[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Shrewsbury as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I Uniform Fire Code
Article II Rapid Entry Boxes
[Adopted 8-12-1985 by Ord. No. 534 (Ch. 36 of the 1973 Code)]
Pursuant to Section 11 of the Uniform Fire Safety Act, P.L. 1983, c. 383 (N.J.S.A. 52:27D-202), the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code shall be locally enforced in the Borough of Shrewsbury.
The local enforcing agency shall be the Bureau of Fire Prevention, which is hereby created in the Borough of Shrewsbury.
The local enforcing agency shall enforce the Uniform Fire Safety Act and the codes and regulations adopted under it in all buildings, structures and premises within the Borough of Shrewsbury, other than owner-occupied one- and two-family dwellings, and shall faithfully comply with the requirements of the Uniform Fire Safety Act and the Uniform Fire Code.
The local enforcing agency established by § 118-2 of this article shall carry out the periodic inspections of life hazard uses required by the Uniform Fire Code on behalf of the Commissioner of Community Affairs.
[Amended 12-6-1999 by Ord. No. 768]
The local enforcing agency established by § 118-2 of this article shall be part of the Administrative Department of the Borough and shall be under the direct supervision and control of the Fire Marshal who, in turn, shall report to the Mayor and Council of the Borough.
The local enforcing agency shall be under the supervision of a Fire Marshal who shall be appointed by the Mayor subject to confirmation by the Borough Council. In making this appointment, the appointing authority shall make the appointment from among a list of three recommendations provided by the Ex-Chief's Association of the Shrewsbury Hose Company No. 1.
The Fire Marshal shall serve for a term of two years. Any vacancy shall be filled for the unexpired term.
Such inspectors and other employees as may be necessary in the local enforcing agency shall be appointed by the Mayor and Council of the Borough upon the recommendation of the Fire Marshal.
The Fire Marshal, inspectors and other employees of the enforcing agency shall be subject to removal by the Mayor and Council of the Borough for inefficiency or misconduct. Each individual to be so removed shall be afforded an opportunity to be heard by the appointing authority or a designated hearing officer.
[Amended 12-6-1999 by Ord. No. 768]
Pursuant to Sections 15 and 17 of the Uniform Fire Safety Act (N.J.S.A. 52:27D-206 and 52:27D-208), any person aggrieved by any order of the local enforcement agency (or agencies) shall have the right to appeal to the Construction Board of Appeals of Monmouth County.
[Amended 8-11-1986 by Ord. No. 548; 10-7-2003 by Ord. No. 819]
In addition to the inspection and fees required pursuant to the Act and the regulations of the Department of Community Affairs, the following additional inspections and fees shall be required:
Factories shall be inspected yearly with a fee schedule of:
Repair shops and service businesses shall be inspected yearly with the same fee schedule as that pertaining to mercantile businesses.
[Amended 10-19-1992 by Ord. No. 653; 12-6-1999 by Ord. No. 768; 10-7-2003 by Ord. No. 819]
If a scheduled appointment is not met by the owner/appointee and/or there is a failure to have properly installed or have operating smoke detectors in accordance with the Uniform Fire Code, a fee of $15 will be added for each reinspection.
[Adopted 7-1-2002 by Ord. No. 797 (Ch. 39 of the 1973 Code)]
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- BUILDING and/or STRUCTURE
- Any building and/or structure which has an automatic fire suppression system or fire alarm system, except one-family residential dwellings.
The owner, tenant, and/or occupant of said buildings and/or structures as defined in this article are required to have installed on the same a rapid entry box and key system to allow access to the same and access to boiler rooms, sprinkler control valves, electrical rooms, elevators and elevator control rooms, and other locked areas of the premises as may be required by the Shrewsbury Bureau of Fire Prevention, the said Bureau to make said determination on the basis of immediate need for access in the event of a fire alarm or what appears to be a possible fire emergency.
The Bureau of Fire Prevention shall prescribe specifications as to the required rapid entry box and key system and location.
The rapid entry box may be required to contain any or all of the following, as shall be determined by the Fire Marshal:
Keys to locked points of egress, whether on interior or exterior of such buildings;
Keys to the locked mechanical rooms;
Keys to the locked elevator rooms;
Keys to the locked elevator controls;
Keys to any fence or secured area;
Keys to other areas;
A floor plan of the rooms within the building.
All newly constructed buildings for which a certificate of occupancy has not been issued, or buildings currently under construction, shall comply immediately.
Any person, firm or corporation violating any provision of this article shall, upon conviction, be subject to a fine of not less than $50 nor more than $1,250, a term of imprisonment not exceeding 90 days or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days, or any combination thereof. Any fines collected shall be forwarded to the Borough of Shrewsbury Uniform Fire Safety Trust.