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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:


The smoke detector and carbon monoxide detectors required below shall be located in accordance with NFPA regulations.  The detectors are not required to be interconnected.  Battery powered detectors are acceptable.

            Smoke detectors - on each level of the dwelling, including basement

            Smoke detectors - outside each separate sleeping area, within ten feet

            Smoke detectors- inside of each separate sleeping area

            All smoke detectors must be ten-year sealed battery type or A/C powered. See note below.

Carbon monoxide detectors shall be installed within 10 feet of all sleeping areas

Carbon monoxide detectors may be battery-operated, hard-wired or of the plug-in type.

Combination Smoke and Carbon monoxide detectors are acceptable if placed in accordance to NFPA regulations.

NOTE: Ten-year sealed battery-powered single station smoke alarms shall be installed and shall be listed in accordance with ANSI/UL 217. 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. The effective date shall be January 1, 2019.

  1. A/C-powered smoke alarms shall be accepted as meeting the requirements.
  2. Carbon Monoxide detectors over ten years old shall be replaced with new.

When purchasing a new smoke detector follow the manufacturer’s recommendations.

NOTE:  Homes constructed after January 1, 1985 provided with an ac powered and or interconnected detectors shall be maintained in working order.


At least one portable fire extinguisher shall be installed in all one-and two-family dwellings upon change of occupancy.

The extinguisher shall be listed labeled charged and operable.

The size shall be 2A:10B:C rated for residential use and weighs no more than 10lbs.

The hangers or brackets supplied by the manufacturer must be used.

The extinguisher must be located within 10 feet of the kitchen.

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

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

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

The e   The extinguisher must be accompanied by an owner’s manual or written information regarding the operation       inspec  and maintenance of the extinguisher.

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.

*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 $60.00 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.