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Resale & Rental Home Inspections


Smoke Alarm, Carbon Monoxide Alarm, and Portable Fire Extinguisher Compliance Inspection

New Jersey State Law requires a smoke detector/carbon monoxide/fire extinguisher inspection if you sell rent your 1 or 2 family home.

The inspection certificate is valid for 12 months from the date of inspection.

Seasonal Rentals can have multiple changes of tenants within the 12 month period. Example: If you rent seasonally, you can have property inspected in January and have multiple changes of tenants until the following January.

Year round rentals only require an inspection when you have a change of renters after the initial inspection and when that year has expired. Example: If you do not rent seasonally and have the same tenant for the entire or more, you only need to have the home inspected when you have a change of renters one year after the initial inspection.

The Ocean County Fire Marshal’s Office conducts residential Smoke Detector/ Carbon Monoxide Detector and Fire Extinguisher inspections in the following municipalities.

Barnegat LightRentals for 1-2 family buildings
Bay HeadResales and Rentals of 1-2 family buildings
Harvey CedarsResales and Rentals of 1-2 family buildings
Long Beach Twp.Rentals for 1-2 family buildings
Point Pleasant Boro.Resales and Rentals of 1-2 family buildings
Ship BottomRentals for 1-2 family buildings


  • A CERTIFICATE OF SMOKE ALARM, CARBON MONOXIDE ALARM AND PORTABLE FIRE EXTINGUISHER COMPLIANCE IS VALID FOR A PERIOD OF 12 MONTHS FROM THE DATE OF INSPECTION.
  • EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2019, ALL BATTERY OPERATED SMOKE DETECTORS MUST BE A 10 YEAR SEALED BATTERY UNIT.
  • ATTENTION: FAILURE TO READ THE REQUIREMENTS MAY RESULT IN A FAILED INSPECTION.
The first RE-INSPECTION will be at no cost. Any additional re-inspection(s) will be charged a fee of $25.00 per re-inspection.

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AFTER YOU SUBMIT THE COMPLETED APPLICATION, WE WILL CONTACT YOU TO SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT. Please do not mail in your payment.

Residential Resale & Rental Home Inspections
179 South Main St.
Manahawkin, NJ 08050

Phone: (732) 929-2088
Fax: (732) 929-2077
Email: OCFMSmokeDetect@co.ocean.nj.us

Effective January 1, 2019, the application fee for a certificate of smoke alarm, carbon monoxide alarm, and portable fire extinguisher compliance (CSACMAPFEC), as required by N.J.A.C. 5:70-2.3, shall be based upon the amount of time remaining before the change of occupant is expected, as follows:

  1. Requests for a CSACMAPFEC received more than 10 business days prior to the change of occupant: $45

  2. Requests for a CSACMAPFEC received four to 10 business days prior to the change of occupant: $90

  3. Requests for a CSACMAPFEC received fewer than four business days prior to the change of occupant: $161

WE DO NOT ACCEPT CASH - Paper Checks and Credit Cards Only

Checks made payable to Ocean County Fire Marshal are accepted in person at the time of the inspection.
**Please note there is a $15.00 returned check processing fee.