Town of Dover, NJ
Morris County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen of the Town of Dover 12-27-1976. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Numbering of buildings — See Ch. 133.
Electrical standards — See Ch. 171.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 189.
Land use and development — See Ch. 236.
Plumbers — See Ch. 277.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 285.
Sewers — See Ch. 311.
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 337.

§ 150-1 Enforcing agency.

A. 
Establishment of enforcement agency. There is hereby established in the Town of Dover a State Uniform Construction Code enforcing agency to be known as "Town of Dover Uniform Construction Code Enforcing Agency" (hereafter referred to as "enforcing agency"), consisting of a construction official, building subcode official, plumbing subcode official, electrical subcode official, fire protection subcode official and such other subcode officials for such additional subcodes as the Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs, State of New Jersey, shall hereafter adopt as part of the State Uniform Construction Code. The construction official shall be the chief administrator of the enforcing agency. All enforcement personnel shall be hired by resolution of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen.
B. 
Qualifications of officials. Each official position created in Subsection A hereof shall be filled by a person qualified for such position pursuant to P.L. 1975, c. 217, as amended,[1] and N.J.A.C. 5:23, provided that, in lieu of any particular subcode official, an on-site inspection agency may be retained by contract pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:23. More than one such official position may be held by the same person, provided that such person is qualified pursuant to P.L. 1975, c. 217, and N.J.A.C. 5:23 to hold each such position.
[1]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 52:27D-119 et seq.
C. 
Location of business office. The public shall have the right to do business with the enforcing agency at one office location except for emergencies and unforeseen or unavoidable circumstances. The location of the business office of the agency shall be 37 North Sussex Street, Dover, New Jersey.

§ 150-2 Fees; recommendations for fee changes; state surcharge.

A. 
Construction Department fees.
[Amended 3-24-1981 by Ord. No. 12-1981; 12-10-1984 by Ord. No. 19-1984; 12-28-1989 by Ord. No. 28-1989; 8-27-1991 by Ord. No. 19-1991; 6-7-1993 by Ord. No. 20-1993; 1-23-1996 by Ord. No. 3-1996; 9-13-2005 by Ord. No. 26-2005; 2-11-2014 by Ord. No. 04-2014; 9-27-2016 by Ord. No. 23-2016]
(1) 
Plan review fee. The fee for plan review shall be 20% of the amount to be charged for a new construction permit.
(2) 
The basic construction fee shall be the sum of the parts computed on the basis of the volume or cost of construction, the number of plumbing fixtures and pieces of equipment, the number of electrical fixtures and devices, the number of sprinklers, standpipes and detectors (smoke and heat), at the unit rates provided herein, plus any special fees. The minimum fee for a basic construction permit covering any or all of the building, plumbing, electrical or fire protection work shall be $75.
(3) 
Building volume or cost. The fees for new construction or alteration are as follows:
(a) 
Fees for new construction shall be based upon the volume of the structure. Volume shall be computed in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.28. The new construction fee shall be in the amount of $0.032 per cubic foot of volume for buildings and structures of Use Group R5, except that the fee shall be $0.040 per cubic foot of volume for all other use groups. The minimum fee for new construction shall be $150.
(b) 
Fees for renovations, alterations and repairs:
[1] 
Fees for renovations, alterations and repairs of Use Group Type R5 shall be based upon the estimated cost of the work.
[a] 
The fee shall be in the amount of $30 per $1,000.
[b] 
From $50,001 to and including $100,000, the additional fee shall be in the amount of $25 per $1,000 of the estimated cost above $50,000.
[c] 
Above $100,000, the additional fee shall be in the amount of $20 per $1,000 of the estimated cost above $100,000.
[2] 
Fees for renovations, alterations and repairs of all other use group types shall be based upon the estimated cost of the work.
[a] 
The fee shall be in the amount of $35 per $1,000.
[b] 
From $50,001 to and including $100,000, the additional fee shall be in the amount of $30 per $1,000 of the estimated cost above $50,000.
[c] 
Above $100,000, the additional fee shall be in the amount of $25 per $1,000 of the estimated cost above $100,000.
[3] 
For the purpose of determining estimated cost, the applicant shall submit to the Construction Official such cost data as may be available produced by the architect or engineer of record or by a recognized estimating firm or by the contractor. A bona fide contractor's bid, if available, shall be submitted.
[4] 
The Construction Official shall make the final decision regarding estimated cost.
[a] 
Fees for additions shall be computed on the same basis as for new construction for the added portion, except that the minimum fee for an addition shall be $85.
[b] 
Fees for combination renovations and additions shall be computed as the sum of the fees computed separately in accordance with Subsection A(3)(a) and (b) above.
[c] 
In order to provide for the training and certification and technical support programs required by the Act, the enforcing agency shall collect a surcharge fee to be based upon the volume of new construction within the municipality. Said fee shall be accounted for and forwarded to the Bureau of Housing Inspection. This fee shall be in the amount as set forth in N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.19(b). For the purpose of calculating this fee, volume shall be computed in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.28.
(4) 
Plumbing fixtures and equipment.
(a) 
For the purpose of computing fees:
[1] 
Plumbing fixtures shall include, but not be limited to, stacks, lavatories, kitchen sinks, slop sinks, sinks, urinals, water closets, bathtubs, shower stalls, laundry tubs, floor drains, washing machine connections and similar fixtures.
[2] 
Plumbing appurtenances shall include, but not be limited to, devices, a manufactured device or an on-the-job assembly of component parts, which is adjunct to the basic piping system and plumbing fixtures, pressure-reducing valves, backflow prevention devices, backwater valves, vacuum breakers, grease traps, interceptors and similar devices.
[3] 
Plumbing appliances shall include, but not be limited to, hot-water heaters, tankless heaters, heat exchangers, water storage tanks, solar panels, water pressure booster systems, sump pumps, dishwashers, ice makers, instant hot-water coils, sewerage ejectors, garbage disposal units, sterilizers, aspirators, water-cooled air-conditioning units, water conditioners and similar equipment.
(b) 
The fee for the installation or replacement of a plumbing fixture shall be $15 for each plumbing fixture.
(c) 
The fee for the installation or replacement of a plumbing appurtenance and/or special device shall be $75 per plumbing appurtenance and/or special device. Exception: The fee for backflow preventors that do not require ongoing inspection shall be $15.
(d) 
For cross connections and backflow preventors that are subject to testing, requiring reinspection annually, the fee shall be $50 for each device when tested (twice annually) and $75 for each device when broken down and tested (once annually).
(e) 
The fee for the installation or replacement of a plumbing appliance shall be $60. Exception: When installed in Use Group R-5 in new construction or a complete renovation, the fee for dishwashers, ice makers and instant hot-water coils shall be $15.
(f) 
The fee for the installation of a house or building sewer and/or water service pipe is $85.
(g) 
The fee for the installation of a lawn sprinkler system shall be $5 for each sprinkler head.
(h) 
The fee for the installation or replacement of subsoil drains shall be $35.
(i) 
The fee for the removal or abandonment in place of a sewage disposal system and/or septic tank shall be $35.
(j) 
The fee for the installation or replacement of roof drains and/or area drains shall be $25 per drain.
(k) 
The fee for gas piping is $50 per each gas appliance connection.
(l) 
The fee for the installation or replacement of oil lines and/or oil tank piping shall be $50.
(m) 
The minimum fee for any permit issued for the plumbing subcode shall be $75.
(5) 
Electrical fixtures and devices.
(a) 
The fees shall be as follows:
[1] 
From one to 50 receptacles or fixtures, the fee shall be in the amount of $75; for each 25 receptacles or fixtures in addition to this, the fee shall be in the amount of $20. For the purpose of computing this fee, receptacles or fixtures shall include lighting outlets, wall switches, fluorescent fixtures, convenience receptacles or similar fixtures and motors or devices of less than one horsepower or one kilowatt.
[2] 
For each motor or electric device greater than one horsepower and less than or equal to 10 horsepower and for the transformers and generators greater than one kilowatt and less than or equal to 10 kilowatts, the fee shall be $20.
[3] 
For each motor or electrical device greater than 10 horsepower and less than or equal to 50 horsepower, for each service panel, service entrance or subpanel less than or equal to 200 amperes and for all transformers and generators greater than 10 kilowatts and less than or equal to 50 kilowatts, the fee shall be $75.
[4] 
For each motor or electrical device greater than 50 horsepower and less than 100 horsepower, for each service panel, service entrance or sub panel greater than 200 amperes and less than 1,000 amperes and for transformers and generators greater than 50 kilowatts and less than or equal to 112.5 kilowatts, the fee shall be $150.
[5] 
For each motor or electrical device greater than or equal to 100 horsepower, for each service panel, service entrance or subpanel equal to or greater than 1,000 amperes and for each transformer or generator equal to or greater than 112.5 kilowatts, the fee shall be $350.
[6] 
For each photovoltaic system the fee shall be: up to 50 kilowatts, $75; greater than 50 kilowatts up to 100 kilowatts, $150; greater than 100 kilowatts $600.
(b) 
For the purpose of computing these fees, all motors except those in plug-in appliances shall be counted, including control equipment, generators, transformers and all heating, cooking or other devices consuming or generating electrical current.
(6) 
Fire protection and other hazardous equipment. Fees for sprinklers, standpipes, detectors (smoke and heat), pre-engineered suppression systems, gas- and oil-fired appliances not connected to the plumbing system, kitchen exhaust systems, incinerators and crematoriums shall be as follows:
(a) 
The fee for 20 or fewer heads or detectors shall be $75, for 21 to and including 100 heads or detectors, the fee shall be $150; for 101 to and including 200 heads or detectors, the fee shall be $300; for 201 to and including 400 heads or detectors, the fee shall be $750; for 401 to and including 1,000 heads or detectors, the fee shall be $1,000 and for over 1,000 heads or detectors, the fee shall be $1,200. In computing fees for heads and detectors, the number shall be counted separately, and two fees, one for heads and one for detectors, shall be charged.
(b) 
The fee for each standpipe shall be $250.
(c) 
The fee for each pre-engineered system shall be $85.
(d) 
The fee for each gas or oil-fired appliance not connected to the plumbing system shall be $75.
(e) 
The fee for each kitchen exhaust system shall be $125.
(f) 
The fee for each incinerator shall be $400.
(g) 
The fee for each crematorium shall be $400.
(7) 
Elevator devices. In accordance with Department of Community Affairs fee structure.
(8) 
Certificates and other permits. The fees are as follows:
(a) 
The fee for a demolition or removal permit shall be $200 for one- or two-family residences (Use Group R-5 of the Building Subcode); $100 for other structures in Use Group R-5 lots, and $300 per story for all other use groups.
(b) 
The fee for a permit to construct a sign shall be in the amount of $4 per square foot surface area of the sign, computed on one side only for double-faced signs. The minimum fee shall be $60.
(c) 
The fee for a certificate of occupancy shall be in the amount of 10% of the new construction permit fee which would be charged by the enforcing agency pursuant to these regulations. The minimum fee shall be $100 except for one- or two-family (Use Group R-5 of the Building Subcode) structures of less than 5,000 square feet in area and less than 30 feet in height.
(d) 
The fee for a certificate of occupancy granted pursuant to a change of use group shall be $125.
(e) 
The fee for a certificate of continued occupancy shall be $125.
(f) 
There shall be no fee for a temporary certificate of occupancy.
(g) 
There shall be no fee for a certificate of compliance issued for each elevator device inspected on a routine periodic basis. The certificate of compliance for a new elevator device shall be $85.
(h) 
The fee for a plan review of a building for compliance under the alternate systems and non-depletable energy source provisions of the energy subcode shall be $200 for one- and two-family homes and for light commercial structures having the indoor temperature controlled from a single point; and $500 for all other structures.
(i) 
The fee for an application for a variation in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.10 shall be $350 for Class 1 structures and $85 for Class 2 and Class 3 structures. The fee for the resubmitting of an application for a variation shall be $200 for Class 1 structures and $50 for Class 2 and Class 3 structures.
(j) 
Periodic inspections. Fees for the periodic reinspection of equipment and facilities granted a certificate of approval for a specified duration in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.23 shall be as follows: For cross connections and backflow preventers that are subject to testing, requiring reinspection every three months, the fee shall be $50 for each device when tested (twice annually) and $75 for each device when broken down and tested (once annually).
(k) 
The fee to be charged for an annual construction permit shall be charged annually. This fee shall be a flat fee based upon the number of maintenance workers employed by the facility and who are primarily engaged in work that is governed by a subcode. Managers, engineers and clerks shall not be considered maintenance workers for the purpose of establishing the annual construction permit fee. Annual permits may be issued for building/fire protection, electrical and plumbing. Fees shall be as follows:
[1] 
One to 25 workers (including foreman): $600; and each additional worker over 25: $200.
[2] 
Prior to the issuance of the annual permit, a training registration fee of $100 per subcode shall be submitted by the applicant to the Department of Community Affairs, Construction Code Element, Training Section, along with a copy of the construction permit (Form F-170). Checks shall be made payable to "Treasurer, State of New Jersey."
(l) 
For each public pool (other than one- and two-family dwellings), the fee shall be $100 for an annual certification.
(9) 
All fees collected pursuant to this section are nonrefundable.
B. 
Report of the Construction Official. On or before February 10 of each year, the Construction Official shall, with the advice of the subcode officials and in consultation with the Municipal Finance Officer, prepare and submit to the governing body a report detailing the receipts and expenditures of the enforcing agency as required by N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.17(b) and indicating his recommendations for a fee schedule, based on the operating expense of the agency.
[Amended 9-13-2005 by Ord. No. 26-2005; 2-11-2014 by Ord. No. 04-2014; 9-27-2016 by Ord. No. 23-2016]
C. 
State surcharge. In order to provide for the training, certification and technical support programs required by the Uniform Construction Code Act and the regulations, the enforcing agency shall collect, in addition to the fees specified above, a surcharge fee per cubic foot of volume of new construction as mandated by the Department of Community Affairs. Said surcharge fee shall be remitted to the Bureau of Housing Inspection, Department of Community Affairs, on a quarterly basis for the fiscal quarters ending September 30, December 31, March 31 and June 30, and not later than one month next succeeding the end of the quarter for which it is due. In the fiscal year in which the regulations first become effective, said fee shall be collected and remitted for the third and fourth quarters only. The enforcing agency shall report annually at the end of each fiscal year to the Bureau of Housing Inspection, and not later than July 31, the total amount of the surcharge fee collected in the fiscal year. In the fiscal year in which the regulations first become effective, said report shall be for the third and fourth quarters.
[Amended 2-11-2014 by Ord. No. 04-2014; 9-27-2016 by Ord. No. 23-2016]

§ 150-3 Fire limits.

[Amended 6-24-1980 by Ord. No. 21-1980]
The construction official shall prepare and submit to the Mayor and Board of Aldermen biannually a report reevaluating the delineation of the fire limits. This report shall indicate the recommendations of the construction official, the building subcode official and the fire subcode official regarding those areas which should be designated as within fire limits, with the reasons therefor. The following fire limits are established pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:23: Beginning at a point in the center line of the Erie Lackawanna Railroad (formerly the D.L. & W.R.R.) where said center line is intersected by the municipal boundary between the Town of Dover and the Borough of Wharton, said point also being in the center of the Rockaway River; and running thence (1) northerly along said boundary and along said river to a point in the center line of Edison Street extended; thence (2) easterly along said center line of Edison Street to a point in the center line of Bowlby Avenue extended; thence (3) southerly along said center line of Bowlby Avenue to a point in the center line of Richboynton Road; thence (4) easterly along said center line of Richboynton Road to a point in the center line of N.J. State Highway Route 15 (West Clinton Street); thence (5) southerly and southeasterly to a point in a line parallel to and 100 feet northwesterly of the northwesterly line of U.S. Route 46 (West Mcfarlan Street); thence (6) northwesterly and easterly along said line parallel to and distant 100 feet from Route 46 to a point in the center line of Searing Street; thence (7) northwesterly along said center line of Searing Street to a point in the center line of Oak Street; thence (8) northeasterly along said center line of Oak Street to a point in the center line of Berry Street; thence (9) southeasterly along said center line of Berry Street to a point in the center line of Elm Street; thence (10) southwesterly along said center line of Elm Street to a point in the center line of King Street; thence (11) southeasterly along said center line of King Street to a point in the aforementioned line parallel to and distant 100 feet from Route 46; thence (12) easterly along said line to a point in the municipal boundary between the Township of Rockaway and the Town of Dover; thence (13) southeasterly and southwesterly along said boundary to a point in a line parallel to and distant 100 feet northwesterly from the northeasterly side line of Harding Avenue; thence (14) northwesterly along said line to a point in the center line of Wilson Street; thence (15) southwesterly along said center line of Wilson Street to a point in the center line of Harding Avenue; thence (16) northwesterly along said center line of Harding Avenue to a point in the dividing line extended between Lots 1 and 16 on the northwest and Lots 2 and 15 on the southeast in Block 22-05 as shown on the Tax Maps of the Town of Dover; thence (17) southwesterly along said dividing line to a point in the center line of South Salem Street; thence (18) northwesterly along said center line of Salem Street (original location) to a point in the center line of the above-mentioned Erie Lackawanna Railroad; thence (19) westerly and northerly to the municipal boundary and the point and place of beginning.