This chapter shall be applicable to all buildings, every residential and nonresidential building and the premises on which it is situated in the Township, used or intended to be used for dwelling, commercial, business or industrial occupancy, which buildings shall comply with the provisions of this chapter, whether or not such buildings shall have been constructed, altered or repaired before or after the enactment of this chapter, and irrespective of any permits or licenses which shall have been issued for the use or occupancy of the buildings. This chapter establishes minimum standards for exterior maintenance relative to occupancy and use of all such buildings and does not replace or modify standards otherwise established for the construction, repair, alteration or use of the building, equipment or facilities contained therein, except as provided in § 145-5.
In any case where the provisions of this chapter impose a higher standard than set forth in any other ordinances of the Township or under the laws of the State of New Jersey, then the standards as set forth herein shall prevail, but if the provisions of this chapter impose a lower standard than any other ordinances of the Township or the laws of the State of New Jersey, then the higher standard contained in any such other ordinance or law shall prevail.
All licenses and permits shall be issued upon compliance with this chapter as well as compliance with the ordinances under which such licenses and permits are granted.
No license or permit or other certification of compliance with this chapter shall constitute a defense against any violation of any other ordinance of the Township applicable to any structure or premises, nor shall any provision herein relieve any owner, operator or occupant from complying with any such other provision, nor any official of the Township from enforcing any such other provision.