Township of Independence, NJ
Warren County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Independence 12-13-1976 (Ch. 80 of the 1984 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Driveways — See Ch. 186.
Flood damage prevention — See Ch. 222.
Soil removal — See Ch. 333.

§ 175-1 Enforcing agency; officials.

A. 
There is hereby established in Independence Township a State Uniform Construction Code enforcing agency to be known as the "Independence Building Department," 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.
B. 
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. 
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.

§ 175-2 Schedule of fees.

[Amended 4-11-1977; 1-9-1978; 12-10-1984 by Ord. No. 84-11; 4-12-1988 by Ord. No. 88-8; 5-14-1996 by Ord. No. 96-3; 5-8-2001 by Ord. No. 01-2; 4-1-2003 by Ord. No. 03-7; 11-11-2003 by Ord. No. 03-19; 5-10-2005 by Ord. No. 05-04; 10-10-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-14; 5-13-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-02]
A. 
New structure fees:
Type
Fee
Use Groups B, H, I-1, I-2, I-3, M, E, R-1, R-2, R-3, R-4, U, A-1, A-2, A-3, A-4, F-1, F-2, S-1, S-2
Volume of building ____ cubic feet x 0.040
= $
(Volume fee)
Commercial farm buildings, maximum fee not to exceed $1,100
Volume of building ____ cubic feet x 0.020
= $
(Volume fee)
Note: Premanufactured construction and external utility connections for premanufactured construction shall be based upon the estimated cost of work at $24 per $1,000.
Minimum fee for building, electrical, plumbing and fire shall be $65.
B. 
Renovations, alterations, repair and minor work fees, including roofing, siding, decks, aboveground pool and in-ground pools, shall be $24 per $1,000. (The applicant shall submit cost data by architect or engineer of record, a recognized estimating firm or by contract or bid. The Department will review the construction cost for acceptability.)
Note: For combination of renovation and addition, the sum of the fees are computed separately as renovations and additions.
C. 
Electric subcode fees.
Type
Fee
Switches/fixtures/receptacles (includes motors/devices 1 HP or 1 KW or less) 1-50
$65
Each additional 25 outlets
$15
Electrical devices/generators/transformers
Over 1 KW to 10 KW, each
$20
10.1 KW to 45 KW, each
$60
45.1 KW to 112.5 KW, each
$120
Over 112.5 KW, each
$560
Motors
Over 1 HP to 10 HP, each
$20
Over 10 HP to 50 HP, each
$60
Over 50 HP to 100 HP, each
$120
Over 100 HP, each
$560
Service panels/service entrance/subpanels
One amp to 200 amps, each
$65
Over 200 to 400 amps, each
$120
Over 400 to 1,000 amps, each
$340
Over 1,000 amps, each
$560
Line item fees (as per technical sections):
Ranges/ovens/surface units
Over 1 KW to 10 KW, each
$20
Over 10 KW, each
$65
Dishwasher
(By size as listed above)
Garbage disposal
(By size as listed above)
Dryer
(By size as listed above)
A/C units
(By size as listed above)
Burglar alarm/intercom systems
(Include in fixture total)
Smoke detectors
(Include number in fixture total)
Certificate of smoke detector and carbon monoxide alarm compliance (CSDCMAC), which shall be based upon the amount of time remaining before the change of occupant is expected
Requests received more than 10 business days prior to the change of occupant
$35
Requests received four to 10 business days prior to the change of occupant
$70
Requests received fewer than four business days prior to the change of occupant
$125
Whirlpool spa
(By size as listed above)
Subpanel
(By size as listed above)
Water heater
(By size as listed above)
Central heat
(By size as listed above)
Baseboard heat
(By size as listed above)
Heat pump
(By size as listed above)
Pumps
(By size as listed above)
Motor control center
(By amp size)
Signs
$25
Light standards
(Include in fixture total)
Motors-frac HP
(Include in fixture total)
Motors (all others)
(By size as listed above)
Transformer/generators
(By size as listed above)
Service/service entrance
(By size as listed above)
Pools, private (excluding panel boards), each
$75
Annual (public) pool inspections
$100
D. 
Plumbing fees.
(1) 
The minimum plumbing fee shall be $65 for the first four fixtures or gas appliances; every fixture or gas appliance thereafter shall be $12.
[Amended 5-13-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-02]
(2) 
Special devices shall be $65.
(3) 
Description of fixtures and special devices are as follows:
(a) 
Plumbing fixtures. A plumbing fixture is described as a receptacle which is either permanently or temporarily connected to the water distribution system of the premises, and demands a supply of water therefrom or discharges used water, liquidborne waste materials, or sewage either directly or indirectly to the drainage system of the premises, or which requires both a water supply connection and a discharge to the drainage system of the premises. Plumbing appliances as a special class of fixture are further defined below.
[1] 
A general description of these fixtures are as follows, but not limited to:
Baseboard heating piping (heat loops)
Bidets
Clinic sinks
Dental units or cuspidors
Dishwasher (residential or commercial)
Drinking fountains
Floor drains
Food waste grinders
Fuel oil piping
Handwashing sinks
Hose bibbs
Kitchen sinks (private or restaurant)
Laundry sinks
Lavatories
Radon piping
Shower stalls
Soaking tubs
Two- and three-bay sinks
Urinals
Vegetable soaking sinks
Washing machines (residential or commercial)
Water closets
Water heaters (electric, gas or oil fired)
[2] 
Gas piping shall be as per appliance:
Barbecue grills
Boilers
Ceiling heaters
Clothes dryers
Fireplace inserts
Furnaces
Outside sidewalk and driveway lamps
Ranges
Space heater
Water heater
(b) 
Special devices. A special device may be defined as one of the special class of plumbing fixtures which is intended to perform a special function. Its operation and/or controls may be dependent upon one or more energized components, such as motors, controls, heating elements, or pressure or temperature sensing elements. Such fixtures may operate automatically through one or more of the following actions: time cycle, a temperature range, a pressure range, a measured volume or weight; or the device may be manually adjusted or controlled by the user or operator. A general description of the special devices is as follows but not limited to:
Active solar systems
Agriculture type of water feeders for animals
Aquarium tanks
Aspirators
Autopsy tables
Backflow preventor (excluding boilers - only those that have test ports) installed between wells and public water supplies
Baptistries tanks
Fountain basins
Grease interceptors
Hospital and clinical fixtures that require protection from contaminating the water supply
Hot water boilers
Lawn sprinkling systems
Oil interceptors
Oil tanks
Ornamental or lilly pools
Propane tanks
Sand interceptors
Sewer ejectors (pneumatic)
Sewer lines (residential and commercial)
Sewer pumps (mechanical)
Steam boilers
Swimming pools
Water-cooled air conditioning
Water-cooled refrigeration unit
Water services (residential and commercial)
Water softeners
E. 
Fire-protection and hazardous equipment fee. Fire protection and other hazardous equipment, sprinklers, standpipes, detectors (smoke and heat, preengineered suppression systems, gas and oil-fired appliances not connected to the plumbing system, kitchen exhaust systems, incinerators and crematoriums:
(1) 
Sprinkler heads or detectors.
Number of Heads or Detectors
Fee
1 to 20
$65
21 to 100
$200
101 to 200
$250
201 to 400
$594
401 to 1,000
$822
Over 1,000
$1,050
(2) 
Smoke detectors.
Number of Detectors
Fee
1 to 12
$65
Each additional 25 detectors
$25
(3) 
Independent preengineered systems. Number of systems x $150 = $
.
(4) 
Gas or oil-fired appliance which is not connected to the plumbing system. Number of appliances x $65 = $
.
(5) 
Kitchen exhaust system. Number of systems x $92 = $
.
(6) 
Incinerators. Number of incinerators x $365 = $
.
(7) 
Crematoriums. Number of crematoriums x $365 = $
.
F. 
Demolition or removal permits:
Type
Fee
All structures residential, commercial and farm
$150
Note: Storage tanks: all gasoline, oil, etc.: the fee will be $75 per tank.
G. 
Signs. The sign fee shall be $1.20 per square foot. (Note: fee to be based on one side of double-sided signs.)
H. 
Certificate of occupancy fees.
(1) 
Fee shall be in the amount of 10% of the new construction permit fee. Minimum fee shall be $120.
(2) 
The fee for a certificate of occupancy granted pursuant to a change of use group shall be $260.
(3) 
The fee for a certificate of continued occupancy issued under N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.23c shall be $260.
(4) 
The fee for a temporary certificate of occupancy shall be $120.
(5) 
The fee for the first issuance and the renewal of a temporary certificate of occupancy shall be $120.
(a) 
Exception: There shall be no fee for the first issuance of the temporary certificate of occupancy, provided that the certificate of occupancy fee is paid at that time.
(b) 
Exception: Where a written request for a temporary certificate of occupancy is made for reasons other than uncompleted work covered by the permit (such as uncompleted work required by prior approvals from state or municipal agencies), no renewal fee shall be charged.
(6) 
The fee for an application for a variation in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.10 shall be $594 for Class I structures and $120 for Class II and III structures. The fee for resubmission of an application for a variation shall be $229 for Class I structures and $65 for Class II and III structures.
I. 
Review permit and certificate fees.
(1) 
The fee for plan review of a building for compliance under the alternate systems and nondepletable energy source provisions of the energy subcode shall be $274 for one- and two-family homes (use group R-3 of the building subcode), and the light commercial structures having the indoor temperature controlled from a single point and $1,369 for all other structures.
(2) 
The fee for a permit for lead hazard abatement work shall be $140. The fee for a lead abatement clearance certificate shall be $28.
(3) 
Annual permit requirements are as follows:
(a) 
The fee to be charged for an annual construction permit shall be charged annually.
(b) 
This fee shall be a flat fee based upon the number of maintenance workers who are employed by the facility, and who are primarily engaged in work that is governed by a subcode. Managers, engineers and clericals 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.
(c) 
Fees for annual permits shall be as follows:
[1] 
One to 25 workers (including foremen): $1,000/worker; each additional worker over 25: $350/worker.
[2] 
Prior to the issuance of the annual permit, a training registration fee of $140 per subcode and a list of not more than three individuals to be trained per subcode shall be submitted by the applicant to the Department of Community Affairs, Bureau of Code Services, Education Unit, along with a copy of the construction permit (Form 170). Checks shall be made payable to "Treasurer, State of New Jersey." The Department shall register these individuals and notify them of the courses being offered.
(4) 
For cross-connections and backflow preventors that are subject to testing requiring reinspection annually, the fee shall be $65 for each device when they are tested.
(5) 
State training and certification fees. Current fees pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:23-1.19:
Type
Fee
New structures
Volume of structure x $0.00265
Alterations
(including asbestos abatement)
$1.35 per $1,000
Tank removal or demolition
No state or CO fee
(6) 
Grand total of all fees. Minimum fee for construction permit, in part or in total, shall be $65 pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.27. In the case of a discontinuance of a building project, the plan review fees are not refundable.

§ 175-3 Biannual report.

The Construction Official shall, with the advice of the subcode officials, prepare and submit to the Township of Independence biannually a report recommending a fee schedule based on the operating expenses of the agency and any other expenses of the municipality fairly attributable to the enforcement of the State Uniform Construction Code Act.

§ 175-4 Surcharge fees.

[Amended 5-14-1996 by Ord. No. 96-3; 5-8-2001 by Ord. No. 01-2; 11-12-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-08]
In order to provide for the training, certification and technical support programs required by the Uniform Construction Code Act and the regulations,[1] the Township of Independence enforcing agency shall collect from applicants in the Township a surcharge fee consistent with and required by N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.19. Said surcharge fee shall be remitted to the Bureau of Regulatory Affairs, Department of Community Affairs, on a quarterly basis for the fiscal quarter 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.
[1]
Editor's Note: "The regulations" refers to the regulations established by the Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs.

§ 175-5 Appeals from decisions of enforcing agency.

All appeals from the enforcing agency shall be made to the Warren County Board of Appeals as provided by law.