Township of Bloomfield, NJ
Essex County
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[Adopted 1-17-1977; amended in its entirety 6-3-1985 (Ch. 87, Art. II, of the 1987 Code)]
A. 
There is hereby established in the Township of Bloomfield a State Uniform Construction Code enforcing agency to be known as the "Department of Community Development and Inspections," 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 (N.J.S.A. 52:27D-119 et seq.). 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 P.L. 1975, c. 217, as amended (N.J.S.A. 52:27D-119 et seq.), 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.
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.
A. 
There is hereby established a Construction Board of Appeals to hear appeals from decisions by the enforcing agency. Such Board shall consist of five members. At least one Board member shall be a registered architect or licensed professional engineer with building construction experience, and at least one Board member shall be as qualified as a Plumbing Subcode Official and one as qualified as an Electrical Subcode Official. No more than two Board members shall be selected from the same business or profession. Each Board member shall have had at least three years' experience in construction, design or supervision as a licensed engineer or registered architect or, in the alternative, five years' experience in construction, design or supervision as an architect or engineer with a bachelor's degree in architecture or engineering, respectively, from an accredited institution of higher education or, as a further alternative, 10 years' experience in construction, design or supervision as a journeyman in a construction trade or as a construction contractor, subcontractor or inspector.
B. 
Appointments; terms.
(1) 
The Mayor and Township Council shall appoint the Board members and any alternate members. For the members first appointed, the Mayor and Township Council shall designate the appointees' terms so that one shall be appointed for a term of one year, one for a term of two years, one for a term of three years and two for terms of four years. At the expiration of such terms and thereafter, appointments shall be made for terms of four years. Vacancies shall be filled for the unexpired term.
(2) 
The Mayor and Township Council shall appoint such number of alternatives as may be appropriate for terms not to exceed four years or may, in the alternative, appoint alternates on a case-by-case basis.
(3) 
No regular or alternate Board member may be a member of the enforcing agency, the decisions of which are subject to the review of the Board.
C. 
Members shall be appointed by the governing body to serve without compensation.
[Amended 9-8-1987; 2-21-1989; 2-18-1992; 6-6-1994; 5-5-1997; 12-20-1999; 9-17-2002 by Ord. No. 02-34; 2-6-2006 by Ord. No. 06-02; 6-1-2009 by L.L. No. 09-43]
A. 
The fee for plan review shall be 20% of the construction permit fee.
[Amended 5-6-2013 by Ord. No. 13-20]
B. 
The basic construction fee shall be the sum of all subcode fees computed on the basis of the volume or cost of construction fees of all subcode fees. The minimum fee for any one subcode shall be $85, except water heaters which shall be $50. In addition, an administrative fee of 15% shall be added to elevator subcode fees.
[Amended 5-6-2013 by Ord. No. 13-20]
(1) 
Building volume and cost.
(a) 
Fees for new construction and additions shall be based upon the volume of the structure. Volume shall be computed in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.28. The new construction fee shall be in the amount of $0.034 per cubic foot of volume for buildings and structures of all use groups and types of construction as classified and defined in Articles 3 and 4 of the Building Subcode; except that the fee shall be $0.019 per cubic foot of volume for Use Groups A-1, A-2, A-3, A-4, F-1, F-2, S-1 and S-2, and the fee shall be $0.0010 per cubic foot for structures on farms, including commercial farm buildings under N.J.A.C. 5:23-3.2, and a certificate of occupancy shall be $150 for all groups.
(b) 
Fees for renovations, alterations and repairs shall be $30 per $1,000 up to $50,000 of estimate cost and $23 from $50,001 and over.
(c) 
The fees for demolition, removal of structure and interior demolition shall be $150.
(d) 
In order to provide for the training and certification and technical support programs required by the Act, the enforcing agency shall collect a surcharge fee to be based upon the volume of the new construction or the value of construction for other types of construction within the municipality. Said fee shall be accounted for and forwarded to the Bureau of Regulatory Affairs. This fee shall be in the amount as set forth in N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.19(b). For the purpose of calculating this fee, volume shall be computed in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-2:28.
(2) 
Plumbing fixtures and equipment: subcode (N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.20/c2.ii).
(a) 
For the purpose of computing fees:
[1] 
The fees for plumbing fixtures shall be $20 per item for R3/R5. The fee shall include, but not be limited to, stacks, lavatories, kitchen sinks, slop sinks, sinks, urinals, water closets, bathtubs, shower stalls, laundry tubs, floor drains, wash machine connections, hose bibs and similar fixtures, except for the following items:
[a] 
Fuel oil piping (R-3/R5): $20.
[b] 
Fuel oil piping (all other use groups): $82.
[c] 
Interceptor/separator: $82.
[d] 
Backflow preventer: $50.
[e] 
Test port: $82.
[f] 
Grease trap: $82.
[g] 
Sewer connection: $82.
[h] 
Water service connection: $82.
[i] 
Generator: $75.
[j] 
Annual testing of backflow preventer: $60.
[k] 
Above-ground oil storage tank: $60.
[2] 
The fees for plumbing fixtures on a commercial property shall be $82, which shall include, but not be limited to, hot-water heaters, tankless heaters, heat exchangers, gas piping, water storage tanks and similar items.
[3] 
The fee for the installation of a house or building sewer or building sewer and/or a water service pipe shall be $75. Main connection for fire suppression systems shall be $200.
(3) 
Electrical fixtures and devices: Electrical Subcode fees: (N.J.A.C. 4.20/c2ii).
[Amended 5-5-2014 by Ord. No. 14-17]
(a) 
The fees for receptacles, fixtures, wall switches, smoke and heat detectors, or similar devices shall be as follows:
[1] 
Up to 25 items: $60.
[2] 
Each additional 25 items or part thereof: $20.
(b) 
Fees for wiring outlets and fixtures shall be as follows:
[1] 
One to 25: $60.
[2] 
Each additional 25 items or part thereof: $20.
(c) 
Fees for site lighting shall be as follows:
[1] 
One to five poles: $120.
[2] 
Each additional: $20.
(d) 
Appliance of motor, dwelling only. Heating, cooking, and cooling equipment, pumps, dryers, water, heater, and other appliances:
[1] 
Less than 10kw outlets for single units: $30.
[2] 
10.1 to 35kw: $50.
[3] 
36 to 100kw: $150.
[4] 
Over 100kw: $500.
(e) 
Service entrance panels/subpanels/motor controls:
[1] 
Up to 200 amps: $60.
[2] 
201 to 400 amps: $150.
[3] 
401 to 1,000 amps: $250.
[4] 
1,001 amps or greater: $500.
(f) 
Motors, motor controls, transformers, heating, air conditioning units, generators, solar or other electrical devices:
[1] 
Up to one kw: $30.
[2] 
One to 10kw: $50.
[3] 
10.01 to 35kw: $100.
[4] 
36 to 100kw: $150.
[5] 
Baseboard heat: $20.
(g) 
Fees for signs/outline lights:
[1] 
Up to one kw: $30.
[2] 
One to 10kw: $50.
[3] 
10.1 to 35kw: $100.
[4] 
36 to 100kw: $150.
[5] 
Over 100kw: $500.
(h) 
Fees for hp motors:
[1] 
Up to one hp: $25.
[2] 
One to 10 hp: $30.
[3] 
10.1 to 35 hp: $100.
[4] 
36 to 100 hp: $150.
[5] 
Over 100 hp: $500.
(i) 
Photovoltaic systems:
[1] 
One to 50kw: $50.
[2] 
51 to 100kw: $116.
[3] 
Over 100kw: $576.
[4] 
Lawn sprinklers/rain sensor: $50.
(j) 
Sound system/intercoms:
[1] 
One to 25 points: $60.
[2] 
Each additional 25 items or part thereof: $20.
(k) 
Pools/spas and hot tubs:
[1] 
Aboveground pools: $75.
[2] 
In-ground pools: $100.
[3] 
Hydromassage tubs/Jacuzzi/hot tubs: $150.
[4] 
Each additional 25 items or part thereof: $20.
(l) 
Air conditioner fee and disconnects: $65.
(m) 
Communication points, one- and two-family dwellings: $60.
(n) 
Communication points, multifamily and commercial:
[1] 
One to 25 points: $125.
[2] 
Over 25 points: $20.
(4) 
Fire protection. The fees for fire protection and other hazardous equipment shall be as follows:
(a) 
Sprinkler heads fee:
[1] 
Up to 50 heads: $150.
[2] 
51 to 200 heads: $200.
[3] 
200 to 400 heads: $600.
[4] 
401 to 1,000 heads: $900.
[5] 
Over 1,000 heads: $1,200.
(b) 
Smoke and heat detectors systems:
[1] 
One to 12: $45.
[2] 
13 to 35: $55.
[3] 
36 to 100: $100.
[4] 
101 to 200: $150.
[5] 
Over 200: $200.
(c) 
Standpipe: $250.
(d) 
Fire pump/GPM type, dry pipe/alarm, pre-action valves: $175.
(e) 
Pre-engineered system: $250.
(f) 
Gas- or oil-fired appliance not connected to the plumbing system: $85.
(g) 
Kitchen exhaust system: $200.
(h) 
Pull station water/flow supervisory devices and emergency exit signal devices:
[1] 
One to 12 devices: $45.
[2] 
Additional devices: $15.
(i) 
Miscellaneous fire, commercial:
[1] 
Kitchen hood exhaust system: $200.
[2] 
Smoke control system: $100.
[3] 
Oil or gas appliance: $82.
[4] 
Fireplace venting/metal chimney: $100.
[5] 
HVAC unit: $100.
[6] 
Space heater: $50 each.
[7] 
Fire annunciator control panel: $65.
(j) 
Fire protection and other hazardous equipment: one- and two-family dwellings:
[1] 
Up to 25 devices: $75.
[2] 
Additional devices: $20.
(k) 
Fire/burglar alarm systems: three-family dwellings and over/commercial:
[1] 
Up to 25 devices: $125.
[2] 
Additional devices: $20.
(5) 
Annual permit fees.
(a) 
Fees for annual permits shall be as follows:
[1] 
One to 25 workers (including foremen): $734 per worker.
[2] 
Each additional worker over 25: $255 per worker.
(b) 
Prior to the issuance of the annual permit, a training registration fee of $140 per subcode and a list of at least one, but not more than three, individuals to be trained per subcode shall be submitted by the applicant to the Department of Community Affairs, Bureau of Technical Assistance, Training Section, along with a copy of the construction permit (Form F-170C). A check shall be made payable to "Treasurer, State of New Jersey." The Department shall register these individuals and notify them of the courses being offered.
(6) 
The fee for a mechanical inspection in the Use Group R-3 or R-4 structure by a mechanical inspector shall be $50 for the first device and $14 for each additional device. No separate fee shall be charged for gas, fuel oil or water piping connections associated with the mechanical equipment inspected.
(7) 
The Construction Official shall, with the advice of the subcode officials, prepare and submit to the Municipal Council annually a report recommending a fee schedule based on the operating expenses of the agency and any other expenses of the municipality fairly attributable to the enforcement for the State Uniform Construction Code Act (N.J.S.A. 52:27D-19 et seq.).
(8) 
Exempt from fees. The following shall be exempt from the payment of fees under this chapter:
(a) 
Any religious, charitable, benevolent, fraternal or nonprofit associations, corporations or organizations at the discretion of the Township Council.
(b) 
An application for the construction or installation of a flagpole.
(9) 
Certificate of occupancy.
(a) 
The fee for a certificate of occupancy shall be 20% of the sum of the fee for all subcodes. The minimum fee shall be $150 for a single-family residential use and $15 per unit for multifamily in addition to the minimum fee.
(b) 
The fee for a change of use group shall be $100.
(c) 
The fee for a certificate of occupancy issued under N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.23(c) shall be $200.
(d) 
The fee for an application for a variation in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.10 shall be $654 for Class I structures and $132 for Class II and Class III structures. The fee for resubmission of an application for a variation shall be $252 for Class I structures and $72 for Class II and Class III structures.
(e) 
The fee for the Construction Board of Appeals shall be $125.
(10) 
Removal of hazardous building materials.
(a) 
Lead abatement: $176.
(b) 
Asbestos abatement and radon: $75.
(c) 
Certificate: $35.
(d) 
Radon mitigation: $100.
(11) 
Tank abandonment or removal: $150.
(12) 
The fee for installation of a microwave-receiving antenna: $240.
(13) 
The fee for a structural tower: $185.
(14) 
The fee for an aboveground swimming pool shall be $55; for an in-ground swimming pool, the fee shall be $88. A certificate of occupancy is required.
C. 
Annual permit requirements. The fee to be charged for an annual construction permit shall be charged annually. This fee shall be a flat fee based upon the number of maintenance workers who are employed by the facility and who are primarily engaged in work that is governed by a subcode. Managers, engineers and clericals shall not be considered maintenance workers for the purpose of establishing the annual construction permit fee. Annual permits my be issued for building/fire protection, electrical and plumbing.
A. 
The following fire limits are established pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:23: all the areas in the B-1 Central Business Zone, B-2 Neighborhood Business Zone, C-1 Office and Research Zone, C-2 Office and Research Zone and M-1 General Industrial Zone, as more particularly shown on the Zoning Map of the Township of Bloomfield, Essex County, New Jersey, adopted August 13, 1979, under Article III, Section 3.2, of an ordinance entitled, "An Ordinance Establishing Building Zones and Regulations and Providing Penalties for Their Violation," adopted August 13, 1979, as amended and supplemented to the date of the introduction of this article.
B. 
The Construction Official shall prepare and submit to the Mayor and Township Council, 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.
[Added 12-1-1986]
A. 
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 occupancy is required on all changes in occupancy.
B. 
Exempt from this article are motels, hotels and similar type buildings; residential structures containing four dwelling units or fewer are also exempt from the provisions of this article. However, this exemption shall not apply to residential structures containing four dwelling units or fewer in garden apartment complexes.
C. 
The fee for the issuance of a certificate of occupancy required under this section shall be as set forth in § 149-8B(6) hereof and shall be payable to the Township of Bloomfield.
[Amended 11-2-1987]