Township of Riverside, NJ
Burlington County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Riverside: Art. I, 7-26-1967 by Ord. No. 1967-13 as Section 5:1 of the 1967 Code; Art. II, 7-26-1978 as Ord. No. 1978-18 (Ch. XIII of the 1967 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]

Unsafe buildings — See Ch. 123.

Fire prevention — See Ch. 151.

Flood damage prevention — See Ch. 153.

Housing code — See Ch. 163.

Property maintenance — See Ch. 209.

Subdivision and site plan review — See Ch. 231.

Zoning — See Ch. 255.

Adoption of Standards (§ 131-1 — § 131-15) 

State Uniform Code (§ 131-16 — § 131-23) 

[Adopted 7-26-1967 by Ord. No. 1967-13 as Section 5:1 of the 1967 Code]

§ 131-1
Standards adopted by reference. 

§ 131-2
Copies of standards on file. 

§ 131-3
Standards not to be published. 

§ 131-4
Standards to remain on file for use and inspection. 

§ 131-5
Standards to be considered part of provisions. 

§ 131-6
Building permit required; fees. 

§ 131-7
Expiration of building permit. 

§ 131-8
Application for building permit. 

§ 131-9

§ 131-10
Plumbing and drainage. 

§ 131-11
Electrical wiring. 

§ 131-12
Roof standards. 

§ 131-13
Garage standards. 

§ 131-14
Fire districts. 

§ 131-15
Violations and penalties. 

[Amended 2-27-1974 by Ord. No. 1974-2; 2-23-1977 by Ord. No. 1977-1; 9-27-1978 by Ord. No. 1978-19; 4-27-1983 by Ord. No. 1983-6]

For the purpose of providing a code for the construction of buildings in the Township of Riverside and providing penalties for the violations thereof, there is hereby adopted by reference a certain code annexed hereto and made a part hereof entitled "The BOCA Basic Building Code/1981 - 8th edition and BOCA Basic Building Code Accumulative Supplement - 1983," promulgated by Building Officials Conference of America.

Three copies of said code (similarly marked) have been placed on file in the office of the Township Clerk upon the introduction of this Article and will remain on file in said office until final action is taken on said Article for the use and examination of the public.

The code annexed hereto will not be published either before or after final passage of this Article.

After the final passage of this Article, three copies of the code annexed shall remain on file in the office of the Township Clerk, as long as said Article shall be in effect, and three additional copies will be placed on file and shall remain on file in the office of the Building Inspector as long as this Article is in effect for the use and examination of the public.

[Amended 2-27-1974 by Ord. No. 1974-2; 2-23-1977 by Ord. No. 1977-1]

The code annexed hereto, the Abridged Building Code, Sixth Edition, 1975, promulgated by Building Officials Conference of America, Inc., shall be construed to be a part of this Article as fully as though it had been set forth at length herein, excepting thereout Section 104.31, Section 104.6, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67 and 68, and Section 117, in its entirety.

It shall be unlawful for any person or corporation, whether owner, agent or contractor, to erect, construct or alter any building or any part thereof or make any addition thereto in the township without first making written application to and receiving permission therefor from the Building Inspector of the township, and for every permit issued for the purpose aforesaid, there shall be paid by the party obtaining the same to the Building Inspector aforesaid for the use of said township for every building of the following values when completed or costing the following sums the fees as set forth in the following schedule:

Value or Cost of Building Fee
$100.00 or under $0.50
$100.00 to $500.00 $2.50
For each additional $100.00 or fraction thereof from $500.00 to $10,000.00 $0.50
For each additional $500.00 or fraction thereof from $10,000.00 and over $1.00
Special permits $1.00
For moving a house or building over public highways $5.00

The permit provided for in this section shall be known and designated as a "building permit". Every permit shall become void and of no effect at the expiration of six months from date when issued unless active work is commenced upon said building within said period.

All applications for building permits shall be made by the contractor, owner or agent and shall be made upon forms furnished for the purpose by the Building Inspector, and all applications for permits for the erection, construction, alteration or enlargement of any building, if required by the Building Inspector, shall be accompanied by detailed plans and specifications thereof and by a survey of plan showing the lines of the lot and the exact location of the proposed building thereon, which applications, plans and specifications shall be filed by the Building Inspector in the office of the Township Clerk.

Permits are not required for minor repairs where there is no interference with the construction or safety of the building, but such repairs shall not be construed to include the cutting away of any wall or any part thereof, the removal or cutting away of any beam or supports or changing of any stairways, elevators, fire escapes or other means of communication or ingress or egress, light, ventilation or classification.

All plumbing, drainage, stables and other sanitary arrangements shall comply with the Board of Health regulations.

All electrical wiring shall comply with the rules of the Board of Fire Underwriters and a certificate shall accompany the same.

All roofs of buildings hereafter erected that are placed nearer than 20 feet from building to building must be covered with slate, tin or a material that is equally noncombustible, approved by the Fire Underwriters Association.


All buildings hereafter erected or occupied as a public or private garage for the storage of three or more automobiles shall be constructed of brick or other noncombustible material other than sheet metal.


Any garage which is attached to, within or not more than 10 feet away from any building used as a residence, store, warehouse, factory or workshop shall be built of noncombustible material.


All automobile garages hereafter erected in the Township of Riverside shall not have a floor constructed of combustible material.

[Amended 6-2-1971 by Ord. No. 1971-4]

Fire districts for business, industrial and public property in the Township of Riverside established in accordance with Section 107.1 of the 1960 BOCA Abridged Building Code are as outlined in a map attached herewith and made a part hereof.

Editor's Note: Said map is on file in the office of the Township Clerk.

[Amended 12-6-1972 by Ord. No. 1972-12; 9-25-1995 by Ord. No. 1995-10]

The maximum penalty for any violation of the provisions and regulations set forth under the BOCA Building Code shall be one or more of the following: a fine not exceeding $1,000; a term of imprisonment not exceeding 90 days; or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days. For the purpose of the above section, each day is to be considered a separate violation.

[Adopted 7-26-1978 as Ord. No. 1978-18 (Ch. XIII of the 1967 Code)]

§ 131-16
Enforcing agency established. 

§ 131-17
Construction Board of Appeals. 

§ 131-18

§ 131-19
Construction Code Official to recommend fee schedule. 

§ 131-20
Surcharge fee. 

§ 131-21
Fire limits. 

§ 131-22
Payment of moneys collected. 

§ 131-23


There is hereby established in the Township of Riverside a State Uniform Code enforcing agency to be known as the "Department of Code Enforcement and Inspection," consisting of a Construction Code Official, Building Subcode Official, Plumbing Subcode Official, Electrical Subcode Official, Mechanical Subcode Official, Fire Subcode Official and such other subcode officials 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 Code Official shall be the chief administrator of the enforcing agency.


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,

Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 52:27D-119 et seq.
as amended, and N.J.A.C. 5:23, 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. More than one such official position may be held by the same person, but not more than one person may hold the same position, provided that such person is qualified pursuant to P.L. 1975, c. 217, and N.J.A.C. 5:23 to hold each such position.


The public shall have the right to do business with the Building Department at an office location, that being the Township Hall, except for emergencies and unforeseen or unavoidable circumstances.

A Construction Board of Appeals for the township shall be the County Board of Appeals.

[Amended 2-11-1981 by Ord. No. 1981-1; 8-26-1981 by Ord. No. 1981-12; 10-28-1981 by Ord. No. 1981-14; 5-26-1982 by Ord. No. 1982-8; 10-26-1983 by Ord. No. 1983-13; 6-26-1985 by Ord. No. 1985-6; 3-7-1988 by Ord. No. 1988-5; 3-20-1989 by Ord. No. 1989-5; 3-26-1990 by Ord. No. 1990-2; 2-24-1997 by Ord. No. 1997-3]

The following permit fees are hereby established and shall be paid before the permit is issued. All fees paid shall be rounded up to the nearest single dollar amount for administrative simplicity. The fee for a construction permit shall conform to the standards set forth in N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.17 and 5:23-2.18.


Administrative fee. A fee in the amount of 15% shall be added to each construction permit.

[Amended 5-26-1982 by Ord. No. 1982-8; 10-26-1983 by Ord. No. 1983-13]

The Construction Code Official shall, with the advice of the subcode officials, prepare and submit to the Township Committee biannually a report recommending a fee schedule based on operating expenses of the agency and any other expenses of the township fairly attributable to the enforcement of the State Uniform Construction Code Act.

Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 52:27D-119 et seq.

[Amended 5-26-1982 by Ord. No. 1982-8; 10-26-1983 by Ord. No. 1983-13]

In order to provide for the training, certification and technical support programs required by the Uniform Construction Code Act and the regulations, the enforcing agency shall collect, in addition to the fees specified above, a surcharge fee of $0.0006 per cubic foot of volume of new construction. Said surcharge fee shall be remitted to the Bureau of Housing Inspection, Department of Community Affairs, on a quarterly basis for the fiscal quarters ending September 30, December 31, March 31 and June 30 and not later than one month next succeeding the end of the quarter for which it is due.

[Amended 5-26-1982 by Ord. No. 1982-8; 10-26-1983 by Ord. No. 1983-13]

The following fire limits are established pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:23. The construction official shall prepare and submit to the Committee, biannually, a report reevaluating the delineation of the fire limits. This report shall indicate the recommendations of the Construction Official, the Building Subcode Official and the Fire Subcode Official regarding those areas which should be designated as within fire limits with the reasons therefor.

[Amended 5-26-1982 by Ord. No. 1982-8; 10-26-1983 by Ord. No. 1983-13]

All money collected under any provision of this Article shall be paid to the Treasurer of the Township.

[Amended 8-26-1981 by Ord. No. 1981-12; 5-26-1982 by Ord. No. 1982-8; 10-26-1983 by Ord. No. 1983-13]

Permits shall be required in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.14, except as provided in N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.7.