Township of Chester, NJ
Morris County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Chester 6-17-1986 by Ord. No. 1:18-86. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fire prevention — See Ch. 97.
Land use — See Ch. 113.

§ 78-1 Title.

[Amended 5-3-1994 by Ord. No. 1:18G-94]
The title of this ordinance shall hereafter be "An Ordinance of the Township of Chester Establishing a State Uniform Construction Code Enforcing Agency."

§ 78-2 Enforcing agency.

[Amended 5-3-1994 by Ord. No. 1:18G-94]
The enforcing agency for the State Uniform Construction Code shall consist 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.

§ 78-3 Qualifications.

Each official position created in § 78-2 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. 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.

§ 78-4 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.

§ 78-5 Appeals.

A Construction Board of Appeals to hear appeals from decisions of the enforcing agency shall not be established by the Township Council of the Township of Chester. All appeals will be heard by the Morris County Construction Board of Appeals.

§ 78-6 Biannual report recommending fee schedule.

The Construction Official shall, with the advice of the Subcode Officials, prepare and submit to the Township Council 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.

§ 78-7 Surcharge fee.

A. 
In order to provide for the training, certification and technical support programs required by the Uniform Construction Code Act and the Regulations,[1] the enforcing agency shall collect, in addition to the fees specified hereinafter, a surcharge fee of $0.0006 per cubic foot of volume of new construction. Said surcharge fee shall be remitted to the Bureau of Housing Inspection, 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. 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.
[1]
Editor's Note: The "regulations" refers to the regulations promulgated by the Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs of the State of New Jersey pursuant to the Uniform Construction Code Act (N.J.S.A. 52:27D-119 et seq.)
B. 
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 only.

§ 78-8 Fee schedule.

[Amended 3-1-1988 by Ord. No. 1:18A-88; 10-19-1993 by Ord. No. 1:18F-93; 5-3-1994 by Ord. No. 1:18G-94; 4-1-1997; 4-4-2000; 2-18-2003; 7-1-2003; 9-16-2003]
A. 
Plan review fees. Plan review fees shall be computed at 20% of the fees to be charged for the construction permit. Plan review fees are not refundable.
B. 
Construction permit fees.
(1) 
The basic construction permit fees 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 and the number of sprinklers and standpipes and detectors (smoke, heat, and C.O.) at the unit rates provided herein plus any special fees.
(2) 
All fees shall be rounded off to the nearest dollar.
C. 
Building subcode.
(1) 
A schedule containing all fees pertaining to the Construction Office shall be posted in the Construction Office and the main meeting room of the Municipal Building.
(2) 
Changes to the fee schedule shall be approved by the Township Council. Notice of the revised fees shall be posted two weeks prior to changes taking effect.