Township of Egg Harbor, NJ
Atlantic County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Egg Harbor 5-11-1988 by Ord. No. 13-1988.[1] Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Administration of government — See Ch. 6, Art. X.
Alarm systems — See Ch. 60.
Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 89.
Explosives — See Ch. 107.
Fire lanes — See Ch. 109.
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance supersedes former Ch. 111, Fire Prevention, adopted 8-14-1985 by Ord. No. 35-1985, as amended.
[Amended 12-22-1993 by Ord. No. 60-1993; 7-9-2003 by Ord. No. 24-2003]
Section 6-25 of the Township Code establishes the Division of Fire Safety, which has the responsibility of administering the Uniform Fire Safety Act as the local enforcing agent.
[Amended 12-22-1993 by Ord. No. 60-1993; 7-9-2003 by Ord. No. 24-2003]
The local enforcing agency shall be the Division of Fire Safety.
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 established boundaries of the Township of Egg Harbor, 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 § 111-2 of this chapter shall carry out the periodic inspections of the life-hazard uses required by the Uniform Fire Code on behalf of the Commissioner of Community Affairs.
The local enforcing agency established by § 111-2 of this chapter shall be part of the Township of Egg Harbor and shall be under the direct supervision and control of the Fire Official, who shall report to the Egg Harbor Township Committee and who shall work in conjunction with the Egg Harbor Township Fire Department.
A. 
The local enforcing agency shall be under the direct supervision of the Fire Official, who shall be appointed by the Egg Harbor Township Committee. In making this appointment, the Egg Harbor Township Committee shall make the appointment from the recommendations provided by the Egg Harbor Township Fire Department.
B. 
Term of office. The Fire Official shall serve for a term of four years. Any vacancy shall be filled for the unexpired term.
C. 
Inspectors and employees. Such inspectors and other employees as may be necessary in the local enforcing agency shall be appointed by the Egg Harbor Township Committee.
D. 
Removal from office. The Fire Official, inspectors and other employees of the enforcing agency shall be subject to removal by the Township Committee for inefficiency or misconduct. Each inspector or employee to be removed shall be afforded an opportunity to be heard by the appointing authority or a designated hearing officer.
[Amended 12-22-1993 by Ord. No. 60-1993]
Pursuant to Sections 15 and 17 of the Uniform Fire Safety Act,[1] any person aggrieved by any order of the local enforcing agency shall have the right to appeal to the Construction Board of Appeals of Atlantic County.
[1]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 52:27D-206 and 52:27D-208.
In addition to the inspections and fees required pursuant to the Uniform Fire Safety Act and the regulations of the Department of Community Affairs, the following additional registrations, fees and inspections shall be required:
A. 
Type M-1-A:
[Amended 4-24-2002 by Ord. No. 22-2002]
(1) 
M-1-A (1): business uses as defined in the Uniform Fire Code of 500 square feet or less of total leased, rented or owned gross floor area.
(2) 
M-1-A (2): mercantile uses as defined in the Uniform Fire Code of 500 square feet or less of total leased, rented or owned gross floor area.
B. 
Type M-2-B:
[Amended 4-24-2002 by Ord. No. 22-2002]
(1) 
M-2-B (1): business uses as defined in the Uniform Fire Code of more than 500 square feet but less than 2,500 square feet of total leased, rented or owned gross floor area.
(2) 
M-2-B (2): mercantile uses as defined in the Uniform Fire Code of more than 500 square feet but less than 2,500 square feet of total leased, rented or owned gross floor area.
(3) 
M-2-B (3): storage uses as defined in the Uniform Fire Code of less than 2,500 square feet of total leased, rented or owned gross floor area and not defined as a life-hazard use. (Exceptions are storage areas used exclusively for the running of a business use included within that gross floor area and storage areas used exclusively for the office use of a mercantile use included within the gross floor area.)
C. 
Type M-3-C:
[Amended 4-24-2002 by Ord. No. 22-2002]
(1) 
M-3-C (1): business uses as defined in the Uniform Fire Code with 2,500 square feet or more but less than 5,000 square feet of total leased, rented or owned gross floor area.
(2) 
M-3-C (2): mercantile uses as defined in the Uniform Fire Code with 2,500 square feet or more but less than 5,000 square feet of total leased, rented or owned gross floor area.
(3) 
M-3-C (3): storage uses as defined in the latest edition of the Uniform Fire Code with 2,500 square feet or more but less than 5,000 square feet of total leased, rented or owned gross floor area and not defined as a life-hazard use.
D. 
Type M-4-D:
(1) 
M-4-D (1): business uses as defined in the latest edition of the Uniform Fire Code with 5,000 square feet or more but less than 7,500 square feet of total leased, rented or owned gross floor area.
[Amended 4-24-2002 by Ord. No. 22-2002]
(2) 
M-4-D (2): mercantile uses as defined in the latest edition of the Uniform Fire Code with 5,000 square feet or more but less than 7,500 square feet of total leased, rented or owned gross floor area.
[Amended 4-24-2002 by Ord. No. 22-2002]
(3) 
M-4-D (3): storage uses as defined in the latest edition of the Uniform Fire Code with 5,000 square feet or more but less than 7,500 square feet of total leased, rented or owned gross floor area and not defined as a life-hazard use.
[Amended 4-24-2002 by Ord. No. 22-2002]
(4) 
M-4-D (4): eating and drinking establishments with fewer than 50 occupants.
E. 
Type M-5-E:
(1) 
M-5-E (1): business uses as defined in the latest edition of the Uniform Fire Code with 7,500 square feet or more but less than 10,000 square feet of total leased, rented or owned gross floor area.
[Amended 4-24-2002 by Ord. No. 22-2002]
(2) 
M-5-E (2): mercantile uses as defined in the latest edition of the Uniform Fire Code with 7,500 square feet or more but less than 10,000 square feet of total leased, rented or owned gross floor area.
[Amended 4-24-2002 by Ord. No. 22-2002]
(3) 
M-5-E (3): storage buildings as defined in the latest edition of the Uniform Fire Code with 7,500 square feet or more but less than 10,000 square feet of total leased, rented or owned gross floor area and not defined as a life-hazard use.
[Amended 4-24-2002 by Ord. No. 22-2002]
(4) 
M-5-E (4): hotels and motels with 100 rooms or less and not defined as a life-hazard use.
(5) 
M-5-E (5): uses where fewer than 100 persons assemble for the purpose of amusement, entertainment and recreation, such as but not limited to recreation centers and health spas, etc.
F. 
Type M-6-F:
(1) 
M-6-F (1): business uses as defined in the latest edition of the Uniform Fire Code with 10,000 square feet or more of total leased, rented or owned gross floor area and not defined as a life-hazard use.
[Amended 4-24-2002 by Ord. No. 22-2002]
(2) 
M-6-F (2): mercantile uses as defined in the latest edition of the Uniform Fire Code with 10,000 square feet or more of total leased, rented or owned gross floor area and not defined as a life-hazard use.
[Amended 4-24-2002 by Ord. No. 22-2002]
(3) 
M-6-F (3): storage uses as defined in the Uniform Fire Code with 10,000 square feet or more of total leased, rented or owned gross floor area and not defined as a life-hazard use.
[Amended 4-24-2002 by Ord. No. 22-2002]
(4) 
M-6-F (4): factory and industrial uses as defined in the latest edition of the Uniform Fire Code and not defined as a life-hazard use.
[Amended 4-24-2002 by Ord. No. 22-2002]
(5) 
M-6-F (5): hotels and motels with 100 rooms or more and not defined as a life-hazard use.
G. 
Any use which has been identified, registered and inspected as a life-hazard use shall be exempt from § 111-8 of this chapter.
H. 
All uses registered in accordance with this section shall be inspected periodically, but not less than once per annum.
I. 
Registration fees:
[Amended 5-28-1997 by Ord. No. 20-1997; 5-23-2018 by Ord. No. 22-2018]
(1) 
Type M-1-A: $50.
(2) 
Type M-2-B: $75.
(3) 
Type M-3-C: $100.
(4) 
Type M-4-D: $125.
(5) 
Type M-5-E: $150.
(6) 
Type M-6-F: $200.
[Added 5-28-1997 by Ord. No. 20-1997; 4-24-2002 by Ord. No. 22-2002]
Permits in accordance with the types specified in the Uniform Fire Code are required for all activities listed in the Uniform Fire Code. Permits shall at all times be kept in the premises designated and shall at all times be subject to inspection by the Fire Official.
[Added 5-28-1997 by Ord. No. 20-1997; amended 4-26-2006 by Ord. No. 19-2006; 5-23-2018 by Ord. No. 22-2018]
A. 
Permit fees shall be as follows:
(1) 
Type 1: $50.
(2) 
Type 2: $200.
(3) 
Type 3: $350.
(4) 
Type 4: $450.
(5) 
Type 5: $1,500.
B. 
The application fee for a certificate of smoke detection compliance shall be $50.
[Added 4-25-2001 by Ord. No. 12-2001]
A. 
Purpose. The purpose of this section is to require rapid access key compliance for all structures, except one- and two-family dwellings, establish installation requirements and compliance as determined by the Fire Official.
B. 
Key box required. All properties containing an automatic fire protection system and/or those properties containing a fire alarm system within the Township of Egg Harbor shall be equipped with a key box as required by the Fire Official or Fire Chief. This shall not apply to owner-occupied one- and two-family dwellings or hotels with a twenty-four-hour-operated front desk.
C. 
Key box type and location. The key box shall be of a UL-type and approved by the Egg Harbor Township Fire Chief or Fire Official. The rapid entry key box shall be installed in a location or locations designated and approved by the Fire Chief or Fire Official.
D. 
Key box contents. The rapid access key boxes shall contain the following:
(1) 
Keys to locked points of ingress/egress, whether interior or exterior of such buildings.
(2) 
Keys to all locked rooms and/or panels, including, but not limited to, mechanical, electrical, sprinkler and alarms.
(3) 
Keys to locked elevator rooms and elevator controls.
(4) 
Keys to any fenced or otherwise physically secured areas.
(5) 
Keys to any other areas as determined necessary and appropriate by the Fire Chief or Fire Official.
(6) 
Emergency information card containing the name(s) and phone number(s) of emergency contacts for such building.
(7) 
A floor plan of the rooms within the building, as determined necessary and appropriate by the Fire Chief or Fire Official.
E. 
Compliance. Compliance for all existing buildings shall be December 31, 2002. All newly constructed buildings not yet occupied or buildings currently under construction shall comply upon adoption of this section and the effective date of same.
F. 
Penalties. Penalties for noncompliance by any building owner violating the provisions of this section shall be subject to penalties as set forth in the Uniform Fire Code.