Editor's Note: Prior ordinance history includes portions of 1983 Code Part VI T. 51 §§ 1 — 5 and Ordinance Nos. 1928 and 2287.
[Ord. No. 04-2585, Preamble]
The Uniform Fire Safety Act (P.L. 1983, c. 383) was enacted for the purpose of establishing a system for the enforcement of minimum fire safety standards throughout the State of New Jersey. The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs has promulgated minimum fire safety standards, which have been made part of the Uniform Fire Code (N.J.A.C. 5:70-1 et seq.). The Uniform Fire Safety Act authorizes municipalities to provide for local enforcement of these standards and to establish local enforcement agencies for that purpose. It is in the best interest of the City of Summit to have the Uniform Fire Code enforced locally. The local fire service has agreed to the plan, which is set forth herein, for the administration and enforcement of the Uniform Fire Code.
[Ord. No. 04-2585 § 1]
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 locally enforced in the City of Summit.
[Ord. No. 04-2585 § 2]
The local enforcing agency shall be the Summit Fire Department through its Bureau of Fire Prevention, which is hereby created therein. The Bureau of Fire Prevention shall hereinafter be known as the local enforcing agency.
[Ord. No. 04-2585 § 3]
The local enforcing agency shall enforce the Uniform Fire Code in all buildings, structures, and premises within the established boundaries of the City of Summit other than one (1) and two (2) unit owner-occupied dwellings used exclusively for dwelling purposes and buildings, structures, and premises owned or operated by Federal Government, Interstate Agencies or the State.
The local enforcing agency shall faithfully comply with all the pertinent requirements of the Uniform Fire Safety Act and the Uniform Fire Code.
[Ord. No. 04-2585 § 4]
The Bureau of Fire Prevention established by subsection 16-1.2 of this section shall be under the direct supervision and control of a Fire Official/Fire Marshal who shall report to the Chief of the Summit Fire Department, and shall be comprised of the membership of such officers and members of the Summit Fire Department who possess certification from the State of New Jersey, Department of Community Affairs, Division of Fire Safety to conduct such work.
The City Solicitor for the City of Summit is hereby appointed as the legal counsel to assist the local enforcing agency to enforce the Code.
Pursuant to the Uniform Fire Code, any person aggrieved by any order of the local enforcing agency shall have the right of appeal to the Union County Construction Board of Appeals.
[Ord. No. 04-2585 § 5]
The Bureau of Fire Prevention established by subsection 16-1.2 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.
[Ord. No. 04-2585 § 6]
The Bureau of Fire Prevention established by subsection 16-1.2 of this section shall carry out the periodic inspections of non-life hazard uses.
[Ord. No. 2257 Preamble; Ord. No. 10-2934]
N.J.A.C. 5:70-3.503 provides for the process by which fire lanes may be designated by the Fire Official on "private property to which the public is invited" or which is devoted to public use, and the Fire Director/Chief and Police Chief approved of such jurisdiction by the Fire Official.
[Ord. No. 2257 § 1]
Fire Lanes shall be established by the Fire Official to insure fire equipment and other emergency vehicles unobstructed means of ingress and egress to such properties and the buildings, persons, vehicles, fire hydrants, Fire Department connections and standpipes thereon in case of fire or other emergency.
[Ord. No. 2257 § 2]
A description showing the Fire Lanes shall be filed with the Police Department and City Clerk.
[Ord. No. 2298 § 3; Ord. No. 2305 § 3; Ord. No. 02-2516 § 1; Ord. No. 10-2934]
No person shall park as defined by N.J.S.A. 39:1-1, a vehicle in or cause obstruction to a Fire Lane upon any of the streets or parts of streets as described below.
[Ord. No. 09-2861 § 1; Ord. No. 10-2934]
[Ord. No. 2257 § 3]
The Fire Official is further authorized to regulate, restrict and prohibit the parking and operation of motor vehicles in and near such Fire Lanes and to impose other regulations necessary to insure that such areas are free from obstruction.
[Ord. No. 2257 § 4]
Fire Lanes shall be specifically designated and marked on the pavement and/or on the adjoining building wall area, including installation of appropriate signs stating "No Parking, Fire Lane" as described by the Fire Official, all of which shall be the responsibility of, and at the expense of, the property owner.
[Ord. No. 2257 §§ 5, 6; New]
It shall be a violation of this section for anyone to park, or stop or stand as defined by N.J.S.A. 39:1-1, a vehicle in or cause an obstruction to a Fire Lane.
[Ord. No. 2257 § 7]
The Police Department shall have concurrent jurisdiction with the Fire Department to enforce the provision of subsection 16-2.5.