Borough of Alpine, NJ
Bergen County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Alpine as Ch. XIIIA (Ord. No. 271) of the 1970 Revised General Ordinances. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Building construction — See Ch. 79.
Moving of buildings — See Ch. 82.
Unfit buildings — See Ch. 85.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 119.
Site plan review — See Ch. 179.
Subdivision of land — See Ch. 195.
Swimming pools — See Ch. 198.
Zoning — See Ch. 220.

§ 97-1 Construction Code Enforcement Office.

A. 
Established; composition; Administrator. There is hereby established in the Borough of Alpine a State Uniform Construction Code enforcing agency to be known as the "Construction Code Enforcement Office," consisting of a Construction Official, Building Code Official, Plumbing Subcode Official, Electrical Subcode Official, Fire Protection Subcode Official and such other subcode officials for such additional subcodes as the Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs, State of New Jersey, shall hereafter adopt as part of the State Uniform Construction Code. The Construction Official shall be the chief administrator of the enforcing agency. Personnel of the Borough presently involved in the responsibilities noted above are to be assigned, as may be necessary, to the Construction Code Enforcement Office.
B. 
Qualifications for official positions. Each official position created in Subsection A shall be filled by a person qualified for such position pursuant to P.L. 1975, c. 217, N.J.S.A. 52:27D-119 et seq., as amended, and N.J.A.C. 5:23, provided that in lieu of any particular subcode official, an on-site inspection agency may be retained by contract pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:23. More than one such official position may be held by the same person, provided that such person is qualified pursuant to P.L. 1975, c. 217, N.J.S.A. 52:27D-119 et seq., and N.J.A.C. 5:23, to hold each such position.
C. 
Public business at one location. The public shall have the right to do business with the enforcing agency of one office location, except for emergencies and unforeseen or unavoidable circumstances.

§ 97-2 Appeals.

In lieu of a Construction Board of Appeals to hear appeals from decisions by the enforcing agency, such appeals may be made to the county board or state board as provided by statute.

§ 97-3 Compensation of personnel.

Compensation of personnel assigned to the Construction Code Enforcement Office in accordance with § 97-1A of this chapter shall be at the same rate as set forth in the Borough of Alpine Salary Ordinance.

§ 97-4 Fees.

A. 
Construction permit fee; sum of subcode fees. The fee for a construction permit shall be the sum of the subcode fees and shall be paid before the permit is issued.
[Amended by Ord. No. 339; Ord. No. 415; Ord. No. 435; Ord. No. 497; 2-25-1998 by Ord. No. 539; 9-23-1998 by Ord. No. 548; 7-28-1999 by Ord. No. 560; 12-18-2002 by Ord. No. 607; 7-23-2003 by Ord. No. 619; 4-23-2008 by Ord. No. 680; 12-17-2008 by Ord. No. 694; 3-25-2009 by Ord. No. 696; 4-27-2011 by Ord. No. 721; 4-22-2015 by Ord. No. 754]
(1) 
Building subcode fee. The building subcode fee shall be:
(a) 
For new construction: $0.090 per cubic foot of building or structure volume, provided that the minimum residential fee shall be $300 and the minimum commercial fee shall be $500.
(b) 
For renovations, alterations, roofs, siding and repairs:
[1] 
Residential: $35 per $1,000 of estimated cost of the work, provided that the minimum residential fee shall be $90.
[2] 
Commercial: $50 per $1,000 of estimated cost of the work, provided that the minimum commercial fee shall be $200.
(c) 
For additions: $0.090 per cubic foot of building or structure volume for the added portion, provided that the minimum residential fee shall be $300 and the minimum commercial fee shall be $500.
(d) 
For combinations of renovations and additions: the sum of the fees computed separately as renovations and additions.
(e) 
For construction of a swimming pool, hot tub, spa, water feature, outdoor kitchen, outdoor fireplace, tennis courts, paddle tennis courts, any other recreational facility or any other appurtenant structure:
[1] 
Residential: $35 per $1,000 of estimated cost of such structure and appurtenances, provided that the minimum residential fee shall be $90.
[2] 
Commercial: $50 per $1,000 of estimated cost of the work, provided that the minimum commercial fee shall be $200.
(2) 
Plumbing subcode fee. The plumbing subcode fee shall be:
(a) 
Thirty-five dollars per plumbing fixture or device to be installed, provided that the minimum residential fee shall be $90 and the minimum commercial fee shall be $200. For the purpose of computing this fee, fixtures shall include lavatories, kitchen sinks, slop sinks, water closets, bathtubs, shower stalls, laundry tubs, dishwashers, or other similar devices.
(b) 
Special devices.
[1] 
Air-conditioning units: $90 per appliance.
[2] 
Gas piping: $75 per appliance.
[3] 
Hot-water storage tanks: $90.
[4] 
Lawn sprinklers: $100.
[5] 
Grease traps: $90.
[6] 
Oil separators: $90.
[7] 
Boiler, steam or water: $90.
[8] 
Hot water heater, gas or electric: $90.
[9] 
Backflow preventer, Residential: $90.
[10] 
Backflow with test ports: $100, commercial.
[11] 
Pool heaters: $90.
[12] 
Drains (floor, pool, spa, hot tub, roof, condensate): $35 each.
[13] 
Active solar system: $100.
[14] 
Stacks: $75.
[15] 
Propane tank: $200.
[16] 
Chimney liner inspections, one- and two-family houses: $90.
(c) 
Sanitary sewer utility, septic connections, utility and ejector pumps, connections or replacement, curb to house, or other similar devices: $100.
(d) 
Water service.
[1] 
Residential: $100.
[2] 
Commercial:
[a] 
Less than two-inch: $100.
[b] 
Two inches or more: $150.
(e) 
Septic tank abandonment: $200.
(f) 
Well abandonment: $200.
(g) 
Annual testing of backflow preventers: $100.
(h) 
Minimum residential plumbing fee shall be $90, and the minimum commercial fee shall be $200.
(3) 
Electrical subcode fee. The electrical subcode fee shall be determined as follows:
(a) 
Receptacles.
[1] 
From one to 25 receptacles or fixtures: $90.
[2] 
For each additional 25 receptacles or fixtures: $50.
[3] 
Receptacles include, but are not limited to, lighting outlets, wall switches, lighting fixtures, fluorescent fixtures, detectors, light poles, emergency and exit lights, communication points, alarm devices/FAC panels and motors of less than one horsepower (hp) and other similar devices or devices of less than one kilowatt (kw).
(b) 
Motors and electrical devices.
[1] 
One horsepower to 10 horsepower: $90.
[2] 
Greater than 10 horsepower to 50 horsepower: $150.
[3] 
Greater than 50 horsepower to 100 horsepower: $250.
[4] 
Greater than 100 horsepower: $450.
(c) 
For each service panel, service entrance or subpanels:
[1] 
Less than or equal to 200 amperes: $100.
[2] 
More than 200 amperes or equal to 300 amperes: $300.
[3] 
More than 300 amperes through 600 amperes: $450.
[4] 
More than 600 amperes through 1,200 amperes: $600.
[5] 
More than 1,200 amperes: $750.
[6] 
Trenching: $85.
[7] 
Temporary service: $100.
(d) 
For transformers and generators: equipment and appliances, including electrical range oven, dishwasher, dryer, water heater, boiler, furnace, baseboard heat, space heater, transfer switch or other fixed or plug-in appliance, each:
[1] 
One kilowatt to 10 kilowatts: $90.
[2] 
More than 10 kilowatts to 50 kilowatts: $200.
[3] 
More than 50 kilowatts to 110 kilowatts: $350.
[4] 
More than 110 kilowatts: $550.
(e) 
Swimming pools.
[1] 
Pool vault: $90.
[2] 
Pool bonding: $90.
[3] 
Pool filter motor: $90.
[4] 
Pool lights (up to three units), including controls: $90; each additional light: $5.
(f) 
Spa/hot tub (indoor): $90.
(g) 
Spa / hot tub (outdoor): $90.
(h) 
Certificate of compliance (annual inspection for public pools, spas, hot tubs): $200 (for each unit).
(i) 
Burglar alarm system: $90.
(j) 
Air-conditioning units (disconnects, compress/condensers and air handlers):
[1] 
One ton through six tons, each unit: $90.
[2] 
Greater than six tons through 15 tons, each unit: $120.
[3] 
Replacement of any system part: $90.
(k) 
Minimum residential fee: $90; and the minimum commercial fee: $200.
(4) 
Fire protection subcode fees. The fees for the fire protection subcode shall be as follows:
(a) 
For gas or oil heating system installations or conversions in private residences: $90 in commercial buildings: $200.
(b) 
For gas or oil heating systems installation or conversion in all other structures, per unit: $90.
(c) 
For the installation of any supplemental heating appliance which utilizes solid fuel such as wood or coal: $90. Any such appliance shall be vented into its own single-flue chimney.
(d) 
For installation of a fuel storage tank for a residential building: $90.
(e) 
Fuel oil or gasoline storage tanks:
[1] 
For installation of fuel oil gasoline storage tanks in connection with a commercial or business building:
[a] 
Each tank up to 1,000 gallons capacity: $200.
[b] 
Each tank 1,001 gallons to 3,000 gallons capacity: $300.
[c] 
Each tank in excess of 3,000 gallons capacity: $400.
[2] 
When installed with oil-burning equipment, the fee for installation of the tank shall include the fee for the installation of the oil-burning equipment.
(f) 
For installation of sprinkler systems, control valves, flow switch and Fire Department connections, the fee shall be computed on the number of devices to be installed.
[1] 
One to 25 heads: $150.
[2] 
Twenty-six to 75 heads: $200.
[3] 
Seventy-six to 100 heads: $250.
[4] 
One hundred one or more heads: $300.
[5] 
Fire service main: $150.
(g) 
For fire-suppression systems such as dry chemicals, carbon dioxide, halon or foam systems:
[1] 
One to 10 heads or diffusers: $90.
[2] 
Eleven or more heads or diffusers: $150.
(h) 
Smoke detectors, heat detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. For installation of smoke detectors, heat detectors and carbon monoxide detectors:
[1] 
One to five detectors: $90.
[2] 
Each additional detector over five: $10.
(i) 
Fire alarm control panel shall be: $90.
(j) 
Kitchen hood exhaust system (commercial): $200.
(k) 
Commercial chimney liner: $200.
(l) 
Installation of fireplaces utilizing gas, per unit: $90.
(m) 
Yard hydrants: $200.
(n) 
Minimum residential fee: $90; minimum commercial fee: $200.
(5) 
Miscellaneous.
(a) 
The fee for a construction permit for any item requiring a Uniform Construction Code permit not specifically addressed shall be as follows unless otherwise specifically set by other subcode or municipal ordinance:
[1] 
Residential: $90.
[2] 
Commercial: $200.
(b) 
The fee for a request for special inspection: Any request for a required code inspection either before or after regular Building Department hours of business as posted in the Borough Hall per N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.4(b) or on holidays and weekends shall be required to pay, in addition to any established permit and certificate fees, the current contractual hourly compensation rate (one and one-half times their normal hourly salary) based on the amount of time required for said inspection, with a two-hour minimum.
(c) 
For the reactivation for any permit that has become abandoned, the current fee schedule shall apply.
(d) 
Temporary tents/party tents, over 900 square feet or 30 feet of length in one direction:
[1] 
Building fee: $100 residential; $200 commercial.
[2] 
Electrical fee: $100 residential; $200 commercial.
[3] 
Plumbing fee: $100 residential; $200 commercial.
[4] 
Fire protection fee: $100 residential; $200 commercial.
(e) 
Change of contractor processing/administrative fee: The fee to apply for a change of contractor of each building, plumbing, electrical and fire protection job shall be $90 plus any additional items/cost.
(f) 
Variation: The fee to apply for a building, plumbing, electrical or fire protection variation shall be $150 per discipline.
B. 
Plan review fee. The fee for plan review shall be 20% of the amount to be charged for the construction permit and shall be paid before plans are reviewed. The amount paid for this fee shall be credited toward the amount of the fee charged for the construction permit but shall not be refundable. The minimum fee shall be $90 for residential and $200 for commercial. For the purpose of determining estimated cost, the applicant shall submit to the Building Department, if available, cost date produced by the architect or engineer of record, by a recognized estimating firm or by the contractor. A bona fide contractor’s bid may also be submitted if available. The Construction Official shall make the final decision regarding estimated cost.
[Amended 4-23-2008 by Ord. No. 680; 12-17-2008 by Ord. No. 694; 4-22-2015 by Ord. No. 754]
C. 
Demolition fee. The fee for a permit for demolition of:
[Amended by Ord. No. 415; Ord. No. 435; Ord. No. 497; 7-28-1999 by Ord. No. 560; 4-23-2008 by Ord. No. 680; 4-22-2015 by Ord. No. 754]
(1) 
A one- or two-family residence: $250; commercial buildings: $350.
(2) 
Buildings or structures accessory to a one- or two-family dwelling: $100; commercial fee: $200.
(3) 
All other buildings or structures: $350.
D. 
Removal of building fee. The fee for a permit for the removal of a building or structure from one lot to another or to a new location on the same lot shall be $35 per $1,000 of the sum of the estimated costs for moving, for new foundations and for placement in a completed condition in the new location, provided that the minimum residential fee shall be $90 and the minimum commercial fee shall be $200.
[Amended by Ord. No. 435; 4-23-2008 by Ord. No. 680; 3-25-2009 by Ord. No. 696[1]; 4-22-2015 by Ord. No. 754]
[1]
Editor's Note: The amendment adopted by this ordinance was erroneously numbered as § 220-18D but was included at § 97-4D at the instruction of the Borough.
E. 
Removal of fuel storage tanks.
[Amended by Ord. No. 435; 2-25-1998 by Ord. No. 539; 4-23-2008 by Ord. No. 680; 12-17-2008 by Ord. No. 694; 4-27-2011 by Ord. No. 721]
(1) 
Residential. The fee for a permit for the removal of a residential fuel storage tank: $100.
(2) 
Commercial. The fee for a permit for the removal of a nonresidential fuel storage tank: $200.
F. 
Certificate of occupancy fees.
[Amended by Ord. No. 415; Ord. No. 435; Ord. No. 497; 2-25-1998 by Ord. No. 539; 9-23-1998 by Ord. No. 548; 12-18-2002 by Ord. No. 607; 4-23-2008 by Ord. No. 680; 12-17-2008 by Ord. No. 693; 12-17-2008 by Ord. No. 694; 4-27-2011 by Ord. No. 721]
(1) 
New construction: residential, $400; commercial, $600.
(2) 
Accessory structure: residential, $100; commercial, $200.
(3) 
Other. For a certificate of continued occupancy, a certificate of occupancy pursuant to a change in use, multiple certificate of occupancy and similar conditions: residential, $400; commercial $600.
(4) 
The initial issuance of a temporary certificate of occupancy shall be free; however, the fee for a renewal of a temporary certificate of occupancy shall be $30 for all structures, whether residential or commercial, including accessory structures.
G. 
Surcharge fee for new construction and alteration work.
[Amended by Ord. No. 435; Ord. No. 497]
(1) 
Collection for required programs. In order to provide for the training, certification and technical support programs required by the Uniform Construction Code Act and regulations, the enforcing agency shall collect, in addition to the fees specified above, the surcharge fee as per N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.19. The surcharge fee shall be remitted to the Bureau of Housing Inspection, Department of Community Affairs, on a quarterly basis for the fiscal quarter ending September 30, December 31, March 31, and June 30 and not later than one month next succeeding the end of the quarter for which it is due. In the fiscal years in which the regulations first become effective, such fee shall be collected and remitted for the third and fourth quarters only.
[Amended 12-18-2002 by Ord. No. 607; 7-23-2003 by Ord. No. 619]
(2) 
Annual report to Bureau of Housing Inspection. The enforcing agency shall report annually at the end of each fiscal year to the Bureau of Housing Inspection, and not later than July 31, the total amount of the surcharge fee collected in the fiscal year. In the fiscal year in which the regulations first become effective, such report shall be for the third and fourth quarter only.
H. 
Asbestos removal. The fee for asbestos removal should be as set forth in the Uniform Construction Code.
[Amended by Ord. No. 497]

§ 97-5 Annual reports by Construction Official.

[Amended 9-23-1998 by Ord. No. 548]
A. 
Fee schedule recommendation. The Construction Official shall, with the advice of the subcode officials, prepare and submit to the Mayor and Council annually a report recommending a fee schedule based on the operating expenses of the agency, and any other expenses of the Borough fairly attributable to the enforcement of the State Uniform Construction Code Act.
B. 
Fire zone delineation. The Construction Official shall prepare and submit to the Mayor and Council annually a report reevaluating the delineation of the fire zones. This report shall indicate the recommendations of the Construction Official, the Building Subcode Official and the Fire Subcode Official regarding those areas which should be designated as within fire zones, with the reasons therefor.