Residential property owners most  contact the Bureau to schedule a ‘Smoke Detector, Carbon Monoxide Detector & Fire Extinguisher Certification’ inspection of their home at time of resale or change of tenant on a rental property.  This is not the inspection done to get a ‘Certificate of Occupancy’ during construction.  Inspections are done by appointment only.  Please use the Gov-online website to access our online application process, see link below.   All application must be processed through the on-line system.


Requirements for Certification:

  1. A smoke detector on each level of the dwelling, including the basement
  2. Outside each sleeping area but within ten feet 
  3. A carbon monoxide detector within ten feet of all bedrooms.

    • Electric units must be installed in hallway; NOT in outlet of one bedroom, even though it may still be within 10 feet of other bedroom(s).
    • Unit may be battery-operated, hard-wired or the plug-in type.
    • Homes constructed after January 1, 1985 provided with an ac powered and/or interconnected detectors shall be maintained in working order.
    • All smoke detectors over ten years old shall be replaced with new. 


  4. At least one portable fire extinguisher within ten feet of the kitchen.*

    • The extinguisher shall be listed, labeled, charged, and operable;

    • The size shall be no smaller than 2A:10B:C, rated for residential use and weigh no more than 10 lbs.;

    • The hangers or brackets supplied by the manufacturer must be used;

    • The top of the extinguisher must not be more than 5 feet above the floor;

    • The extinguisher must be visible and in a readily accessible location, free from being blocked by furniture, storage or other items;

    • The extinguisher must be near a room exit or travel path that provides an escape route to the exterior;

    • The extinguisher must be accompanied by an owner’s manual or written information regarding the operation, inspection, and maintenance of the extinguisher; and

    • Lastly, the extinguisher must be installed with the operating instructions clearly visible.



  • If replacement of detector(s) is necessary, DO NOT replace an interconnect detector with a battery operated unit; replace like with like.
  • If a detector is located on the same level as your heating unit, place the detector AT LEAST 10 feet away from the unit.
  • New fire extinguishers are not required to be serviced and tagged, as long as the seller or agent can provide proof of purchase or receipt.

*The Legislature recently amended and enacted P.L.1991, c. 92 (C.52:27D-198.1), requiring that all one- and two-family dwellings at a change of occupancy be provided with a portable fire extinguisher, in addition to the requirements for smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.  This provision does not apply to seasonal rental units.  This law went into effect on November 1, 2005.

Fee Schedule:

The fees below are per inspection visit.  The Certificate of Smoke Detector and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Compliance (CSDCMAC) as required by N.J.A.C. 5:70-2.3 for residential dwellings at time of resale, regardless if owner occupied or registered as a rental property. Certificates fees are $50.00 per application and $25.00 for a re-inspection fee.



If you have any questions please contact our office at 732-264-1700 ext 8665.


Inspections are done by appointment only.