[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Hasbrouck Heights 3-26-1996 by Ord. No. 1742. Amendments noted where applicable.]
No person, firm or corporation shall engage in the business of constructing, erecting, altering, repairing, restoring, reroofing, re-siding, moving or demolishing the whole or any part of buildings or structures, or engage in the construction and installation of swimming pools, fences or signs for any of which a permit is required until such person shall be registered by the Borough of Hasbrouck Heights and approved by the Construction Official.
Applications for registration as required by § 118-1 above shall be made to the Construction Official on a form furnished by his office.
The application shall set forth the following information:
The applicant's name, business name and business address.
Whether the applicant is an individual, a partnership, a corporation or any other entity; if another entity, a full explanation and description thereof.
If the applicant is an individual, the applicant's residence addresses.
If the applicant is a partnership, the full names and residence addresses of each partner.
If the applicant is a corporation or other entity:
In the case of a corporation, the full names and residence addresses of each officer and each stockholder, the name and address of the registered agent and the address of the principal office. (The term "stockholder," as used herein, means and includes any person owning or having an interest, either legal or equitable, in 10% or more of the stock issued and outstanding of the applicant corporation.)
In the case of another entity, the full names and residence addresses of each person owning or having an interest, either legal or equitable, aggregating in value 10% or more of the total capacity of said entity, the name and address of the registered agent, if any, and the address of the principal officer.
The number of years the applicant has been in business at its present business address or at any prior location, including the addresses of such prior locations, if any.
A certificate of liability and workers' compensation insurance setting forth the limits of liability, the term of the policy and the period said policy has been in force.
A list of at least three verifiable references in each of the categories below:
A list of any municipalities in which the applicant is currently registered or licensed.
A list of any professional trade organization of which the applicant is a member.
Upon receipt of such application, authorized personnel of the Construction Official's office shall review the same to determine the truth of the matters contained in the application.
The Construction Official shall determine, based on the information provided, if the applicant has satisfied the requirements for registration as a contractor in the Borough of Hasbrouck Heights.
Upon filing such application, the applicant shall pay the Code Enforcement Department a fee as set forth in Chapter 133, Fees, for such registration.
[Amended 4-11-2000 by Ord. No. 1893]
The term of such registration shall be the calendar year in which such applicant registers.
Such registration shall be automatically renewed by the Construction Official upon payment by the applicant to the Construction Official an annual renewal fee as set forth in Chapter 133, Fees, and the submission of current proof of insurance as required in § 118-2B(7) hereof. Such renewal shall be before the calendar year in which such renewal occurs. Upon failure to renew any registration on or before December 31 of the immediately succeeding calendar year, any subsequent registration shall be and constitute a new or original registration subject to the filing of a new application in accordance with the provisions of § 118-2 above and to the payment of the fee specified in § 118-3A.
[Amended 4-11-2000 by Ord. No. 1893]
For the purpose of this chapter, there shall be the following classes for registration:
General contractor or builder: a contractor who is proficient in the construction of a building or structure from start to finish and the alteration, addition to or repair of any building or structure. This class of contractor shall be equipped to handle such work either by and through his organization or appropriate subcontractors and, in the latter event, shall be completely responsible for his subcontractors' work.
Roofing and siding contractor: a contractor who is engaged in the business of, or who is proficient in, the applying of roofing and siding materials to existing or new buildings or structures.
Demolition contractor: a contractor who is engaged in the business of, or who is proficient in, the demolishing of any building or structure.
Moving contractor: a contractor who is engaged in the business of, or who is proficient in, the moving of any building or structure.
Swimming pool contractor: a contractor who is engaged in the business of, or who is proficient in, the installation of swimming pools, their equipment and appurtenances.
Sign or billboard contractor: a contractor who is engaged in the business of, or who is proficient in, the erection, alteration or maintenance of signs or billboards.
Miscellaneous contractor: a contractor who is proficient in work of a special character as determined by the Construction Official, such as masonry, pavement, tree removal or the like.
If any person licensed in accordance with the provisions of this chapter shall be convicted of violating any statute, ordinance or regulation in the execution of any work for which a permit is required under the applicable ordinances of the Borough of Hasbrouck Heights relating to the construction, erection, alteration, repair, restoration, re-siding, moving or demolition of any building, structure, swimming pool, fence, retaining wall, sign, billboard or part thereof, the Construction Official shall revoke the registration of such person immediately. The Construction Official shall not restore such registration during such time as the violation for which such conviction was obtained exists or remains.
If, after a public hearing held by the Construction Official, he determines that an applicant is not qualified pursuant to the standards of § 118-2 herein on application for original registration, or that the business responsibility of any registrant becomes unsatisfactory, the Construction Official shall revoke the registration of such person immediately. At least 10 days' notice, in writing, of the time, place and purpose of such public hearing shall be given to the registrant by the Construction Official. In determining whether the business responsibility of such registrant has become unsatisfactory, the Construction Official shall be bound by those standards set forth in § 118-2D above for the issuance of registration.
It shall be the duty of the Construction Official, Zoning Enforcement Officer and Police Department to enforce the provisions of this chapter.
Any person, firm or corporation aggrieved of the Construction Official in denying or revoking any registration as provided herein may appeal such action to the Mayor and Council upon written notice of the same served upon the Borough Clerk, which such appeal shall be heard by the Mayor and Council at its next regularly scheduled public meeting following no fewer than 15 days from the date of the service of notice of appeal as aforesaid.