[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Woodbury Heights 3-16-16 by Ord. No. 3-2016]
Editor's Note: Prior ordinance history: Ordinance Nos. 6-85, 7-1989, 2-1992, 10-2000, 10-2002, 14-2002, 3-2011.
Pursuant to Section 11 of the Uniform Fire Safety Act (P.L. 1983, c. 383), the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code shall be locally enforced within the Borough of Woodbury Heights by the City of Woodbury, Bureau of Fire Prevention effective April 1, 2016.
The office of the City of Woodbury, Bureau of Fire Prevention, is hereby designated as the local enforcement agency for the Borough of Woodbury Heights, which designation shall be effective to commence April 1, 2016.
The local enforcement agency shall enforce the Uniform Fire Safety Act and the codes and regulations adopted under it in all buildings, structures and premises within the established boundaries of the Borough of Woodbury Heights, other than owner-occupied one- and two-family dwellings used exclusively for dwelling purposes, and shall faithfully comply with the requirements of the Uniform Fire Safety Act and the Uniform Fire Code.
The local enforcing agency established pursuant to Section 55-2 of this chapter, shall carry out, as the local enforcing agency, periodic inspections of life hazard uses required by the Uniform Fire Code. These inspections shall be made in accordance with the schedule contained in the Uniform Fire Code, when required under any cyclical inspection program and as often as may be necessary for the purpose of ascertaining and causing to be corrected any conditions liable to cause fire, contribute to spread of fire, interfere with fire operations, endanger life or any condition constituting violations of the provisions or intent of the Code or a locally adopted amendment. Except in the case of cyclical inspection programs or other good cause, inspection shall not include occupied dwelling units.
The Bureau of Fire Prevention, as the local enforcing agency, shall be under the direct supervision and control of the City of Woodbury Fire Official who shall report to the Fire Administrator or, in the absence of the Fire Administrator, the City Administrator or his/her designee.
The Bureau of Fire Prevention, as the local enforcing agency, shall be under the direct supervision and control of the City of Woodbury Fire Official who shall be the Fire Marshal in charge of fire prevention in the Fire Department who shall report to the Fire Administrator or, in the absence of the Fire Administrator, the City Administrator or his/her designee.
The Fire Official, inspectors and other employees of the enforcing agency shall be subject to the personnel policies and ordinances as established by the City of Woodbury.
A person aggrieved by any ruling, action, order or notice of the local enforcing agency pursuant to the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code shall be entitled to an administrative hearing before the Construction Board of Appeals of Gloucester County created pursuant to Section 9 of P.L. 1975, c. 215 (N.J.S.A. 52:27D-127).
In addition to the inspection and fees required by the Act and the regulations of the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code, Division of Fire Safety, the following inspections and fees shall be required.
Inspection and Fee Schedule for all business and buildings as defined in the Uniform Fire Code of New Jersey, N.J.S.A. 52:27D-119 et seq., as amended, and not classified as life-hazard building in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:70.
Residential. Includes buildings with dwelling units not listed as life-hazard uses with the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety, except owner-occupied one- and two-family dwellings.
Place of Assembly.
Vacant buildings. Buildings that are vacant shall maintain all required fire alarms, sprinklers and standpipe systems in service.
Any owner, agent or lessee who fails to pay the prescribed registration fee within 30 days of written notification shall be in violation of this chapter and shall be subject to a fine not exceeding $5,000.
The application fee for permit shall be as established by New Jersey State Uniform Fire Code N.J.A.C. 5:70-2.9 (c).
The application fee for a certificate of fire code status and/or inspection for any building and/or premises for the purpose of obtaining a certificate of occupancy shall be $50.
The application fee for a certificate of smoke detector and carbon monoxide alarm compliance (CSDCMAC), as required by N.J.A.C. 5:70-2.3, shall be as established by New Jersey State Uniform Fire Code, N.J.A.C. 5:70-2.9(d).
The fee established for copies of fire reports and fire investigations for insurance companies, owners and/or occupants shall be $40.
As per N.J.A.C. 5:70-2.13(a), (b), and (c), the fee established for Fire Department apparatus, labor, and material incurred by suppressing a fire, as well as any other actual expenses, are as follows:
Hazardous substances- the fee established for Fire Department apparatus, labor, and material incurred during cleanup and removal associated with a hazardous substances discharge shall be as follows:
The Fire Department shall bill and recover the cost of fire-fighting materials used and expended; the cost of the use of the fire trucks, fire engines, rescue equipment and/or any other fire equipment; the cost of personnel hours; the cost of hazardous situations abatement materials; and any other reasonable costs incurred, with respect to any helicopter landing to which the Fire Department responds, specifically including but not limited to any helicopter landing at a designated helispot for Inspira Hospital or any other health facility, that occurs in the Borough of Woodbury Heights.
All properties within the Borough of Woodbury Heights having an automatic fire alarm or a fire sprinkler suppression system shall be equipped with a rapid entry key box. Nothing herein contained shall be construed to required such installations within residential one or two family dwellings.
The aforesaid key box shall be of a UL type and approved by the local enforcement agency. Such key box shall be installed in a location and manner approved by the local enforcement agency.
Key box contents. The rapid key entry boxes shall contain the following:
Keys to locked points of egress, whether on interior or exterior of such buildings;
Keys to all locked mechanical rooms;
Keys to locked elevator rooms;
Keys to elevator controls;
Keys to any other areas directed by the Local Enforcement Agency in order to serve the purposes of this section.
A floor plan sketch of the premises identifying all rooms labeled with the use of such rooms. The sketch needs not be to scale but shall be prepared to reasonably provide rapid identification of the use and accesses to all rooms.
Time for compliance. All existing buildings shall comply with this section within 12 months of the effective date hereof. All newly constructed buildings, not yet occupied or buildings currently under construction, shall comply immediately upon occupancy.
Penalties. Any building owner violating this section shall be subject to penalties as set forth in the Uniform Fire Code.