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Fire & Housing Bureau

Edward Tencza, Fire Official

Fire Prevention: 609-844-7018
Housing Bureau: 609-844-7032
Fax: 609-844-0282

Fire Prevention Bureau

Fire Trucks in Memorial Day ParadeResponsibilities

  • Inspection of all commercial buildings and multiple dwellings for enforcement and compliance.
  • Review site plans for new construction to comply with the Uniform Construction Code.
  • Provide Fire Prevention Programs to the public.
  • Child Passenger Safety Instruction.

Child Passenger Safety

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among children ages 1 to 19 according the the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. When installed and used correctly, child restraints (safety seats and seat belts) can prevent injuries. Lawrence Township's Fire Department career staff will work to enhance the safety of juvenile motor vehicle occupants with scheduled passenger safety inspections.

If you would like to request an appointment for an inspection of your child passenger safety seat please, complete this application and submit it to the Lawrence Township Fire Marshal's Office either by fax at 609-844-0282 or by email at Once the application is received, you will be contacted by a Certified Passenger Safety Seat Technician to schedule an appointment. This inspection is by appointment only.


Fire Registrations

All businesses in Lawrence Township are required to register annually with the Township of Lawrence Fire Marshal's office. (Fee is based on square footage of area occupied.)

Download Fire Registration Form (see cover letter)

(NOTE: Businesses designated by the State of New Jersey, Division of Fire Safety, as a Life Hazard use, are exempt from the fee but must still register with Lawrence Township.)

Alarm Registrations

All residential and commercial uses having a burglar, fire or medical assistance alarm which transmits to a central or private alarm company must register one time with the Fire Marshal's Office. (Fee $25.00)

Download Alarm Registration Form (see guidelines & fines for false alarms)

Knox Box Program

Established for businesses that provide a "Knox Box" to be mounted on the exterior of the building, providing emergency information and access for the fire department during off hours.

Download Installation Instructions (see Cover Letter)

Fire Safety Permits

Fire Safety Permits are required under certain circumstances, including the following:

  • Temporary Kiosks at Mall
  • Bonfires
  • Tents (900 sq. ft. or more, or 30 ft or more in any dimension)
  • Torch Roofing / Tar Kettle Roofing

Download Fire Safety Permit Application

Housing Bureau



Inspection of single family dwellings for resale or rentals. Inspection of hotel/motel and multiple dwellings for state and local requirements. Investigation of landlord and or tenant complaints.

Property Transfer/Rental

All single family and two family dwellings being rented must file an application with the Housing Bureau upon change of tenant. (Fee $75.00)

All single family or two family dwellings being sold are required to file an application of sale with the Housing Bureau, prior to sale. (Fee $80.00)

Multiple Dwellings (3 or more families)

All multiple family dwellings, (apartments, hotels/motels) are inspected annually. Copy of fee schedule can be obtained at the Housing Office.

Download Property Transfer Application Rental Inspection Application and Pre-Inspection Checklist

Fire Companies in Lawrence Township

Lawrence Township is the home of 3 fire companies and 1 brigade as well as the Mercer County Fire School and Dempster Fire Training Center at 350 Lawrence Station Road. The Fire Companies have an email set up for inquiries:

Lawrence Road Fire EngineLawrence Road Fire Company
Mercer County Fire Station 22
Address: 1252 Lawrence Road, 08648
Phone: (609) 883-0559
"The Pride of Midtown" (since 1914)

Lawrenceville Antique Fire EngineLawrenceville Fire Company
Mercer County Station 23
Address: 64 Phillips Ave, 08648
Phone: (609) 896-0972
"Protecting the North Since 1915"

Slackwood Fire CoSlackwood Fire Company
Mercer County Fire Station 21
Address: 21 Slackwood Ave, 08648
Phone: (609) 392-4018
"Protecting the Township Since 1907"

BMS Fire Brigade in TrainingBristol-Myers Squibb Fire Brigade
Mercer County Fire Station 27
Address: 3555 Lawrenceville-Princeton Rd, 08648
Phone: (609) 252-5853

List of other Mercer County Stations

Mercer County Medical Reserve Corps

The Medical Reserve Corps in Mercer County welcomes medical and community volunteers to register and be ready to volunteer when there is a local emergency and/or public health need. Volunteers can register online.

Many MRC volunteers were called to help with the hurricane Katrina recovery efforts. Mercer County MRC members will receive training, assistance and an opportunity to network with other persons and organizations focused on emergency preparedness. Plan, prepare and protect your community by joining the Mercer County MRC.