Fire Prevention

The primary responsibility of the Fire Official is the enforcement of the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code and other local fire safety regulations. Major activities within the scope of this office include:
  • Fire investigations to determine origin and cause
  • Fire permit control
  • Fire safety complaints
  • Inspections of life hazard uses
  • Inspections of nonlife hazard uses (except owner-occupied one- and two-family dwellings)
New Jersey Uniform Fire Code
The purpose of this code is to establish the minimum requirements consistent with nationally recognized good practice for providing a reasonable level of life safety and property protection from the hazards of fire, explosion or dangerous conditions in new and existing buildings, structures and premises and to provide safety to fire fighters and emergency responders during emergency operations.

Safety Provisions

The Uniform Fire Code is designed to assure that fire safety provisions in existing buildings are maintained and that specific target hazards are retrofitted with fire protection systems, fire resistive construction or other fire safety features that the state has identified as benefiting the health, safety and welfare of the public.

Building Categories
Buildings and their associated occupancies are broken down in 2 categories, Life Hazard Uses and Nonlife Hazard Uses. Life Hazard Uses (LHU's) must be registered with the state. Both Life Hazard Uses and Nonlife Hazard Uses are inspected in accordance with the code. The UFC is provides for temporary situations such as special events, tents, canopies, construction site safety and use of flame producing equipment.

To Register a Business (if occupying commercial space only); 

*Please note - Business Certificate of Occupancy from Building Department required prior to Fire Prevention registration

Special Permit Applications are required for Special Events such as Carnivals, Food Trucks, Tents, etc. where the following activities will require Fire Inspection: 

  • Cooking/Open Flame (Health Dept application required for food vendors)
  • Propane Use
  • Tents larger than 10”x10”
  • Fireworks Displays, etc.

Special Permit Application

Special COVID-19 Permit Application: Propane Heaters

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    In light of recent tragic fires, members of the Middletown Township Fire Prevention Office and the Fire Department would like to extend their condolences and remind the community of important fire safety reminders for where we live and work. Read on...
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