Smoke Detector & Sidewalk Inspections

SMOKE DETECTOR INSPECTIONS - Home Sale or Rental Requirements
Borough Code §114-8(B) entitled Sale or Rental of Property Certificate of Compliance, requires that prior to the sale and settlement of any residential dwelling, the property shall be inspected by the Borough of Haddonfield Bureau of Fire Prevention for compliance with the following smoke detector, carbon monoxide alarm and visible house number requirements (Borough Code §79 entitled Buildings, Numbering of), as per National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) 74-1984, as amended and supplemented, whereupon a certificate of compliance will be issued:

1.  Any one- and two-family dwelling containing at least one residential dwelling unit must have at least one smoke detector, in satisfactory working order, on each level of the building or the applicable NFPA standard at the time of the inspection.

2.  Any one- and two-family dwelling containing at least one residential dwelling unit must have at least one carbon monoxide alarm installed and in working order or the applicable NJPA standard at the time of inspection. This requirement does not apply to such units in buildings that do not contain a fuel-burning device or have an unattached garage.

3.  Any one- and two-family dwelling containing at least one residential dwelling unit shall have placed upon or in front of the portion of building facing the street the proper street address number as assigned by the Borough of Haddonfield. Such number shall be of sufficient size (minimum four inches) and in such a location as to be easily seen (contrasting colors) and read from the street.

Additionally, per County Fire Marshall regulations, all rental units/dwellings shall be inspected for the items listed above each time a new tenant is scheduled to move into that unit/dwelling. The Borough of Haddonfield, Bureau of Fire Prevention is responsible for inspection of all one- and two-family dwelling units. Facilities of more than two units are the responsibility of the County Fire Marshall.

The fee for this inspection shall be $35 made payable to the Borough of Haddonfield, if the application is submitted and paid 5 days prior to settlement or signing of lease. The fee shall be $75 if application is made less than 5 days in advance. If the property does not comply with the requirements, one re-inspection will be made at no additional charge. However, additional re-inspections will require a prepaid fee of $25 for each re-inspection.  A waiver of this fee and inspection will only be authorized for the sale of a newly constructed home within sixty (60) days of the issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy by the Construction Official.

The forms are available through the link below, as well as in Room 101, Administration Office, of the Borough Hall located at 242 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield, New Jersey.

Smoke Detector Compliance Form  - NOTE:  THIS IS A NEW FORM AS OF OCTOBER 1, 2016


SIDEWALK INSPECTIONS - Home Sale Requirements
Borough Code Article II entitled Construction and Repairs of Sidewalks and Curbing (§199-13.2), requires that upon the signing of a Contract for Sale of Real Este in the Borough of Haddonfield an exterior property inspection shall be completed, prior to the transfer of legal title, by an inspector of the Borough of Haddonfield to determine whether repair or replacement of sidewalks, driveway aprons or walkways in the public right-of-way is necessary under the following requirements, whereupon a certificate of compliance will be issued:

A. A tripping hazard exists if any one or more of the following exists:

     a) A crack exists wherein it causes a portion of the sidewalk, driveway apron, or walkway in the public right-of-way to be
         raised one-half (1/2) of one inch or more above the contiguous portion of the sidewalk, driveway apron, or walkway in the
         public right-of-way.

     b) The surface of the sidewalk, driveway apron, or walkway in the right-of-way exhibits one-half (1/2) of one inch or more
         deep holes or irregular or crumbled surface, or an abrupt one-half (1/2) or more change in uneven continuous surfaces so
         as to cause a tripping hazard.

     c) Where there are elevation variations of one-half (1/2) an inch or more of adjacent blocks or portions of blocks in the
         sidewalk, driveway apron, or walkway in the public right-of-way.

d) Where there are elevation variations of (1/2) one-half an inch or more of adjacent bricks, pavers, slate or other such construction materials in the sidewalk, driveway apron, or walkway in the public right-of-way.

B. In the event that the inspector deems that a repair and/or replacement is necessary, the property owner will be notified and such repair and/or replacement shall be completed and the Borough of Haddonfield notified of such completion at least seven (7) days prior to legal transfer of title.  The inspector will inspect the completed repair and/or replacement and issue a Certificate of Compliance if the repair and/or replacement is completed to the inspector’s satisfaction.

C. No legal transfer of title to any real estate in the Borough of Haddonfield shall occur if the repair and/or replacement as required by the inspector has not been completed and a Certificate of Compliance issued.  In the event the required repair and/or replacement cannot be completed prior to the legal transfer of title, sufficient moneys shall be placed in escrow with a party to the sale to satisfy the cost of the required repair and/or replacement, and such repair and/or replacement shall be completed within thirty (30) days following the transfer of title, which can be extended by the inspector for weather conditions or other such just cause.  

D. An inspection fee of fifty dollars ($50.00) shall be charged for the initial inspection and also included in that fee is the first inspection following the completion of repairs and/or replacements.  For a re-inspection and each subsequent re-inspection there shall be a fee of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) for each subsequent re-inspection.
In the event that the Borough of Haddonfield does not receive the initial 30 day notice timely, or notice within five (5) days of the signing of the Contract for Sale of Real Estate, whichever is later, or does not receive the seven (7) day notice of completion of repair and/or replacement timely, then an additional late fee of twenty-five ($25.00) shall be charged for each failure to give timely notice.

§199-13.3 Structures and plant life in Haddonfield’s right-of-way
A. Property owners are prohibited from constructing, installing, placing, etc. in the Borough of Haddonfield’s right-of-way or on Haddonfield property, fences, steps, walkways, retaining walls, statues and other such structures.  Property owners are also prohibited from planting, placing, etc. trees, plants, shrubs and other such plant life in the Borough of Haddonfield’s right-of-way or on Haddonfield property.

B. The Borough of Haddonfield in its sole discretion may require the property owners to remove the above referred to structures and/or plant life from the Borough of Haddonfield’s right-of-way or Borough of Haddonfield property.  In the alternative the Borough of Haddonfield may remove such structures and/or plant life from the Borough of Haddonfield’s right-of-way or Borough of Haddonfield property at the property owner’s expense.  

C. Any structures and/or plant life in the Haddonfield right-of way or on Borough of Haddonfield property shall be the responsibility and liability of the contiguous property owner, except structures installed by a governmental agency such as stop signs, fire hydrants, street signs, parking signs and such other structures, and except plant life planted by a governmental agency.

Sidewalk Inspection Form