[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford by Ord. No. 77-4 (Ch. 92 of the 1992 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
There is hereby established in the Township of Cranford a State Uniform Construction Code enforcing agency, to be known as the "Construction Code Office," consisting of a Construction Official, a Building Subcode Official, a Plumbing Subcode Official, a Fire Subcode Official and such other subcode officials for such additional subcodes as the Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs, State of New Jersey, shall hereafter adopt as part of the State Uniform Construction Code. The Construction Official shall be the chief administrator of the enforcing agency. All positions required or necessary to ensure the proper enforcement of the State Uniform Construction Code shall be appointed in accordance with the Township Charter or, where applicable, in accordance with New Jersey State Civil Service Rules and Regulations.
Each official position created in Subsection A hereof shall be filled by a person qualified for such position pursuant to P.L. 1975, c. 217, as amended, and N.J.A.C. 5:23, provided that, in lieu of any particular subcode official, an on-site inspection agency may be retained by contract pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:23. More than one such official position may be held by the same person, provided that such person is qualified pursuant to P.L. 1975, c. 217, as amended, and N.J.A.C. 5:23 to hold such position.
The public shall have the right to do business with the enforcing agency at one office location except for emergencies and unforeseen or unavoidable circumstances.
[Last amended 4-12-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-08]
The fees to be charged for a construction permit shall be the sum of the below fees and shall be paid before the permit is issued. Fees may be rounded to the nearest dollar amount.
The building subcode fees shall be as follows:
For new construction and additions, the fees are based on volume in cubic feet. The fee shall be $0.04 per cubic foot for Use Groups R-3 and R-5 and $0.05 per cubic foot for all other use groups. The minimum fee shall be $250 for Use Groups R-3 and R-5 and $400 for all other use groups.
For renovations, alterations and repairs, the fees shall be based on estimated cost of the work, except that the minimum fee shall be $75 for Use Groups R-3 and R-5 and $125 for all use groups other than R-3 and R-5. The fee shall be calculated at a rate of $26 per $1,000 of construction value.
Plan review. The fee for plan review shall be 20% of the amount charged for the construction permit. The amount of this fee shall be deducted from the amount of the fee due for a construction permit. Plan review fees are not refundable.
Roofing and siding (Use Groups R-3 and R-5). The fees for roofing and siding work completed on structures in Use Groups R-3 and R-5 shall be $175 when the cost of work is less than $6,000 and $200 when the cost of work exceeds $6,000 or more.
Elevator fees. The fees shall be as set forth in N.J.A.C. 5:23-12.
Sign fees. The fee for a permit to construct a sign shall be in the amount of $4 per square foot surface of the sign, computed on one side only for double-faced signs. The minimum fee shall be $125.
Certificate of occupancy fees, new construction or alterations:
The fee for Use Group R-5 reconstructions and additions shall be 10% of the total cost of the permit, with a minimum of fee of $150.
The fee for all use groups other than R-5 shall be the greater of 10% of the total cost of the permit or a minimum fee of $400.
The fee for a certificate of occupancy granted pursuant to a change of use shall be $400.
The fee for a certificate of continued occupancy shall be $400.
The fee for a temporary certificate of occupancy certifying that work was done under a construction permit and complies with DCA Bulletin 01-2 or its successor shall be $100 for Use Group R-5 and $200 for all use groups other than R-5.
Asbestos abatement fees. An administrative fee of $250 shall be charged for an asbestos abatement project.
Variation fees. The fee for an application for a variation in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.10 shall be $500 for Class I structures and $125 for Class II and Class III structures.
Non-use; lapse of permits.
In the event that a permit once issued and paid for shall not be exercised or constructed, the permittee shall be entitled to a refund in the amount of the fee paid upon written application therefor and return of permit issued less the 20% designated as plan review.
In the event a permit shall lapse by reason of time, the fee upon application for renewal shall be the full price of the permit as calculated by the most currently adopted fees as listed in this section.
The fee for a change of contractor shall be $75.
The plumbing subcode fees shall be as follows:
All plumbing fixtures, stacks and vents, including but not limited to all sinks, urinals, water closets, bathtubs, fountains, dishwashers, garbage disposals, clothes washers, floor drains, roof drains, including roof leaders, or similar devices: $25 per fixture; minimum fee of $75.
Special devices, grease traps, oil separators, sewage ejectors, water-cooled air conditioning, utility service connections (sewer or water), not limited to sump pump, water softener, gas pipe, waterlines: $75 per unit.
The electrical subcode fees shall be as follows:
Motors and electrical devices.
Transformers and generators.
Service equipment, including service panel, service entrance and sub-panel.
Minimum electrical permit fee (including permit updates): $75.
Low-voltage service equipment.
Alarms, R-3 and R-5 Use Groups: $75.
Alarms, all other use groups: $175 up to 25 contacts; additional contacts shall be charged out at a rate of $50 for each additional 25 contacts or fraction thereof.
Data, one to 50: $125; each additional 25 connections or fraction thereof: $50.
Telephone, one to 50: $125; each additional 25 connections or fraction thereof: $50.
High-voltage service, minimum fee: $1,000.
Pumps, bonding, convenience outlets, lights, sweepers and other accessories: at the rates set forth in other subsections of this section or at published rates. For in-ground pools, the fee shall be $75.
Annual inspection fee. All pools other than private pools, which are accessory to one- and two-family homes, are subject to an annual electrical inspection. The fee shall be $250.
Pool bonding certification for in-ground public pools: $100.
The fire subcode fees shall be as follows:
Sprinklers, wet and dry, based upon the number of heads being installed:
Kitchen hood exhaust systems: $125.
Gas- or oil-filled appliances including chimney liners: $75.
The fee for each sprinkler system water main shall be $150.
The minimum fee for fire subcode is $75.
Receipt of a fully completed application for a permit, signed by the applicant, is a prerequisite for conducting inspections and issuing permits.
All fees set forth herein shall cover the cost of two inspections made on any one application.
Each additional inspection on any one application shall require a minimum reinspection fee of $75.
An authorized representative of the applicant, as well as the licensed contractor's representative (all subcodes), shall be present at the work site for each inspection to be made.
After working hours or Saturday inspections may be scheduled at the discretion of the Construction Official. The charge shall be $200 per hour with a two-hour minimum in addition to the fees set forth in this section.
The estimated cost (value) of work for any subcode shall include all costs associated with the project (N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.14); the costs shall include all labor, materials and contractor's profit. The amounts entered on the permit application forms are subject to review by the Construction Official, who may approve or modify them as necessary using the latest edition of the Means Cost Data Guide. A copy of the contract, contractor's proposal or an estimate submitted by a New Jersey licensed design professional or licensed contractor is required.
The Construction Official shall, with the advice of the subcode officials, prepare and submit to the Mayor and members of the Township Committee, biannually, a report recommending a fee schedule based on the operating expenses of the agency and any other expenses of the municipality fairly attributable to the enforcement of the State Uniform Construction Code Act.
In order to provide for the training, certification and technical support programs required by the Uniform Construction Code Act and the regulations, the enforcing agency shall collect, in addition to the fees specified above, a surcharge fee of $0.00334 per cubic foot of volume of new construction. Said surcharge fee shall be remitted to the Bureau of Housing Inspection, Department of Community Affairs, on a quarterly basis for the fiscal quarters ending September 30, December 31, March 31 and June 30 and not later than one month succeeding the end of the quarter for which it is due. In the fiscal year in which the regulations first become effective, said fee shall be collected and remitted for the third and fourth quarters only. The enforcing agency shall report annually at the end of each fiscal year to the Bureau of Housing Inspection, and not later than July 31, the total amount of the surcharge fee collected. In the fiscal year in which the regulations first become effective, said report shall be for the third and fourth quarters only.
Editor's Note: "The regulations" refers to the regulations promulgated by the Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs of the State of New Jersey pursuant to the Uniform Construction Code Act (N.J.S.A. 52:27D-119 et seq.).
Fire limits are established pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.7. The following properties are hereby designated to be within the fire limits:
Block 189, Lots 1 through 20 inclusive
Block 192, Lots 1 through 7 inclusive
Block 193, Lots 1 through 16 inclusive
Block 195, Lots 1 through 11 inclusive
Block 313, Lot 1
Block 314, Lots 1 through 11 inclusive
Block 317, Lots 1 through 19 inclusive
Block 319, Lots 1 through 11 inclusive
Block 333, Lots 1, 2, 3
Block 400, Lots 1, 2, 3
Block 401, Lots 1, 2, 3
Block 474, Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Block 476, Lots 1, 2
Block 477, Lots 1 through 11 inclusive
Block 478, Lots 1 through 15 inclusive
Block 479, Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Block 480, Lots 1, 2
Block 481, Lots 1 through 9 inclusive
Block 510, Lots 1 through 14 inclusive
Block 511, Lot 1
Block 526, Lots 19, 20
Block 527, Lots 1 through 15 inclusive
Block 537, Lot 1
Block 539, Lot 1
Block 600, Lots 1, 2, 3
Block 800, Lots 3, 5, 6, 7
The Construction Official shall prepare and submit to the Mayor and members of the Township Committee, biannually, a report reevaluating the delineation of the fire limits. This report shall indicate the recommendations of the Construction Official, the Building Subcode Official and the Fire Subcode Official regarding those areas which should be designated as within the fire limits, with the reasons therefor.
[Added 6-24-1992 by Ord. No. 92-19]
The applicant shall submit two copies of a detailed grading plan showing existing elevation, proposed elevation, first-floor elevations, garage elevation, gutter grade, top of the curb in the road and proposed drainage, including roof leader, detention for storm management drainage computation, swales, one-hundred-year flood elevation, etc., prepared by a registered land surveyor or professional engineer. The intent is to safeguard property in question, as well as adjoining, from drainage, erosion, flooding, etc. No building permit shall be approved without grade plan approval by the Township Engineer, and no certificate of occupancy shall be issued without the Township Engineer's approval.