Township of Bridgewater, NJ
Somerset County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Bridgewater 1-5-1989 by Ord. No. 89-1.[1] Amendments noted where applicable.]
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance provided for the repeal of former Ch. 99, Fire Prevention, as adopted 10-18-1965 by Ord. No. 65-24 and amended in its entirety 12-30-1985 by Ord. No. 85-44.
[Amended 8-16-1999 by Ord. No. 99-14]
Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 52:27D-192 et seq. and N.J.A.C. 5:70, the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code shall be enforced locally in the Township of Bridgewater.
The local enforcing agency shall be the Bureau of Fire Safety, which is hereby created in the Township of Bridgewater to administer the proper enforcement of this chapter. Said agency shall have at least one paid inspector and shall enforce the New Jersey Uniform Fire Safety Act[1] and the codes and regulations adopted under it in all buildings, structures and premises within the established boundaries of the Township of Bridgewater, 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.
[1]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 52:27D-192 et seq.
The Bureau of Fire Safety established by § 99-2 of this chapter shall be under the direct supervision of the Fire Official, who shall serve as the chief administrative and inspection official of the Bureau. The Bureau of Fire Safety shall be within the Department of Engineering, and the Fire Official shall report to the Department of Engineering with respect to the working terms and conditions of the day-to-day inspections and other duties.
A. 
The Fire Official shall be certified by the state and shall be appointed by the Mayor. The Fire Official shall enforce the provisions of this chapter in conformance with the Uniform Fire Safety Act and Uniform Fire Safety Code, as they may from time to time be amended.
B. 
In addition to the appointment of a Fire Official, the Mayor may appoint additional inspectors and employees of the Bureau of Fire Safety. All inspectors shall be certified by this state. Such appointments shall be made based on work load and revenues generated.
C. 
The Fire Official and other paid inspectors and employees of the Bureau of Fire Prevention shall be employees of the Township of Bridgewater and are subject to its direction, rules and regulations.
D. 
All revenues received by the Bureau of Fire Safety shall be deposited with the Township Treasurer on a weekly or monthly basis, in order that such revenues may be used by the Township to pay and/or reimburse the Township for salaries and benefits of all employees and expenses of the Bureau.
E. 
Funds as are necessary to support the operation of the Bureau of Fire Safety shall be provided by the Township to the extent that funding is not secured from revenue generated pursuant to enforcement of the Uniform Fire Safety Act.
F. 
To the extent that the permit and other fees and revenues received by the Bureau meet or exceed the salary and benefit expenses, the excess shall be retained by the Township treasury and appropriated therein for the purpose of enforcement of the Uniform Fire Code in the Township and for payment of the state share of fees. Expenditures from any such revenue shall be made by voucher and/or Township resolution in the usual manner.
The local enforcing agency established by § 99-2 of this chapter shall carry out periodic inspections of life-hazard uses required by the Uniform Fire Code on behalf of the Commissioner of Community Affairs.
[Amended 12-16-2010 by Ord. No. 10-42]
Pursuant to §§ 15 and 17 of the Uniform Fire Safety Act,[1] any person aggrieved by any order of the local enforcement agency shall have the right to appeal to the Somerset County Construction Board of Appeals.
[1]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 52:27D-206 and 52:27D-208, respectively.
[Amended 8-16-1999 by Ord. No. 99-14; 10-7-2002 by Ord. No. 02-17; 12-16-2010 by Ord. No. 10-42]
The following buildings, uses and premises contained in this section, other than those that are incidental or auxiliary to the agricultural use of farm property, are subject to registration and periodic inspection requirements as hereby established, except all businesses required to register as a life-hazard use with the State of New Jersey. Where two or more of the same use or different uses exist at the same building or premises, each one shall be considered as separate and distinct for the purpose of this chapter and shall be registered pursuant thereto.
A. 
Business use, as defined in the latest edition of the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code, where there is a single tenant:
Total Gross Floor Area, Including Basement
(square feet)
Registration Fee
0 to 1,000
$75
1,001 to 2,000
$80
2,001 to 2,500
$85
2,501 to 3,500
$90
3,501 to 4,500
$95
4,501 to 5,000
$100
5,001 to 6,000
$110
6,001 to 7,000
$120
7,001 to 7,500
$130
7,501 to 8,000
$140
8,001 to 9,000
$150
9,001 to 9,500
$175
9,501 to 10,500
$200
10,501 to 11,500
$225
11,501 to 12,000
$250
12,001 to 13,000
$300
13,001 to 15,000
$350
15,001 to 16,500
$400
16,501 to 18,000
$450
18,001 to 19,500
$500
19,501 to 25,000
$550
25,001 to 35,000
$600
35,001 to 40,000
$700
40,001 to 50,000
$800
50,001 to 100,000
$900
100,001 or more
$1,000
B. 
Where the building or structure has more than one use which may include a business use as defined herein, then each individual use shall be subject to the appropriate fee as set forth in this chapter.
C. 
Mercantile uses, as defined in the latest edition of the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code, shall be subject to the registration fee as set forth in the schedule noted above.
D. 
Storage buildings, as defined in the latest edition of the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code, shall be subject to the registration fee as set forth in the schedule noted above.
E. 
Factory and industrial uses, as defined in the latest edition of the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code, shall be subject to the registration fee as set forth in the schedule noted above.
F. 
All additional uses as listed in the aforementioned schedule shall be inspected for compliance with the provisions of this chapter periodically, but not less than once every 24 months.
[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 99-8, Site plans and subdivisions, was repealed 6-18-1990 by Ord. No. 90-11.
[Amended 10-16-1989 by Ord. No. 89-24; 12-16-1991 by Ord. No. 91-38; 10-7-2002 by Ord. No. 02-17; 12-16-2010 by Ord. No. 10-42]
In accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:70-2.9(c), the permit fees shall be as follows:
A. 
Type 1: Shall be $50, unless a higher fee is adopted by the N.J. Uniform Fire Code, N.J.A.C. 5:70-2.9(c)(1).
B. 
Type 2: Shall be the fee adopted by the NJ Uniform Fire Code, N.J.A.C. 5:70-2.9(c)(2), which is currently $166.
C. 
Type 3: Shall be the fee adopted by the NJ Uniform Fire Code, N.J.A.C. 5:70-2.9(c)(3), which is currently $331.
D. 
Type 4: Shall be the fee adopted by the NJ Uniform Fire Code, N.J.A.C. 5:70-2.9(c)(4), which is currently $497.
E. 
Type 5: Shall be the fee adopted by the NJ Uniform Fire Code, N.J.A.C. 5:70-2.9(c)(5), which is currently reserved and has no fee.
[Added 2-19-1998 by Ord. No. 98-6; amended 10-4-2004 by Ord. No. 04-32; 12-16-2010 by Ord. No. 10-42]
The application fee for a certificate of smoke detector, carbon monoxide alarm and fire extinguisher compliance, as required by N.J.A.C. 5:70-2.3, shall be based upon the amount of time remaining before the change of occupant is expected, as follows:
A. 
Requests received more than 10 business days prior to the change of occupant shall be a minimum fee of $50, unless a higher fee is adopted by the N.J. Uniform Fire Code, N.J.A.C. 5:70-(d)(1).
B. 
Requests received four to 10 business days prior to the change of occupant shall be the fee adopted by the N.J. Uniform Fire Code, N.J.A.C. 5:70-(d)(2), which is currently $70.
C. 
Requests received fewer than four business days prior to the change of occupant shall be the fee adopted by the N.J. Uniform Fire Code, N.J.A.C. 5:70-(d)(3), which is currently $125.
[Amended 12-16-2010 by Ord. No. 10-42]
A. 
Failure to register non-life-hazard uses or to pay the appropriate fees for registration concerning non-life-hazard uses as defined herein shall result in the imposition of penalties pursuant to the New Jersey Administrative Code or, in the case of offenses not addressed by the Administrative Code, to those penalties provided herein.
B. 
Except as otherwise provided in Subsection A above, any violation of this chapter, including the International Fire Code, N.J. Edition, and amendments and supplements thereto, shall be punished by a fine of not more than $500 or imprisonment for 90 days, or both. Each and every day that a violation of the provisions of this section shall continue after notification thereof by the Bureau of Fire Safety may be deemed and considered a separate and specific violation of this section in the discretion of the tribunal assessing the penalty to be imposed. Such penalties as herein provided shall not be exclusive; any violation may also be abated by a civil action instituted in a court of competent jurisdiction. All penalties imposed by this chapter shall be made payable to the Bureau, except for court costs.
[Added 5-7-2001 by Ord. No. 01-09; amended 12-16-2010 by Ord. No. 10-42]
A. 
Key box required. All properties within the Township of Bridgewater protected by an automatic fire alarm system or a fire sprinkler system shall be equipped with a key box. This applies to both existing and future structures, but shall not apply to any residential units.
B. 
Type; installation. The key box shall be a type approved by the Bridgewater Township Fire Official and shall be installed at the expense of the property owner. Before installing any key box, the property owner shall make written request to the fire official to designate or approve the proposed location.
C. 
Contents labeling.
(1) 
The key boxes shall contain the following:
(a) 
Keys to locked points of entrance and exits, whether on the interior or exterior of such building.
(b) 
Keys to locked mechanical equipment rooms.
(c) 
Keys to locked electrical rooms.
(d) 
Keys to elevator controls.
(e) 
Keys to other areas as directed by the Bridgewater Township Fire Official.
(2) 
All keys shall be clearly labeled or marked to identify the doors they open or the devices they operate.
D. 
Time for compliance. All existing buildings shall comply within 18 months from the effective date of this section. All newly constructed buildings, not yet occupied, or buildings currently under construction shall comply within 30 days of the effective date of this section.
E. 
Variances. Any individual may apply to the Bridgewater Township Fire Official requesting a variance from the requirements of this section drafted pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:70-1 et seq. The variance shall only be granted when it is determined that compliance with this section would result in practical difficulty and that the variance, if granted, would not unreasonably jeopardize the public's safety, health and welfare.
F. 
Variance application procedure.
(1) 
A variance application shall be made in writing in a form prescribed by the Bridgewater Township Fire Official. At a minimum, the variance application shall request the following information:
(a) 
The requirements of the regulation from which a variance is sought.
(b) 
A statement on why strict compliance would result in practical difficulty.
(c) 
The nature and extent of the practical difficulty.
(d) 
Alternatives which would satisfy the requirements of this section.
(2) 
After receipt of the variance application, the Bridgewater Township Fire Official shall provide a written response either granting or denying the variance within 30 calendar days of receipt of the application. If denied, then the Fire Official shall provide a written statement of the reasons for denial within 30 calendar days of receipt of the application. Any denial may be appealed to the Somerset County Construction Board of Appeals.
G. 
Penalties. Any individual violating this section after notice from the Bridgewater Township Fire Official shall be subject to a fine of $100. If an individual fails to comply after a second notice, then the individual shall be subject to a fine of $50 per day from the date of the second notice till the individual fully complies with this section.