City of Trenton, NJ
Mercer County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Trenton 9-7-1967 as §§ 9-19 and 20-4 of the Revised General Ordinances. Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 77-1 Applicability.

The fees to be charged for certain services extended and material distributed by various departments of the City shall be as set forth in this chapter.

§ 77-2 Vital statistics.

[Amended 8-5-2004 by Ord. No. 04-58; 4-3-2008 by Ord. No. 08-14; 10-21-2010 by Ord. No. 10-47]
A. 
The Bureau of Vital Statistics in the Division of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, is authorized and directed to issue, upon request of any person interested and authorized by law, certified copies of vital records. The vital records shall include copies of births, marriages, civil unions, domestic partnerships, and deaths on file in the office of the Division of Health. The fee for the search of the vital records, when the correct year only is supplied by the applicant and a copy is made, shall be $20. There shall be an additional fee of $5 for each additional copy ordered at the same time and an additional fee of $1 for each additional year searched. Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 37:1-12 and 37:1-12.1, marriage and civil union applications and affidavits of domestic partnerships shall be set at $28. The City will retain $3 and shall submit to the State Department of Human Services the remaining $25 collected for each application.
B. 
As set forth in N.J.S.A. 26:8-63, there shall be no fee charged for transcripts and permits issued to agencies of government or in connection with any claim for public pension, for military or naval enlistment, for veteran’s burial benefits or as otherwise provided therein.
C. 
Other fees shall be charged as follows:
(1) 
Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 26:6-17, burial, removal or transmit permit fees shall be $5.
(2) 
A fee of $40 will be charged to amend any birth, marriage, civil union, domestic partnership, or death record.
(3) 
The fee for a legal name change will be $2, pursuant N.J.S.A. 2A:52-4.
D. 
Personal checks prohibited. All fees payable pursuant to this section shall be paid in advance by cash, money order, certified or bank check at the office of Vital Statistics. Personal checks are prohibited.

§ 77-3 Recording of property deeds. [1]

[Added 11-7-2013 by Ord. No. 13-51]
The fee for plotting and recording deeds shall be $25 for the first parcel and $5 for each additional parcel included in each deed.
[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 77-3, Recording of property deeds, was repealed 4-3-2008 by Ord. No. 08-14.

§ 77-4 Listing of property owners for zoning variances. [1]

[Amended 4-3-2008 by Ord. No. 08-14]
The Tax Assessor shall charge a fee of $35 for a listing of immediate property owners for purposes of zoning variance requests.
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 315, Zoning and Land Development.

§ 77-5 Tax records.

[Amended 2-5-2004 by Ord. No. 04-6; 4-3-2008 by Ord. No. 08-14]
A. 
The Tax Collector of the City of Trenton shall charge a fee of $7 per copy for duplicate tax bills, real and personal.
B. 
The Tax Collector of the City of Trenton shall charge a fee of $25 for the preparation of each tax lien installment payment schedule.
C. 
The Tax Collector of the City of Trenton shall charge a fee of $35 for the preparation of a discharge of a lost tax sale certificate held by the City and a fee of $50 for the preparation of a discharge of a lost tax sale certificate held by a third party.
D. 
The Tax Collector of the City of Trenton shall charge for tax searches as follows:
(1) 
Ten dollars for each certificate issued as set forth in N.J.S.A. 54:5-14.
(2) 
Two dollars per year for continuation searches as set forth in N.J.S.A. 54:5-15.

§ 77-6 Police records.

[Amended 1-19-2006 by Ord. No. 06-08; 4-3-2008 by Ord. No. 08-14]
A. 
Fees are hereby established for services and material distributed by the Department of Police as follows:
Type of Service
Fee
Fingerprinting
$25
Photographs (5 x 7)
$5
Photographs (8 x 10)
$8
Motor vehicle accident reports:
1st page to 10th page (per page)
$0.75
11th to 20th page (per page)
$0.50
All pages over 20 (per page)
$0.25
Additional administrative fee for copies of motor vehicle accident reports requested other than in person pursuant to N.J.S.A. 39:4-131:
First three pages
$5
All pages over three (per page)
$1
B. 
No fee shall be charged for any requested search, information or report requested by any federal, state, county or municipal law enforcement department or agency.
C. 
No fee shall be charged for an initial copy of a police report requested by a person 65 years of age or older where the person is the victim of the reported incident.
D. 
The Director of Police is hereby authorized to prescribe rules and regulations governing the release of certain information contained in the official files of the Department of Police pursuant to applicable law and regulations. Unless ordered by a court of competent jurisdiction, the Director of Police may refuse to release any such information when, in the Director's judgment, the interests of law enforcement and public safety so require. The Director may refuse to release any such information deemed confidential.

§ 77-7 Use of the Trenton boat ramp and boat ramp parking.

[Added 4-3-2008 by Ord. No. 08-14[1]]
A. 
Permit required. No one shall be authorized to use the boat ramp or designated trailer-parking-only area without applying for and obtaining a permit from the Department of Recreation, Natural Resources and Culture. Applicants for a permit must provide proof of a valid registration for the boat and trailer, if applicable. If a trailer is to be used, a permit decal shall be assigned and affixed to both the boat and the trailer. If a trailer will not be used, then the permit decal will be assigned and affixed only to the boat. The issuance or denial of a permit shall be at the City's sole discretion.
B. 
Date and time of permit. Permits shall entitle the holder to use the boat ramp and designated trailer parking area and shall be issued for the period of April 1 through November 30. The ramp and parking area shall be closed to all boats and vehicles between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.
C. 
Fees are hereby established for the use of the boat ramp and designated trailer parking as follows:
(1) 
Trenton residents:
(a) 
Annual permit: $25.
(b) 
Daily permit: $5.
(2) 
Other New Jersey residents:
(a) 
Annual permit: $50.
(b) 
Daily permit: $10.
(3) 
Out-of-state residents:
(a) 
Annual permit: $250.
(b) 
Daily permit: $25.
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former § 77-7, Locker rental fee.

§ 77-8 Permits and fees for tennis court use.

A. 
Seasonal or daily permits for the use of the tennis courts located at Cadwalader Park shall be issued by the Division of Parks and Recreation for such seasons as shall be prescribed by the Director of the Department of Health and Human Services. Permit holders may reserve times for the use of these courts in accordance with procedures established by the Director of the Department of Health and Human Services. The following schedule of permit fees shall be in effect, such permits being nontransferable.
Permit
Fee
Resident, individual (adult), seasonal
$15
Resident, family, seasonal
$25
Resident, individual (adult), daily
$3
Resident, under 18
No charge
Nonresident, individual (adult), seasonal
$30
Nonresident, family, seasonal
$50
Nonresident, individual (adult), daily
$5
Nonresident, under 18
No charge
B. 
Season and day permits for the use of the clay tennis courts located at Cadwalader Park shall be required and issued annually by the Division of Parks and Recreation for such seasons and days as shall be prescribed by the Director of the Department of Health and Human Services in accordance with the following schedule of fees and terms. Such permits to be nontransferable.
Seasonal
Fee
Nonresident, adult
$50
Nonresident, under 18
$20
Day Permits
Fee
Nonresident, adult
$3
Nonresident, under 18
$1

§ 77-9 Permits for use of parks and playing fields.

A. 
Permits for the use of playing fields in City parks shall be required and issued by the Division of Parks and Recreation. The permit fee for groups of 20 or more adults over 18 years of age shall be $25. Otherwise, there shall be no charge.
B. 
Permits for the use of City parks for picnics, weddings, social events, concerts, religious services, parties, reunions or other events shall be required and issued by the Division of Parks and Recreation. The permit fee shall be determined by the number of adults in the group, as follows:
Number of Adults
Fee
Less than 20
No charge
20 to 49
$20
50 to 99
$30
100 or more
$40

§ 77-10 Fees for athletic leagues.

The Division of Parks and Recreation shall collect from each team entered in an adult athletic league to be run on a City-owned court or field a sponsor fee of $200 and a forfeiture fee of $50. The forfeiture fee shall be returned to each team which completes the league schedule having forfeited no more than one game.

§ 77-11 Rental fees for portable stages, bleachers and floats.

The Division of Parks and Recreation shall collect a rental fee for the use of City-owned bleachers, floats, stages or the Wenger Unit which is equivalent to the labor costs necessary for the delivery, set up, supervision and dismantling of such equipment, as certified by the Director of the Department of Public Works.

§ 77-12 Fire Department fees.

[Amended 4-3-2008 by Ord. No. 08-14]
Fees are hereby established for services and material distributed by the Department of Fire as follows:
Type of Service
Fee
Tarpaulin (per twenty-four-hour period)
$5
Public records and reports:
1st page to 10th page (per page)
$0.75
11th to 20th page (per page)
$0.50
All pages over 20 (per page)
$0.25

§ 77-13 Disposition of fees.

All fees received in connection with the services or material provided as authorized in this chapter shall be forwarded daily to the Department of Finance, Division of Treasury. A receipt shall be prepared in triplicate for all such money received, the original to be given to the person requesting the service, a duplicate to be forwarded with the money received to the Department of Finance, Division of Treasury, and the triplicate copy to be retained by the department issuing the receipt.

§ 77-14 Municipal Court fees. [1]

[Amended 4-3-2008 by Ord. No. 08-14]
A. 
Fees are hereby established for services and material distributed by the Municipal Court as follows:
Type of Service
Fee
Court records:
1st page to 10th page (per page)
$0.75
11th to 20th page (per page)
$0.50
All pages over 20 (per page)
$0.25
Certified copies without seal (additional fee)
$5
Exemplified copies with seal (additional fee)
$10
B. 
No fee shall be charged to an attorney or litigant (in that case) for the first certified or exemplified copy pursuant to N.J.S.A. 22A:2-19.
C. 
Fee for Municipal Public Defender. Any person applying for representation by a Municipal Public Defender shall be required to pay an application fee of $200; provided, however, that the Municipal Court may waive the payment of all or a part of such fee if the court determines, in its discretion, that the payment of such fee will impose an unreasonable burden on the person seeking representation by the Municipal Public Defender.
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 2, Administration, Art. XIV, § 2-65, Municipal Court.

§ 77-15 Issuance of flood zone letter. [1]

[Added 11-7-2013 by Ord. No. 13-51]
The Office of Engineering shall charge a fee of $10 for the issuance of a letter denoting whether or not a property is within the flood zone as delineated by the federal government.
[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 77-15, Issuance of flood zone letter, was repealed 4-3-2008 by Ord. No. 08-14.

§ 77-16 Office of City Clerk.

A. 
Alcoholic beverage applications. The office of the City Clerk distributes alcoholic beverage applications to holders of licenses in the City of Trenton for which the charge will be $3 per application.
B. 
Meeting schedule. In compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act, N.J.S.A. 10:4-6 et seq., any person may request that a public body mail to him/her copies of any regular meeting schedule or revision described in N.J.S.A. 10:4-8d of any regular, special or rescheduled meeting of such body, and upon prepayment by such person of the sum of $35 to cover the costs of providing such notice, the public body shall mail to that person written advance notice of all of its meetings within the time prescribed by N.J.S.A. 10:4-8d, subject only to the exceptions set forth in N.J.S.A. 10:4-9. Notices sent to the news media shall be mailed free of charge. All requests for notices made under this section shall terminate at midnight on December 31 of each year, but shall be subject to renewal upon a new request to the public body.
C. 
Copies of documents. In compliance with N.J.S.A. 47:1A-2, Public Records, copies of records shall be made available upon the payment of such price as shall be established by law. The custodian of such records shall make and supply copies of such records upon the payment of the following fees which shall be based upon the total number of pages or parts thereof to be purchased without regard to the number of records being copied:
1st to 10th page, per page
11th to 20th page, per page
All pages over 20, per page
$0.75
$0.50
$0.25

§ 77-17 Traffic maintenance supplies and equipment. [1]

[Amended 11-7-2013 by Ord. No. 13-51]
A. 
Fees and deposits.
(1) 
The following fees are hereby established for the use of supplies and equipment distributed by the Division of Traffic and Transportation:
Item
Fee
Deposit
Emergency No-Parking sign, each
Nonprofit organization
$2
$5
Maximum fee
$15
Other
$1
$5
Type I barricade, each
Nonprofit organization
$10
$40
Maximum fee
$160
Other
$5
$40
(2) 
The deposits shall be refunded if the item is returned in good condition within 10 days. The Division of Traffic and Transportation shall have the sole judgment to determine whether a returned item is in good condition.
B. 
The Division of Traffic and Transportation shall collect from the individuals, organizations or businesses who request and receive benefit from the establishment of loading zones or installation of special traffic signs the following fees:
Type
Fee
Loading zone (new)
$200
Loading zone (annual renewal)
$50
Installation of signs for taxi stands or limited time parking
$200
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 14, Traffic.

§ 77-18 Documents from City Clerk's office.

[Amended 2-5-2004 by Ord. No. 04-6]
A. 
The City Clerk shall collect fees for provision of various documents in accordance with the following schedule:
Item
Charge
(Each)
Codified ordinances (complete)
$250
Supplements, each
$50
Codified ordinances, individual chapters
Police regulations
$10
Alcoholic beverage control
$5
Taxi
$10
Housing
$15
Zoning
$25
Administrative Code
$10
Taxi rates of fare
$3
Duplicate taxi books
$2
Duplicate taxi identifications
$2
Maps
$2
B. 
The City Clerk shall collect from the owners of limousines who file with the City, per limousine: $10.

§ 77-19 (Reserved) [1]

[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 77-19, Office of Emergency Management file search, was repealed 4-3-2008 by Ord. No. 08-14.

§ 77-20 Division of Health fees.

The following fees shall apply in the Division of Health when no other fee has been established by this chapter:
Day-care boarding home
$2
 Plus for each child allowed by the license
$1
Cattle killing
$25
Sale and slaughter of domestic fowl
$150
Sale of domestic fowl
$10
Market refuse collection (offal)
$10
Commercial refuse collectors license, per truck
$20
Milk permits and ice permits
No fee

§ 77-21 Performance of weddings and civil union ceremonies.

[Added 9-18-2014 by Ord. No. 14-18]
A. 
The City of Trenton will fix the fee for performance by the Mayor of a wedding or civil union ceremony at $35 for residents and $45 for nonresidents.
B. 
All fees collected by a Mayor or designee, as authorized by statute, for the performance of a marriage or civil union ceremony must be deposited into the municipal current fund.