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  • NJ A4517
  • "New Townhouse Fire Safety Act"; requires installation of fire suppression system in new townhouses.
Introduced
(1/23/2017)
In Committee
(1/23/2017)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill, entitled the "New Townhouse Fire Safety Act," would require the installation of a fire suppression system in a new townhouse during the home's construction. Equipping new townhouses with fire suppression systems would provide protection for the residents of these homes and for firefighters. The bill would require the Commissioner of Community Affairs to revise the State Uniform Construction Code to require: (1) the installation of fire suppression systems in new townhouses; (2) these systems to comply with State administrative regulations regarding physical connections and cross connection control; and (3) the installation of separate shut-off valves and a meter for measuring water usage dedicated to fire suppression. The bill requires the commissioner to adopt these code revisions by the first day of the seventh month next following the date of enactment. These requirements would only apply to a townhouse that is to be newly constructed and for which a construction permit application is submitted to an enforcing agency on or after the first day of the seventh month next following the date of enactment. Accordingly, new townhouses that are the subject of construction permit applications submitted prior to this date would not be subject to the provisions of the bill. A construction permit application for a townhouse subject to the bill would not be deemed complete unless the application provides for the installation of a fire suppression system in accordance with the provisions of the bill. A fire suppression system required to be installed pursuant to the bill would have to be installed by a certified fire protection contractor authorized to install such systems pursuant to P.L.2001, c.289 (C.52:27D-25n et seq.), and any implementing regulations. Under the bill, residents of Superstorm Sandy-impacted counties may petition the Department of Community Affairs for relief from the requirements of the bill. The department may grant such relief for reasons of hardship, which may include financial or other circumstances that would make compliance with the bill's requirements significantly impractical. This waiver would no longer be available three years following the date of enactment.
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Introduced, Referred to Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee  (on 1/23/2017)
 
 
Date Chamber Action Description
1/23/2017 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
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