Township of Pennsauken, NJ
Camden County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Pennsauken 3-13-1978 by Ord. No. 78-3 as Ch. 120 of the 1977 Code; amended 3-14-1990 by Ord. No. 90-5; 5-27-1998 by Ord. No. 98-10. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Contractors — See Ch. 135.
Development regulations — See Ch. 141.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 162.
A. 
There is hereby established in the Township of Pennsauken a State Uniform Construction Code enforcing agency to be known as the "Pennsauken Construction Code Department," consisting of a Construction Official, Building Subcode Official, Plumbing Subcode Official, Electrical Subcode Official, Fire Protection Subcode Official and such other 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 Official shall be the chief administrator of the enforcing agency.
B. 
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, as amended (N.J.S.A. 52:27D-119 et seq.) and N.J.A.C. 5:23-1.1,[1] 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. 5:23-1.1 et seq. 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. 5:23-1.1 et seq. to hold each such position.
[1]
Editor's Note: N.J.A.C. 5:23.1.1 et seq. contains the regulations for the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code promulgated by the Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs pursuant to the authority of the State Uniform Construction Code Act, P.L. 1975, c. 217, as amended. (See N.J.S.A. 52:27D-119 et seq.)
C. 
The public shall have the right to do business with the enforcing agency at one location, except for emergencies and unforeseen or unavoidable circumstances.
A. 
Creation. There is hereby created in the Township the office of Construction Official, who shall be appointed by the Township Committee.
B. 
Term. The Construction Official shall be appointed for a term of four years in accordance with Section 8 of the Uniform Construction Code Act (N.J.S.A. 52:27D-126).
C. 
Duties. The Construction Official is the chief administrator of the enforcing agency as defined in the Act and shall have the powers, duties and obligations as provided in the Act and the code.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: The "Code" refers to the Uniform Construction Code promulgated by the Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs pursuant to the authority granted in the Act.
D. 
Qualifications of the person appointed to the office of Construction Official shall be as required in the Act and the Code.
A. 
Creation. There are hereby created the following subcode official positions, which shall be filled by appointment by the Township Committee:
(1) 
Building Subcode Official.
(2) 
Electrical Subcode Official.
(3) 
Plumbing Subcode Official.
(4) 
Fire Protection Subcode Official.
(5) 
Other such inspectors shall include Energy Official, Premanufactured Home Official and Asbestos Official.
B. 
Term. The subcode officials shall be appointed for terms of four years.
C. 
Duties. The subcode officials shall have the powers, duties and obligations as provided in the Act and the code. The subcode officials need not work exclusively for the enforcing agency. The subcode officials shall be primarily responsible to the Construction Official.
D. 
Qualifications. The subcode officials shall possess those qualifications which are required in the Act and the code. An individual may serve as a subcode official under one or more subcodes, provided that such individual is so qualified.
A person who is aggrieved by any ruling, action, order, or decision of a local enforcing agency that enforces either the State Uniform Construction Code, or the Uniform Fire Code, including without limitation, any refusal to grant an application or failure or refusal to act upon an application, may file an application for a hearing with the Secretary of the Camden County Construction Board of Appeals in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23A-2.1 et seq.
A. 
The public shall have the right to do business under the Act and the code at one enforcing agency center known and designated as the "Township of Pennsauken Municipal Building, 5605 North Crescent Boulevard, Pennsauken, New Jersey 08110."
B. 
The central permit office shall be located at the above enforcing agency center and shall operate in accordance with the provisions of the Act and the code.
All personnel appointed in accordance with the Act and the Code are primarily responsible to the Construction Official and are subject to the procedures and policies of the enforcing agency as defined in the Act. Day-to-day procedures which are necessary to coordinate personnel so as to enable the enforcing agency to perform within the provisions of the Act and the code shall be established by the Construction Official.
The issuance of a construction permit or certificate of occupancy shall be conditioned upon the prior approvals as such term is defined and enumerated in N.J.A.C. 5:23-1.4; and the following approvals:
A. 
Pennsauken Township Engineer;
B. 
Camden County Department of Health;
C. 
Pennsauken Sewerage Authority; and
D. 
Merchantville/Pennsauken Water Commission or New Jersey American Water Company.
A permit shall be required for all construction except for ordinary repairs as provided for in Section 5:23-2.7 of the State Uniform Construction Code which do not violate any of the regulations. The fees for such permits shall be as hereinafter provided, and shall be collected prior to the issuance of the permit.
The fee for plan review shall be computed as a percentage of the fee charged for the construction permit set forth in N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.18(b)1 through 3 inclusive. Plan review fees are not refundable.
The fee for a construction permit shall be as hereinafter provided, and shall be paid prior to the issuance of the permit:
A. 
Building subcode fee. For new construction:
[Amended 5-10-2006 by Ord. No. 06-10[1]]
(1) 
The fee for new construction shall be based upon the volume of the building or structure computed in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.18.
(2) 
The fee for new construction shall be 120% of state fees in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.20.
[Amended 12-18-2008 by Ord. No. 08-38]
(3) 
There shall be a minimum fee of $50 for all new construction.
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also deleted former Subsection A(3), pertaining to farm structures, in this subsection and renumbered former A(4) as A(3).
B. 
Renovations, alterations, and repairs.
(1) 
Fees for renovations, alterations and repairs or site construction associated with pre-engineered systems of commercial farm buildings, premanufactured construction, and the external utility connection for premanufactured construction shall be based upon the estimated cost of the work.
(2) 
Fees shall be 120% of state fees in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.20, provided that the minimum fee shall be $50.
[Amended 12-18-2008 by Ord. No. 08-38]
(3) 
For the purpose of determining estimated cost, the applicant shall submit to the Pennsauken Construction Code Department cost data produced either by the architect or engineer of record, or by a recognized estimating firm, or by the actual contract signed by the owner and the contractor. A bona fide contractor's bid, if available, shall be submitted. Where any material or labor is furnished or provided at no cost, its normal, or usual cost shall be included in the estimated cost. The Pennsauken Construction Code Department shall use the current BOCA Building and Valuation Report in determining the estimated cost, and shall make the final decision regarding the estimated cost.
C. 
Additions. Fees for additions shall be computed on the same basis as for new construction for the added portion; provided, however, that the minimum fee shall be $50.
D. 
Combination of renovations and additions. For combinations of renovations and additions, the fee shall be computed separately as renovations; provided, however, that the minimum fee shall be $50.
E. 
Demolition or removal permit.
[Amended 5-10-2006 by Ord. No. 06-10]
(1) 
Fee for a demolition or removal permit shall be 120% of state fees in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.20.
[Amended 12-18-2008 by Ord. No. 08-38]
F. 
Fees shall be 100% of state fees in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.20, provided that the minimum fee shall be $50.
[Amended 5-10-2006 by Ord. No. 06-10]
G. 
Signs. The fee for a permit to construct a sign shall be in the amount of $1.20 per square foot of the surface area of the sign, computed on one side only for double-faced signs. The minimum fee shall be $50.
H. 
Roofs and siding.
[Amended 5-10-2006 by Ord. No. 06-10]
(1) 
The fee for a roof permit for Use Group R-3 and R-4 and a detached private garage for the Use Group R-3 or R-4 as defined in the Building Code shall be $50 as per N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.20(c).2.i(6).
(2) 
The fee for a siding permit for Use Group R-3 and R-4 and a detached private garage for the Use Group R-3 and R-4 as defined in the Building Code shall be $50 as per N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.20(c)-2.i(6).
I. 
Asbestos abatement. The administrative fee for an asbestos abatement permit shall be $70.
J. 
Tents. The fee shall be $100 for tents in excess of 900 square feet or more than 30 feet any dimensions.
K. 
Lead abatement. Fees shall be 100% of state fees in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.20.
[Amended 5-10-2006 by Ord. No. 06-10]
L. 
Annual construction permit.
(1) 
The fee for an annual construction permit shall be charged annually.
(2) 
The fee shall be based upon the number of maintenance workers who are employed by the facility, and who are primarily engaged in work that is governed by a subcode. Managers, engineers and clericals shall not be considered maintenance workers for the purpose of establishing the annual construction permit fee.
(3) 
Annual permits may be issued for building/fire protection, electrical and plumbing.
(4) 
The fee for an annual construction permit shall be as follows:
(a) 
Fees shall be 120% of state fees in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.20.
[Amended 5-10-2006 by Ord. No. 06-10; 12-18-2008 by Ord. No. 08-38]
(b) 
Prior to the issuance of the annual permit, a training registration fee of $140 for subcode, and a list of not more than three individuals to be trained for subcode shall be submitted by the applicant to the Department of Community Affairs, Bureau of Code Services, training section, along with a copy of the construction permit (Form 170). Checks shall be made payable to "Treasurer, State of New Jersey." The Department of Community Affairs shall register these individuals and notify them of the courses being offered.
[Amended 5-10-2006 by Ord. No. 06-10; 12-18-2008 by Ord. No. 08-38]
The fees shall be 120% of the fees set forth in N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.20 (c) 2.ii, provided that the minimum fee shall be $50.
[Amended 5-10-2006 by Ord. No. 06-10; 12-18-2008 by Ord. No. 08-38]
The fees shall be 120% of the fees set forth in N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.20 (c) 2.iii, provided that the minimum fee shall be $50.
A. 
Fire protection and hazardous equipment shall include sprinklers, standpipes, fire alarm activation devices, preengineered fire suppression systems, gas, oil, or other fuel-fired devices not connected to the plumbing system, kitchen exhaust systems, incinerators and crematoriums.
[Amended 12-18-2008 by Ord. No. 08-38]
B. 
Sprinklers.
(1) 
The fee for 20 or fewer sprinkler heads shall be $65.
(2) 
The fee for 21 to and including 100 heads shall be $120.
(3) 
The fee for 101 to and including 200 heads shall be $230.
(4) 
The fee for 201 to and including 400 heads shall be $590.
(5) 
The fee for 401 to and including 1,000 heads shall be $820.
(6) 
The fee for over 1000 heads shall be $1,050.
C. 
Smoke and heat detectors.
(1) 
The fee for up to 12 detectors shall be $40.
(2) 
The fee for each additional detector shall be $1 up to a maximum of $500.
D. 
Miscellaneous.
(1) 
The fee for each standpipe shall be $230.
(2) 
The fee for each independent pre-engineered system shall be $100.
(3) 
The fee for each gas- or oil-fired appliance which is not connected to the plumbing system shall be $50.
(4) 
The fee for each kitchen exhaust system shall be $50.
(5) 
The fee for an incinerator shall be $370.
[Amended 5-10-2006 by Ord. No. 06-10]
(6) 
The fee for the installation or removal of flammable or combustible liquid tank shall be $50 per tank.
(7) 
The fee for each crematorium shall be $370.
[Added 5-10-2006 by Ord. No. 06-10]
(8) 
The fee for a fire pump shall be $100.
[Added 5-10-2006 by Ord. No. 06-10]
(9) 
The minimum fee for plan review and any device listed in § 133-13B, C, or D shall be $50.
[Added 12-18-2008 by Ord. No. 08-38]
Whenever a private on-site inspection and plan review agency is used by the Township of Pennsauken, there shall be an administrative surcharge fee of 15% of the amount paid to such agency. The surcharge fee shall apply only to the subcode for which a private on-site inspection and plan review agency is used as per N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.18(k).
The fee for a certificate of occupancy shall be as follows:
A. 
The fee for a certificate of occupancy shall be $50.
B. 
The fee for a certificate of occupancy granted pursuant to a Change of Use Group shall be $120.
C. 
The administrative fee for each certificate of occupancy issued following the successful completion of an asbestos abatement project shall be $30.
[Amended 5-10-2006 by Ord. No. 06-10]
Fees shall be 100% of state fees in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.20.
[Amended 5-10-2006 by Ord. No. 06-10]
Fees shall be 100% of state fees in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.20.
A. 
In the event that a building permit becomes null and void or when moneys are requested to be refunded for permits not used, an administrative fee of 15% of the cost of the permit, in addition to 20% for the plan review, will be deducted from the refund.
B. 
In the event that a construction permit expires and must be reactivated, a flat fee of $50 per subcode shall be charged.