[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Franklin 3-4-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-01 (Ch. 60 of the 1988 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
There is hereby established in Franklin Township, Hunterdon County, a state uniform construction codes enforcing agency to be known as the "enforcing agency," consisting of a Construction Code Official, Building Subcode 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 Code Official shall be the chief administrator of the enforcing agency. The Township Committee may from time to time by resolution designate the organization of and lines of authority between such officials and other personnel.
Each official position created in Subsection A hereof 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, and N.J.A.C. 5:23 to hold each such position.
The public shall have the right to do business with the enforcing agency at one office location, except for emergencies and unforeseen or unavoidable circumstances.
All fees established by this chapter shall be rounded to the nearest dollar by the enforcing agency when the total fee due has been calculated.
The creation of the enforcing agency shall not alter, change, repeal or otherwise modify the authority previously granted (or to be granted in the future) to an individual to enforce any part of the Code of the Township of Franklin or the laws of the State of New Jersey, through the adoption of an ordinance.
[Amended 3-9-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-02]
The fees for a construction permit shall be as shown on Schedule A in Chapter 182, Fees, and shall be paid in their entirety before any permit is issued. (Please note that Schedule A will be changed from time to time by ordinance or state statutes. Be sure to reference the most recent ordinance regarding construction fees.)
The Construction Official shall, with the advice of the subcode officials, prepare and submit to the Township Committee biannually a report recommending a fee schedule based on the operating expenses of the agency and any other expenses of the municipality fairly attributable to the enforcement of the state uniform construction codes.
To provide for the training, certification and technical support programs required by the Uniform Construction Code (UCC) Act [N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.19(b)] and the regulations promulgated thereunder, a fee of $0.00265 per cubic foot of volume of new construction and, additions shall be collected. The fee for all other construction shall be $1.35 per $1,000 of value of construction. Fees may be adjusted per revisions of the UCC. Remittance of the fee by the enforcing agency to the State of New Jersey, Department of Community Affairs, shall be made in accordance with the applicable statutes and the applicable regulations promulgated thereunder.
The fee for plan review prior to issuance of a construction permit shall be 20% of the construction permit fee, paid at the time of the application, and shall be nonrefundable. This fee shall be deducted from the total cost of the construction permit.
[Added 3-9-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-02]
The fees for variation applications shall be as provided in Chapter 182, Fees.
The fee for the fire subcode shall be as provided in Chapter 182, Fees.
[Amended 3-9-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-02]
Fees for sprinkler systems shall be as shown in Chapter 182, Fees, on Schedule B. (Please note that Schedule B will be changed from time to time by ordinance. Be sure to reference the most recent ordinance regarding sprinkler system fees.)
Fire limits will be established as required by N.J.A.C. 5:23 by resolution of the Township Committee, if necessary, on or before July 1, 1977, after report by the Construction Code Official and subcode officials. The Construction Code Official shall prepare and submit to the Township Committee biannually a report reevaluating the delineation of the fire limits. This report shall indicate the recommendations of the Construction Code Official regarding those areas which should be designated as within fire limits, with the reasons therefor.