Township of Stafford, NJ
Ocean County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[Amended 10-18-1988 by Ord. No. 88-83; 12-20-1988 by Ord. No. 88-95; 1-31-1989 by Ord. No. 89-10; 11-21-1989 by Ord. No. 89-67]
A. 
The developer shall, at the time of filing an application for development, pay a nonrefundable administrative fee of $200 to the Township of Stafford, subject to two exceptions, namely, that an applicant for a major site plan or major subdivision shall pay an application fee of $500 and that a person seeking any variances in connection with an existing single-family residential use or a person applying for a minor site plan shall pay an application fee of $75. All payments shall be made by certified check, cash or bank money order. In addition, the developer shall, upon filing an application, pay an escrow fee to the Township by certified check, cash or bank money order, based upon the schedule set forth below. Proposals involving more than one application type shall pay a cost equaling the sum of the costs for the component elements of the plat. Proposals requiring a combination of approvals, such as subdivision, site plan and/or a variance, shall pay a cost equal to the sum of the cost for each element.
[Amended 2-6-1990 by Ord. No. 90-9; 3-6-1990 by Ord. No. 90-21; 3-19-1991 by Ord. No. 91-19; 11-1-1994 by Ord. No. 94-97; 7-11-1995 by Ord. No. 95-56]
(1) 
Concept plan review: $250, of which $25 will be charged for the administrative costs for each submission.
(2) 
Subdivision.
(a) 
Minor subdivision. Preliminary and final: $500, plus $50 per lot. Rereview fees shall be required for additional submissions as per § 130-95A(4).
(b) 
Major subdivision.
[1] 
Preliminary plat: $1,500, plus $50 per lot. Rereview fees shall be required for additional submissions as per § 130-95A(4).
[2] 
Final: 50% of the fees paid for preliminary major subdivision. Rereview fees shall be required for additional submissions as per § 130-95A(4).
(3) 
Site plan.
(a) 
Minor site plan. Preliminary and final: $850, except for home occupation or home professional office, which fee shall be $300.
(b) 
Major site plan.
[1] 
Preliminary: $1,500, plus $500 per acre or any portion above one acre. Rereview fees shall be required for additional submissions as per § 130-95A(4).
[2] 
Final: 50% of the fees paid for preliminary major site plan. Rereview fees shall be required for additional submissions as per § 130-95a(4).
(4) 
The fees paid under § 130-95A(2), (3) and (5) are estimated to cover the costs incurred by the Board for review of the initial application. Additional fees totaling 50% of the original fee shall be posted by the applicant for each plan review submitted after the original submission.
(5) 
Extension of preliminary or final approval: $100, plus a nonrefundable administrative fee of $75.
(6) 
Variances.
(a) 
Hear and decide appeals: $150.
[Amended 11-5-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-99]
(b) 
Interpretation of Zoning Regulations or Map: $150.
[Amended 11-5-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-99]
(c) 
Hardship or bulk variance: $200.
[Amended 12-20-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-108]
(d) 
Use variance: $500.
(7) 
Conditional uses: $100.
[Amended 11-5-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-99]
(8) 
Certificate of subdivision: $25.
(9) 
Zoning permit or change of use permit: $25.
(10) 
Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, the administrative fee for an application for approval of any accessory structure shall be $25.
(11) 
The cost for the preparation of a resolution for preliminary or final approval shall be $100.
(12) 
Environmental review fees. Required on site plans and major subdivisions where wetlands are located within 200 feet of the tract.
(a) 
Nonrefundable administrative fee: $100.
(b) 
Environmental review fee: $250.
(13) 
Performance guaranty reduction or release of performance guaranty or maintenance guaranty: $100. The resolution fee shall be collected by the Township Clerk at the time of release.
(14) 
Administrative fee for the attendance of the court reporter.
[Added 6-10-1997 by Ord. No. 97-45]
(a) 
One hundred dollars for a residential C variance.
(b) 
Two hundred dollars for all other applications.
(15) 
Additional fees.
[Added 11-5-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-99]
Type of Application
Fee
(dollars)
Commercial and industrial:
Buildings and structures (new)
$50
Alterations
$35
Additions
$35
Repairs
$35
Temporary
$35
Residential construction (multifamily):
Per unit, additional
$25
Additions, per unit
$25
Repairs/alterations, per unit
$25
Final certificate of occupancy (all work on building and site completed)
$35
Temporary, per unit
$25
Residential construction (single-family):
New construction (dwellings)
$35
Additions, over 100 square feet which are habitable
$25
Repairs/alterations
$25
Relocated house
$35
Temporary
$25
General construction (buildings and structures):
Utility buildings
$25
Unclassified
$25
B. 
The fees paid under § 130-95A(2), (3), (4), (5), (6)(d) and (7) shall be deposited in a banking institution or savings-and-loan association in this state, insured by an agency of the federal government or in any other fund or depository approved for such deposits by the State of New Jersey, in an account bearing interest at the minimum rate currently paid by the institution or depository on time or savings deposits. The Planning Board or Board of Adjustment Secretary shall notify the applicant, in writing, of the name and address of the institution or depository in which the deposit is made and the amount of the deposit. If the amount of interest earned on the deposit exceeds $100, that entire amount shall belong to the applicant and shall be refunded to him by the Township on an annual basis or at the time the deposit is repaid or applied for the purpose it was deposited; provided, however, that the Township may retain for administrative expenses a sum equivalent to no more than 33 1/3% of the entire amount, which shall be in lieu of all other administrative and custodial expenses.
[Amended 11-12-1991 by Ord. No. 91-67]
C. 
Exemption from payment of fees. In accordance with N.J.S.A. 40:55D-8, any philanthropic, fraternal or religious nonprofit organization holding a tax-exempt status under the Federal Internal Revenue Code of 1954 is hereby exempt from the payment of administrative fees, resolution fees, court reporter fees and legal fees, excluding those incurred through litigation. All other fees charged under this chapter by virtue of the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40:55D-1 et seq. shall be due upon presentation of the invoices for services rendered for the review and inspection of the development.
[Amended 9-3-1996 by Ord. No. 96-61]
D. 
Escrow deposits.
[Added 11-5-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-99]
(1) 
In addition to filing and any other fees required pursuant to this article, all applicants for subdivision, site plan, variance relief or conditional use approval shall be required to deposit adequate funds, as determined by Subsection D(2) and (3) below, to be held in escrow to cover the cost of professional services in conjunction with the review, consultation, reporting, testimony and inspection provided by the Planning Consultant, Township Engineer, Board Attorney and/or any other professionals whose services are deemed necessary with respect to the application by the Township agency. The Township Treasurer shall place all such deposits in an escrow account in the name of the applicant and shall charge against such account all disbursements in connection with the costs referred to above. Subject to the provisions of Subsection D(2) below, the amount of the initial deposit for said escrow account to be remitted at the time of the filing of the application shall be equal to three times the application fee or a minimum of $1,500, whichever is the greater.
(2) 
No application shall be deemed complete, and the Township agency shall not process and/or take action on the application, until such time as the applicant shall have posted with the Treasurer of the Township of Stafford the required amount of escrow deposit, as determined by the Planning Board or the Zoning Board of Adjustment. The required amount to be deposited with the Treasurer of the Township of Stafford may be remitted in cash, certified check or money order.
(3) 
In order to expedite the processing of the applications by the Board, when the funds in the escrow account fall below 35% of the original amount posted prior to the completion of the application procedure, the Township Treasurer shall notify the applicant, at which time the applicant shall post sufficient funds to bring the account back to the original amount.
(4) 
All such escrow funds shall be utilized by the Board to pay the cost of any professional fees incurred by the Board to review and/or give testimony in connection with the particular application for development. All sums not actually so expended shall be refunded to the applicant within 60 days after the final determination by the appropriate Board with respect to such application upon certification by the Board that said application has been finally determined.
(5) 
The Township Treasurer shall deposit all funds pending completion and review of the development application. Said money shall be placed in an interest-bearing account. In the event that a refund is to be made to the applicant pursuant to § 130-95B, the municipality shall refund with interest the said amount within 60 days from the date of final approval.
(6) 
All bills submitted to a Township agency by the Planning Consultant, Township Engineer, Board Attorney or other professionals containing charges to be applied to an escrow account authorized and established pursuant to Subsection D(2) above shall specify the services performed in relation to individually identified applications for which the charges have been made.
(7) 
Unit charges (i.e., per diem or hourly fees, inspection or expert testimony charges) levied by the Township Engineer, Planning Consultant, Attorney or other professionals for services applied to an escrow account authorized and approved pursuant to Subsection D(2) above may not exceed those unit charges contracted for and/or approved by the Township agency for services by said professional, which may not, under Subsection D(2) above, be subject to compensation by an escrow account.
(8) 
Monthly accounting of all funds to be withdrawn by the Township from an escrow account shall be submitted by the Township Treasurer to the applicant at least 10 days prior to the withdrawal of said funds. Within such 10 days, the applicant shall have the opportunity to request, in writing, a hearing by the appropriate Township agency with respect to the reasonableness of the intended charges against the escrow account. In the event that the applicant requests such a hearing, no withdrawal shall be made from the account until the Township agency shall have ruled on the appeal. If the Township agency finds in favor of the applicant, the withdrawal from the escrow account shall be adjusted accordingly.
E. 
Transcripts and copies.
[Added 11-5-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-99]
(1) 
Where a transcript is required on the filing of an appeal to the Township Council and the transcript has not been previously prepared and available, the appellant, at the time of filing the appeal, shall, in addition to the appeal filing fee of $50, deposit with the administrative officer the estimated costs of the transcript or an additional $100, whichever is less, as a deposit to cover the costs thereof. The estimated costs of the transcript shall be determined to be at the estimated rate of $100 for each hour of the hearing comprising the matter. If the deposit shall not be sufficient, the appellant shall pay the difference prior to the appeal being heard or the appeal shall be dismissed. If the deposit shall exceed the costs of the transcript, the difference shall be refunded to the appellant. The appellant may also submit a transcript otherwise arranged by the applicant to the Municipal Clerk so long as the method of transcription is acceptable to the Municipal Clerk.
(2) 
Transcripts, copies, duplicates or transcripts of records of proceedings furnished to an interested party pursuant to P.L. 1975, c. 291, § 6(f) (N.J.S.A. 40:55D-10f: $0.40 for each folio of original and $0.10 for each of the copies or the maximum permitted by N.J.S.A. 2A:11-15,[1] whichever is greater.
[1]
Editor's Note: Said statute, N.J.S.A. 2A:11-15, was repealed by P.L. 1991, c. 119, § 4, eff. 4-25-1991.
F. 
List of property owners. From current tax duplicate pursuant to P.L. 1975, c. 291, Section 7.1(c) (N.J.S.A. 40:55D-12c): $0.25 per name or $10, whichever is greater.
[Added 11-5-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-99]
G. 
Performance guaranties, inspection fees and maintenance guaranties shall be in addition to these filing fees.
[Added 11-5-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-99]