City of Clifton, NJ
Passaic County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Municipal Council of the City of Clifton 12-20-1960 by Ord. No. 3319 as Article 2 of Chapter 9 of the Revised Ordinances of the City of Clifton, New Jersey, 1960. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 197.
Zoning — See Ch. 461.

§ 179-1 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
STREET
A highway or thoroughfare dedicated or devoted to public use, and includes avenue, road, alley, lane, terrace, concourse, driveway and sidewalk.

§ 179-2 Permit required.

It shall be unlawful for any person to move, to commence to move or cause to be moved any building into, upon, over and through the streets, brooks or other public ways and lands in the City without first having obtained a written permit therefor, as provided in this chapter.

§ 179-3 Permit fee.

The fee for a permit issued under this chapter shall be $50 for each moving and is imposed to defray the cost of inspections and regulations, and for no other purpose. Such fee, in cash or certified check, shall be paid at the time of filing the application and shall be returned to the applicant in the event that the permit is not granted.

§ 179-4 Application for permit.

A. 
Application for a permit shall be made in writing to the City Engineer and filed with his office, upon forms supplied by the City and obtainable at the office of the City Engineer.
B. 
The application shall be signed by the owner of the building to be moved and the person to be entrusted with the moving of the same.
C. 
No application shall be considered unless the information requested in the form shall have been fully answered.

§ 179-5 Additional application requirements.

The application shall be accompanied by the following:
A. 
A route map indicating the specific streets and exact route suggested to be used and followed during such moving.
B. 
The written consent of the proper county or state authorities in the event that the route shall include a county or state highway.
C. 
The consent in writing of any public utility, as that term is defined by N.J.S.A. 48:1-1 et seq., to make any necessary change in the facilities of said public utility in the event that the properties or facilities of said utilities are to be disturbed or affected in any manner by the moving of said building.
D. 
Proof that all outstanding taxes, water claims and assessments levied against the land and building by the City have been paid.
E. 
When the application for a permit is made between October 1 and December 31, both inclusive, of any year, proof shall be submitted that the applicant has paid to the Tax Collector of the City, for taxes for the succeeding fiscal year, a sum computed by the Tax Collector, on the basis of the assessment levied upon the lands and building for the current year, in addition to all other outstanding taxes, water claims and assessments.

§ 179-6 Inspection of application.

[Amended 11-14-1966 by Ord. No. 3727]
When the application and accompanying data have been furnished, completed and filed as required by §§ 179-4 and 179-5, the City Engineer shall notify the Building Department, Tax Collector, Police and Fire Signal Alarm System Department, Sewer Department and Police Department that such application has been filed, and request each department to immediately cause an inspection to be made of the building, the street route and the proposed site, and to report in writing to the City Engineer the following:
A. 
Any objection to moving by reason of:
(1) 
Sewer and house connections to the water and sewer mains.
(2) 
Interference with the police and fire signal alarm system.
(3) 
Shade trees.
(4) 
Streets.
(5) 
Traffic.
(6) 
Any other public or private property along the route.
B. 
Whether it is deemed safe to use the proposed route and, if not, to recommend better and safer routes.
C. 
To advise the approximate work which is necessary in clearing or otherwise preparing said route by the removal or trimming of trees, temporary requiring of the police and fire signal alarm system, as well as any other necessary work to permit such removal, together with the estimated cost and charge to be made for such work and the repair of said items upon the removal of the building.
D. 
If and when the owner, in the interest of public safety, should be required to fill in open excavations.

§ 179-7 Additional requirements for issuance of permit.

If the application and accompanying data have been completed, furnished and filed as required by §§ 179-4 and 179-5 and there are no objections to the granting of the moving permit by the City Engineer or any of the municipal departments mentioned in § 179-6 hereof, the City Engineer shall notify the applicant that a permit will issue, provided that the applicant shall file:
A. 
An agreement in writing signed by the owner and building mover whereby, in consideration of the issuance of the permit, they agree to cooperate with and abide by such directives as may be issued by the City Engineer and all appropriate department supervisors of the City with regard to the moving operations.
B. 
A surety bond, in the principal sum of $10,000, made by a surety company duly licensed and authorized to transact business in the state as surety, and the owner of the building or structure sought to be removed and the person in charge of the removal of said building or structure as principals. The bond shall be in a form approved by the City Law Department and shall be conditioned upon:
(1) 
Notifying the City Engineer 72 hours in advance of the time of the commencement of the operation to remove the building and to diligently complete the operation within seven working days thereafter, and in the meantime not to neglect or abandon the project. In the event of failure to complete the operation within seven days, the bond shall stipulate that the holder of the permit shall forfeit to the City the sum of $100 per day for each day or part thereof the seven-day period is exceeded. Such sum is declared to be the reasonable cost of supervision and inspection while the building shall remain in the public streets of the City.
(2) 
An agreement to reimburse the City for any expense which might be incurred to repair damage suffered to public property by reason of such moving.
(3) 
Specifically to indemnify and save harmless the City, its agents, servants and employees against every loss, expense, damage and liability by reason of granting such permit and such moving operation.
C. 
Certificates of policies of insurance issued to the owner and building mover for vehicles and apparatus to be used in the operation with limits of $100,000 and $200,000 for bodily injury and $25,000 for property damage; general liability insurance with limits of $100,000 and $200,000 for bodily injury and $25,000 for property damage, with contingent coverage within the same limits in favor of the City either by endorsement or by separate policy; and workmen's compensation insurance as required by law. Where certificates of insurance are required hereunder, they shall be made to the City and shall contain a stipulation that no changes therein or cancellation of the policies shall be effective except upon 10 days' written notice to the City.
D. 
A deposit by cash or certified check, representing the estimated cost to the City for the work referred to in § 179-6, which sum shall be applied on account of the actual cost of said work. The applicant shall also file a written agreement that he will pay any excess should the actual cost be more than the estimated cost. The City shall refund any difference should the actual cost be less than the estimated cost.

§ 179-8 Denial of application.

If the permit is denied by the City Engineer, the applicant may file his application and accompanying data with the City Clerk for consideration by the Council.

§ 179-9 Obstruction of fire hydrants prohibited.

No building or the apparatus used in moving the same shall unreasonably obstruct or remain stationary nearer than 50 feet to any fire hydrant.

§ 179-10 Cutting and removal of trees.

The cutting, trimming or removal of any trees shall be done only by employees of the City under the direction of the City Engineer, who shall determine the extent to which cutting, trimming or removal of trees is necessary.

§ 179-11 Road safety requirements.

During the hours between sunset and sunrise, every building and the apparatus used to move the same shall be adequately guarded by red lights or flares so located as to give sufficient and timely warning to persons upon the highway of the presence of the building and apparatus. Such protection shall be the responsibility of the building mover and owner jointly, who shall comply with the provisions of Title 39 of the Revised Statutes of New Jersey so far as the same may be applicable.

§ 179-12 Disturbance of public property.

No roadbed, pavement, curbing, tree or public property shall be disturbed by or during such building moving except by employees of the City.

§ 179-13 Certain relocations prohibited.

No building shall be moved to a site where such building, if put in place on the new site, would be in violation of the Zoning Ordinance or Building Code of the City.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 461, Zoning, and Ch. 197, Construction Codes, Uniform, respectively.

§ 179-14 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 5-9-1969 by Ord. No. 3912; 3-17-1970 by Ord. No. 3969]
Any person who violates any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine not exceeding $500 or by imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days, or both.