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City of Wildwood, NJ
Cape May County
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[Ord. No. 759-09 § 1; Ord. No. 984-13 § 1]
a. 
There is hereby established in the City of Wildwood a State Uniform Construction Code enforcing agency to be known as the "Department of Inspections," consisting of a Construction Official, Building Subcode Official and Fire Protection Subcode Official, Plumbing Subcode Official, Electrical 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.
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.
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 52:27D-119 et seq., 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 position.
c. 
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. The location of said office shall be located at 4004 Pacific Ave., Wildwood, NJ 08260.
[Ord. No. 759-09 § 2; Ord. No. 984-13 § 2]
Appeals from decisions of the enforcing agency shall be heard under the rules and regulations established by the Cape May County Construction Board of Appeals.
[Ord. No. 759-09 § 3; Ord. No. 984-13 § 3]
a. 
Plan Review Fee. The fee for plan review shall be twenty (20%) percent of the amount to be charged for a construction permit.
b. 
The basic construction fee shall be the sum of the parts computed on the basis of volume or cost of construction, the number of plumbing fixtures and pieces of equipment, the number of electric fixtures and the number of sprinklers, standpipes and detectors (smoke and heat) at the unit rates provided herein, plus any special fees.
1. 
Building Volume or Cost. Fees for new construction shall be based upon the volume of the structure. Volume shall be computed in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.28. Use groups and types of construction as used herein are classified and defined in Articles III and IV of the Building Subcode.
(a) 
The fees for new construction are as follows:
Use Group
Fee
Use Groups No. 1
B=Business
E=Education
H=High hazard
I=Institutional
M=Mercantile
R=Residential R-1, R-2, R-3, R-4, R-5 only
0.030 per cubic foot of structural volume
Use Groups No. 2
A=Assembly A-1, A-2, A-3, A-4, A-5
$0.020 per cubic foot of structural volume
F=Factory F-1, F-2
S=Storage S-1, S-2
U=Utility
(b) 
Renovations, alterations and repairs.
(1) 
Fees for renovations, alterations and repairs shall be based upon the estimated cost of the work at the following rates:
Estimated Cost of Work
Rate
$1 to $50,000 prorated
$30 per $1,000
$51,000 to $100,000 prorated
Additional fee of $23 per $1,000
Over $100,000 prorated
Additional fee of $19 per $1,000
(Minimum fee = $50)
(2) 
For the purposes of determining the estimated cost, the applicant shall submit to the Department such cost data as may be available, produced by the architect or engineer of record or by a recognized estimating firm or by the contractor, and a bona fide contractor's bid, if available, shall be submitted. The Department shall make the final decision regarding estimated cost.
(c) 
Fees for additions shall be computed on the same basis as for new construction for the added portion.
(d) 
Fees for combined renovations and additions shall be computed as the sum of the fees computed separately in accordance with paragraph (b) above.
(e) 
Sign fees. The fee for a permit to construct a sign shall be computed as the sum of the fees computed separately in accordance with paragraph (b) above.
(f) 
Lead abatement.
(1) 
Permit, flat fee: $140.
(2) 
Lead abatement clearance certificate: $28.
(g) 
Demolition fees.
(1) 
Demolition of a structure less than 5,000 sq. ft. and less than 30 ft. in height for residential use: $150.
(2) 
All other: $300.
(h) 
Prototype credit fee: 20% of original permit charge.
(i) 
DCA surcharge fee: new, as determined by Department of Community Affairs; alterations, as determined by Department of Community Affairs.
(j) 
Continuing certificate of occupancy fee: $90.
(k) 
Change of use fee: $100.
(l) 
Minimum fee: $58.
(m) 
Variation application, in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.10: $150 — Class II and Class III Buildings; $200 — Class I Buildings.
(n) 
Minor asbestos abatement Permit: flat fee of $100 per building.
(o) 
Certificates of occupancy:
Use Group
Fee
Use Groups No. 1
Residential only,
10% of total cost of permit
Use Groups No. 2 (flat fee)
A=Assembly
10% of total cost of permit or minimum fee - $58.
B=Business
H=High hazard
I=Institutional
E=Education
M=Mercantile
F=Factory
S=Storage
U=Utility
(p) 
Renewal of temporary certificate of occupancy, flat fee: $50.
2. 
Plumbing Fixtures and Equipment. The fees shall be as follows:
Use
Fee
Water closet, urinal/bidet, bathtub, lavatory, shower, floor drain, sink, dishwasher, drinking fountain, washing machine, hose bibb, water heater, nontestable backflow preventer and stacks
$13 per fixture, minimum of $58
Gas piping, fuel, oil piping, steam boiler, hot-water boiler, sewer pump, interceptor/separator, grease traps, water-cooled air-conditioning or refrigeration unit, active solar system, testable backflow preventor, medical gas system, geothermal systems, storm drains, water sewer connection
$65 per special device
$82 per special device
Commercial solar systems
$975 each
Minimum fee
$58
3. 
Electrical Fixtures and Devices.
(a) 
The fees shall be as follows:
(1) 
Receptacles, fixtures or devices:
Quantity
Fee
1 to 50
$46
Each additional 25
$10
[a] 
For the purpose of computing this fee, receptacles, fixtures or devices shall include lighting fixtures, wall switches, convenience receptacles, sensors, dimmers, alarm devices, smoke and heat detectors, communications outlets, light standards eight feet or less in height, including luminaries, emergency lights, electric signs, exit lights or similar electric fixtures and devices rated 20 amperes or less, including motors of less than 1 hp, not inclusive of pool motors or individual appliances with motors rated less than one horsepower (hp) or one kilowatt (kW).
(2) 
Pool permit/with UW lights:
[a] 
Permanent private pool: $150. This includes any required bonding and associated equipment such as filter pumps, motors, disconnecting means, switches, required receptacles and heaters, etc., excepting panelboards and underwater lighting fixtures. Private swimming pools, as defined in the Building Subcode, include a spa, hot tub or fountain.
[b] 
For public swimming pools, the fee shall be computed on the basis of number of electrical fixtures and rating of electrical devices involved, in accordance with this section.
[c] 
Each underwater lighting fixture: $10.
(3) 
Hydro massage tub: $13.
(4) 
Electric range/oven/surface unit/receptacles:
Kilowatts
Fee
1—10
$13
Up to 50
$58
Up to 100
$116
Above 100
$576
(5) 
Electric water heater:
Horse Power
Fee
1 to 10
$13
Up to 50
$58
Up to 100
$116
Above 100
$576
(6) 
Electric dryer/receptacles:
AMPS
Fee
1 to 10
$13
Up to 50
$58
Up to 100
$116
Above 100
$576
(7) 
Dishwashers:
Kilowatts
Fee
1 to 10
$13
Over 10 to 50
$58
Over 50 to 100
$116
Over 100
$576
(8) 
Garbage disposals:
Horsepower
Fee
1 to 10
$13
Over 10 to 50
$58
Over 50 to 100
$116
Over 100
$576
(9) 
Central A/C units:
Kilowatts
Fee
1 to 10
$13
Over 10 to 50
$58
Over 50 to 100
$116
Over 100
$576
(10) 
Space heater/air handler:
Horsepower/Kilowatts
Fee
1 to 10
$13
Over 10 to 50
$58
Over 50 to 100
$116
Over 100
$576
(11) 
Baseboard heat:
Kilowatts
Fee
1 to 10
$13.
Over 10 to 50
$58
Over 50 to 100
$116
Over 100
$576
(12) 
Motors:
Horsepower
Fee
1 to 10
$13
Over 10 to 50
$58
Over 50 to 100
$116
Over 100
$576
For motors or similar devices requiring concurrent installation of individual controls, relays and switches, the fee shall be based only upon the rating of the motor device. There shall be no additional fee charged for the controllers, starters and disconnecting means.
(13) 
Transformers/generators:
Kilowatts/Kilovolt-Amperes
Fee
1 to 10
$13
Over 10 to 45
$58
Over 45 to 112.5
$116
Over 112.5
$576
(14) 
Services/subpanels/motor control centers:
Amperes
Fee
Up to 225
$58
Over 225 to 1000
$116
Over 1,000
$576
[a] 
For the purpose of computing this fee, each service equipment, panelboard, switchboard, switch-gear, motor control center or disconnecting means shall be counted individually.
[b] 
For installations consisting of multimeter stacks, the fee shall be based on the ampere rating of the main bus and not upon the number of meters or rating of disconnects on the meter stack. Individual loadside panelboards shall be charged in accordance with the designated ampere rating of the overcurrent device. There shall be no additional fee charged for the concurrent installation of individual feeder conductors.
[c] 
For electrical work requiring replacement of service entrance conductors or feeder conductors only, the fee shall be based on the ampere rating of the overcurrent device of the service or feeder.
(15) 
Sign/outline lighting:
[a] 
For each electric sign rated greater than 20 amps to 225 amps, including associated disconnecting means: $40.
(16) 
Utility load management device: $40.
(17) 
Site lighting:
[a] 
For each light standard greater than eight feet in height, including luminaries: $10.
(18) 
Communications closet: $8.
(19) 
Fire, burglar or security system:
[a] 
One- and two-family dwelling, flat fee: $58.
This fee charged shall include the installation of single- or multiple-station smoke or heat detectors, and fire, burglar or security alarm systems.
[b] 
Fire, burglar or security system control unit: $10.
[c] 
Other than one- or two-family dwelling: This fee charged for the installation of fire, burglar, security alarm systems and detectors shall be computed in accordance with this section.
(20) 
Process equipment:
This fee charged shall be based on the ampere rating of the overcurrent device protecting the conductor feeding the process equipment or the cutoff device in accordance with paragraphs b3(a)(1) and (19) (a).
(21) 
Annual public electrical pool, spa or hot-tub inspection: $85 each.
(22) 
Minimum fee: $58.
(23) 
For photovoltaic systems, the fee shall be based on the designated kilowatt rating of the solar photovoltaic system as follows:
[a] 
1 to 50 kilowatts, the fee shall be $58.
[b] 
51 to 100 kilowatts, the fee shall be $116.
[c] 
Greater than 100 kilowatts, the fee shall be $576.
(b) 
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.
4. 
Fire Protection and Other Hazardous Equipment. For sprinklers, standpipes, detectors (smoke and heat), pre-engineered suppression systems, gas- and oil-fired appliance systems, incinerators and crematoriums, the fees shall be as follows:
(a) 
Sprinkler heads, wet or dry/detectors (smoke, heat, fire, etc.). In computing fees for heads and detectors, the number of each shall be counted separately, and two fees, one for heads and one for detectors, shall be charged.
Number of Heads/Detectors
Fee
Number of Detectors
Fee
1 to 20
$75
1-12
$45
21 to 100
$150
For each 25 detectors in addition to this
$15
101 to 200
$250
201 to 400
$700
401 to 1,000
$1,000
Over 1,000
$1,250
(b) 
Pre-engineered systems, CO2, clean agent, halon, foam, dry or wet chemical: $92 each.
(c) 
Stand pipes: $229 each.
(d) 
Kitchen hood exhaust systems: $46 each.
(e) 
Heat-producing devices including but not limited to fireplaces, solid fuel stoves, furnaces, boilers, metal chimneys, and chimney re-linings: $58 each
(f) 
Incinerators, crematoriums: $300 each.
(g) 
(Reserved)
(h) 
For single- and multiple-station smoke or heat detectors and fire alarm systems in any one- or two-family dwellings, there shall be a fee of $29 per dwelling unit. For detectors and fire alarm systems in buildings other than one- or two-family dwellings, the fee shall be in accordance with paragraph b4(b).
5. 
Elevators. The fee for elevator registration, installation and inspection shall be in accordance with the Department of Community Affairs Fee Schedule.
6. 
Mechanical Permit.
(a) 
For all heat conversions in existing R-3, R-4 and R-5 residential dwellings only: minimum fee, $75 [gas to gas (P); electricity to gas (P); oil to oil (P); oil to gas (P); electricity to oil (P)]
(b) 
A mechanical permit assistance sheet as well as the appropriate subcode application must be filled out and a copy of a brochure or specifications for the new system and, when required, a duct work diagram or chimney certification.
7. 
Temporary Structures.
(a) 
Tents: $250, which shall include a building permit only. It does not include any fees required by any other governmental authority.
8. 
Periodic Inspections. Fees for the periodic departmental reinspection of equipment and facilities granted a certificate of approval for a specified duration in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.23 shall be as follows:
(a) 
For cross connections and backflow preventers that are subject to testing and required reinspections every 12 months, the fee shall be $46 for each device when they are tested annually.
9. 
Annual permits.
(a) 
The fee to be charged 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 workers 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) 
One to 25 workers (including foreman): $425 per worker; each additional worker over 25: $165 per worker.
(b) 
Prior to the issuance of the annual permit, a training registration fee of $100 per subcode shall be submitted by the applicant to the Department of Community Affairs, Construction Code Element, Training Section, along with a copy of the construction permit (Form F-170). Checks shall be made payable to "Treasurer, State of New Jersey."
10. 
Renewal of Lapsed Construction Permit. The fee to renew a lapsed construction permit shall be 80% of the original permit fee.
11. 
Final Computation. All fees shall be rounded to the nearest dollar.
12. 
Exemptions.
(a) 
All government owned and operated structures, whether Federal, State or local, shall be exempt from all local permit fees (except as provided by N.J.S.A. 52:27D-126c). All fees required to be remitted to payees other than the City of Wildwood, including surcharge fees and contracted services, shall be charged and collected.
(b) 
A disabled person, or a parent or sibling of a disabled person, shall not be required to pay any municipal fee or charge in order to secure a construction permit for any construction, reconstruction, alteration or improvement which promotes accessibility to his own living unit.
13. 
Aboveground pools: flat fee of $75 (Building Subcode only).
14. 
In-ground pools (Building Subcode only): flat fee of $325. This fee does not include any other fees associated with other technical subcode requirements.
c. 
The Construction Official shall, with the advice of the subcode officials, prepare and submit to the Board of Commissioners, 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. (See N.J.S.A. 52:27D-119 et seq.)
d. 
The administrative surcharge for private on-site inspection and plan review agencies, pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.18(k), shall be 25% of the appropriate subcode permit fees. This surcharge shall apply only to subcode areas for which the municipality has a contract with the on-site agency.
e. 
In order to provide a service to our users a fee in addition to those specified herein of $150 per hour minimum of one hour increments for each involved official shall be charged for expedited plan review to cover additional costs to the Construction Office for inspectors and/or plan reviewers to work overtime (nights and weekends). This will provide the ability to expedite a plan review in emergency or rush situations to allow plans to jump ahead of other plans without delaying the regular plan review schedules. This availability will be subject to the approval of the Construction Official who will determine the work schedule of the plan reviewers or sub inspectors to determine if said expedited service is available.
f. 
Should special inspections be required to accommodate the contractor or homeowner's schedules outside of normal business hours a fee of $150 per hour (minimum one hour increments) shall be charged for each subcode official which is required. The availability of this service will be subject to work schedule previously arranged at the approval of the Construction Official.