Borough of Mountain Lakes, NJ
Morris County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Mountain Lakes 6-23-1980 as Ch. XVI of the 1980 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 111-1 Title.

This chapter shall be known as the "Codification of Fees and Costs of the Borough of Mountain Lakes."

§ 111-2 Purpose.

[Amended by Ord. No. 11-92]
This chapter is adopted in order to advise the citizens of the Borough and any and all persons doing business with the Borough of the various fees charged for services rendered by the departments and agencies of municipal government and to provide ready access to any and all such information.

§ 111-3 Fee schedules.

[Last amended 11-24-2014 by Ord. No. 12-14[1]]
The following fees shall be charged by the Borough for services rendered or licenses/permits issued. All license fees shall be annual, unless otherwise noted.
Fee
A.
Borough Clerk.
(1)
Amusement devices, each machine
$100
(2)
Animals
[Amended 3-17-2017 by Ord. No. 01-17]
Annual cat license:
Neutered or spayed
$21
Unneutered or unspayed
$24
Late charge effective February 1
$25
Replacement tag
$5
Annual dog license:
Neutered or spayed
$21
Unneutered or unspayed
$24
Late charge effective February 1
$25
Replacement tag
$5
Kennel license
*The fee for a kennel license shall be the maximum fee authorized by the State of New Jersey
*Maintenance, per day
Fee set by contract
*Pet shop license
$25
*Recovery, each incident
Fee set by contract
(3)
Lake encroachment permit (new construction)
$150
(4)
Parking.
The fees for parking at the Railroad Station are as follows:
Annual permit:
*Per motor vehicle owned by Borough resident or by owner or employee of business located in Borough, provided that employee status, as such, is certified by owner
$25
*Per motor vehicle owned by non-Borough resident
$100
Daily permit:
Resident
$5
Nonresident
$10
Romaine Parking Area:
*Per motor vehicle owned by Borough resident or by owner or employee of business located in Borough, provided that employee status, as such, is certified by owner
$25
Fee for replacement of any parking sticker
$5
(5)
Peddlers and solicitors:
Licensing processing, per year
$100
(6)
Raffle license
*The fee for a raffle license shall be the maximum fee authorized by the State of New Jersey
B.
Construction Code.
(1)
New structure fees:
All use groups, volume of building
Cubic feet x 0.07=volume fee
(2)
Renovations, alterations, repairs and minor work
*Estimated cost up to $50,000 per $1,000
$20
*Portion of cost over $50,000 per $1,000
$12
*For combination of work involving new structures and existing structure work, the sum of the fees are computed separately as renovations/alterations/repairs and volume fees
*Abandonment of storage tanks up to 550 gallons for R3/R4
$75
*Over 500 gallons
$100
*Installation of underground or above storage tanks
$75
*Minimum fee
$75
(3)
Plumbing fees
*Total number of fixtures, per fixture
$15
*Total number of special devices[2]
$15
*Minimum fee
$75
(4)
Electrical fees
*Electrical fixtures and devices, first 50
$75
*Increments of 25 additional fixtures and devices[3]
$12
For calculating the following electrical fees, all motors except those plug-in appliances shall be counted, including control, equipment, generators, transformers and all heating, cooking or other devices consuming or generating electrical current
For each motor or electrical device greater than 1 hp and less than or equal to 10 hp and for transformers and generators greater than 1 kw and less than or equal to 10 kw
$20
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 amperes and for all the transformers and generators greater than 10 kw and for each utility load management device
$50
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 or equal to 400 amperes and for all the transformers and generators greater than 45 kw and less than or equal to 112.5 kw
$92
For each motor or electrical device greater than 100 hp, for each service panel, service entrance or subpanel greater than 1,000 amperes, and for each transformer or generator greater than 112.5 kw
$457
(5)
Asbestos abatement fee
*Abatement fee
$70
*Plus certificate of occupancy
$14
(6)
Standpipe fee
Each standpipe
$229
(7)
Variation:
Variation granted:
Residential purposes
$65
Commercial purposes
$100
(8)
Lead hazard abatement
*Lead abatement
$140
*Lead abatement clearance certificate
$28
(9)
Miscellaneous fees:
*For cross connections, backflow preventors, public swimming pools, spas and hot tubs that are subject to testing and require annual inspections
$75
*All suspension of permits pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.16(b) will not be refunded in whole or in part
*Replacement of residential one- and two-family dwelling mechanical equipment
$75
*Installation of aboveground swimming pools
$200
(10)
State training fees:
Fees shall be pursuant to current regulations of N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.19
(11)
Engineering fees:
Engineering review
$200
(12)
Fire equipment and hazardous equipment
Smoke detectors, heat detectors and carbon monoxide detectors:
1 to 10
$35
Sprinkler heads:
1 to 20
$65
21 to 100
$120
101 to 200
$229
201 to 400
$594
Over 400
$900
*Independent pre-engineered
$92
*Gas- or oil-fired appliance which is not connected to plumbing system, per appliance
$46
*Kitchen exhaust system
$50
*Incinerators, per incinerator
$65
*Crematoriums, per crematorium
$365
*Minimum fee
$75
(13)
Demolition or removal of permits
*For a structure less than 5,000 square feet in area and less 30 feet in height, or for one- and two-family residences (R-3, R-4 use)
$500
*All other structures
$1,000
(14)
Signs:
Per square foot of sign double-face signs fee will be based on one side of face
$2
(15)
Certificate of occupancy fees:
*Additions
$50
*New construction
$200
*New commercial
$250
(16)
Research that entails extraordinary effort on behalf of the public agency
$25 per hour
C.
Department of Public Works.
[Amended 5-26-2015 by Ord. No. 03-15; 12-14-2015 by Ord. No. 14-15]
(1)
Sewer connection permits:
Residential
$50
Commercial (businesses)
$100
Industrial/manufacturing
$150
(2)
Sewer connection fee:
  
Per dwelling unit
$5,000
(3)
Water services fee:
Turning water on
$50
Turning water off
$50
Remove meter
$50
Set meter, 5/8 or 3/4 inch, includes meter
$300
Set meter, one inch, includes meter
$375
Set meter, larger than one inch
$50 plus cost of meter
Final meter reading for account closeout
$50
Test meter
$50
Temporary water service/construction purposes (nonpotable)
$60 plus water usage/volume
Hydrant flow test observation
$100
Pit meter installation plus cost of meter
$150
Water connection fee, per dwelling unit
1 inch or smaller
$2,000
1 1/2 inch or larger
$3,000
(4)
Water rates (effective January 1, 2015)
Water meters per 100 gallons
Residential:
Up to 11,968 gallons
$0.3770
From 11,969 to 22,440 gallons
$0.3947
From 22,441 to 37,400 gallons
$0.4058
From 37,401 to 59,840 gallons
$0.4252
From 59,841 to 74,800 gallons
$0.4412
From 74,801 gallons and above
$0.4652
Commercial/industrial:
Up to 11,968 gallons
$0.4010
From 11,969 to 22,440 gallons
$0.4363
From 22,441 to 37,400 gallons
$0.4572
From 37,401 to 59,840 gallons
$0.5134
From 59,841 to 74,800 gallons
$0.5615
From 74,801 gallons and above
$0.6096
*Minimum charges, pro rata when meter is connected for less than a quarter
Residential water meter
$45.12 per quarter
Commercial water meter
$47.99 per quarter
Sprinkler meters per 100 gallons
Residential:
Up to 11,968 gallons
$0.4812
From 11,969 to 22,440 gallons
$0.5680
From 22,441 to 37,400 gallons
$0.6224
From 37,401 to 59,840 gallons
$0.6674
From 59,841 to 74,800 gallons
$0.8182
From 74,801 gallons and above
$1.0524
Commercial:
Up to 11,968 gallons
$0.5214
From 11,969 to 22,440 gallons
$0.6080
From 22,441 to 37,400 gallons
$0.6625
From 37,401 to 59,840 gallons
$0.7091
From 59,841 to 74,800 gallons
$0.8406
From 74,801 gallons and above
$1.0909
*Minimum charges, pro rata when meter is connected for less than a quarter
*Residential sprinkler meter
$57.60** per quarter
*Commercial sprinkler meter
$62.40** per quarter
**Sprinkler meters are billed only 2nd and 3rd quarters
Late charge on delinquent bills
8%
Pavement replacement, per square yard
$15
Sprinkler standby rental, per quarter
$25
(5)
Sewer (rates based on water usage by water meter)
[Amended 11-14-2016 by Ord. No. 11-16]
Rate per 100 gallons
Residential
$0.6297
Commercial/Industrial
$0.6832
Late charge on delinquent sewer bills
8% per quarter
Minimum charge for sewer usage, pro rata when meter is connected for less than a quarter:
Residential sewer fee
$63.60
Commercial sewer fee
$69.00
(6)
Solid waste rates
(a)
Bag charges for garbage collection (sold in quantities of 10)
15-gallon capacity
$12.50
30-gallon capacity
$25
(b)
Garbage and recycling collection base rate, per quarter for nonresident
$88.50
*
Late penalty on delinquent garbage/recycling bill per quarter or part thereof
8%
(c)
Trash day charges
Car
$20
Station wagon, minivan, small SUV
$30
Large SUV, small pickup
$40
Large pickup, full-size van
$60
Exterior items
$20
Trailer ("U-Haul" type):
5 feet x 5 feet x 4 feet
$100
10 feet x 6 feet x 6 feet
$350
20 feet x 6 feet x 6 feet
$700
22 feet x 6 feet x 6 feet
$1,400
24 feet x 8 feet x 8 feet
$1,500
*An additional fee of $10 will be charged for trash that extends beyond the vehicle interior and/or is attached to the exterior of the vehicle
(7)
Street opening, driveway connection, curb permits
Curb lowering permit
$25
Driveway or private road construction permit
$25
Street opening, driveway connection or curb opening permit
$100
In addition to the fee for a street opening permit, there shall be an additional fee charged for street openings which occur earlier than five years from completion of the street improvement as follows:
(a)
During the first year following completion of street improvement
$1,000
(b)
During the second year following completion of street improvement
$900
(c)
During the third year following completion of street improvement
$800
(d)
During the fourth year following completion of street improvement
$700
(e)
During the fifth year following completion of street improvement
$600
(8)
Boat/watercraft removal fee
End of season removal
$50
Removal after December 15
An additional $5 per day up to an additional maximum of $50
Boat/watercraft retrieval
$50
D.
Alcoholic Beverages.
Club license
$188
Plenary retail consumption license
$2,500
Plenary retail distribution license
$2,500
Liquor permit (one day)
*Civic, religious or educational organization
$50
*All other organizations
$75
E.
Recreation
[Added 3-17-2017 by Ord. No. 01-17]
(1)
Beach Fees
(a)
Family
$100
(b)
Family after June 30
$120
(c)
Individual
$25
(d)
Individual after June 30
$30
(e)
N nanny tag
$25
(f)
Nanny after June 30
$30
(g)
Seniors - 62+
Free
(h)
Children under two years
Free
(i)
Guest books
$25 for five visits, $50 for 10 visits
(j)
Replacement tags
$5
(2)
Tennis fobs
$25
(3)
Boat rack and rings
$35 per season
(4)
Boat registration
$5 per boat
(5)
Night fishing permit
$5 per year
(6)
Swim lessons
$100 per week per student
(7)
Sailing lessons
$100 per week per student
(8)
Summer camp
$125 per week per student per session
(9)
Recreation programs
Fee varies: $50 to $350
F.
Soil moving.
[Amended 12-14-2015 by Ord. No. 14-15; 3-17-2017 by Ord. No. 01-17]
(1)
Minor soil moving permit
$400
(2)
Major soil moving permit
$1,250
(3)
Soil moving escrow
$1,250
Soil erosion and sediment control certification fees shall be as follows:
Individual single-family residential products
$300 per project
Residential subdivisions per lot
$500 base fee plus $100
Residential developments and site plans per dwelling unit
$1,000 base fee plus $50
Nonresidential development and site plans
$1,000 base fee plus $100 per acre
G.
Planning Board.
(1)
Minor subdivision
$350
(2)
Major subdivision
(a)
Preliminary plat
$600
Additional fee, each lot
$100
Resubmission within one year, 50% of original fee
Minimum fee
$500
(b)
Final plat
$300
Additional fee, each lot
$75
(c)
Engineering inspection
$200
Plus % of cost of improvements
5%
(d)
Additional fee for variance, per application
$250 per variance
(e)
Informal review
[Added 5-26-2015 by Ord. No. 03-15]
No charge
(3)
Site plan
(a)
Basic
$300
(b)
Per 1,000 square feet of land
$5
(c)
Per 1,000 square feet of building floor area
$50
(d)
Resubmission within one year, of original fee
50%
Minimum fee
$200
(e)
Engineering inspection, plus
$200
Plus % of cost improvements
4%
(f)
Amended site plan
50% of original fee
(g)
Additional fee for variance, per application
[Added 5-26-2015 by Ord. No. 03-15]
$250 per variance
(h)
Informal review
[Added 5-26-2015 by Ord. No. 03-15]
No charge
(4)
Conditional use or change in use
Application
$400
(5)
Escrow fees
Residential subdivision
$2,500
Residential site plan
$750
Nonresidential subdivision
$4,000
Nonresidential site plan
$2,500
Per review and/or testimony by outside consultants or experts
$2,000
Informal review
$750
(6)
Compiled and certified list of property owners in Borough
$10
(7)
When the applicant request that an application can be carried to another meeting there shall be an additional charge of 10% of the particular fee paid
(8)
Research that entails extraordinary effort on behalf of the public agency
$25 per hour
H.
Zoning Board of Adjustment
(1)
Appeals
$250
(2)
C variances [N.J.S.A. 40:55D-70(c)] For structural additions and alterations to the principle structure
$250 per variance
(3)
C variances [N.J.S.A. 40:55D-70(c)] For non-structural additions or alterations to the principle structure such as decks, patios, compressor, etc.
$150 per variance
(4)
D variances [N.J.S.A. 40:55D-70(d)(1),(2),(3)]
$500 per variance
(5)
D variances [N.J.S.A. 40:55D-70(d)(4),(5),(6)]
$250 per variance
(6)
Interpretations
$250
(7)
Issuance of permit [N.J.S.A. 40:55D-34]
$250
(8)
Escrow fees
(a)
D variances [N.J.S.A. 40:55D-70 (d)(1),(2),(3)]
$1,000
(b)
Per review and/or testimony by outside consultants or experts
$2,000
(c)
Residential subdivision
$2,500
Residential site plan
$750
Nonresidential subdivision
$4,000
Nonresidential site plan
$2,500
(9)
Subdivision, site plan, or conditional use approval pursuant to § 40-21A(7)
Same as Planning Board fees § 111-3G
(10)
Compiled and certified list of property owners in Borough
$10
(11)
Research that entails extraordinary effort on behalf of the public agency
$25
I.
Board of Health.
(1)
Retail food establishment
For each premises or establishment licensed, or approval of existing permit:
Nonrestaurant establishments where food items are sold
$75
Institutions
$75
Temporary establishments
$50
Restaurants:
1-99 seats
$100
100+ seats
$125
Food plan review
$100
Late fee if not renewed by June 30
$25
(2)
Individual and semipublic water supply:
*Filing application and plans for permit to locate and construct a water supply
$100
*Filing application and plans for a permit to alter an existing water supply
$100
*Issuance of permit to locate and construct or alter a water supply
$50
*Each reinspection of a water supply or part thereof caused by the failure of the permittee to locate and construction the same in accordance with the terms of the permit issued or the terms of the code
$50
(3)
Individual sewage disposal:
*Filing application and plans for a permit to locate and construct an individual sewage disposal system issuance of a license and permit to locate and construct an individual sewage disposal system for issuance of a license and permit to locate and construct or alter an individual sewage disposal system
$100
*Each reinspection of an individual sewage disposal system or part thereof caused by the failure of permittee to locate and construct or alter same in accordance with the terms of the permit issued or the terms of the code
$50
*Issuance or renewal of a license to a person or corporation engaged in the business of cleaning or emptying receptacles for the reception and storage of human excrement or other putrescible material, each vehicle or conveyance
$100
*Issuance of a permit to clean or empty any receptacle used for the reception or storage of human excrement or other putrescible matter
$100
(4)
Garbage, ashes and rubbish license, per operator
$100
(5)
Keeping of animals or poultry
$25
(6)
Vital statistics
Certified copy of birth, death, marriage, and civil union recorded
1-10 copies
$15 each
11-20 copies
$5 each
21+ copies
$2.50 each
Marriage or civil union license ($25 to state, $3 to Borough)
$28
Burial or removal permit
$1
Transit permit
$1
J.
Copies of documents.
(1)
Master Plan
$30
(2)
Land use ordinances
$30
(3)
Tax map, per sheet
$5
(4)
Natural resources inventory
$2
(5)
Police accident reports
$5 plus
Fees for copies shall be the maximum authorized by the State of New Jersey
per page copy charge
(6)
Copy fees
Fees for copies shall be the maximum authorized by the State of New Jersey
(7)
Special service charges
(a)
Where the nature, format, manner of collation or volume of printed matter is such that it cannot be reproduced by ordinary document copying equipment in ordinary business size or where such record requires an extraordinary expenditure or time and effort to accommodate a request for inspection or copying of documents, a special service charge shall be imposed, in addition to the actual costs of duplicating the record. A special service charge will also be applied when the custodian changes the medium in which the record is normally kept in order to comply with the request.
$28
(b)
The special service charge shall be paid to the Borough of Mountain Lakes at the following rates:
[1]
For all services performed by employees of the Borough, the actual hourly rate of compensation for each clerical and supervisory employee performing the service plus the copying or reproduction cost and actual mailing cost, when applicable
[2]
Postage will be added to the fee for records requested by mail
[3]
All fees must be paid prior to the release of any copies. The custodian of the records may require a deposit of all documents for inspection where it is estimated that the records requested will cost in excess of $5 to reproduce
(c)
For reasons of security, the use of a floppy disk, CD, videotape or audiotape provided by the requestor is prohibited. All electronic reproduction materials shall be supplied by the Borough of Mountain Lakes.
(d)
If the request for access to a government record would substantially disrupt municipal operation, the custodian of the records may deny access to the records after attempting to reach a reasonable solution with the requestor that accommodates the interests of the requestor and the municipality.
(e)
In the event that the requestor of the documents objects to any charges permitted by this chapter and no resolution of the objection may be reasonably accomplished, the custodian of records shall not incur any charges on behalf of the Borough to fulfill the document request.
(f)
Nothing in this section or any other ordinance of the Borough shall be constructed as requiring the Borough of Mountain Lakes to furnish copies of any privileged documents or other documents which have been determined to be exempt from the requirements of the Open Public Records Act or otherwise nondisclosable in accordance with any provision of law.
K.
Uniform Fire Safety Code.
Permit
Type 1
$42
Type 2
$166
Type 3
$331
Type 4
$497
Blasting permit
$250
Certificate of compliance for residential smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms
$100
Non-life-hazard annual inspection fee for premises:
[Amended 5-26-2015 by Ord. No. 03-15]
Up to and including 3,000 square feet
$65
Over 3,000 square feet and up to and including 6,000 square feet
$150
Over 6,000 square feet and up to and including 12,000 square feet
$250
Over 12,000 square feet
$400
Fire extinguisher training
[Added 5-26-2015 by Ord. No. 03-15]
1 to 5 people
$100
6 to 10 people
$150
11 or more people
$200
L.
Zoning. The fee for a zoning permit shall be $50. When professional engineering review is required in conjunction with the issuance of a zoning permit, the applicant shall post an engineering escrow of $300, which shall be used to pay for engineering review. This escrow shall be replenished, if necessary, to complete the engineering review.
M.
Police.
Police vehicle use of outside detail
$100 per day
Police outside duty administrative fee for processing
15% total cost
N.
Tax Collector.
Initial request for duplicate tax bill
$5 (N.J.S.A. 54:4-64)
Each subsequent request for duplicate tax bill (in same fiscal year)
$25
Fee for multiple lien redemption requests
[Added 12-14-2015 by Ord. No. 14-15]
$50
O.
Dishonored or returned checks.
[Added 12-14-2015 by Ord. No. 14-15]
$20
[1]
Editor's Note: Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.
[2]
NOTE: Special devices include grease traps, oil separator, refrigeration units, utility service connections, backflow preventers, steam boilers, hot water iililers, active solar systems, sewer pumps, interceptors, per device
[3]
NOTE: Fixtures and devices to be counted for these items include lighting outlets, wall switches, smoke detectors, fluorescent fixtures, convenience receptacles or similar fixtures and motors or devices of one horsepower (hp) or one kilowatt (kw) or less.