[1972 Code § 13-3.1; New]
There is hereby established in Piscataway Township a State Uniform Construction Code enforcing agency to be known as the "Building Division of the Department of Community Development," consisting of a Construction Official, Building Subcode Official, Plumbing Subcode Official, Electrical Subcode Official, Fire Protection 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.
It is the responsibility of the administration that each official position created in paragraph a hereof shall be filled by a person qualified for such a position pursuant to 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 N.J.S.A. 52:27D-119 et seq. and N.J.A.C. 5:23 to hold each such position.
The public shall have the right to do business with the enforcing agency at one office location, 505 Sidney Road, Piscataway, N.J.
[1972 Code § 13-3.2; New; Ord. No. 14-08]
The Township of Piscataway retains its authority for the administration and enforcement of the regulations pertaining to Elevator Subcode Officials and the jurisdiction to perform inspections, review plans and witness elevator tests, previously performed by the Department of Community Affairs of the State of New Jersey.
[1972 Code § 13-3.3; Ord. No. 04-18; Ord. No. 09-37; New; Ord. No. 13-28; Ord. No. 2015-14; Ord. No. 2015-23; Ord. No. 2015-36; Ord. No. 2016-06; Ord. No. 2016-41]
The fee for a construction permit shall be the sum of the subcode fees listed below. Said fee shall be paid prior to issuance of a permit. Where the fee is calculated per $1,000, same shall refer to the cost of the item.
The Building Subcode fees shall be as follows:
The Plumbing Subcode fees shall be as follows:
The Electric Subcode fees shall be as follows:
The fee for plan review shall be 20% of the amount to be charged for the construction permit. Plan review for prototype processing shall be 5%. These fees shall be credited toward the amount of the fee to be charged for the construction permit and shall be paid prior to issuance of permit.
The Fire Subcode fees shall be as follows:
[Amended 9-24-2019 by Ord. No. 19-22]
Fire protection. For fire protection and hazardous equipment, sprinklers, standpipes, fire alarm devices such as but not limited to manual pull stations, smoke and heat detectors, water flow devices, tamper switches, pre-engineered suppression systems, gas- or oil-fired appliances not connected to the plumbing system, kitchen exhaust systems, incinerators and crematoriums, the fee shall be as follows:
Wet and dry sprinkler heads:
Smoke, carbon monoxide, and heat detectors and other initiating devices:
A fire pump: $250.
A private underground fire: $200.
The installation of each private fire hydrant: $125.
Each independent, pre-engineered system: $200.
Each gas- or oil-fired appliance, such as a furnace or a gas fireplace, that is not connected to the plumbing system: $75.
Each fire alarm control panel: $125.
The installation of portable fire extinguishers as required under the Fire Subcode:
The fee for replacement of an existing transmission means as per N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.17A(c)5v shall be $35.
The fee for a domestic water heater shall be $75. However, the fee shall be $35, if in conjunction with a permit. Upon request, the Township will waive all fees for a domestic water heater for residents over the age of 62.
The fees for certificates of occupancy shall be as follows:
The fee for a permit to construct a sign shall be $5 per square foot of the square area of the sign, provided that the minimum fee shall be $75. In the case of double-faced signs, the area of the surface of only one side shall be used for purposes of the fee computation.
The Construction Division shall perform the annual liquor license renewal inspection when requested by Administration.
A fee shall be imposed for any change of contractor for an application. Said fee shall be $50 for residential construction and $50 for nonresidential construction.
All penalties collected under the penalty provisions of the UCC shall be retained by the Building and Construction Regulation Division of the Township. Said fees shall be placed in a special trust fund to be applied to the cost of training, technical support programs, certifications, new equipment and transportation for the Building and Construction Regulation Division of the Township.
In the event any of the aforementioned fees are increased, decreased, added or deleted by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, the fee schedule for the Building and Construction Regulation Division of the Township shall be amended accordingly.
Test and inspection fees for elevator devices.
[Added 9-24-2019 by Ord. No. 19-22]
The Township fees for witnessing acceptance tests and performing inspections on new and altered elevator devices shall be as follows:
The basic fees for elevator devices in structures not of Group R-3, R-4, or R-5, or in an exempted structure of Group R-2, shall be as follows:
Hydraulic elevators: $302.
Roped hydraulic elevators: $340.
Escalators, moving walks: $302.
Stairway chairlifts, inclined and vertical wheelchair lifts, and manlifts: $76
The Township fee for elevator devices in structures of Group R-3, R-4, or R-5, or otherwise exempt devices in structures of Group R-2, shall be $227, except fees for dumbwaiters, stairway chairlifts, and inclined and vertical wheelchair lifts shall be $76. These fees shall be waived when signed statements and supportive inspection and acceptance test reports are filed by an approved qualified agent or agency in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.19 and 5:23-2.20.
The fee for performing inspection of minor work shall be $76.
The Township fee for required routine and periodic inspections and tests for elevator devices in structures not of Group R-3, R-4, or R-5, or otherwise exempt devices in structures of Group R-2, shall be as follows:
The fee for the six-month routine inspection of escalators shall be $211.
The fee for the one-year periodic inspection and witnessing of tests of elevator devices shall be as follows:
Hydraulic elevators: $227.
Roped hydraulic elevators: $302.
Moving walks: $484.
Manlifts, stairway chairlifts, inclined and vertical wheelchair lifts: $183.
The fee for the three-year or five-year inspection of elevator devices shall be as follows:
When the Department is the enforcing agency, the fees set forth in Subsection a13(b) above shall be paid annually in accordance with the following schedule, which is based on the average of the fees to be collected over a five-year period:
Basic annual fee as follows:
Hydraulic elevators: $258.
Roped hydraulic elevators: $232.
Moving walks: $484.
Stairway chairlifts, inclined and vertical wheelchair lifts, manlifts: $182.
The fee for any reinspection of an elevator device shall be set at $203 and shall be billed separately from the above fees upon the issuance of a notice of violation necessitating a reinspection.
[1972 Code § 13-3.5; New; Ord. No. 14-08]
Where the Township contracts with and uses the services for a private on-site inspection and plan review agency to enforce one or more subcodes, notwithstanding any fee set forth in these General Ordinances, then in such case the fees shall be identical to those set forth and enumerated in the current third party contracts.
The Township of Piscataway, when using a private on-site inspection and plan review agency, shall add to the above fees an amount relevant to Administrative costs with a minimum of 22%.
[1972 Code § 13-3.6]
No disabled person, or a parent or sibling of a disabled person, shall 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.
For purposes of this section "disabled person" is a person as defined in N.J.S.A. 52:27D-126e.
[1972 Code § 13-1.1; New]
The office of the Construction Official is hereby created, and the executive official in charge shall be known as the Construction Official. The Construction Official shall be appointed as provided by law. His appointment shall continue during good behavior and satisfactory service. He shall not be removed from office except for cause after full opportunity has been given him to be heard on specific charges. During temporary absence or disability of the Construction Official, the appointing authority shall designate an acting Construction Official.
[1972 Code § 13-1.2; New]
It shall be the duty of the Construction Official to enforce all laws relating to the construction, alteration, removal and demolition of buildings and structures as contained in N.J.A.C. 5:25.
[1972 Code § 13-1.3; New]
The Construction Official or any employee charged with the enforcement of this Code, acting in good faith and without malice for the Township in the discharge of his duties, shall not thereby render himself liable personally; and he is hereby relieved from all personal liability for any damage that may occur to persons or property as a result of any act required or by reason of any act or omission in the discharge of his duties. Any suit brought against the Construction Official or his employee, because of such act or omission performed by him in the enforcement of any provision of this Code, shall be defended by the Legal Department of the Township until final termination of the proceedings.
[1972 Code § 13-1.4; New]
The Construction Official, in the discharge of his official duties and upon proper identification, shall have authority to enter any building, structure or premises at any reasonable hour, if there is reason to believe work is being performed contrary to regulations of the State of New Jersey Uniform Construction Code, N.J.A.C. 5:23.
[Ord. No. 12-21 § 1]
The purpose of this section is to require the clear display of authorized and assigned house or building numbers for every building fronting on any street in the Township of Piscataway in order to assist the general public and emergency services, public and private, in identifying any property in case of emergency, as well as for the welfare of the general public in conducting their normal affairs, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:67-1 et seq.
[Ord. No. 12-21 § 2]
All residential, commercial, industrial or other structures erected or to be erected within the Township of Piscataway shall display identification numbers on building or curbside mailboxes in accordance with specifications provided herein. It shall be the duty of every property owner to place the assigned street number upon each lot where a building is located.
[Ord. No. 12-21 § 3]
Building or curbside mailbox numbers shall be:
In Arabic numerals.
A minimum height of three inches.
Sufficiently legible as to contrasting background, arrangement, spacing and uniformity so as to be clearly visible from the street.
At least 30 inches above ground level and so placed that trees, shrubs and other obstructions do not block the line of sight of the numbers from the street upon which the building fronts.
Building numbers shall be mounted in a secure fashion to the front wall or porch of the building so as to be clearly visible from the street. Curbside mailbox numbers shall be mounted in a secure fashion and shall appear on each side of the curbside mailbox so as to be clearly visible from the street.
[Ord. No. 12-21 § 4]
Building or curbside mailbox number signs as required by this section shall be periodically maintained as needed to provide continued high visibility. The property owner shall be responsible for said maintenance.
[Ord. No. 12-21 § 5]
Any owner, agency, person or corporation who shall violate any provision of this section or fail to comply therewith or with any of the requirements thereof, shall be subject to a penalty to be determined by the appropriate Township Official. The provisions of this section shall be enforced by the Fire Official, Construction Code Official, Zoning Officer and any other enforcement agency or individual designated by the Administration.
The effective date of the enforcement provisions set forth in this section shall be 12 months for existing structures and 15 days from the passage of this section for new structures. (This section was adopted December 4, 2012.)
[Ord. No. 12-21 § 6]
No certificate of occupancy or habitability shall be issued for any dwelling, store or other building hereafter erected, enlarged or occupied, unless the provisions of this section shall have been complied with. Temporary house numbering must be posted immediately upon the issuance of a building permit.
[Ord. No. 12-21 § 7]
Any property owner in violation of this section shall receive written notice thereof from the Township Officials listed herein requiring compliance with this section within 14 days. Should the property owner thereafter fail to comply and remain in violation of this section, they shall be subject to a summons being issued for appearance in Municipal Court which may result in a penalty of up to $500 collected by the Court.
[Added 9-18-2018 by Ord. No. 18-20]
The office of the Municipal Certificate of Occupancy Official is hereby created, and the executive official in charge shall be known as the "Municipal Supervising Certificate of Occupancy Official" (the "Supervising Official"). The Supervising Official shall be appointed as provided by law and shall report to the Township Business Administrator. His appointment shall continue during good behavior and satisfactory service. He shall not be removed from office except for cause after a full opportunity has been given to him to be heard on specific charges. During temporary absence or disability of the Supervising Official, the appointing authority shall designate an Acting Supervising Official.
It shall be the duty of the Supervising Certificate of Occupancy Official, and his designee(s), to enforce all national, state and municipal laws, codes, ordinances, rules and regulations relating to the use and occupancy of buildings and structures within the Township.
A municipal certificate of occupancy ("CO") is hereby required as a precondition for the occupancy, in whole or in part, of any new residential dwelling or building addition to a residential dwelling.
A municipal certificate of continued occupancy ("CCO") is hereby required as a precondition for the continued occupancy, in whole or in part, of any existing residential dwelling.
A CO is a document issued by the Township upon a determination that a residential dwelling is fit for human habitation in accordance with the provisions of the Uniform Construction Code, ordinances of the Township of Piscataway, and any other national laws, codes, rules and regulations.
A CCO is a document issued by the Township upon a determination that an existing residential dwelling continues to remain fit for human habitation in accordance with the provisions of the Uniform Construction Code, ordinances of the Township of Piscataway, and any other national laws, codes, rules and regulations.
No owner or agent shall sell, transfer or grant with right of occupancy, whether or not for monetary or other consideration, any new or existing dwelling, unit or premises on which a building or structure is located and used for human occupancy unless a CO, or CCO, as the case may be, is first obtained from the Township, after submittal of a complete application therefor and the fee provided for herein. The Township Construction Official and/or the Supervising Official shall be afforded the opportunity to inspect the building, structure and/or premises by the owner, and said owner shall consent to said inspection(s).
The owner of a residential dwelling unit is hereby charged with responsibility for making written application in accordance with this section for a CCO. The buyer of such dwelling may elect to assume the seller's responsibility, including the obligation to correct all violations; provided, however, that such election shall be in writing and shall state that the buyer is totally aware that he, she or it is assuming responsibility for obtaining a CCO pursuant to this section; and provided, further, that such written election shall be filed with the Supervising Official. If, in the opinion of the Supervising Official, the violations do not affect life safety, then the buyer may be permitted to occupy the residential unit during the time the violations are being corrected. The buyer shall not occupy the residential until all life safety violations are corrected and the residential unit is reinspected by the Township. Upon correction of all violations of any nature, the buyer shall request the Township to reinspect the residential unit for compliance. Upon the Township determining that buyer is in complete compliance, an unconditional CCO shall be issued.
The Supervising Official shall issue a residential CCO, provided that there are no violations of law or orders of the Construction Official, in consultation with the Zoning Officer, and it is established, after site inspection and investigation of available municipal records, that the alleged use of the building or structure has lawfully existed. The CCO shall evidence only that a general inspection of the visible parts of the building or structure has been made and that no violations of N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.14, as amended (Construction Permits — When Required), and N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.18, as amended (Required Inspections), have been determined to exist, no conditions of violation of N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.32, as amended (Unsafe Structures), or unsafe conditions have been observed and no violations of the Revised General Ordinances of the Township of Piscataway have been found to exist.
If the Supervising Official, as the result of a permit records search and/or a general inspection of visible parts of the structure, finds a violation as set forth in subsection e, he shall notify the owner of the violation in writing by electronic or regular mail or by hand-delivering the notice to the owner or his agent. The notice shall identify the premises and specify the violations and any remedial action required, along with a compliance date. The notice will require the owner to satisfy the violations and file any necessary permits as required, and the notice shall also state that failure to correct the violations within the times specified shall result in fines as prescribed in the Uniform Construction Code.
A temporary certificate of continued occupancy, if issued, in the discretion of the Supervising Official, shall be effective for a period of up to 90 days. One administrative extension of not more than 30 days may be granted by the Supervising Official. If the owner of the dwelling unit fails to sell, transfer or grant the right of occupancy within this period, the owner shall make a new written application for and obtain a new CCO.
A CO and CCO shall be valid for a period of six months from the date of issue, unless a change in occupancy has occurred, and must be renewed for each occupancy.
The Supervising Official or any employee charged with the enforcement of this section, acting in good faith and without malice in the discharge of his duties, shall not thereby render himself liable personally; and he is hereby relieved from all personal liability for any damage that may occur to persons or property as a result of any act required or by reason of any act or omission in the discharge of his duties. Any suit brought against the Supervising Official, or his employee, because of such act or omission performed by him in the enforcement of any provisions of this Code shall be defended by the legal department of the Township, at the Township's sole cost and expense, until final termination of the proceedings.
The Supervising Certificate of Occupancy Official, in the discharge of his official duties and upon proper identification, shall have authority to enter any building, structure or premises at any reasonable hour if there is reason to believe work is being performed contrary to regulations of the State of New Jersey Uniform Construction Code, N.J.A.C. 5:23.
Any person, firm or corporation violating any provisions of this § 14-3 shall, upon conviction, be punishable by a fine not exceeding $1,000, imprisonment for a period not exceeding 30 days, and/or a period of community service not exceeding 30 days.
The issuance of a CO or CCO shall not preclude the imposition of penalties upon subsequent discovery of a violation.
This section shall become effective on January 1, 2019.