Selling / Buying A Property/Building

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Before buying, selling or renting your house/building in the Town of Boonton, the state of New Jersey mandates an inspection for compliance of the New Jersey Fire Code. In addition to the fire inspection, a certificate of occupancy for change of ownership is a required. The issuance of a certificate of occupancy for change in ownership will require an inspection from the Zoning Officer / Code Enforcement Officer for compliance including but not limited to the Zoning Ordinances, Property Maintenance and Housing Codes. Please carefully read the items below regarding processes, fees, requirements, and inspection schedules. You may call (973) 402-9410 x630 for questions, concerns, application submittal, associated fees, and to schedule a fire inspection.

Property/Building Sale/Buying Process

  1. Ensure the requirements mentioned below are met.
  2. Obtain a property card from the tax assessor’s office.
  3. Complete Application for Fire Inspection & Certificate of Occupancy for a Change in Ownership
  4. Submit property card, completed application and payment to the construction office.
  5. Schedule the fire inspection with the construction department
  6. The Zoning Officer / Code Enforcement Officer will contact you for inspection once the fire inspection has been completed. You may contact the Zoning Officer / Code Enforcement Officer at (973) 402-9410 x632

Fees

  • The fee for a fire safety inspection is $25 per unit for residential/office/retail and $100 per building for industrial buildings.
  • A re-inspection will occur if any of the state mandates fail and will result in an additional $40 fee for each additional re-inspection.
  • The fee for a certificate of occupancy for a change in ownership is 1) $25 for a vacant residential land. 2) $25 for a one-family residence. 3) $50 for a two-family residence. 4) $25 per unit for a multifamily residence. 5) $100 for an industrial building and/or vacant land.
  • A certificate of occupancy for a change of ownership shall not be issued if the premises is not in compliance with the applicable statutes, regulations, codes and ordinances. Violations are to be in compliance before any certificate of occupancy for change of ownership is issued. Buyer may assume responsibilities of violation(s) with written notice indicating when violation(s) will be in compliance and a temporary certificate of occupancy for a change of ownership shall be issued for the closing of the property.
  • Payments can be made by check payable to the ‘Town of Boonton’.

Fire Inspection Requirements

Smoke Detectors

  • Starting January 1, 2019, 10 year sealed battery smoke alarms will be required.  All other battery smoke alarms will NOT be accepted.  If you are selling your home or renting, please read the updated changes tot he fire code.
  • Install detectors on every level, including the basement. Levels that have bedrooms, detectors shall be installed within 10 feet of the bedrooms.
  • The detectors should preferably be mounted on the ceiling.
  • If a detector has to be mounted on a wall, it must be mounted 4 inches minimum and 12 inches maximum from the ceiling.
  • Detectors must be 4 inches from any corner, and a minimum of 3 feet from any air registers.
  • Please be sure to refer to the manufactures installation guide as well.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors (CO)

  • On each level that has sleeping areas, detectors shall be installed within 10 feet of the bedrooms.
  • They can be mounted on ceilings or walls with no height restrictions.
  • Please be sure to check the manufactures installation guide as well.

Fire Extinguishers

  • At least one portable fire extinguisher shall be installed in all one and two family dwellings upon a sale or change of tenancy.
  • The size shall be a minimum of 2A:10 BC rating and no bigger than a 10lb ABC type.
  • The extinguisher shall be charged, operable and MOUNTED in a visible location, within 10 ft. of the kitchen and not blocked by furniture, behind a door or in a closet.

Fire Safety Helpful Hints

  • If you have a monitored fire alarm system, you will be required to know how to operate it! The alarm must be placed on test through the alarm company before we can test the alarm. You must know the pass codes, and how to reset the alarm.
  • Do not mount detectors in attic unless it is a finished room.
  • Do not mount detectors in the stairwell or at the top of basement stairs.
  • Do not mount detectors in kitchen as they often result in many nuisance alarms due to cooking.
  • All smoke detectors should be replaced after 10 years.
  • Carbon monoxide detectors should be replaced after 5 years. To schedule the inspection or if you have any additional questions please call (973) 402-9410 x630


Certificate of Occupancy for Change of Ownership Requirements

Zoning Ordinance

Property Maintenance Code

Smoke Detector Ordinance/Fire Prevention

  • Completed during the fire safety inspection.

Change of Ownership Inspection Requirements

  • Accessory Structures - fencing, garage, sheds in good condition with no cracked/chipping/discolored paint
  • Chimneys - mortar and bricks secure and pointed
  • Foundation Wall - free from defects and cracks
  • Gutters and Downspouts - attached, cleaned and in good working condition
  • Landscape - clean and trimmed (corner lots shall not have hedges/bushes over 2 ½ ft. at intersection)
  • Paint - free from chipping and/or cracking
  • Roof - no loose shingles, leaking or bowing of roof
  • Sidewalks - level and free from cracks
  • Stairs - In good condition with no cracked/chipping/discolored paint and secure railings provided for three or more treads
  • Vermin/Pests - no infestation permitted
  • Asbestos - must be encapsulated or professionally removed
  • Basement - floor and walls free from moisture, cracks and defects
  • Bathroom Ventilation - natural window ventilation or functioning exhaust fan
  • Ceilings and Walls – painted free from chipping or cracking and in good condition
  • Electrical outlets - at least two in working condition in every habitable room
  • Fireplace - in working condition with proof of last flue vent cleaning
  • Floors - in good condition
  • Furnace - in good working condition
  • GFCI electrical outlets in kitchen and bathrooms
  • Hot Water Heater - in good working condition and safely located for easy maintenance
  • Kitchen Ventilation - must lead outside from stove and/or oven
  • Plumbing - free from leaks and in good working condition
  • Windows - working sash locks on all first-floor windows, all windows in good working condition with no cracked/chipping/discolored paint