[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Riverdale 11-17-2003 by Ord. No. 14-2003; amended in its entirety 2-22-2005 by Ord. No. 2-2005. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
No person shall occupy or use any portion of a commercial, industrial or residential building after such building or portion thereof has been sold, or for which there has been a change in use or change in occupancy, until the owner or any person occupying the building shall have applied for and secured a certificate of continuing occupancy. No person shall convey title to any building unless, prior to the conveyance, the owner shall have obtained a continued certificate of occupancy. This chapter does not repeal the requirement for Planning Board approval for a change of use for all commercial and industrial uses.
The Mayor and Council shall assign the Zoning Officer or any other person or persons they deem appropriate to act as enforcement officer for purposes of this chapter.
Upon receipt by the enforcement officer of an application for a certificate of continuing occupancy and payment of the requisite fee, the enforcement officer shall conduct an inspection of the premises.
The enforcement officer shall issue a certificate of continuing occupancy upon his or her inspection and satisfaction that no violations of the Borough of Riverdale Property Maintenance Code, Land Use Ordinance, State of New Jersey Smoke Detector regulations, or other Ordinances of the Borough of Riverdale or the State of New Jersey.
If violations are found to exist, there shall be no new occupancy or use of the premises until compliance with this section has been obtained. If compliance is not obtained within 30 days after inspection and notice, the enforcement officer is authorized to take appropriate legal action.
The enforcement officer shall provide a form to be completed by each applicant seeking a certificate of continued occupancy. The enforcement officer may waive the inspection and fee if any inspection of the same premises has been made within 60 days.
[Amended 10-5-2009 by Ord. No. 6-2009; 5-17-2010 by Ord. No. 6-2010]
The application and inspection fee for continued certificates of occupancy shall be charged according to the following schedule:
For any commercial, retail, office or industrial building in excess of 3,500 square feet, or portion of such building where a change of use occurs in excess of 3,500 square feet, a fee of $0.10 per square foot shall be charged.
For any attached or detached single-family residential dwelling or residential dwelling not being located within a property containing four or more residential rental units, or any commercial, retail, office or industrial building not exceeding 3,500 square feet, or portion of such building where a change of use occurs not exceeding 3,500 square feet, a fee of $100 shall be charged.
For any residential rental unit located within a property containing four or more such residential rental units, a fee of $25 shall be charged.