According to the Chief of Medford Township’s Fire Department, here are some answers to frequently asked questions about grills and fire pits.
How far from a combustible structure must a commercially manufactured electronic, gas, or charcoal grill be?
Are there regulations regarding the building of a permanent fire pit at a detached home, including materials used, distance, and potentially combustible surrounding materials?
Yes, they would fall under the uniform construction code. Being an unapproved device (not completely constructed by a manufacturer and certified), would be 25 foot clearance to any combustibles or structure, if the pile size is less than 3 feet wide and less than 2 feet high. If the size of the fire is greater than that, it would need 50 foot clearance to any combustibles or structure.
Is a permit or inspection from the Fire Department necessary prior to building?
A permit would be required by the Township Construction Office and would be inspected by same.
If someone is in violation of any specific laws, how should such violations be reported?
If non-emergent, they can call 609-267-8300. For emergencies, 911.
Are there set fines for violations?
The range from the type of violation and what use group it is. NJ Uniform Fire Code violations range from $100 to $5000. The Township ordinance is: Any person, firm, corporation or other entity convicted of a violation of this article or any section of this article shall be punished by imprisonment not exceeding 90 days; or by a fine not exceeding $500 for the first offense and not more than $2,000 for each subsequent offense; or by a period of community service not exceeding 90 days. Each day a violation of the provision or provisions of this article shall constitute a separate and distinct offense.