New Jersey Electronic Security Association
In the State of New Jersey, contractor licensing for fire alarm systems started in June of 2003 through the Department of Community Affairs in Trenton. In March of 2004, contractor licensing for burglar alarms and all other security systems, including fire alarms, became mandatory through the Department of Consumer Affairs in Newark. NJESA has been a driving force in providing information and training to our members to ultimately protect the consumer. NJESA always promotes hiring a licensed contractor.
Our members must adhere to a strong Code of Ethics, which underscores the importance of our high standards.
Licensed members of NJESA are listed on the DCA website. They are your best choice for quality, reliable security services. You can also obtain important information to help make the right decision in the purchasing of a new security or fire alarm system.
NJ alarm dealers and installers are required to be licensed. Existing individual licensees MUST RENEW by AUGUST 31, 2016.
For more information, click HERE for the DCA website.
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REPORT UNLICENSED COMPANIES
To check to see if a company is licensed, click HERE
To report an unlicensed company, click HERE
There are some rare occasions where some municipalities are not honoring our license because they feel that we are not allowed to do certain type of work. These issues can be very frustrating to resolve at times. These issues can be resolved by either by going through the Consumer Affairs Alarm Licensing Committee or through Community Affairs Division of Code and Standards. Please see the example below whereby one of our dealers resolved their issue through Consumer Affairs Alarm Licensing Committee. They have asked us to share their resolve with all of you.
At Issue: This Alarm Company who holds a valid Burglar Alarm and Fire Alarm Business Licensed was being denied a permit to replace magnetic locks on an access control system. The reason given for denying a permit was they needed to be a licensed Locksmith. The correspondence below shows a chain of events to resolve this issue in a positive manor even though it took two weeks to resolve. Reference Sections; 13:31A-1.2, 13:31A-1.14(a)4, 13.31A-3.7
Click HERE to find out what happened!
(Details to follow soon)
Upcoming Membership Meetings
October 13, 2016 – Central Membership Meeting
October 27, 2016 – Northern Membership Meeting
November 3, 2016 – Southern Membership Meeting
November 16, 2016 – Northern Membership Meeting @ ISC, Javits Center
December 1, 2016 – Holiday Event
(Details to follow soon)
2017 Annual Symposium
New Code Requirements in New Jersey
New Jersey has recently adopted new code requirements that will go into effect on September 21, 2015: the 2015 International Building Code (IBC) and the International Residential Code (IRC), as amended. The “New Jersey Editions” of the new codes will also add the 2014 Edition of the National Electrical Code (NEC) to the Electrical Subcode. In addition, the 2015 IBC/IFC codes that were adopted reference the 2013 edition of NFPA 72.
A six month grace period, as provided for in NJAC 5:23-1.6, will extend until March 8, 2016. For a period of six months following the operative date of a subcode revision, applicants may submit a complete permit application, including all prior approvals, to be reviewed under the code in force immediately preceding the subcode revision. Provided that the application is complete, the construction official and applicable subcode officials shall perform the plan review and issue construction permit(s) based on the code in force immediately prior to the operative date of the subcode revision. This grace period shall apply only to revisions of subcodes.
New Jersey requires all work to have approved permit(s) issued before any work is started. New Jersey licenses or registers all trades and requires a business license or business registration on all permits issued, except for a single family owner-occupied residence, whereby the homeowner is performing their own work.
NJ-ESA will be offering code update classes on these new requirements. We also offer many other training classes to meet CEU licensing requirements. Visit www.nj-esa.org for more information.