[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Emerson 12-15-2009 by Ord. No. 1391. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Licensing of contractors — See Ch. 134.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 150.
Flood damage prevention — See Ch. 156.
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former Ch. 132, Construction Codes, Uniform, adopted 12-28-1976 by Ord. No. 669 (appeared as chapter 29 of the 1966 Code of the Borough of Emerson), as amended.
There is hereby established in Emerson a State Uniform Construction Code Enforcing Agency, to be known as the "Emerson Enforcing Agency," 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.
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, 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 P.L. 1975, c. 217, and N.J.A.C. 5:23 to hold each such position.
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 52:27D-119 et seq.
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. The central location shall be the Borough Hall.
Waiver; exemption from fees for improvements to aid disabled persons. No person shall be charged a local construction permit fee for any construction, reconstruction, alteration or improvement designed and undertaken solely to promote accessibility by disabled persons to an existing public or private structure or any of the facilities contained therein.
[Added 11-9-2010 by Ord. No. 1416]
Definitions. As used this subsection, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Central visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye with the use of correcting 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 of 20/200 or less.
- DISABLED PERSON
- 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 sixty-percent disability or higher pursuant to any federal law administered by the United States Veterans' Act.
No person shall be charged a construction, dumpster, soil-moving or zoning 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 residential structure.
[Amended 8-2-2011 by Ord. No. 1429]
A disabled person, or a parent or sibling of a disabled person, shall not be required to pay a fee or charge in order to secure a construction permit for any construction, reconstruction, alteration or improvement which promotes accessibility to his own living unit and shall be exempt from such for fees.
[Amended 8-2-2011 by Ord. No. 1429]
Appeal. The waiver of construction permit fees for a medically handicapped or disabled person pursuant to the above-captioned federal acts of this section shall be at the sole discretion of the Construction Code Enforcement Official. This waiver shall not apply to whole-house reconstruction or new-home construction. Those who may be denied a waiver of permit fees to promote accessibility by a disabled person to an existing structure by the Construction Code Enforcement Officer may appeal to the Mayor and Council in writing within 30 days of the denial.
The Borough of Emerson shall use the Bergen County Construction Board of Appeals pursuant to Chapter 217 of the Laws of 1975.
[Amended 3-19-2019 by Ord. No. 1587-19; 5-7-2019 by Ord. No. 1591-19; 12-17-2019 by Ord. No. 1603-19]
The fee for a construction permit shall be the sum of the subcode fees listed in Subsection A(1) through (6) of this section and shall be paid before the permit is issued.
Building subcode fees. Minimum fee residential R3/R5: $75. All other uses and commercial: $125.
Alterations, repairs, renovations, reconstruction and change of use:
State surcharge: calculated upon current state fees, N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.19(b).
Lead hazard abatement with certificate of clearance: $145.
Asbestos abatement with administrative certificate: $160.
Change of contractor: $35 plus any additional items or cost.
Plan review fee: 20% of the anticipated permit fee which is nonrefundable.
DCA training fees are nonrefundable.
Reinstatement of lapsed permit fee: 80% of original fee.
Certificate of continued occupancy: U.C.C., applicant requested:
General visual inspection by all subcode officials: $125 per subcode.
Certificate of compliance, annual inspection for public swimming pools, spas and hot tubs: $150.
Special inspection fee request, for emergency/extraordinary situations:
Special inspection fees. Any person, partnership or corporation who requests and obtains a required code inspection either before or after regular Building Department hours of business or on holidays and weekends shall be required to pay, in addition to any established permit and certificate fees, the current contractual hourly compensation rate (1 1/2 times their normal hourly salary) for the Code Officials performing the inspections, plus an administrative surcharge of 20% of said calculated amount. Said fee shall be calculated and based on the amount of time required for said inspections with payment for a minimum inspection time of no less than two hours with the calculated surcharge.
Electrical subcode fees. Minimum fee residential R3/R5: $75. All other uses and commercial: $125.
Burglar alarm system (complete): $75.
Hydromassage tub (interior whirlpool tub/spa): $50.
Hot tub or spa (exterior): $150.
Certificate of compliance, (annual inspection for public swimming pools, spas and hot tubs): $150.
Plumbing subcode fees. Minimum fee residential R/3/R5: $75. All other uses and commercial: $125.
Water closet/toilet/urinals/bidets: $25.
Floor drain: $25.
Dishwasher, drinking fountain/water cooler: $25.
Washing machine: $25.
Hose bib: $25.
Fuel oil piping: $75.
Gas piping: $25 per connection.
Sewer pump/ejector: $75.
Grease trap: $100.
Refrigerant unit: $75.
Garbage disposal or indirect connection: $25.
Humidifier or condensate line/drain: $25.
Roof drain: $50.
Water softener: $75.
Annual testing of commercial backflow devices: $50 per device.
Fire protection subcode fees. Minimum fee residential R3/R5: $75. All other uses and commercial: $125.
Stand pipes: $500.
Kitchen hood exhaust system: $300.
Smoke control systems: $750.
Gas- or oil-fired appliance: $75.
Fire sprinkler component fee costs in addition to sprinkler heads:
Hydraulic calculations, alterations to pipe schedule plan review: $100.
Dry pipe alarm, pre-action and similar devices: $100.
Supervisory devices, each: $30.
Fire pump: $1,000.
Emergency lights and exit signs, each: $10.
Mechanical subcode fees.
R3/R5 structure/use group minimum fee: $75.
Water heater or water storage tank: $75.
Fuel oil piping connections: $75.
Gas piping connections: $25 per connection.
Steam boiler with backflow: $130.
Hot-water boiler with backflow: $130.
Hot-air furnace: $100.
Oil tank and piping: $100.
LPG tank: $100.
Hydronic piping: $75.
Radiant heat piping: $75.
Chimney liner: $100.
Wood stove or fireplace: $75.
A/C units, coils and condensers: $75.
Elevator subcode fees. 100% of state fees and subject to change by the state pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:23-12.6 plus 20% administrative fee.
This chapter shall take effect on January 4, 2010.