Borough of Milltown, NJ
Middlesex County
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[1984 Code § 73-20; Ord. No. 680; Ord. No. 02-1129 § 1]
Pursuant to Section 11 of the Uniform Fire Safety Act (P.L. 1983, c.383 N.J.S.A. 52:27D-192 et seq.), the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code (N.J.A.C. 5:70-1 et seq.) shall be locally enforced in the Borough of Milltown.
[1984 Code § 73-21; Ord. No. 680; Ord. No. 02-1129 § 2]
The local enforcing agency shall be the Milltown 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.
[1984 Code § 73-22; Ord. No. 680; Ord. No. 02-1129 § 3]
a. 
Within the established boundaries of the Borough of Milltown, the local enforcing agency shall enforce the Uniform Fire Code in all buildings, structures, and premises other than owner-occupied buildings of less than three dwelling units used exclusively for dwelling purposes and buildings, structures, and premises owned or operated by the Federal Government, Interstate Agencies or the State.
b. 
The local enforcing agency shall faithfully comply with all the pertinent requirements of the Uniform Fire Safety Act and the Uniform Fire Code.
[1984 Code § 73-24; Ord. No. 680; Ord. No. 02-1129 § 4]
a. 
The Bureau of Fire Prevention established by subsection 17-1.2 shall be under the direct supervision and control of a Fire Official who shall report to the Chief of the Fire Department.
b. 
The Bureau of Fire Prevention shall have at least one paid Fire Official and such paid inspectors as may be necessary to properly enforce the Uniform Fire Code.
[1984 Code § 73-25; Ord. No. 680; Ord. No. 02-1129 § 5]
a. 
The Fire Official shall be certified by the State, and appointed by the Governing Body from the recommendation of the Chief of the Fire Department.
b. 
Appointments and Qualifications of Inspectors and Other Employees. Inspectors and other employees of the enforcing agency shall be appointed by the Governing Body upon the recommendation of the Fire Official. All life hazard use inspectors shall be certified by the State.
c. 
Appointment of Legal Counsel. The Governing Body shall specifically appoint legal counsel to assist the Agency in enforcing the Uniform Fire Code.
d. 
Term of Office. The Fire Official shall serve for a term of one year. Any vacancy shall be filled for the unexpired term.
e. 
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.
[1984 Code § 73-23; Ord. No. 680; Ord. No. 02-1129 § 6]
The Bureau of Fire Prevention established by subsection 17-1.2 shall carry out the periodic inspections of the life hazard uses required by the Uniform Fire Code on behalf of the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
[Ord. No. 02-1129 § 7; Ord. No. 04-1164 § 7; Ord. No. 10-1302 § 2]
a. 
In addition to the registrations required by the Uniform Fire Code, the following non-life hazard uses shall register with the Bureau of Fire Prevention. These uses shall be inspected once per year and shall pay an annual fee as set forth below:
Annual Fee
Asphalt Tar Kettle Use
$75
Multifamily residential occupancy with common areas requiring inspection
$100
Use of Group B office only located within other use or office mall 400 square feet or less
$25
All nonresidential occupancy 1,000 square feet to 2,500 square feet
$75
All nonresidential occupancy 2,500 square feet to 5,000 square feet
$125
All nonresidential occupancy 5,000 square feet to 12,000 square feet
$175
All nonresidential occupancy over 12,000 square feet
$250
b. 
Uses required to register with the State as life hazard uses shall not be required to register under this section.
c. 
Vacant buildings which create a fire hazard shall be charged and inspected according to the previous use of the building.
[Ord. No. 1015 § 1]
The Fire Official or Fire Inspector shall conduct an inspection prior to the issuance of a certificate of occupancy permit each time there is a change in tenant in a nonresidential building. The fee for this change of occupancy inspection shall be $0.08 per square foot of gross floor area, subject to a maximum charge of $15,000. The square footage of the overall area as interpreted for fee purpose shall be computed as the product of the greatest width dimension and the greatest length dimension (maximum width times maximum length) of each floor. If there is a basement, mezzanine or similar floor, it shall be counted as one floor in addition to the other floors.
[1984 Code § 73-28; Ord. No. 680; Ord. No. 02-1129 § 8]
a. 
Fees. The application fees for the permits listed in N.J.A.C. 5:70-2.7 shall be as provided by State regulation.
b. 
Nonprofit Organization. The Borough of Milltown and all nonprofit organizations based in Milltown shall obtain all required permits. The Fire Official will waive the required fees to these organizations.
[Ord. No. 02-1129 § 9]
The Fire Prevention Bureau shall report annually at the end of the calendar year to the Mayor and Borough Council, and such report shall contain a summary of all action taken under the Basic Fire Prevention Code and any other statistics and/or information that the Fire Prevention Bureau shall deem relevant. The Fire Prevention Bureau may, at such time, recommend to the Mayor and Borough Council any amendments to the Fire Prevention Code which it shall deem desirable.
[1984 Code § 73-29; Ord. No. 680; Ord. No. 02-1129 § 9; New; Ord. No. 10-1302 § 3]
a. 
Authorization of Establish. The Fire Official of the Borough of Milltown Fire Prevention Bureau is hereby authorized to establish fire lanes on private property devoted to public use, including, but not limited to, shopping centers, bowling alleys, apartment complexes, drive-in theaters, churches, swimming pools and similar uses involving parking of sufficient numbers of motor vehicles, to make necessary such regulations for protection of persons and property in case of life or other emergency.
b. 
Purpose. The fire lanes shall be established to ensure fire equipment and other emergency vehicles unobstructed means of ingress and egress to such properties and buildings, persons, vehicles, fire hydrants and standpipes thereon in case of fire or other emergency.
c. 
Determination of Standards. The number, location, width, length and markings of such lanes shall be determined by the Fire Official of the Borough of Milltown Fire Prevention Bureau in accordance with the Uniform Construction Code. Such determination shall be based upon the size, type and location of the building or buildings, use to which property is put, number of persons using or occupying premises, existing means of ingress, total area of property, including size of parking lot or lots, and all other relevant factors.
d. 
Notification of Property Owner. The Fire Official shall notify the property owner in writing of the location and markings required to designate such fire lane, and within 30 days after the receipt of the notice, the property owner shall have complied with the directions contained therein with respect to the markings and identification of each designated fire lane. If the property owner fails to complete this work within the time prescribed, then the Fire Official shall notify the appropriate Borough department, which shall do all the necessary work; and the cost thereof shall be added as a tax lien to the property and collected in the manner of other tax liens and in accordance with the New Jersey Statutes as may be provided.
e. 
Violations and Penalties. After establishment of a designated fire lane, parking of motor vehicles in or otherwise obstructing such fire lane shall be prohibited at all times; and any person who parks a motor vehicle therein or otherwise obstructs a designated fire lane shall be subject to a fine of not more than $25. In addition thereto, any motor vehicle parked in a designated fire lane may be towed away and stored at the owner's expense.
f. 
Enforcement. The Borough of Milltown Police Department shall have concurrent jurisdiction with the Borough of Milltown Fire Prevention Bureau to enforce the provisions of this section.
g. 
Nothing herein contained shall be considered to repeal any previously established fire area or fire lane, which shall continue to remain in full force and effect.
h. 
Penalty trust accounts shall be set up in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:70-2.12 and N.J.A.C. 5:70 - 2.12A.
[Ord. No. 680; Ord. No. 02-1129 § 9]
a. 
Applicability. All properties within the Borough having an automatic fire alarm system or a fire sprinkler system shall be equipped with a key box. One- and two-family dwellings are excluded from the provisions of this section.
b. 
Key Box Type. The key box shall be a UL type approved by the Milltown Fire Official. The key box shall be equipped with a tamper switch connected to the building's burglar or fire alarm system. The key box shall be installed in a location approved by the Fire Official.
c. 
Key Box Contents. The key boxes shall contain the following:
1. 
Keys to locked points of ingress and egress, whether on the interior or exterior of such buildings;
2. 
Keys to locked mechanical rooms;
3. 
Keys to locked electrical rooms;
4. 
Keys to elevator rooms;
5. 
Keys to any fenced or secured area;
6. 
Keys to other areas as directed by the Fire Official.
d. 
Keys to be Labeled. All keys in the key lock box shall be clearly and properly labeled with lamicoid tags, red with white letters, so as to identify the lock for which each key is identified.
e. 
Cost of Installation. All key lock boxes shall be installed of the expense of the owner of the property or the lessee of the property and all keys contained therein shall be kept current.
f. 
Time for Compliance. All existing buildings shall comply within 12 months of the effective date of this section. All newly constructed buildings, not yet occupied, or buildings currently under construction shall comply immediately.
g. 
Penalties. Any building owner violating this section shall be subject to penalties set by the Fire Official as per N.J.A.C. 5:70-2.12.
[1984 Code § 73-26; Ord. No. 680; Ord. No. 02-1129 § 10]
Pursuant to Sections 15 and 17 of the Uniform Fire Safety Act, any person aggrieved by any action of the local enforcing agency shall have the right to appeal to the Construction Board of Appeals of Middlesex County.
[1984 Code § 73-30; Ord. No. 680; Ord. No. 02-1129 § 11]
Enforcement, violations, and penalties shall be managed in conformity with the Uniformity Fire Safety Act, the Uniform Fire Code and all other laws of the State of New Jersey.