Township of Stafford, NJ
Ocean County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Stafford 12-16-1986 by Ord. No. 86-68. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Certificates of occupancy — See Ch. 81.
Flood hazard areas — See Ch. 114.
Licensing — See Ch. 134, Art. II.
Permits — See Ch. 156.
Zoning — See Ch. 211.

§ 213-1 Permit requirements. [1]

[Amended 2-17-1987 by Ord. No. 87-19]
A. 
Zoning permits shall hereafter be secured from the Zoning Officer prior to construction, erection or alteration of any building or structure or part of a structure or use of a building or structure or land. A zoning permit shall also be required prior to the construction of any improvements or ground coverings which increase impervious surface coverage upon a lot. All requests for zoning permits shall be made in writing by the owner or his authorized agent and shall include a statement of the use or intended use of the building or structure or land and shall be accompanied by a plan of the lot delineating thereon the exact size, shape and location of all proposed structures and such other information as may be necessary for the enforcement of this chapter. There shall be a fee of $25 for processing said zoning permit, which fee shall accompany the application.
[Amended 4-18-1989 by Ord. No. 89-32; 3-20-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-33]
B. 
Any change to an original zoning permit (i.e., alteration or use of structure or property) shall void the original, requiring a new zoning permit.
C. 
Any zoning permit issued in conjunction with a building permit shall expire within one year from the date of issuance of the zoning permit if the authorized work or use is not commenced within that time. If the authorized work is abandoned for a period of six months after commencement of the work or use, the zoning permit shall be considered void.
D. 
Zoning permits shall not be required before the issuance of a building permit by the Construction Official in the case of reroofing, re-siding, window changes, fireplaces, wood/coal stoves or interior renovation of a single-family dwelling, provided that there is no increase of living area or cubic content of the structure and only one subcode under the Uniform Construction Code is involved. If a change of the structure or use would result from the issuance of the building permit, a zoning permit shall be required prior to the issuance of the building permit.
E. 
Prior to the issuance of the certificate of occupancy by the Construction Official, a final review of the zoning requirements shall be made by the Zoning Officer.
(1) 
For new residential construction. An as-built survey showing the location of the structure, the intended use, off-street parking and compliance with § 130-72 and Chapter 194, as certified by a licensed engineer or licensed land surveyor, shall be submitted to and reviewed by the Zoning Officer. Prior to the issuance of a zoning permit for a new single-family dwelling, the Township Engineer must approve a grading plan and a grading permit must be issued pursuant to Chapter 118, Grading and Drainage. If the property is located in a flood hazard area (A or B Zone), the applicant must provide finished grade elevations at the lot corners and elevation of the lowest structural member certified by a registered engineer. Certification of the design of the enclosure openings below the lowest floor elevation must be made by a registered architect or engineer to meet the requirements of Chapter 114, Flood Hazard Areas. Prior to the final review of the zoning requirements, the finished grading must be inspected and approved by the Township Engineer.
[Amended 9-3-1996 by Ord. No. 96-60; 1-20-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-03]
(2) 
For new nonresidential construction. Prior to the issuance of the certificate of occupancy by the Construction Official, a final review of the zoning requirements and any approvals granted by the Planning Board or the Zoning Board of Adjustment will be necessary. If the site is located in a flood hazard area, the applicant must provide all information needed to make a determination on the requirements of Chapter 114.
F. 
Prior to the issuance of a certificate of occupancy by the Construction Official, exclusive of one-family dwellings and sites involving no prior approvals from the Planning Board or Zoning Board, a zoning permit must be applied for and approved by the Zoning Officer. Information required prior to the zoning permit being issued shall include, but not be limited to:
[Amended 6-24-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-76]
(1) 
A recent certified survey of the site, including all structures.
(2) 
Intended use.
(3) 
Parking availability.
G. 
For purposes of this chapter, a project shall be considered abandoned if no progress is made within any six-month period after the time of commencing the project or no inspection has been requested in that six-month period.
H. 
Zoning permits shall hereinafter be secured from the Zoning Officer prior to the construction of any and all streets, curbs, sidewalks, water and sewerage facilities and storm drainage systems or the clearing of land or removal of trees in excess of 20,000 square feet, except where such construction is solely for a single-family residence. Prior to the issuance of a zoning permit, the developer shall have complied with the requirements of §§ 130-96 and 194-5D, where applicable. Within the Pinelands Area of the Township, the aforementioned exceptions shall not apply, and zoning permits shall be required prior to the commencement of any development involving the clearing of land or removal of trees equal to or more than 1,500 square feet, including that associated with single-family residences.
[Added 10-16-1990 by Ord. No. 90-05; amended 4-16-1991 by Ord. No. 91-23]
I. 
Within the Pinelands Area of the Township, the issuance of zoning permits shall be subject to the application, notice and review requirements contained in § 211-9.
[Added 4-16-1991 by Ord. No. 91-23]
J. 
In the event that the Zoning Officer is caused to reinspect the site, a reinspection fee of $15 shall be charged to the applicant.
[Added 9-3-1996 by Ord. No. 96-60]
K. 
Fences, internal walkways and patios, and accessory structures.
[Added 9-8-1998 by Ord. No. 98-62; amended 3-20-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-33]
(1) 
For fences, internal walkways and patios, and accessory structures, the applicant is permitted to depict, by hand, on the original survey the location of the new fence, internal walkway and patio, or accessory structure, so long as the original survey:
(a) 
Clearly shows all four setbacks to the existing principal structure;
(b) 
Accurately shows the location and dimension of the existing principal structure; and
(c) 
Accurately reflects the conditions on the property at the time the application is filed.
(2) 
If the Zoning Officer has reasonable cause to question the accuracy of the handwritten depiction of the new fence, internal walkway and patio, or accessory structure, the applicant shall be required to obtain an as-built survey certified by a licensed engineer or a licensed land surveyor.
[1]
Editor's Note: For additional regulations on the issuance of permits, see Ch. 134, Licensing, Art. II.

§ 213-2 Records; report.

A. 
It shall be the duty of the Zoning Officer to keep a record of all applications for permits and a record of all permits and certificates issued, with a notation of all special conditions involved. He shall file and safely keep copies of all plans submitted, and the same shall form a part of the records of his office and shall be available for the use of the Township Council and of other officials of the Township, county or state.
B. 
The Zoning Officer shall prepare a monthly report for the Township Council summarizing, for the period since his last previous report, all zoning permits and certificates issued by him and all complaints of violations and the actions taken by him.

§ 213-3 Administration and enforcement.

The provisions of this chapter shall be administered and enforced by the Zoning Officer. The Zoning Officer shall not issue any permit for any structure or use which does not conform to the provisions of the Township ordinances. It shall be the duty of the Zoning Officer, upon the filing with him of any plans for the construction, alteration or repair of any structure, to require the owner or agent of the owner of such structure or land to certify, in writing, the use or intended use of any structure or land so to be constructed, altered or repaired, and he shall thereupon determine if such structure or use is permitted by the provisions of the Township ordinances. In case he shall determine that such structure or use, or both, is nonconforming, he shall notify such owner or agent, in writing, to that effect, stating in what respect such building or use is a nonconforming structure or use.

§ 213-4 Duration of permit.

A zoning permit issued by the Zoning Officer shall be valid for a period of one year from its date of issuance.

§ 213-5 Violations and penalties.

[Added 3-3-1987 by Ord. No. 87-25]
Any owner, contractor or agent or any person, firm or corporation who shall build, construct, erect, structurally alter, enlarge, rebuild or repair any building or structure or commence said work without having first obtained a zoning permit as required by this chapter and in violation thereof shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a fine not to exceed $1,000 or imprisonment for a term of not to exceed 90 days, or both. The continuation of such violation for each successive day shall constitute a separate punishable offense. In addition to fines and penalties, the violation of any provision of this chapter shall be subject to abatement or other injunctive relief by order of a court of competent jurisdiction.