Editor's Note: Prior ordinance history includes portions of 1979 Code §§ 57-1 — 57-9, Ord. No. 9-85, Ord. No. 13-85, Ord. No. 02-06.
[Ord. No. 02-15 § 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 Township of Green.
[Ord. No. 02-15 § 2]
The local enforcing agency shall be the Township of Green 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. 02-15 § 3]
The local enforcing agency shall enforce the Uniform Fire Code in all buildings, structures, and premises within the established boundaries of the Township of Green other than one and two 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. 02-15 § 4]
[Ord. No. 02-15 § 5]
Appointment and Qualification of the Fire Official. The Fire Official shall be certified by the State and appointed by the Governing Body.
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 of 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 a hearing officer designated by the same. Removal shall not include a nonrenewal of an appointment at the expiration of any term of office.
[Ord. No. 02-14 § 6; Ord. No. 2011-14 § 3]
The Bureau of Fire Prevention established by subsection 12-1.2 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.
Fees for life hazard uses, including annual registration fees, permit fees and annual inspection fees, shall be assessed in accordance with State mandated fees set forth in the Uniform Fire Code. These fees are subject to change whenever the fees contained in the Uniform Fire Code change.
[Ord. No. 08-04; Ord. No. 2011-14 § 3]
Non-Life Hazard Uses include:
Manufacturing - Factory
Storage S-1 - Moderate Hazard S-1, Low Hazard S-2
Residential - LEA Listed with Multifamily BHI.
In addition to the registration required by the Uniform Fire Code, non-life hazard uses shall register with the Bureau of Fire Prevention. These uses shall be inspected once per year and pay an annual inspection fee in accordance with Chapter 8 - FEES with the exception of residential uses which shall be inspected and charged the inspection fee only upon sale or change of the owner or tenant.
[1979 Code §§ 57-8, 127-1; Ord. No. 9-85; Ord. No. 10-91; Ord. No. 02-06; Ord. No. 04-002; Ord. No. 2011-14 § 3]
Permits shall be required for the activities specified and defined in N.J.A.C. 5:70-2.7 and identified as Type 1, Type 2, Type 3 and Type 4. In general, these permits are required whenever the uses of fire or flame producing instruments/tools are used, and/or flammable materials are used or stored. Application shall be made to the Fire Official in a form as he shall prescribe. Permit fees are set forth in Chapter 8 of this Code.
[1979 Code § 57-9; Ord. No. 9-85; Ord. No. 2011-14 § 3]
The permit requirements, inspections and frequency of inspections set forth in the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code (N.J.S.A. 5:70-2.1 et seq.) is adopted herein by reference without change.
Fees for registration, permits and inspection are set forth in Chapter 8 of these Revised General Ordinances.
All monies collected will be turned over to the Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer of the township within 48 hours of receipt on a claims fund deposit slip.
A monthly log will be maintained by the Fire Official (Chief Administrative Officer of the Bureau) which shall include entries of all fees collected in conjunction with the Uniform Fire Safety Act. A written monthly report shall be submitted by the Fire Official to the Township Committee.
The Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer shall be responsible for accurately reflecting all monies received by the Local Enforcement Agency and all expenditures in the financial record of the Township and report any discrepancies to the Office of the Division of Fire and Safety, Department of Community Affairs.
[Ord. No. 2016-12]
- LOCK BOX
- Shall mean an Underwriter's Laboratory type secured box or vault of a size and style approved by the Green Township Fire Marshal or his designee, which contains key(s) for the exclusive use of the Green Township Fire Department to access the premises in an emergency.
[Ord. No. 2016-12]
The following structures equipped with or required to be equipped with fire detection or fire suppression systems or equipment may have a Key Lock Box installed at or near the main entrance of each structure or such other location as recommended by the Green Township Fire Marshal or his designee:
Commercial or business structures protected by an automatic alarm system or automatic suppression system, or such structures that are secured in a manner that restricts access during an emergency.
Governmental structures, churches, schools and nursing care facilities.
Multi-family residential structures that have restricted access through locked doors and have a common corridor for access to living units.
[Ord. No. 2016-12]
The Green Township Fire Marshal or his designee shall approve in writing the type of Lock Box.
The Green Township Fire Marshal or his designee shall approve the installation location of the Lock Box.
The Lock Box shall be installed as per manufacturer specifications and approved by the Green Township Fire Marshal or his designee.
The owner of each structure authorized to have a Lock Box shall, at all times, be required to keep the following in the Lock Box, as required by the Green Township Fire Marshal or his designee:
Keys to locked points of ingress, whether on interior or exterior of such buildings.
Keys to the locked mechanical rooms.
Keys to the locked elevator rooms.
Keys to the elevator controls.
Keys to any fence or secured areas.
All access or combination codes to locked points of egress or ingress, whether on interior or exterior of such buildings.
A "business size" card containing the emergency contact person and phone number for such building or unit.
[Ord. No. 2016-12]
In the event the key to the structure is changed or re-keyed, the owner/operator of the building shall immediately notify the Green Township Fire Marshal or his designee and provide the updated access key. The key to the lock shall be secured in the key box. The property owner shall assume all associated costs for the purchase and installation of a Key Box(s).
[Ord. No. 2016-12]
The Township of Green shall provide written notice to every classification of property owner set forth in subsection 12-2.2 above upon their application for any type of permit or license from the Township of Green or upon their application to the Township's Land Use Board for any type of developmental approval of the Township's authorization of the use of a Key Lock Box system. The permit applicant shall acknowledge in writing receipt of notice of the Township authorization for the applicant to utilize a Key Lock Box system.