Home Resale & Rentals
Smoke / Carbon Monoxide Alarm and Fire Extinguisher Certificate of Compliance
Application Fee Schedule Applications received more than 10 business days prior to the closing/change of occupancy: $45.00 Applications received 4 - 10 business days prior to the closing/change of occupancy: $90.00 Applications received fewer than 4 business days prior to the closing/change of occupancy: $161.00
Make checks payable to Hopewell Valley Bureau of Fire Safety or HVBFS - Application Fees are NON-REFUNDABLE
Inspections are completed between normal business hours on Tuesdays between 9am and 11am, and Thursdays between 1pm and 3pm. Someone must be at the residence during the time period selected. Specific times are not given under any circumstances nor are calls able to be made from the crews doing the inspections. There are three (3) requirements for receiving a Smoke / Carbon Monoxide Alarm and Fire Extinguisher Certificate of Compliance on a resale or re-rental of property in Hopewell Township, Pennington Borough and Hopewell Borough.
Smoke Alarms: All battery operated smoke alarms shall be of the 10 year sealed battery type.
Smoke Alarms are required to be installed on each level of the home including the basement. Homes constructed prior to 1977 Ranch Style Homes:
Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Alarms need to be located within 10 feet of all bedrooms in the hallway.
Two Story Homes: 1st floor, smoke alarm at the bottom of the stairs to the second floor. 2nd floor, smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm within 10 feet of all bedrooms. Basement level ceiling at bottom of staircase or 5” from ceiling on side wall.
*Note: Homes built prior to 1977 are most times battery operated, unless an addition has been added and home had to be brought up to code. Homes built after 1977 are electric interconnected, and newer ones have battery backup.
Carbon Monoxide Alarms:
Carbon Monoxide Alarms shall be located within 10 feet of all bedrooms in the hallway, NOT inside the bedrooms. They can be either plug-in type or battery operated. If there is no electrical outlet present in the hallway, a battery powered carbon monoxide alarm may be installed. In all cases the manufacturer’s instructions shall be followed.
One 2A:10B:C rated “ABC” extinguisher shall be mounted visibly within 10 feet of the kitchen. It cannot be under the sink or in a closet. It must have a current inspection tag or a receipt with a date of purchase less than one-year-old. To schedule a Smoke / Carbon Monoxide Alarm and Fire Extinguisher Compliance Inspection please visit our website at to download the application. If you need further assistance, please call the main Hopewell Township Fire District main phone number at (609) 730-8156 option 1 and we will be happy to assist you.
Health Department Requirements for Home Resale - please visit the health department page for information on well and septic system certification. https://nj-hopewelltownshipmercer.civicplus.com/DocumentCenter/View/140/Real-Estate-Transfer-Requirements-PDF?bidId