City of Clifton, NJ
Passaic County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Municipal Council of the City of Clifton 3-19-1968 by Ord. No. 3825 (Article 14 of Chapter 10 of the Revised Ordinances of the City of Clifton, New Jersey, 1960). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Moving of buildings — See Ch. 179.
Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 197.
Swimming and swimming pools — See Ch. 403.
Signs — See Ch. 461, Art. IX.

§ 199-1 License required; exception.

A. 
No person shall engage in the business of constructing, erecting, altering, repairing, restoring, reroofing, residing, moving or demolishing the whole or any part of buildings or structures, or engage in the construction and installation of swimming pools, or engage in the business of erecting or altering signs, for any of which a permit is required by the applicable ordinances of the City, until such person shall be licensed by the Building Inspector of the City of Clifton.
B. 
The owner or occupant of a building or structure who performs any of the activities set forth in Subsection A above on such building or structure shall not be required to be licensed in accordance with the provisions of this chapter, provided that such owner or occupant performs and supervises his own work.

§ 199-2 Application for license.

A. 
Applications for licensing as required by § 199-1 above shall be made to the Building Inspector, under oath on a form furnished by him.
B. 
The application shall set forth the following information:
(1) 
The applicant's name, business name and business address.
(2) 
Whether the applicant is an individual, a partnership, a corporation or any other entity and, if another entity, a full explanation and description thereof.
(3) 
If the applicant is an individual, the applicant's residence address and date and place of birth.
(4) 
If the applicant is a partnership, the full names, residence addresses, dates and places of birth of each partner.
(5) 
If the applicant is a corporation or other entity, in the case of a corporation, the full names, residence addresses, dates and places of birth of each major officer and each stockholder, the name and address of the registered agent and the address of the principal office [The term "stockholder," as used herein, means and includes any person owning or having an interest, either legal or equitable, in 10% or more of the stock issued and outstanding of the applicant corporation.]; in the case of another entity, the full names, residence addresses, dates and places of birth of each person owning or having any interest, either legal or equitable, aggregating in value 10% or more of the total capital of said entity, the name and address of the registered agent, if any, and the address of the principal office.
(6) 
Whether the applicant or any partners, officers or stockholders thereof have ever been arrested or convicted of a crime and, if so, the name of the person arrested or convicted, the date of arrest, the crime or charge involved and the disposition thereof. The term "officers," as used herein, means and includes the president, vice presidents, secretary and treasurer of a corporate applicant.
(7) 
The number of years the applicant has been in business at its present business address or at any prior location, including the addresses of such prior locations, if any.
(8) 
The class in which the applicant desires to be licensed, selecting one or more of the classes designated in § 199-4 below.
C. 
Upon receipt of such application, the Building Inspector shall submit the same to the Police Department for a report with reference to the truth of the matters contained in the application and for the purpose of obtaining a copy of any police record which the applicant or any partner, officer or stockholder thereof may have.
D. 
Upon return of such report, the Building Inspector shall determine if the character and business responsibility of the applicant or any partner, officer or stockholder thereof are satisfactory, and, if the Building Inspector so determines, he shall cause a license to be issued to the applicant. The Building Inspector shall determine that the character and business responsibility of the applicant or any partner, officer or stockholder thereof are satisfactory unless the application, the report of the Police Department or other evidence presented to the Building Inspector shall tangibly disclose any of the following:
(1) 
Conviction for a crime involving moral turpitude.
(2) 
Prior violations of statutes, ordinances or regulations relevant to the construction, erection, alteration, repair, restoration, reroofing, residing, moving or demolition of any building, structure, swimming pool, sign, billboard or part thereof.
(3) 
A determination of previous fraudulent acts or conduct.
(4) 
A record of continual breaches of contracts.
(5) 
Concrete evidence of bad character.
(6) 
Grounds similar to those listed above which reasonably would cause the Building Inspector to determine that the character and business responsibility of the applicant or any partner, officer or stockholder thereof are not satisfactory.

§ 199-3 License fees; terms.

A. 
Upon filing such application, the applicant shall pay to the Building Inspector a fee of $25 for such license or for relicensing after revocation of a license previously issued to such applicant in accordance with the provisions of § 199-6 below.
B. 
The term of such license shall expire on December 31 of the calendar year in which such license is issued.
C. 
Such license shall be automatically renewed by the Building Inspector upon payment by the applicant to the Building Inspector of an annual renewal fee of $10. Such renewal shall be for the calendar year in which such renewal occurs. Upon failure to renew any license on or before January 31 of the immediately succeeding calendar year, any subsequent license shall be and constitute a new or original license subject to the filing of a new application in accordance with the provisions of § 199-2 above and to the payment of the fee specified in Subsection A of this section.

§ 199-4 Classes for licensing.

For the purpose of this chapter, there shall be the following classes for licensing:
A. 
General contractor: a contractor who is proficient in the construction of a building or structure from start to finish and the alteration, addition to or repair of any building or structure. This class of contractor shall be equipped to handle such work either by and through his own organization or appropriate subcontractors and, in the latter event, shall be completely responsible for his subcontractors' work.
B. 
Contractor: a contractor who is proficient in the construction of a building or structure from start to finish and the alteration, addition to or repair of any building or structure. This class of contractor shall be equipped to handle such work by and through his own work or his own organization or employees.
C. 
Roofing and siding contractor: a contractor who is engaged in the business of, or who is proficient in, the applying of roofing and siding materials to existing or new buildings or structures.
D. 
Demolition contractor: a contractor who is engaged in the business of, or who is proficient in, the demolishing of any building or structure in whole or in part.
E. 
Moving contractor: a contractor who is engaged in the business of, or who is proficient in, the moving of any building or structure.
F. 
Swimming pool contractor: a contractor who is engaged in the business of, or who is proficient in, the installation of swimming pools, their equipment and appurtenances.
G. 
Sign or billboard contractor: a contractor who is engaged in the business of, or who is proficient in, the erection, alteration or maintenance of signs or billboards.
H. 
Miscellaneous contractor: a contractor who is proficient in work of a special character as determined by the Building Inspector.

§ 199-5 Revocation of license.

A. 
If any person licensed in accordance with the provisions of this chapter shall be convicted of violating any statute, ordinance or regulation in the execution of any work for which a permit is required by the applicable ordinances of the City of Clifton relevant to the construction, erection, alteration, repair, restoration, reroofing, residing, moving or demolition of any building, structure, swimming pool, sign, billboard or part thereof, the Building Inspector shall revoke the license of such person immediately. The Building Inspector shall not restore such license during such time as the violation for which such conviction was obtained, exists or remains.
B. 
If, after a public hearing held by the Building Inspector, the Building Inspector determines that the character and business responsibility of any person licensed in accordance with the provisions of this chapter have become unsatisfactory, the Building Inspector shall revoke the license of such person immediately. At least five days' notice in writing of the time, place and purpose of such public hearing shall be given to the license holder by the Building Inspector. In determining whether the character and business responsibility of such license holder have become unsatisfactory, the Building Inspector shall be bound by those standards set forth in § 199-2D above for the issuance of licenses.

§ 199-6 Relicensing after revocation.

Any person whose license has been revoked under the provisions of § 199-5 above may be relicensed by the Building Inspector when the grounds upon which such license was revoked are removed or corrected and upon payment of the fee prescribed in § 199-3A above.

§ 199-7 Violations and penalties.

[Added 3-18-1969 by Ord. No. 3901]
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. A separate offense shall be deemed committed on each day during or on which a violation occurs or continues.