Wantage Fire Prevention Bureau
Wantage Township has entered into a shared service agreement with the Township of Hardyston Fire Prevention Bureau. Please direct all questions and report any concerns or fire violations using the information below:
Hardyston Fire Prevention Bureau
149 Wheatsworth Road, Suite A, Hardyston, NJ 07419
Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (excluding holidays)
Please call 911 to report fire emergencies
Eric A. Stahl
Phone: 973-823-7020 ext. 9356
Phone: 973-823-7020 ext. 9453
Fire Prevention Inspector
Go to hardystonfireprebureaunj.tylerportico.com/payments/billsearch for the online portal to access the following application and payment services:
- Fire Safety Permit Application Wantage Township, Hardyston Township, Hamburg Borough, and Sussex Borough
- Fire Safety Registration (New businesses only) Wantage Township, Hardyston Township, Hamburg Borough, Sussex Borough
- To Pay an Invoice (with invoice #) Wantage Township, Hardyston Township, Hamburg Borough, and Sussex Borough
Applications are available for pick up in person for those who are not able to utilize the online portal by visiting the Hardyston Township Municipal Building Construction Office Window.
NOTE: Fees are charged for using the online registration/payment portal. This is in addition to the permit and registration fees. Please contact the Hardyston Fire Prevention Bureau for the amount of the online transaction fees.
- Fire Safety Permit - N.J.A.C. 5:70-2.7(a). Permits shall be required, and obtained from Hardyston Fire Prevention Bureau for the activities specified in this section, except where they are an integral part of a process or activity by reason of which a use is required to be registered and regulated as a Life Hazard Use. Permits shall at all times be kept in the premises designated therein and shall at all times be subject to inspection by the Fire Marshal or authorized representative.
See permit types and fees. See link above for application.
- Fire Safety Registration – Every business or structure of non-residential use shall be registered with the Hardyston Township Fire Prevention Bureau. The owner of the premises and/or operator shall submit a completed registration form and pay the appropriate fee prior to commencing operation. The premises shall thereafter be registered annually during the month of January. All registrations are subject to “pop up” fire safety inspections on an annual basis. See link above for application.
- Open Burning Permit (NJ Forest Fire Service) - The “General Forest Fire Act” (N.J.S.A. 13:9 et. Al.) requires that before having any fire within a forested area, you must contact the nearest Forest Fire Service office to request a permit. Please Contact NJ FFS at (973) 786-6350 or 240 Main Street, Andover, NJ 07821
Permit Types & Fees
Type 1 permit: $54
- This includes events such as bonfires or camp fires
- The use of a torch or flame producing device to remove paint from, or seal membrane roofs on, any roof or structure.
- The occasional use of any non-residential occupancy other than F, H, or S for overnight group stays of persons over 2 ½ in age, in accordance with N.J.A.C 5:70-3, the state fire prevention code, section 403.15
- Individual portable kiosks or displays when erected in a covered mall for a period of less than 90 days, and when not covered by a Type 2 permit.
- The use of any open flame or flame-producing device in connection with any public gathering.
- Welding or cutting operations except where the work is performed in an approved area and is covered by a Type B life hazard use.
- The possession or use of explosives or blasting agents other than model rocketry engines.
- The use of any open flame-producing device in connection with training of non-fire service personnel.
- The occasional use in any building of a multipurpose room, with a maximum permitted occupancy of 100 or more for amusement, entertainment, or mercantile type purposes.
- The storage or handling of Class I flammable liquids in closed containers of aggregate amounts of more than 10 gallons but not more than 660 gallons inside a building, or more than 60 gallons but not more than 660 gallons outside a building.
- The storage or handling of Class II or III-A combustible liquids in closed containers of aggregate amounts of more than 25 gallons but not more than 660 gallons inside a building, or more than 60 gallons but not more than 660 gallons outside a building.
- Any permanent cooking operation that requires a suppression system in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:70- 4.7(g) and is not defined as a life hazard use in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:70-2.4.
- The use as a place of public assembly, for a total of not more than 15 days in a calendar year, of a building classified as a commercial farm building under the Uniform Construction Code.
- The temporary use of any building or portion thereof as a special amusement building for a total of not more than 15 days in a calendar year. Use of a building for a longer period shall require the issuance of a certificate of occupancy, pursuant to the Uniform Construction Code (N.J.A.C 5:23) o Permits issued pursuant to this section shall require compliance with the requirements for special amusement buildings at NJAC 5:70-4.16
- The erection, operation, or maintenance of any tent, tensioned membrane structure, or canopy, excluding those used for recreational camping purposes, that meets the criteria in (a)3xv(1) or (2) below shall require a Type 1 permit. Tents, tensioned membrane structures, or canopies greater than 16,800 square feet in area or greater than 140 feet in any dimension, whether one unit or composed of multiple units; remaining in place for more than 180 days; used or occupied between December 1 and March 31; having a permanent anchoring system or foundation; or containing platforms or bleachers greater than 11 feet in height shall be subject to the permitting requirements of the Uniform Construction Code (N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.14) The tent, tensioned membrane structure, or canopy is greater than 900 square feet or more than 30 feet in any dimension whether it is one unit or composed of multiple units, but 16,800 square feet or less in area and 140 feet or less in any dimension, whether it is one unit or composed of multiple units. The tent, tensioned membrane structure, or canopy contains platforms or bleachers 11 feet or less in height;
- The erection, operation, or maintenance of any outdoor combustible maze shall require a Type 1 permit if the outdoor combustible maze is less than six feet in height and does not contain electrical equipment. Outdoor combustible mazes that are six feet or greater in height or contain electrical equipment shall be subject to the permitting requirements of N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.14. For the purposes of applying this requirement, an outdoor combustible maze is an attraction that lacks a roof and is designed to disorient patrons, reduce vision, present barriers, or otherwise impede the flow of traffic and does not consist solely of living rooted plants such as corn stalks or trees, but includes mazes created from plants that have been cut and attached to an object to support them.
- Mazes consisting solely of living, rooted plants, such as corn stalks or trees, may be repaired using cut, replacement plants that are otherwise the same as those of which the maze is created without the need for a permit.
- No permit shall be required for mazes up to 42 inches in height created of bales of hay or straw;
- The use of any Group A-4 use, place of worship, as a shelter with a maximum permitted occupant load of 14 persons, for 14 or fewer consecutive days, for not more than 49 days in a year in accordance with Section 408.15 of the State Fire Prevention Code
- Unoccupied or vacant building or structure 2,500 square feet or more, but less than 12,000 square feet, in gross floor area.
Type 2 permit: $214
- Bowling lane resurfacing and bowling pin refinishing involving the use and application of flammable liquids or materials;
- Fumigation or thermal insecticide fogging;
- Carnivals and circuses employing mobile enclosed structures used for human occupancy;
- The use of a covered mall in any of the following manners:
- Placing or constructing temporary kiosks, display booths, concession equipment or the like in more than 25 percent of the common area of the mall;
- Temporarily using the mall as a place of assembly;
- Using open flame or flame devices;
- Displaying liquid or gas fuel powered equipment; or
- Using liquefied petroleum gas, liquefied natural gas, or compressed flammable gas in containers exceeding five-pound capacity;
- Storage outside of buildings of LP-gas cylinders or other compressed gas containers when part of a cylinder exchange program;
- Unoccupied or vacant buildings or structures 12,000 square feet or more, but less than 100,000 square feet, in gross floor area;
- The use of any building, or portion thereof, previously registered as a Life Hazard Use for mercantile purposes on a temporary basis.
- Exception: No permit shall be required for any mercantile use registered as a Life Hazard Use; or
- The storage or retail sales of sparkling devices and novelties in any temporary or permanent structure, when the pyrotechnic content exceeds 125 pounds; as defined in Section 202, and shall comply with Section 5609, and NFPA 1124.
Type 3 permit: $427
- Industrial processing ovens or furnaces operating at approximately atmospheric pressures and temperatures not exceeding 1,400 degrees Fahrenheit which are heated with oil or gas fuel or which contain flammable vapors from the product being processed;
- Wrecking yards, junk yards, outdoor used tire storage, waste material handling plants, and outside storage of forest products not otherwise classified;
- The storage, handling, or discharging of fireworks; or
- Unoccupied or vacant buildings or structures 100,000 square feet or more in gross floor area.
Type 4 permit: $641
- Storage or use at normal temperature and pressure of more than 2,000 cubic feet of flammable compressed gas or 6,000 cubic feet of nonflammable compressed gas;
- The production or sale of cryogenic liquids; the storage or use of more than 10 gallons of liquid oxygen, flammable cryogenic liquids or cryogenic oxidizers; or the storage of more than 500 gallons of nonflammable, non-toxic cryogenic liquids;
- The storage, handling, and processing of flammable, combustible, and unstable liquids in closed containers and portable tanks in aggregate amounts of more than 660 gallons;
- To store or handle (except medicines, beverages, foodstuffs, cosmetics, and other common consumer items, when packaged according to commonly accepted practices):
- More than 55 gallons of corrosive liquids;
- More than 500 pounds of oxidizing materials;
- More than 10 pounds of organic peroxides;
- More than 500 pounds of nitromethane;
- More than 1,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate;
- More than one microcurie of radium not contained in a sealed source;
- More than one millicurie of radium or other radiation material in a sealed source or sources;
- Any amount of radioactive material for which a specific license from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is required; or
- More than 10 pounds of flammable solids.
- The melting, casting, heat treating, machining or grinding of more than 10 pounds of magnesium per working day.