N.J. Stat. 59:3-15
Liability: Architect and Engineer
When an emergency declaration is in effect, a licensed architect or professional engineer who voluntarily provides professional services at the request of a public safety will not be held legally responsible. They can be held legally responsible if acting fraudulently, with extreme carelessness, or intent to cause harm. They are not entitled to workers’ compensation from the public safety official’s public employer. This section is limited to up to 90 following the declaration.
Immunity from liability for certain professional services under certain circumstances
Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary and except as provided in P.L.2014, c.53 (C.59:3-15 et seq.), an architect licensed pursuant to R.S.45:3-1 et seq. or a professional engineer licensed pursuant to P.L.1938, c.342 (C.45:8-27 et seq.) shall not be personally liable for any personal injury, wrongful death, property damage, or other loss caused by an act, error, or omission while practicing architecture or engineering, respectively, if the practice of architecture or engineering was performed: a. voluntarily and without compensation; b. at the request of a public safety official, acting in an official capacity; and c. at the scene of a declared national, State, or local emergency caused by a major earthquake, hurricane, tornado, fire, explosion, collapse, or similar disaster or catastrophic event, during or within 90 days following the emergency, or for any extended period as determined by executive order issued by the Governor under the Governor’s emergency executive powers. For purposes of the New Jersey Tort Claims Act, N.J.S.59:1-1 et seq., an architect or engineer entitled to immunity under this section shall be considered an employee of the public entity on whose behalf the public safety official requested that the architect or engineer perform the practice of architecture or engineering. Nothing in P.L.2014, c.53 (C.59:3-15 et seq.) shall be construed to provide such architect or engineer with any right or entitlement to workers’ compensation from such public entity. As used in this section: “Public safety official” means any appointed or elected federal, State, or local official with executive responsibility to coordinate public safety or law enforcement in the jurisdiction in which the emergency has occurred. “Employee” shall have the meaning ascribed to it in N.J.S.59:1-3.