Borough of Ramsey, NJ
Bergen County
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[BH Ord. #28 § 1]
A Code regulating the location, design, construction, installation, alteration, operation and maintenance of individual sewage disposal systems; requiring certain licenses to operate systems and permits to install, alter or repair systems; providing for inspection of such systems, the fixing of fees and prescribing penalties for violations is hereby adopted pursuant to the Public Health and Sanitation Codes Adoption by Reference Act, N.J.S.A. 26:3-69-69.6.
[BH Ord. #28 § 2]
The Code established and adopted by this chapter is described and commonly known as the "Standards for Individual Subsurface Sewage Disposal Systems (1989)" as amended by the Board of Health of the Borough of Ramsey, as hereinafter provided, and as may hereinafter be further amended. The Code is incorporated herein by reference and made a part hereof. The Code hereby adopted is set forth in the New Jersey Administrative Code and is cited as follows: N.J.A.C. 7:9A-1.1 et seq.; however, the amendments made by the Borough of Ramsey Board of Health to such Code, as hereinafter provided, are not set forth in the New Jersey Administrative Code.
[BH Ord. #28 § 3]
Three copies of the "Standards for Individual Subsurface Sewage Disposal Systems (1989)", as herein amended, have been placed on file in the office of the Secretary of the Board of Health of the Borough of Ramsey and will remain on file there for the use of and examination by the public.
[BH Ord. #28 § 4]
a. 
No person shall locate, construct, alter or repair a subsurface sewage disposal system until a permit for the location, construction or alteration of such system shall have been issued by the Board of Health of the Borough of Ramsey, or its duly authorized agent, hereinafter referred to as the administrative authority. All permits issued shall be valid for a period not exceeding one year.
b. 
In case any license, permit, or certification required by this chapter is denied by the administrative authority, a hearing shall be held concerning such denial before the Board of Health within 30 days after request therefor is made by the applicant and upon such hearing the Board of Health shall affirm, alter or rescind the determination from which the appeal is taken at such hearing. In the event that the Board of Health determines to alter or rescind the previous determination, action pursuant to such Board determination shall be taken within 30 days after the date of such hearing.
[BH Ord. #28 § 5]
The administrative authority may order all work in progress in and about any individual subsurface sewage disposal system, which is being erected or installed in violation of this chapter to be stopped forthwith, except such work as shall be necessary to remedy such violation, and thereafter, the work continued without any violation of any provisions of this chapter. After issuance of any such stop order, and the service of a copy thereof upon any person, contractor or owner connected with the work or the premises in and about the erection or installation of such individual subsurface sewage disposal system, or any part thereof, no further work shall be done thereon except as aforesaid.
[BH Ord. #28 § 6]
The following fees and charges for licenses as required hereunder for the purpose of raising revenue, for regulation, and control are hereby fixed as follows:
a. 
For the observation and witnessing of all soil logs, pit bailing tests, basin flooding tests, and/or any other soil/site studies as may be required by the administrative authority: $200 per proposed realty improvement;
b. 
For the filing of an application and plans for a permit to locate and install individual sewage disposal system: $100;
c. 
For the filing of an application and plans for a permit to alter an individual sewage disposal system: $50;
d. 
For the filing of an application to repair an individual sewage disposal system: $50;
e. 
License to operate individual subsurface sewage disposal system (three-year license): $15.
[BH Ord. #28 § 7]
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any of the provisions of this Article shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine not to exceed $500 or by imprisonment in the County jail for a period to exceed 90 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment, and each violation of any of the provisions of this Ordinance, and each day the same is violated shall be deemed and taken to be a separate and distinct offense. The application of the above penalty shall not be held to prevent any proceeding for suspension or revocation of licenses or permits.
[1972 Code § 261.002]
The minimum distances for location of the various component parts of the disposal system shall comply with the following table:[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: The Minimum Distances Table is included as an attachment to this chapter.
[1972 Code § 261.003]
When serving single family dwelling units they shall have the capacities shown below. Expansion attics shall be considered as additional bedrooms:
Number of Bedrooms1
Liquid Capacity of Tank
(gallons)
1, 2 or 3
1,000
4
1,250
NOTES:
1
Each additional bedroom, add 300 gallons.
[1972 Code § 261.004]
New individual disposal systems shall not be placed in operation, nor shall new dwellings or buildings or additions thereto be sold or occupied, which must rely on such a system for sewage disposal, until the administrative authority or its authorized agent shall have issued a certificate indicating that the disposal system has been located and constructed in compliance with the terms of the permit issued and the requirements of this chapter. Issuance of such certificate shall not be required for alteration to an individual sewage disposal system existing on August 8, 1957.
[1972 Code § 261.009; BH Ord. #28; BH Ord. #31; BH Ord. #35; amended 4-15-2011 by BH Ord. No. 01-2011]
The following fees and charges are established:
a. 
For the issuance of a septic construction license to a person engaged in the business of locating, constructing or altering any individual sewage disposal system, an initial registration fee of $200 and the posting of a thirty-thousand-dollar bond with the Board of Health.
b. 
For the renewal of a septic construction license: $75 and the posting of a thirty-thousand-dollar bond with the Board of Health.
[1972 Code § 261.010]
Requirements for vehicles used in the transportation of the contents of septic tanks, cesspools and privy vaults are so specified in the Plumbing Code of New Jersey.
a. 
Each vehicle shall bear a tank permanently mounted to the chassis thereof.
b. 
The tank shall be watertight, tightly covered, and provided with a vent, constructed in such a way as to permit the escape of gas, but not the liquid or solid substances which may be removed during the course of cleaning septic tanks, cesspools and privy vaults.
c. 
There shall be painted on the vehicle the capacity of the tank stated in gallons and, if the vehicle complies in all other respects, the number of the permit issued for its operation.
d. 
The pumps and suction or pressure hoses affixed to the vehicle shall be maintained in such a condition as to prevent leakage of sewage or waste material.
[1972 Code § 261.011]
No person shall begin to clean any septic tank, cesspool or privy vault until he has placed in the tank of the vehicle used in the operation one pound of H.T.H. or other chlorinated lime of equal concentration for each 1,000 gallons of effluent, waste matter or sewage removed therefrom.
[1972 Code § 261.012]
Each such vehicle used in the operation of cleaning septic tanks, cesspools and privy vaults shall at all times be kept clean, and shall at all times be tightly covered except at such times as the effluent, sewage or waste matter is being removed from the septic tanks, cesspools or privy vaults or is being deposited in a dump or place specially set apart for such purposes. No solid or liquid substance shall at any time be permitted to fall upon the ground or streets of the Borough.
[1972 Code § 261.013]
A percolation test shall be made under the supervision of a professional licensed engineer, witnessed by an authorized representative of the Ramsey Board of Health and a report submitted to the Board of Health before any building permit is issued on any lot. The cost shall be borne by the contractor, builder or owner.