City of Clifton, NJ
Passaic County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Municipal Council of the City of Clifton 4-18-1962 by Ord. No. 3429 (Article 4 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.

§ 219-1 Applicability.

The provisions of this chapter shall govern the materials and construction of family fallout shelters constructed for the protection of persons from radioactive fallout from enemy nuclear bombs.

§ 219-2 Definitions.

[Amended 7-2-1985 by Ord. No. 4988-85]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
BUILDING OFFICIAL
The Building Inspector of the City of Clifton.
OVERPRESSURE
The excess in pounds per square inch of pressure over normal atmospheric pressure as defined in the Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization Publication MP-18, Page 2.
PROTECTION FACTOR
A degree of radiation protection as defined in the Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization Publication MP-18, Page 2.
SHELTER
Any structure or building or parts thereof constructed, erected, altered or enlarged for the purpose of furnishing protection from natural or man-caused disasters.

§ 219-3 Permit required.

A. 
No shelter shall be constructed, erected, altered or enlarged unless a permit for such construction, erection, alteration or enlargement is first approved by the Office of Civil Defense and Disaster Control of the City of Clifton and issued by the Building Official.
B. 
Before a building permit shall be issued, it shall be necessary to submit the following:
(1) 
A building permit application.
(2) 
A blast and fallout shelter application, which is to include protection factor and overpressure limit.
(3) 
A specification sheet.
(4) 
A plot plan showing the following: lot lines; grades; water table (if an underground shelter); location of the existing house and/or structure; location of shelter and distance from lot lines; blueprints or drawings; and location of underground public utility facilities.
(5) 
A certificate to protect underground utility facilities, if required.
(6) 
A bond, if required.
(7) 
A permit fee, if required.
C. 
Electrical wiring shall conform to standards as set forth in the building subcode of the State Uniform Construction Code or where required by the building official.
[Amended 7-2-1985 by Ord. No. 4988-85]
D. 
Plumbing shall conform to standards as set forth in the plumbing subcode of the State Uniform Construction Code or where required by the Plumbing Inspector.
[Amended 7-2-1985 by Ord. No. 4988-85]

§ 219-4 Exemption from permit fees.

[Amended 7-2-1985 by Ord. No. 4988-85]
No fee shall be paid for the issuance of any permits that might be required by the building subcode or the plumbing subcode of the State Uniform Construction Code for the construction, erection, alteration or enlargement of any family fallout shelter. However, this exemption from the payment of permit fees shall not apply when any shelter is constructed, erected, altered or enlarged for a purpose which is not exclusively for the protection of persons from natural or man-caused disasters.

§ 219-5 Performance standards.

Shelter design and construction shall equal and may exceed performance standards as outlined in the Office of Civil Defense Mobilization Publications MP-15, NP-10-2, MP-18 and TR-11 and Interim Technical Bulletin Family Blast Shelters draft, May 15, 1959. Said publications herein described shall be on file available for examination and in the office of the building official.

§ 219-6 Alteration or conversion of existing structures.

[Amended 7-2-1985 by Ord. No. 4988-85]
No existing structure shall be altered or converted for any other use unless it complies with all provisions of the building subcode and the plumbing subcode of the State Uniform Construction Code and all zoning regulations of the City of Clifton applying to the authorized use.

§ 219-7 Conformance with Zoning Ordinance required.

No shelter shall be permitted except in conformity with existing Zoning Ordinance requirements and until a zoning permit has been obtained either in combination with the building permit or separately. Family fallout shelters shall be considered as an accessory use as defined under the existing Zoning Ordinance of the City of Clifton.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 461, Zoning.

§ 219-8 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, whether as principal or agent or employee of another, shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a fine not exceeding $500 or by imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days, or both.

§ 219-9 Repealer; exception.

[Amended 7-2-1985 by Ord. No. 4988-85]
All ordinances or parts of ordinances inconsistent herewith to the extent of such inconsistency only, be and the same are hereby repealed, except that this chapter shall in no way affect or repeal the provisions, requirements and standards as set forth in the building subcode and the plumbing subcode of the State Uniform Construction Code for the erection, construction, alteration or enlargement of any structure or building which is to be used for a purpose other than for the protection of persons from natural or man-caused disasters.