[HISTORY: Adopted by the Merchantville Borough Council 8-12-2018 by Ord. No. 18-09. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Editor's Note: Former Ch. 15, Building Code, adopted 1-27-1964 by Ord. No. 417, as amended, was repealed 2-24-1997.
There is hereby established in the Borough of Merchantville a State Uniform Construction Code enforcing agency to be known as the "Merchantville Construction Code Department," consisting of a Construction Official, Building Subcode Official, Plumbing Subcode Official, Electrical Subcode Official, Fire Protection Subcode Official and such other 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.
Each official position created in Subsection A hereof shall be filled by a person qualified for such position pursuant to P.L. 1975, c. 217, as amended (N.J.S.A. 52:27D-119 et seq.), and N.J.A.C. 5:23-1.1, 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. 5:23-1.1 et seq. 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. 5:23-1.1 et seq. to hold each such position.
The public shall have the right to do business with the enforcing agency at one location, except for emergencies and unforeseen or unavoidable circumstances.
Creation. There is hereby created in the Borough the office of Construction Official, who shall be appointed by the Borough Council.
Term. The Construction Official shall be appointed for a term of four years in accordance with Section 8 of the Uniform Construction Code Act (N.J.S.A. 52:27D-126).
Duties. The Construction Official is the chief administrator of the enforcing agency as defined in the Act and shall have the powers, duties and obligations as provided in the Act and the code.
Qualifications of the person appointed to the office of Construction Official shall be as required in the Act and the code.
Creation. There are hereby created the following subcode official positions, which shall be filled by appointment by the Borough Council:
Term. The subcode officials shall be appointed for terms of four years.
Duties. The subcode officials shall have the powers, duties and obligations as provided in the Act and the code. The subcode officials need not work exclusively for the enforcing agency. The subcode officials shall be primarily responsible to the Construction Official.
Qualifications. The subcode officials shall possess those qualifications which are required in the Act and the code. An individual may serve as a subcode official under one or more subcodes, provided that such individual is so qualified.
A person who is aggrieved by any ruling, action, order, or decision of a local enforcing agency that enforces either the State Uniform Construction Code or the Uniform Fire Code, including, without limitation, any refusal to grant an application or failure or refusal to act upon an application, may file an application for a hearing with the Secretary of the Camden County Construction Board of Appeals in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23A-2.1 et seq.
The public shall have the right to do business under the Act and the code at one enforcing agency center known and designated as the "Borough of Merchantville, Borough Hall, 1 West Maple Avenue, Merchantville, New Jersey 08109."
The central permit office shall be located at the above enforcing agency center and shall operate in accordance with the provisions of the Act and the code.
All personnel appointed in accordance with the Act and the code are primarily responsible to the Construction Official and are subject to the procedures and policies of the enforcing agency as defined in the Act. Day-to-day procedures which are necessary to coordinate personnel so as to enable the enforcing agency to perform within the provisions of the Act and the code shall be established by the Construction Official.
The issuance of a construction permit or certificate of occupancy shall be conditioned upon the prior approvals, as such term is defined and enumerated in N.J.A.C. 5:23-1.4, and the following approvals:
A permit shall be required for all construction except for ordinary repairs as provided for in Section 5:23-2.7 of the State Uniform Construction Code which do not violate any of the regulations. The fees for such permits shall be as hereinafter provided and shall be collected prior to the issuance of the permit.