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

From April 1 thru November 30, all tents and membrane structures require a permit for any tent that is 900 square feet or larger.  Tent specifications need to be submitted to the this office for review and an inspection will be required prior to issuance of the permit and before it can be used.  From December 1 thru March 31, the tent and membrane structures fall under the Uniform Construction Code and the Building Department and their permit process.

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.  

Since the township building is closed to the public, the paperwork can be left in the clear tote box on the cart labeled Construction/Building Department next the front doors or mailed to directly us.

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