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Fire Prevention Bureau - Building Inspections

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Building Inspections

Bernards Township Fire Prevention Bureau is the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) charged with enforcing the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code (2015 Edition) and Local Ordinances in ALL Commercial businesses and properties located within township borders on an Annual Basis. (N.J.A.C 5:70-2.1)

All commercial businesses and properties shall register with the Fire Prevention Bureau within 30 days of opening. Information includes:

  • Name, address, and telephone number of the business and business owner
  • Name, address, and telephone number of building owner
  • Square footage of business
  • Types of Life Safety Systems (Fire Alarm, Sprinkler system, Kitchen Fire Suppression system)
  • Emergency Contact Information and E-mail Address

Common Violations Found:

  • Extension Cords (temporary use only) and Piggy Backed Surge Protectors (plug directly into wall)
  • Inoperable Exit Signs and Emergency Egress Lights (Test Monthly and keep a log sheet)
  • Missing Electrical outlet covers and Junction box covers
  • Life Safety System reports
    • Fire Alarm- Tested Annually
    • Sprinkler System- Tested Annually
    • Standpipes- Tested Annually
    • Kitchen Fire Suppression System- Tested Semi-Annually (every 6 Months- Type 1 permit required if not a life hazard use)
  • CO Alarms- Tested Monthly (keep a log sheet and change batteries every 6 Months)
  • Maintenance of Fire Rated Construction - Holes in Walls and Ceilings
  • Locking and Blocking Means of Egress
  • Fire Extinguishers- Minimum 2A:10BC Fire extinguisher required which is inspected by a Licensed Fire Extinguisher Company Annually
  • Storage Height- 24 inches non-sprinklered building, 18 inches sprinklered building
  • Electrical/ Mechanical Room Signage- Identify rooms where the electrical panel and/or mechanical rooms are located if behind a door/ access panel.

These are just some common violations that the Fire Prevention Bureau encounters during our inspections. If any violations are found during the inspection of your business and/or commercial property, depending on the violation, the business/ property owner/manager will have anywhere from 15 days (Sub-Chapter 3 Violations) to 30 Days (Sub-Chapter 4- Retrofit Violations) to abate the violation. An official Notice of Violation will be e-mailed to the business/property owner/manager upon completion of the inspection with an “Abate by Date” listed on the right-hand column. Once all violations have been abated, the business/ property will be issued a “Certificate of Inspection”, which shall be posted in a conspicuous location.

If you have any questions or concerns about your commercial business/ property, please contact the Bernards Township Fire Prevention Bureau.
277 S. Maple Ave
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
908-204-2511