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Smoke Detector Inspection Fee Schedule Change – Effective January 1, 2023
Effective 1/1/2023, smoke alarm inspection fees for home sales and residential tenant change of occupancy will be as follows:
- 75-23. Residential smoke-detection systems.
- The application fee for a certificate of smoke detector and carbon monoxide alarm compliance (CSDCMAC), 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:
(1) Requests for a CSDCMAC received more than 10 business days prior to the change of occupant: $70
(2) Requests for a CSDCMAC received four to 10 business days prior to the change of occupant: $115
(3) Requests for a CSDCMAC received fewer than four business days or less prior to the change of occupant: $160
(4) A fee of $35 shall be assessed all required reinspection’s. A third (3rd) visit will require a new application and new fee.
SHORTSALES AND FORECLOSURES require a Notarized Affidavit – you can complete this form then the Buyer needs to contact the office at firstname.lastname@example.org
The preferred method of scheduling and payment is via our Online Home Inspection Scheduling website.
If necessary, payment may be made in cash, by personal check or by realty company check at our administration office. Payment can be made in person at:
Fire Administration Office
984 Tuckerton Road
Marlton, NJ 08053
Inspection certificates are valid for six months from date of inspection.
Uniform Fire Code requires before the change of occupancy (home re-sale), the owner shall obtain a Smoke Detector Carbon Monoxide Alarm Certificate (CSDCMAC) in any 1-family or 2-family dwelling, condo or rental apartment,
- Operable Smoke Detector on each level of the dwelling, including the basement depending on the year built. (SEE BELOW)
- Operable, labeled and charged Fire Extinguisher, with a rating of 2A:10B:C. Installed with manufacturer provided brackets and the top of the extinguisher not more than 3 feet to 5 feet above the floor
- Operable Carbon Monoxide Detector installed in the immediate vicinity (WITHIN 10 FEET)of the sleeping areas for all dwellings that contain fuel-burning devices or attached garage.
- House number must be a minimum of 30 inches from the ground and 3 inch Arabic numbers that are visible from the road.
- Note: after-market fire alarm/security systems must be able to function with out electricity and meet state fire and building codes.
Each level of the dwelling is required to have a smoke detector. The detectors are either battery powered or electric powered, depending on the year the house was built:
EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2019: Under NJ State Law, any smoke detector that relies solely on battery power must be a sealed battery-powered unit with a 10-year life span.
- Before 1977 – Battery powered smoke alarm in hall adjacent to bedrooms, battery powered smoke alarms on the remaining levels (all smoke alarms must be 10-Year Sealed Lithium Ion battery units).
- 1977 – 1980 – Hardwired electric powered detector in hall adjacent to bedrooms, battery powered detectors on remaining levels.
- 1981 – 1983 – Hardwired electric powered, interconnected in hall adjacent to bedrooms and basement, if applicable.
- 1984 – 1990 – Hardwired electric powered, interconnected detectors on all levels.
- 1991 – 1992 – Hardwired electric powered, interconnected detectors in all bedrooms, in vicinity of bedrooms and on all levels.
- 1992 – Present – Hardwired electric powered, interconnected detectors in all bedrooms, in vicinity of bedrooms and on all levels with battery powered back up.
- NOTE: Hardwired electric powered smoke detectors greater than 10 years old need to be replaced with new hardwired electric powered smoke detectors, with battery powered back up.
- RECALL: Kidde issued a recall for detectors on May 6th, 2021. Please check the following link, as recalled detectors will result in a failed inspection. https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2021/kidde-recalls-trusense-smoke-and-combination-smoke-carbon-monoxide-alarms-due-to-risk
Carbon Monoxide detectors must be in all dwellings, except those not containing fuel-burning appliances or do not have an attached garage (open parking structure is not an attached garage).
Carbon Monoxide detectors may be battery powered or plug in type or hard-wired and installed on wall, ceiling or in accordance to manufacture’s installation instructions.
Uniform Fire Code requires fire extinguishers be installed upon the sale of property or change of occupancy.
- At least one portable Class ABC fire extinguisher shall be installed in all one and two family detached dwellings and in apartment units.
- Extinguisher shall be rated at 2A:10BC
- Extinguisher shall be listed, labeled, charged and operable.
- Extinguishers shall be installed with manufacture brackets and the top of the extinguisher not more than 3 feet to 5 feet above the floor, and the operation instructions must be clearly visible
- Extinguisher must be in a readily accessible area, free from blocking by furniture, storage, equipment or other items.
- Extinguishers shall be located with in 10 feet of the kitchen.
- The extinguisher shall be serviced and tagged by a certified Division of Fire Safety contractor within the past 12 months or the seller must have a receipt for a recently purchased extinguisher
- Extinguishers shall have an owner’s manual or written information regarding the operation, inspection, and maintenance of the extinguisher.
New Smoke/CO Certificate Application