Department of Fire Prevention

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Duties of the Department of Fire Prevention consist of the enforcement of the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code, inspecting all commercial buildings and tenants, schools, places of assembly and multi-family dwellings.

The Department of Fire Prevention is a multi-task department serving the Township of Mahwah. In addition to conducting fire code inspections at commercial locations, Fire Prevention also provides public fire safety education programs.

Check out the Public Education Sites tab for documents related day-to-day routines and updated product information.

Tent and Membrane structures for use with outside dining Rules

With the current rise of requests for tents and similar devices due to the pandemic.  As of Dec 1, 2020, any requests for permits for these types of devices are now handled by the Building Department,  From Dec 1, 2020 thru April 30, 2021, all tents and membrane structures fall under the UCC code and will require building permits and inspections. Manufacturer specifications for all devices must be adhered to and the building department will need to review them.  There are specific snow load and wind gust requirements that the device must withstand in order to be used.

Certificate of Smoke Alarm, Carbon Monoxide, and Portable Fire Extinguisher (CSACMAPFEC N.J.A.C. 5:70-2.3 and 4.19)

Another task performed by Fire Prevention, is the State of New Jersey required certification of smoke detector operation in the resale of homes and a change of tenants. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the home inspection process has been altered.  To apply for a certification, a packet will be handed out or downloaded from here or from the Permit Application link on the left.  This has the paperwork needed to complete the certification and inspection process.  Included in the packet are three documents: the affidavit for the inspection, the homeowner’s instructions and the instructions to return the affidavit to complete the certification and inspection.  All fees are to be returned with the affidavit and all pictures are to be emailed for the visual reference. The pictures are used so that we can see that the proper devices were installed according the instructions.

For further information, please contact the Department of Fire Prevention during normal office hours Monday through Friday, 7 am to 3 pm.