City of Woodbury, NJ
Gloucester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the City of Woodbury 12-28-1976 by Ord. No. 1301-76. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Alarm systems — See Ch. 53
Fire prevention — See Ch. 89.
Sewers — See Ch. 156.
Subdivision and land development — See Ch. 170.
Swimming pools — See Ch. 174.
Water — See Ch. 197.
Zoning — See Ch. 202.
A. 
There is hereby established in the City of Woodbury a State Uniform Construction Code enforcing agency to be known as the "Building and Construction Department," consisting of a Construction Official, Building Subcode Official, Plumbing Subcode Official, Electrical Subcode Official, Fire Protection Subcode Official and such other subcode 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 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, provided that such person is qualified pursuant to N.J.S.A. 52:27D-119 et seq. and N.J.A.C. 5:23 to hold each such position.
[Amended 11-28-2005 by Ord. No. 2015-05]
C. 
The public shall have the right to do business with the enforcing agency at one office location, except for emergencies and unforeseen or unavoidable circumstances.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Original § 75-2, regarding the Construction Board of Appeals, of the 1976 Code, which immediately followed this section, was repealed 6-3-1997 by Ord. No 1819-97.
[Amended 12-23-1980 by Ord. No. 1372-80; 7-6-1982 by Ord. No. 1421-82; 3-13-1984 by Ord. No. 1453-84; 3-19-1991 by Ord. No. 1647-91; 12-8-1992 by Ord. No. 1681-92; 10-24-1995 by Ord. No. 1782-95; 7-25-2000 by Ord. No. 1902-00; 5-12-2008 by Ord. No. 2076-08; 5-23-2011 by Ord. No. 2139-11; 5-23-2011 by Ord. No. 2139-11]
The fee for a construction permit shall be the sum of the subcode fees listed in Subsection A hereof and shall be paid before the permit is issued. All fees totaling a partial dollar amount shall be ascribed the next highest dollar amount.
A. 
Building subcode fees.
(1) 
New construction.
(a) 
The fee shall be computed at $0.02 per cubic foot of building volume with a minimum of $150 for each permit.
(b) 
Exception to such minimum charge shall apply to small sheds, residential garages not insulated and other small uninsulated accessory structures on residential properties as determined by the Construction Official. The minimum charge shall be computed at $0.02 per cubic foot of building volume with a minimum charge of $50.
(c) 
Inspections. New buildings and additions require the following inspections under the building inspector: footing, foundation before backfill, rough framing, framing, insulation and final, regardless of size. Small unheated buildings require no insulation, usually walls are not finished and probably do not require backfill. The Construction Official, using the number of required inspections, can set the lower, more fair rate.
(2) 
Premanufactured housing construction; state regulations N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.18(c)1.i. The fee shall be based upon estimated cost of site work (all disciplines), and the fee shall be computed as a unit rate per $1,000 of estimated cost of site work (all subcodes).
Subcode
Fee per $1,000
Building
$50 with minimum of $600
Electrical
$50 with minimum of $60
Fire
$50 with minimum of $60
Plumbing
$50 with minimum of $60
Other: site work
$50 with minimum of $60
(3) 
Premanufactured construction for use groups other than residential.
Subcode
Fee per $1,000
Building
$50 with minimum of $900
Electrical
$50 with minimum of $75
Fire
$50 with minimum of $75
Plumbing
$50 with minimum of $75
(4) 
Renovations, alterations and repairs. Permit fees for renovations, alterations and repairs shall be based upon the estimated cost of the work, inclusive of labor and materials, based upon standards printed by the Building Officials and Code Administrators (BOCA), Chicago, Illinois, for the value rate of construction, irrespective of the party performing such work. The rate shall be computed at the rate of $20 per $1,000 of cost. The minimum fee shall be $70. Solar photovoltaic systems fees shall be based only on the cost of work materials and labor.
(5) 
Combination of renovations and additions. The amount shall be the sum of the fees, computed separately as renovations and additions.
(6) 
Demolitions.
(a) 
Permit fees for demolition of buildings shall be as follows:
[1] 
Sheds: $60.
[2] 
Residential garages: $70.
[3] 
Commercial garages: $150.
[4] 
One- and two-family dwellings: $225.
[5] 
All other use groups: $400.
(b) 
Underground storage tank removal.
[1] 
Commercial: $15 per $1,000 of cost. The minimum shall be $125.
[2] 
Residential: $70 for a tank less than 2,000 gallons.
(c) 
For the purpose of demolition, each separate building and each building on a separate lot shall require a separate permit. This is done because it usually requires a separate inspection(s) for each, and the separate permit enables the Assessor to properly reassess the value of property being removed as the description is clear and separate on each permit.
(d) 
No state permit fee is collected on demolitions, including tank removal because it is not an alteration.
(7) 
Special permits.
(a) 
Swimming pools. Permit fees for the construction and installation of swimming pools shall be as follows:
[1] 
Aboveground pools: $60.
[2] 
In-ground pools: $100.
(b) 
Fences and solar panels (zoning permit). Permit fees for the installation of residential fences is $45 and for commercial fences and solar panels is $75.
[Amended 2-14-2017 by Ord. No. 2257-17]
(c) 
Signs. Permit fee for a permit to construct and install a sign shall be $2 per square foot of the surface area of the sign, provided that the minimum fee shall be $70. In the case of double-faced signs, the area of the surface of one side of the sign shall be used for purposes of the fee computation. (prior approval, zoning approval required).
(d) 
Asbestos hazard abatement. The permit fee shall be as set forth in the State of New Jersey Uniform Construction Code, N.J.A.C. 5:23-8.9, Fees, Subsection (a):
[1] 
Administrative fee of $84 for each construction permit issued for asbestos hazard abatement;
[2] 
Administrative fee of $17 for each certificate of occupancy issued following the successful completion of an asbestos hazard abatement project.
(e) 
Lead hazard abatement. The permit fee shall be as set forth in the State of New Jersey Uniform Construction Code, N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.20(c)3.ix:
[1] 
Administrative fee of $140 for each construction permit issued for lead hazard abatement; and
[2] 
Administrative fee of $28 for each lead hazard abatement clearance certificate issued.
(f) 
Tents exceeding 900 square feet or more than 30 feet in any direction: $116.
B. 
Plumbing subcode fees.
(1) 
For each plumbing application, a minimum fee shall be $50.
(2) 
Additional fees shall apply to the following devices:
Device or Fixture
Fee for Each
Water closet
$12
Urinal/bidet
$12
Bathtub
$12
Lavatory
$12
Shower
$12
Floor drain
$12
Sink
$12
Dishwasher
$12
Drinking fountain
$12
Washing machine
$12
Hose bibb
$12
Gas piping, residential
$50
Gas piping, commercial
One
$60
Each additional
$25
LP gas tank
$40
Fuel oil piping
$10
Stacks
$10
Baseboard units/radiators
$10
Active solar system
$60
Water heater, residential
$18
Water heater, commercial
$25
Steam boiler, residential
$40
Steam boiler, commercial
$70
Hot water boiler, residential
$40
Hot water boiler, commercial
$70
Sewer pump
$40
Interceptor/separator, residential
$40
Interceptor/separator, all other use groups
$60
Backflow preventer, residential
$45
Backflow preventer, all other use groups
$70
Grease trap
$60
Water-cooled air-conditioning or refrigeration unit
$70
Sewer connections
$65
Water connections
$65
All other items
$12
Minimum plumbing fee
$60
(3) 
The fees imposed herein shall be charged for each living unit of each multiple dwelling, apartment housing unit or building containing separate living units; commercial property: for each unit or suite.
C. 
Electrical subcode fees.
(1) 
For each electrical application, the minimum fee shall be $60.
(2) 
Electrical fees shall be as follows:
(a) 
Devices: lighting fixtures, receptacles, switches, smoke/heat detectors, light poles, motor-fract, HP, emergency and exit lights, communications points.
Number of Devices
Fee
1 to 50
$45
Each additional 25 or
fraction thereof
$8
(b) 
Alarm systems/devices/F.A.C. panel: $50.
(c) 
Electric ranges, oven surface units, water heaters, dryer receptacles, dishwashers, central air conditioning, space heaters/air handlers, baseboard heat units:
Kilowatts
Fee
1 to 10
$30
11 to 45
$45
46 to 112.5
$80
Greater than 112.5
$33
(d) 
Motors.
Horsepower
Fee
1 to 10
$30
11 to 50
$45
51 to 100
$80
Greater than 100
$380
(e) 
Service, meter equipment and feeders. Fees for service, subpanels, panels, cables motor control centers shall be as follows:
Amperage
Fee
Up to 200
$60
201 to 1,000
$90
Greater than 1,000
$380
Inverters
$60
(f) 
Pools.
[1] 
Permanent aboveground: $60.
[2] 
Seasonal blowup aboveground: $50.
[3] 
Inground: $80.
[4] 
Hot tubs, spas, storable pools: $60.
[5] 
Public pool certification: $80.
(g) 
The fee for each interior illuminated wall sign, pylon sign or other sign shall be $25, with a minimum of $50.
(h) 
Transformers/generators. The fees for transformers/generators shall be as follows:
Kilovolt-Amperes
Fee
1 to 10
$60
11 to 45
$70
46 to 112.5
$90
Over 112.5
$300
(i) 
For any items not listed above, a special fee shall be determined by the Construction Code Official and Electrical Subcode Official, subject to review by the Construction Board of Appeals.
D. 
Fire subcode fees.
(1) 
For each fire application, a minimum fee shall be $50.
(2) 
Fire protection fees shall be as follows:
(a) 
Sprinkler systems. Hydraulic-designed systems shall be assessed twice the standard price.
Heads
Fee
1 to 20
$100
21 to 200
$150
201 to 400
$200
401 to 600
$250
601 to 800
$350
801 to 1,000
$450
1,001 to 1,500
$550
1,501 to 1,700
$650
1,701 to 1,900
$750
1,901 and up
$950
(b) 
Special suppression systems.
Type
Fee
Carbon dioxide system
$80
Halon
$80
Dry chemical
$80
Wet chemical
$80
Foam
$80
Other
$80
Incinerators
$350
Crematoriums
$350
Kitchen exhaust system
$80
Smoke control system (per exhauster)
$80
(c) 
Suppression systems.
Type
Fee
Standpipes, per riser
$200
Fire pumps, per pump
$200
Dry pipe/alarm valves
$170
Pre-action valves
$170
(d) 
Alarm systems.
[1] 
Residential one- and two-family, per dwelling unit, 110-volt interconnected smoke detectors/carbon monoxide detectors: $50.
[2] 
All other use groups:
Type
Fee
Smoke, heat, pulls, water/flow:
1 to 20
$75
Each additional or fraction thereof
$3
Supervisory devices (i.e., tampers, low/high air), each
$25
Signaling devices (i.e., horns/ strobes, bells), each
$7
Other devices, each
$7
(e) 
Heat-producing devices.
Type
Fee
One- and two-family dwellings
$60
All other use groups
$15 per $1,000
Other devices (fireplaces; propane)
$60
Minimum for heat-producing units
$100
(f) 
Storage tanks installation.
[1] 
Residential one- and two-family: $70.
[2] 
Other use groups: $15 per $1,000.
[3] 
Minimum: $120.
E. 
Certificates.
(1) 
Certificate of occupancy. The fee for a certificate of occupancy shall be 10% of the total permit fee with a minimum charge of $30.
(2) 
Temporary certificate of occupancy. There shall be no fee charged for a temporary certficate of occupancy per review of the State of New Jersey DCA Regulatory Affairs Division, Wm. Ferguson, January 2008.
(3) 
Change of use and continued use certificates: a minimum fee of $60 with an additional $10 for each subcode inspection required.
(4) 
Certificate of approval: no fee charged pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.23(j).
F. 
State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs training fees.
(1) 
Revised N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.19(b) states: "The fee shall be in the amount of $0.0019 per cubic foot of volume on new buildings and additions. Volume shall be computed in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.28. The fee for all other construction shall be $0.96 per $1,000 of value of construction starting at $520."
(2) 
No state permit fee is collected on a demolition, including tank removal, because it is not an alteration.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Original § 75-4, regarding fire limits, and original § 75-6, regarding the licensing of plumbers, of the 1976 Code, which immediately followed this section, were deleted 11-28-2005 by Ord. No. 2015-05.
G. 
Revised state surcharge fee (July 1, 2003). Per N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.19(b), the fee shall be in the amount $0.00334 per cubic foot of volume on new buildings and additions. Volume shall be computed in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.28. The fee for all other construction shall be $1.70 per $1,000 of value of construction starting at $300. The minimum permit surcharge fee shall be $1.
H. 
Zoning application review fees.
(1) 
Zoning verification certificate (business zoning district certificate of approval): fee to review zoning ordinance to ensure proposed new business may operate in a certain zoning district: $20.
[Amended 2-14-2017 by Ord. No. 2257-17]
(2) 
Zoning application certificate (zoning regulation review for setbacks certificate): fee to review zoning application and survey for approval of proposed new structure(s) locations: $20.
[Amended 2-14-2017 by Ord. No. 2257-17]
(3) 
Zoning resource research: to research existing block and lot file to obtain answers to an inquiry questionnaire packet from a zoning resource center: $100.
[Added 8-10-1999 by Ord. No. 1878-99]
A. 
No person shall be charged a construction permit surcharge fee or enforcing agency fee for any construction, reconstruction, alteration or improvement designed and undertaken solely to promote accessibility by disabled persons to an existing private structure or any of the facilities contained therein.
B. 
A disabled person, or a parent or sibling of a disabled person, shall not be required to pay any municipal fee or charge in order to secure a construction permit for any construction, reconstruction, alteration or improvement which promotes accessibility to his or her own living unit.
C. 
"Disabled person" means a person who has the total and permanent inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment, including blindness, and shall include, but not be limited to, any resident of this state who is disabled pursuant to the federal Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. § 416), or the federal Railroad Retirement Act of 1974 (45 U.S.C. § 231 et seq.) or is rated as having a 60% disability or higher pursuant to any federal law administered by the United States Veterans' Act. For purposes of this subsection, "blindness" means central visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye with the use of a corrective lens. An eye which is accompanied by a limitation in the fields of vision such that the widest diameter of the visual field subtends an angle no greater than 20° shall be considered as having a central visual acuity or 20/200 or less.