Borough of Ramsey, NJ
Bergen County
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GENERAL REFERENCES
Fire prevention and protection — See Ch. 14.
Sewer and water — See Ch. 19.
Shade trees — See Ch. 20.
Development fees — See Ch. 30.
Subdivision regulations — See Ch. 32.
Zoning — See Ch. 34.
[Ord. No. 850 § 1]
a. 
Pursuant to P.L. 1975, C. 217, known as the "Uniform Code Act of the State of New Jersey" (hereinafter referred to as "the Act") there is hereby established in the Borough a State Uniform Construction Code Enforcing Agency to be known as Uniform Construction Code Department of the Borough of Ramsey, consisting of a Construction Official, Building Subcode Official, Plumbing Subcode Official, Electrical Subcode Official, and Fire Protection Subcode Official. The Construction Official shall be the chief administrator of the Enforcing Agency. He shall have the power to overrule a determination of subcode official based on an interpretation of a substantive provision of the subcode which such subcode official administers only if the Construction Official is qualified to act pursuant to the act as a subcode official for such subcode. He may serve as subcode official for any subcode which he is qualified under the Act to administer. A subcode official or Municipal Engineer may serve as a Construction Official if otherwise qualified under the provisions of the Act. Subcode officials or assistance staff may be employed on a part-time basis or hold other positions with the Borough.
b. 
Each official position created in Paragraph 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.
c. 
The public shall have the right to do business with the Uniform Construction Code Department of the Borough of Ramsey at its offices located in the Municipal Building except for emergencies, and unforeseen or unavoidable circumstances.
d. 
Examination and approval of applications for permits; expiration or cancellation of permits.
1. 
The Enforcing Agency shall examine each application for a construction permit. If the application conforms with the Act, the Code and the requirements of other applicable laws and ordinances, it shall be deemed a completed application and the Enforcing Agency shall approve the application and shall issue a construction permit to the applicant. Every completed application for a construction permit shall be granted, in whole or in part, or denied within 20 business days. If a completed application is denied in whole or in part, the Enforcing Agency shall set forth the reasons therefor in writing. If an Enforcing Agency fails to grant, in whole or in part, or deny a completed application for construction permit within the period of time prescribed herein, such failure shall be deemed a denial of the application for purposes of an appeal to the Construction Board of Appeals unless such period of time has been extended with the consent of the applicant. The Enforcing Agency may approve changes in plans and specifications previously approved by it, if the plans and specifications when so changed remain in conformity with law.
2. 
A construction permit, issued in accordance with the foregoing provisions, pursuant to which no construction has been undertaken above the foundation walls within six months from the time of issuance, shall expire. The Enforcing Agency may suspend, revoke or cancel a Construction Permit in case of neglect or failure to comply with the provisions of this Act or the Code, or upon a finding by it that a false statement or representation has been made in the application for the Construction Permit.
3. 
The Enforcing Agency shall have all other powers as enumerated in the Act.
e. 
Establishment of the Construction Board of Appeals. The Borough of Ramsey has entered into an agreement to utilize the Bergen County Construction Board of Appeals.
f. 
Penalties.
1. 
Any person or corporation, including an officer, director or employee of a corporation who:
(a) 
Violates any of the provisions of the Act or rules promulgated thereunder;
(b) 
Constructs a structure or building in violation of a condition of a building permit;
(c) 
Fails to comply with any order issued by an Enforcing Agency;
(d) 
Makes a false or misleading written statement, or omits any required information or statement in any application or request for approval to an Enforcing Agency.
shall be subject to a penalty or not more than $500.
2. 
Anyone who knowingly refuses entry or access to an inspector lawfully authorized to inspect any premises, building or structure pursuant to this Act or who unreasonably interferes with such an inspection shall be subject to a fine of not more than $250.
3. 
With respect to Subparagraph 1(c) of this Paragraph f, a person shall be guilty of a separate offense for each day that he fails to comply with a stop construction order validly issued by an Enforcing Agency. With respect to Subparagraphs 1(a) and (d) of this paragraph, a person shall be guilty of a separate offense for each violation of any provision of the act or rules promulgated thereunder and for each false or misleading written statement or omission of required information or statement made in any application or request for approval to an enforcing agency. With respect to Subparagraph 1(b) of this Paragraph f, a person shall be guilty of a separate offense for each violation of the conditions of a construction permit.
4. 
The above-mentioned penalties are subject to change through amendments or supplements to the Act. Payment of a money judgment pursuant hereto brought by the Borough shall be remitted to the Borough Treasurer.
[Ord. No. 850; Ord. No. 853; Ord. No. 934 § 1; Ord. No. 934-A § 1; Ord. No. 934B §§ 1-2; Ord. No. 934-C § 1; Ord. No. 934D § 1; Ord. No. 1003 § 1; Ord. No. 1003A, § 1; Ord. No. 1003B § 1; Ord. No. 9-2003 § 1; Ord. No. 2-2004 § 1]
a. 
Construction permit. The fees for a construction permit shall be the sum of the subcode fees, plus all applicable special fees listed herein and shall be paid before the permit is issued.
1. 
Waiver of fees for construction permit. Fees collected for a construction permit for improvements to the applicant's personal residence shall be waived for any citizen who meets the eligibility requirements contained in this paragraph.
2. 
Eligibility for waiver of fees for construction permit. An applicant shall be eligible for waiver of the fees collected for the issuance of a construction permit of the Borough of Ramsey if the applicant certifies in writing that they are qualified for the State of New Jersey's Property Tax Reimbursement Program, as may be amended by the State Division of Taxation at the time of the application. Proof of personal residence at the subject property and the above waiver of permit fees shall be presented to the construction official at the time of the application for the permit.
3. 
Administrative fee for change of contractor shall be $25 per contractor.
[Added 12-23-2015 by Ord. No. 16-2015]
4. 
The minimum fee for each subcode permit shall be $50.
[Added 12-23-2015 by Ord. No. 16-2015]
b. 
Low- and moderate-income housing units.
1. 
Building, electric, plumbing and fire protection permit fees shall be waived for low- and moderate-income housing units when the Borough, the county, the state or the federal government is financing all or part of the project.
2. 
Low- and moderate-income housing units constructed by private developers shall pay the regular fee schedule.
c. 
Plan review fee. The fee for plan review shall be 20% of the amount to be charged for a construction permit.
d. 
Building Subcode.
1. 
Fees for new construction will be based upon the volume of the structure. Volume shall be computed in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.28. Construction fees 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.
[Amended 11-14-2012 by Ord. No. 24-2012]
2. 
Fees for renovations, alterations and repairs shall be charged $21 per $1,000 of estimated cost from $0 to $51,000. From $51,001 to and including $100,000 the additional fee shall be in the amount of $14 per $1,000 of the estimated cost above $51,001. Above $100,001 the additional fee shall be in the amount of $10 per $1,000 of estimated cost above $100,001. For the purpose of determining estimated cost, the applicant shall submit to the Ramsey Building Department such cost data as may be available and produced by the architect or engineer of record, or by a recognized estimating firm, or by the contractor. A bona fide contractor's bid, if available, shall be submitted. The Building Department shall make the final decision regarding estimated cost.
[Amended 11-14-2012 by Ord. No. 24-2012]
3. 
Fees for additions shall be computed on the same basis as for new construction for the added portion.
4. 
Fees for combination renovations and additions shall be computed as the sum of the fees computed separately in accordance with Paragraphs d2 and 3 above.
5. 
Fees for commercial tents in excess of 900 square feet shall be $100.
[Added 11-14-2012 by Ord. No. 24-2012]
e. 
Plumbing/Mechanical Subcode.
[Amended 4-8-2015 by Ord. No. 05-2015]
1. 
The fee shall be $22 per fixture connected to the plumbing systems for all fixtures and appliances except as listed below.
2. 
The fee shall be $150 for special devices for the following: grease traps and oil separators; $100 for water-cooled air-conditioning units, refrigeration units, utility service connections, backflow prevention devices and steam boilers; $75 for hot-water heaters, furnace, gas piping, gas service entrance, active solar systems, sewer pumps, interceptors and fuel-oil piping; $25 per stack; $15 per floor drain; and $15 per hose bib.
3. 
For mechanical, R-3, R-4, and R-5 structures, the fee shall be $225 for special devices for the following: hot-water boilers, grease traps and oil separators, backflow prevention devices; $175 for refrigeration/air-conditioning units, utility service connections, steam boilers and sewer pumps; $150 for hot-air furnaces; $75 for hot-water heaters, gas piping, gas service entrance, active solar systems and fuel-oil piping; $25 per stack; $22 per floor drain; and $15 per hose bib.
f. 
Electrical Subcode.
1. 
For from one to 25 receptacles or fixtures, the fee shall be in the amount of $50 for each 10 receptacles or fixtures in addition to this, the fee shall be in the amount of $20. For the purpose of computing this fee, receptacles or fixtures shall include lighting outlets, wall switches, convenience receptacles, smoke and heat detectors, pull stations, exit lights, emergency lights, fire alarm panels or similar fixtures. One to five motors not exceeding one horsepower shall be $25, up to 10 motors not exceeding one horsepower each $50, 11 motors to 50 motors $100, over 50 motors the fee shall be $175.
2. 
For each motor or electrical device greater than one horsepower and less than or equal to 10 horsepower; and for transformers and generators greater than one kilowatt and less than or equal to 10 kilowatts, the fee shall be $45 each.
3. 
For each motor or electrical device greater than 10 horsepower and less than or equal to 50 horsepower; for each service panel, service entrance or subpanel less than or equal to 150 amperes; and for all transformers and generators greater than 10 kilowatts and less than or equal to 45 kilowatts, the fee shall be $150.
4. 
For each motor or electrical device greater than 50 horsepower; for each service panel, service entrance or subpanel greater than 150 amperes and less than 500 amperes; and for transformers and generators greater 45 kilowatts and less than or equal to 112.5 kilowatts, the fee shall be $250.
5. 
For each motor or electrical device greater than 100 horsepower; for each service panel, service entrance or subpanel greater than 500 amperes; and for each transformer or generator greater than 112.5 kilowatts, the fee shall be $350.
6. 
For the purpose of computing these fees, all motors except those in plug-in appliances shall be counted, including control equipment, generators, transformers and all heating, cooking or other devices consuming or generating electrical current.
7. 
Burglar/heat and smoke detectors/data and intercom systems and all other signaling devices shall be added to the fixture fee as follows:
(a) 
Residential panel: $75.
(b) 
Commercial panel: $150.
8. 
Light standards:
(a) 
One to five: $175.
(b) 
Each additional: $25.
9. 
Temporary installations and decorative displays for not over 60 days:
(a) 
Seventy-five dollars each.
10. 
Motion picture equipment: $250.
11. 
Radio and television transmitting or receiving equipment, including satellite dishes: $75.
12. 
For photovoltaic systems rated from one kilowatt to 50 kilowatts, the fee is $100; for 51 kilowatts to 100 kilowatts, the fee is $150; and for any system rated over 100 kilowatts, the fee is $250. Each separate array panel shall be calculated at $25 per module, $50 per inverter, and $25 per collector box in addition to all other applicable fees.
[Added 11-14-2012 by Ord. No. 24-2012]
13. 
The generator transfer switch fee is $150 in addition to all other applicable fees.
[Added 11-14-2012 by Ord. No. 24-2012]
g. 
Fire Protection Subcode.
1. 
The fee for 10 or fewer fire sprinkler heads, smoke detectors or heat detectors, pull stations, exit lights or emergency lights shall be $60; for 11 to 20 heads, detectors, pull stations, exit lights or emergency lights, the fee shall be $100; for 21 to 100 heads, detectors, pull stations, exit lights or emergency lights, the fee shall be $225; for 101 to 200 heads, detectors, pull stations, exit lights or emergency lights, the fee shall be $375; for 201 to 400 heads, detectors, pull stations, exit lights or emergency lights, the fee shall be $550; for 401 to 1,000 heads, detectors, pull stations, exit lights or emergency lights, the fee shall be $950; for 1,000 heads, detectors, pull stations, exit lights or emergency lights, the fee shall be $1,250.
In computing fees for heads, detectors, pull stations, exit lights and emergency lights, the number of each shall be counted separately and separate fees shall be charged.
2. 
The fee for each standpipe shall be $150.
3. 
The fee for each independent pre-engineered suppression system shall be $100.
4. 
The fee for each gas- or oil-fired appliance (except Group R-3, R-4 and R-5; see Subsection 13-1.2, Paragraph e3) when it is not connected to a potable water plumbing system shall be $175.
[Amended 4-8-2015 by Ord. No. 05-2015]
5. 
The fee for each commercial/institutional kitchen exhaust system shall be $75.
6. 
The fee for each incinerator shall be $250.
7. 
The fee for each crematorium shall be $250.
h. 
Certificates and other permits.
1. 
The fee for a demolition or removal permit shall be $175 for a structure less than 5,000 square feet in area and less than 30 feet in height, for one- and two-family residences (Use Group R-3), and structures on farms including commercial farm buildings under N.J.A.C. 5:23-3.2(b) used exclusively for storage of food or grain, or sheltering of livestock, and shall be $75 for all accessory structures such as pools, sheds, oil tank (above or below ground) etc. and $350 for all other use groups.
2. 
The fee for a permit to construct a sign shall be in the amount of $1.75 per square foot computed on one side, starting with a minimum fee of $175 per commercial sign.
[Amended 11-14-2012 by Ord. No. 24-2012; 4-8-2015 by Ord. No. 05-2015]
3. 
The fee for a certificate of occupancy for one- and two-family homes (Use Group R-3) shall be $225 per unit; for all other use groups $250 per unit of occupancy.
[Amended 11-14-2012 by Ord. No. 24-2012]
4. 
There shall be no fee for a temporary certificate of occupancy.
5. 
The fee for a certificate of continued occupancy shall be $200.
6. 
The fee for plan review of a building for compliance under the alternate systems and nondepletable energy source provisions of the Energy Subcode shall be $150 for one- and two-family homes and for like commercial structures having the indoor temperature controlled from a single point and $500 for all other structures.
7. 
The fee for an application for a variation in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.10 shall be $300 for a Class I structure and $85 for Class II and Class III structures. The fee for resubmission of an application for a variation shall be $100 for Class I structures and $35 for Class II and Class III structures.
i. 
Annual permits. The fee 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 clerical shall not be considered maintenance workers for the purpose of establishing the annual construction permit fee. Annual permits may be issued for building, fire protection, electrical and plumbing.
Fees shall be as follows:
1 to 25 workers (including foreman): $200 per worker.
Each additional worker over 25: $100 per worker.
j. 
Installation of construction trailers and temporary trailers due to damage to the main structure: The fee shall be $75 plus the appropriate plumbing and electrical subcode fees.
k. 
Asbestos abatement fee, as per N.J.A.C. 5:23-8.9, shall be $50 for the permit and $10 for the certificate.
l. 
(Reserved)[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Paragraph l, which set forth fees for real estate signs, was repealed 11-14-2012 by Ord. No. 24-2012.
m. 
For cross connections and backflow prevention devices that are subject to testing and required to be reinspected by the New Jersey DEP regulations, the fees shall be $100 per inspection.
n. 
A continued certificate of occupancy shall be required for a change of ownership of a commercial structure.
[Ord. No. 1135 § 1]
As used in this section:
DWELLING
A building or portion thereof designed or used as the residence or sleeping place of one or more persons, including one-family, two-family and multiple dwellings, condominium units, boarding and lodging houses.
[Ord. No. 1135 § 2]
Upon the sale of a dwelling or upon the completion or rehabilitation work to the dwelling funded by the Borough, County of Bergen, State of New Jersey, or federal government, the seller shall obtain from the Borough's Construction Code Department a Certificate of Inspection stating that the dwelling is in compliance with the State of New Jersey Uniform Construction Code provisions with regard to the safe condition of the dwelling's electrical, plumbing, heating, sanitary and structural systems.
[Ord. No. 1135 § 3]
The Construction Code Official or his designee is hereby authorized and directed to make inspections of dwellings for the aforesaid purpose to determine the condition of such dwellings in order that he may perform his duty of safeguarding the health and safety of the occupants of such dwellings. In lieu of an inspection by the Construction Code Official as aforesaid, the seller may, at his option, have the Construction Code Official rely upon a home inspection report furnished to him by the seller or buyer which report was obtained by either party from a home inspection or engineering firm in connection with the sale of the dwelling.
[Ord. No. 1135 § 4]
If there are any apparent violations of the provisions of the State of New Jersey Uniform Construction Code with regard to the safe condition of the dwelling's electrical, plumbing, heating, sanitary and structural systems which have occurred since the issuance of a certificate of occupancy for the dwelling or the issuance of a certificate of inspection for the dwelling, whichever is later, the seller shall correct such violations prior to the sale of the dwelling.
[Ord. No. 1135 § 5]
Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein set forth, a buyer of a dwelling shall be issued a conditional certificate of inspection, provided such buyer executes an affidavit indicating that all violations as referred to in Subsection 13-2.4 shall be corrected within six months of the date of purchase of the dwelling. The Construction Code Official may grant extensions to such time period, if he deems it appropriate.
[Ord. No. 1135 § 6]
The fee for the certificate of inspection shall be $50 except that if the applicant has also applied for and paid the fee for a certificate of inspection for compliance with smoke detector requirements and regulations pursuant to Subsection 14-5.4, the fee for the certificate of inspection under this section shall be $25.[1] There shall be no fee for the certificate of inspection when a home inspection report is furnished to the Construction Code Official as provided for in Subsection 13-2.3.
[1]
Editor's Note: Section 14-5 contains requirements and regulations for smoke detectors.
[Ord. No. 1135 § 7]
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any of the provisions of this section shall, upon conviction, be liable to a fine of not less than $25 nor more than $100 or by imprisonment in the County Jail for a period of not to exceed 90 days or by both such fine and imprisonment, and each violation of any of the provisions of this section and each day the same is violated shall be deemed and taken to be a separate and distinct offense.
[Ord. No. 1135 § 9]
Notwithstanding anything to the contrary herein contained, this section shall not be construed to require changes to a dwelling to comply with the provisions of the State of New Jersey Uniform Construction Code which have been enacted since the dwelling was constructed, except for those portions of dwellings that are rehabilitated with funds obtained in whole or part from federal, state, county, or municipal entities, which portions of such dwellings shall comply with changes required by the provisions of the State of New Jersey Uniform Construction Code.
[1961 Code § 14.02; Ord. No. 480; Ord. No. 500; Ord. No. 588; Ord. No. 602; Ord. No. 634; Ord. No. 728 § 1]
All of the subsequent paragraphs and terms and provisions under former Section 17.005, except the reference therein to the BOCA abridged Building Code and supplements, are hereby continued and adopted as a part of this Building Code. Such paragraphs shall hereafter be designated by the letters a to z, inclusive, and (aa) to (dd), inclusive, eliminating the former references to section numbers.
[1961 Code § 14.02; Ord. No. 480; Ord. No. 500; Ord. No. 588; Ord. No. 602; Ord. No. 634; Ord. No. 728 § 1]
Except as may be specifically provided, no provisions of the zoning, plumbing, sanitary and fire prevention regulations of the Borough of Ramsey or any other ordinance or statute pertaining to the use and construction of buildings and structures shall be nullified by the provisions of this Building Code; but in any case, the most rigid requirements shall control the construction, equipment or location of the building or structure. Whenever Revised Statutes of New Jersey require the approval of special use group buildings, including, among others, factories, schools and multifamily dwellings, the approval of such authorities shall accompany the application for a permit as required in Section 104.2.
[1961 Code § 14.02; Ord. No. 480; Ord. No. 500; Ord. No. 588; Ord. No. 602; Ord. No. 634; Ord. No. 728 § 1]
No building, sign or structure or part shall hereafter be erected, converted, repaired, altered or enlarged until a building permit has been obtained by the owner or his agent. The application for a permit shall be made in writing on approved forms; and shall be accompanied by two complete sets of dimensioned plans showing all habitable floors, basement, cellar, foundations and sections, and by specifications describing the kind, size, quality and grade of all construction materials and service equipment. The Construction Official may waive the requirement for filing plans when the work involved is of a minor nature and the building operation is adequately described in the application. All plans submitted for filing shall be prepared and signed as required by the Revised Statutes of New Jersey. Where compliance with the statutes governing building construction is required, the application shall be accompanied by a set of the plans approved by the designated authority.
[1961 Code § 14.02; Ord. No. 480; Ord. No. 500; Ord. No. 588; Ord. No. 602; Ord. No. 634; Ord. No. 728 § 1]
One copy of the approved plans and specifications together with a signed permit shall be kept at the site of the operation during all times that work is in progress and until the completion of the building. After issuance of a building permit, the approved plans and specifications shall not be altered unless any proposed change is first approved by the Construction Official as conforming to the provisions of this Building Code. A building permit shall become void unless operations are commenced within six months from date of approval. One set of the approved plans of every building or structure other than temporary structures shall be kept on file in the office of the Construction Official as a permanent official record.
[1961 Code § 14.02; Ord. No. 480; Ord. No. 500; Ord. No. 588; Ord. No. 602; Ord. No. 634; Ord. No. 728 § 1]
Any person violating any of the terms and provisions of this Building Code, or allowing or permitting the violation as owner, agent, contractor or subcontractor, shall be punishable by a fine not exceeding $500 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days, or both, in the discretion of the Judge before whom the matter is heard. Each day that a violation is permitted to continue shall constitute a separate offense. The imposition of a penalty shall not excuse any violation and the Construction Official shall nevertheless have the right to compel the correction thereof in order to insure compliance with this Building Code.
[1961 Code § 14.02; Ord. No. 480; Ord. No. 500; Ord. No. 588; Ord. No. 602; Ord. No. 634; Ord. No. 728]
To control types of construction based on the inherent fire hazard of use groups of buildings, there are hereby established fire district limits which shall include all areas in which congested business, commercial, industrial, multifamily and public assembly uses are housed, which areas shall be designated as "within the fire limits."
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection 13-3.6, Fences, adopted as § 14.02 of the 1961 Code, as amended, was repealed 10-28-2009 by Ord. No. 20-2009.
[1961 Code § 14.02; Ord. No. 480; Ord. No. 500; Ord. No. 588; Ord. No. 602; Ord. No. 634; Ord. No. 728]
Immediately after foundations are in place and before any further construction work is undertaken, a survey certified by a licensed surveyor or engineer showing the location of the foundation on the plot and indicating distances of the nearest part of the foundation to the front, side and rear property lines shall be delivered to the Construction Official so that he can determine whether or not the location of the proposed building complies with the plot plan and all ordinances and regulations. If there is an error in the location, the location of such foundation shall be correct before any further work on the building is undertaken.
Such survey shall also show the elevation of the top of the foundations. If the elevation does not conform to the plans originally approved by the Construction Official, or in the event that the height is not sufficiently elevated so that the final grades around the foundation will allow proper drainage of surface waters, the height of the foundation shall be changed accordingly to assure proper drainage.
[Ord. No. 1029 § 1]
As per N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.15(b) 2i. of the New Jersey State Uniform Construction Code, plumbing work shall not be performed in the Borough except by persons holding a valid New Jersey State Master Plumbers License, except in the case of a single family homeowner performing work on his own dwelling. Ordinary repairs, as defined in N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.7 of the New Jersey State Uniform Construction Code and the Department of Community Affairs Interpretation No. 8 of April 1, 1988, shall not require a licensed plumber.
[1962 Code § 14.02; Ord. No. 480; Ord. No. 500; Ord. No. 588; Ord. No. 602; Ord. No. 634; Ord. No. 728]
Before any oil burning installation of more than six gallons' fuel capacity is placed in operation, a special permit shall be secured from the Chief or Fire Inspector of the Fire Department. No permit shall be required for the installation and use of portable burners or the type commonly used for household purpose which do not require a flue connection including oil stoves, oil heaters, and oil lamps equipped with a woven wick or for such portable apparatus as blow torches, soldering pots and tar and bitumen heaters required in construction operations.
[1962 Code § 14.02; Ord. No. 480; Ord. No. 500; Ord. No. 588; Ord. No. 602; Ord. No. 634; Ord. No. 728; Ord. No. 4-2004 § 1]
In the construction of all new homes or with the addition of a sump pump to any existing home, no sump pumps shall be allowed which pump waters from cellars onto streets or which pump waters from cellars onto the surface of the ground in such a manner that the water shall run on or reach any street. The owner of any existing home which currently has a sump pump in operation will have a period of 90 days from the enactment of this subsection[1] to either install a new sump pump or to reconfigure the existing sump pump so as to prevent the discharge of water from cellars onto streets or from cellars onto the surface of the ground in such a manner that the water runs onto or reaches any street.
[1]
Editor's Note: This amended subsection was enacted by Ordinance 4-2004, adopted February 11, 2004.
[1962 Code § 14.02; Ord. No. 480; Ord. No. 500; Ord. No. 588; Ord. No. 602; Ord. No. 634; Ord. No. 728]
No footing drain or subsurface drainage shall be constructed in such a manner as to allow the waters to drain upon or into any street.
[1962 Code § 14.02; Ord. No. 480; Ord. No. 500; Ord. No. 588; Ord. No. 602; Ord. No. 634; Ord. No. 728]
The bottom of all footings shall be placed at least two feet above the maximum groundwater table.
[1962 Code § 14.02; Ord. No. 480; Ord. No. 500; Ord. No. 588; Ord. No. 602; Ord. No. 634; Ord. No. 728]
All cellar floors shall be of concrete at least four inches in thickness with a minimum of two inches of gravel. The Construction Official shall be notified prior to the laying or construction of cellar floors so that he can attend and determine that this requirement has been complied with.
[1961 Code § 14.02; Ord. No. 480; Ord. No. 500; Ord. No. 588; Ord. No. 602; Ord. No. 634]
The National Electrical Code referred to above shall be the code approved by the American Standards Association.
[Ord. No. 850]
Before any person installs, extends or renews any electrical wiring or fixed electrical equipment, he shall file an application for inspection with the Borough of Ramsey. When emergency repairs are necessary in order to maintain service on an electrical system, the necessary repairs may be made without first filing an application for inspection. In such cases the application shall be filed not later than the next working day after the date on which the repairs were made.
[Ord. No. 850]
No electrical wiring shall be concealed by permanent placement of parts of a building until such wiring has been inspected and approved by the Electrical Subcode Official.
[Ord. No. 850]
The Construction Official shall keep on file a record of all violation reports received from the Electrical Subcode Official until such violations are corrected and approval issued by the Electrical Subcode Official. When an electrical installation, which is connected to the supply of electricity has been reported in violation of the requirements of the Building Code, the Construction Official shall notify the person owning or using the installation. If after a period of 10 days has elapsed, or such further reasonable time as may be granted upon request, the installation has not been approved by the Electrical Subcode Official, the Construction Official shall have the authority to disconnect or order the disconnection of electrical service to the electrical installation. In cases of emergency when necessary for safety to persons or property or when electrical equipment may interfere with the work of the Fire Department, the Construction Official shall have the authority to disconnect or order the disconnection immediately of service to electrical installations.
[1961 Code § 14.02; Ord. No. 480; Ord. No. 500; Ord. No. 588; Ord. No. 602; Ord. No. 634]
Construction shall not be commenced or proceeded with on any work requiring a permit until the plans and specifications for the same have been filed and approved by the Construction Official, the aforesaid fees paid and a permit duly issued. Construction hereunder shall be defined as the first action taken by the owner, contractor, subcontractor or agent, to excavate for the foundation of any structure or building.
[1961 Code § 14.02; Ord. No. 480; Ord. No. 500; Ord. No. 588; Ord. No. 602; Ord. No. 634]
No such permit shall be issued until the Board of Health of the Borough has approved the location and type of sewage disposal plant, which shall be required for the building in question and until the Board of Health has countersigned the building permit showing that their requirements have been satisfied and will be complied with, which action shall be taken by the Board of Health within a reasonable time.
In addition to approval by the Board of Health as provided above, no such permit shall be issued for buildings, structures, or parts thereof in the assembly use group as herein defined, assembly buildings as defined in Section 108.4 of this Building Code, stores and restaurants, until the plans thereof shall be approved by the Fire Inspector for fire protection.
[1961 Code § 14.02; Ord. No. 480; Ord. No. 500; Ord. No. 588; Ord. No. 602; Ord. No. 634]
The provisions of the foregoing section and all the provisions of this Building Code shall apply with equal force to both municipal and private operations.
[1961 Code § 14.02; Ord. No. 480; Ord. No. 500; Ord. No. 588; Ord. No. 602; Ord. No. 634]
No permit shall be issued hereunder by the Construction Official involving the erection of a building or structure unless the owner or contractor shall post a cash deposit of $200 to guarantee:
a. 
That the foundation, if above the former grade level, shall be demolished to the former grade level and the excavation filled in to such level, if work on the building is delayed after excavation is made or foundation constructed for a period of six months, and no further work is performed;
b. 
That all loose dirt, fill, stone, etc., deposited on the street adjacent to the premises as a result of such building operations are removed;
c. 
That any damage caused to hydrants, curbs, sidewalks, shade trees or to the shoulder or pavement of the street adjacent to the building is repaired or the same replaced; and
d. 
That the site and area to the paved portion of the street will be properly graded and drainage to prevent erosion, wash or drainage of water to the street adjacent.
[1961 Code § 14.02; Ord. No. 480; Ord. No. 500; Ord. No. 588; Ord. No. 602; Ord. No. 634]
The deposit shall be returned after all of the work is completed. If such work is not performed or completed, the Borough shall have the same performed and completed and deduct the cost to the Borough from the amount of such deposit. Any surplus remaining of the deposit shall be refunded by the Borough.
[1961 Code § 14.02; Ord. No. 480; Ord. No. 500; Ord. No. 588; Ord. No. 602; Ord. No. 634]
It shall be the duty of the Construction Official to approve or reject any plan filed with him pursuant to this Building Code within a reasonable time. The Construction Official shall not issue a Certificate of Occupancy for the building on any lot unless the deposit held as security is adequate to cover the cost of performing and completing all of the work for which such deposit is held hereunder, unless all work on the building or structure has been completed, the premises are graded, and the sanitary facilities completed in accordance with the requirements, regulations and conditions of the Board, of Health, and unless the premises and all municipal improvements have been installed and completed in full compliance with all ordinances of the Borough and the Board of Health. Before issuing a Certificate of Occupancy, the owner or builder shall furnish a certification in writing by a licensed engineer that the sanitary facilities have been constructed and completed in accordance with the requirements, regulations and conditions of the Board of Health and the property graded to the height above the sanitary facilities and drainage fields required by the Board of Health.
The Construction Official and Superintendent of Roads shall also inspect the premises for which a permit is to be issued before the issuance, and make and keep a record of the condition of the existing road and curbs adjacent to the premises prior to the commencement of building operations. The Construction Official and Superintendent of Roads shall require the owner or contractor to repair any damage to and restore the road and curb to at least their condition prior to the commencement of such building operations as part of the work covered by the deposit made with the application for a building permit. This paragraph shall not apply to new proposed roads and curbs or in any manner as to relieve a developer of the obligation to construct and complete roads, (as per N.J.S.A. 40:55-1.39) curbs and other improvements in accordance with the land subdivision regulations of the Borough, or to relieve any person of his obligation to install curbs, sidewalks, driveways and driveway entrances in front of his property in accordance with Borough ordinances relating to the construction of sidewalks, curbs, driveways and driveway entrances.
[1961 Code § 14.02; Ord. No. 480; Ord. No. 500; Ord. No. 588; Ord. No. 602; Ord. No. 634]
In the event that building operations do not commence within six months or in the event that building operations cease after commencement for a period of six months, the building permit shall be cancelled and the right to proceed thereunder terminated.
[Ord. No. 937-A § 1]
Certificates of occupancy issued before August 25, 1959, for all commercial and industrial construction expire when the building or buildings are vacated by the original owner or tenant. Before any such building or buildings shall be reoccupied by any new owner or tenant application shall be made to the Construction Code Official for a new Certificate of Occupancy, stating in detail the proposed use to be made of the building or buildings. The Construction Official shall examine the building to see if it is structurally suited for such proposed use under this Building Code and otherwise complies with the same. If any changes are required to comply with this Building Code, the Construction Official shall order such changes made before issuing a certificate of occupancy. If such building or buildings fully comply with this Building Code, or after such changes are made to comply with this Building Code, or after such changes are made to comply with this Building Code, and if such proposed use is in full compliance with the zoning regulations and ordinances of the Board of Health, the Construction Official shall issue such certificate of occupancy. In the case of industrial construction before issuing the Certificate of Occupancy, the Construction Official shall refer the applicant to the Planning Board for its approval under the zoning regulations. In all cases, before issuing a certificate of occupancy, the Construction Official shall require the approval of the Plumbing Subcode Official, Fire Protection Subcode Official, Building Subcode Official and Electrical Subcode Official. Before issuing a certificate of occupancy with regard to new construction involving single lots and lots which have been created by minor subdivision or major subdivisions, the Construction Official shall also require the approval of the Borough Shade Tree Commission.
[1961 Code § 14.02; Ord. No. 480; Ord. No. 500; Ord. No. 588; Ord. No. 602; Ord. No. 634; Ord. No. 728; Ord. No. 853 § 1; Ord. No. 934 § 1; Ord. No. 934-A § 1; Ord. No. 937 § 1; Ord. No. 937-A § 1]
No person shall be appointed as a technical assistant to the Construction Code Official unless he has had at least three years' practical experience in the technical work which he is appointed to supervise, or in responsible charge of building construction, or as a skilled worker or has successfully completed a minimum of two years of study towards a degree in civil or architectural engineering or civil engineering technology at a college or university accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education or a similar regional or nationwide accrediting organization. No person shall be appointed as Inspector of Construction unless he has had at least three years' experience in general building construction, or has successfully completed a minimum of two years of study towards a degree in civil or architectural engineering or civil engineering technology at a college or university accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education or a similar regional or nationwide accrediting organization.
[1961 Code § 14.03; 1972 Code § 170.010]
Any reference in the Building Code and supplement to "municipality" shall refer to the Borough of Ramsey, and any reference therein to "state" shall refer to the State of New Jersey, and any reference to the “Building Official” shall refer to the Construction Official of the Borough.
[Ord. No. 476; Ord. No. 588]
The provisions of Subsections 13-5.1 to 13-5.6, inclusive, shall govern the materials, construction and installation of fallout shelters constructed or installed for protection from radioactive fallout.
[1972 Code § 170.105; Ord. No. 476]
As used in this section:
FALLOUT SHELTER
Any structure or building or parts constructed, installed, erected, altered or enlarged for the purpose of furnishing protection from radioactive fallout and the term is further defined and deemed to be an accessory building or structure.
Whenever the letters OCDM shall appear together in such sections, they shall mean the Office of Civil Defense and Mobilization of the Department of Defense of the United States of America.
OVER PRESSURE
The excess in pounds per square inch of pressure over normal atmospheric pressure, as defined in the publication MP-18.
PROTECTION FACTOR
A degree of radiation protection as defined by the Office of Civil Defense and Mobilization in its publication MP-18, dated February, 1960, and as may be thereafter amended by the OCDM.
[1972 Code § 170.110; Ord. No. 476]
a. 
No shelter shall be constructed, erected, installed, altered or enlarged unless a permit shall be issued by the Construction Official.
b. 
Before a building permit shall be issued, an application for same shall be first approved by the Ramsey Civil Defense Agency. In connection therewith, it shall be necessary to submit the following:
1. 
Building permit application.
2. 
Specifications of proposed shelter.
3. 
Plot plan showing:
(a) 
Lot lines;
(b) 
Location of existing house and/or structures;
(c) 
Location of shelter and distances from lot lines;
(d) 
Blueprints or drawings;
(e) 
Location of underground public utility facilities.
4. 
If required, a bond or cash deposit in form and amount to be fixed by the Building Inspector to adequately provide for the cost or repair of any damage created to underground public utilities.
5. 
Protection factor.
6. 
Over pressure limit.
c. 
Electrical wiring shall conform to standards as required for residential dwellings in the Borough.
d. 
Plumbing and other sanitary facilities shall conform to standards as required by the ordinances, rules and regulations of the Board of Health of the Borough of Ramsey.
e. 
Permit fees. All fees for building permits shall be completed and charged in the same manner and amount as required for residential dwellings in the Borough.
[1972 Code § 170.115; Ord. No. 476]
Shelter design, construction and installation shall equal and may exceed performance standards as outlined by the OCDM publication MP-15, dated June, 1959, and as the same shall be amended from time to time.
[1972 Code § 170.20; Ord. No. 476]
The OCDM publications referred to in Subsections 13-5.1 to 13-5.6, inclusive, shall be kept on file at all times by the Building Inspector and shall be available for examination in his office.
[1972 Code § 170.125; Ord. No. 476]
Change of use. No existing shelter shall be altered or converted for any other use unless it complies with all provisions of the building, electrical, plumbing and zoning regulations of the Borough applying to the altered use.
[Ord. No. 604; Ord. No. 850 § 7]
Approved automatic sprinkler systems shall also be required and installed in all structures hereafter constructed or hereafter converted to use as a private hospital or for the use and purpose of rendering such services as nursing, rehabilitation, therapeutic and similar services, in addition to those buildings required under the Uniform Construction Code.
[Ord. No. 460]
As used in this section:
BUILDING
Any building or structure or part thereof, whether used for human habitation or otherwise, and includes all accessory buildings and appurtenances belonging thereto or usually enjoyed therewith.
GOVERNING BODY
The Mayor and Council of the Borough of Ramsey.
OWNER
The holder or holders of the title in fee simple.
PARTIES IN INTEREST
All individuals, associations and corporations who have interests of record in a building and any who are in actual possession thereof.
PUBLIC AUTHORITY
Any housing authority or any officer who is in charge of any department or branch of the government of the Borough of Ramsey, Bergen County, or State of New Jersey, relating to health, fire, building regulations, or to other activities concerning buildings in the Borough of Ramsey.
PUBLIC OFFICER
The officer designated by Subsection 13-8.5.
[Ord. No. 460]
The Construction Official or an alternate officer appointed by the Borough Council is herein designated as the public officer to exercise the powers and duties as prescribed for him by this chapter.
[Ord. No. 460]
Whenever a petition is filed with the public officer by a public authority or by at least five residents of the Borough charging that any building is unfit for human habitation or occupancy or use, or whenever it appears to the public officer (on his own motion) that any building is unfit for human habitation or occupancy or use, the public officer shall, if his preliminary investigation discloses a basis for such charges, issue and cause to be served upon the owner of and parties in interest in such building a written complaint stating the charges in that respect and containing a notice that a hearing will be held before such public officer (or his designated agent) at a place therein fixed not less than 10 days nor more than 30 days after the serving of the complaint; that the owner and parties in interest shall have the right to file an answer to such complaint and to appear in person, or otherwise, and give testimony at the place and time fixed in the complaint; and that the rules of evidence prevailing in courts shall not be controlling in hearings before the public officer, or his designated agent. Such answer must be filed not less than three days before the times fixed for the hearing.
[Ord. No. 460]
a. 
If the public officer shall determine after such notice and hearing that the building under consideration is unfit for human habitation or occupancy or use, he shall state in writing his findings of fact in support of such determination and within 20 days after hearing shall issue and cause to be served upon the owner and parties in interest the findings and an order as follows:
1. 
Requiring the repair, alteration or improvement of the building to be made by the owner, within a reasonable time, which time shall be set forth in the order, or at the option of the owner, to vacate or have the building vacated and closed within the time set forth in the order;
2. 
If the building is in such a condition as to make it dangerous to health or safety, or persons on or near the premises, and the owner fails to repair, alter or improve the building within the time specified in the order, than the owner shall be required to remove or demolish the building within a reasonable time as specified in the order of removal.
[Ord. No. 460]
If the owner fails to comply with an order to repair, alter or improve or, at the option of the owner, to vacate and close the building, the public officer may cause the building to be repaired, altered or improved or, to be vacated and closed. The public officer shall cause to be posted on the main entrance of any building so closed a written notice with the following words: "This building is unfit for human habitation or occupancy or use; the use or occupation of this building is prohibited and unlawful."
[Ord. No. 460]
If the owner fails to comply with an order to remove or demolish the building, the public officer may cause such building to be removed or demolished or may contract for the removal or demolition after advertisement for and receipt of bids.
[Ord. No. 460]
The amount of (1) the cost of filing of legal papers, expert witnesses' fees, search fees and advertising charges, incurred in the course of any proceeding taken under this chapter determined in favor of the Borough and (2) such costs of such repairs, alterations or improvements, or vacating and closing, or removal or demolition, if any, or the amount of the balance remaining after deductions of the sum, if any, realized from the sale of materials derived from such building or from any contract for removal or demolition, shall be a municipal lien against the real property upon which such cost was incurred. If the building is remove or demolished by the public officer, he shall sell the materials of such building. There shall be credited against the cost of the removal or demolition, the proceeds of any sale of such materials or any sum derived from any contract for the removal or demolition of the building. If there are no such credits or if the sum total of such costs exceeds the total of such credits, a detailed statement of the aforesaid costs and the amount so due shall be filed with the Borough Tax Assessor or other custodian of the records of tax liens and a copy shall be forthwith forwarded to the owner by registered mail. If the total of the credits exceeds such costs, the balance remaining shall be deposited in the superior court by the public officer.
[Ord. No. 460]
The public officer may determine that a building is unfit for human habitation or occupancy or use if he finds that conditions exist in the building which are dangerous or injurious to the health or safety of the occupants of the building, the occupants of neighboring buildings or other residents of the Borough; such conditions may include the following (without limiting the generality of the foregoing): defects therein increasing the hazards of fire, accident, or other calamities; lack of adequate ventilation, light, or sanitary facilities; dilapidation; disrepair, structural defects; and uncleanliness. The public officer in making his determination as to the fitness of any building or human habitation or occupancy or use shall take into consideration and be guided by, so far as may be practical, the requirements of all other ordinances of the Borough relating to new buildings.
[Ord. No. 460]
Complaints or orders issued by the public officer pursuant to this chapter shall be served upon persons either personally or by registered mail, but if the whereabouts of such persons is unknown and the same cannot be ascertained by the public officer in the exercise of reasonable diligence, and the public officer shall make an affidavit to that effect, then the serving of such complaint or order upon such persons may be made by publishing the same once each week for two successive weeks in a newspaper printed and published in the Borough of Ramsey, or, in the absence of such newspaper, in one printed and published in the County of Bergen and circulating in the Borough of Ramsey. A copy of such complaint or order shall be posted in a conspicuous place on premises affected by the complaint or order. A copy of such complaint or order shall be recorded in the Clerk's office of the County of Bergen.
[Ord. No. 460]
Any person aggrieved by an order issued by the public officer shall be entitled to the remedies and procedures prescribed by N.J.S.A. 40:48-2-8 et seq.
[Ord. No. 460]
a. 
The public officer in addition to any other powers herein granted shall have the power:
1. 
To investigate the building conditions in the Borough of Ramsey in order to determine which buildings are unfit for human habitation or occupancy or use;
2. 
To administer oaths, acclamations, examine witnesses and receive evidence;
3. 
To enter upon premises for purpose of making examinations, provided that such entries shall be with the consent of the owner or such other person having control of possession and shall be made in such manner as to cause the least possible inconvenience to the persons in the possession;
4. 
To appoint and fix the duties of such officers, agents and employees as he deems necessary to carry out the purposes of this chapter;
5. 
To delegate any of his functions and powers under this chapter to such officers and agents as he may designate, provided that such latter persons shall be qualified for the purpose at hand.
b. 
Whenever access to any building or premises is refused by the owner or person in control or possession, the public officer, or, in his absence, such authorized person acting in his place and stead, shall take such action as may be necessary under the due process of law to gain access, procuring, if necessary, a court order or search warrant to enter upon the building or premises in question.
[Ord. No. 460]
In any case where a provision of this chapter is found to be in conflict with a provision of any zoning, building, fire, safety, or health ordinance or Code of the Borough of Ramsey existing on the effective date of the chapter, the provision which establishes the higher standard for the promotion and protection of the health and safety of the people shall prevail. In any case where a provision of this chapter is found to be in conflict with a provision of any other ordinance or Code of the Borough of Ramsey existing on the effective date of this chapter which establishes a lower standard for the promotion and protection of the health and safety of the people, the provisions of this chapter shall be deemed to prevail.
[Ord. No. 917 § 1]
All owners of real property upon which there is a house shall affix a number to such house as follows:
a. 
The number shall correspond to the street house number.
b. 
The number shall be visible from the improved street adjacent to the front yard of the property year round.
c. 
The number shall be affixed to or immediately adjacent to the front door of the house facing an improved street.
d. 
Where a house is too far from an improved street to be seen or where the front door of the house does not face an improved street, the number shall be affixed to a mailbox or fixed post at the driveway or pedestrian entrance to the property so that the number shall be visible year round. Numbers affixed to a mailbox shall comply with United States Postal Service Regulations.
[Ord. No. 917 § 1]
a. 
All owners of real property upon which there is presently a house shall comply with the provisions of this section within three months from its effective date. (The effective date of this ordinance is June 23, 1983)
b. 
All owners of real property upon which there is constructed a house after the effective date of this section shall comply with the provisions of this section immediately upon completion of the construction of such house.
[Ord. No. 917 § 1]
The penalty for violations hereof shall be as set forth in Section 1-5, Penalty of Chapter 1 of this Code.
[Ord. No. 961 §§ 1-2]
As used in this section:
BUILDING
A structure enclosed within exterior walls or fire walls, built, erected and framed of component structural parts, designed for the housing, shelter, enclosure and support of individuals, animals or property of any kind.
CORNER LOT
A lot at the junction of, and having frontage on, two or more intersecting streets, or a lot bounded on two or more sides by the same street.
DWELLING
A structure used for working, living, sleeping or housekeeping purposes.
FRONT YARD
An open unoccupied space unless occupied by a use as hereinafter specifically permitted, extending across the full width of the lot and lying between the front street property line and the nearest line of the building. Front steps shall not be construed as part of the building unless enclosed.
LOT
A parcel of land exclusive of any adjoining street, the location, dimensions and boundary of which are determined by description as on a subdivision map of record, an official map or by metes and bounds, which is occupied or intended to be occupied by one building and, if any, its accessory buildings; or by a group of buildings as permitted by this ordinance and including such open spaces appurtenant to such building or groups of buildings required by this ordinance. In the event that more than one plot or lot as set forth on any map filed in the Office of the Clerk of the County of Bergen or on present or future assessment maps of the Borough of Ramsey is used in part or in full with one or more other such plot or lots for the erection of a building and its accessory buildings including yards, the aggregate of all such plots or lots shall, for the purpose of this section, be deemed to be one lot.
REAR YARD
A space unoccupied except by an accessory building or use as hereinafter specifically permitted, extending across the full width of the lot between the rear line of any building, other than an accessory building, and the rear lot line.
RECREATIONAL VEHICLES
And include the following:
a. 
TRAVEL TRAILER — A vehicular, portable structure built on a chassis, designed to be used as a temporary dwelling for travel, recreational and vacation uses, permanently identified "Travel Trailer" by the manufacturer of the trailer and, when factory equipped for the road, it shall have a body width not exceeding eight feet, and a body length not exceeding 26 feet.
b. 
PICKUP COACH — A structure designed primarily to be mounted on a pickup or truck chassis and with sufficient equipment to render it suitable for use as a temporary dwelling for travel, recreational and vacation use.
c. 
MOTORIZED HOME — A portable dwelling designed and constructed as an integral part of a self-propelled vehicle with a body length not exceeding 26 feet.
d. 
RECREATIONAL VAN — A motor vehicle with a van body type, so modified with sufficient equipment as to render it suitable for use as a temporary dwelling for travel, recreational and vacation uses.
e. 
CAMPING TRAILER — A type of trailer or trailer coach, the walls of which are so constructed as to be collapsible and made out of either canvas or similar cloth, or some form of rigid material such as fiberglass or plastic or metal. The walls are collapsed while the recreational vehicle is being towed, and are raised or unfolded when the vehicle becomes temporary living quarters and is not being moved.
f. 
A boat mounted upon a trailer which is towable by a passenger car, station wagon, pickup truck or recreational vehicle as defined in this section providing the boat and trailer does not exceed 26 feet in length.
g. 
SNOWMOBILE(S) — Mounted upon one trailer capable of transporting one or two such vehicles.
SIDE YARD
An open unoccupied space unless occupied by a use as hereinafter specifically permitted, on the same lot with the building between the building and the side lot line, extending from the front yard to the rear yard.
STRUCTURE
Anything constructed or erected, whether portable, prefabricated, sectional or otherwise, which is permanent or temporary, located on and/or under the ground or attached to something so located.
[Ord. No. 761 § 3]
Any owner of a recreational vehicle as defined in Subsection 13-13.1 hereof may park or store such vehicle in the R-1, R-2, R-3, R-4 and R-5 Residence Zone Districts subject to the following conditions:
a. 
At no time shall such parked or stored vehicle be occupied or used for working, living, sleeping or housekeeping purposes.
b. 
A recreational vehicle parked or stored outside of a garage shall be parked or stored to the rear of the front building line of the lot, except those vehicles as defined in Subsection 13-13.1, definition of “recreational vehicle,” Paragraphs b (where mounted on a pickup or truck chassis), c, and d hereof which may be parked or stored in a front driveway provided the parking or storage of such vehicle is at least 10 feet from the front lot line.
c. 
Notwithstanding the provisions of Subsection 13-13.2b hereof, a recreational vehicle as defined in Subsection 13-13.1a, e, f, and g hereof may be parked in a front driveway for loading or unloading purposes provided that such parking shall not extend beyond two consecutive days nor more than three days during any seven-day period.
d. 
No recreational vehicle shall be parked or stored upon any lot upon which there is no principal building.
e. 
No recreational vehicle shall be parked or stored within three feet of any rear lot line. On corner lots such recreational vehicle shall not be parked or stored within five feet of any rear lot line.
f. 
A recreational vehicle parked or stored within a side yard shall meet 1/2 the side yard setback requirements for the principal building except as follows:
1. 
On a corner lot such recreational vehicle shall not be parked or stored nearer to the street than the front yard required on the adjacent lot.
2. 
A recreational vehicle parked or stored within a side yard in the R-4 Residence Zone District shall meet the full side yard setback requirements for such a zone.
g. 
A recreational vehicle shall be owned by the resident of the property upon which such vehicle is parked or stored.
h. 
No more than two recreational vehicles as defined in this section may be parked or stored outdoors upon any lot, and at least one of the two vehicles must be parked in the rear yard.
i. 
No recreational vehicle shall be parked or stored within five feet of the principal building upon the lot.
[Ord. No. 761 § 4]
Notwithstanding any provision of this section to the contrary, recreational vehicles as defined in Subsection 13-13.1 hereof, exclusive of any limitation as to size or number, may be parked or stored within a fully enclosed building which complies with all Borough ordinances.
[Ord. No. 761 § 5; Ord. No. 795 §§ 1, 2]
a. 
Any owner of a recreational vehicle prior to the parking or storage of such vehicle in the R-1, R-2, R-3, R-4 and R-5 Residence Zone Districts shall obtain from the Construction Official a permit for each vehicle to be parked or stored in such districts. The fee for the issuance of such permit shall be $5 per recreational vehicle.
b. 
Notwithstanding any provision of this section to the contrary, the Mayor and Council may permit the parking of a travel trailer or motorized home, exclusive of any limitation as to size, location and ownership, upon a lot in the R-1, R-2 and R-3 Residence Zone Districts, for living, sleeping and housekeeping purposes, in an emergency situation where the dwelling upon the lot has been rendered unhabitable by fire, flood, tornado, earthquake or similar natural disaster, provided the following conditions are complied with:
1. 
The travel trailer or motorized home is an approved type, labeled in accordance with the New Jersey State Construction Code.
2. 
Sanitary provisions and connections are made in accordance with Board of Health requirements.
3. 
Temporary water and electrical service is installed and approved by the appropriate utility company.
4. 
The travel trailer or motorized home is adequately blocked and stable.
5. 
Approval is obtained form the Construction Official, Fire Prevention Bureau and Board of Health prior to occupancy.
6. 
An application is made to the Construction Official for such use and a permit obtained from him for the travel trailer or motorized home and a fee of $25 is paid to the Borough for the review of such application and issuance of such permit.
c. 
The use set forth in Paragraph b hereof shall be permitted for a period of three months from the date of the permit. Two three-month extensions may be granted for good cause shown.
[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 13-14, Fair Share Plan; Affordable Housing Agency; Municipal Housing Liaison, adopted by Ord. No. 1065, as amended, was repealed 5-23-2018 by Ord. No. 10-2018. See now Ch. 29, Affordable Housing.
[Ord. No. 1106 § 1]
As used in this section:
DEVELOPER
Includes any individual or entity which proposes to develop and/or construct a nonprofit institution as defined in Subsection 18-1.1 or a commercial building, which term shall include, by way of example and not limitation, stores, shops, office buildings, laboratories, and industrial buildings, on land within the Borough or any individual or entity which proposes to develop multifamily housing with four units or more within the Borough.
[Ord. No. 1106 § 2]
The developer of multifamily housing with four or more units shall be required to submit a recycling plan together with the application for development to the Planning Board and to the Recycling Coordinator. The recycling plan shall include the following items:
a. 
Recyclable materials to be source separated. As stated in Subsection 18-1.1 which establishes a recycling program for the Borough.
b. 
Single unit storage. Each individual unit shall be designed to accommodate one cubic yard of storage area for the accumulation of one week's worth of all recyclable material. Location of the area to be approved as part of the plan by the Planning Board and the Recycling Coordinator.
The amount of storage space required for the accumulation of recyclable materials can be determined using the following charts. Chart 1 provides weekly recovery levels for recyclables per unit while Chart 2 converts weekly recovery levels to cubic yards.
Chart 1
Weekly Recovery Levels
Type of Material
Pounds/Units/Week
Newspaper
3.0
Glass
.8
Steel cans
.2
Aluminum cans
.1
PET soda bottles
.1
Milk jugs/HOPE bottles
.1
Chart 2
Converting Weight to Volume
Type of Material
Pounds Per Cubic Yard
Newspaper
500
Glass
600
Steel cans
160
Aluminum cans
60
PET soda bottles
30
Milk jugs/HOPE bottles
25
Example:
500 units: 500 x 3.0 pounds newspaper = 1,500/500 pounds = 3 cubic yards
The size and location of the storage area and the collection of recyclables from the single unit storage area to the multi-unit storage area shall be approved as part of the plan by the Planning Board and the Recycling Coordinator. Storage area must meet all building and fire codes.
The location of storage containers shall be delineated on the plan. A separate container or containers shall be provided for each recyclable material specified in Subsection 18-1.1 in addition to the containers for nonrecyclable solid waste.
[Ord. No. 1106 § 3]
The developer of a commercial or institutional development of 1,000 square feet or more shall be required to submit a recycling plan together with the site plan application or application for development or waiver of site plan application to the Planning Board.
a. 
Recyclable materials to be source separated. As stated in Subsection 18-1.1 depending on the type of establishment and type of recyclable materials generated.
b. 
Storage area. The amount of storage area required for the accumulation of recyclable material depends upon the type of establishments and the type of recyclable materials generated. See Charts 1 and 2 herein. Chart 3 provides for additional recyclable materials.
Chart 3
Type of Material
Amount
High-grade paper
3/4 pound/day/office worker
Tin cans
1,000 cans/cubic yard
Corrugated cardboard
Depends on whether it is baled, tied into bundles or compacted.
The size and location of the commercial and institutional establishment storage area shall be approved as part of the recycling plan by the Planning Board and the Recycling Coordinator. Storage area must meet all local building and fire codes.
[Ord. No. 1106 § 4]
The Planning Board and Recycling Coordinator shall not grant approval of a recycling plan or new construction site plan unless all provisions of this section and other relevant rules and regulations are complied with, as aforementioned.
[Adopted 9-10-2008 by Ord. No. 12-2008]
a. 
Preamble.
[Amended 11-12-2008 by Ord. No. 17-2008]
1. 
Whereas, the governing body of the Borough of Ramsey finds that the general public health, safety and welfare is preserved and sustained by the provision of safe, clean, and habitable housing and with responsible regulations designed and enforced to encourage the nuisance-free and peaceable enjoyment of residents collectively within Ramsey; and
2. 
Whereas, the Borough of Ramsey has extensive regulations to ensure appropriate review of certain multiple-family dwelling units prior to construction of such multiple-family dwelling units, including, but not limited to, site plan review for such units, such regulations, however, not being generally applicable to various other types of residential dwelling units; and
3. 
Whereas, the Borough of Ramsey recognizes that an organized registration and licensing and inspection program on all residential rental dwelling units located within the Borough of Ramsey is necessary and appropriate to establish that rental property is properly maintained, to enhance the public health and safety of tenants living in rental dwellings;[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Paragraph b, which immediately followed and provided that this section was applicable in certain zoning districts, was repealed 11-12-2008 by Ord. No. 17-2008.
a. 
The following words, when used in this section, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except in those instances where the context clearly indicates otherwise. When not inconsistent with the context, words used in the present tense include the future; words in the plural number include the singular number; words in the singular shall include the plural, and words in the masculine shall include the feminine and the neuter.
b. 
As used in this section, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
AGENT OR MANAGING AGENT
The individuals designated by the owner as the person(s) authorized by the owner to perform any duty imposed upon the owner by this section. If the owner provides no such designation, the owner shall be considered the agent or managing agent. In any event, the owner shall be responsible for any acts or omission by the designated agent. The term does not necessarily mean a licensed real estate broker or salesperson of the State of New Jersey as those terms are defined by N.J.S.A. 45:15-3; however, such term may include a licensed real estate broker or salesman of the State of New Jersey if such person designated by the owner or his agent is so licensed.
APARTMENT or DWELLING
Any apartment, cottage, bungalow or other dwelling unit consisting of one or more rooms occupying all or part of a floor or floors in a building of one or more floors or stories, but not the entire building, whether designed with or without housekeeping facilities for dwelling purposes and notwithstanding whether the apartment is designed for residence, office or the operation of any industry or business or any other type of independent use.
BUILDING
Any building or structure or part thereof used for human habitation, use or occupancy, and includes any accessory buildings and appurtenances belonging thereto or usually enjoyed therewith.
DWELLING UNIT
Any room or rooms or suite or apartment thereof, whether furnished or unfurnished, which is occupied or intended, arranged, designed to be occupied for sleeping or dwelling purposes by one or more persons, including, but not limited to, the owner thereof or any of his servants, agents or employees, and shall include all privileges, services, furnishings, furniture, equipment, facilities and improvements connected with the use or occupancy thereof.
HABITABLE ROOM
A room or enclosed floor space within a dwelling unit used or designed to be used for living, sleeping, cooking or eating purposes, excluding bathrooms, water closet compartments, laundries, pantries, foyers or communicating corridors, closets and storage space.
LICENSE
The license issued by the Building Code Officer, or his or her designee, attesting that the rental unit has been properly registered in accordance with this section.
LICENSEE
The person to whom the license is issued pursuant to this section. The term "licensee" includes within its definition the term "agent," where applicable.
LODGING UNIT
A room or group of rooms containing no cooking facilities, used for living purposes by a separate family or group of persons living together or by a person living alone, within a building.
MANAGING AGENT
See "agent."
OWNER
The person who owns, purports to own or exercises control over any building.
PERMITTEE
A person to whom a permit is issued hereunder.
PERSON
An individual, firm, corporation, partnership, association, trust or other legal entity, or any combination thereof.
RESIDENTIAL RENTAL STRUCTURE OR UNIT
Any dwelling, dwelling unit, rooming unit, building or structure permitted to be possessed or occupied by a person who shall be the legal owner, equitable owner or party in actual control of said unit, pursuant to a written or unwritten lease, agreement or license, or pursuant to a recorded or unrecorded contract for the sale of land for all or any part of a year.
REGISTERED TENANT
The person or persons to whom a rental unit is leased or rented by the licensee.
RENTAL UNIT
Any apartment, dwelling, building, dwelling unit, habitable room or lodging unit, as defined by this chapter, regardless of the consideration for occupancy, including, but not limited to, money paid, services rendered, or accommodation incident to employment.
SLEEPING ACCOMMODATIONS
The number which properly accommodates individual beds and other sleeping facilities located within any rental unit.
a. 
The owner of any residential rental structure or unit, as defined herein, who intends to rent or lease all or any part thereof as a residential rental unit shall make application to the Code Enforcement Official for issuance of a rental permit on such form and provide such information as may be required by the Code Enforcement Official. The application shall be filed with the Code Enforcement Official not later than 10 days from the date on which the owner of the residential rental unit shall execute a lease or enter into a binding agreement to lease the rental unit. All rental units shall hereafter be registered with the Code Enforcement Official or his designee on an application which shall be provided for that purpose and which shall be obtained from the Code Enforcement Official or his designee. Such registration shall occur on an annual basis as provided herein. The application shall have attached to it either of the following:
1. 
A true copy of the lease agreement setting forth the name, permanent address and telephone number of each tenant.
2. 
An abstract of the lease agreement, setting forth the name, permanent address, and telephone number of each tenant, and the period for which the unit is being leased to such tenant. The abstract of the lease shall be verified by an affidavit signed by the landlord or an authorized agent of the landlord.
b. 
In the event a rental permit is applied for before the landlord enters a lease, the landlord shall file the lease or an abstract of the lease as set forth above within 10 days of the date of a true copy of the lease agreement.
a. 
Each rental unit shall be registered and licensed annually. The license terms shall commence January 1 of each year, and such registration shall be valid until December 31, at which time it shall expire and a new registration shall occur. No rental unit shall hereafter be rented unless the rental unit is registered and licensed in accordance with this section.
b. 
Said license shall only be issued upon inspection of the property and finding that the visible parts of the property, buildings and structures that are to be covered by the license have been inspected by the Code Enforcement Officer or designee and that no violations of the building or property maintenance codes exist; and the rental use proposed by the owner is a valid conforming use in the zone as determined by the Code Enforcement Officer or his designee. A separate license shall be required for each and every individual dwelling unit existing on a property.
c. 
The license shall state the permitted use and/or tenancy; the occupancy limitations stipulated in Subsection 13-16.11; compliance with fire protection systems; compliance with carbon monoxide detection systems; and the names of the owner, lessor, lessee and/or tenant. Any use of the property in question or occupancy limitation violations taking place on the property not specifically authorized by the license shall be deemed a violation of this section and shall be subject to an immediate summons.
a. 
The owner of any residential rental structure or unit shall be obligated to make the residential rental unit available for inspection by the Code Enforcement Official or his designee immediately subsequent to the filing of an application for the issuance or reissuance of a rental permit or any reinspections required in connection with such application. The Code Enforcement Official or his designee shall conduct the initial inspection or any reinspection within 10 days of the date of the filing of a complete application for a rental permit and being able to schedule an inspection or reinspection of the property with the owner.
b. 
Upon filing an application with the Code Enforcement Official for a rental permit, the Code Enforcement Official and/or his designee shall conduct an inspection of the rental residential unit to determine compliance with the provisions of Chapter 13, Building and Housing, and all other applicable municipal ordinances.
1. 
Each rental unit shall be inspected at least upon the initial registration of a rental unit; upon a change of occupancy; when deemed necessary by the municipal code enforcement office; and as otherwise necessitated by safety considerations, alleged violations and as otherwise required by this section. The initial inspection shall occur prior to occupancy for which a license is sought pursuant to this section.
2. 
Such inspection shall be for the purpose of determining Zoning Ordinance compliance and, to the extent applicable, to determine if the property complies with the New Jersey State Housing Code and/or Municipal Building Code and/or Uniform Fire Safety Code and/or the Property Maintenance Code.
3. 
In the event that the inspection of a rental unit does not result in a satisfactory determination, such property shall not thereafter be registered nor shall a license be issued, and the owner of the property or his agent shall not lease or rent such property nor shall any tenant occupy the property until the necessary corrections have been made so as to bring the property and rental unit into compliance with the applicable codes and the property is thereafter subsequently registered and licensed. In the event that the property is occupied when such conditions are discovered, all such corrections shall be made within 30 days unless safety considerations, as determined by the Code Enforcement Official or his designee, required immediate correction. If not made within that time period, the owner shall be deemed in violation of this section, and every day that the violation continues shall constitute a separate offense.
4. 
No property shall be licensed unless the owner thereof produces, at the time of registration, a current, valid certificate of inspection indicating that the property has been inspected by the officials of the Borough of Ramsey having jurisdiction and that the property does not contain any code violations.
No person shall hereafter occupy any rental unit nor shall the owner permit occupancy of any rental unit with the Borough of Ramsey which is not registered and licensed in accordance with this section.
Upon the filing of a completed registration form, the provision of a satisfactory and current certificate of inspection, and payment of the prescribed fee, the owner shall be entitled to the issuance of a license for the rental term commencing January 1 of the respective year in which said application was filed. A separate registration form shall be required for each rental, and a license shall be issued to the owner for each individual unit, notwithstanding the existence of multirental units on the same property. Each renewal for licensure shall be made and filed prior to the expiration of the rental license which occurs annually on December 31.
a. 
At the time of filing the rental registration form and prior to the issuance of the license, the owner or agent of the owner must pay a fee in the amount of $50 per rental unit.
b. 
The above fee includes the cost of the initial inspection. Additional inspections, whether due to a change of tenants, noncompliance or inability to gain access for a scheduled reinspection, will require the payment of a fee of $50 per reinspection visit. The cost for all inspections related to the issuance of a license shall be paid in full no less than 24 hours prior to the scheduled reinspection.
c. 
If any fee is not paid within 30 days of its due date, a late fee charged at the prevailing rate as set forth in the applicable resolution will be assessed.
Without in any way intending to infringe upon the requirements of N.J.S.A. 46:8-28, all rental units shall be registered and licensed as provided herein. Every owner shall file with the Code Enforcement Official or his designee a registration form for each rental unit contained within a building or structure which shall include the following information:
a. 
The name, address and telephone number of the owner or owners of the premises and the record owner or owner of the rental business, if not the same persons, shall be provided. In the case of a partnership, the names and addresses of all general partners shall be provided, together with the telephone numbers for each individual partner, indicating where such individual may be reached both during the day and evening hours, which telephone numbers shall include cell phone numbers. If the record owner is a corporation, the name and address of the registered agent and corporate officers of said corporation shall be provided, together with the telephone number for each such individual indicating where such individual may be reached both during the day and evening hours, which shall include providing the cell phone numbers of each such individual. All registration addresses shall be physical addresses; post office boxes are insufficient.
b. 
If the address of the owner of record is not located in the County of Bergen, the name, address and telephone number of a person who resides in the County of Bergen who is authorized to accept notices from a tenant and to issue receipts therefor and to accept service of process on behalf of the owner of record.
c. 
The name, address and telephone number, including a cell phone number, of the managing agent of the premises, if any.
d. 
The name, address and telephone number, including a cell phone number, of the superintendent, janitor, custodian, or other individual employed by the owner of record or managing agent to provide regular maintenance service, if any.
e. 
The name, address and telephone number, including a cell phone number, of an individual representative of the owner of record or managing agent who may be reached or contacted any time in the event of an emergency affecting the premises or any unit of dwelling space therein, including such emergencies as the failure of any essential service or system, and who has the authority to make emergency decisions concerning the building and any repair thereto or expenditure in connection therewith.
f. 
The name and address as well as the account number of every holder of a recorded mortgage on the premises.
g. 
If fuel oil is used to heat the building and the owner furnishes the heat in the building, the name, address, and telephone number of the fuel oil dealer servicing the building and the grade of fuel oil used.
h. 
As to each rental unit, a specification of the exact number of sleeping rooms contained in the rental unit and the exact number of sleeping accommodations contained in each of the sleeping rooms, identifying each sleeping room specifically by number and location within the apartment or dwelling and by the square footage thereof. In order to satisfy the requirements of this provision, an owner shall submit a floor plan which shall become a part of the application and which shall be attached to the registration form when filed by the Code Enforcement Official or his designee.
i. 
Name, address and telephone number of any and all rental agencies with the authority to lease or otherwise permit occupancy of the subject premises.
j. 
Name, age, and address, including the dwelling unit number of each occupant or tenant occupying the rental unit.
k. 
Whether or not the owner has conducted any tenant screening for each new tenant and authorized adult household member.
l. 
Such other information as may be prescribed by the Borough on the appropriate form or otherwise by ordinance or resolution.
The Code Enforcement Official or his designee shall index and file the registration form and make it reasonably available for public inspection during regular business hours. In doing so, the Code Enforcement Official or his designee shall follow the mandates of N.J.S.A. 46:8-28.1, as amended and supplemented, so that the filing of the registration form will simultaneously satisfy the registration requirements of N.J.S.A. 46:8-28 to the extent that it applies to the property being registered and will also satisfy the registration requirements of this section. The Code Enforcement Official or designee shall maintain a master index of all such registration forms, and any person may obtain from the Code Enforcement Official or his designee a list of all rental units properly registered and licensed upon payment of a fee not to exceed $25.
Every person required to file a registration form pursuant to this section shall file an amended registration form within 20 days of any change in the information required to be included thereon. No fee shall be required for the filing of an amendment with the exception of a change in ownership of the premises.
Each licensee granted a license pursuant to this section shall be permitted to lease or rent the rental unit which has been registered and for which a license has been granted hereunder to a specific number of registered tenants, which number shall not exceed the number which has been computed in accordance with the following:
a. 
Every room occupied for sleeping purposes by one occupant shall contain at least 80 square feet of floor area, and every room occupied for sleeping purposes by more than one person shall contain at least 60 square feet of floor area for each occupant thereof.
b. 
Rental units shall not be occupied by more occupants than permitted by the minimum occupancy area requirements set forth below:
1. 
Minimum occupancy area requirements.
(a) 
One to two occupants:
[1] 
Living room: no requirements.
[2] 
Dining room: no requirements.
[3] 
Kitchen: 50 square feet.
(b) 
Three to five occupants:
[1] 
Living room: 120 square feet.
[2] 
Dining room: 80 square feet.
[3] 
Kitchen: 50 square feet.
(c) 
Six or more occupants:
[1] 
Living room: 150 square feet.
[2] 
Dining room: 100 square feet.
[3] 
Kitchen: 60 square feet.
2. 
Bedrooms shall comply with Paragraph a.
c. 
Combined living room and dining room spaces shall comply with the requirements of Paragraph b if the total is equal to that required for separate rooms and if the space is so located that it functions as a combination living room/dining room.
d. 
Kitchens, bathrooms, water closets, toilet rooms, closets, basements, attics, storage areas, nonhabitable spaces and interior public areas shall not be used for sleeping purposes.
e. 
All spaces to be used for food preparation shall contain suitable space and equipment to store, prepare and serve foods in a sanitary manner. There shall be adequate facilities and services for the sanitary disposal of food wastes and refuse, including facilities for temporary storage.
a. 
It shall be unlawful and in violation of this section for an owner, permittee, lessor or registered tenant of any registered dwelling to allow a number of people greater than the maximum number of occupants permitted pursuant to Subsection 13-16.11 to reside in the registered dwelling. It shall also be a violation of this section for the owner, permittee, lessor or registered tenant to lease a dwelling unit to a number or group of tenants which exceeds the total number of sleeping accommodations which has been set forth in the permit for which application was made under this section.
b. 
The owner, permittee, lessor or registered tenant of a dwelling unit must post the registration form in a conspicuous location in the dwelling. Such form must contain the name(s) of the owner, permittee, lessor and registered tenant, the maximum number of tenants permitted to occupy the dwelling according to the permit and the maximum number of sleeping accommodations according to the permit.
c. 
It shall be unlawful and a violation of this section for an owner, permittee, lessor or registered tenant to fail to post the required registration form or for an owner, permittee, lessor or registered tenant to alter or remove the required registration form.
d. 
The required registered property must be readily available for inspection upon demand by the Borough of Ramsey or officials of the Borough of Ramsey Code Enforcement Department. It shall be unlawful and a violation of this section for an owner, permittee, lessor or registered tenant to refuse to allow the inspection of said registered property upon demand by an officer of the Borough of Ramsey or an official from the Borough of Ramsey Code Enforcement Department.
e. 
The police officers of the Borough of Ramsey, Code Enforcement Official, Zoning Officer or other officials of the Ramsey Code Enforcement Department are authorized to issue a summons for any violation of this section to any owner, lessor, permittee, or registered tenant found to be in violation of any of the provisions of this section.
No rental unit may be registered and no license shall be issued for any property containing a rental unit unless all municipal taxes, water and sewer charges and other municipal assessments are current.
It shall be unlawful for any person over the age of 18 to assist, aid, abet, allow, permit, suffer or encourage a student to register or enroll in the Ramsey School District where the student is ineligible to attend. It shall be unlawful for any person over the age of 18 to knowingly permit his or her name, address, or other residence designating documentation to be utilized in the registration or enrollment of any nonresident student in the Ramsey School District. In addition to the penalties set forth in this section, any person violating or failing to comply with the provisions of this subsection shall, upon conviction thereof, be required and sentenced to make restitution to the Borough of Ramsey. In determining the amount of such restitution, the court shall include the amounts incurred by the Ramsey Board of Education, including, but not limited to, tuition costs, related investigation expenses, and attorneys' fees.
a. 
The Code Enforcement Official or his designee is hereby authorized to make inspections to determine the condition of rental units in order that they may promote the purposes of this section to safeguard the health, safety, welfare of the occupants of rental units and of the general public. For the purposes of making such inspections, the Code Enforcement Official or his designee is hereby authorized to enter, examine and survey rental units, at all reasonable times. The owner or occupant of every rental unit shall give the Code Enforcement Official or his designee free access to the rental unit at all reasonable times for the purpose of such inspections, examinations and surveys.
b. 
Every occupant shall give the owner of the rental unit access to any part of such rental unit at all reasonable times for the purpose of making such repairs or alterations as are necessary to effect compliance with the provisions of this section or any lawful order issued pursuant thereto.
c. 
Within 10 days of the receipt of any complaint alleging a violation of this section, the Code Enforcement Official or his designee shall conduct an inspection as hereinbefore provided.
a. 
Only those occupants whose names are on file with the Borough of Ramsey as provided in this section may reside in the licensed premises. It shall be unlawful for any other person to reside in said premises, and this provision may be enforced against the owner, tenant, or other person residing in said premises.
b. 
No rental unit shall be occupied or used in a manner which shall result in any unreasonable disturbance or disruption to the surrounding properties and property owners or the public in general, such that it shall constitute a nuisance as defined in the ordinance of the Borough of Ramsey.
c. 
The maintenance of all rental units and the conduct engaged in upon the premises by occupants and their guests shall at all times be in full compliance with all applicable ordinances and regulations of the Borough of Ramsey, and all applicable state and federal laws and regulations.
d. 
Any owner, tenant, or other person violating the provisions of this subsection shall be subject to the penalty provisions of this section.
e. 
Minimum ceiling heights.
1. 
All habitable spaces, other than kitchens, shall have a clear ceiling height of not less than six feet 10 inches. All hallways, corridors, laundry areas, bathrooms, toilet rooms, kitchens, water closets, and other nonhabitable spaces as defined herein shall have a clear ceiling height of not less than six feet 10 inches.
2. 
Exceptions:
(a) 
Beams or girders spaced not less than four feet on center and projecting not more than six inches below the required ceiling, provided that the minimum clear height is not less than six feet four inches.
(b) 
Dropped or furred ceilings over not more than 1/2 of the minimum floor area required by this Code, provided that no part of such dropped or furred ceiling is less than six feet 10 inches in height.
(c) 
Rooms occupied exclusively for sleeping, study or similar purposes and having a sloped ceiling over all or part of the room, with a clear ceiling height of at least six feet 10 inches over not less than 1/3 of the required minimum floor area. In calculating the floor area of such rooms, only those portions of the floor area with a clear ceiling height of five feet or more shall be included.
(d) 
Basement rooms in one- and two-family dwellings occupied exclusively for laundry, study or recreational purposes, having a ceiling height of not less than six feet eight inches with not less than six feet four inches of clear height under beams, girders, ducts and similar obstructions.
a. 
The following persons are hereby authorized to enforce this section:
1. 
The Chief of Police or his designee.
2. 
Any police officer.
3. 
The Code Enforcement Official or his designee.
4. 
The Fire Chief or his designee.
5. 
The Health Officer or his designee.
6. 
The Zoning Officer or his designee.
7. 
The Fire Official or his designee.
b. 
The designation of any person to enforce this section or authorization of an inspector, when in writing, and signed by a person authorized by Subsection 13-16.17a to designate or authorize an inspector to enforce this section, shall be prima facie evidence of such authority.
If any person shall fail, refuse or neglect to comply with the provisions of this section, or any rules or regulations, or any reasonable orders or directions of a Borough representative in reference thereto, the Code Enforcement Official or his designee may order the closure of the rental units until such conditions or orders are met.
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this section shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than $200 and not more than $800, plus costs, or imprisonment for a term not to exceed 90 days in default of payment. Every day that a violation of this section continues shall constitute a separate offense.
[Adopted 9-11-2013 by Ord. No. 13-2013]
a. 
Building Subcode.
1. 
Fees for new construction will be based upon the volume of the structure. Volume shall be computed in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.28. Construction fees 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.
2. 
Fees for renovations and alterations shall be charged $21 per $1,000. From $50,000 to and including $100,000, the additional fee shall be in the amount of $14 per $1,000 of the estimated cost above $50,000. Above $100,000, the additional fee shall be in the amount of $10 per $1,000 of estimated cost above $100,000. For the purpose of determining estimated cost, the provisions of the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code shall be utilized.
3. 
Fees for additions shall be computed on the same basis as for new construction in accordance with the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code.
4. 
Fees for a combination of renovations and additions shall be computed as the sum of fees computed separately in accordance with Paragraphs a2 and 3 above and the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code.
b. 
Plumbing Subcode.
1. 
The fee shall be $22 per fixture connected to the plumbing system for all fixtures and appliances except as listed below.
2. 
The fee shall be $150 for special devices for the following: hot water boilers, grease traps and oil separators, backflow prevention devices; $100 for drinking fountains, water-cooled air conditioning units, refrigeration units, utility service connections, steam boilers, sewer pumps; $75 for hot water heaters, furnace, gas piping, gas service entrance, active solar systems, fuel oil piping; $25 per stack; $22 per floor drain; and $15 per hose bib.
c. 
Electrical Subcode.
1. 
For from one to 25 receptacles or fixtures, the fee shall be in the amount of $50; for each 10 receptacles or fixtures in addition to this, the fee shall be in the amount of $20. For the purpose of computing this fee, receptacles or fixtures shall include lighting outlets, wall switches, convenience receptacles, smoke and heat detectors, pull stations, exit lights, fire alarm panels or similar fixtures. One to five motors not exceeding one horsepower shall be $25; up to 10 motors not exceeding one horsepower each, $50; 11 motors to 50 motors, $100; over 50 motors, the fee shall be $175.
2. 
For each motor or electrical service device greater than one horsepower and less than or equal to 10 horsepower, the fee shall be $100; and for transformers and generators greater than one kilowatt and less than or equal to 10 kilowatts, the fee shall be $150.
3. 
For each motor or electrical device greater than 10 horsepower and less than or equal to 50 horsepower, the fee shall be $150; for each service panel, service entrance or subpanel less than or equal to 200 amperes, the fee shall be $150; and for all transformers and generators greater than 10 kilowatts and less than or equal to 45 kilowatts, the fee shall be $250.
4. 
For each motor or electrical device greater than 50 horsepower, the fee shall be $250; for each service panel, service entrance or subpanel greater than 200 amperes and less than 500 amperes; and for transformers and generators greater than 45 kilowatts and less than or equal to 112.5 kilowatts the fee shall be $350.
5. 
For each motor or electrical device greater than 100 horsepower; for each service panel, service entrance or subpanel greater than 500; and for each transformer or generators greater than 112.5 kilowatts, the fee shall be $500.
6. 
For the purpose of computing these fees, all motors except those in plug-in appliances shall be counted, including control equipment, generators, transformers and all heating, cooking or other devices consuming or generating electrical current.
7. 
Burglar, heat and smoke detectors, data and intercom systems and all other signaling devices shall be added to the fixture fee as follows:
(a) 
Residential panel: $75.
(b) 
Commercial: $150.
8. 
Light standards:
(a) 
One to five: $175.
(b) 
Each additional: $25.
9. 
Temporary installations and decorative displays for not more than 60 days: $75 each.
10. 
Motion picture equipment: $25.
11. 
Radio and television transmitting or receiving equipment, including satellite dishes: $75.
12. 
Photovoltaic systems rated from one kilowatt to 50 kilowatts, the fee is $100; for 51 kilowatts to 100 kilowatts, the fee is $150; and for systems rated over 100 kilowatts, the fee is $250. Each separate array panel shall be calculated at $25 per module, $50 per inverter, $25 per collector box in addition to all other applicable fees.
13. 
The generator transfer switch fee is $150 in addition to all other applicable fees.
d. 
Fire Protection Subcode.
1. 
The fee for 10 or fewer fire sprinkler heads, smoke detectors or heat detectors, pull stations, exit lights or emergency lights shall be $60; for 11 to 20 heads, detectors, pull stations, exit lights or emergency lights, the fee shall be $100; for 21 to 100 heads, detectors, pull stations, exit lights or emergency lights, the fee shall be $225; for 101 to 200 heads, detectors pull stations, exit lights or emergency lights, the fee shall be $375; for 201 to 400 heads, detectors, pull stations, exit lights or emergency lights, the fee shall be $550; for 401 or greater heads, detectors, pull stations, exit lights or emergency lights, the fee shall be $1,250. In computing fees for heads, detectors, pull stations, exit lights and emergency lights, the number of each shall be counted separately and separate fees shall be charged.
2. 
The fee for each standpipe shall be $200.
3. 
The fee for each independent pre-engineered suppression system shall be $150.
4. 
The fee for each gas- or oil-fired appliance that is not connected to a potable water plumbing system shall be $75.
5. 
The fee for each commercial/institutional kitchen exhaust system shall be $150.
6. 
The fee for each incinerator shall be $250.
7. 
The fee for each smoke control system shall be $250.
e. 
Certificates and other permits.
1. 
The fee for a demolition or removal permit shall be $175 for a structure less than 5,000 square feet in area and less than 30 feet in height, for one- and two-family residences (Group R-3 and R-5), and for structures on farms, including commercial farm buildings as per the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code used exclusively for storage of food or grain, or sheltering of livestock, and shall be $75 for all accessory structures, such as pools, sheds, oil tanks (above or below ground), etc. and $350 for all other use groups.
2. 
The fee for a permit to construct a sign shall be in the amount of $1.75 per square foot computed on one side with a starting fee of $75 per commercial sign.
3. 
The fee for a certificate of occupancy for one- and two-family homes (Group R-3 and R-5) shall be $225 per unit; for all other use groups $250 per unit of occupancy.
4. 
There shall be no fee for a temporary certificate of occupancy.
5. 
The fee for a certificate of continued occupancy shall be $200.
6. 
The fee for plan review of a building for compliance under the alternate systems and non-dependable energy source provisions of the Energy Subcode shall be $150 for one- and two-family homes and for like commercial structures having the indoor temperature controlled from a single point and $500 for all other structures.
7. 
The fee for an application for variation in accordance with the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code shall be $300 for a Class I structure and $85 for Class II and Class III structures. The fee for resubmission of an application for variation shall be $100 for Class I structures and $35 for Class II and Class III structures.
8. 
The fee for pools shall be as follows:
[Added 11-9-2017 by Ord. No. 09-2017]
(a) 
The fee for aboveground pools, storable pools and hot tubs in Use Groups R-3, R-4 and R-5 shall be $175.
(b) 
The fee for in-ground pools in Use Groups R-3, R-4 and R-5 shall be $450.
9. 
The fee for retaining walls shall be as follows:
[Added 11-9-2017 by Ord. No. 09-2017]
(a) 
The fee for a retaining wall with a surface area greater than 550 square feet that is associated with a Class 3 residential structure shall be $250.
(b) 
The fee for a retaining wall with a surface area of 550 square feet or less that is associated with a Class 3 residential structure shall be $150.
(c) 
The fee for a retaining wall of any size at other than a Class 3 residential structure shall be based on the cost of the construction.
f. 
Annual permits. The fee 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 clerical shall not be considered maintenance workers for the purpose of establishing the annual construction permit fee. Annual permits may be used for building, fire protection, electrical and plumbing. Fees shall be as follows:
1. 
One to 25 workers (including foreman): $200 per worker.
2. 
Each additional worker over 25: $100 per worker.
g. 
Installation of construction trailers and temporary trailers due to damage to the main structure: The fee shall be $75 plus the appropriate plumbing and electrical subcode fees.
h. 
Asbestos abatement fee, as per the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code, shall be $50 for the certificate.
i. 
The fee for each real estate sign shall be $15 per sign. Only one sign is permitted per structure as per Borough Zoning Code 130.709 of the Borough of Ramsey.
j. 
For cross connections and backflow prevention devices that are subject to testing and required to be reinspected by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection regulations, the fees shall be $100 per inspection.
k. 
A continued certificate of occupancy shall be required for a change of ownership of a commercial structure.