Township of Burlington, NJ
Burlington County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Burlington 4-27-1977; amended 2-9-1978; 4-26-1978; 5-13-1980; 4-27-1982; 12-23-1986; 12-22-1987; 12-17-1988; 8-22-1989; 2-12-1991; 5-11-1992; 12-22-1992; 12-27-1995; 12-28-1999; 5-9-2000; 12-23-2002 (Sec. 5:1 of the 1975 General Ordinances). Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Housing standards — See Ch. 318.
Land development — See Ch. 330.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 442.
Sewers — See Ch. 467.

§ 200-1 Local enforcement.

A. 
Enforcement official. There is hereby established in the Township of Burlington a State Uniform Code enforcing agency to be known as the Department of Licensing and Inspection, consisting of a construction official, building subcode official, plumbing subcode official, electrical subcode official, mechanical subcode official, fire subcode official and such other subcode officials 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 Code Official shall be the chief administrator of the enforcing agency.
B. 
Qualifications. Each official position created in Subsection A shall be filed by a person qualified for such position pursuant to P.L. 1975, c. 217, 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 but not more than one person may hold the same position, provided that such person is qualified pursuant to P.L. 1975, c. 217 and N.J.A.C. 5:23 to hold each position.
C. 
Location. The public shall have the right to do business with the enforcing agency at the Burlington Township Municipal Building, 851 Old York Road, Burlington, New Jersey 08016, except for emergencies and unforeseen or unavoidable circumstances.

§ 200-2 Appeals.

[Amended 8-10-2010 by Ord. No. 10-OR-024]
A person who is aggrieved by any ruling, action, notice, order or decision of the Department of Licensing and Inspection when enforcing the State Uniform Construction Code or the Uniform Fire Code, including, without limitation, any refusal to grant an application or any failure or refusal to act upon an application, but not including any order requiring the taking of emergency measures pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.32(b), may file an application for a hearing with the Secretary of the Burlington County Board of Appeals. An application from an emergency order issued by the Department of Licensing and Inspection shall be appealable only to a court of competent jurisdiction.

§ 200-3 Fees.

The following permit fees are hereby established and shall be paid before the permit is issued. All fees shall be rounded off to the nearest single-dollar amount for administrative simplicity.
A. 
The fee for plan review shall be 25% of the amount to be charged for the construction permit and shall be paid before the plans are reviewed. The amount paid for this fee shall be credited toward the amount of the fee to be charged for the construction permit. In the case of a discontinuance of a project, the plan review fees are not refundable. The deduction for plan review shall be 20% for projects that are reviewed by the Department of Community Affairs.
[Amended 8-9-2011 by Ord. No. 11-OR-018]
(1) 
The fee for building construction trailer shall be a flat fee of $100.
B. 
The fee for construction permit shall be the fees listed in Subsections E(1) through (10) hereof and shall be paid prior to the issuance of the permit.
[Amended 8-9-2011 by Ord. No. 11-OR-018]
C. 
The fee for tents in excess of 900 square feet or more than 30 feet in any dimension shall be $92. The fee for any tent smaller than 900 square feet shall be a minimum of $60.
[Amended 3-28-2006 by Ord. No. 06-OR-007; 8-9-2011 by Ord. No. 11-OR-018]
D. 
The fee for roofing and siding work completed on any residential property shall be $60.
[Amended 3-28-2006 by Ord. No. 06-OR-007; 8-9-2011 by Ord. No. 11-OR-018]
E. 
The minimum fee for a basic construction permit covering any or all of the building, plumbing, electrical or fire protection work shall be $60.
[Amended 4-10-2007 by Ord. No. 07-OR-009; 7-13-2010 by Ord. No. 10-OR-017; 8-9-2011 by Ord. No. 11-OR-018]
(1) 
New structure fees. The fee for new structures, including additions, shall be $0.0200 per cubic foot of building volume, except that the fee shall be $0.0250 per cubic foot of building volume for Use Groups A, F, and S.
[Amended 3-28-2006 by Ord. No. 06-OR-007; 6-9-2009 by Ord. No. 09-OR-005]
(2) 
Plumbing fees.
(a) 
The fees for fixtures and stacks, including but not limited to sinks, urinals, water closets, bathtubs, shower stalls, laundry tubs, floor drains, drinking fountains, dishwashers, commercial dishwashers, clothes washers, hot-water heaters, vents, hose bibs, or similar devices, shall be $20.
[Amended 6-9-2009 by Ord. No. 09-OR-005; 8-9-2011 by Ord. No. 11-OR-018]
(b) 
The fees for grease traps, oil separators, water-cooled air conditioning units, refrigeration units, utility service connections, backflow preventers, steam boilers (and furnaces), hot water boilers (excluding those for domestic water heating), gas piping, gas service entrances, active solar systems, sewer pumps, interceptors, fuel oil piping, lawn sprinklers and whirpool spas shall be $65 per item.
[Amended 3-28-2006 by Ord. No. 06-OR-007; 8-9-2011 by Ord. No. 11-OR-018]
(c) 
Replacement heating device shall require a fee of $65 for the first device and $20 for each additional device. No separate fee shall be charged for gas, fuel oil, or water piping connections associated with the mechanical equipment inspected. A fire inspector shall be required for any furnace other than hot water. A plumbing inspection shall be required for hot water boilers. The Plumbing Subcode Inspector shall be the mechanical inspector for one- and two-family dwellings in the R-3 and R-5 Use Groups (only).
[Added 3-28-2006 by Ord. No. 06-OR-007; amended 4-22-2008 by Ord. No. 08-OR-007; 8-9-2011 by Ord. No. 11-OR-018]
(3) 
Electrical fees.
[Amended 3-28-2006 by Ord. No. 06-OR-007; 8-9-2011 by Ord. No. 11-OR-018]
(a) 
The fees for fixtures and devices shall be $60 for one through 50 items. This includes motors or devices less than one HP or one KW.
(b) 
For each additional 25 fixtures or devices of up to one HP or one KW, the fee shall be $20.
(c) 
For each motor or electrical device greater than one HP and less than or equal to 10 HP, for transformers and generators greater than one KW and less than or equal to 10 KW, the fee shall be $12.
(d) 
For each motor or electrical device greater than 10 HP and less than or equal to 50 HP; for each service panel, service entrance or subpanel less than or equal to 200 amps, for each transformer and generator greater than 10 KW and less than or equal to 45 KW, and for each utility load management device the fee shall be $55.
[1] 
The fee charged for electrical work for each permanently installed private swimming pool as defined in the building subcode, spa, hot tub or fountain shall be a flat fee of $60, which shall include any required bonding and associated equipment such as filter pumps, motors, disconnecting means, switches, required receptacles, and heaters, etc., excepting panelboards and underwater lighting fixtures. For public swimming pools, the fee shall be charged on the basis of number of electrical fixtures and rating of electrical devices involved in accordance with the fees above. Nonresidential: $85.
[2] 
The fee charges for the installation of single and multiple station smoke or heat detectors and fire, burglar, or security alarms systems in any one- or two-family dwelling shall be a flat fee of $60 per dwelling unit. For fire burglar, and security alarms systems and detectors in the building other than one- or two-family dwellings, the fee shall be charged in accordance with the fees above. Commercial: $120.
(e) 
For each motor or electrical device greater than 50 HP and less than or equal to 100 HP, for each service panel, service entrance, or subpanel greater than 200 amps and less than or equal to 1,000 amps and for each transformer or generator greater than 45 KW and less than or equal to 112.5 KW, the fee shall be $100.
(f) 
For each motor electrical device greater than 100 HP, for each service panel, service entrance, or subpanel greater than 1,000 amps and for each transformer or generator greater than 112.5 KW, the fee shall be $485.
(g) 
Annual pool bonding permit fee shall be $40.
(4) 
Fire protection fees. Fire protection and other hazardous equipment: 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.
[Amended 6-9-2009 by Ord. No. 09-OR-005; 8-9-2011 by Ord. No. 11-OR-018]
(a) 
The fee for 20 or fewer heads shall be $65; for 21 to and including 100 heads the fee shall be $130; for 101 to and including 200 heads the fee shall be $250; for 201 to and including 400 heads the fee shall be $625; for 401 to and including 1,000 heads the fee shall be $875; and for over 1,000 heads the fee shall be $1,050.
(b) 
The fee for one to 12 detectors shall be $60; for each 24 detectors in addition to this the fee shall be in the amount of $16.
(c) 
The fee for each standpipe shall be $260.
(d) 
The fee for each independent pre-engineered system shall be $120.
(e) 
The fee for each gas or oil-fired appliance that is not connected to the plumbing system shall be $46.
(f) 
The fee for each kitchen exhaust system shall be $55.
(g) 
The fee for each incinerator shall be $400.
(h) 
The fee for each crematorium shall be $400.
(5) 
Elevator registration. The initial registration fee for each elevator device in any structure that is not Use Group R-3, R-4, or R-5 or that is not in an exempted R-2 structure shall be $68. A reregistration fee of $68 shall be required for each structure containing one or more elevator devices upon change of ownership.
[Amended 10-13-2009 by Ord. No. 09-OR-021]
(6) 
Elevator fees.
[Amended 6-9-2009 by Ord. No. 09-OR-005; 10-13-2009 by Ord. No. 09-OR-021]
(a) 
Test and inspection fees. The department fees for witnessing acceptance tests and performing inspections shall be as follows:
[1] 
The basic fees for elevator devices in structures not in Use Group R-3, R-4, or R-5 or in an exempted R-2 structure shall be as follows:
Type of Device
Fee
Traction and winding drum elevators
1 to 10 floors
$306
Over 10 floors
$510
Hydraulic elevators
$272
Roped hydraulic elevators
$306
Escalators, moving walks
$272
Dumbwaiters
$68
Stairway chairlifts, inclined and vertical wheelchair lifts and manlifts
$68
[2] 
Additional charges for devices equipped with the following features shall be as follows:
Feature
Fee
Oil buffers (charge per oil buffer)
$54
Counterweight governor and safeties
$136
Auxiliary power generator
$102
[3] 
The Department fee for elevator devices in structures in Use Group R-3, R-4, or R-5 or otherwise exempt devices in R-2 structures shall be $204. This fee shall be waived when signed statements and supportive inspection and acceptance test reports are filed by an approved qualified agent or agency in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.19 and 2.20.
[4] 
The fee for witnessing acceptance tests of and performing inspections of alterations shall be $68.
[5] 
The Department fees for routine and periodic tests and inspections for elevator devices in structures not in Use Group R-3, R-4, or R-5 or otherwise exempt devices in R-2 structures shall be as follows:
Type of Device
Fee
Traction and winding drum elevators
1 to 10 floors
$190
Over 10 floors
$244
Hydraulic elevators
$136
Roped hydraulic elevators
$190
Escalators, moving walks
$190
[6] 
The fee for the one-year periodic inspection and witnessing of tests of elevator devices, which shall include a six-month routine inspection, shall be as follows:
Type of Device
Fee
Traction and winding drum elevators
1 to 10 floors
$272
Over 10 floors
$326
Hydraulic elevators
$204
Roped hydraulic elevators
$272
Escalators, moving walks
$436
Dumbwaiters
$108
Manlifts, stairway chairlifts, inclined and vertical wheelchair lifts
$164
[7] 
Additional yearly periodic inspection charges for elevator devices equipped with the following features shall be as follows:
Feature
Fee
Oil buffers (charge per oil buffer)
$54
Counterweight governor and safeties
$108
Auxiliary power generator
$68
[8] 
The fee for the three-year or five-year inspection of elevator devices shall be as follows:
Type of Device
Fee
Traction and winding drum elevators
1 to 10 floors 5-year inspection)
$462
Over 10 floors (5-year inspection)
$582
Hydraulic and roped hydraulic elevators
Three-year inspection
$340
Five-year inspection
$204
(b) 
When the department is the enforcing agency, the fees set forth above shall be paid annually in accordance with the following schedule, which is based on the average of the fees to be collected over a five-year period:
[1] 
Basic annual fees as follows:
Type of Device
Fee
Traction and winding drum elevators
1 to 10 floors
$504
Over 10 floors
$612
Hydraulic elevators
$368
Roped hydraulic elevators
$408
Escalators, moving walks
$626
Dumbwaiters
$108
Stairway chairlifts, inclined and vertical wheelchair lifts, manlifts
$164
[2] 
Additional charges for devices equipped with the following features as follows:
Feature
Fee
Oil buffers (charge per oil buffer)
$54
Counterweight governor and safeties
$108
Auxiliary power generator
$68
[3] 
Annual fee for inspections at seasonal facilities shall be as follows:
Type of Device
Fee
Traction and winding drum elevators
1 to 10 floors
$310
Over 10 floors
$364
Hydraulic elevators
$232
Roped hydraulic elevators
$272
Escalators, moving walks
$436
Dumbwaiters
$108
Stairway chairlifts, inclined and vertical wheelchair lifts, manlifts
$164
[4] 
Additional charges for devices equipped with the following features as follows:
Feature
Fee
Oil buffers (charge per oil buffer)
$54
Counterweight governor and safeties
$108
Auxiliary power generator
$68
(7) 
Demolition fees.
[Amended 6-9-2009 by Ord. No. 09-OR-005; 8-9-2011 by Ord. No. 11-OR-018]
(a) 
Class 1: $375.
(b) 
Class 2: $250.
(c) 
Class 3: $125.
(8) 
Sign fees. The fee for a permit to construct a sign shall be in the amount of $2 per square foot, with surface area of the sign computed on one side only for double-faced signs.
[Amended 3-28-2006 by Ord. No. 06-OR-007; 8-9-2011 by Ord. No. 11-OR-018]
(9) 
Renovations, alterations, repairs, and minor work fees.
[Amended 3-28-2006 by Ord. No. 06-OR-007; 6-9-2009 by Ord. No. 09-OR-005; 8-9-2011 by Ord. No. 11-OR-018]
(a) 
Fees for renovations, alterations, and repairs or site construction associated with premanufactured construction and the external utility connection for premanufactured construction shall be based upon the estimated cost of work. The fee shall be in the amount of $30 per $1,000. For the purpose of determining estimated cost, the applicant shall submit to the department such cost data as may be available produced by the architect or engineer of record, or by a recognized estimated firm, or by the contractor. A bona fide contractor's bid, if available, shall be submitted. The department shall make the final decision regarding estimated cost.
(b) 
Fees for additions shall be computed on the same basis as for new construction for the added portion.
(c) 
Fees for combination renovations and additions shall be computed as the sum of the fees computed separately in accordance with the items above.
(10) 
Certificate of occupancy fee.
[Amended 8-9-2011 by Ord. No. 11-OR-018]
(a) 
The fee for a certificate of occupancy shall be in the amount of 10% of the new construction permit fee that would be charged by the department pursuant to these regulations. The minimum fee shall be $75, except for one- or two-family structures of less than 5,000 square feet in area and less than 30 feet in height, for which the minimum fee shall be $55.
(b) 
The fee for a certificate of occupancy granted pursuant to a change in use group shall be $175.
(c) 
The fee for a continued certificate of occupancy shall be $50.
(d) 
There shall be no fee for certificate of compliance or certificate of approval.
(e) 
The fee for an application for a variance in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.10 shall be $250 for Class I structures and $75 for Class II structures. The fee for resubmission of an application for a variation shall be $100 for Class I structures and $40 for Class II and Class III structures.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection E(10)(f), concerning surcharge fees in order to provide for training programs, was repealed 6-9-2009 by Ord. No. 09-OR-005. See now Subsection E(11).
(11) 
Training, certification and technical support programs.
[Amended 4-13-2004 by Ord. No. 04-OR-006; 6-9-2009 by Ord. No. 09-OR-005; 8-9-2011 by Ord. No. 11-OR-018]
(a) 
In order to provide for the training, certification, and technical support programs required by the Act, an enforcing agency, including the Department when acting as the local 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 Regulatory Affairs in the manner herein provided.
(b) 
Amount. The fee shall be in the amount of $0.00334 per cubic foot volume of new buildings and additions. Volume shall be computed in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.28. The fee for all other construction shall be $1.70 per $1,000 of value of construction. The minimum permit surcharge fee shall be $1.
(12) 
The fee for asbestos abatement shall be $50 for the application and $10 for the certificate of occupancy. The fee for lead abatement shall be $140.
[Amended 6-9-2009 by Ord. No. 09-OR-005]
(13) 
Lead abatement. The fee for lead abatement shall be $140.
[Added 3-28-2006 by Ord. No. 06-OR-007; amended 9-23-2008 by Ord. No. 08-OR-025]

§ 200-4 Fire limits.

A. 
The following fire limits are established pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:23 (to be determined at a later date).
B. 
The Construction Official's staff shall prepare and submit to the Township Council semiannually a report reevaluating the delineation of the fire limits. This report shall indicate the recommendation 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 thereof.

§ 200-5 Disposition of fees.

All money collected under any provision of this chapter shall be paid to the Treasurer of the Township of Burlington.

§ 200-6 Applicability.

Permits shall be required in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23, except, as provided in N.J.A.C. 5:23.5(a)(2), no permit shall be required for:
A. 
Ordinary repairs as provided for in N.J.A.C. 5:23 which do not involve any violation of the regulations.
B. 
Minor work as determined by the appropriate subcode official and Construction Code Official.
C. 
Emergency work, except that a permit shall be applied for as soon thereafter as is practicable, but not later than 72 hours thereafter.