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Township of Lakewood, NJ
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[Ord. No. 97-20 § 12-1.1; Ord. No. 2003-20 § 1]
There is hereby established within the Township a Division of Construction Code Enforcement consisting of the various subcodes under the Uniform Construction Code as well as any necessary inspectors and other personnel appointed by the Township. The Construction Official shall be the Chief Administrator of the Division of Construction Code Enforcement.
[Ord. No. 97-20 § 12-1.2; Ord. No. 2003-20 § 2]
The public shall have the right to do business with the Enforcing Agency at one office location except for emergencies and unforeseen or unavoidable circumstances. The address of the Enforcing Agency shall be Township of Lakewood, Department of Code Enforcement and Zoning, 212 Fourth Street, Lakewood, New Jersey.
[Ord. No. 97-20 § 12-2.1; Ord. No. 2000-68 § 1; Ord. No. 2004-20 § 1; Ord. No. 2006-21 § 1; Ord. No. 2009-8 § 1; Ord. No. 2010-6 § 1; Ord. No. 2012-12; Ord. No. 2013-45]
The fee for construction permit shall be the sum of the subcode fees listed in paragraph a through b, hereof, and shall be paid before the permit is issued. The fee for the reinstatement of lapsed permit shall be 50% of the original permit fee and shall be paid before the permit is reinstated. However, the minimum fee shall be $60.
a. 
Building Subcode Fee. The Building Subcode Fee shall be:
1. 
For new construction, $0.030 per cubic foot of building or structure volume, for industrial use, $0.016 per cubic foot, with a minimum fee of $85.00.
2. 
For renovations, alterations and repairs: $24.00 per $1,000.00 of estimated work cost provided the minimum fee shall be $85.00. For renovations, alteration or repairs which are classified as minor and for which the Building Subcode Official determines that building plans are not required, $12.00 per $1,000.00 of estimated costs of work with a minimum of $75.00.
3. 
For additions, $0.030 per cubic foot of building or structure, volume for the added portion, provided that the minimum fee shall be $85.00.
4. 
For combinations or renovations and additions, the sum of the fees shall be computed separately as renovations and additions.
5. 
Utility sheds shall be a minimum of $85.00.
6. 
For public or commercial swimming pools, $12.00 per $1,000.00 of estimated cost. The minimum fee shall be $150.00. For residential, above-ground pools the fee will be $60.00 and residential, in-ground pools will be $85.00.
7. 
The fee for an application for a variation in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.10 shall be $100.00.
b. 
Plumbing Subcode Fee. The Plumbing Subcode Fee shall be $65.00 for a plumbing permit to install or relocate from one to three fixtures with $12.00 fee per each fixture over three.
1. 
Other Fees:
(a) 
The fee for installation of grease traps, and any type of interceptors shall be $60.00 for each interceptor.
(b) 
$65.00 for a permit to install or replace a building sewer.
(c) 
$65.00 for a permit to install or replace a water service pipe and $65.00 for testing of backflow prevention.
(d) 
$55.00 for a permit to install a lawn sprinkler system when connected to a potable water system.
c. 
Electrical Subcode Fee. The Electrical Subcode Fee shall be as set forth in the following schedule:
Minimum Electrical Subcode Fee shall be
$65.00
1. Fixtures or receptacles (receptacles and fixtures shall include lighting outlets, wall switches, electrical discharge fixtures, convenience receptacles or similar fixtures, and motors or devices of less than one horsepower or one kilowatt, burglar, fire, and communication devise, etc.):
1—25
$65.00
Each additional
$10.00
2. Motors or electrical devices (each):
1 horsepower to 10 horsepower
$15.00
Greater than 10 horsepower — 50 horsepower
$40.00
Greater than 50 horsepower — 100 horsepower
$100.00
Greater than 100 horsepower — 1,000 horsepower
$200.00
Greater than 1,000 horsepower
$450.00
3. Transformers and generators (each):
1 kilowatt to 10 kilowatts
$15.00
Greater than 10 kilowatts — 45 kilowatts
$40.00
Greater than 45 kilowatts to 112.5 kilowatts
$100.00
Greater than 112.5 kilowatts
$200.00
4. Service panels, service entrance of subpanel (each):
1—225 amperes
$50.00
Greater than 225 amperes to 600 amperes
$100.00
Greater than 600 amperes to 1,000 amperes
$200.00
Greater than 1,000 amperes
$450.00
5. For the purpose of computing these fees, all motors except those in plug-in appliances shall be counted, including control equipment, generators, transformers and all heating, cooking or other devices consuming or generating electrical current.
6. Reinstatement of lapsed permit
$50.00
7. Meter reset will be based on service size.
8. Real estate inspection (resales)
$20.00
[Ord. No. 97-20 § 12-2.2; Ord. No. 2012-12; Ord. No. 2013-45]
The fee for a plan review shall be a minimum $40 or 20% of the amount to be charged for the construction permit for new construction, whichever is greater. The fee for plan review for accessory type use shall not be refunded.
[Ord. No. 97-20 § 12-2.3; Ord. No. 2000-68; Ord. No. 2012-12; Ord. No. 2013-45]
The fee for a permit for demolition of principal building or structure shall be $85. For accessory-type buildings and structures the minimum fee shall be $45.
[Ord. No. 97-20 § 12-2.4; Ord. No. 2013-45]
The fee for a permit for the removal of a building on a lot will be $85.00. The cost for new footings and foundations on a new lot shall be $24 per $1,000 of the cost of the new footings and foundations.
[Ord. No. 97-20 § 12-2.5; Ord. No. 2000-68 § 3; Ord. No. 2013-45]
The fee for a permit to construct a new permanent sign shall be $4 per square foot of the surface area of the sign provided that the minimum fee shall be $30. The area of surface of only one side of the sign shall be used for purposes of the fee computation.
[Ord. No. 97-20 § 12-2.6; Ord. No. 2004-20 § 2; Ord. No. 2004-69 §§ 1, 2; Ord. No. 2009-8 § 1; Ord. No. 2012-12; Ord. No. 2013-45]
a. 
For new construction the fee for Certificates of Occupancy shall be as follows:
1. 
One-family/two-family/multifamily dwellings/Condominium/townhouse/apartment: $60.00
2. 
Commercial buildings—10% of construction permit fee with minimum of $100.00: $150.00
3. 
Industrial buildings: $150.00
b. 
Additions/Renovations/Rehabs.
1. 
One-family/two-family/multifamily dwellings/Condominium/townhouse/apartment: $60.00
2. 
Commercial buildings — 10% of construction permit fee with minimum of $100.00: $150.00
3. 
Industrial buildings — 10% of construction permit fee with minimum of $100.00: $150.00
c. 
The fee for a Certificate of Occupancy granted pursuant to a change of use group shall be $250 for residential and $300 for commercial.
d. 
The fee for a Certificate of Continued Occupancy issued under N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.23(c) shall be $200. Reinspections shall be $75.
e. 
Renewal of Temporary Certificate of Occupancy. There is hereby established a fee for the renewal of temporary certificates of occupancy by the Township of Lakewood.
1. 
A thirty-five ($35.00) dollar fee per renewal document shall be paid to the Building Department at the time the renewal is applied for in accordance with the Uniform Construction Code 5:23-4(f)3.
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Editor's Note: For Certificate of Occupancy for the sale, lease, rental or change of use of a nonresidential unit or building, see Chapter 16, Property Maintenance, subsection 16-3.11.
[Ord. No. 97-20 § 12-2.7]
The fee for a permit for installation of an elevator shall be $150 for the first elevator and $100 for each additional elevator in the same structure or building.
[Ord. No. 97-20 § 12-2.8; Ord. No. 2013-45]
Development-wide reinspection fees shall be calculated according to 23-78D of the Uniform Construction Code of the Township of Lakewood.
[Ord. No. 97-20 § 12-2.9; Ord. No. 2003-20 § 3]
The Division of Construction Code Enforcement shall, with the advice of the Subcode Officials, prepare and submit to the Township Committee biannually, a report recommending a fee schedule based on the operating expenses of the Agency and any other expenses of the Township fairly attributable to the enforcement of the State Uniform Construction Code Act.
[Ord. No. 97-20 § 12-2.10]
The Enforcing Agency shall collect the fees specified above in this section and a surcharge fee of $.016 per cubic foot of volume of new construction. Such surcharge fee shall be remitted on a quarterly basis by the Municipal Treasurer to the Bureau of Housing Inspection, Department of Community Affairs, State of New Jersey. The Enforcing Agency shall report quarterly to the Bureau, not later than the fourth day of the month, the amount of such surcharge fee collected during the quarter.
[Ord. No. 97-20 § 12-2.11; Ord. No. 2000-68 § 4; Ord. No. 2002-34; Ord. No. 2004-20 § 3; Ord. No. 2010-6 § 1; Ord. No. 2010-41; Ord. No. 2012-12; Ord. No. 2012-29; Ord. No. 2013-45]
a. 
Mechanical Subcode Requirements — $130.00 flat fee with the following exceptions:
Water heaters
$50.00
Under 40 gallons
$75.00
40 to 75 gallons
$100.00
Over 75 gallons
Air conditioners
$50.00
Under 32,000 BTUs
$75.00
32,000 to 48,000 BTUs
$125.00
Over 48,000 BTUs
Use Group R-5 structures only.
b. 
Fees Use Groups.
1. 
R-1, R-2, R-3, and R-4: $105.00 for each HVAC unit;
2. 
Commercial and Industrial: $200.00 for each HVAC unit.
c. 
Storage Tanks.
Underground Storage Tanks
Removal
$75.00
Above-ground Storage Tanks
Removal
$55.00
[Ord. No. 97-20 § 12-2.12; Ord. No. 2012-12; Ord. No. 2013-45]
The minimum fee for the Fire Protection Subcode shall be $75. The fee shall be computed by the number of sprinkler heads to be installed.
1-20 heads
$75.00
21-100 heads
$120.00
101-200 heads
$170.00
201-300 heads
$320.00
301-400 heads
$370.00
401-500 heads
$420.00
Over 501 heads
$510.00
The fee for an application for a variation in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.10 shall be $100.
[Ord. No. 97-20 § 12-2.13; Ord. No. 2013-45]
The fee shall be computed by multiplying the number of standpipes to be installed by $175.
The fee for an application for a variation in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.10 shall be $100.
[Ord. No. 97-20 § 12-2.14; Ord. No. 2009-8 § 1; Ord. No. 2012-12; Ord. No. 2013-45]
The fee shall be computed by the number of smoke and/or heat detectors to be installed. Fee will include plan review.
1-20 detectors
$75.00
21-50 detectors
$90.00
51-100 detectors
$115.00
101-200 detectors
$160.00
201-300 detectors
$260.00
301-500 detectors
$360.00
The fee for an application for a variation in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.10 shall be $100.
[Ord. No. 97-20 § 12-2.15]
a. 
The basic fees for elevator devices in structures not in Use Group R-3 or R-4 or in an exempted R-2 structure, shall be as follows:
1. 
Traction and winding drum elevators:
One to 10 floors: $292.00
Over 10 floors: $486.00
2. 
Hydraulic elevators: $259.00
3. 
Roped hydraulic elevators: $292.00
4. 
Escalators and moving walks: $259.00
5. 
Dumbwaiters: $65.00
6. 
Stairway chair lifts, inclined and vertical wheelchair lifts and man lifts: $65.00
b. 
Additional charges for devices equipped with the following features shall be as follows:
1. 
Oil buffers (charge per oil buffer): $52.00
2. 
Counterweight governor and safeties: $130.00
3. 
Auxiliary power generator: $97.00
c. 
The fee for elevator devices in structures in Use Group R-3 and R-4 or otherwise exempt devices in R-2 structures shall be $194. This fee shall be waived when signed statements and supportive inspection and acceptance test reports are filed by an approved qualified agent or agency in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.10 and 2.20.
d. 
The fee for witnessing acceptance tests of and performing inspections of alterations shall be $65.
e. 
The fees for routine and periodic tests and inspections for elevator devices in structures not in Use Group R-3 or R-4, or otherwise exempt devices in R-2 structures, shall be as follows:
Six month routine inspection of elevator devices:
1. 
Traction and winding drum elevators:
One to 10 floors: $182.00
Over 10 floors: $233.00
2. 
Hydraulic elevators: $130.00
3. 
Roped hydraulic elevators: $181.00
4. 
Escalators, moving walks: $181.00
f. 
One year periodic inspection and witnessing of elevator devices, which fee shall include a six month routine inspection:
1. 
Traction and winding drum elevators:
One to 10 floors: $259.00
Over 10 floors: $311.00
2. 
Hydraulic elevators: $194.00
3. 
Roped hydraulic elevators $259.00
4. 
Escalators, moving walks $415.00
5. 
Dumbwaiters $103.00
6. 
Man lifts, stairway chair lifts, inclined and vertical wheelchair lifts $156.00
g. 
Additional yearly periodic inspection charges for elevator devices equipped with the following features:
1. 
Oil buffers (charge per oil buffer): $52.00
2. 
Counterweight governor safeties: $103.00
3. 
Auxiliary power generator: $65.00
h. 
Fee for the three year or five year inspection of elevator devices:
1. 
Traction and winding drum elevators:
One to 10 floors (5 year inspection): $440.00
Over 10 floors (5 year inspection): $492.00
2. 
Hydraulic and roped hydraulic elevators:
Three year inspection: $324.00
Five year inspection: $194.00
i. 
The fee for an application for a variation in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.10 shall be $100.
[Ord. No. 97-20 § 12-2.15; Ord. No. 97-3; Ord. No. 2013-45]
a. 
Miscellaneous Fees. Notwithstanding any provisions of Sections 12-1 and 12-2 to the contrary, the fees for the services designated below shall be as follows:
1. 
Prefabricated storage sheds of 100 square feet or less will be charged $25.
2. 
Above ground swimming pools will be charged a flat permit fee of $60.
3. 
In-ground swimming pools will be charged a permit fee of $75.
b. 
Exceptions.
1. 
Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 52:27D-126b et seq., the Township of Lakewood may waive by resolution all Enforcing Agency fees for construction contracted for or conducted by the municipality within its boundaries including but not limited to construction permit fees and surcharge fees.
2. 
Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 52:27D-126d, the Township of Lakewood may waive by resolution all enforcing fees for any corporation which is (1) organized pursuant to the "New Jersey Nonprofit Corporation Act," N.J.S.A. 15A:1-1 et seq. and (2) actively engaged in constructing or rehabilitating housing units for occupancy by low or moderate income households.
For the purposes of this section, "low income household" means a household in which the gross household income is equal to 50% or less of the median gross household income for households of the same size within the region in which the housing is located. "Moderate income household" means a household in which the gross household income is equal to or more than 50% but less than 80% of the median gross household income for households of the same size within the region in which the housing is located.
[1]
Editor's Note: For waiver of fees for improvements to provide accessibility for disabled persons, see subsection 12-2.17 herein.
[Ord. No. 2001-66]
a. 
Statutory Authority. N.J.A.C. 52:27D-125(e) enables a municipality, which has an enforcing agency to waive construction permit surcharge fees or enforcing agency fees for any construction, reconstruction, alteration, or improvement which construction, reconstruction, alteration, or improvement is solely designed to promote accessibility by disabled persons to an existing public or private structure. The aforementioned law further enables municipalities to provide that a disabled person, or parent or sibling of a disabled person, need not pay any municipal fees or charges in order to secure a construction permit for any construction, reconstruction, alteration, or improvement which promotes accessibility to his own living unit.
b. 
Request for Waiver. Any person seeking the aforementioned waiver of fees shall, at the time of the application for any permit for the construction, reconstruction, alteration, or improvement, present to the Township Construction Official the request for waiver of fees as outlined in this act.
c. 
Grant of Waiver.
1. 
Upon approval of the Construction Official there shall be no fee for any construction, reconstruction, alteration, or improvement designed solely to promote accessibility by disabled persons to an existing public or private structure or any of the facilities contained therein.
2. 
No fee shall be charged to any disabled person or parent or sibling of a disabled person to secure construction permits for any construction, reconstruction, alteration, or improvement which promotes accessibility to that person's own living unit.
[Ord. No. 97-34; Ord. No. 2003-20 § 4; Ord. No. 2018-59]
a. 
Proof of Insurance. Any person performing work requiring a construction permit shall provide to the Township Division of Construction Code Enforcement, simultaneous to the application for the construction permit, proof of insurance by presenting a valid, current policy or certificate demonstrating that the applicant has workers' compensation insurance, if and when required by N.J.S.A. 34:15-1, et seq., and comprehensive liability insurance in an amount not less than $100,000 per incident and $200,000 per annual aggregate. This insurance requirement is not applicable to individuals building or repairing a single family residence or any part thereof upon the person's own real estate for the occupancy of the person or of the person's family.
b. 
Assessing Damages to Contractors.
1. 
The purpose of this ordinance is to insure that property owners and residents are made whole and reimbursed as a result of damages caused by contractors performing work in Lakewood Township.
2. 
Definitions. Construction work, includes, but is not limited, to road work, road openings, road maintenance, utility installation, utility repair, water and sewer repair installation and maintenance and related maintenance and improvement work done within the Township of Lakewood.
3. 
Construction work that causes accidental, incidental and/or consequential damages to homes or residents or property, both real and personal, shall be liable for such damages.
4. 
Residents who suffer such damages shall be made whole or reimbursed by the contractor performing the work or the company, organization or agency that caused the work to be done.
5. 
To determine the measure of damages, the injured party must present proof of such damages and the cost of the same to the liable party within a reasonable period of time of the occurrence.
[1971 Code § 13-8.1; Ord. No. 2003-20 § 5]
Whenever any firm or corporation shall be engaged in the business of demolition of a building or buildings in the Township, a permit shall be obtained from the Division of Construction Code Enforcement for each individual building to be demolished before demolishing any building. The following procedure and requirements shall be followed in obtaining the permit and proceeding with the demolition.
[1971 Code § 13-8.2]
The application for a demolition permit shall state the name and address of the applicant, the tax map lot and block on which the building to be demolished is situated, a brief description of the building, the name and address of the owner thereof, and the name and address of the person to be actually in charge and supervision of the demolition.
[1971 Code § 13-8.3; Ord. No. 2003-20 § 6]
The demolition contractor or other person applying for a permit to engage in the demolition of a building shall file with the Division of Construction Code Enforcement a certificate of liability insurance showing premium paid for at least the period of time in which the proposed demolition is to be accomplished. A liability insurance certificate shall show property damage coverage of not less than $25,000 and personal injury coverage of not less than $100,000 for any one injury and a total of not less than $300,000 for more than one injury; for any property damage or personal injury that may result from the demolition or the acts of those engaged in the demolition. The certificate of insurance shall be filed before the demolition permit is issued. In addition, a workmen's compensation certificate must be furnished.
[1971 Code § 13-8.4; Ord. No. 2003-20 § 7]
Before any demolition permit is issued, the applicant shall file with the Division of Construction Code Enforcement a performance bond guaranteeing the completion of the demolition within 30 days from the date of permit. The performance bond shall have a schedule attached showing the location of the property, the building or buildings to be demolished, the name and address of the owner of the property, name and address of the person, firm or corporation in charge of the demolition, the nature and amount of fill required to restore any foundation or other excavations to proper grade, the type of public utilities to be disconnected, the cost of repair or replacement of shrubbery, grading, top soiling and seeding, cost of repair of any remaining parts of the structure being demolished, an estimated cost (or the contract price if under contract) of the proposed demolition. The performance bond shall be of sufficient amount to cover all of the items above listed and in no event shall be less than $1,000. The form of the bond shall be approved by the Township Counsel and the amount thereof by the Division of Construction Code Enforcement and the Township Engineer.
[1971 Code § 13-8.5; Ord. No. 2003-20 § 8]
The Division of Construction Code Enforcement may, at any time without notice, stop work on the demolition if it appears that the demolition is being accomplished in such manner as to cause immediate peril to property or persons or such as to create a fire or health hazard. The bond shall be released only upon completion of all work in connection with the demolition as specified therein and shall be either a cash bond or a surety company bond also executed by the one performing the demolition.
[1971 Code § 13-8.6]
If demolition pursuant to the permit is not completed within 30 days from the date of issuance of the permit, the permittee by acceptance of the permit agrees that the Township may complete the demolition and charge the reasonable cost thereof to the lands on which the building was situated, or the Township may proceed on the bond for performance of the condition of the permit.
[1971 Code § 4-21.1; Ord. No. 2003-20 § 9]
All builders undertaking construction projects in the Township of Lakewood shall, as a prerequisite to the Division of Construction Code Enforcement's final inspection of the building in question, supply to the Township Division of Construction Code Enforcement verified written documentation that all debris resulting from construction has been properly disposed of, and shall disclose the location at which said debris has been disposed, along with the method of disposal.
[1971 Code § 4-21.2]
a. 
Any person convicted of violations of any of the provisions of this section shall be subject to a mandatory penalty of $1,000 for each such violation.
b. 
In addition to the penalty set forth in subsection 12-7.2a of this section, any person convicted of violations of any of the provisions of subsection 12-7.1 hereof shall receive a mandatory sentence of a minimum of 30 days of community service cleaning public lands and roadways for a first violation; and a mandatory sentence of a minimum of 60 days of community service cleaning public lands and roadways for any subsequent violation. Subsequent violations shall be punishable by imprisonment for a period of not less than 10 days, nor more than 90 days in the Ocean County Jail.
c. 
Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraphs a and b of this subsection, the Township Attorney is authorized to take all necessary legal action, including the filing of a lawsuit, against any person convicted of violating any of the provisions of this section, to recoup any costs incurred by the Township of Lakewood as a result of these violation(s).
[Ord. No. 2019-24]
a. 
Each new commercial and residential building within the Township of Lakewood must have an illuminated sign, no less than five inches high specifying the street address of the building.
b. 
The illuminated sign must be clearly visible from the street and be operational at all times.
[Ord. No. 2019-24]
No certificate of occupancy shall be issued to any new commercial building or residential building until and unless such illuminated sign is installed and operational.
[Ord. No. 2019-24]
It shall be the duty of the construction office of the Township of Lakewood to enforce this section.