Departments & Services
Fire Prevention Bureau
- The Bernards Township Fire Prevention Bureau enforces the Uniform
Fire Code of the State of New Jersey. We do smoke/carbon monoxide
detector and fire extinguisher inspections for residential properties
that are being sold, leased or rented. The Bureau does regular
inspections of all businesses, schools, restaurants and healthcaree
facilities in the township.
- The Bureau consists of the Fire Official, Fire Inspector, Smoke and C.O.
Detector Inspector and Secretary. We are located at 277 South Maple
Ave., in the Engineering Building 2nd Floor.
- Our hours are 8:30 a.m. till 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Fire Protection System Contractors allowed to work in New Jersey.
New Jersey Division of Fire Safety.
Life Hazard Use Registration.
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Uniform Fire Code of New Jersey
Instructions: If you agree then click "Agree", then click "Title 5", then click "Chapter 70 – Uniform Fire Code"
This is the actual legislation that we are required to enforce. The "Subchapter 3 - State Fire Prevention Code" is enforceable during all inspections.
The "Subchapter 4 – Fire Safety Code" is an extra subchapter that is enforceable during inspections in buildings built before January 1st, 1977.
2006 International Fire Code, New Jersey Edition
This is a more user friendly version of "Subchapter 3 – State Fire Prevention Code"
Cooking Vendor, Tent, and Canopy Guidelines
Firework Permit Checklist
Frequently Asked Questions
- Q:Once I open a business, school,
healthcare or group home in the township what is required of me after
I get a Certificate of Occupancy?
- A:Register with the Fire Prevention
Bureau for required inspections. To register come into the
Fire Prevention office at 277 South Maple Ave. and a registration
form will be given to you. When the completed application
is received you will be called for the best time to do a fire prevention
inspection at your facility. At the time of the inspection, the inspector
will answer all fire prevention questions concerning your particular
- Q: What am I required to do when
I sell lease or rent my residential property?
- A:You are required to come into the office at 277 South
Maple Ave. and make an appointment for an inspection of the smoke and
carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they work and are in the correct
locations. We also check to make sure you have a usable ABC fire extinguisher
no heavier than 10 lbs. in the proper location.
No appointments will be made over the phone and the appointment must
be paid for at the time the appointment is made.
When you visit the office, written information on the requirements will
be given to you in detail.
- Q:When do I need a Fire Safety
- A:1. You need a permit when an open flame or flame producing device
is used in connection with any public gathering (exception is in
a one or two family home).
2. For a Bonfire or the use of a torch or flame producing
device to remove paint from or seal membrane roofs on any building
3. Welding and cutting operations where it is not already
approved and registered for that type of business use.
4. The possession or use of explosives or blasting agents
requires a permit, (blasting for construction, fireworks).
5. Fire extinguisher training using open flame for non-fire
6. Carnivals and circuses employing mobile enclosed structures
used for human occupancy.
- Q:May I use a propane
grill at my condominium?
- A:Portable LP gas cooking equipment shall not
be stored or used:
1. On any porch, balcony or any other portion of a building;
2. Within any room or space of a building;
3. Within five feet, of any combustible exterior wall;
4. Within five feet, vertically or horizontally, of an opening
in any wall;
5. Under any building overhang.
Charcoal burners, other open-flame cooking devices and outdoor
fireplaces shall not be operated or stored on combustible balconies
or decks or within 5 feet of combustible construction.
- Q:How often should I
clean my fireplace flue and dryer vents?
- A:Chimney and flues
every other year and dryer vents yearly, unless you notice
irregularities such as smoke coming back into the room when
the flue is open. A dryer that will not dry clothes even
though it is getting hot. Both of these occurrences suggest
a clogged ventilation system. Stop the use of the fireplace
or dryer until the problem has been corrected.
FAX (908) 204-3089