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Posted on: March 27, 2020

Guidance on Fire Code Enforcement Issued

The State Division of Fire Safety has issued operational guidance for local enforcing agencies, providing them with information and suggestions and how fire code enforcement operations should proceed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some of the suggestions offered by the guidance document include postponing inspections, without violations, for businesses that express concerns with COVID-19 exposure and rescheduling these inspections until a reasonable time after Executive 103 has expired. The guidance also recommends that local enforcing agencies suspend inspections and reinspections of health care facilities during the effective period of Executive Order No.103. The State Division of Fire Safety has already suspended their own inspections and resinspections for these facilities.

Please review the operational guidance document in its entirety with your fire code officials for more information on from the Division on how your local officials should handle fire code enforcement during this time.

Contact: Frank Marshall, Esq., Associate General Counsel, fmarshall@njlm.org, 609-695-3481 x137.

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