The Fire Prevention Bureau is located in the Code Enforcement section of the Montgomery Township Municipal Building, 2261 Rt. 206, Belle Mead, NJ.
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday
The Fire Official is available for any major fire emergency call-out twenty-four (24) hours every day of the year.
Our primary responsibility is enforcement of the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code and other local fire safety regulations. Major activities within the scope of this office include: Life hazards, Non-Life Hazard Inspections, Complaints, Permit Control, Smoke Alarm Inspection on re-sale, Violations Notices and Penalty Notices for failure to comply with the law. We also conduct fire safety presentations for schools, businesses, and other community groups; Fire investigations to determine origin and cause; control of false alarms and fire zones and fire prevention week activities.
We inspect all business structures and operations throughout the Township at least once every 12 months, and certain inspections (Life Hazards) are conducted every 3 months. Allegations of fire safety violations are frequently received and usually result in spot inspections within a few hours. A Notice of Violation is issued if warranted, and a date and time for re-inspection for compliance is specified.
No Application Can Be Accepted Without the Appropriate Permit Fee Included.
Please read further info on the types of required permits and fees below.
ii. The use of a torch or flame-producing device to remove paint from, or seal membrane roofs on, any building or structure;
iii. The occasional use of any non-residential occupancy other than Use Groups F, H, or S for group overnight stays of persons over 2 1/2 years of age, in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:70-3, the State Fire Prevention Code, Section 408.14;
iv. Individual portable kiosks or displays when erected in a covered mall for a period of less than 90 days, and when not covered by a Type 2 permit;
v. The use of any open flame or flame-producing device, in connection with any public gathering, for purposes of entertainment, amusement, or recreation;
vi. Welding or cutting operations except where the welding or cutting is performed in areas approved for welding by the fire official and is registered as a type B life hazard use;
vii. The possession or use of explosives or blasting agents, other than model rocketry engines regulated under N.J.A.C. 12:194;
viii. The use of any open flame or flame-producing device in connection with the training of non-fire service personnel in fire suppression or extinguishment procedures;
ix. The occasional use in any building of a multipurpose room, with a maximum permitted occupancy of 100 or more for amusement, entertainment or mercantile type purposes.
x. The storage or handling of class I flammable liquids in closed containers of aggregate amounts of more than 10 gallons, but not more than 660 gallons inside a building, or more than 60 gallons, but not more than 660 gallons outside a building.
xi. The storage or handling of class II or IIIA combustible liquids in closed containers of aggregate amounts of more than 25 gallons, but not more than 660 gallons inside a building, or more than 60 gallons, but not more than 660 gallons outside a building.
xii. Any permanent cooking operation that requires a suppression system in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:70-4.7(g) and is not defined as a life hazard use in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:70-2.4.
xiii. The use as a place of public assembly, for a total of not more than 15 days in a calendar year, of a building classified as a commercial farm building under the Uniform Construction Code.
xiv. The temporary use of any building or portion thereof as a special amusement building for a total of not more than 15 days in a calendar year.
xv. The erection, operation, or maintenance of any tent, tensioned membrane structure, or canopy, excluding those used for recreational camping purposes, that meets the criteria in (a)3xv(1) or (2) below shall require a Type 1 permit. Tents, tensioned membrane structures, or canopies greater than 16,800 square feet in area or greater than 140 feet in any dimension, whether one unit or composed of multiple units; remaining in place for more than 180 days; used or occupied between December 1 and March 31; having a permanent anchoring system or foundation; or containing platforms or bleachers greater than 11 feet in height shall be subject to the permitting requirements of the Uniform Construction Code (N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.14).
(1) The tent, tensioned membrane structure, or canopy is greater than 900 square feet or more than 30 feet in any dimension whether it is one unit or composed of multiple units, but 16,800 square feet or less in area and 140 feet or less in any dimension, whether it is one unit or composed of multiple units.
(2) The tent, tensioned membrane structure, or canopy contains platforms or bleachers 11 feet or less in height;
xvi. The erection, operation, or maintenance of any outdoor combustible maze shall require a Type 1 permit if the outdoor combustible maze is less than six feet in height and does not contain electrical equipment. Outdoor combustible mazes that are six feet or greater in height or contain electrical equipment shall be subject to the permitting requirements of N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.14.
(1) For the purposes of applying this requirement, an outdoor combustible maze is an attraction that lacks a roof and is designed to disorient patrons, reduce vision, present barriers, or otherwise impede the flow of traffic and does not consist solely of living rooted plants such as corn stalks or trees, but includes mazes created from plants that have been cut and attached to an object to support them.
(A) Mazes consisting solely of living, rooted plants, such as corn stalks or trees, may be repaired using cut, replacement plants that are otherwise the same as those of which the maze is created without the need for a permit.
(B) No permit shall be required for mazes up to 42 inches in height created of bales of hay or straw;
xvii. The use of any Group A-4 use, place of worship, as a shelter with a maximum permitted occupant load of 14 persons, for 14 or fewer consecutive days, for not more than 49 days in a year in accordance with Section 408.15 of the State Fire Prevention Code; or
xviii. Unoccupied or vacant building or structure 2,500 square feet or more, but less than 12,000 square feet, in gross floor area.
Type 2 Permits:
i. Bowling lane resurfacing and bowling pin refinishing involving the use and application of flammable liquids or materials;
ii. Fumigation or thermal insecticide fogging;
iii. Carnivals and circuses employing mobile enclosed structures used for human occupancy;
iv. The use of a covered mall in any of the following manners:
(1) Placing or constructing temporary kiosks, display booths, concession equipment or the like in more than 25 percent of the common area of the mall;
(2) Temporarily using the mall as a place of assembly;
(3) Using open flame or flame devices;
(4) Displaying liquid or gas fuel powered equipment; or
(5) Using liquefied petroleum gas, liquefied natural gas, or compressed flammable gas in containers exceeding five pound capacity;
v. Storage outside of buildings of LP-gas cylinders or other compressed gas containers when part of a cylinder exchange program;
vi. Unoccupied or vacant buildings or structures 12,000 square feet or more, but less than 100,000 square feet, in gross floor area; or
vii. The use of any building or portion thereof previously registered as a Life Hazard Use for mercantile purposes on a temporary basis.
(1) Exception: No permit shall be required for any mercantile use registered as a Life Hazard Use.
Type 3 Permits:
i. Industrial processing ovens or furnaces operating at approximately atmospheric pressures and temperatures not exceeding 1,400 degrees Fahrenheit which are heated with oil or gas fuel or which contain flammable vapors from the product being processed;
ii. Wrecking yards, junk yards, outdoor used tire storage, waste material handling plants, and outside storage of forest products not otherwise classified;
iii. The storage, handling, or discharging of fireworks; or
iv. Unoccupied or vacant buildings or structures 100,000 square feet or more in gross floor area.
Type 4 Permits:
i. Storage or use at normal temperature and pressure of more than 2,000 cubic feet of flammable compressed gas or 6,000 cubic feet of nonflammable compressed gas;
ii. The production or sale of cryogenic liquids; the storage or use of more than 10 gallons of liquid oxygen, flammable cryogenic liquids or cryogenic oxidizers; or the storage of more than 500 gallons of nonflammable, non-toxic cryogenic liquids;
iii. The storage, handling, and processing of flammable, combustible, and unstable liquids in closed containers and portable tanks in aggregate amounts of more than 660 gallons;
iv. To store or handle (except medicines, beverages, foodstuffs, cosmetics, and other common consumer items, when packaged according to commonly accepted practices):
(1) More than 55 gallons of corrosive liquids;
(2) More than 500 pounds of oxidizing materials;
(3) More than 10 pounds of organic peroxides;
(4) More than 500 pounds of nitromethane;
(5) More than 1,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate;
(6) More than one microcurie of radium not contained in a sealed source;
(7) More than one millicurie of radium or other radiation material in a sealed source or sources;
(8) Any amount of radioactive material for which a specific license from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is required; or
(9) More than 10 pounds of flammable solids.
v. The melting, casting, heat treating, machining or grinding of more than 10 pounds of magnesium per working day.
- Type 1 – $65.00
- Type 2 – $250.00
- Type 3 – $480.00
- Type 4 – $700.00
- Type 5 – Reserved
Registration and Inspection Fees for Non-Life Hazard Uses – In addition to the inspection fee requirements of the Uniform Fire Code, the following inspections and fees shall be required in the Township of Montgomery:
Industrial and Commercial uses not classified as “Life Hazard Uses” by the Uniform Fire Code, having a gross floor area of: (Payment of these fees shall be the responsibility of the occupant of the premises.)
- Under 499 square feet – $50.00
- 500 – 999 square feet – $75.00
- 1000 – 2999 square feet – $100.00
- 3000 – 5999 square feet – $125.00
- 6000 – 11,999 square feet – $200.00
- 12,000 – 23,999 square feet – $300.00
- 24,000 – 40,000 square feet – $400.00
- For every additional 1,000 square feet above 40,000 square feet – $5.00
- Religious Uses or places of worship, or similar uses – Exempt
- Agricultural uses or farm structures or similar uses – $50.00 per structure
Multiple Family Dwellings (Payment of these fees shall be the responsibility of the owner of the premises):
• Three to five units – $50.00
• Six to twenty-five units – $125.00
• Twenty-five units and above – $400.00
File Information Requests
A fee of ten ($10.00) dollars shall be required for all requests for Fire Investigation Reports. All other file information requests shall be charged at the photocopy rate of five ($.05) cents per page for 8.5 x 11″ size paper and seven ($.07) cents for 8.5 x 14″ size paper.
Certificate of Smoke Alarm, Carbon Monoxide Alarm & Portable Fire Extinguisher Compliance:
(Applications are only available in the office)
Before any one- and two-family or attached single-family structure is sold, leased or otherwise made subject to a change of occupancy for residential purposes, the owner shall obtain a certificate of smoke alarm, carbon monoxide alarm and portable fire extinguisher compliance (CSACMAPFEC). The application fees for CSACMAPFEC, as required by N.J.A.C. 5:70-2.3, shall be based upon the amount of time remaining before the change of occupancy is expected as follows:
SCHEDULE OF FEES:
(Based upon Application Time in Advance of Change of Occupancy)
All applications must be completed and a request for a smoke detector inspection must be made to the office of the Fire Official. You must apply a couple of weeks before your closing date – we prefer at least one week to process your Certificate. The application fees for CSDCMAPFEC, as required by N.J.A.C. 5:70-2.3, shall be based upon the amount of time remaining before the change of occupancy is expected as follows:
Requests for CSACMAPFEC received more than ten (10) business days prior to change of occupancy shall be fifty ($50.00) dollars.
Requests for CSACMAPFEC received four to ten (4-10) business days prior to the change of occupancy shall be eighty-five ($100.00) dollars.
Requests for CSACMAPFEC received fewer than four (4) business days prior to the change of occupancy shall be one hundred forty ($165.00) dollars.
Any additional re-inspections shall be an additional fifty ($50.00) dollar fee.
A no-show inspection shall be subject to a fifty ($50.00) dollar fee.
A no-show inspection means:
(1) The owner/agent fails to meet inspector within the appointed time for inspection or re-inspection;
(2) The owner/agent does not have a key or is unable to give the Fire Official access to the premises for the scheduled inspection or re-inspection; or
(3) Electrical power to a premises is disconnected and smoke [detectors] alarms to be tested are powered by electrical current from the building wiring system.
d. An owner who sells, leases, rents or otherwise permits to be occupied for residential purposes any premises subject to the provisions of this section when the premises do not comply with the requirements hereof, or without complying with the inspection and certification requirements hereof, shall be subject to a fine of not more than five hundred ($500.00) dollars, which shall be collected and enforced by the Bureau of Fire Prevention. No certificate of smoke alarm, carbon monoxide alarm and portable fire extinguisher compliance shall be issued until all fees due and penalties assessed under this subsection are paid.
A CSACMAPFEC shall not be transferable. If the change of occupancy does not occur within six (6) months, a new application shall be required.
All applications must be completed and a request for a smoke alarm inspection must be made to the office of the Fire Official. You must apply a couple of weeks before your closing date – we prefer one week to process your Certificate. See “Schedule of Fees” below.
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Certification of Smoke Alarm, Carbon Monoxide Alarm & Portable Fire Extinguisher Compliance (CSACMAPFEC) – 1 & 2 Family Dwellings Guidance
Central Monitored Fire Alarms
Fire Alarm System shall mean a system used for the detection of fire, smoke or similar hazards containing an automatic detecting device which activates an alarm signal, requiring response by fire suppression forces. It includes protective signaling systems or devices designed to transmit alarms and supervisory and trouble signals necessary for the protection of life and property.
False Alarm shall mean any false alarm causing direct notification to a Fire Department through an alarm panel, switchboard or alarm lines, due to misuse, accident, improper supervision, or equipment malfunction and not due to an unpreventable, unavoidable outside cause.
The fee for a fire alarm system permit to operate shall be fifteen ($15.00) dollars every 2 years, payable to the Montgomery Township Police.
False Alarm Penalties:
For the second false alarm – a first warning will be issued.
For the third false alarm – revocation of the permit and a permit restoration fee of one hundred fifty ($150.00) dollars.
For the fourth false alarm – revocation of the permit and a permit restoration fee of three hundred ($300.00) dollars.
For subsequent false alarms – revocation of the permit and a permit restoration fee of five hundred ($500.00) dollars.
Please remember that we are Municipal employees charged with a responsibility for Public Safety from fire. We are also here to help protect you and your property investments from potential fatalities, injuries and damages by fire. We are also educators as well as professional Enforcement Officials that want you to utilize our expertise in Fire Safety as a tool in your efforts to prevent fires.