Borough of Spotswood, NJ
Middlesex County
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[Derived from Ch. XXIX of the 1969 Revised General Ordinances]
This article shall be known as the "Codification of Fees and Costs of the Borough of Spotswood."
This article is adopted in order to advise the citizens of the Borough and any and all persons doing business with the Borough of the various fees charged for services rendered by the departments of Borough government and to provide ready access to any and all such information.
The following fees shall be charged by the Borough for services rendered or licenses or permits issued. All license fees shall be annual unless otherwise noted.
[Amended 12-3-2001-018 by Ord. No. 2001-018; 5-5-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-5; 2-12-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-01; 3-23-2009 by Ord. No. 06-2009; 12-20-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-13]
A. 
Club licenses: $185.
B. 
Plenary retail distribution, plenary retail consumption, plenary retail consumption with broad package privilege: $1,990.
[Amended 6-5-1995 by Ord. No. 1995-581; 12-3-2001 by Ord. No. 2001-018; 1-7-2002 by Ord. No. 2001-022; 5-5-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-05; 12-20-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-13]
The fee for a construction permit shall be the sum of the subcode fees listed in Subsections A through C hereof and shall be paid before the permit is issued. The individual subcode fees shall be the following:
A. 
Building subcode.
(1) 
For new construction: $0.040 per cubic foot of volume of the entire structure.
[Amended 12-20-2004 by Ord. No. 014-2004; 12-20-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-13; 12-15-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-14; 2-2-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-03]
(2) 
Premanufactured homes:
(a) 
Fees for new construction apply (less 20% plan review fee).
(b) 
Minimum fee: $75.
[Amended 12-15-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-14]
(3) 
For renovations, alterations and repairs: $25 per $1,000 or part thereof of estimated cost of the work (all fees shall be rounded to the nearest $1,000), provided that the minimum fee shall be $75 (for building, electric, plumbing and fire).
[Amended 12-20-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-13; 12-15-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-14]
(4) 
For additions: same as for new construction as in Subsection A(1) above.
(5) 
For combinations of renovations and additions: the sum of the fees computed separately as renovations and additions.
(6) 
For construction or installation of a swimming pool:
[Amended 12-20-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-13; 12-15-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-14]
(a) 
In-ground: $175.
(b) 
Aboveground: $100 (will also include hot tub or spa).
(7) 
Roof replacement.
[Amended 12-20-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-13]
(a) 
Residential: flat fee of $75.
(b) 
Commercial: $25 per $1,000 of cost estimate or part thereof; $60 minimum fee.
(8) 
For the construction or installation of an aboveground or underground tank for the storage of flammable or combustible liquids, the capacity of which is 660 gallons or less: $46. For such tanks with a capacity exceeding 660 gallons, the fee shall be $90.
(9) 
The fee for a permit for the removal of a building or structure from one lot to another or to a new location on the same lot: $15 per $1,000 of the sum of the estimated cost of moving and the cost of the new foundation and all work necessary to place the building or structure in its completed condition in the new location.
(10) 
The fee for the construction or erection of structures of Use Group T (temporary): $46.
(11) 
Temporary sales or construction trailer. The fee for installation of a temporary sales or construction trailer shall be a minimum of $46.
[Added 12-20-2004 by Ord. No. 014-2004]
(12) 
Solar panels:
[Added 12-15-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-14]
(a) 
Installed on roof: flat fee of $100.
(b) 
Installed on ground: $25 per 1,000 (same as renovation fees).
B. 
Plumbing subcode.
(1) 
Fixtures or vent stacks:
(a) 
First plumbing fixture or vent stack: $40 each.
(b) 
Second through 10th: $25 each.
[Amended 12-15-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-14]
(c) 
Eleventh through 100th: $25 each.
[Amended 12-15-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-14]
(d) 
Over 100: $25 each.
[Amended 12-15-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-14]
(2) 
Residential water heater:
(a) 
Up to 50 gallons: $40 each.
(b) 
Over 50 gallons: $55 each.
(3) 
Commercial and/or special fixtures:
[Amended 12-15-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-14]
(a) 
Grease traps, oil separators, backflow preventors equipped with test ports, double check-valve assembly, reduced-pressure vacuum breaker backflow preventors, active solar system, sewer pumps, interceptors, dishwashers and tie-in to process equipment: $80.
(4) 
Sewer tie-in to City main:
(a) 
Three-, four-, or five-inch line: $150.
(b) 
Six-inch line: $250.
(c) 
Eight-inch line: $350.
(d) 
Ten- to twelve-inch line: $600.
(5) 
Water service tie-in to City main (new or replacement):
(a) 
Three-fourth-inch and one-inch: $50.
(b) 
One-and-one-fourth-inch to three-inch: $100.
(c) 
Two-and-one-fourth-inch to three-inch: $150.
(d) 
Three-and-one-fourth-inch and above: $200.
(6) 
Gas appliance, other than heating equipment:
(a) 
Residential stove, clothes dryer: $35.
(b) 
Gas log or fireplace: $50.
(c) 
Commercial stove: $60.
(7) 
Storm drainage system:
(a) 
First roof drain: $45 each.
(b) 
Second to 6th roof drain: $20 each.
(c) 
Sixth to 12th roof drain: $15 each.
(d) 
Over 12 roof drains: $10 each.
(8) 
Building storm drain:
(a) 
Up to eight-inch: $150.
(b) 
Ten- to fifteen-inch: $175.
(c) 
Eighteen- to twenty-four-inch: $250.
(d) 
Over twenty-four-inch: $350.
(9) 
Periodic inspections:
(a) 
Cross connections and backflow preventors, annual inspection fee: $60.
[Amended 12-20-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-13]
(10) 
Aboveground tanks:
(a) 
Zero to 2,000 gallons: $75.
(b) 
Two thousand one to 10,000 gallons: $160.
(c) 
Ten thousand one and above: $300.
(d) 
Demo 275 gallons to 550 gallons: $50.
(e) 
Demo 551 gallons and above: $150.
(11) 
Underground tanks:
(a) 
Zero to 550 gallons: $75.
(b) 
Five hundred one to 2,000 gallons: $150.
(c) 
Two thousand one to 10,000 gallons: $300.
(d) 
Ten thousand one gallons and above: $400.
(e) 
Demo up to 1,000 gallons: $60.
[Amended 12-20-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-13]
(f) 
Demo over 1,000 gallons: $100.
[Amended 12-20-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-13[1]]
[1]
Editor's Note: With this ordinance, former Subsection B(11)(g), which listed the fee for demo for 10,001 gallons and above, and which immediately followed this subsection, was deleted.
(12) 
Heating appliances (gas or oil):
(a) 
Up to 100,000 BTU: $75 each.
(b) 
Up to 200,000 BTU: $100 each.
(c) 
Up to 500,000 BTU: $150 each.
(d) 
Up to 1,000,000 BTU: $250 each.
(e) 
Above 1,000,000 BTU: $350 each.
(13) 
Air-conditioning equipment:
(a) 
Up to three tons: $75.
(b) 
Up to six tons: $100.
(c) 
Up to 12 tons: $150.
(d) 
Up to 25 tons: $250.
(e) 
Over 25 tons: $350.
(14) 
Restoration-of-service fee: $40.
C. 
Electrical subcode.
(1) 
Receptacles, fixtures, switches.[2]
[Amended 12-15-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-14]
(a) 
One to 25 items: $65.
(b) 
Each additional 25 items: $40.
[2]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection C(1) was repealed 5-5-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-05 and subsequent sections renumbered accordingly.
(2) 
Motors, generators, transformers, all heating, cooking or other devices consuming electric current.
(a) 
Residential air conditioning: $30.
(b) 
Commercial air conditioning: $60.
(c) 
Trailers (construction): $60.
(d) 
Utility load mgn. devices: $35.
(e) 
Furnaces/boilers: $25.
(f) 
Motors/devices greater than one horsepower and less than or equal to 10 horsepower: $45.
[Amended 12-15-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-14]
(g) 
Transformers or generators greater than one kilowatt and less or equal to 10 kilowatts: $45.
[Amended 12-15-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-14]
(h) 
Motors/devices greater than 10 horsepower and less than or equal to 50 horsepower: $46.
(i) 
Transformers/generators greater than 10 kilowatts and less than or equal to 45 kilowatts: $46.
(j) 
Motors/devices greater than 50 horsepower and less or equal to 100 horsepower: $92.
(k) 
Transformer/generators greater than 45 kilowatts and less than 112.5 kilowatts: $92.
(l) 
Motors/devices greater than 100 horsepower: $457.
(m) 
Transformers/generators greater than 112.5 kilowatts: $457.
(3) 
Service panels, subpanels, service entrance.
(a) 
Up to 100 amperes: $60.
[Amended 12-20-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-13]
(b) 
Over 100 amperes to 200 amperes: $100.
[Amended 12-20-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-13]
(c) 
Each 100 amperes over 200 but up to 1,000 amperes: $25.
(d) 
Greater than 1,000 amperes: $457. Note: For the purpose of computing the above fees, the term "service panel" shall include service conductors, feeders, switches, switchboards and panel boards.
(4) 
Electric and incandescent signs: $40.
(5) 
Swimming pools.
[Amended 12-20-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-13; 12-15-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-14]
(a) 
All swimming pools, hot tubs/spas: $125 flat fee.
(b) 
In-ground swimming pools: $200 flat fee.
D. 
Plan review. The fee for plan review shall be 20% of the amount to be charged for the construction permit and shall be paid at the time of granting the permit.
E. 
Demolition of building.
(1) 
For residential structures (one- and two-family homes): $110.
(2) 
For residential storage buildings (i.e., sheds, garages, in-ground pools): $50.
(3) 
For commercial buildings and residential building more than two-family: $150.
[Amended 12-20-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-13]
F. 
Removal of building. The fee for a permit for removal of a building or structure from one lot to another or to a new location on the same lot shall be $15 per $1,000 of the sum of the estimated costs for moving, for new foundations and for placement in a completed condition in the new location, provided that the minimum fee shall be $10.
G. 
Sign construction. The fee for a permit to construct a sign shall be $1 per square foot of the surface area of the sign, provided that the minimum fee shall be $60. In the case of double-faced signs, the area of the surface of only one side of the sign shall be used for the purposes of the fee computation.
[Amended 12-20-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-13]
H. 
Plan review, certificate of occupancy and approval fee:
(1) 
For each plan review: $40 (nonrefundable).
(2) 
For certificate of occupancy: $50 or 10% of construction permit fee, whichever is greater.
I. 
Elevator installation. Installation of elevator chairlifts, moving walks or escalators.
(1) 
Each device: $260.
(2) 
Periodic inspections.
(a) 
Six-month inspection: $65.
(b) 
Five-year inspection and witnessing of tests: $208.
J. 
Codification letters. A fee of $5 shall be charged and paid in advance for tenet of certification.
K. 
Fire subcode fees.
(1) 
Heating devices.
(a) 
Commercial.
[Amended 12-15-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-14]
[1] 
First unit: $45.
[2] 
Each additional unit: $30.
(b) 
Residential.
[1] 
First unit: $30.
[2] 
Each additional unit: $15.
(2) 
Fireplaces and solid fuel devices.
(a) 
Per unit: $50.
[Amended 12-15-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-14]
(3) 
Oil burning and oil storage equipment.
(a) 
Two hundred to 600 gallons: $75.
(b) 
Two hundred one to 1,100 gallons: $150.
(c) 
One thousand one hundred one to 2,000 gallons: $200.
(d) 
Two thousand one or more gallons: $300.
(4) 
Sprinkler systems.
(a) 
One to 20 heads: $65.
(b) 
Twenty-one to 100 heads: $100.
(c) 
Over 100 heads: $1/head.
(d) 
Standpipe: $230.
(e) 
Each additional riser: $50/riser.
(f) 
Fire pumps: $100.
(g) 
Water tanks: $100.
(h) 
Per area calculation for hydraulic-calculated systems: $50.
(5) 
Fire detection systems.
(a) 
Per 10,000 square feet: $75.
(b) 
Minimum fees: $100.
(6) 
Detection inspection.
(a) 
Smoke.
[Amended 12-15-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-14]
[1] 
Residential: $50.
[2] 
Commercial: $65.
(b) 
Carbon monoxide; commercial or residential: $35.
(7) 
Standpipe review: $230.
(8) 
Pre-engineered systems.
[Amended 12-15-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-14]
(a) 
CO2 systems: $120.
(b) 
Dry chemical: $120.
(c) 
Wet chemical: $120.
(d) 
Foam pre-engineered: $120.
(e) 
Foam engineered: $120.
(9) 
Kitchen and hazardous exhaust systems: $75.
[Amended 12-15-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-14]
(10) 
Fire-protection devices.
(a) 
Fire-protection system: $75/10,000 square feet (minimum $100).
(b) 
Central station: $100.
(c) 
Manual fire alarm: $75.
(d) 
Automated alarm: $100.
(e) 
Duct detector, one to 25 devices: $65.
[Amended 12-15-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-14]
(f) 
Commercial smoke detector, one to 25 devices: $75.
[Amended 12-15-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-14]
(g) 
Beam or flame detector: $50 detector.
(11) 
Smoke removal system: $150.
(12) 
Elevator recall system: $50.
(13) 
Emergency or exit lighting, one to 25 devices: $50.
[Amended 12-15-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-14]
(14) 
Voice communication system: $100.
(15) 
Emergency generator system: $75.
(16) 
Incinerator/crematorium: $385.
(17) 
Plan review and inspection fee for items not specified: $20 per $1,000 cost of work.
(18) 
Minimum fee for fire protection subcode plan review and inspection: $35.
L. 
Fire Prevention Code inspections.
(1) 
Inspection. Use Groups 98-8A to and including 98-8C:
[Amended 2-12-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-01]
(a) 
Less than 3,000 square feet: $100.
(b) 
Three thousand to 25,000 square feet: $250.
(c) 
The application fee for a certificate of smoke detector and carbon monoxide alarm compliance, as required by N.J.A.C. 5:70-23, shall be: $50.
(2) 
Certificate of fire code status: $35 (see § 98-8D of the Code.).
(3) 
Permit fees: as set forth in Uniform Fire Code (see § 98-8E of the Code.).
M. 
Miscellaneous fees.
(1) 
Variation application.
(a) 
For Class I structures: $423.
(b) 
For Class II and III structures: $150.
[Amended 12-15-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-14]
(c) 
Resubmission of applications: $163 Class I structures; $46 Class II and III structures.
(d) 
Change of use fee: $150.
[Added 12-20-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-13]
(e) 
Sheds: Flat fee of $75.
[Added 12-20-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-13]
(2) 
Permit reinstatement: $25 for each subcode involved.
[Amended 12-15-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-14]
(3) 
Estimated cost. For the purpose of determining estimated cost, the applicant shall submit to the inspection agency cost data produced by an architect or engineer of record or by a recognized estimating firm or by the contractor's bona fide bid upon which data the agency will make its own determination of estimated cost.
(4) 
State of New Jersey training fee.
(a) 
For new construction/additions: $0.0016 per cubic foot of volume.
(b) 
For renovations/alterations/repairs: $0.0008 per $1,000 estimated cost.
(5) 
Chimney liners: $50.
[Added 12-15-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-14]
(6) 
Updates/change in plans: $35 per subcode.
[Added 12-15-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-14]
[Amended 12-3-2001 by Ord. No. 2001-018; 5-5-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-05; 2-12-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-01; 3-23-2009 by Ord. No. 06-2009; 12-15-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-14]
License Issued
Fee
Code Reference
Builders and contractors:
Initial application
$25
75-4
Renewal
$10
75-4
Canvassers
$25
151-13
Commercial displays
$10
160-6
Dog license
Spayed/neutered:
46-2E
NJ registration fee
$1
NJ Pilot Clinic Fund
$0.20
Borough license fee
$12.80
Spayed/neutered total license cost
$14
Nonspayed/nonneutered:
46-2E
NJ registration fee
$1
NJ Pilot Clinic Fund
$0.20
NJ pet population control
$3
Borough license fee
$12.80
Nonspayed/nonneutered total license cost
$17
Any dog license issued after February 1 shall be assessed an additional $5.
Cat license
Spayed/neutered:
46-2E
NJ registration fee
$1
NJ Pilot Clinic Fund
$0.20
Borough license fee
$12.80
Spayed/neutered total license cost
$14
Nonspayed/nonneutered:
46-2E
NJ registration fee
$1
NJ Pilot Clinic Fund
$0.20
NJ pet population control
$3
Borough license fee
$12.80
Nonspayed/nonneutered total license cost
$17
Any cat license issued after February 1 shall be assessed an additional $5.
Hawkers:
On foot
$10
151-3
By vehicle
$50
Jukeboxes, per machine
$55
43-22
Kennels:
Accommodating 10 or fewer dogs
$10
46-3E
Accommodating more than 10 dogs
$25
Pet shop
$10
Shelter or pound
No fee
Mechanical amusement devices, per machine
$55
43-7
Mobile home parks, plus weekly fee
$2,500
134-13
Mobile home stands
$50
134-31
Peddlers:
On foot
$10
151-3
By vehicle
$50
Pool tables, per table
$55
43-22
Retail food establishments:
Permanent location
$50
104-5E
Temporary establishment
$50
Shuffleboards, each
$55
43-22
Solicitors
$25
151-13
Vending machines, food and beverage
$20
104-10
Vendors:
On foot
$10
151-3
By vehicle
$50
Wreckers, per vehicle
$100
209-4
[Amended 12-3-2001 by Ord. No. 2001-018; 5-5-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-05; 2-12-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-01; 11-9-2009 by Ord. No. 17-2009; 5-17-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-07; 8-27-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-09]
License Issued
Fee
Code Reference
Application for police officer
$15
Certified copies of marriage, death or birth certificates
$10
Duplicate recording, per tape
$25
91-12
Duplicate tax sale certificate
$100
Duplicate water/sewer or tax bill
$5
Second request for duplicate bill
$25
Flood letters
$20
Ch. 101
Electronic copy of tax records
$500/year
Garage sale permits
$5
160-2D
Printout for searches (per page)
$0.75
Solid Waste Code
174-14
For each vehicle used to collect refuse
$50
Swimming pools
Registration fee
$3
182-11A
Renewal
$1
182-11C
Topographic sheets, drainage master plan
$100
Recreation program fees
Indoor soccer, tennis, floor hockey, T-ball, swimming, wrestling, youth basketball
    Spotswood residents
$35
    Non-Spotswood residents
$45
Girls travel softball
  
    Spotswood residents
$45
    Non-Spotswood residents
$55
Arts and crafts
    Spotswood residents
$45 weekly or $180 monthly rate
    Non-Spotswood residents
$55 weekly or $220 monthly rate
Copy fees per state legislation for Open Public Records Act (OPRA) requests
$0.05 per letter-size page or smaller;
$0.07 per legal-size page or larger
Redemption calculations (N.J.S.A. 54:5-97.1), Tax Collector
$50 for redemption calculations after 2 free calculations in same year
[Amended 12-15-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-14; 7-16-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-06]
License Issued
Fee
Code Reference
Residential:
Tapping for sewer tie-in (connection)
$3,622
205-30A
Commercial:
Tapping for sewer tie-in (connection) per gallon (*Minimum of at least 1.5 times the residential service connection fee)
$26.31*
205-30A
Industrial:
Tapping for sewer tie-in (connection) per gallon (*Minimum of at least 1.5 times the residential service connection fee)
$26.31*
205-30A
[Amended 12-15-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-14; 7-16-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-06]
License Issued
Fee
Code Reference
Residential:
Water tapping (connection)
$3,536
205-6
Commercial:
Water tapping (connection) per gallon (*Minimum of at least 1.5 times the residential service connection fee)
$21.52*
205-6
Industrial:
Water tapping (connection) per gallon (*Minimum of at least 1.5 times the residential service connection fee)
$21.52*
205-6
[1]
Editor's Note: Original Sections 29-3.7, Site Plot Plans; 29-3.8, Site Plans; 29-3.10, Land Use; and 29-3.11, Zoning Board of Adjustment, which followed this section, were deleted 12-3-2001 by Ord. No. 2001-018.
License Issued
Fee
Code Reference
(Reserved)[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: The former entry for "special dump truck" was deleted 2-12-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-01.