Beginning June 1st, the Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention is reverting back to accepting the Smoke Affidavit in Lieu of in-person inspections until such time it has been deemed safe by the appropriate Health Officials and normal operations can resume. The Affidavit is provided in the application process on the SDL Portal Site and SHALL be filled out completely and uploaded with your Residential Smoke Application. No application will be accepted without this form. All required laws & applicable codes will still be followed, regardless. This form only exempts you from physical inspection, it does not exempt you from the requirements listed and associated fees.

Residential Smoke Inspections

Residential Smoke Inspections

Scheduling of Inspections:

We do not call you with a time for the day you are scheduled for a smoke inspection. Everyone is on the schedule between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
If you would like your assigned time, call us at 732-240-5153 the afternoon before your appointment between 3:00 p.m. and 4:30 pm. (Call Friday afternoon for a Monday appointment time) This is the time the inspector will have mapped out his route with the appointments for the next business day.
If you do not call for an exact time you are on the schedule between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Someone over 18 years of age must be present to meet the inspector. If no one is present when the inspector arrives, the inspector will not wait and you will need to fill out another application online to reschedule your appointment.
There is a No Show fee of $75.00 on top of the $75.00 inspection fee.
*Due to high scheduling demand, requests must be submitted at least 3 weeks in advance..
*Non-refundable application fee applies.

Effective January 1, 2019, the following requirement regarding battery-operated smoke detectors will be enforced in Toms River under the new NJ Uniform Fire Code Requirements:

Ten-year sealed battery-powered single station smoke alarms shall be installed and shall be listed in accordance with ANSI/UL 217, incorporated herein by reference. However, A/C-powered single or multiple-station smoke alarms installed as part of the original construction or rehabilitation project shall not be replaced with battery-powered smoke alarms. (N.J.A.C. 5:70-4.19)

Effective September 1, 2018, the following requirement regarding Fire Extinguishers for resale will be enforced in Toms River under the new NJ Uniform Fire Code Requirements:

A Portable fire extinguisher shall be installed in accordance with the following:

  1. The extinguisher shall be within 10 feet of the kitchen and located in the path of egress;
  2. The extinguisher shall be readily accessible and not obstructed from view;
  3. The extinguisher shall be mounted using the manufacturer's hanging bracket so the operating instructions are clearly visible;
  4. The extinguisher shall be an approved listed and labeled type with a minimum rating of 2A-10B:C and no more than 10 pounds;
  5. The owner's manual or written operation instructions shall be provided during the inspection and left for the new occupant:
  6. The extinguisher shall be serviced and tagged by a certified Division of Fire Safety contractor within the past 12 months or the seller must have a receipt for a recently purchased extinguisher: and
  7. The top of the extinguisher shall not be more than five feet above the floor.


Resale Guidelines

Fire Codes Regulating Certificate of Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detector Compliance:

N.J.A.C. - 5:70-2.3

(a) Before any Use Group R-3 or R-4 structure is sold, leased, or otherwise made subject to a change of occupancy for residential purposes, the owner shall obtain a certificate of smoke detector and carbon monoxide alarm compliance CSDCMAC, evidencing compliance with N.J.A.C. 5:70-4.19, from the appropriate enforcing agency.

3. The owner, or authorized agent of the owner, shall apply for a CSDCMAC on a form provided by the enforcing agency. The application shall be accompanied by the appropriate fee, as set forth in N.J.A.C. 5:70-2.9(d).

4. A CSDCMAC shall not be transferrable. If the change of occupancy specified in the application for a CSDCMAC does not occur within six months, a new application shall be required.

(c) No CSDCMAC or municipal certificate of occupancy shall be issued for any Use-Group R-3 or R-4 structure, or unit therein, as the case may be, unless the structure or unit contains a carbon monoxide detector meeting the requirements of UL Standard 2034; provided however, that no carbon monoxide alarm shall be required in any building that does not contain any fuel-burning appliances and does not have an attached garage.

N.J.A.C. 5:70-2.9

(f) A municipality having a local enforcing agency may establish by ordinance a different permit and certificate of smoke detector compliance fee schedule based on the actual cost anticipated or incurred for the enforcement of these Code provisions; provided, however, that the permit fee for the temporary use of a commercial farm building as a place of public assembly shall not exceed $75.00.

C.52:27D-198.1 Residential structures to have smoke-sensitive alarm devices, portable fire extinguishers.

Each structure, other than a seasonal rental unit, shall also be equipped with at least one portable fire extinguisher in conformance with rules and regulations promulgated by the Commissioner of Community Affairs pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.). For the purposes of this section, "portable fire extinguisher" means an operable portable device, carried and operated by hand, containing an extinguishing agent that can be expelled under pressure for the purpose of suppressing or extinguishing fire, and which is: (1) rated for residential use consisting of an ABC type; (2) no larger than a 10 pound rated extinguisher; and (3) mounted within 10 feet of the kitchen area, unless otherwise permitted by the enforcing agency. "Seasonal rental unit" means a dwelling unit rented for a term of not more than 125 consecutive days for residential purposes by a person having a permanent residence elsewhere, but shall not include use or rental of living quarters by migrant, temporary or seasonal workers in connection with any work or place where work is being performed.


Inspection Fees

Initial Inspection - $75.00

First Re-Inspection - $0.00

Second Re-Inspection / Each Additional Re-Inspection - $35.00

No Show - $75.00

Duplicate copy of certificate - $30.00



Payment is due prior to inspection being scheduled, a request for payment will be sent to you via email, if you have any questions please contact our office.

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*Non-refundable application fee applies*

**Do not mail or email smoke affidavit directly to the Bureau as they will not be accepted; all affidavits must be uploaded during the application process through the SDL Portal.