Township of Ewing, NJ
Mercer County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Ewing as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Code enforcement — See Ch. 18.
Building construction — See Ch. 114.
[Adopted 11-24-1998 by Ord. No. 98-13 as Ch. 108 of the 1998 Code; amended in its entirety 10-10-2017 by Ord. No. 17-26]
Pursuant to the State Uniform Fire Safety Act, 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 enforced locally in the Township of Ewing, in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:70-1 et seq.
There is hereby established the Office of Fire Prevention Officer, also known as the "Fire Official." The Fire Prevention Officer shall be appointed pursuant to Title 11A under the New Jersey Civil Service Act and shall be certified in accordance with law. The Fire Prevention Officer shall serve as the chief administrator of the agency and shall report to the Business Administrator. The Mayor may appoint such other employees as deemed necessary for local enforcing agency purposes in the Office of the Fire Prevention Officer.
The local enforcing agency shall be the Fire Official.
The local enforcing agency shall enforce the Uniform Fire Safety Act and the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code and all related regulations in all buildings, structures and premises within the established boundaries of the Township of Ewing, 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 shall carry out the periodic inspections of life-hazard uses required by the Uniform Fire Code on behalf of the Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs.
Pursuant to the Uniform Fire Safety Act, any person aggrieved by any order of the local enforcing agency shall have the right to appeal to the Construction Board of Appeals of Mercer County.
A. 
In addition to the fees required pursuant to the Uniform Fire Safety Act, the Uniform Fire Code and any other applicable regulations, fees shall be required as set forth in Chapter 172, Fees. In addition to the inspections required by any other ordinance or regulatory agency, the local enforcing agency shall inspect all buildings, structures or premises other than owner-occupied one- and two-family dwellings and life-hazard uses, as deemed necessary by the Fire Official.
B. 
Registration. The owner of any premises required to be inspected under Subsection A above shall register annually with the local enforcing agency on forms to be provided by the agency. Upon any transfer of ownership, the new owner shall register with the agency within 30 days. The provisions of this section shall not apply to life-hazard uses which register with the state only.
Except as provided herein, violations of this article shall be punishable as provided in Chapter 1, Article III, General Penalty.
[Adopted 2-14-2006 by Ord. No. 06-02]
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
KNOX BOX
A secure rapid-entry system that is designed to be used by Fire Department personnel in the event of an emergency to gain entry into a structure by using the enclosed owner-provided key(s). This box is usually mounted on the exterior of the building in a location that is specified by the local Fire Official. All boxes shall be certified by UL (Underwriters' Laboratories) and approved by the Township Fire Official.
All new commercial buildings shall have installed a Knox Box, of a UL type and size approved by the Township Fire Official, in a location specified by the Township Fire Official, prior to the issuance of the permit of occupancy.
All existing commercial buildings constructing improvements that require Planning Board approval shall have installed a Knox Box, of a UL type and size approved by the Township Fire Official, in a location specified by the Township Fire Official, prior to the issuance of the construction permit.
All existing commercial buildings equipped with automatic fire-detection and/or fire-suppression system shall have installed a Knox Box, of a UL type and size approved by the Township Fire Official, in a located specified by the Township Fire Official, within six months of the effective date of this article.
All multifamily residential structures that have restricted access through locked doors and have a common corridor for access to the living units shall have installed a Knox Box, of a UL type and size approved by the Township Fire Official, in a location specified by the Township Fire Official, within six months of the effective date of this article.
All Knox Boxes shall contain labeled keys, easily identified in the field, to provide access into the property and/or building and to any locked areas within the said building as the Township Fire Official may direct.
Any property or building owner failing to comply with or in violation of the terms of this article after notice from the Township Fire Official shall be subject to a fine of $100.