[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Borough Council of the Borough of Gibbsboro 1-25-1977 by Ord. No. 77-1 (Ch. 67 of the 1982 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
There is hereby established in the Borough of Gibbsboro a State Uniform Construction Code enforcing agency to be known as the "Department of Inspections," 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. The Department of Inspections shall, through the Director of said Department, be responsible for the administration of said Department.
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 (N.J.S.A. 52:27D-119 et seq.) as amended 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 (N.J.S.A. 52:27D-119 et seq.) and N.J.A.C. 5:23 to hold each such position.
The public shall have the right to do business with the enforcing agency at one office location, except for emergencies and unforeseen or unfavorable circumstances.
There is hereby established a Construction Board of Appeals to hear appeals from decisions by the enforcing agency. Such Board shall consist of five members. At least one board member shall be a registered architect or licensed professional engineer of building construction experience, and at least one board member shall be qualified as a plumbing subcode official, and one as qualified as an electrical subcode official. No more than two board members shall be selected from the same business or profession. Each Board member shall have had at least three years' experience in construction, design or supervision as a licensed engineer or registered architect; or, in the alternative, five years' experience in construction, design or supervision as an architect or engineer with a bachelor's degree in architecture or engineering, respectively, from an accredited institution of higher education; or, as a further alternative, 10 years' experience in construction, design or supervision as a journeyman in a construction trade or as a construction contractor, subcontractor or inspector.
The Borough Council shall appoint the Board members and any alternate members. For the members first appointed, the Borough Council shall designate the appointees' terms so that one shall be appointed for a term of one year, one for a term of two years, one for a term of three years and two for a term of four years. At the expiration of such terms and thereafter, appointments shall be made for terms of four years. Vacancies shall be filled for the unexpired term. The Board shall meet on an as-needed basis.
The Borough of Gibbsboro shall appoint such number of alternates as may be appropriate for terms not to exceed four years; or may, in the alternative, appoint alternates on a case-by-case basis.
No regular or alternate Board member may be a member of the enforcing agency, the decisions of which are subject to the review of the Board.
A member shall serve without compensation.
[Amended 12-21-1982 by Ord. No. 82-11; 3-20-1984 by Ord. No. 84-8; 12-17-1985 by Ord. No. 85-18; 11-8-1989 by Ord. No. 89-36; 2-28-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-3]
Fees shall be provided in Subsection 3, Article 38, Fees, of the Regulations, New Jersey Uniform Construction Codes, except as follows for minimum fees.
[Amended 6-12-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-05]
State of New Jersey training fees. In order to provide for the training, certification and technical support required by the Act (N.J.S.A. 52:27D-119 et seq.), the enforcing agency shall collect a surcharge to be based upon the volume of new construction within the Borough of Gibbsboro. Said fee shall be accounted for and forwarded to the Bureau of Housing Inspection in the manner herein provided. This fee will be in the amount provided by the Regulations of the Uniform Construction Codes. Volume shall be computed in accordance with Section D of Article 13 of the Regulations of the New Jersey Uniform Construction Codes, and such fees shall be remitted and reported according to Section C, Subsection 3 of Article 38, Fees, of the Regulations, New Jersey Uniform Construction Codes.
Plan review fees shall be computed as a percentage of the fee to be charged for the construction permit. This fee shall be 15% of the construction permit fee. For projects which do not require plan review for all subcodes, the fee shall be 15% of the subcode fee or fees which are applicable.
The Borough of Gibbsboro shall waive all building subcode fees payable to the Borough of Gibbsboro by any nonprofit organization. "Nonprofit organization" shall be defined as any organization which is exempt from property taxes as defined by N.J.S.A. 54:4-3.6.
[Added 8-14-1991 by Ord. No. 91-9]
The building permits shall be valid for a period of one year from the date of issuance and shall be renewable for an additional one-year period at 50% of the original cost, provided that all ordinances have been complied with and any defects have been corrected.
Any permit issued shall become invalid if the authorized work does not commence within 12 months after issuance of the permit or if the authorized work is suspended or abandoned for a period of six months after the time of commencing the work.
[Added 5-17-1983 by Ord. No. 83-7]
All applications for building permits shall be accompanied by a certificate from the Tax Collector that taxes on the property are paid to date.
[Added 9-20-1988 by Ord. No. 88-12]
[Added 10-19-1978 by Ord. No. 78-9; 4-17-1984 by Ord. No. 84-9; 2-28-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-3]
All construction inspection fees, including electrical inspection fees, shall be paid to the Borough of Gibbsboro through the Construction Official's office, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40A:5-15.
For on-site inspection services, the Borough of Gibbsboro shall make payment to the designated on-site inspection agency pursuant to a contract entered into for said services, in accordance with the New Jersey local public bidding laws,