Township of Union, NJ
Union County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Union 1-23-1990 by Ord. No. 4070 (Ch. 230 of the 1986 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Moving of buildings — See Ch. 203.
Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 237.
Land development — See Ch. 170.
Landscaping — See Ch. 339.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 406.
Soil removal — See Ch. 456.
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 477.

§ 443-1 Legislative intent.

The Township Committee hereby declares its intent to regulate the modification and/or improvements of any site within the Township of Union. The Township Engineer is therefore directed to determine whether changes to a site will be covered under this chapter and to promulgate rules and regulations to provide that site modifications and improvements are in conformance with approved plans and have no adverse impacts upon other properties.

§ 443-2 Permit required.

Prior to the commencement of any construction, modification or improvement to any existing structure, proposed structure or to any lands situated within the Township, which includes but is not limited to the installation or modification of any stormwater and sanitary facility, grading change, paving, curbing, area lighting, landscaping and signage, a site improvement permit shall be obtained from the Township Engineer.

§ 443-3 Permit waiver.

The Township Engineer is hereby empowered to waive the requirements outlined under this chapter if, in his opinion, the construction, modification or improvement being proposed is de minimus.

§ 443-4 Engineer authorized to promulgate rules.

The Township Engineer is hereby authorized to promulgate rules and regulations necessary to implement the legislative intent of this chapter.

§ 443-5 Issuance of certificate of occupancy.

[Amended 4-25-1994 by Ord. No. 4310]
A certificate of occupancy will not be issued by the Building Department until a certificate of site occupancy is received by the Building Department from the Township Engineer.

§ 443-6 Application procedure.

Application for a site improvement permit must be made at the Department of Engineering. Upon review of a completed application, the Township Engineer will, within seven days, either approve or deny said permit. If said permit is approved, work may then, and only then, commence. If said permit is denied, the Township Engineer will supply supporting information and list all deficiencies.

§ 443-7 Fees.

The following fees will cover the costs incurred for plan review, periodic site inspection, final site inspection and the issuance of the final site inspection approval form by the Township Engineer to the Building Department.
A. 
Plot grading (swimming pool): $5 each.
B. 
Plot grading (residential): $50 each.*
C. 
Commercial/industrial.
(1) 
Up to 10,000 square feet of lot area: $100.*
(2) 
Ten thousand square feet of lot area and over: $200.*
*NOTE: Fees to be waived if a performance guaranty is required and posted by owner.

§ 443-8 Inspections and tests.

All site improvements and/or modifications shall be inspected during the time of their occurrence by the Township Engineer or his authorized representative. A set of approved plans relative to the work being done must be made available on site for inspection by any authorized Township official. No underground installation shall be covered or backfilled until inspected and approved. If backfilling or covering occurs prior to inspection, said installation must either be uncovered or excavated for inspection or inspected by some alternate means acceptable to the Township Engineer or his authorized representative.

§ 443-9 Inspection not acceptance.

Inspection of any work by the Township Engineer or his authorized representative shall not be considered to be final acceptance or rejection of the work, but shall only be considered to be a determination of whether or not the specific work involved was being done in accordance with Township specifications or other required standards at the time of inspection. Any damage to such work or other unforeseen circumstances, such as the effect of the weather, other construction, changing conditions, settlement, etc., between the time of installation and the time of final inspection by the Township Engineer or his authorized representative shall be the full responsibility of the contractor/developer to remedy the condition prior to acceptance.

§ 443-10 Approval by Township Engineer.

[Amended 4-25-1994 by Ord. No. 4310]
When a final inspection has been completed, the Township Engineer shall approve the subject site and issue a certificate of site occupancy if required.

§ 443-11 Violations and penalties.

A. 
Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a penalty not exceeding $1,250 or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding 90 days or to community service for a period not exceeding 90 days, or any combination thereof.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
B. 
Failure to obtain the proper permit, make satisfactory improvements, as determined by the Township Engineer, or pay the proper permit fee shall be considered a violation and shall be punishable under this chapter.