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Township of Woodbridge, NJ
Middlesex County
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Editor's Note: For placement of dumpsters in streets, see § 27-4.
[1974 Code § 8-1; Ord. #89-7; Ord. #92-05 § 8-1]
a. 
There is hereby established in the Township of Woodbridge a State Uniform Construction Code enforcing agency, to be known as the "Code Enforcing Agency," consisting of a Construction Official, Building Subcode Official, Plumbing Subcode Official, Electrical Subcode Official, 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.[1] The Construction Official shall be the chief administrator of the enforcing agency.
[1]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 52:27D-119 et seq.
b. 
Each official position created in Subsection a hereof shall be filled by a person qualified for such position pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:23. It is not required that each such position be filled by separate persons. In lieu of any particular subcode official, the governing body of the Township may retain by contract a private on-site inspection agency authorized by the Department of Community Affairs pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:23 to enforce and administer any one (1) or more subcodes under the regulations, in place of a local subcode official, in one (1) or more municipalities within the State of New Jersey. Such staffing procedures shall not, however, permit the establishment of continuation of an inspection force insufficient to meet the Township's needs.
c. 
For purposes of the State Uniform Construction Code and its enforcement, all subcode officials, or private on-site inspection agencies, are subject to the procedures and policies of the Code Enforcing Agency and are primarily responsible to the construction official. The public shall have the right, unless in the case of emergency, unforeseen or unavoidable circumstance, to do business at one (1) code enforcing agency center, to wit, the Municipal Building, 1 Main Street, Woodbridge, New Jersey 07095.
[1974 Code § 8-3; Ord #89-7; Ord. #90-56; Ord. #92-05; Ord. #94-84 § 13; Ord. #94-85 § 1; Ord. #98-42; Ord. #99-40; Ord. #99-42 §§ 1—3; Ord. #04-34 §§ 1, 2; Ord. #09-61; Ord. No. 2018-33; Ord. No. 2018-58; Ord. No. 2018-95; amended 2-19-2019 by Ord. No. 19-28]
The fee for a construction permit shall be as follows, and shall be paid before issuance of a construction permit:
FEE SCHEDULE
ESTABLISHMENT OF FEES PURSUANT TO N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.25
a. 
The following schedule of fees is hereby established for various activities within the Township of Woodbridge.
1. 
Building fees.
(a) 
New structure fees:
(1) 
Use Groups B, H, I-1, I-2, I-3, M, E, R-1, R-2, U, R-3: Volume of building (cubic feet) x 0.025 = $ (volume fee).
(2) 
Use Groups A-1, A-2, A-3, A-4, F-1, F-2, R-4, S-1, S-2, R-5: Volume of building (cubic feet) x 0.020 = $ (volume fee).
(3) 
Commercial farm buildings (maximum fee not to exceed $1,145): Volume of building (cubic feet) x 0.010 = $ (volume fee).
(4) 
Total fee: = $ (sum of above three fees).
(b) 
Renovations, alterations, repair and minor work fees: (The applicant shall submit cost data by architect or engineer of record, a recognized estimating firm, or by contractor bid. The Department will review the construction cost for acceptability.)
(1) 
Estimated cost up to and including $50,000 plus $25 per $1,000.
(2) 
Portion of cost $50,001 to and including $100,000 plus $20 per $1,000.
(3) 
Portion of cost above $100,000 rounded off to nearest dollar: $18 per $1,000.
(4) 
For combination of renovation and addition: The sum of fees are computed separately as renovations and additions.
(c) 
Nonrefundable 10% plan review fee (prototype) as pursuant to: N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.18(a).
(d) 
Renewal of construction permit: $100.
(e) 
Removal of one building from one lot to another, or to another location on the same lot: The fees shall be $20 per $1,000 of the estimated cost of the foundation and all work necessary to place the building in its completed condition in the new location.
(f) 
Demolition or removal permit (if needed):
(1) 
For a structure less than 5,000 square feet in area and less than 30 feet in height, for one- or two-family Residences (R-5), and for structures on farms, including commercial farm buildings: $100.
(2) 
All other structures: $200.
(g) 
Signs: $2 per square foot (Note: fee to be based on one side of double-sided signs).
(h) 
Certificate of occupancy fees:
(1) 
Fee shall be in the amount of 10% of the new construction permit fee. Minimum fee shall be $50.
(2) 
The fee for a certificate of occupancy granted pursuant to a change of use group: $150.
(3) 
The fee for a certificate of continued occupancy issued under N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.23(e): $450 flat fee.
(i) 
The fee for an application for a variation in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.10 shall be $594 for Class I structures and $200 for Class II and Class III structures. The fee shall be $229 for Class I for resubmission of an application for a variation structures and $65 for Class II and Class III structures.
(j) 
The fee for a permit for lead hazard abatement:
(1) 
Work: $140.
(2) 
The fee for lead abatement clearance certificate: $28.
(k) 
Asbestos abatement fee: $70 fee plus $14 certificate of occupancy as pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:23-8.9.
(1) 
For cross connections and backflow preventers that are subject to testing, requiring reinspection annually, the fee shall be $75 for each device when they are tested.
(l) 
State training fees: current fees pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.19.
(m) 
No state or C/O fee for tank removal or demolition.
(n) 
Flat fee for pools:
(1) 
Inground: $200.
(2) 
Aboveground: $100.
(3) 
Minimum construction permit fee: $50.
(o) 
Open structural towers:
(1) 
Towers up to 50 feet: $200.
(2) 
Towers over 51 feet: $300.
(p) 
Elevator fee: Current fees pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.20(c)6 and 7 and N.J.A.C. 5:23-12.6(a), (b) and (c).
2. 
Electrical fees:
(a) 
Minimum plan review fee: $50.
(b) 
Devices, lighting fixtures, receptacles, switches, detectors, fractional HP motors (less than 1/2 HP), emergency and exit lights.
(1) 
One to 10 devices (residential): $50.
(2) 
One to 10 devices (commercial): $75.
(3) 
Each additional device: $1.
(4) 
Burglar alarm, residential: $50.
(c) 
Fire protection signaling devices, alarm devices, computer, communication, telephone, data, cable TV, similar devices: apply device schedule, except one- and two-family.
(d) 
Switching devices (disconnects, transfer switches), energy management, antenna, RRH, panels, fire alarm panels, security panels, similar devices: $50.
(e) 
Pool, in-ground, bonding and equipment/deck bonding with underwater lights: $150.
(f) 
Pool, aboveground, bonding and equipment: $75.
(g) 
Spa, hot tub, fountain, hydromassage tub: $60.
(h) 
Annual pool inspection: $75.
(i) 
Lawn sprinklers: $50.
(j) 
Electric range/receptacle, oven surface unit up to 10 KW: $25. (Range, oven and surface units above 10 KW: apply motor schedule.)
(k) 
Electric hot water heater up to 5 KW: $30. (Hot water heater above 5 KW: apply motor schedule.)
(l) 
Electric dryer/receptacle, dishwasher, garbage disposal: $25.
(m) 
Demolition/interior or exterior: $75.
(n) 
Residential heating, HVAC: $50.
(o) 
Commercial HVAC, electric space heating, electric baseboard heating, electric furnace, air handler, welder and similar equipment: apply motor schedule.
(p) 
Motors and generators and process equipment:
(1) 
Fractional HP motors less than 1/2 HP: apply device schedule.
(2) 
Motors 1/2 HP to less than 1 HP, 1KW, 1KVA:
1 to 10 units, each: $30.
(3) 
Each additional motor: $10.
(4) 
Motors 1 HP to 7.5 HP, KW/KVA: $50.
(5) 
Motors 10 HP to 50 HP, KW/KVA: $55.
(6) 
Motors 51 HP to 100 HP, KW/KVA: $60.
(7) 
Motors over 100 HP, KW/KVA (also apply switching devices and service equipment schedules): $75.
(q) 
Transformers, vaults, outdoor substations:
(1) 
Up to 25 KW: $45.
(2) 
25 to 45 KW/KVA: $60.
(3) 
Not over 112.5 KW/KVA: $90.
(4) 
Not over 500 KW/KVA: $130.
(5) 
Not over 1,000 KW/KVA (also apply service equipment schedule): $350.
(6) 
Over 1,000 KW/KVA - ADD per 100 KW/KVA (also apply service equipment schedule): $50.
(r) 
Service equipment, motor control center (MCC), sub-panel and feeder not over 600 volts, one meter:
(1) 
Not over 100 AMP and panel: $50.
(2) 
Not over 225 AMP and panel: $75.
(3) 
Not over 400 AMP and panel: $125.
(4) 
Not over 1,000 AMP and panel: $325.
(5) 
Over 1,000 AMP and panel: $500.
(6) 
Over 600 volts - ADD per category: $150.
(s) 
Signs: $75. Underground inspection (trench, grounding, bonding), add $20.
3. 
Fire protection and hazardous equipment fee: Fire protection and other hazardous equipment, sprinklers, standpipes, detectors (smoke and heat), pre-engineered suppression systems, gas and oil fire appliances not connected to the plumbing system, kitchen exhaust systems, incinerators and crematoriums:
(a) 
Minimum plan review fee: $50.
(b) 
Certificate of occupancy (no work proposed): $100.
(c) 
Sprinkler heads or commercial detectors (smoke or heat):
(1) 
One to 20 heads or detectors: $75.
(2) 
21 to 100 heads or detectors: $140.
(3) 
101 to 200 heads or detectors: $250.
(4) 
201 to 400 heads or detectors: $610.
(5) 
401 to 1,000 heads or detectors: $850.
(6) 
Over 1,000 heads or detectors: $1,200.
(d) 
Smoke detectors - Residential (R-1, R-2, R-5):
(1) 
One to 12 detectors: $45.
Each additional 25 detectors: $25.
(2) 
Central control station: $175.
(3) 
Alarm devices (horns/strobes, pull stations, signaling devices): number of devices x $15.
(4) 
Standpipe systems: number of standpipes x $250.
(5) 
Pre-engineered fire suppression systems: number of systems x $100.
(6) 
Gas- or oil-fired appliance which is not connected to the plumbing system. Number of appliances x:
(i) 
Residential: $46.
(ii) 
Commercial: $75.
(7) 
Gas- or wood-fired stove or fireplace: number of appliances x $50.
(8) 
Water heaters: number of appliances x $30.
(9) 
Kitchen exhaust systems: number of systems x:
(i) 
Type 1: $100.
(ii) 
Type 2: $75.
(10) 
Chimney liner: $50.
(e) 
Storage tank installation (above and underground):
(1) 
Up to 1,000 gallons: $90.
(2) 
1,000 to 2,000 gallons: $115.
(3) 
Over 2,000 gallons: $200.
(f) 
Storage tank removal/abandonment (above and underground):
(1) 
Up to 1,000 gallons: $100.
(2) 
1,000 to 2,000 gallons: $200.
(3) 
Over 2,000 gallons: $300.
(g) 
Vapor recovery and/or fuel piping installation: $75.
(h) 
Incinerators: number of incinerators x $365.
(i) 
Crematoriums: number of crematoriums x $365.
(j) 
Commercial generators: $125.
(k) 
Residential generators: $50.
(l) 
Spray booth: $150.
(m) 
Fire pumps: $200.
(n) 
Fire hydrant install or relocation: $100.
(o) 
Fire line: $1 per linear foot.
(p) 
Plan review for new structures, alterations or renovations:
(1) 
Residential: $50.
(2) 
Commercial: $100.
4. 
Plumbing fees:
(a) 
Minimum plan review fee: $50.
(b) 
Fees.
Use Group - R-5
All other Use Groups
First plumbing fixture or vent stack:
$40 each
$40
Water closet:
$15 each
$20
Urinal/bidet:
$15 each
$20
Bathtub:
$15 each
$20
Lavatory:
$15 each
$20
Shower:
$15 each
$20
Floor drain:
$15 each
$20
Sink:
$15 each
$20
Dishwasher:
$15 each
$20
Drinking fountain:
$15 each
$20
Washing machine:
$20 each
$25
Hose bibb:
$15 each
$25
Water heater:
$50 each
$75
Fuel oil piping:
$15 per outlet
Gas piping:
$15 per outlet
Commercial gas piping
Minimum Fee $75/$20 per $1,000 cost
Steam boiler:
$40 each
Hot water boiler
$40 each
Sewer pump:
$75 each
Interceptor/separator:
$100 each
(c) 
Backflow devices/vacuum breakers (residential): $20 each.
(d) 
Backflow annual testing of device: $75 per device.
(e) 
Reduce pressure backflow devices/(commercial/industrial): $75 each.
(f) 
Grease trap: $75 each.
(g) 
Sewer connection: (residential): $60 each.
*All other Use Groups, sewer and water: $1 per linear foot of pipe.
(h) 
Water service connection (residential): $60 each.
(i) 
Stacks: $20 each.
(j) 
Indirect connections: $20 each.
(k) 
Water-cooled A/C or refrigeration unit: $65 each.
(l) 
Residential HVAC unit: $65 per unit.
(m) 
Active solar system: $65.
(n) 
Lawn sprinkler systems: $50.
(o) 
Condensate drain: $15 per unit.
(p) 
Pool heater: $45.
(q) 
Gas dryer: $15 each.
(r) 
Laundry trays: $15 each.
(s) 
Garbage disposal: $15 each.
(t) 
Commercial RTU: $95.
(u) 
Demolition of structure to include capping of sewer and water services:
(1) 
Residential: $65.
(2) 
Commercial: $100.
(v) 
Commercial and/or special fixtures-boilers, dishwashers and tie-in to process equipment: $75.
(w) 
Storm drainage systems:
(1) 
One roof drain: $45.
(2) 
Two to six roof drains: $20 each.
(3) 
Seven to 12 roof drains: $15 each.
(4) 
Twelve and over: $10 each.
(x) 
Building storm drain:
(1) 
Up to eight inches: $60.
(2) 
Ten inches to 15 inches: $120.
(3) 
Eighteen inches to 24 inches: $180.
(4) 
Over 24 inches: $250.
(y) 
Annual inspections pursuant to: N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.23(i)1, 2, 3, 4: $200.
(z) 
Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.17: Fees will be rounded off to nearest dollar amount.
[Ord. #91-43 Preamble]
The Municipal Council of the Township has adopted a resolution finding that there exists, within the Township, buildings which are so old, dilapidated or have become so out of repair as to be dangerous, unsafe, insanitary or otherwise unfit for human habitation, or occupancy, or use, or inimical to the welfare and dangerous and injurious to the health and safety of the people of the municipality.
[Ord. #91-43 § 13A-70]
As used in this section:
BUILDING
Shall mean any building, or structure, or part thereof, whether used for human habitation or otherwise and includes any outhouses and appurtenances belonging thereto or usually enjoyed therewith.
OWNER
Shall mean the holder or holders of the title in fee simple.
PARTIES IN INTEREST
Shall mean all individuals, associations and corporations who have interests of record in a building and any who are in actual possession thereof.
[Ord. #91-43 § 13A-71]
The Director of Planning and Development (hereinafter referred to as Director) is hereby appointed, without additional compensation, to exercise the powers conferred upon same by N.J.S.A. 4:48-2.5 and the provisions hereof.
[Ord. #91-43 § 13A-72]
a. 
Any public officer or public agency of the Township may file a complaint with the Director, upon forms prepared by his office, alleging that a specific building within the Township is unfit for human habitation or occupancy or use or whenever it appears to the Director (on his own motion) that any building is unfit for human habitation or occupancy or use.
b. 
A complaint may also be filed by at least five (5) residents of the Township alleging the same grounds as set forth in Subsection a above.
[Ord. #91-43 § 13A-73]
a. 
Notice. The Director shall, if his preliminary investigation discloses a basis for such charges, issue and cause to be served upon the owner of and parties in interest in such building the complaint, either personally or by registered mail, together with a notice that a hearing shall be held before the Director not less than seven (7) days nor more than thirty (30) days after the service thereof.
However, if the whereabouts of such persons are unknown and the same cannot be ascertained by the Director, in the exercise of due diligence, the Director shall file an affidavit to that effect with the Township Clerk. Thereafter, the service of the complaint and notice of hearing upon such persons may be made by publishing the same once in a newspaper printed and published in the Township, or in the absence of such newspaper, in one (1) printed and published in the County and circulating in the Township. The Director shall post a copy of same in a conspicuous place on the building affected by the complaint. Additionally, the Director shall file a copy of same with the Middlesex County Clerk.
b. 
The owner and parties in interest shall be given the right to file an answer to the complaint, not later than seven (7) days prior to the hearing. Additionally, the owner or parties in interest shall be permitted to appear in person, or otherwise; and give testimony at the time and place fixed in the complaint. The rules of evidence, prevailing in the Courts shall not be controlling in the hearings before the Director.
The Director may upon written notice, grant an adjournment of the hearing, for good cause shown. However, in no event shall the matter be extended beyond sixty (60) days from the originally scheduled date unless the Director, in his or her sole discretion, determines the interest of justice and safety of the residents of the Township mandates same.
[Ord. #91-43 § 13A-74]
a. 
If after such notice and hearing, as prescribed herein the Director determines that the building under consideration is unfit for human habitation, occupancy or use he or she shall state in writing his findings of fact in support of the determination and shall cause to be served upon the owner and parties in interest thereof an order:
1. 
Requiring the repair, alteration or improvement of the building to be made by the owner, within a reasonable time, which time shall be set forth in the order or at the option of the owner to vacate or have the building vacated and closed within the time set forth in the order; and
2. 
If the building is in such a condition as to make it dangerous to the health and safety of persons on or near the premises, and the owner fails to repair, alter or improve the building within the time specified in the order, then the owner shall be required to remove or demolish the building within a reasonable time as specified in the order of removal.
b. 
That, if the owner fails to comply with an order to repair, alter or improve or, at the option of the owner, to vacate and close the building, the Director may cause the building to be repaired, altered or improved, or to be vacated and closed; that the Director may cause to be posted on the main entrance of any building so closed, a placard with the following words: "This building is unfit for human habitation or occupancy or use; the use or occupancy of this building is prohibited and unlawful."
c. 
That, if the owner fails to comply with an order to remove or demolish the building, the Director may cause the building to be removed or demolished or may contract for the removal or demolition thereof after advertisement for, and receipt of, bids therefor.
d. 
That the amount of:
1. 
The cost of the filing of legal papers, expert witnesses' fees, search fees and advertising charges, incurred in the course of any proceeding taken under this act determined in favor of the Township.
2. 
The cost of such repairs, alterations or improvements, or vacating and closing, or removal or demolition, if any, or the amount of the balance thereof remaining after deduction of the sum, if any, realized from the sale of materials derived from the building or from any contract for removal or demolition thereof, shall be a municipal lien against the real property upon which such cost was incurred. If the building is removed or demolished by the Director, he shall sell the materials of the building. There shall be credited against the cost of the removal or demolition thereof, including the clearance and, if necessary, leveling of the site, the proceeds of any sale of such materials or any sum derived from any contract for the removal or demolition of the building.
3. 
If there are no such credits or if the sum total of such costs exceeds the total of such credits, a detailed statement of the aforesaid costs and the amount so due shall be filed with the Municipal Tax Assessor or other custodian of the records of tax liens and a copy thereof shall be forthwith forwarded to the owner by registered mail. If the total of the credits exceed such costs, the balance remaining shall be deposited in the Superior Court by the Director, shall be secured in such manner as may be directed by the Court, and shall be disbursed according to the order or judgment of the Court to the persons found to be entitled thereto by final order or judgment of the Court. Any owner or party in interest may, within thirty (30) days from the date of the filing of the lien certificate, proceed in a summary manner in the Superior Court to contest the reasonableness of the amount or the accuracy of the costs set forth in the municipal lien certificate.
4. 
If an actual and immediate danger to life is posed by the threatened collapse of any fire-damaged or other structurally unsafe building, the Director may, after taking such measures as may be necessary to make such building temporarily safe, seek a judgment in summary proceedings for the demolition thereof.
5. 
Nothing in this section shall be construed to impair or limit in any way the power of the Township to define and declare nuisances and to cause their removal or abatement, by summary proceedings or otherwise nor is anything in this act intended to limit the authority of the enforcing agency or construction official under the "State Uniform Construction Code Act," P.L. 1975, c. 217 (C. 52:27D-119 et seq.) or any rules or regulations adopted thereunder.
[Ord. #91-43 § 13A-75]
The Director may determine that a building is unfit for human habitation or occupancy if he or she finds that conditions exist in the building which are dangerous or injurious to the health or safety of the occupants of the building, the occupants of neighboring buildings or other residents of the Township; such conditions may include the following (without limiting the generality of the foregoing): defects therein increasing the hazards of fire, accidents or other calamities; lack of adequate ventilation, light or sanitary facilities; dilapidation; disrepair; structural defects; and uncleanliness.
[Ord. #91-43 § 13A-76]
Any person aggrieved by an order issued by the Director may take the actions prescribed in N.J.S.A. 40:48-2.8.
[Ord. #91-43 § 13A-77]
The Director shall, as soon as possible after the enactment of this section, prepare an estimate of the annual expenses or costs to provide the equipment, personnel and supplies necessary for the implementation of this section.
[Ord. #91-43 § 13A-78]
The Director may, from time to time, make recommendations to the Municipal Council, ordinances for the regulation of buildings and structures and their use and occupation to prevent and abate conditions therein harmful to the health and safety of the occupants of the structures and the general public of the Township.
[1974 Code § 13A-52; Ord. #1-7-75 § 1]
As used in this section:
MULTIPLE DWELLINGS
Shall mean any building, structure, and the land appurtenant thereto containing ten (10) or more apartments or dwelling units rented or offered to ten (10) and more tenants excepting, however, motels or hotels, unless the units rented in the motels or hotels shall contain ten (10) or more units having eating and cooking facilities. In such event, the units containing the facilities shall be considered multiple dwelling units.
[1974 Code § 13A-53; Ord. #1-7-75 § 2]
Every owner of premises containing ten (10) or more apartments or dwelling units shall file, under oath, with the Township Clerk a statement containing the address of the premises, the name and address of the owner of the premises, the name and address of the superintendent, and/or the name and address of the agent in charge of the premises, the number of apartments in the premises, a description by number or letter of each such apartment in the premises and the name of the tenant located within the premises on the date the statement was prepared. If the owner of the premises is a corporation or other entity other than an individual, the statement shall be made under oath by the president, vice-president or secretary of the corporation or a principal of such other entity.
[1974 Code § 13A-54; Ord. #1-7-75 § 3]
In multiple dwellings, apartments or dwelling units shall not be leased, sub-leased, rented, let or sold to any tenant, lessee or purchaser, unless a Certificate of Habitability or a Conditional Certificate of Habitability is issued by the Woodbridge Township Bureau of Housing.
a. 
In cases where an apartment is about to be vacated, the owner may file with the Bureau of Housing a statement containing the designation of the apartment about to be vacated and may request an inspection by the Bureau of Housing providing the Bureau with the date of actual or expected vacation of the premises. The inspection shall be made at a time not more than twenty-one (21) days before the actual or expected vacation. An inspection during the period of an actual tenancy shall not be made unless specifically authorized by the present tenant.
b. 
In circumstances where an inspection has been made within twenty-one (21) days of the proposed vacancy of the apartment or dwelling unit, the Bureau of Housing shall issue a report in writing of the results of the inspection, a copy of which must be given to the owner and the present tenant. In addition thereto, a copy of the report must be submitted to the new tenant by the owner within five (5) days of the new tenancy. The owner must, within five (5) days of the delivery of the report to the new tenant, certify to the Bureau of Housing that same has been accomplished. If no violations are found, the Bureau shall issue a Certificate of Habitability. If violations are found which require correction but which, in the opinion of the Bureau, do not render the premises unsafe for human habitation, then the Bureau may issue a temporary Certificate of Habitability for a period of time within which the owner shall repair or correct all listed violations. The maximum time in which to correct violations shall not exceed the remaining days of the old tenancy with a maximum of twenty-one (21) days. Upon the correction of such violation, the Bureau of Housing shall issue an unconditional Certificate of Habitability to the owner.
c. 
In circumstances where an unconditional Certificate of Habitability is issued during the old tenancy and wherein the new tenant advises the Bureau of a change in circumstances that have arisen between the date of inspection and the date that the new tenant began his or her tenancy, there shall be a second inspection. If, as the result of a second inspection, it is determined that there are violations and the apartment is not uninhabitable, then the owner shall be provided with thirty (30) days in which to correct same. If the violations have not been corrected within the thirty (30) days period, the original Certificate of Habitability shall be forthwith revoked, the tenancy terminated and the apartment vacated. If it is determined that the apartment is uninhabitable at the time of the inspection requested by the new tenant, then the Certificate of Habitability shall be forthwith revoked, the new tenancy terminated and the apartment vacated.
d. 
In circumstances where an inspection cannot be made during the period of an old tenancy, then within ten (10) days after the tenant vacates an apartment or dwelling unit, the owner shall file with the Bureau of Housing a statement containing the designation of the apartment vacated and request to have same inspected. The vacated apartment shall be inspected within seven (7) working days of the date that the owner has requested the inspection. The Bureau of Housing shall issue a Certificate of Habitability if no violations are found. If violations are found, no Certificate of Habitability can be secured.
e. 
If the Bureau of Housing cannot make an inspection within seven (7) working days of the date that the owner requested an inspection, then the apartment may be occupied subject to the right of the Bureau of Housing to inspect same during the term of the new tenancy.
If at the time of the inspection subsequent to the apartment being occupied by the new tenant the Bureau of Housing finds no violations, then a Certificate of Habitability shall be issued to the owner.
If at the time of the inspection violations are found, but it is determined that the apartment is not uninhabitable, then a temporary Certificate of Habitability shall be issued providing the owner with thirty (30) days in which to make repairs.
If at the time of the inspection it is determined that the apartment is uninhabitable, then the tenancy shall immediately terminate and the apartment shall be vacated.
[1974 Code § 13A-55; Ord. #1-7-75 § 4; Ord. #79-24; Ord. #84-7 § 1; Ord. #93-07 § 1; Ord. #94-14 § 1; Ord. #94-84 § 14]
The fee for the certificate of Habitability or Temporary Certificate of Habitability, including the review of statement and inspection, shall be fifty ($50.00) dollars per inspection and shall be filed with the statement setting forth the vacation of the apartment in question.
[1974 Code § 13A-56; Ord. #1-7-75 § 5]
At the time of inspection of each unit prior to the issuance of the Certificate of Habitability or temporary Certificate of Habitability, the Bureau of Housing shall post in a conspicuous place in the apartment or dwelling a notice stating the number of persons who shall be permitted to occupy the apartment as residents therein pursuant to the Township of Wood-bridge Code and in no event shall residency in excess of the posted number be exceeded by either the landlord or the tenant. For the purpose of determining residency, any person who sleeps upon the premises or generally dwells therein for more than two (2) successive days or nights shall be considered to be residing on the premises.
[1974 Code § 13A-57; Ord. #1-7-75 § 6]
No Certificate of Habitability shall be issued for any multiple-dwelling unit that is not fit for human habitation, occupancy or use and in full compliance with all of the ordinances of the Township, the statutes and regulations of the State of New Jersey and the laws of the United States of America relating to building, health, safety or general welfare and no Certificate of Habitability shall be issued if there are found on the premises defects causing the hazard of fire, accident or other calamities, lack of adequate ventilation, lack of adequate light or sanitary facilities, dilapidation, disrepair or structural defects or uncleanliness so as to tend to cause or spread disease or harbor insects, rodents or vermin.
[1974 Code § 13A-58; Ord. #1-7-75 § 7]
If, in the opinion of the Bureau of Housing, additional expertise is needed from either the Health Department, the Police Department or the Fire Department, in order to determine whether hazards exist, the Bureau of Housing herein has the power to secure the assistance and to enter the premises in conjunction with representatives of the Department so as to make inspections of the premises.
[1974 Code § 13A-59; Ord. #1-7-75 § 8]
No owner or representative of an owner or tenant shall officially request an inspection until such time that he verifies in writing that, in his judgment, the apartment or dwelling is not being maintained in violation of the laws of the Township of Woodbridge, State of New Jersey and/or the United States of America.
[1974 Code § 13A-60; Ord. #1-7-75 § 9]
The Chief of the Bureau of Housing shall be the final authority as to whether violations exist.
[1974 Code § 13A-61; Ord. #1-7-75 § 10; New]
Any person who shall violate any provision of this Article or shall fail to comply with any of the requirements thereof shall, upon conviction thereof, be liable to the penalty stated in Chapter 1, § 1-5. A separate offense shall be deemed committed on each day during or on which a violation occurs or continues.
[1974 Code §§ 8-46 and 13A-67; Ord. #83-9; Ord. #84-39]
Each single or multiple-family dwelling unit shall have, adjacent to each separate entrance and affixed thereto, a house number and, if applicable, apartment number consisting of legible numbers or the written words describing the numbers, each number or letter to be a minimum of three (3) inches in height, which numbers shall be visible from the street or right-of-way during all seasons of the year.
[1974 Code § 8-47; Ord. #83-9; Ord. #85-13 § I]
In no case shall the house numbers be further than forty (40) feet from the edge of the pavement/curbline. In cases where the distance from the edge of the pavement/curbline to a single dwelling unit is greater than forty (40) feet, the house number shall be permanently affixed near the edge of the access drive and within forty (40) feet of the edge of the pavement/curbline.
[1974 Code § 8-48; Ord. #85-13 § II]
A schematic directory of sufficient size to be read from five (5) feet shall be permanently constructed at each ingress drive of a multifamily project having a private road system. The directory shall show all units in the project the house numbers within each unit and the project's internal road system.
[1974 Code § 8-49; Ord. #84-39]
No single-family or multifamily residential unit shall be sold, rented or occupied after initial construction or have additions constructed thereto unless and until the residential unit has been brought into compliance with this section.
[1974 Code § 8-50; Ord. #85-13 § IV]
A directory shall be installed at all multifamily projects with units having any Certificates of Occupancy within six (6) months after the adoption of this section. Prior to the installation of a directory, its type and location(s) shall be approved by the Fire Subcode Official of the Township of Woodbridge.
[1974 Code § 8-51 and 13A-68; Ord. #83-9; Ord. #85-13 § V]
a. 
Any violation of this section shall be punishable as set forth in Chapter 1, § 1-5 of the Revised General Ordinances of the Township of Woodbridge.
b. 
Each day that there shall be a violation shall constitute a separate offense.
[1]
Editor's Note: Prior ordinance history includes portions of 1974 Code §§ 8-39 — 8-45 and Ordinance Nos. 80-21, 80-28 and 84-49.
[Ord. #05-23; Ord. #05-93]
APPROVED RATING ORGANIZATION
Shall mean approved by Underwriters Testing Laboratories.
PORTABLE FIRE EXTINGUISHER
Shall mean an operable portable device, carried and operated by hand, containing an extinguishing agent that can be expelled under pressure for the purpose of suppressing or extinguishing fire, and which is:
a. 
Listed, labeled, charged and operable;
b. 
No smaller than two and one-half (2 1/2) pound or larger than a ten (10) pound rated extinguisher;
c. 
Rated for residential use consisting of an ABC type;
d. 
On hangers, or in brackets supplied by the manufacturer;
e. 
Within ten (10) feet of the kitchen area, unless otherwise permitted by an enforcing agency;
f. 
Located with the top of the extinguisher not more than five (5) feet (1.53 meters) above the floor;
g. 
Visible and in a readily accessible spot, free from blocking by furniture, storage, equipment and other items;
h. 
Near a room exit or travel way that provides an escape route to the exterior;
i. 
Accompanied by an owner's manual or written information regarding the operation, inspection and maintenance of the extinguisher; and
j. 
Installed so the operating instructions shall be clearly visible.
[Ord. #05-23; Ord. #05-93]
A structure used or intended to be used for residential purposes by not more than two (2) households shall have a smoke-sensitive alarm device on each level of the structure. If the structure contains a fuel-burning appliance of any type, a carbon monoxide detector is also required. If both are required, a smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector shall be located outside each separate sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of the bedrooms, in accordance with N.J.S.A. 52:27D-192 and N.J.A.C. 5:70-2.3 et seq. Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors must be located in accordance with the NFPA Standard listed in N.J.A.C. 5:70 and maintained in good working order.
Each structure shall also be equipped with at least one (1) portable fire extinguisher in conformance with the rules and regulations promulgated by the Commissioner of Community Affairs pursuant to the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L. 1968, c. 410 (C. 52:14B-1 et seq.).
[Ord. #05-23; Ord. #05-93]
Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers, as required by this section, shall be in compliance with the standards of the approved rating organization and shall be capable of being maintained by the person responsible for the occupancy of the residential dwelling unit. The detectors shall consist of an assembly incorporating the detector, control equipment and the alarm-sounding device in one (1) unit. The detectors may be battery powered or electrically connected to the main panel box with battery backup and shall be listed in accordance with ANSI/UL 217 listed in N.J.A.C. 5:70. Two (2) or more single-station smoke detector or carbon monoxide assemblies may be interconnected so that the activation of one (1) causes all integral or separate audible alarms to operate. Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit the installation of more complex smoke or carbon monoxide detection devices. The fire extinguisher must contain an extinguishing agent that can be expelled under pressure for the purpose of suppressing or extinguishing fire, and which is (1) rated for residential use consisting of an ABC type; (2) no larger than a ten (10) pound rated extinguisher; and (3) mounted within ten (10) feet of the kitchen area, unless otherwise permitted by the enforcing agency.
[Ord. #05-23]
In the case of resale or refinancing of any building no owner shall sell, lease or otherwise permit occupancy for residential purposes of that building without first obtaining a certificate evidencing compliance with this section. Where a certificate of occupancy is required under the land development chapter or other general ordinances of the Township, it shall not be issued prior to the time the owner obtains the certificate of compliance. Such certificates shall expire sixty (60) days from the date of inspection; thereafter a new inspection and fee shall be required.
[Ord. #05-23]
The Chief Housing Inspector and duly appointed inspectors or other Code Enforcement Officials as designated by the Business Administrator are hereby empowered to conduct the necessary inspections and to issue certificates of compliance as contemplated herein.
[Ord. #05-23; Ord. #05-93]
The application fee for a certificate of smoke detector, carbon monoxide alarm and portable fire extinguisher compliance as required by N.J.A.C. 5:70-2.3, shall be based upon the amount of time remaining before the change of occupant is expected, as follows:
a. 
Requests for a certificate of smoke detector, carbon monoxide alarm and portable fire extinguisher compliance received more than ten (10) business days prior to the change of occupant: fifty ($50.00) dollars.
b. 
Requests for a certificate of smoke detector, carbon monoxide alarm and portable fire extinguisher compliance received four (4) to ten (10) business days prior to the change of occupant: seventy ($70.00) dollars.
c. 
Requests for a certificate of smoke detector, carbon monoxide alarm and portable fire extinguisher compliance received fewer than four (4) business days prior to the change of occupant: one hundred twenty-five ($125.00) dollars.
[Ord. #05-23; Ord. #05-93]
The Tax Collector of the Township of Woodbridge shall provide to each person requesting a tax search from his or her office a statement calling attention to the provisions of this section, including the requirement that smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and portable fire extinguishers be installed and the necessity of obtaining a certificate of smoke detector, carbon monoxide detector and portable fire extinguisher compliance prior to each change of title and/or refinancing of a mortgage on any real property.
[Ord. #05-23; Ord. #05-93]
An owner who sells, leases or rents or otherwise permits to be occupied for residential purposes any premises subject to the provisions of this section shall be subject to a fine of not more than five hundred ($500.00) dollars in the case of a violation for an alarm device, or a fine of not more than one hundred ($100.00) dollars in the case of a violation for a portable fire extinguisher, which may be collected and enforced by the Chief Housing Inspector or duly appointed inspectors, through summary proceedings pursuant to the penalty enforcement law, N.J.S.A. 2A:58-1 et seq.
[Ord. #97-19 § 13A-52]
DWELLING UNIT
Shall, for the purpose of this section, mean a building or portion of any building designed, arranged or used for permanent living quarters for one (1) or more persons living as a single housekeeping unit with cooking and bathroom facilities but not including hotels or other buildings for transient quarters.
MULTIPLE DWELLING
Shall, for the purpose of this section, mean any building, structure, and the land appurtenant thereto containing two (2) through nine (9) dwelling units rented or offered to two (2) or more tenants. Owner occupied two (2) family structures are specifically exempted.
[Ord. #97-19 § 13A-53; Ord. #08-46]
a. 
Every owner of a multiple dwelling shall, in addition to complying with the other requirements of this section, file with the Woodbridge Township Bureau of Housing, a complete and current list of all tenants living in the multiple dwelling. Such list shall be provided annually by January 15th. Said list shall also indicate the address of the premises, the name and address of the owner of the premises, the name and address of the superintendent and/or the name and address of the agent in charge of the premises, the number of dwelling units in said premises and a description by number or letter of each such dwelling unit in the premises. At the time of the submission of the list the owner shall also execute a certification, to be attached to said list and on a form prescribed by the Bureau of Housing, certifying that the list is a complete and accurate list of all tenants residing within the multiple dwelling as of the date of the submission of the list. Failure of the owner to submit such list shall be deemed a violation of this Article and shall subject the owner to the penalties set forth in Subsection 17-6.8. The owner shall further provide an amended tenant list within two (2) weeks of a new tenant occupying a dwelling unit.
b. 
The Bureau of Housing shall conduct an annual inspection of all multiple dwellings. The purpose for said inspection is to ensure that every dwelling unit contained in each multiple dwelling complies with the requirements of the BOCA Housing-Property Maintenance Code of the Township of Woodbridge and meets minimal standards of habitability in order to preserve the health, safety and general welfare of the tenants therein. The owner of the multiple dwelling shall be notified of the date and time of the inspection and shall be responsible for obtaining access to all dwelling units with the consent of the tenant residing therein.
c. 
The owner shall pay to the Township an annual inspection fee of fifty ($50.00) dollars per unit for each inspection.
[Ord. #97-19 § 13A-54]
a. 
No dwelling unit contained within a multiple dwelling shall be leased, subleased, rented or let to any tenant or lessee unless a certificate of inspection or a temporary certificate of inspection is issued by the Woodbridge Township Bureau of Housing.
b. 
In cases where a dwelling unit is about to be vacated, the owner may file with the Bureau of Housing a statement containing the designation of the dwelling unit about to be vacated and may request an inspection by the Bureau of Housing providing said Bureau with the date of actual or expected vacation of said premises. Said inspection shall be made at a time not more than twenty-one (21) days before the actual or expected vacation.
In circumstances where an inspection has been made within twenty-one (21) days of the proposed vacancy of the dwelling unit, the Bureau of Housing shall issue a report in writing of the results of the inspection, a copy of which must be given to the owner and the present tenant. In addition thereto, a copy of the report must be submitted to the new tenant by the owner within five (5) days of the new tenancy. The owner must, within five (5) days of the delivery of the report to the new tenant, certify to the Bureau of Housing that same has been accomplished. If no violations are found during the inspection made prior to the new tenancy, the Bureau shall issue a certificate of inspection. If violations are found which require correction but which, in the opinion of the Bureau, do not render said premises unsafe for human habitation, then the owner shall repair or correct all listed violations before a new tenancy is permitted. The maximum time in which to correct violations shall not exceed the remaining days of the old tenancy with a maximum of twenty-one (21) days. Upon the correction of such violations, the Bureau of Housing shall issue a permanent certificate of inspection to the owner. If the violations are not corrected within said twenty-one (21) day period then the new tenancy shall not be permitted until such time as the owner has corrected the violations and has secured a certificate of inspection.
In circumstances where a certificate of inspection is issued during the old tenancy and wherein the new tenant advises the Bureau of a change in circumstances that has arisen between the date of inspection and the date that the new tenant began his or her tenancy, there shall be a second inspection. If, as of the result of the second inspection, it is determined that there are violations and the dwelling unit is not uninhabitable, then the owner shall be provided thirty (30) days in which to correct same. If the violations have not been corrected within the thirty (30) day period, the original certificate of inspection shall be revoked and the owner shall be deemed in violation of this Article and subject to the penalties set forth in Subsection 17-6.8 for every day that the tenancy continues thereafter, until such time as the violations are corrected and a new certificate of inspection has been issued. If, at the time of the inspection requested by the new tenant, it is determined that the dwelling unit is uninhabitable and the conditions pose a threat to the health and safety of the inhabitants of the dwelling unit, then the certificate of inspection shall be forthwith revoked, the new tenancy terminated and the dwelling unit vacated. The owner shall be subject to the penalties set forth in Subsection 17-6.8 for every day that the tenancy is permitted to continue thereafter. The owner shall further be responsible for any and all relocation expenses incurred by the tenant in accordance with applicable State law.
c. 
In circumstances where an inspection cannot be made during the period of an old tenancy, then within ten (10) days after the tenant vacates a dwelling unit, the owner shall file with the Bureau of Housing a statement containing the designation of the dwelling unit vacated and request to have same inspected. The vacated dwelling unit shall be inspected within seven (7) working days of the date that the owner has requested said inspection. The Bureau of Housing shall issue a certificate of inspection if no violations are found. If violations are found, no certificate of inspection can be secured. If the Bureau of Housing cannot make an inspection within seven (7) working days of the date that the owner requested an inspection, then the dwelling unit may be occupied subject to the right of the Bureau of Housing to inspect same during the term of the new tenancy.
If at the time of the inspection subsequent to the dwelling unit being occupied by the new tenant the Bureau of Housing finds no violations, then a certificate of inspection shall be issued to the owner. If at the time of the inspection violations are found but it is determined that the dwelling unit is not uninhabitable, then a temporary certificate of inspection shall be issued providing the owner with thirty (30) days in which to make repairs. If the violations have not been corrected within the thirty (30) day period, the temporary certificate of inspection shall expire and the owner shall be deemed in violation of this section and subject to the penalties set forth in Subsection 17-6.8 for every day that the tenancy continues thereafter, until such time as the violations have been corrected and a permanent certificate of inspection has been issued. If at the time of inspection it is determined that the dwelling unit is uninhabitable, then the tenancy shall immediately terminate and the dwelling unit shall be vacated. The owner shall be subject to the penalties set forth in Subsection 17-6.8 for every day that the tenancy is permitted to continue thereafter. The owner shall further be responsible for any and all relocation expenses incurred by the tenant in accordance with applicable State law.
d. 
The fee for said certificate of inspection or temporary certificate of inspection, including the review of statement and inspection, shall be fifty ($50.00) dollars per inspection and shall be filed with the statement setting forth the vacation of the dwelling unit in question.
[Ord. #97-19 § 13A-55]
No certificate of inspection shall be issued for any dwelling unit that is not fit for human habitation, occupancy or use and in full compliance with all of the ordinances of the Township of Woodbridge, including all zoning ordinances, the statutes and regulations of the State of New Jersey and the laws of the United States of America relating to building, health, safety or general welfare, and no certificate of inspection shall be issued if there are found on the premises defects causing the hazard of fire, accident or other calamities, lack of adequate ventilation, lack of adequate light or sanitary facilities, dilapidation, disrepair or structural defects or uncleanliness so as to tend to cause or spread disease or harbor insects, rodents or vermin.
[Ord. #97-19 § 13A-56]
If, in the opinion of the Bureau of Housing, additional expertise is needed from either the Health Department, the Police Department or the Fire Department, in order to determine whether hazards exist, said Bureau of Housing has the power to secure the assistance and to enter the premises in conjunction with representatives of said department so as to make inspections of the premises.
[Ord. #97-19 § 13A-57]
No owner or representative of an owner or tenant shall officially request an inspection until such time that he verifies in writing that, in his judgment, the dwelling unit is not being maintained in violation of the laws of the Township of Woodbridge, State of New Jersey, and/or the United States of America.
[Ord. #97-19 § 13A-58]
The Director of the Department of Planning and Development of the Township of Woodbridge shall be the final authority as to whether violations exist.
[Ord. #97-19 § 13A-59]
Any person who shall violate any provision of this section or shall fail to comply with any of the requirements hereof shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine not exceeding one thousand ($1,000.00) dollars or by imprisonment for a term not exceeding ninety (90) days, or both. A separate offense shall be deemed committed on each day during or on which a violation occurs or continues.
[1974 Code § 8-53; Ord. #90-24; Ord. #07-20]
The Legislature of the State of New Jersey has, in N.J.S.A. 40:55D-1, delegated the responsibility to local governmental units to adopt regulations designed to promote the public health, safety and general welfare of its citizenry.
[1974 Code § 8-54; Ord. #90-24; Ord. #07-20]
It is the purpose of this section to promote the public health, safety and general welfare and to minimize public and private losses due to improper or incomplete construction of single and two (2) family detached home sites. The provisions of this section are designed to:
a. 
Protect human life and health.
b. 
Minimize expenditure of public money for completing or repairing public facilities damaged due to construction.
c. 
Minimize damage to public facilities and utilities, such as water and gas mains, electric, telephone and sewer lines and streets.
d. 
Provide sufficient funds available to the Township to complete or repair such site facilities, as deemed necessary to protect the public.
[1974 Code § 8-55; Ord. #90-24; Ord. #07-20]
a. 
Unless specifically defined below, words or phrases used in this section shall be interpreted as to give them the meanings they have in common usage and to give this section its most reasonable application.
b. 
As used in this section:
APPLICANT
Shall mean the owner of a parcel of land, licensed builder or contract purchaser for a single or two (2) family dwelling.
OBLIGOR
Shall mean the same as applicant; one who is obligated pursuant to a builder's agreement.
[1974 Code § 8-56; Ord. #90-24; Ord. #07-20]
No single or two (2) family dwelling, structure or land shall hereafter be located, extended, moved, converted or structurally altered without full compliance with the terms of this section and other applicable regulations. Any alteration, reconstruction, addition to or extension of an existing single or two (2) family dwelling, wherein the work to be completed exceeds fifty (50%) percent of the structure's present value, shall be subject to the terms of this section and other applicable regulations.
[1974 Code § 8-57; Ord. #90-24; Ord. #07-20]
In the interpretation and application of this section all provisions shall be:
a. 
Considered a minimum requirement.
b. 
Liberally construed in favor of the Governing Body.
c. 
Deemed neither to limit nor repeal any other powers granted under State statutes.
[1974 Code § 8-58; Ord. #90- 24; Ord. #07-20]
A builder's agreement shall be obtained by an applicant before construction or development begins on single-family, two (2)-family or multiple-family dwellings or accessory buildings. Builder's agreements are not required for project covered under an existing developer's agreement between the applicant and the Township. Application for a builder's agreement shall be made to the Township Engineer on forms furnished by the Construction Code Official. Application for a builder's agreement shall be accompanied by all fees required in connection with the agreement in the amounts shown in Subsection 17-7.9, "Schedule of Fees and Guarantees." Additional fees required pursuant to other sections of the Revised General Ordinances of Woodbridge Township, such as sanitary sewer connection fees, shall be submitted at the time of application for a builder's agreement. The application shall include two (2) copies of plans, drawn to scale, showing the following information, for both existing conditions and proposed conditions:
a. 
The full extent of the property, including property line dimensions.
b. 
The elevation, in relation to mean sea level, of the lowest habitable floor, including basement, of all structures.
c. 
The location of all structures with dimensions to abutting property lines.
d. 
Topography.
e. 
Impervious areas such as drives, walkways, sidewalks, curbs and parking areas.
f. 
Drainage facilities.
g. 
Vegetation and landscaping.
h. 
Utilities.
i. 
Floodplains and wetlands.
j. 
Lighting.
k. 
Screening devices.
l. 
Any other information that may be reasonably required.
[1974 Code § 8-59; Ord. #90-24; Ord. #07-20]
Upon approval of the builder's agreement application by the Township Engineer, the applicant shall:
a. 
Sign an agreement in the form satisfactory to the Woodbridge Corporation Council which provides for the furnishing of a performance guarantee in favor of the Township in an amount shown in Subsection 17-7.9, representing the cost of installation for improvements it may deem necessary or appropriate, including streets; grading; pavement; gutters; curbs; sidewalks; street-lighting; shade trees; surveyor's monuments as shown on the final map and required by the Map Filing Law, P.L. 1960, c. 141 (N.J.S.A. 46:23-9.9 et seq.; water mains; culverts; storm sewers; sanitary sewers or other means of sewage disposal; drainage structures; erosion control and sedimentation control devices; landscaping; and any other on-site improvements.
b. 
If the required improvements are not completed or corrected in accordance with the performance guarantee, the obligor and surety, if any, shall be liable thereon, to the Township for the reasonable cost of the improvements not completed or corrected, and the Township may, either prior to or after the receipt of the proceeds thereof, complete such improvements.
c. 
Upon substantial completion of all required improvements, the obligor may notify the Municipal Council in writing, by certified mail addressed in care of the Township Clerk of the completion or substantial completion of improvements and shall send a copy thereof to the Township Engineer. Thereupon, the Township Engineer shall inspect all improvements of which such notice has been given and shall file a detailed report, in writing, with the Municipal Council, indicating either approval, partial approval or rejection of such improvements, with a statement of reasons for any rejection.
d. 
The Municipal Council shall either approve, partially approve or reject the improvements on the basis of the report of the Township Engineer and shall notify the obligor in writing, by certified mail, of the contents of the report and the action of the approving authority which relation thereto not later than sixty-five (65) days after receipt of the notice from the obligor of the completion of the improvements.
e. 
If any portion of the required improvements is rejected, the approving authority may require the obligor to complete such improvements and, upon completion, the same procedure of notification as set forth in this subsection shall be followed.
f. 
Nothing herein, however, shall be construed to limit the right of the obligor to contest by legal proceedings any determination of the Governing Body or the Township Engineer.
g. 
The obligor shall reimburse the Township for all reasonable inspection fees paid to the Township Engineer for the foregoing inspection of improvements pursuant to the requirements for reimbursement of inspection fees contained in Subsection 17-7.9.
[1974 Code § 8-60; Ord. #90-24; Ord. #07-20]
a. 
The Township Engineer is hereby appointed to administer and implement this section by granting or denying builder's agreement applications in accordance with its provisions.
b. 
Powers and Duties of Township Engineer. The duties of the Township Engineer shall include, but not be limited to:
1. 
Reviewing all builders' agreement applications to determine that the requirements of this section have been satisfied.
2. 
Reviewing all builders' agreement applications to require that all necessary permits have been obtained for those Federal, State or local governmental agencies from which prior approval is required.
3. 
Collecting all applicable fees and guarantees as specified in Subsection 17-7.9.
4. 
Recording and retaining all builders' agreements.
[1974 Code § 8-61; Ord. #90-24; Ord. No. #94-14 § 1; Ord. #07-20]
a. 
An application fee in the amount of seven hundred fifty ($750.00) dollars, in the form of cash, a certified bank check or money order payable to the Township of Woodbridge, shall be paid at the time of application. The fee shall cover the Township's expenses for filing the application, preparation of a builder's agreement and testing and inspection at the site.
b. 
In the event that a builder's agreement is not executed, four hundred ($400.00) dollars of the application fee shall be returned to the applicant. The balance of the original application fee shall be retained by the Township to cover processing expenses.
c. 
A performance guarantee in the amount equal to one hundred twenty (120%) percent of all improvements, with the exception of any structures, as determined by the Municipal Engineer. In no event shall the performance guarantee be less than a minimum of two thousand five hundred ($2,500.00) dollars. The guarantee shall be deposited with the Township in the form of cash, certified bank check, money order or letter of credit at the time of execution of the builder's agreement. Any letter of credit must be approved as to form and sufficiency of surety by the Township Director of Law.
[Ord. #08-26]
The Municipal Council has determined that certain modifications to homes can create a condition that threatens the occupants of the home specifically at the health, safety and welfare of the community at large.
[Ord. #08-26]
DWELLING UNIT
Shall mean any building, or structure or portion thereof used or designed as a residence by one (1) or more person, excluding hotels. Each unit shall constitute a separate dwelling.
[Ord. #08-26]
No bedroom door contained within a dwelling unit shall be equipped with a padlock, combination or keyed lock from the outside of the bedroom.
[Ord. #05-46 § 1; Ord. No. 2017-64]
The purposes of this section are as follows:
a. 
To protect the health, safety and welfare of residential tenants by ensuring that both the interior and exterior of all rental properties are maintained in a safe and sanitary condition.
b. 
To protect the welfare of residential tenants by assuring that maximum occupancy limits are not exceeded in rental units.
c. 
To protect the health, safety and welfare of the community at large by requiring the upkeep and maintenance of building exteriors and outside property areas.
d. 
To protect the health, safety and welfare of the community at large by prohibiting short-term rentals of residential property within the Township.
[Ord. No. 2017-64]
[Ord. #05-46 § 2; Ord. #07-13]
This section shall apply to all residential dwellings including single family houses which are offered for lease to persons other than the record owner, irrespective of whether rent is paid ("Rental Units").
[Ord. #05-46 § 3; Ord. No. 2017-64]
a. 
No person, agency, corporation, partnership, firm, company, owner, real estate agent, broker or any other individual (the "lessor" or "applicant") shall hereafter rent, lease or sublet any residential unit, without first obtaining from the Chief Housing Inspector one of the following:
1. 
A Certificate of Continued Rental Housing Compliance stating that at the time of the proposed rental, lease or subletting the unit complies with all applicable code provisions including but not limited to the property maintenance standards of this section as set forth in Subsection 17-9.4 herein and is approved for occupancy; or
2. 
A Conditional Certificate of Continued Rental Housing Compliance indicating that the unit is conditionally approved for occupancy.
b. 
In addition, the applicant must produce:
1. 
Proof of a valid Rental Housing Compliance Certificate from the last required inspection; and
2. 
Certification in the form attached as Schedule 1[1] from the owner/landlord that the rental unit satisfies the requirements set forth in Subsection 17-9.4 below.
[1]
Editor's Note: Schedule 1, referred to herein, may be obtained from the Division of Housing.
c. 
No person, agency, corporation, partnership, firm, company, owner, real estate agent, broker or any other individual (the "lessor" or "applicant") shall hereafter rent, lease or sublet any residential unit for a period of less than thirty (30) consecutive days.
[Ord. No. 2017-64]
[Ord. #05-46 § 3; Ord. #07-13]
All rental units governed by this ordinance shall comply with the following codes and regulations, which are hereby incorporated by reference into this ordinance:
a. 
The 2003 International Property Maintenance Code established by the International Code Council or its successors; including but not limited to section PM-405.0, as amended, revised, or redesignated from time to time. In determining the number of occupants, visitors whose stay is not longer than thirty (30) days shall be excluded.
b. 
N.J.A.C. 5:10, Maintenance of Hotels and Multiple Dwellings Regulations.
c. 
The Woodbridge Township Municipal Code.
d. 
Additionally all rental units shall meet the following specific standards:
1. 
Unless prior to this subsection becoming effective, a design was approved by the Township every habitable space, which shall be deferred as any space in a structure whether created by a permanent (e.g. wall) or temporary (e.g. curtain) subdivision for living, sleeping, eating or cooking; (for the purposes of this subsection bathroom, toilet, compartments, closets, halls, storage or utility spaces, and similar areas are not considered habitable space) shall have at least one (1) operable window of such size which satisfies the applicable Building Code requirement.
2. 
A rental unit commonly known as an efficiency unit shall meet the following requirements:
(a) 
A unit occupied by not more than two (2) occupants shall have a clear floor area of not less than two hundred twenty (220) square feet. A unit occupied by three (3) occupants shall have a clear floor area of not less than three hundred twenty (320) square feet.
(b) 
The unit shall be provided with a kitchen sink, cooking appliance and refrigerator facilities, each having a clear working space of not less than thirty (30) inches in front. Light and ventilation to conform with the standards set forth in Subsection 3(a) below.
3. 
(a) 
The owner of the rental unit shall provide and maintain light, ventilation and space conditions in compliance with these requirements. A person shall not occupy as owner-occupant, or permit another person to occupy or use any premises that do not comply with the requirements of this subsection.
(1) 
Alternative devices: In lieu of the means for natural light and ventilation herein prescribed, artificial light or mechanical ventilation shall be permitted when complying with the Building Code.
(2) 
Every habitable space shall have at least one (1) window of approved size facing directly to the outdoors or to a court. The minimum total window area, measured between stops, for every habitable space shall be eight (8%) percent of the floor area of such room, except in kitchens when artificial light is provided in accordance with the provisions of the Building Code. Wherever walls or other portions of a structure face a window of any room and such obstructions are located less than three (3) feet from the window and extend to a level above that of the ceiling of the room, such window shall not be deemed to face directly to the outdoors nor to a court and shall not be included as contributing to the required minimum total window area for the room.
(3) 
Every common hall and stairway, other than in one and two- family dwellings, shall be lighted at all times with at least sixty (60) watt standard incandescent light bulb or equivalent for each two hundred (200) square feet of floor area, provided that the spacing between lights shall not be greater than thirty (30) feet. Every exterior stairway shall be illuminated with a minimum of one (1) foot candle at floors, landings and treads.
(4) 
All other spaces shall be provided with natural or artificial light sufficient to permit the maintenance of sanitary conditions, and the safe use of the space and the appliances, equipment and fixtures.
(5) 
Every habitable space shall have at least one (1) operable window of such size which satisfies the applicable building code requirement. The total operable area of the window in every room shall be equal to at least forty-five (45%) percent of the minimum glazed area required.
(6) 
Every bathroom and toilet room shall comply with the ventilation requirements for habitable spaces as required by the Building Code, except that a window shall not be required in spaces equipped with a mechanical ventilation system that complies with the following:
[a] 
Air exhausted by a mechanical ventilation system from a bathroom within a dwelling unit shall be exhausted to the exterior and shall not be recirculated to any space, including the space from which such air is withdrawn.
[b] 
Air exhausted by a mechanical ventilation system from all other bathrooms or toilet rooms shall be exhausted to the exterior without recirculation to any space or not more than eighty-five (85%) percent of the exhaust air shall be recirculated where the system is provided effective absorption and filtering equipment complying with the mechanical code.
(7) 
Unless approved through the Certificate of Occupancy, cooking shall not be permitted in any rooming unit or dormitory unit, and a cooking facility or appliance shall not be permitted to be present in a rooming unit or dormitory unit.
(8) 
Where injurious, toxic, irritating or noxious fumes, gases, dust, or mists are generated, a local exhaust ventilation system shall be provided to remove the contaminating agent at the source. Air shall be exhausted to the exterior and not be recirculated to any space.
(9) 
Clothes dryer venting systems shall be independent of all other systems and shall be vented in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations.
(b) 
Dwelling units, hotel unit, housekeeping units, rooming units and dormitory units shall be arranged to provide privacy and be separate from other adjoining spaces.
(1) 
Sleeping rooms shall not be used as the only means of access to other sleeping rooms or habitable spaces except dwelling units that contain fewer than two (2) bedrooms.
(2) 
Every room occupied for sleeping purposes by one (1) occupant shall contain at least seventy (70) square feet of floor area, and every room occupied for sleeping purposes by more than one (1) person shall contain at least fifty (50) square feet of floor area for each occupant thereof. In no case shall any bedroom be occupied by more than two (2) people for sleeping purposes.
(3) 
Every bedroom shall have access to at least one (1) water closet and one (1) lavatory without passing through another bedroom. Every bedroom in a dwelling unit shall have access to at least one (1) water closet and lavatory located in the same story as the bedroom or an adjacent story.
(4) 
Dwelling units shall not be occupied by more occupants than permitted by the minimum occupancy areas requirements delineated below:
Minimum Occupancy Area Requirements
Space
Minimum area in sq. ft. 1-2 occupants
Minimum area in sq. ft. 3-5 occupants
Minimum area in sq. ft. 6 or more
Living room
No requirements
120
150
Dining Room
No requirements
80
100
Kitchen
50
50
60
Bedrooms
Per person as required in Subsection 17-9.4d3(b)(2)
Per person as required in Subsection 17-9.4d3(b)(2)
Per person as required in Subsection 17-9.4d3(b)(2)
(5) 
Combined living room and dining room spaces shall comply with the requirements delineated above if the total area is equal to that required for separate rooms and if the space is located so as to function as a combination living room dining room.
(6) 
Kitchens, nonhabitable spaces and interior public areas shall not be used for sleeping areas.
(7) 
Habitable spaces, hallways, corridors, laundry areas, bathrooms, toilet rooms and habitable basement areas shall have a clear ceiling height of not less than seven (7) feet. The minimum headroom in all parts of the stairway shall not be less than six feet, eight inches (6' 8") measured vertically from the sloped plane adjoining the tread nosing or from the floor surface of the landing or platform.
Exceptions:
[a] 
In one- and two-family dwellings, beams or girders spaced not less than four (4) feet on center and projecting not more than six (6) inches below the required ceiling height.
[b] 
Rooms used exclusively for sleeping, study, or similar uses and having a sloped ceiling over all or part of the room, with a clear ceiling height of at least seven (7) feet over not less than one-third (1/3) of the required minimum floor area. In calculating the floor area of such rooms, only those portions of the floor areas with a clear height of five (5) feet or more shall be included.
[c] 
Basement rooms in one- and two-family dwellings used exclusively for laundry, study, or recreation purposes having a ceiling height of not less than six feet eight inches (6' 8") with not less than six feet four inches (6' 4") of clear height under beams, girders, ducts, and similar obstructions.
(8) 
A habitable room, other than a kitchen, shall not be less than seven (7) feet in any plan dimension. Kitchens shall have a clear passageway of not less than three (3) feet between counter fronts and appliances or counter fronts and walls.
(9) 
All spaces to be used for food preparation shall contain suitable space and equipment to store, prepare and serve foods in a sanitary manner. There shall be adequate facilities and services for the sanitary disposal of food wastes and refuse, including facilities for temporary storage.
[Ord. #05-46 § 5; Ord. #07-13; Ord. #08-33 §§ 1,2; Ord. #08-104]
a. 
The necessary application form shall be available from and returned to the Housing Bureau Office.
b. 
Inspection. The Chief Housing Inspector or his designee shall conduct an inspection of all rental units within the Township of Woodbridge, (the "Rental Housing Compliance Inspection"). Subsequent to the initial inspection, inspections shall be conducted on a reoccurring basis as follows (i) in the case of rental units which are part of any building, structure and land appurtenant thereto consisting of nine (9) units or less, on an annual basis except for two (2) family owner-occupied homes which shall be inspected every third year; or (ii) in the case of rental units which are part of any building, structure and land appurtenant thereto consisting of greater than nine (9) units, every two (2) years from the initial inspection described herein, and at such other times as may be required by State law.
Inspections of buildings, structures and lands appurtenant thereto containing greater than nine (9) units shall be inspected as follows: (1) the Chief Housing Inspector or his designee shall select a ten (10%) percent sampling, at random, of units to be inspected; (2) if five (5%) percent or more of the units inspected reveal major violations as defined below then all units in the entire complex will be inspected. If less than five (5%) percent of the inspected units reveal major violations no further Rental Housing Compliance Inspections shall be conducted until the next inspection cycle, unless required by Subsection 17-9.5c, New Tenant, herein.
Major violations for the purpose of this section shall mean the existence of one (1) or more of the following conditions at the building or structure:
1. 
Roof/chimney in disrepair;
2. 
Any sink in non-working order;
3. 
Any bathtub in non-working order;
4. 
Any toilet in non-working order;
5. 
Any sink, lavatory, bathtub or shower not connected to hot and cold water;
6. 
Any insect or rodent infestation;
7. 
Overcrowding;
8. 
Existence of illegal habitable area;
9. 
Accumulated minor violations which in total equal a substantial impediment to habitability;
10. 
Identical or similar minor violations which reoccur throughout a substantial portion of the units inspected;
11. 
Such other conditions which the Chief Housing Inspector or his designee determines creates a substantial implement to habitability.
All other violations shall be deemed minor violations.
c. 
New Tenant. In addition to the above-required inspection, the owner/landlord shall submit a completed application and all required fees to the Housing Bureau not less than ten (10) business days prior to the date that a change in tenancy is anticipated to occur in the dwelling (a "new tenant application").
d. 
The Chief Housing Inspector or his designee shall inspect the building interior, exterior and outside premises to ensure that the dwelling complies with the standards incorporated in Subsection 17-9.4 of this section.
e. 
Within ten (10) business days of receipt of a new tenant application, the Chief Housing Inspector or his designee shall issue either a Certificate of Continued Rental Housing Compliance, a Conditional Certificate of Continued Rental Housing Compliance, or a denial of rental housing compliance in accordance with the following:
1. 
If the dwelling complies with the above-referenced codes and regulations, the Chief Housing Inspector or his designee shall issue a Certificate of Continued Rental Housing Compliance approving the unit for occupancy.
2. 
If the dwelling fails to comply with all of the above-referenced codes and regulations but none of the violations are determined to require the immediate removal of all occupants, in accordance with applicable laws, rules and regulations; the Chief Housing Inspector or his designee shall issue a Conditional Certificate of Continued Rental Housing Compliance which allows the tenant/new tenant to occupy the unit prior to repairs being completed. The Conditional Certificate of Continued Rental Housing Compliance shall include a list of all necessary repairs and shall provide that the repairs be completed within thirty (30) days.
3. 
If the owner/landlord fails to make the required repairs within the allotted time the Chief Housing Inspector or his designee shall deny the application, in which event the unit shall not be occupied until all required repairs are completed and approved.
f. 
If a Conditional Certificate of Continued Rental Housing Compliance or a denial of Rental Housing Compliance is issued, the owner/landlord shall perform the required work and obtain all necessary inspections for the Housing Bureau prior to requesting a reinspection.
g. 
If the inspection was scheduled in advance, as required by this section, and the required inspection is not conducted on or before the move in date, then the new tenant shall be permitted to occupy the unit without it being deemed a violation of Subsection 17-9.3 of this section. However, nothing herein shall be interpreted to prevent the Township from conducting the inspection at a later time, nor prohibit the removal of tenants.
[Ord. #05-46 § 6; Ord. #08-33]
All fees shall be paid prior to the inspection being performed in accordance with the following:
a. 
Rental Housing Compliance Inspection Fee.
1. 
Buildings, structures, and lands appurtenant thereto containing greater than nine units: $50.00 per unit;
2. 
Building, structures, and lands appurtenant thereto containing 1-9 units: $50.00 per unit for the first unit and $25.00 for each additional unit.
b. 
Continued Rental Housing Compliance Inspection: $50.00 (per unit).
c. 
Reinspection fee for denials—Initial reinspection: no charge; additional reinspection fees: $50.00 (per unit).
[Ord. #05-46 § 7; Ord. #07-13]
a. 
Every owner of any building or structure, shall, by October 31, 2005, or in the case of single-family homes, within sixty (60) days of this subsection becoming effective, file with the Housing Bureau a written registration statement. The registration statement shall contain the following information on a form to be provided by the Township of Woodbridge:
1. 
The address of the property.
2. 
The names and addresses of the owners in title of the property.
3. 
If the record owner is a corporation, that name of the registered agent that will accept all legal notices on behalf of the corporation.
4. 
If the owner is an entity other than an individual (i.e., a corporation, company, LLC, trade name, partnership, trust, condominium association or other legal entity), the name and address of each partner, owner or person having a beneficial interest. In any event, with regard to corporate ownership, the registry shall disclose the name and address of any stockholder who owns, either directly or beneficially, ten (10%) percent of the stock of the corporation.
5. 
The name, address and telephone number of the managing agent of the premises, if any.
6. 
The name, address and telephone number of an individual representative of the record owner or managing agent who may be reached or contacted at any time in the event of an emergency affecting the premises or property, or any unit or dwelling or commercial space therein, and who has the authority to make emergency decisions concerning the building or property and any repair thereto or expenditure in connection therewith.
7. 
The number of dwelling units by unit type.
8. 
The number of persons authorized to reside at the rental unit either pursuant to lease or as agreed to between the landlord and tenant.
b. 
Any changes in the information listed in Subsection 17-9.7a must be reported via an amended registration statement within twenty (20) days, and the amended statement posted and distributed to tenants within seven (7) days of filing.
c. 
The initial registration for all buildings shall also be accompanied by a floor plan and the square footage for each unit type to be used by the Township in establishing maximum occupancy limits for each unit type.
[Ord. #05-46 § 8]
All departments that come into contact with rental units, and suspect that any violation exists, shall contact the Chief Housing Inspector.
[Ord. #97-20 § 1; Ord. #07-13]
a. 
The Chief Housing Inspector, or his designee, shall inspect any rental unit if there is reason to believe that occupancy therein exceeds, or violates the requirements of Subsection 17-9.4.
b. 
If the owner is unable to obtain the tenant's consent to such inspection then he or she shall execute a certification certifying that the owner is unable to gain access through the consent of the tenant and that, to the best of the owner's knowledge, the occupancy rate in the non-owner occupied single-family home in question does not exceed the occupancy limitations set forth in the BOCA Code. The certification shall indicate the number of inhabitants that resident within the non-owner occupied single-family home and shall also be signed by the tenant. The certification shall be kept on file with the Bureau of Housing.
c. 
If, after the filing of the certification set forth in Subsection b herein, there continues to be reason to believe that occupancy exceeds the limitations set forth in the BOCA Code, then the Bureau of Housing may apply to a court of competent jurisdiction for a search warrant for the purposes of inspecting the non-owner occupied single-family home in order to ensure compliance with this Article and the BOCA Code.
[Ord. #05-46 § 9; Ord. #07-13]
a. 
Any rental unit that is found to be in violation of this section shall subject the lessor, sublessor or owner to a fine and penalty in accordance with the following:
1. 
A fine of two thousand ($2,000.00) dollars or such other amount as is permissible pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:49-5, as amended from time to time;
2. 
Additionally, the court may impose: (i) a period of imprisonment as determined by the court not to exceed ninety (90) days; and/or (ii) a period of community services not exceeding ninety (90) days;
3. 
A person convicted of violating this section within one (1) year of the date of the previous violation, who was fined for said previous violation shall be sentenced by the court to an additional fine not exceeding the amount set forth in Subsection a1 hereof, as a repeat offender. The additional fine to be calculated separately from the fine imposed for the violation of this section.
4. 
The court shall in all respects comply with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 40:49-5.
5. 
Each day on which the owner, lessor or sublessor is not in compliance with any provision of this Chapter 17 of the Municipal Code shall constitute a separate violation.
6. 
In addition to all fines set forth above the landlord/owner shall not be issued a Certificate of Rental Housing Compliance for the rental unit at which the offense occurred for a period of one (1) year for the third and each subsequent violation of this section.
b. 
In accordance with applicable State law and/or fines as set forth above, the Chief Housing Inspector or his designee shall upon a determination that there exists a condition that threatens the safety or welfare of the occupants, shall remove said occupants from the rental unit, in which event the owner, lessor or sublessor shall be responsible for all costs.
c. 
In the event any inspection pursuant to this section results in a determination that allowing the occupant to remain in the rental unit poses a threat to their health, safety or welfare, the Chief Housing Inspector or his designee shall remove the occupant in which event all costs and expenses including but not limited to the costs of relocating and providing alternative housing for thirty (30) days of the displaced tenants or sub-tenants, shall be borne by the owner/lessor, or tenant/sub-lessor, in accordance with applicable State law and in the case of a violation by the owner shall be a lien on the property at which the violation occurred.
[Ord. #07-13]
No owner, agent, or any person shall sell or in any way deliver up for use, change of use or occupancy any building except new construction where a Certificate of Occupancy has been issued until a Certificate of Compliance has been issued by the Chief Housing Inspector.
[Ord. #07-13]
Certificate of Compliance shall only be issued upon inspection of the property and finding that:
a. 
The visible parts of the property, buildings and structures have been inspected by the Chief Housing Inspector and that no visible violations of the Property Maintenance Code and Housing Code exist, and
b. 
The use(s) comply with the Zoning or are valid preexisting nonconforming uses as determined by the Zoning Officer or Board of Adjustment, or the seller has obtained a variance.
c. 
The seller has certified in writing that he has not built over any easements,
d. 
No illegal conversions have occurred.
e. 
No visible safety hazards exist.
[Ord. #07-13]
a. 
No Certificate of Compliance shall be issued without the Township being provided the name of the buyers of the building.
b. 
It shall be unlawful for the owner of any building who has received a notice of violation or upon whom a notice of violation or summons has been served to sell, transfer, or otherwise dispose of a building until the provisions of the compliance order or notice of violation have been complied with, or the seller has furnished to the Chief Housing Inspector a signed and notarized statement from the grantee acknowledging the receipt of such compliance order or notice of violation and fully accepting the responsibility without condition for making the corrections or repairs required by such compliance order or notice of violation, within the time specified therein.
[Ord. #07-13]
The Certificate of Compliance shall indicate:
a. 
The permitted use.
b. 
The occupancy limitations.
c. 
Compliance with Subsection 17-5.3 (smoke, carbon monoxide and fire extinguishers) .
d. 
The name(s) of the seller and buyer.
e. 
There are no pending violation of municipal ordinances.
Any use of the property in question or occupancy limitation violations that takes place on the property, that is not specifically authorized by the Certificate that is in effect at the time, shall be deemed an illegal occupancy which is a violation of this section and shall be subject to an immediate summons.
[Ord. #07-13]
The fee for a Certificate of Compliance shall be as follows:
Residential single-family dwelling:
$50 per dwelling unit
Residential two (2)-family or multi-family dwelling:
$50 for the first dwelling unit plus $25 per additional dwelling unit
Rooming or boarding house:
$50 for the dwelling unit plus $10 per rooming/ boarding unit
Commercial, retail and industrial:
$100 per unit.
The above fees include the cost of the initial inspection plus one (1) reinspection. Additional reinspections, whether due to noncompliance or inability to gain access for a scheduled reinspection, will be charged fifty ($50.00) dollars per reinspection visit. The cost for all inspections relating to the issuance of a Certificate of Compliance shall be paid in full no less than twenty-four (24) hours prior to the scheduled reinspection.
[Ord. #07-13]
A temporary Certificate of Compliance will only be considered when upon written request setting forth the reason for the request and a time schedule setting forth the unfinished items and when they will be completed, and then only if all fire or other safety issues are found to be in compliance, and there are no pending violations.
[Ord. #08-105]
a. 
DISPLACED TENANT — Shall mean any tenant who receives a notice of eviction pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2A:18-61.2 that results from zoning or code enforcement activity for an illegal occupancy.
b. 
LANDLORD — Shall mean the person or entity from whom a person secures the right to occupy a dwelling or portion of a dwelling; for the purposes of the section, landlord shall include the owner of the dwelling place and any person or entity who permits another person or entity to occupy a dwelling or portion of a dwelling whether or not a written lease or sublease agreement exists.
[Ord. #08-105]
a. 
Any displaced tenant shall be entitled to relocation assistance in an amount equal to six (6) times the monthly rental, or if rent is paid weekly then twenty-six (26) times the weekly rental paid by the displaced tenant.
b. 
The landlord shall be liable for the payment of relocation assistance pursuant to this section.
c. 
The full amount of relocation assistance to be paid to the displaced tenant shall be paid at the time landlord serves the displaced tenant with a Notice of Eviction.
[Ord. #08-105]
There is hereby established a revolving relocation fund (the "Relocation Fund"), into which the following sums, less any money required to be repaid to the State of New Jersey, shall be deposited:
a. 
Any relocation costs and interest thereon paid by an owner of real property who has been liable for a civil or criminal penalty in the case of any displacement of persons by Housing or Construction Code enforcement pursuant to N.J.S.A. 20:4-4.1.
b. 
Any sum realized by the Township upon enforcement of liens or liquidation of any property acquired by virtue of enforcement pursuant to N.J.S.A. 20:4-4.1.
c. 
Any sums realized by the Township relating to any relocation cost and interest thereon upon enforcement or liquidation of any property acquired by virtue of enforcement and collected pursuant to N.J.S.A. 20:4-4.2.
[Ord. #08-105]
a. 
The Township may provide any displaced tenant with relocation assistance from the Relocation Fund, upon proof by the displaced tenant that the landlord has not paid the required relocation assistance pursuant to Subsection 17-11.2.
Upon establishing displacement and non-payment by the landlord of required relocation assistance, the displaced tenant's request for relocation assistance shall be forwarded to the Relocation Assistance Determination Committee (the "RADC"). The RADC shall consist of the Business Administrator, the Director of Planning and the Municipal Counselor, or such substitutes as appointed by the Mayor or his designee, from time to time.
In determining whether to grant a displaced tenant relocation assistance, the RADC shall consider the following:
1. 
The availability of relocation funds.
2. 
The availability of substantially equivalent replacement housing.
3. 
Any special conditions affecting the displaced tenant in connection with housing.
4. 
The financial where-with-all of the displaced tenant.
5. 
Such other facts and consideration as may be deduced at the time of the displaced tenant's request.
b. 
Any and all relocation assistance and costs incurred by the Township pursuant to this section shall be repaid by the landlord, or if the landlord is a corporation then by the directors, officers and each shareholder who controls more than five (5%) percent off the total voting shares of the corporation, jointly and severally; in the same manner in as relocation costs are billed and collected under N.J.S.A. 20:4-4.1 and N.J.S.A. 20:4-4.2.
c. 
Any repayment by landlords made pursuant to this section shall be deposited in the Relocation Fund.
[Ord. #08-105]
a. 
In addition to requiring reimbursement from the landlord for relocation assistance paid by the Township to a displaced tenant, the landlord shall be required to pay an additional fine for zoning or housing violations for an illegal occupancy in an amount equal to six (6) times the monthly rental paid by the displaced tenant.
b. 
In addition to the penalty described in Subsection a above, in the case of a second or subsequent offense for an illegal occupancy upon a hearing on the matter, the Township may impose upon the landlord a fine equal to the annual tuition cost of any displaced tenant from the illegally occupied dwelling attending a public school.
1. 
Any such fine hereunder, shall be recovered in a civil action by a summary proceeding in the name of the Township, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2A:58-10 et seq.
2. 
The Superior Court and Municipal Court shall have jurisdiction of proceedings for the enforcement of the penalty provided by this section.
3. 
The tuition cost shall be determined in the manner prescribed for nonresident pupils pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:38-19 and the payment of the fine shall be remitted to the appropriate school district.
4. 
For the purposes of this section, a second violation for an illegal occupancy shall be limited to those violations that are new and are a result of distinct and separate zoning or code enforcement activities, and shall not include any continuing violations for which citations are issued by a Zoning or Code Enforcement Agent during the time period required for summary dispossession proceedings to conclude if the landlord has properly initiated eviction proceedings.
[Ord. #09-04]
CPTED
Shall mean a program developed by the Woodbridge Township Police Department, to assist owners and managers of multi-family dwellings who wish to provide better safety conditions for their tenants, lower maintenance and repair costs, combat crime and provide for a more stable tenant base; known as Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design ("CPTED") as modified from time to time.
DWELLING UNITS
For the purpose of this section shall mean a building or portion of any building designed, arranged or used for permanent living quarters for one (1) or more persons living as a single housekeeping unit with cooking and bathroom facilities, but excluding hotels, motels or other buildings for transient quarters.
MULTI-FAMILY DWELLING
For the purposes of this section shall mean any building, structure, or group of buildings, and the land appurtenant thereto containing ten (10) or more dwelling units rented or offered to ten (10) or more tenants, excepting motels and hotels unless the units rented in the motel or hotel shall contain ten (10) or more units having eating and cooking facilities.
OWNER
Shall mean the owner of the dwelling or multi-family dwelling units or its full time staff representative responsible for overseeing the design of the owner's dwelling or multi-family dwelling.
[Ord. #09-04]
a. 
All owners of dwelling units being rented for residential purposes shall attend a CPTED training seminar.
1. 
Owners shall attend CPTED training prior to being issued a Certificate of Occupancy ("CO") or Continued Certificate of Occupancy ("CCO").
2. 
In the event a CPTED training course is not available prior to obtaining a CO or CCO, a conditional CPTED certificate may be issued to permit the owner to obtain CO or CCO, or to allow tenants to occupy the premises.
b. 
The CPTED Program shall be administered by a CPTED Coordinator designated by the Chief of Police.
[Ord. #09-04]
All owners prior to renting a dwelling unit for residential purposes shall obtain a CPTED Certificate issued by the CPTED Coordinator.
[Ord. #09-04]
In order to obtain a CPTED Certificate, owners shall:
a. 
Attend and successfully complete a CPTED training seminar administered by the CPTED Coordinator or his designee; and
b. 
Submit for review, modification and approval by the CPTED Coordinator, the unit design, complex design (if applicable) landscape features and unit protection measures, which shall at a minimum include:
1. 
Single cylinder deadbolt locks installed in each entry door for each dwelling unit.
2. 
High security strike plate with 3-inch screws installed in each entry door for each dwelling unit.
3. 
Door Viewer—one hundred eighty (180°) degree peephole installed in primary entry door for each dwelling unit.
4. 
Anti-lift/slide device installed on all windows and sliding glass doors.
5. 
Security lighting adequate to illuminate exterior grounds.
6. 
Landscaping in a manner that provides for visual sight lines.
7. 
Visible address numbering installed; and
c. 
Agree to at least once every twelve (12) months make available, in cooperation with the Woodbridge Police Department training for tenants with respect to the following:
1. 
The CPTED Program together with the concept of partnership and shared responsibility.
2. 
Crime concerns and prevention awareness techniques.
3. 
The advantages and application of neighborhood watch programs;
d. 
Background checks for all potential tenants; and
e. 
Include, implement, and enforce as part of the lease for the dwelling unit a CPTED Lease Addendum provided by the Township.
[Ord. #09-04]
Every dwelling unit owner shall attend a retraining seminar annually; at such dates and times as the CPTED Coordinator shall determine, upon written notice to owners.
[Ord. #09-04]
a. 
All owners of dwelling units currently leased shall comply with the terms of Subsection 17-12.4 within ninety (90) days of the date of the adoption of the section.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Ordinance No. 09-04, codified herein as § 17-12, was adopted January 20, 2009.
b. 
Owners who acquire additional dwelling units shall bring the newly acquired dwelling units into CPTED compliance by satisfying the requirements of Subsection 17-12.4 within ninety (90) days of acquiring title to the dwelling units.
[Ord. #09-04]
In the event a CPTED seminar is not available prior to a tenant taking occupancy of a dwelling unit, the CPTED Coordinator may issue a conditional CPTED Certificate subject to the owner complying with the obligation of this section not later than the next CPTED seminar available.
The CPTED Coordinator shall provide at no cost to owners, samples of a Crime Free Lease Addendum and may review any clauses within actual leases with the Township legal department to determine if the clause is sufficiently similar to the Crime Free Lease Addendum.[1]
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Editor's Note: The Crime Free Lease Addendum, referred to herein, may be found at the end of this chapter.
[Ord. #09-04]
Any owner who fails to maintain compliance with the CPTED certification requirements contained herein shall be subject to the revocation of its CPTED certification by the CPTED Coordinator. The owner may request a hearing prior to the proposal revocation by notifying the CPTED Coordinator within fifteen (15) days of the date of the Revocation Notice by CPTED Coordinator to the owner.
[Ord. #09-04]
Upon obtaining a CPTED Certificate the Township upon the owner's request shall provide the owner's insurance company with proof of the successful measures undertaken by the owner to create a safer more secure property.
[Ord. No. 09-04]
The Woodbridge Township Planning Board, the Woodridge Township Zoning Board of Adjustment and the Woodbridge Redevelopment Agency shall require any developers of multi-family dwellings to attend CPTED training, and to implement recommendations of the Woodbridge Police Department resulting from a review of the plans for the proposed multi-family dwellings.
[Ord. #2016-03]
There is hereby established a "Notice to Tenants of Quality of Life Responsibilities (the "Notice") which any and all landlords shall provide to all tenants of dwelling units at the commencement of the tenancy or in the case of existing tenancies, within thirty (30) days of receipt of the Notice from the Township. Additionally, landlords shall post the Notice in a conspicuous location near the front door entrance; and
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Amendments. The Director of Planning and Development (the "Director") shall maintain said Notice and is hereby authorized to amend said Notice as the Director deems necessary and appropriate from time to time; and
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Notice. The initial Notice may be found at the end of this section.
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Director to Provide Copies of Notice to Landlords. The Director shall provide copies of the Notice to all registered landlords, and/or the owner of all approved units and shall thereafter maintain the Notice on the Township's website; and
NOTICE TO TENANTS OF QUALITY OF LIFE RESPONSIBILITIES
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Making Woodbridge Township a great place to live is done through the cooperation of everyone.
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Garbage Collection: The Woodbridge Township Sanitation Department provides once a week pick up of trash and recyclables. Please refer to the Township's Recycling Calendar for day of week your trash and recycling is picked. You can also log on to the Township's website www.twp.woodbridge.nj.us. Please place your cart at the curb after 4:00 p.m. the day before your collection and remove your cart from the curb by 9:00 p.m. the day of your collection. Township residents can take large items to the Department of Public Works at 225 Smith Street, Keasbey, NJ 08832 without charge (Driver's License showing residency is required.). Call the Sanitation Department at 732-738-1311 for more information on days and times of operation. Summons can be issued for those who "dump at the curb," making our town less appealing.
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Noise Ordinances: From 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m., loud noise is not permitted.
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Pets: Dogs and cats are both required to be licensed and leashed at all times and cleaned up after. Feeding feral cats is not allowed. Free rabies shots are given at the Health Department during the year. Stray animals can be picked up by calling Animal Control through the Health Department at 732-855-0600.
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Vehicles: Unlicensed and uninsured vehicles are not permitted to be parked on streets or stored on residential property anywhere in the Township.
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Permit Parking. In certain areas parking is restricted to residents and visitors. These areas are marked with signs. Permits for residents and visitors in certain areas are available through the Clerk's Office. Clerk's Office phone number is 732-634-4500, ext. 6007.
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Property Work Permits: Certain interior and exterior work performed on housing units requires permits and inspections. This is to protect homeowners and tenants from being taken advantage of by unlicensed contractors and insure the house is up to construction codes and safe. The number to call for information is 732-602-6003.
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Speed Limits: Residential and School Zones have specific speed limits with the norm being 25 MPH, but pedestrians always have the right of way. Motorists need to be cautious especially when school children are present. Crossing guards must always be obeyed to control traffic and protect against injuries.
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Property Maintenance: Property must be maintained at all times. Grass cutting and proper disposal is expected and required. Snow and ice removal is expected within 24 hours after the snow event ends.
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Available Programs: For information on predominantly free Township programs, please log on to www.twp.woodbridge.nj.us.