall be inspected on an annual (12-month) schedule established by the local enforcing agency and shall pay an annual fee as set forth below. No use required to register with the State of New Jersey as a life hazard use shall be required to register pursuant to this section.
2. 
The tenant/or/user/or/occupant of a tenant space will be responsible to register and pay the fee for the space that a tenant/or/occupant of the space actually occupies. All fees are based on the User Group assigned and the gross square footage of the area being registered.
3. 
In buildings that have common and/or public areas, the owner of the building is responsible to register and pay the fee, for those common and/or public areas.
4. 
For buildings designated as office use groups, the building owner will be responsible for payment of the registration fee. The fee will be based on the total square footage of the building.
5. 
All registrations will be for a period of one (1) year. Fees are not refundable.
b. 
Business, Mercantile, Commercial, Factory, Industrial, Storage, Warehousing or Utilities.
1. 
All fees for this category shall be as set forth in the following table.
2. 
Exception: The fee shall be waived for all governmental agencies and tax exempt entities.
3. 
The following table outlines registration fees based on business use group:
[Amended 7-23-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-7]
LOCAL USE GROUP
FEE
CA
Occupancy common areas
$70
B-0
Occupancies 500 square feet and less
$35
B-1
Occupancies in excess of 500 square feet and not exceeding 2,500 square feet
$70
B-2
Occupancies in excess of 2,500 square feet and not exceeding 5,000 square feet
$140
B-3
Occupancies in excess of 5,000 square feet and not exceeding 10,000 square feet
$200
B-4
Occupancies in excess of 10,000 square feet and not exceeding 15,000 square feet
$400
B-5
Occupancies in excess of 15,000 square feet and not exceeding 25,000 square feet
$450
B-6
Occupancies in excess of 25,000 square feet and not exceeding 50,000 square feet
$550
B-7
Occupancies in excess of 50,000 square feet and not exceeding 100,000 square feet
$600
B-8
Occupancies in excess of 100,000 square feet and not exceeding 200,000 square feet
$650
B-9
Occupancies in excess of 200,000 square feet and not exceeding 300,000 square feet
$700
Each additional 100,000 square feet
$350
c. 
Residential Fees.
1. 
All fees for this category shall be as set forth in the following table.
2. 
The following table outlines registration fees based on residential use group.
LOCAL USE GROUP
FEE
R-1 Three (3) to five (5) units
$50.00
R-2 Six (6) to twenty-five (25) units
$100.00
R-3 Twenty-six (26) to fifty (50) units
$200.00
R-4 Fifty-one (51) to one hundred (100) units
$600.00
R-5 Over one hundred (100) units
$1,000.00
d. 
Certificate of Smoke Alarm and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Compliance:
[Amended 7-23-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-7]
1. 
SACMC-1, smoke detector/carbon monoxide inspections requested on all one- and two-family dwellings within eight calendar days of the settlement date: $100.
2. 
SACMC-2, smoke alarm/carbon monoxide inspections requested on all one- and two-family dwellings between four and seven calendar days' notice of the settlement date: $115.
3. 
SACMC-3, smoke alarm/carbon monoxide inspections requested on all one- and two-family dwellings within three calendar days of the settlement date: $162.
4. 
Senior citizen discounts in the amount of a $30 reduction in fees in Subsection d1 through 3 will be provided to any Cherry Hill Township senior citizen age 62 and older (proof of age required) selling their home:
5. 
The following table outlines fees for CSACMAC:
User Group
Fee
CSACMAC-1
$100
CSACMAC-2
$115
CSACMAC-3
$162
6. 
The above fee for smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm compliance entitles the applicant to one inspection. This would include an attempted inspection where an appointment was scheduled and entry into the property was not gained. A fee of $35 will be charged for every additional inspection (re-inspection) necessary to achieve Compliance.
7. 
A certificate is valid for a period of 90 days from the date of issuance.
8. 
A person needing an application and certificate must utilize the fire district's website to complete the application process and select a date for the inspection.
e. 
Fire Incident/Investigation, EMS Reports.
1. 
A twenty-five dollar administrative fee shall be charged to any entity requesting reproduction of a fire incident, fire investigative or EMS incident report, which is not a public document under the New Jersey Open Public Records Act. $25.00
2. 
Exception. Any Cherry Hill Township resident or business owner will be entitled to reproductions of any of the above referenced reports for incidents in which they are directly involved, at no cost.
f. 
Certificate of Fire Code Status.
1. 
As per Section 5:70-2.2(e) (N.J.A.C. 5:70-2.2 (e)) of the Uniform Fire Code, any request for a Certificate of Fire Code status shall be: $25.00
g. 
Fire Hydrant Use Permit.
1. 
Any private company issued a permit and with the proper permission of the Water Utility Company or Commission shall be: $100.00
h. 
Permits.
[Amended 7-23-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-7]
1. 
As defined and required by the Uniform Fire Code, the fees for permits issued shall be set forth in the following table.
2. 
Propane suppliers will be responsible for obtaining propane exchange permits and payment of all fees associated with the issuance of the permits. Propane exchange permits will be good for one calendar year from January 1 of the year the permit is obtained.
3. 
The following table outlines the permit fee schedule:
User Type
Fee
Type 1
$100
Type 2
$400
Type 2 propane exchange
720 pounds or less
$166
721 pounds to 2,500 pounds
$350
Type 3
$600
Type 4
$800
i. 
Civil Court Appearance and Depositions.
1. 
Any employee or volunteer member of the Cherry Hill Fire District #13 subpoenaed to testify in civil court or a deposition, shall appear and compensation to the Cherry Hill Fire District #13 shall be set forth as follows:
(a) 
Actual cost based on current collective bargaining agreements, plus any additional costs that may be required to backfill an employee's position if that employee is scheduled while on-duty. In addition, a per mile charge based on Federal Government rate plus tolls for distances exceeding twenty-five (25) miles. The Fire District will charge a seventy-five ($75.00) service charge for preparation of all invoices.
j. 
Investigative Conferences and Meetings.
1. 
An uninterrupted ninety (90) minute conference at the Cherry Hill Fire District Central Command, on site, or at a location designated by the requestor shall be set as follows: $105.00 per hour.
k. 
Exclusive Fire Safety Training.
[Amended 7-23-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-7]
Fire safety training that is requested for the purpose of compliance with a governmental regulation or is beyond the scope of standard fire safety training shall be classified as "exclusive fire safety training." Such training would include, but not be limited to, fire extinguisher and evacuation planning: $250 per session (maximum 25 students).
l. 
Fire Watch Coverage.
1. 
When requested or required to provide fire-watch coverage due to an emergency condition or requirement of a permit function, the cost of such service will be the current Fire Marshal or Fire Prevention Specialist's overtime pay rate, plus an additional administrative fee for the actual cost of the processed payroll.
2. 
Failure for property owner or designated property representative to establish or properly document a fire-watch when requested by the fire department will result in an assessed penalty not to exceed $250.00 per day for every day the condition exists.
m. 
Fire Apparatus and Personnel.
1. 
When requested to provide fire apparatus and personnel for non-exigent circumstances, the requestor must reimburse the Fire District for the actual cost of the personnel for the time provided and $150.00 per vehicle provided.
n. 
Flushing Fire Hydrants/Flow Testing.
1. 
If the Fire District is requested to flush fire hydrants or conduct a flow test other than what is normally conducted per Fire District policy directives $32.00 per hour.
o. 
Returned Checks.
1. 
In the event the Fire District receives a returned check from a bank, a fee of $40.00 will be assessed.
p. 
Cost of Suppression.
If the origin and cause of the fire results from a violation of the Uniform Fire Safety Act previously cited by the Fire Marshal's Office, the owner/occupant shall be responsible for the cost of the fire suppression.
q. 
Hazardous Materials, Cherry Hill Fire Department Cost Recovery Act is as follows:
1. 
Authority.
Cherry Hill Fire Department Haz-Mat is an agent of the Camden County Health Department. This resolution is enacted pursuant to and consistent with the County Environmental Health Act, CEHA, N.J.S.A. 26:3A2 et seq. and the Spill Compensation and Control Act, N.J.S.A. 58:10-23.11 et seq. The Water Pollution Control Act, N.J.S.A. 58:10A-1 et seq. and the Air Pollution Control Act, N.J.S.A. 26:2C-1 et seq. and rules and regulations adopted.
2. 
Purpose.
The unauthorized and unpermitted discharge of a hazardous substance, air pollutant, or illegal disposal of solid waste within the confines of the Township of Cherry Hill, is prohibited. This also includes a suspected release of hazardous materials that after investigation is deemed a non-incident. This resolution establishes procedures for recovery of cost incurred by the Township of Cherry Hill and its agents in an emergency response action to unauthorized and unpermitted discharges and/or the prosecution of a violation of the Air Pollution Control Act.
3. 
Definitions.
The words and terms used in this section shall have the following meaning:
 
DISCHARGE
Shall mean an intentional or unintentional action or omission, unless pursuant and in compliance with conditions of a valid and effective State or Federal permit, resulting in the releasing, spilling, pumping, emitting, emptying, or dumping of a hazardous substance into the air, waters, or onto the land of the Township of Cherry Hill, or into the air or waters outside the Township of Cherry Hill, when damage may result to the lands, waters, or natural resources within the jurisdiction of the Township of Cherry Hill.
EMERGENCY RESPONSE ACTION
Shall mean any action taken by the Cherry Hill Fire Department, its employees, agents or contractors in response to a discharge or threatened discharge or suspected discharge of a hazardous substance for the purpose of:
(a) 
Investigating its cause source or effect;
(b) 
Conducting or overseeing a remedial action;
(c) 
Initiating any action to prevent or mitigate any risk or threat to public health, safety or welfare arising out of a discharge; and
(d) 
To prevent or mitigate any damage or injury to public or private property or natural resources.
EXPENDABLE ITEMS
Shall mean any items used to prevent, mitigate or contain the discharge or threatened discharge, which cannot be reused or replenished or replaced, without cost, after or employment in an emergency response action. Expendable items shall include, but are not limited to, chemical extinguishing agents, absorbent materials, sand, recovery drums, protective equipment and clothing, including such items as disposable chemical protective suits, gloves, boots and goggles.
HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCE
Shall mean all substances included within the definition of "hazardous substances" under N.J.A.C. 7:1E-1.7 including all amendments and supplements thereto.
LEAK OR LEAKING
Shall mean any escape of hazardous substance from the ordinary containers employed in the normal course of storage, transfer, processing or use, into a secondary container or diversion system or onto a surface from which it is cleaned up and removed prior to its escape into the air, water or lands of the State.
MUNICIPALITY
Shall mean any of the incorporated municipalities within the County of Camden, including their employees, officers and officials.
OWNER OR OPERATOR
Shall mean, with respect to a vessel or any person owning or operating or chartering by demise such vessel; with respect to any facility or vehicle, any person or owner operating such a facility or vehicle, whether by lease, contract or any other form of agreement; with respect to abandoned facilities or vehicles, the person who owned or operated the facility or vehicle immediately prior to such abandonment; the owner or operator at the time of the discharge.
PERSON
Shall mean any entity or natural person, included without limitation, any of the following: public or private corporations, companies, associations, societies, firms, partnerships, joint stock companies, individuals, interstate subdivisions or agents, the State of New Jersey and any of its political subdivisions or agents.
RESPONSIBLE PARTY
Shall mean a person who is in any way responsible for a discharge, including each owner and operator and any other person obligated by law to clean up and remove contaminants.
4. 
Prohibition.
The discharge of a hazardous substance is prohibited except this prohibition shall not apply to discharges conducted in compliance with the conditions of a valid Federal or State permit or otherwise authorized by law.
5. 
Notification.
Any person who is in any way responsible for a discharge of a hazardous substance shall immediately notify the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection pursuant to N.J.A.C. 7:1E-5.3.
6. 
Liability.
Any person who is in any way responsible for the discharge of a hazardous substance or suspected substance is liable strictly, jointly and severally for all emergency response actions cost reasonably incurred by the Township of Cherry Hill, its agents, employees, contractors and any personal property damage incurred by the Township of Cherry Hill, its agents, employees and contractors.
7. 
Emergency Response.
Cherry Hill Fire Department may initiate and conduct an emergency response action in response to discharge or suspected discharge that has occurred, is occurring, or threatens to occur within the geographical boundaries of the Township of Cherry Hill, the County or State in accordance with the provisions of the interagency agreement between the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, the County of Camden as may be executed pursuant to N.J.S.A. 26:3A2 et seq. and the County Environmental Health Act.
8. 
Cost Recovery.
(a) 
Cherry Hill Fire Department may recover all costs reasonably incurred by the Cherry Hill Fire Department, its employees, agents and contractors in connection with an emergency response action, including the straight and overtime costs of appropriately deployed emergency response personnel and the costs incurred by the Department in the recovery of these costs and the costs of expendable items and damaged, contaminated or lost items. In out-of-Township emergency responses, the Department may use the FEMA, (Federal Emergency Management Act) Schedule of Equipment Rates to bill for equipment. All other reasonably incurred costs related to the emergency response action will also be recovered in the out of Township response.
(b) 
Whenever the Cherry Hill Fire Department seeks to recover costs pursuant to a above, the Cherry Hill Fire Department shall send by certified mail and regular mail a demand letter to the responsible party or parties, which shall include:
(1) 
The date and time of the discharge or emergency response;
(2) 
An invoice;
(3) 
A detailed narrative description of the costs incurred by the Cherry Hill Fire Department, its agents, employees, contractors, authorized political subdivisions or partners in responding to the discharge, if requested;
(4) 
A calculation sheet, including hours and personnel charged, salary rates, overhead rates and equipment or expendables if requested;
(5) 
An explanation of the procedures to be followed to pay the costs demanded by invoice.
Payment shall be remitted within forty-five (45) days of receipt of the demand letter.
(c) 
Whenever the Cherry Hill Fire Department issues a demand letter to a responsible party and the responsible party fails to remit payment within forty-five (45) days as prescribed herein, the Cherry Hill Fire Department may bring action in a court of competent jurisdiction to recover the costs incurred in the emergency response action, reasonable litigation costs and interest on the outstanding amount due calculated from the forty-sixth (46th) day following the receipt of the demand letter to the date judgment is rendered at the interest rate set forth in the Rules Governing the Courts of New Jersey.
9. 
Litigation Costs.
The Cherry Hill Fire Department may initiate legal action in a court of competent jurisdiction for violations of the following: The Spill Compensation and Control Act, N.J.S.A. 58:10-23.11 et seq. The Solid Waste Management Act, N.J.S.A. 13:1 A-1 et seq., The Water Pollution Control Act, N.J.S.A. 56:10 A-1 et seq., and The Air Pollution Control Act N.J.S.A. 26:2C-1 et seq. and all rules and regulations adopted thereunder. The Cherry Hill Fire Department may recover reasonable litigation costs, the cost of filing, personnel costs and inspections costs in response to legal action as noted in paragraph 9, Litigation Costs.
10. 
Repealer.
Any ordinance or portion thereof enacted by the County, any municipality, board of health or other public entity within the County of Camden that contains any subject matter governed by this section, which is consistent with or which stands as an obstacle to the effective implementation of this section shall be superseded by this section and is hereby repealed and set aside.
[Ord. #2008-7, 4-28-08; Ord. #2014-13, 9-22-14]
a. 
Delinquent Fees.
1. 
All fees and registration forms must be returned to the Fire Marshal's Office within thirty (30) days of having been mailed to the user. Failure to respond within this thirty (30) day period will result in a default notice being sent by the Fire Marshal to the user. If the registration and fees are not returned within fifteen (15) days of the default notice having been mailed to the user, penalties will be imposed pursuant to the Uniform Fire Code. Failure to pay the registration fee or any penalties assessed shall result in a person being liable for a further penalty upon conviction for non-payment or non-registration. The penalty upon conviction is $50.00 for the first offense and $100.00 each subsequent offense.
2. 
Collection of any unpaid fee or penalty shall be enforced through the Cherry Hill Township Municipal Court or a Court of competent jurisdiction.
b. 
Authorization to Bill and Institute Litigation for Costs.
1. 
The Fire Chief/Director or his/her designee is hereby authorized to bill and collect the costs due from any person responsible for said costs and, where necessary, to direct the Fire District Solicitor to institute litigation for the recovery of such costs.
(a) 
No relief of responsibility for ownership transfer. No property owner shall be relieved of the responsibility for costs of fire suppression arising under circumstances present during his/her ownership solely by reason of the fact that he/she has transferred ownership of the property before or after the fire giving rise to the costs.
(b) 
Additional actions and remedies. The remedies provided in this section shall supplement any remedies available to the Fire District by State law, or are cumulative as other Township ordinances and shall not preclude the Fire District from taking any other action to recover costs associated with fire suppression services and the mitigation and removal of dangerous or hazardous conditions.
[Ord. #2008-7, 4-28-08; Ord. #2014-13, 9-22-14]
a. 
Non-Life Hazard Use.
1. 
The following table will show inspection frequency based on use:
[Amended 7-23-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-7]
USER GROUP
INSPECTION FREQUENCY
CA, B-0 Through B-9
12 Months
R-1 Through R-3
12 Months
R-4 and R-5
6 Months*
*
Exception: R4 and R5 User Groups constructed after 1977 shall be inspected annually.
b. 
Life Hazard Uses.
1. 
Inspection frequency for Life Hazard Uses will be determined by the Uniform Fire Safety Act.
[Ord. #2008-7, 4-28-08; Ord. #2014-13, 9-22-14]
a. 
Fire Lanes.
1. 
No motor vehicle shall otherwise obstruct or block a fire hydrant, Fire Department connection for a standpipe or sprinkler system, or a fire lane.
2. 
It shall be unlawful to obscure from view, damage, deface, obstruct, or restrict the access to any fire hydrant or Fire Department connections that are located on public streets, private streets, and access lanes, or on private property.
3. 
Enforcement of this section will be according to the Uniform Fire Code regulations and by the Cherry Hill Township Police Department.
4. 
Cherry Hill Police Department Officers are hereby authorized to issue a municipal summons for such offense as established by the Revised General Ordinances of the Township of Cherry Hill, as amended.
5. 
Unless another penalty is expressly provided by New Jersey Statute, every person convicted of a violation of a provision of this chapter, or any supplement thereto shall be liable to a fine not to exceed $50.00 or imprisonment for a term not to exceed fifteen (15) days or both.
b. 
Street Obstruction.
1. 
A person or persons shall not erect, construct, place or maintain any speed bumps, speed humps, fences, gates, chains, bars, pipes, wood or metal horses, vehicles, or any other type of obstruction in or on any street within the boundaries of the municipality without prior approval from the Fire Marshal. The word "street" as used in this section shall mean roadway, accessible to the public for vehicular traffic, including but not limited to private street or access lanes, as well as all public streets and highways in the boundaries of the municipality.
2. 
Approval from the Fire Marshal shall be a variance from this section and shall be documented as such.
c. 
Public Water Supply.
1. 
The location and distribution of fire hydrants to be placed upon public property as well as installation of water mains to assure adequate fire flow based on the hazard to be protected shall be determined by the project developer utilizing accepted engineering and industry standards. During the planning and zoning approval process, the Fire Marshal shall be provided with site plans indicating hydrant location, size and location of fire service water mains. The Fire Marshal and Fire Chief/Director shall review and approve all submitted plans prior to the installation of any fire hydrant or fire service water distribution system. A fire hydrant shall not be placed into or removed from service until approved by the Fire Marshal, Fire Chief/Director, and the Board of Fire Commissioners.
2. 
Fire hydrant specifications are established for all new fire hydrants in the municipality as follows: Mueller, Model Number A-421, with three outlets, one 4-1/2" and two 2-1/2" all national standard thread. Public fire hydrants shall be painted chrome yellow and the bonnet top would be silver in color to indicate that the hydrant has NST thread. Private fire hydrants shall be painted red and the top bonnet silver in color.
3. 
Fire Hydrant Use Approval. A person or private concern shall not use or operate any fire hydrant unless a permit and approval for such is obtained from the Fire Marshal and the water company having jurisdiction.
Private yard Systems: All new commercial, multifamily residential, industrial, assembly, institutional and similar occupancies involving high fire or life safety hazards hazards, which require quantities of water beyond the capabilities of the public water distribution, shall be provided with properly placed fire hydrants. Such fire hydrants shall be capable of supplying fire flows as required by the Insurance Service Office (ISO), International Fire Code or the American Water Works standards and shall be connected to a water system in accordance with accepted engineering practices. The Fire Marshal and the Fire Chief shall review and approve the number and location of all fire hydrants. Private fire hydrants shall not be placed into or removed from service until approved.
4. 
Private yard Systems: All new commercial, multifamily residential, industrial, assembly, institutional and similar occupancies involving high fire or life safety hazards hazards, which require quantities of water beyond the capabilities of the public water distribution, shall be provided with properly placed fire hydrants. Such fire hydrants shall be capable of supplying fire flows as required by the Insurance Service Office (ISO), International Fire Code or the American Water Works standards and shall be connected to a water system in accordance with accepted engineering practices. The Fire Marshal and the Fire Chief shall review and approve the number and location of all fire hydrants. Private fire hydrants shall not be placed into or removed from service until approved.
[Amended 7-23-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-7]
5. 
Dead end mains for new construction projects shall be limited to 500 feet and no more than one fire hydrant.
[Added 7-23-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-7]
6. 
For all new construction, a fire hydrant shall be located within 75 feet of any Fire Department connection supplying an automatic fire sprinkler or standpipe system.
[Added 7-23-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-7]
d. 
Outdoor Fire.
1. 
For the purposes of this section, an approved outdoor fire shall be classified as any fire taking place on a residential property within Cherry Hill Township for the sole purpose of providing warmth or recreation and is contained within an approved device. Approved devices shall include commercially manufactured chimineas, outdoor fireplaces and fire pits with a total fuel area not exceeding three (3') feet in diameter and two (2') feet in height.
2. 
Fuel for outdoor fires shall be limited to seasoned fire wood, natural gas or propane.
3. 
Outdoor fires shall not be located within twenty (20') feet of any property line and fifteen (15') feet from any combustible structure. Combustible structures shall include: dwellings, garages, sheds, decks, and fences.
4. 
Outdoor fires shall be prohibited at any R-2 (NJAC 5:70-1.5) use group.
5. 
Any outdoor fire not complying with paragraphs 1-4 above is prohibited.
e. 
Liquefied Petroleum Gases or Any Other Compressed Flammable Gases.
1. 
Places of Assembly. Under no circumstances shall liquefied petroleum gases or any other compressed flammable gases be used in any public assembly, unless approved by the Fire Marshal.
f. 
Rapid Entry Key Boxes.
1. 
Rapid entry key boxes required by Section 506.1 of the International Fire Code and by this section shall be Knox-Box Rapid Entry System, keyed to CHFD specifications.
2. 
Rapid Entry Key Box will be required on:
(a) 
Multiple occupancy buildings equipped with a fire alarm and/or a fire suppression system.
(b) 
Single occupancy building totaling 5,000 square feet or more in an area equipped with a fire alarm and/or fire suppression system.
(c) 
Exception - one and two family dwellings.
3. 
Key Boxes shall contain:
(a) 
Master key or access card for structure or complex (multiple occupancy excluded).
(b) 
Access key for fire alarm or fire sprinkler control room.
(c) 
Access key for mechanical room.
(d) 
Elevator service keys equal to the number of elevators.
4. 
Access to key boxes shall only be available to authorized emergency personnel and only by the master key. A key inventory is conducted per Cherry Hill Fire Department Policy Director #1209 once every three (3) months.
5. 
Installation of a Rapid Entry Box will not relieve a building representative of responding to a location upon request of the Fire Department. Failure to respond in a reasonable manner upon the request of the Fire Department could result in a penalty assessment not to exceed $150.00.
g. 
Elevator Keys.
1. 
All elevator keys utilized for emergency operations of elevators within buildings and structures in the Township of Cherry Hill will have standardized operation keys as follows:
(a) 
Phase I & II - Yale 3502. Building owners/occupants will have one (1) year from the date of inspection to comply with this requirement.
h. 
Emergency Contacts.
[Amended 7-23-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-7]
1. 
All businesses and multiple family complexes must provide upon request, a list of emergency contacts and fire protection service companies for use by emergency personnel.
i. 
Responsible Party.
1. 
Upon response to a fire alarm activation or emergency condition involving a multiple tenant residential property, a property that is closed for business or otherwise unoccupied, the Cherry Hill Fire Department will require the response of a responsible party to assume control of the involved property. Failure of a responsible party to immediately respond to the request may result in a penalty assessment to the property, not to exceed $250.00 per occurrence.
j. 
Snow Removal.
1. 
It is the responsibility of the owner or occupant to have snow removed from their property in a manner which will not delay the response of emergency personnel. Removal of snow shall not obstruct the following:
(a) 
Access to the parking lot, to the perimeter of any building, and any fire lanes or No Parking designated areas.
(b) 
All fire hydrants.
(c) 
All means of egress and exit doors.
(d) 
All fire protection systems and Fire Department water supply connections.
k. 
Fire Department Connections.
1. 
General. All buildings equipped with Fire Department water supply connections shall be labeled and marked for ease of identification. The following guidelines will be utilized for the identification of all Fire Department connections. Any alternate method must be approved by the Fire Marshal and the Fire Chief/Director.
(a) 
A weather resistant sign shall be affixed to, adjacent to, or above the Fire Department connection. Specifications for the sign are as follows:
(1) 
Sign to be white in color with contrasting lettering.
(2) 
Minimum four (4") inch letters indicating F.D.C.
(3) 
Minimum two (2") inch letters indicating Sprinkler, Standpipe, or Sprinkler/Standpipe.
(4) 
Partial Sprinkler System-Two (2") inch letters indicating area protected.
(b) 
Interior standpipe connections within structures, in some cases, will require additional plain language on signs to identify location, particular system and supply location.
l. 
Stairway Markings.
1. 
Information Signs: A sign shall be provided at each floor landing in all interior exit stairways more than three (3) stories above grade, designating the floor level, the floor level above (at) the floor of discharge, the identification of the stairway and the availability of roof access from the stairway. Floor level characters shall be at least six (6") inches in height and characters of other information shall be a least 1-1/2" inches in height. Signage shall be located approximately five (5') feet above the floor landing in a position which is readily visible when the doors are in the open and closed positions.
m. 
Storage or Parking of Internal Combustion Engine Vehicle or Equipment.
1. 
General. No person shall store, or park, or cause to store, or park, any internal combustion engine vehicle or equipment (including but not limited to: motorcycle, moped, dirt bike, lawnmower, debris blower, weed trimmer, snow blower, or any such equipment) within or on any apartment or multi-family dwelling unit, porch, balcony, covered patio, entrance, exit, common area, laundry room, basement, or mechanical room, or any other private area of an apartment or multi-family dwelling unit.
2. 
Exception. Approved storage areas designed and constructed with the required fire separation as required by the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code in effect at the time of the building's construction.
n. 
Commercial Property Identification of Rear Doors.
[Amended 7-23-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-7]
1. 
The rear exterior doors on multiple tenant commercial properties shall be identified with a minimum of four-inch letters of contrasting color stating the business name and the unit number. Posting of the unit number only shall be acceptable if the corresponding unit number is conspicuously posted on the front of the tenant space. The signage shall be provided and maintained up-to-date by the landlord at his/her expense. Names shall be updated as soon as occupancy changes.
o. 
Storage or Use of Liquid Petroleum Gas Containers.
1. 
The operation, use, maintenance or storage of any liquefied petroleum gas (LP gas or LPG) containers with the capacity in excess of one (1) pound LPG, is prohibited in or on any apartment or multi-family dwelling unit, porch, balcony, covered patio area, entrance, exits, or any other private area of an apartment or multi-family dwelling unit.
p. 
Insurance Reports.
1. 
All owners, lessees or tenants of any building or structure damaged by fire and subjected to assistance from the Fire Department shall report to the Fire Marshal's Office the name and address of the fire insurance carrier, the name and address of insurance agent on such policy, and the policy limits of coverage. This information shall be supplied to the Fire Marshal's Office within five (5) days of the date of the fire in question.
q. 
Certificate of Smoke Alarm and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Compliance.
1. 
All one- and two- and attached one- and two-family dwellings as defined in NJAC 5:10-1.5 within the Township of Cherry Hill shall have a least one fully operable smoke alarm located within each sleeping area. All such residential sleeping areas enclosed by a door or otherwise shall, in addition have at least one fully operable smoke alarm located outside each sleeping area within 10 feet of such sleeping area. Installation of the smoke alarms shall be in accordance with the manufacturer specifications and National Fire Protection Association.
[Amended 7-23-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-7]
2. 
In residences where hardwired smoke alarms were not required to be installed in sleeping areas by the Building Codes in effect at the time of construction, single station battery operated smoke alarms are acceptable.
3. 
Hardwired smoke alarms required by the Building Code in effect at the time of construction, cannot be replaced by battery powered smoke alarms as per N.J.A.C. 5:70 Subchapter 3.
4. 
In addition, smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors must have been manufactured within ten (10) years of the inspection.
5. 
Enforcement: The enforcement of this section shall be accomplished by the Fire Marshal's Office during annual fire inspections, upon receipt of complaints of lack of existing fully operable smoke alarms, at time of an inspection upon the sale of the property, or any time as may be authorized under the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code, Township Ordinances, or any other statue or ordinance. This section may also be enforced by the Township Building, Property Maintenance or Housing Inspector.
[Amended 7-23-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-7]
r. 
Fire Extinguishers, One and Two Family Dwellings.
1. 
All one and two family dwellings located within the Township of Cherry Hill, shall be provided with a minimum of one (1) operational portable fire extinguisher within the vicinity of the kitchen. The minimum rating of the extinguisher shall be 1A:10BC.
2. 
The enforcement of this requirement shall be accomplished by the Fire Marshal's Office at the time of inspection upon the sale of the property.
s. 
Health Care Occupancies.
1. 
In all Health Care Facilities, smoking shall be prohibited inside all buildings.
2. 
Any designated smoking area shall be located in an exterior environment on the premises.
t. 
Combustible Ground Covering.
[Added 7-23-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-7]
1. 
Combustible ground covering, including but not limited to mulch, shall not be placed within 18 inches of any building of Type V construction or any building where the exterior walls are either fully or partially constructed of combustible materials. Combustible materials would include wall framing, sheathing or exterior covering. This section shall not apply to the following:
(a) 
One- and two-family detached dwellings;
(b) 
Wood frame exterior walls with a true four-inch masonry veneer that originates below grade level and extends a minimum of 10 feet above grade.
[Ord. #93-27, Preamble, 7-12-93]
The Township Council of the Township of Cherry Hill has received petitions pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:14-91 for the dissolution of Cherry Hill Fire District Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7, signed by at least five (5%) percent of the registered voters residing in the Township of Cherry Hill; and the Township Council has considered the petitions submitted to it and has determined that it will be in the best interest of the public health, safety and welfare, effect desirable economies, and greatly contribute to the furnishing of an efficient and effective means of fire protection to the residents of the Township of Cherry Hill for Cherry Hill Fire District Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7 to be dissolved and a new district be formed and include the geographic area presently serviced by the former districts. The preservation of the volunteer fire fighting system needs to be preserved and include an equal and agreeable formula of compensation for volunteer fire fighting companies. All monies remaining in the treasuries and all real and personal property titled in the name of Cherry Hill Fire District Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 shall be transferred and delivered to the new fire district. Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:5A-20 the Local Finance Board has found that this section makes adequate provision for the payment of all creditors or obligees of the districts and that adequate provision is made for the assumption of those services provided by the authority which are necessary for the health, safety and welfare of the recipients of those services and have thereby approved the dissolution and creation as set forth in this section.
[Ord. #93-27, § 1, 7-12-93]
The following fire districts shall be dissolved effective midnight on December 31, 1993, provided all conditions of this section are met:
a. 
Cherry Hill Fire District No. 1 created by Ordinance No. 203, adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Delaware on January 23, 1950 and including that area more particularly described in said Ordinance as follows:
BEGINNING at a point in the center line of Church Road 350 feet more or less Southeastwardly along said center line to center line of the Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Line and running thence (1) Southeastwardly along said center line of Church Road to the center line of Haddonfield Road (Stoy Landing Road); thence (2) Southwesterly along said center line of Haddonfield Road to the center line of New Jersey State Highway Route 38; thence (3) Northwestwardly along said center line of said Route 38 to Woods Road; thence (4) in a general Southwesterly direction and along to a branch of the South branch of Pennsauken Creek to its source; thence (5) continuing in a Southeasterly direction to the intersection of Coopertown Road (Cooper Landing) and Chapel Avenue (Whisky Road); thence (6) in a Southwesterly direction to the intersection of the extended center lines of Marlboro Avenue and Hollis Avenue; thence (7) in a general Westerly direction along the center line of Hollis Avenue to Haddonfield Road; thence (8) continuing along center line of Haddonfield Road Southeastwardly to the center line of Graham Avenue and Haddonfield Road; thence (9) continuing along the said center line of Graham Avenue from Haddonfield Road Southwestwardly to the Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Line Railroad; thence (10) along the said line of Pennsylvania-Reading Railroad center line Northwesterly until the intersection of the center line of Cornell Avenue; thence (11) Southwestwardly along said center line of Cornell Avenue to the center line of Williams Avenue; thence (12) Northwestwardly along center line of Williams Avenue to Beechwood Avenue; thence (13) along Beechwood Avenue to the extended center line of O'Brien Avenue; thence (14) Southwestwardly to the intersection of Cuthbert Boulevard and Hampton Road; thence (15) in a general Northerly direction along the center line of Cuthbert Boulevard to the center line of Cedar Avenue; thence (16) Northeastwardly along center line of Cedar Avenue to center line of Chapel Avenue; thence (17) along center line or line between the Township of Pennsauken and Borough of Merchantville to the North and the Township of Delaware to the South the various courses to the place of beginning.
b. 
Cherry Hill Fire District No. 2 created by Ordinance No. 204, adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Delaware on January 23, 1950 and including that area more particularly described in said Ordinance as follows:
BEGINNING at a point, the intersection of Chapel Avenue and Kings Highway, thence west to Cooper Landing Road, southwest to Hollis Avenue, west on Hollis Avenue to Haddonfield Road. Directly west from Hollis Avenue and Haddonfield Road to the Railroad. Directly from the Railroad to Williams Avenue in a Westward direction to Lexington Avenue and thence in a southwestwardly direction along William Avenue to a point at Marlton Pike and Lexington Avenue. Then, directly south to the County Park Line; thence directly east along County Park boundary line to Evans Pond and Old Barton Mill Road. From a point on Barton Mill Road to a northern point on Charleston Road. From Cooper Creek Branch and Charleston Road then north to Marlton Pike. Thence north to Pennsylvania Creek and Church Road, following Pennsylvania Creek to Kings Highway. Then center of Kings Highway to Chapel Avenue.
c. 
Cherry Hill Fire District No. 3 created by Ordinance No. 96, adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Delaware on January 24, 1955 and including that area more particularly described in said Ordinance as follows:
BEGINNING at a point at the intersection of the centerlines of Evesham Road (Clements Bridge Road) and Kresson Road (Milford Road); thence Northwestwardly along the centerline of Kresson Road to the Southwesterly corner of Lot 5, Block 411; thence Northeastwardly along the Northwesterly line of said Lot 5, to the Southerly line of the Right of Way of Philadelphia, Marlton & Medford Railroad; thence Eastwardly along said Right of Way to the extended Westerly line of Lot 18, Block 404; thence Northwardly crossing said Right of Way of said Railroad and along the Westerly line of Lot 18, Block 404 to a point in the Southerly line of Lot 17, Block 404; thence Northeastwardly along the Southeasterly lines of Lots 17 and 17A, Block 404 to a point in the Northeasterly line of Lot 17A, Block 404; thence Northwestwardly along the Northeasterly lines of Lot 17A and 10, Block 404, to a point in the Southeasterly line of Lot 86, Block 404; thence Northeastwardly along the Southeasterly lines of Lots 86, 85, 84, 83, 82, and 81 to a point in the centerline of Coopers Creek; thence in a general northerly direction to a point in the Northerly line of New Jersey State Highway Route 70, also being the Southeasterly Corner of Lot 8, Block 341; thence along Southeasterly lines of Lots 8, 7, and 9, Block 341, to a point in the Southerly line of Lot 5, Block 339; thence Northeastwardly along the Southeasterly line of said Lot 5, Block 339 to a point in the Southerly line of Lot 1, Block 339; thence in a general Northeasterly direction to a point in the Southwesterly Corner of Lot 16, Block 338H; thence Northwardly along the Westerly lines of Lots 15, and 15, Block 338H to a point in the centerline of Chapel Avenue; thence Eastwardly along the centerline of Chapel Avenue to a point in the centerline of Leeann Road; thence Northwardly along said centerline of Leeann Road to a point in the centerline of Cornwall Road; thence eastwardly along the said centerline of Cornwall Road to a point in the centerline of King George Road; thence in a general Northerly direction along the centerline King George Road to the extended Northerly line of Lot 16, Block 338Q; thence in an Easterly direction along the Northerly line of Lot 16, Block 338Q to point in the centerline of Pennsauken Creek, also being the boundary line of the Township of Delaware; thence in a general Southeasterly direction following the boundary line of the Township of Delaware to a point in the centerline of Evesham Road (Clements Bridge Road); thence Southwestwardly along the centerline of Evesham Road to the centerline of Kresson Road and point of beginning.
d. 
Cherry Hill Fire District No. 4 created by Ordinance No. 96, adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Delaware on January 24, 1955 and amended by Ordinance 88-73A which enlarged and extended the boundaries of Fire District No. 4 to encompass the geographical area presently serviced by Fire District No. 6 in the Township of Cherry Hill and including that area more particularly described in said Ordinance as follows:
BEGINNING at a point at the intersection of the center line of Evesham Road (Clements Bridge Road) and Kresson Road (Milford Road) and extending; thence (1) Northwestwardly along the center line of Kresson Road to the Southwesterly corner of Lot 5, Block 411; thence (2) Northeastwardly along the Northwesterly line of said Lot 5 to the Southerly line of the Right of Way of Philadelphia, Marlton & Medford Railroad; thence (3) Eastwardly along said Right of Way to the extended Westerly line of Lot 18, Block 404; thence (4) Northwardly crossing Right of Way and along the Westerly line of Lot 18, Block 404 to the Southerly line of Lot 16, Block 404; thence (5) Westwardly along the Southerly line of said Lot 16 to the Southeasterly corner of Lot 17, Block 404; thence (6) Northeastwardly along the Southeasterly lines of Lots 17 and 17A to the Northeasterly corner of Lot 17A, Block 404; thence (7) Northwestwardly along the Northeasterly line of Lot 17A, Block 404 to the centerline of Charleston Road; thence (8) in a general Southerly direction along the center line of Charleston Road to the centerline of Kresson Road; thence (9) Northwestwardly along the center line of Kresson Road to the center line of Old Borton Mill Road; thence (10) Northwestwardly along various courses of the center line of Old Borton Mill Road to the Delaware Township line at Evans Pond; thence (11) in a general Southwesterly direction along various courses following the line of Delaware Township to the center line of the Haddonfield-Berlin Road (Haddon Avenue); thence (12) Southeastwardly along the center line of Haddonfield-Berlin Road to the center line of Burnt Mill (Roberts Mill Road); thence (13) Southwardly along the center line of Burnt Mill Road to the center line of Sweets Mill Branch of the South branch of Coopers Creek; thence (14) in a general Westerly direction along the various courses of the center line of Sweets Mill Branch to the intersection of Sweets Mill Branch and South Branch of Coopers Creek (Delaware Township Line); thence (15) in a general Southerly direction of various courses along the center line of South Branch of Coopers Creek (Delaware Township Line) to the center line of Evesham Road; thence (16) Northeastwardly along the center line of Evesham Road to the point of beginning.
BEGINNING at a point in the center line of the Haddonfield-Berlin Road (Haddon Avenue) in the division line between the Borough of Haddonfield and the Township of Cherry Hill and extending thence; (1) Southeastwardly along the center line of Haddonfield-Berlin Road to the center line of Burnt Mill Road; thence (2) Southwardly along the center line of Burnt Mill Road to the center line Sweets Mill Branch of the South Branch of Cooper Creek; thence (3) in a general Westerly direction along the various courses of the Sweets Mill Branch to the intersection of the Sweets Mill Branch and the South Branch of Cooper Creek (Division line between the Township of Cherry and the Borough of Lawnside); thence (4) in a general Northerly direction along the center line of the South Branch of Cooper River (Cherry Hill Township line) to the point of beginning.
e. 
Cherry Hill Fire District No. 5 created by Ordinance No. 156, adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Delaware on January 16, 1957 and including that area more particularly described in said Ordinance as follows:
BEGINNING at a point in the center line of Church Road and Haddonfield Road and running thence (1) Southeastwardly along the center line of Haddonfield Road to the Center line of New Jersey State Highway Route 38; thence (2) Northeastwardly along said center line of said Route 38 to Woods Road; thence (3) in a general Southeasterly direction and along to a branch of Pennsauken Creek to its source; thence (4) continuing in a Southeasterly direction to the intersection of Coopertown Road (Cooper Landing Road) and Chapel Avenue (Whiskey Road); thence (5) Eastwardly along the said center line of Chapel (Whiskey Road) to the intersection of Chapel Avenue (Whiskey Road) and Haddonfield-Moorestown Road (Kings Highway); thence (6) Northeastwardly along the center line of Haddonfield-Moorestown Road (Kings Highway) to Delaware Township line in the South Branch of Pennsauken Creek; thence (7) in a general Northwesterly direction along the said Delaware Township line and in the South Branch of Pennsauken Creek to State Highway Route 38; thence (8) continuing in a general Northwesterly direction still along the Delaware Township line in the South Branch of Pennsauken Creek to Coles Avenue (Coopertown Road); thence (9) in a general westerly direction still along the Delaware Township line in South Branch of Pennsauken Creek to a branch of said South Branch of Pennsauken Creek; thence (10) Southwestwardly in said branch to the Northwesterly fork of said branch, and paralleling Green Valley Road to Church to Church Road; thence (11) Westwardly along the center line of Church Road to the point of beginning.
f. 
Cherry Hill Fire District No. 7 created by Ordinance No. 358, adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Delaware on November 26, 1962 and including that area more particularly described in said Ordinance as follows:
BEGINNING at a point in the center line of Church Road in the division line between the Township of Cherry Hill and the Township of Pennsauken; thence Northeastwardly along the Township line to the center line of Maple Avenue; thence Eastwardly along the centerline of Maple Avenue to the division line between the Township of Maple Shade and the Township of Cherry Hill thence Southwardly along the Township line to the center line of Green Valley Road; thence Southwestwardly along the centerline of Church Road; thence Northwestwardly along the center line of Church Road to the beginning.
Provided all conditions of this section are met, effective October 4, 1993, a new fire district shall be formed to include the geographic area of Cherry Hill, to be known as "Fire District No. 13 of Cherry Hill Township, Camden County."
This District shall operate as a transitional entity through December 31, 1993 with the Commissioners having limited powers pertaining to the logistics and operational aspects of consolidation, including but not limited to: taking all actions in promulgating a budget as shall be required by law, negotiation of employment contracts, and adoption of by-laws and/or other regulations in a manner so as to serve the best interest of the public health, safety and welfare, effect desirable economies, and greatly contribute to the furnishing of an efficient and effective means of fire protection to the residents of the Township of Cherry Hill, satisfactory to the Township Council.
During this transitional period, Fire District Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7, shall retain responsibility for fire protection. Commencing on January 1, 1994, the newly elected Board of Commissioners shall have all powers authorized by law, including responsibility for fire protection.
[Ord. #93-27, §§ 3, 4, 5, 7-12-93]
a. 
Election. The election of the first Board of Fire Commissioners for the new district, to consist of five (5) residents of the Township of Cherry Hill, shall be held on Tuesday, September 14, 1993, at the time and places hereafter specified by the Township Clerk. Notice of the time and places of the election and the closing date for the filing with the Township Clerk of petitions of a nomination for membership on the Board, shall be published at least once in the official newspaper of the Township at least six (6) weeks prior to the date fixed for the election. The election shall be conducted by the Township Clerk of Cherry Hill.
b. 
Cost of Election. The cost of the aforementioned election shall be borne by Fire District Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 in a manner to be determined by the newly elected Board of Commissioners.
c. 
Reimbursement to the Town. Fire District Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 shall in the same manner, determined by the newly elected Board of Commissioners, reimburse the Township for its costs and expenses in preparing Ordinance 93-27 and obtaining approval of it from the New Jersey Local Finance Board.
d. 
Assessment of Fire Districts. The newly elected Board of Commissioners may also assess Fire Districts Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 a share of an amount not to exceed thirty thousand ($30,000.00) dollars in total from all districts in a manner to be determined by the newly elected Commissioners to defray any legal, accounting, secretarial, clerical or other expenditures incurred by them between October 4, 1993 and December 31, 1993.
e. 
Beginning of Term of Office. The term of office of the five (5) Commissioners shall commence on Monday, October 4, 1993.
[Ord. #93-27, § 6, 7-12-93]
The Township Clerk shall schedule the first meeting of the newly elected Board of Fire Commissioners for Monday, October 4, 1993 and shall preside at the meeting until the Chairman shall have been elected. At the first meeting the members of the Board shall choose a Chairman and shall divide themselves by lot into three (3) classes; the first to consist of two (2) members whose term shall expire on the date specified by state law; the second, two (2) members whose terms shall expire one (1) year after the term of the first class expires; and the third, one (1) member whose term shall expire one (1) year after the term of the second class expires. Thereafter, all Commissioners' terms shall be for a period of three (3) years.
The newly elected Board shall take all the necessary steps to finalize the consolidation and any other actions authorized by law.
[Ord. #93-27, § 7, 7-12-93]
All assets, including but not limited to real and personal property titled in the name of Fire District Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7 and all monies remaining in their treasuries shall be transferred and delivered to the new fire district on January 1, 1994.
[Ord. #93-27, § 8, 7-12-93]
Nothing contained herein shall adversely affect the repayment of the bonds and obligations, if any, of said Cherry Hill Fire District Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7 as all bonds and obligations shall be assumed or paid off by the new fire district on January 1, 1994. Fire District Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 shall continue to make all payments on account of outstanding indebtedness through December 31, 1993 and shall not hereafter make or obligate themselves to any major expenditures out of the ordinary course of business provided that no disbursements shall be made or obligations incurred by Fire Districts Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 after October 4, 1993 without the approval of the new Board of Fire Commissioners for the obligation or disbursement.
[Ord. #93-27, § 9, 10, 7-12-93]
a. 
1994 Election. The Board of Fire Commissioners shall hold an election in February 1994 in accordance with state law, to determine the amount of money to be raised for the ensuing year, adoption of a budget and any other matters permitted by law.
b. 
1995 Election. Commencing in 1995, the annual election shall be held in accordance with law.
[Ord. #93-27, § 11, 7-12-93]
Any vacancy in the membership shall be filled by the remaining members until the next succeeding annual election, at which time a resident of Cherry Hill shall be elected for the unexpired term.
[Ord. #93-27, § 13, 7-12-93]
A copy of this section as adopted shall be filed immediately with the local Finance Board and with the Secretary of State.
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Editor's Note: For fees for Application and Certificate of Smoke Detector installation, see Section 16-5 of this chapter.
As used in this section:
MULTIPLE STATION UNIT
Shall mean a smoke detector which may be either a single station unit interconnected with other single station units for common alarm annunciation or a smoke detector of the non-self-contained alarm type connected to a remote alarm in a system designed to be connected to an alternating current (AC) power supply source.
SINGLE STATION UNIT
Shall mean a smoke detector which contains an alarm.
SMOKE DETECTOR
Shall mean a fire alarm device which consists of an assembly of electrical components including a smoke chamber and provision for connection to a power source and may either be a single station unit or a multiple station unit.
SMOKE DETECTOR OF THE NON-SELF-CONTAINED TYPE
Shall mean a smoke detector not containing an alarm, which is interconnected to a common alarm or series of alarms.
TAG
Shall mean a sticker or a piece of oaktag or cardboard, attached or affixed to a smoke detector, containing space for the entry of initials of the person inspecting each detector and the date of inspection.
[Ord. #81-58, § 1, 6-8-81]
Smoke detectors shall be installed in all hotels and multiple dwellings and shall be Underwriters' Laboratories, Inc. (U.L.), Factory Mutual Research Corporation (F.M.) or other nationally recognized testing laboratory listed ionization or photo-electric type units.
[Ord. #81-58, § 1, 6-8-81]
a. 
Single station units shall have the following features: Integral alarms capable of emitting a minimum sound intensity of eighty-five (85 dbA) decibels at a ten (10') foot distance, an easily seen and activated manual unit test button or approved alternative and a power source monitor light or trouble signal. All units shall be listed as conforming to latest U.L. 217 requirements and shall be installed and maintained as per manufacturer's recommendations and shall comply with the latest NFPA No. 72E and No. 74 standards for design and performance.
b. 
Multiple Station units shall be either a series of interconnected single station units or smoke detectors of the non-self-contained type which are interconnected to a common alarm annunciation or to a series of alarms with the same features as required for single station units.
[Ord. #81-58, § 1, 6-8-81]
All smoke detectors shall be powered by an alternating current (AC), constantly active electric circuit which cannot be deactivated by the operation of any interconnected switching device and shall comply with the latest NFPA-70 (National Electric Code) requirements. As an alternative, battery-powered single station units may be installed in dwelling units provided that the following conditions are met:
a. 
The owner or his/her representative shall inspect and clean all units and replace batteries in all units annually or as otherwise required per manufacturer's printed recommendations.
b. 
The owner of a multiple dwelling or his/her representative shall place a tag on each unit and shall place the date of inspection and his/her initials on the tag. Entries shall be made on the tag upon initial installation, whenever a change of occupant occurs, when any reported malfunction of unit is corrected, and required maintenance is performed. An entry made on a tag shall constitute a certification that the unit is operating properly. Tags shall be attached or affixed so as not to impair the functioning of the unit.
c. 
The owner of a multiple dwelling shall supply each occupant with a copy of the manufacturer's printed instructions for the testing of the installed unit(s).
d. 
The owner of a multiple dwelling who has been notified either by an occupant, or by the Bureau, that the occupant is unable to perform the required monthly testing of detector units in his/her dwelling or have this performed by a member of his/her household, shall perform such monthly testing.
e. 
The owner of a hotel or his/her representative shall inspect each unit whenever a change of occupant occurs and shall clean the unit or replace batteries whenever necessary.
[Ord. #81-58, § 1, 6-8-81]
Dwelling units in hotels and multiple dwellings shall have smoke detectors installed at locations as follows:
a. 
Each dwelling unit in a multiple dwelling or hotel shall have a minimum of one (1) approved single station smoke detector located in close proximity to each sleeping area. Smoke detectors shall be located so that the maximum distance from the detector to any sleeping area exit door shall not exceed ten (10') feet. If any required detector is to be located closer than five (5') feet to a kitchen or bathroom area, it shall be of photo-electric type only.
b. 
A basement or cellar directly connected to a dwelling unit and used by the occupants of that unit only shall have a minimum of one (1) approved smoke detector located in the highest ceiling area or at the ceiling of the first floor stair landing or other approved location where the earliest detection of fire would activate the alarm(s).
[Ord. #81-58, § 1, 6-8-81]
Every occupant of a dwelling unit in a multiple dwelling shall test all detector units in his/her own dwelling unit monthly and report any malfunctioning immediately to the building owner. If an occupant is incapable of performing this testing due to a mental or physical impairment, and has no member of his/her household capable of performing such testing, he/she shall so notify the owner or his/her representative.
[Ord. #81-58, § 1, 6-8-81]
a. 
Requirements. Common areas in all buildings that do not comply with the minimum life safety requirements of the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code shall be required to have an approved system of multiple station units installed as hereinafter provided. Detection systems shall be powered by alternating current (AC), constantly active electric circuits which cannot be deactivated by the operation of any interconnected switching device and shall comply with the latest NFPA-70 (National Electric Code) requirements. Systems shall consist of smoke detectors of the non-self-contained type or of single station units so interconnected that the activation of any one (1) unit will simultaneously activate the individual alarms of all other units and/or other separate alarms in the system. Alarms shall be located so as to be effectively heard above all other sounds, by all the occupants, in every occupied space within the building. All detection units, wiring, and systems installations shall be listed as conforming to the latest U.L. 167, 168 and 217 requirements and shall comply with NFPA No. 72E and No. 74 standards.
1. 
All public corridors up to thirty (30') feet in length which form part of a means of egress shall have a minimum of one (1) approved smoke detector. An additional smoke detector shall be installed for every additional thirty (30') feet or part thereof. Detectors shall be so located as to provide most complete coverage.
2. 
All interior stairways in buildings not enclosed by a minimum one (1) hour fire-rated separation from other common areas or which function as a sole interior means of egress shall have approved smoke detectors installed at each floor level at either the ceiling of the landing or the high point of the sloped staircase soffit.
3. 
All basements or cellars which lack a minimum one (1) hour fire-rated smooth ceiling surface shall have approved smoke detectors installed at spacings not to exceed three hundred (300) square feet of floor space coverage per smoke detector, unless the detector is listed for a greater allowable spacing. One (1) of the detectors shall be located at the ceiling of the first floor stair landing, or other approved location, where the earliest detection of fire would activate the alarm. Maximum spacing of detectors to conform to U.L./F.M. listings for "1/2S" distances of individual manufactured units. The "1/2S" distance spacing in open joist ceilings perpendicular to the joists shall be one half (1/2) of that listed for a smooth ceiling surface. Detectors shall be installed on the bottom surface of the joist. Compartmentalized and partially-enclosed areas shall have additional detectors as required to afford complete protection of the total basement/cellar area in conformity with the above criteria. The activated detector(s) shall set off alarms, which shall be so located to be effectively heard above all other sounds, by all the occupants, in every occupied space within the building not separated from the basement or cellar area by fire walls having a minimum fire-resistance rating of two (2) hours.
4. 
All basements or cellars which have an existing approved minimum one (1) hour fire-rated ceiling assembly shall have a minimum of one (1) approved smoke detector per six hundred twenty-five (625) square feet of area, unless the detector is listed for greater allowable spacing. One (1) of the detectors to be located at the ceiling of the first floor stair landing or other approved location where the earliest detection of fire would activate the alarm. Additional detectors shall be required in ceiling areas that are enclosed or separated by a dropped girder or similar type projection to afford complete protection of the total basement/cellar area. The activated detector(s) shall set off alarms, which shall be so located to be effectively heard above all other sounds, by all the occupants, in every occupied space within the building not separated from the basement or cellar area by fire walls having a minimum fire-resistance rating of two (2) hours.
5. 
Additional smoke detector requirements for hotels: All hotels greater than three (3) stories in height, or greater than two (2) stories in height having more than twenty (20) rooming units, shall have approved detection systems located in all interior common areas, connected to a supervisory type central control panel conforming to the latest NFPA No. 72A standards. The smoke detection systems shall be installed so as to include basement and cellar areas, storage rooms, soiled linen collection and sorting areas, rubbish and laundry chutes, refuse collection and disposal areas, laundry drying areas with two or more machines, interior corridors, work shops, recreation rooms, attics, enclosed stairways, escalators, kitchens, places of assembly, infirmaries and public foyers.
b. 
Testing. In all common areas of all multiple dwellings and hotels and in dwelling units in hotels, the owner or his/her representative shall test all smoke detectors and detection systems monthly and maintain them as per manufacturer's recommendations.
[Ord. #81-58, § 1, 6-8-81]
Buildings which comply fully with the minimum life safety requirements of the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code shall have at least one (1) approved smoke detector installed in close proximity to each sleeping area in each dwelling unit and at least one (1) approved smoke detector installed at the highest ceiling area of the cellar or basement or at the ceiling of the first floor stair landing or other approved location where the earliest detection of fire would activate the alarm. All protective equipment and assemblies required by the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code shall be properly maintained and kept in good repair.
[Ord. #81-58, § 1, 6-8-61]
When a building or portion of a building exceeding fifteen thousand (15,000) square feet in area is used for exhibitions, shows or other displays of combustible products, goods or materials, or utilizes combustible display equipment or booths, an approved automatic sprinkler system shall be installed throughout the exhibit space and accessory areas. NFPA Standard No. 13 (installation of sprinkler system) shall be used as a guide for the design and installation of the system.
[Ord. #81-58, § 1, 6-8-61]
With the approval of the Bureau, heat detectors may be substituted for smoke detectors in those locations where frequent nuisance alarms would be likely to occur.
[Ord. #81-23, § 1, 4-13-81]
It shall be unlawful under the Uniform Construction Code of New Jersey and the Township ordinance, within the Township for any person to:
Uniform Construction Code Section No.
a.
Block or close off any existing required exitway.
612
b.
Block off or obstruct any existing hallway or corridor to an exitway.
610
c.
Change or eliminate any exitway doorway hardware required by the Code, such as panic devices
612
d.
Fail to provide emergency lighting or required lighted exit signs.
623, 624
e.
Have required exitway doors of insufficient size and not swinging in direction of exitway travel. 612
612
f.
Exceed maximum occupancy load and to fail to post N.J.A.C. maximum occupancy load or to post occupancy placard.
5:23-3.3
g.
Fail to maintain aisle spaces of three (3) feet or more between tables and chairs to an exit. 417
417
[Ord. #81-23, § 3, 4-13-81]
All appeals will be handled by the Construction Board of Appeals,[1]pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 52:27D-119, et seq.
[1]
Editor's Note: Refer to the Camden County Board of Appeals.
[Ord. #81-23, § 4, 4-13-81]
Enforcement of all of these provisions shall be by a properly licensed Fire Subcode Official and District Fire Marshal of the Township.
[Ord. #81-23, § 2, 4-13-81]
a. 
First offense shall be a violation notice.
b. 
Should the situation present an emergency involving danger to human health or life any establishment may be closed until the violation shall be corrected.
c. 
Second offense or second notice, summons for appearance in court shall be issued by the Enforcing Officer, maximum penalty of five hundred ($500.00) dollars or six (6) months imprisonment in jail for each separate offense or both.
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Section 16-5, Application and Certificate of Smoke Detector Installation Fee, previously codified herein and containing portions of Ordinance No. 92-3, was repealed in its entirety by Ordinance No. 2004-9. See subsection 16-1.8d for Certificate of Smoke Detector and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Compliance.