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Township of Kingwood, NJ
Hunterdon County
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Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Kingwood 11-19-1990 by Ord. No. 7-17-90. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter is to establish a schedule of miscellaneous fees for licenses, permits and a variety of duties, services and materials that are performed or provided by Township officials to the public and not otherwise established in the Township Code.
The following fees are hereby established:
A. 
Notices (by mail):
(1) 
Annual notice of regular meetings (or revisions thereto): $1.
(2) 
Forty-eight-hour advance written notice: $1.
(3) 
Special, rescheduled or emergency meetings: $1.
B. 
Copies.
[Amended 9-7-2004 by Ord. No. 12-12-2004; 9-7-2010 by Ord. No. 16-13-2010]
(1) 
A copy or copies of a government record may be purchased by any person upon payment of the fee prescribed by law or regulation.
(2) 
Except as otherwise provided by law or regulation, the fee assessed for the duplication of a government record embodied in the form of printed matter shall be $0.05 per letter-size page or smaller.
(3) 
Except as otherwise provided by law or regulation, the fee assessed for the duplication of a government record embodied in the form of printed matter shall be $0.07 per legal-size page or larger.
(4) 
If the Township can demonstrate that its actual costs for duplication of a government record exceed the foregoing rates, Township shall be permitted to charge the actual cost of duplicating the record.
(5) 
Access to electronic records and nonprinted materials shall be provided free of charge, but the public agency may charge for the actual costs of any needed supplies such as computer discs.
C. 
Searches:
(1) 
Assessment search (per block and lot): $10.
(2) 
Tax search (per block and lot): $10.
(3) 
Continuation search (per year up to three years): $2.
D. 
Certification of documents:
(1) 
Per certification (with the exception of certified copies of records of the Registrar of Vital Statistics): $0.25.
E. 
Duplicates:
(1) 
Duplicate of meeting tape (per tape): $25.
(2) 
Tax bills.[1]
[Amended 2-21-1992 by Ord. No. 8-1-92]
(a) 
First duplicate copy: $5.
(b) 
Each additional duplicate copy which may be requested in the same tax year: $25.
[1]
Editor's Note: The fees to be charged may, at the discretion of the Tax Collector, be assessed to a mortgagee, servicing organization or property tax processing organization as such terms are defined in P.L. 1990, c. 59, N.J.S.A. 54:4-64d, and upon such request for said duplicate tax bill made in writing to the Tax Collector.
F. 
Certified property owners list:
(1) 
Within 200 feet of a single block and lot: $10.
G. 
Licenses.
[Amended 9-7-2004 by Ord. No. 12-12-2004]
(1) 
The licensing fees payable to the Township shall be as set forth in N.J.A.C. 13:47-4.9(c), subsections 1 through 12, and these licensing fees shall be in addition to the licensing fee otherwise payable to the Legalized Games of Chance Control Commission of the State of New Jersey. The licensing fees shall apply to bingo, on-premises draw raffle for cash prizes in excess of $400; prizes that do not exceed $400; off-premises draw raffle awarding merchandise; carnival games or wheels; off-premises raffles; special door prize raffles; calendar raffles; instant raffle games; golf hole-in-one contests; armchair races and casino nights, and such other games as may be authorized by the State of New Jersey.
(2) 
Limousine license (annual): $50.
H. 
Miscellaneous documents and research:
(1) 
Historical booklet: $7.50.
(2) 
Zoning Map: $0.50.
(3) 
Zoning pamphlet (Chapter 132): $13 or $15 by mail.
(4) 
Subdivision pamphlet (Chapter 115): $10 or $13 by mail.
(5) 
General research (applicant to be advised in advance and deposit based on estimated time shall be required): $10 per hour.
I. 
Returned checks.
[Added 2-21-1992 by Ord. No. 8-2-92]
(1) 
In accordance with the applicable provisions of P.L. 1990, c. 105,[2] there is hereby established a service charge of $20 per check or other written instrument returned for insufficient funds; and
(a) 
The service charge shall be paid in cash immediately;
(b) 
The service charge shall be added to any account owing to the Township if payment tendered on the account was by a check or other written instrument which was returned for insufficient funds; or
(c) 
Whenever an account owing to the Township is for a tax or special assessment, the service charge shall be included on any list of delinquent accounts prepared for the enforcement of the lien.
[2]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 40:5-18.
(2) 
The service charge authorized by this Subsection I shall be collected in the same manner prescribed by law for the collection of the account for which the check or other written instrument was tendered. The Township, through the Chief Financial Officer, may require future payments to be tendered in cash or by certified or cashier's check.
J. 
Cleanup day disposal permit fees.
[Added 9-21-1992 by Ord. No. 8-9-92]
(1) 
Passenger car load permit: $5.
[Amended 4-18-1994 by Ord. No. 9-5-94]
(2) 
Pickup truck load permit: $10.
[Amended 4-18-1994 by Ord. No. 9-5-94; 3-6-2014 by Ord. No. 18-02-2014]
(3) 
[3]Tire disposal: $5 per tire.
[Amended 4-18-1994 by Ord. No. 9-5-94; 3-6-2014 by Ord. No. 18-02-2014]
[3]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection J(3), pertaining to dump trucks, was repealed 9-7-2004 by Ord. No. 12-12-2004, and Subsection J(4) was renumbered as Subsection J(3).
(4) 
Trailer only permit (size limitation: no larger than pickup truck bed and no side extensions; no permit available for the vehicle towing the trailer): $10.
[Added 3-6-2014 by Ord. No. 18-02-2014]
K. 
Tax sale related documents.
[Added 5-20-2002 by Ord. No. 11-7-2002; amended 5-13-2010 by Ord. No. 16-08-2010]
(1) 
(Reserved)[4]
[4]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection K(1), which provided the fee for a certificate of redemption of sales certificate, was repealed 10-3-2019 by Ord. No. 20-26-2019.
(2) 
Duplicate tax sales certificate: $100.
(3) 
The Tax Collector shall provide to any party entitled to redeem a certificate pursuant to N.J.S.A. 54:5-54 two calculations of the amount required for redemption within a calendar year, at no cost, upon receipt of a written request for the same. For each subsequent calculation requested, in writing, of the Tax Collector, the fee charged shall be $50.
(4) 
Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 54:5-97.1, the Tax Collector shall charge a lienholder a fee of $50 for calculation of the amount due to redeem the tax lien required to be provided by that statute on a certificate that he or she owns; the fee may not be passed onto the certificate. The lienholder must specify the date to be used for the calculation.
(5) 
Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 54:5-26, the Tax Collector shall charge a fee of $25 for the cost of mailing each notice of tax sale, by either regular or certified mail, to each interested party for a particular property. The cost of mailing shall be added to the cost of the tax sale in addition to those provided in N.J.S.A. 54:5-38.
[Added 8-2-2018 by Ord. No. 19-15-2018]
L. 
Certificate fees.
[Added 9-7-2004 by Ord. No. 12-12-2004; amended 12-4-2007 by Ord. No. 14-19-2007]
(1) 
First certified copy of marriage certificate: $15.
(2) 
First certified copy of birth certificate: $15.
(3) 
First certified copy of death certificate: $15.
(4) 
First certified copy of domestic partnership certificate: $15.
(5) 
First certified copy of civil union certificate: $15.
(6) 
Second and subsequent certified copies of all certificates in Subsection L(1) through (5): $5.
M. 
Environmental resource inventory.
[Added 9-7-2004 by Ord. No. 12-12-2004]
(1) 
Copy of the Township Environmental Resource Inventory (pick up at Township building): $10.
(2) 
Copy of the Township Environmental Resource Inventory (forwarded by mail): $13.
N. 
Court discovery fees.
[Added 9-7-2004 by Ord. No. 12-12-2004]
(1) 
Discovery (non-DWI): $15.
(2) 
Discovery (DWI): $25.
O. 
Deer hunting lottery fees:
[Added 9-6-2012 by Ord. No. 17-13-2012]
(1) 
Deer hunting lottery application fee: $5.
(2) 
Deer hunting permit fee: $25.
P. 
Farmland assessment application on-site inspection fee.
[Added 8-1-2019 by Ord. No. 20-19-2019]
(1) 
A fee of $25 shall be imposed for all on-site inspections performed by the Township Tax Assessor.
(2) 
Contiguous and noncontiguous parcels of land under the same ownership shall be subject to a single fee.
(3) 
Property owners will be notified with their farmland application that an on-site inspection is going to be performed that tax year and the fee shall be submitted with the taxpayer's application. If the taxpayer is notified of an on-site inspection after July 1 of any given year, the taxpayer shall have 30 days to submit payment of the on-site inspection fee.
(4) 
Failure to submit the inspection fee for inspection can delay the approval of farmland or be grounds for denial of farmland assessment.
(5) 
The Township reserves the right to perform on-site farm inspections annually if the Township Tax Assessor deems it necessary.
When any fees herein described are at any time at variance with fees for said services or materials as prescribed by the Revised Statutes of New Jersey, the fees prescribed by the statute shall govern.
[Added 11-12-2019 by Ord. No. 20-27-2019]
This section provides fee exemptions for active volunteer fire and rescue members who currently serve on Departments that cover Kingwood Township and for active military and veterans who are Township residents.
A. 
Definitions. For purposes of this section, the following terms, phrases, words and their derivations shall have the meanings stated below:
ACTIVE VOLUNTEER MEMBER
A person who has been so designated by the governing body of any of the following emergency service organizations serving the Township of Kingwood: the Kingwood Township Fire Department and/or Kingwood Township First Aid/Rescue Squad, and who is faithfully and actually performing volunteer service in any of the aforementioned organizations.
EXEMPT RESIDENT OF KINGWOOD TOWNSHIP
A person whose primary place of residence is located within Kingwood Township as evidenced by his or her property deed or a rental agreement and who, though use of documentation, can demonstrate that he or she is an active volunteer member of i) the Kingwood Township Fire Department and/or Kingwood Township First Aid/Rescue Squad; or ii) active military as demonstrated by an identification card or other legally recognized form of documentation; or iii) a United States veteran as defined by this section.
PERSONAL USE AND BENEFIT
For the noncommercial use and benefit of the person requesting a waiver pursuant to this section only. The terms shall in no way include commercial uses or benefits that accrue due to commercial uses.
UNITED STATES VETERAN
An individual who a) possesses a DD-214 form, or active military identification card, reserve identification card, dependent identification card, retired identification card, veteran identification card, honorable discharge certificate and/or general discharge certificate and b) satisfies any one or more of the following criteria:
(1) 
Is currently serving in the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines or Coast Guard or their reserve components, the Army National Guard or the Air National Guard; or
(2) 
Has served in the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines or Coast Guard and has received a general discharge or higher; or
(3) 
Has served in any combination of United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines or Coast Guard or their reserve components, the Army National Guard or the Air National Guard, and has received a general discharge or higher; or
(4) 
A "veteran" as that term is defined pursuant to the laws of the State of New Jersey.
B. 
Fee exemptions.
(1) 
The fees for the following permits, approvals, licenses, certifications and copies shall be waived for all exempt residents of Kingwood Township as that term is defined in Subsection A of this section; provided, however, that said waiver shall only be for the personal use and benefit of the individual receiving said waiver:
(a) 
Vital statistic fees:
[1] 
Certified copies of birth, marriage, civil union and domestic partnership certificates.
[2] 
Certified copies of death certificates.
[3] 
Marriage, remarriage, civil union, and domestic partnership licenses.
(b) 
Certified list of names from current tax duplicates required in connection with notices required for hearing an application for development.
(c) 
Certified property owners list.
(d) 
Driveway construction or alteration permit:
[1] 
Permit application.
(e) 
Tax bills, photographs, and duplicates.
(2) 
The following fees shall not be waived or otherwise exempted under this section:
(a) 
Any fee that is collected and paid to the State of New Jersey, Hunterdon County or any other governmental entity that is not the Township of Kingwood; Construction Code fees, public records request fees, returned check fees, soil log testing fees, subdivision fees, site plan fees or escrows for professional services.
(3) 
This section is not intended to in any way limit other statutory fee or license exemptions provided by law.