Township of Bloomfield, NJ
Essex County
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[Adopted 4-20-1987 (Ch. 87, Art. I, of the 1987 Code)]
A. 
It shall henceforth be unlawful for any property owner, landlord or tenant to rent, lease or in any way deliver up for occupancy any building, premises, apartment or any other dwelling unit until a certificate of habitability shall have been issued by the Director of Community Development and Inspections, or his designee, stating to the effect that said building, premises, apartment or any other dwelling unit conforms to the provisions of the Uniform Construction Code of the State of New Jersey and the Housing Code of the Township of Bloomfield[1] and to all other pertinent codes, ordinances and statutes relating to the safety and habitability of dwelling units.
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 307, Housing Standards.
B. 
In such case, it shall be the duty of the Director of Community Development and Inspections, or his designee, to issue a certificate of habitability, upon inspection and approval by the Director of Community Development and Inspections, or his designee, within 15 days after a request for such certificate has been filed with the Department of Community Development and Inspections by a property owner, landlord or tenant of a building, premises, apartment or any other dwelling unit. Such certificate of habitability shall be effective from the period of time that the premises again becomes occupied and for as long as its occupancy remains unchanged.
C. 
Exempt from this article are motels, hotels and similar-type buildings. Residential structures containing four dwelling units or less are also exempt from the provisions of this article. However, this exemption shall not apply to residential structures containing four dwelling units or less in garden apartment complexes.
D. 
Certificates of occupancy required. No building hereafter structurally altered or erected and no occupancy, use or change in occupancy, ownership or use of any building or vacant land (whether due to a transfer of title or a rental or rerental of building or vacant land or any portion thereof) shall be used or changed in use until a certificate of occupancy shall have been issued by the Director of Community Development and Inspections or his duly authorized assistant, stating that the building or vacant land or the proposed use thereof complies with the provisions of this chapter.
[Added 12-19-2005 by Ord. No. 05-40]
Upon inspection of any building, premises, apartment or any other dwelling unit, the Director of Community Development and Inspections, in his discretion, may cause to be issued a temporary certificate of habitability, conditioned upon the property owner, landlord or tenant complying with the provisions of this article within a reasonable period of time not to exceed 30 days from the issuance of such certificate. Upon compliance with the provisions of this article by the property owner, landlord or tenant, the Director of Community Development and Inspections shall issue a certificate of habitability at no additional fee, and such certificate of habitability shall be effective from the period of time that the premises again becomes occupied and for as long as occupancy remains unchanged.
A. 
The fee for the issuance of a certificate of habitability required under § 149-1 hereof shall be $20.
[Amended 6-6-1994]
B. 
The fee for the issuance of a temporary certificate of habitability under § 149-2 shall be $20.
[Amended 6-6-1994]
C. 
In the event that a reinspection is required before the issuance of a certificate of habitability required under § 149-1 hereof, there shall be an additional fee of $10 assessed, payable to the Township of Bloomfield.
D. 
Fees for a certificate of continued occupancy on the sale or transfer of property within the Township of Bloomfield shall be as follows:
[Added 5-5-1997; amended 7-7-2003 by Ord. No. 03-25; 10-16-2006 by Ord. No. 06-40; 2-2-2009 by Ord. No. 09-7]
Type
Fee
Single-family residential dwelling
$125
Two-family residential dwelling
$185
Three-family residential dwelling
$280
Each additional dwelling unit
$95 (not to exceed $1,000 in total)
Commercial and manufacturing buildings:
Buildings up to 5,000 square feet
$315
Buildings from 5,001 to 20,000 square feet
$625
Buildings from 20,001 to 50,000 square feet
$935
Buildings over to 50,001 square feet
$1,250
E. 
Fees for a certificate of occupancy on the change of tenancy of commercial property with the Township of Bloomfield shall be $125.
[Added 2-2-2009 by Ord. No. 09-11]
It shall henceforth be required that a notice be posted in the vestibule and business office of all units to which this article applies, setting forth that, under this article, a new certificate of habitability is required on all changes in occupancy.
[Amended 5-5-2008 by Ord. No. 08-18]
Any person, firm or corporation who or which shall violate any of the provisions of this article shall, upon conviction, be punished shall, upon conviction, be subject to the penalty as provided in § 1-15, General penalty, of this Code. Each violation of any of the provisions of this article and each day the same is violated shall be deemed and taken to be a separate and distinct offense.