General Information
Fire Official
Mark Barham
Administrative Assistant
Nancy Mohan
Fire Inspector
Jake Spiegel
Fire Inspector
Casey Hunt
Fire Inspector-Seasonal
Chris Larcombe
Phone Numbers
Emergencies: Dial 911
643 Washington Street
Cape May,

Fire Prevention Bureau

The goal of the City of Cape May Bureau of Fire Prevention is to provide a safe environment for our residents and visitors through education and compliance.


All currently registered businesses or properties will be invoiced in the first few weeks of January 2021. A registration update form will be mailed along with the invoice. Do not submit payment prior to receiving the invoice.

Please complete the application/ update form. All fields are required. If you are no longer renting or operating your business you can check the box and sign the line.

We do strongly urge you to notify us prior to renting or operating your business. You should do this in the form of an email or letter. Failure to do so can result in a fine.

Remember, it is your responsibility to schedule your fire inspection. We prefer if you make any requests via email

Please understand that phone calls can be very time consuming and involve a lot of back and forth. We often tend to play phone-tag. For that reason, we prefer emailed requests.

When making your scheduling requests consider the following:

  1. We will utilize a key box or pick up a key from a local real estate office (Cape May City only) provided that the residence will be unoccupied & not rented during that time period
  2. We schedule inspections Monday through Friday in two scheduling blocks:
    • Morning, between 9am & 12pm
    • Afternoon, between 1pm & 3pm
  3. If you would like a call prior to us coming out, please indicate so and include the number

If you are a new business or applicant, you should complete the same form however, check the new registration box. We will review your application and contact you to schedule an inspection. After the review, you will be invoiced based off of our local ordinance (Ord. NO 364-2018).

If you have any questions, you can email the Bureau at


  1. Maintain the premises in a clean and safe condition
    • Clutter will interfere with both the occupants attempting to get out and the firefighters attempting to get in.
    • Accumulation of grease in kitchens can cause a fire to spread quickly.
    • Storage around or near heating sources could cause an ignition.
  2. Fire Extinguishers must be a minimum size 2A:10BC
    • It must be either new or serviced within the past 12 months by an NJ DFS licensed company.
    • It must be located within 10’ of the kitchen.
    • It must be mounted in a visible location OR mounted in a cabinet with a sign that depicts or indicates that a fire extinguisher is inside.
  3. Maintain your smoke alarms
    • Smoke alarms cannot be older than 10 years.
    • Smoke alarms must be mounted as to the manufacturer’s directions.
    • If you have hardwired smoke alarms, they must be maintained as hardwired smoke alarms (you cannot replace them with a battery only type).
    • Since 2019, ALL battery only smoke alarms must be of the 10-year sealed battery type
  4. A Carbon monoxide alarm is required to be within the vicinity of the sleeping areas and on every level
    • They have expiration dates that range from 5,7, and 10 years depending on the manufacturer.
    • Carbon Monoxide Alarms are required if you have fuel burning appliances, attached garages, fireplaces, or you are attached to a dwelling that has one of those items.
  5. Extension cords are for temporary use only
    • They are not to be ran underneath rugs or stapled to the wall.
    • You cannot piggy-back extension cords onto one another or use them with a multi-plug adapter or power strip.
    • You must only use them for what they are rated.


We prefer that you email your questions to Often questions cannot be answered by our office staff and will likely need an inspector to review. By emailing, you won’t have to repeat your question multiple times and it makes it more efficient for our office staff to forward the question to the appropriate inspector.