Livingston Fire Department
Livingston, New Jersey
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Fire Prevention Bureau


The Fire Prevention Bureau of the Livingston Fire Department is responsible for the enforcement of the New Jersey Uniform Code throughout the Township of Livingston. In addition to inspecting all retail, commercial and institutional occupancies within the township, they also inspect all residential occupancies upon resale or re-occupancy of rental properties, for smoke/carbon monoxide detector compliance. Fire Inspectors routinely conduct fire safety education programs at local schools and for various civic organizations. In this section of the website you will find helpful tips regarding general fire safety within your home and/or business. Also available is important information regarding smoke/carbon monoxide detectors and their proper placement, and the procedure for arranging an inspection to obtain a Certificate of Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Detector Compliance.

The state of New Jersey requires that inspections of smoke detectors and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors be completed before the sale of a home or change in rental tenancy. Upon successful completion of an inspection, a Certificate of Compliance is issued. Instructions on the placement of detectors can be found in this section.

To schedule a smoke detector/co detector inspection, call Fire Headquarters at (973) 992-2373 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Inspections MUST be scheduled at least two weeks prior to the closing for a sale or change in tenants for rentals. There is a required $50.00 fee for each initial inspection and for each re-inspection required following an unsuccessful intial inspection an additional charge of $25.00. Please make all checks payable to the Township of Livingston.

Permit Applications

Application for Fire Permit

Fire Inspections
For Sale or Rental of One & Two Family Homes

In order to sell or rent your one & two family homes in the Township of Livingston you are required to complete a Home Fire Inspection, which will be conducted by the Livingston Fire Department. This is required and you will not be able to sell your home or allow a renter to occupy until completed.

There is a required $50.00 fee for each initial inspection and for each re-inspection required following an unsuccessful intial inspection an additional charge of $25.00. Please make all checks payable to the Township of Livingston.

For further information please download the following file: Requirement for Sale or Rental of One & Two Family Homes

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Smoke Detector, Carbon Monoxide Detector & Fire Extinguisher Requirements for the Sale of Rental of One & Two Family Houses

Smoke Detector Locations

All smoke detectors shall be mounted with screws. Mounting of the detector will not be accepted when using tape, hung on a picture hook or nails.

Basement: Mounted at the bottom of the stairs to the celing. If there is a bedroom on this level the detector shall be placed within 10' of the bedroom, not the bottom of the stairs.

1st Floor: Mounted at the bottom of the stairs to the ceiling. If there is a bedroom on this level the detector shall be placed within 10' of the bedroom, not the bottom of the stairs.

2nd Floor: Mounted to cieling within 10' of bedrooms

3rd Floor: Mounted to ceiling within 10' of bedrooms

Attic: Not Required

Carbon Monoxide Detector Locations

Install the C/O detector(s) within 10 feet of any bedroom area. Mount the unit on the wall or ceiling as specified in the manufacturer’s instructions using the supplied hardware. Devices are permitted to be battery powered, hardwired or plug in type. If there is not an outlet in the area of the bedrooms use a battery powered unit.


 All detectors shall be UL listed. Smoke & carbon monoxide detectors (excluding plug in style C/O detectors) shall be mounted using screws. Mounting of the detectors using tape, Velcro, nails or hung on a picture hook will not be accepted. Battery powered smoke detecors SHALL BE the 10 year sealed battery design as of 01/01/2019.

Fire Extinguisher

One 4 to 5 pound ABC rated fire extinguisher with a 2A:10B: C classification code or greater shall be wall mounted in a visible& accessible location in or within 10 feet of the kitchen. The fire extinguisher is not allowed to be placed in a cabinet, closet, pantry or behind any doors. The fire extinguisher mounting height shall be approximately 5 feet off of floor. If there are multiple kitchens, each kitchen requires an extinguisher.


The initial inspection is $50.00 and for each re-inspection required following an unsuccessful initial inspection an additional charge of $25.00 shall be applied.
All fees are payable to the Township of Livingston (cash or check, no credit cards) at the time of inspection.


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Fire Prevention Tips

  • Keep matches, lighters, and dangerous chemicals away from children
  • Be sure that such items are properly stored in safe places away from any heating appliance, open flame, furnace, or fireplace or any other heat surface.
  • Never leave combustible items near fireplaces or wood burning stoves
  • Never leave cooking unattended and do not place flammable items on or near the cook top surface or within the oven
  • Never smoke in bed. Many residential fires are attributed to careless use of smoking materials.
  • Never empty ashtrays that may have smoldering ashes into the trash
  • Be sure to have your heating systems, fire places, wood burning stoves, clothes dryers, and cooking appliances checked regularly for proper operation
  • Be sure your chimney is properly cleaned when required and that the damper system is functioning properly, especially if the chimney serves as an active fireplace
  • Always use glass or metal fire screens when using fireplaces to stop sparks/embers from reaching combustible materials
  • NEVER use flammable liquids to start or accelerate a fire in a stove or fireplace and avoid using large amounts of paper
  • If a heating system or appliance appears to be generating an unusual amount of heat, stop using it until properly inspected
  • Be sure to empty the lint trap on clothes dryers. Buildup of excess lint can lead to heat being trapped and can cause a fire.
  • Regularly check the dryer exhaust duct to ensure free flow of heated air and clean out when necessary or as recommended by the manufacturer.

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Safety Plans

  • Create a Home Fire Safety Plan for emergency escape, and practice it regularly.
  • As part of your plan ensure that all occupants, including small children, know at least two ways out of each room.
  • Ensure that all windows or doors are operational and are not painted closed.
  • Routinely check the alarm system and conduct emergency evacuation drills, especially with children
  • In the event of a fire, once you're out of your house, stay out; do not re-enter the residence or attempt to retrieve personal items; remember "Get out, Stay Out."
  • Establish a pre-determined meeting place away from the residence, but not across a street, for all family members/occupants to meet in the event of a fire or other emergency evacuation
  • The Fire Prevention Bureau instructs school aged children fire safety at school; PLEASE be sure to go over what they are taught and practice it at home
  • For additional fire safety information, contact the Fire Prevention Bureau

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Holiday Safety Tips

Christmas Trees

  • When choosing a live tree, be sure the needles do not pull off easily, if they do the tree may already be too dry
  • When the tree’s stump is bounced on the ground a dry tree will lose a large amount of needles while a freshly cut tree will lose only a few
  • Never set up trees near radiators, furnaces, or heating appliances or in a doorway or traffic high area
  • When selecting an artificial tree, be sure it is clearly labeled as fire resistant
  • Properly maintain the tree by checking the needles for dryness and be sure the tree stand is filled with water
  • NEVER use candles near a live tree or other flammable material
  • Use only United Laboratories (UL) approved lighting designed for tree displays.



  • All candles should be placed away from any combustible materials and out of the reach of both children and pets
  • Candles should always be in a holder to prevent them from tipping over with an area to catch dripping wax. Candles should also be positioned on a heat resistant surface such as ceramic to prevent heat transfer to the furniture or shelving they are on
  • NEVER leave burning candles unattended and NEVER fall asleep while candles are burning. Candle fires account for a large majority of residential structure fires throughout the country.


Electric Decorations/Lights

  • Be sure the lights and decorations you purchase are U.L. Laboratory tested and only utilize them as indicated on the packaging, i.e. do not use lights listed only for indoor use outside
  • Check the cords of each set of lights or decorations for cracks, bare wiring, loose connections, or any other damage before using; do not use or attempt to repair such sets, throw them away and purchase new sets
  • Check the bulbs for damage or cracks, replace any damages bulbs before using lights
  • When securing lights or decorations, utilize insulated staples (avoid using nails or tacks) and be sure that they are securely in place
  • Do not overload electrical outlets, adapters, or extension cords, follow the manufacturer’s recommendations
  • Keep children away from all lights and electrical decorations
  • NEVER leave lights or electrical decorations on while sleeping

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If you require more information, or have questions about the above content, please contact the Livingston Fire Department by phone at (973) 992-2373 or by sending a message from our Contact Page.

Revised June 6, 2016

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