Township of West Orange, NJ
Essex County
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Editor's Note: For regulations regarding noise at construction sites, see Chapter 4, Section 4-4.
[1972 Code § 15-1; Ord. No. 471-76, §§ 1 and 2; Ord. No. 1703-00 Sch. A]
There is hereby adopted by the Township of West Orange an ordinance establishing a State Uniform Construction Code Enforcing Agency, a Construction Fee Schedule, a Construction Board of Appeals, and fire limits pursuant to N.J.S.A. 52:27D-119** et seq. and N.J.A.C. 5:23.
** N.J.S.A. 52:27D-119 et seq. provides for the enforcement of New Jersey's Uniform Construction Code by the Municipalities.
[1972 Code § 15-2.1; Ord. No. 411-76 § 2; Ord. No. 1703-00 Sch. A]
There is hereby established in the Township a State Uniform Construction Code Enforcing Agency to be known as the Bureau of Inspections, consisting of a Construction Official, Building Subcode Official, Plumbing Subcode Official, Fire Protection Subcode Official, and such other subcode officials for such additional subcodes as the Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs, State of New Jersey, shall hereafter adopt as part of the State Uniform Construction Code. The Construction Official shall be the Chief Administrator of the Enforcing Agency.
[1972 Code § 15-2.2; Ord. 411-76 § 2; Ord. No. 1703-00 Sch. A]
Each official position created in subsection 13-2.1 hereof shall be filled by a person qualified for such position pursuant to N.J.S.A. 52:27D-119 et seq., as amended and N.J.A.C. 5:23; provided that, in lieu of any particular subcode official, an onsite inspection agency may be retained by contract pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:23. More than one such official position may be held by the same person, provided that such person is qualified pursuant to R.S. 52:27D-119, et seq. and N.J.A.C. 5:23 to hold each position.
[1972 Code § 15-2; Ord. No. 411-76 § 2; Ord. No. 1703-00 Sch. A]
The public shall have the right to do business with the enforcing agency at one office location except for emergencies and unforeseen or unavoidable circumstances. The location shall be the West Orange Town Hall, 66 Main Street, West Orange, New Jersey 07052-53.
Former Section 13-3, Construction Board of Appeals, previously codified herein and containing portions of 1972 Code §§ 15-3.1 and 15-3.2 and Ordinance Nos. 411-76, 1703-00 and 1885-03 was repealed in its entirety by Ordinance No. 2320-11.
[1972 Code § 15-4.1; Ord. No. 411-75 § 2; Ord. No. 135-84 § 1; Ord. No. 1096-91 § 1; Ord. No. 1358-95 § 1; Ord. No. 1703-00 Sch. A; Ord. No. 2012-05 § II; Ord. No. 2146-07 § II; Ord. No. 2423-14]
The fee for a construction permit shall be the sum of the subcode fees listed in paragraphs a and b hereof and shall be paid before the permit is issued.
a. 
Building Subcode Fee. The building subcode fee shall be:
1. 
For new construction and additions, $0.025 per cubic foot of building or structure volume, provided that the minimum fee shall be $125, and certificate of occupancy, $50.
2. 
For renovations, repairs and alterations $18 per $1,000 of estimated costs up to $50,000; then $15 per $1,000 over $50,000 provided that the minimum fee shall be $65 for work costing up to $3,000.
3. 
For combinations of renovations, repairs and additions, the sum of the fees computed separately as renovations, repairs and additions.
4. 
For filling or removal of abandoned in-ground fuel oil storage tanks, $75 for each residential tank and $150 for each commercial or industrial tank.
5. 
For temporary structures, $65 each.
6. 
Applications for a temporary certificate of occupancy for the second issuance and any renewal thereafter shall be $30.
7. 
Applications for a variation of the adopted codes:
(a) 
Residential, $100.
(b) 
Commercial, $250.
8. 
Construction of new retaining walls:
(a) 
Residential walls with a wall surface area of less than 550 square feet in area shall have a flat fee of $100.
(b) 
Residential walls with a wall surface area of more than 550 square feet in area shall have a flat fee of $250.
(c) 
Commercial retaining walls of any size shall have a fee as per an alteration.
9. 
Sheds and garden type structures over 100 square feet in area shall be a flat fee of $75.
10. 
For the installation of a swimming pool:
(a) 
Residential aboveground pool for one- and two-family homes shall have a flat fee of $75.
(b) 
Residential inground pools for one- and two-family homes shall have a flat fee of $250.
(c) 
All other use groups shall pay a flat fee of $350 for any type of pool.
11. 
Change of Use.
(a) 
Change of use review for any space without alteration work shall be a flat fee of $250. If accompanied by alteration work the minimum fee shall be $250.
b. 
Plumbing Subcode Fee. The plumbing subcode fee for proposed plumbing construction or alteration shall be $50 for the first fixture, device or plumbing stack to be installed and $5 for each additional fixture, device or plumbing stack shown in the approved plan for construction or alteration provided that the minimum fee shall be $50.
1. 
In addition to the fees set forth above, there are hereby established the fees for issuance of permits for the installation of the following:
(a) 
Water service connections — $50.
(b) 
Hot water heater — $50.
(c) 
Gas piping — $50.
(d) 
Sewer service connections — $50.
(e) 
Boilers — $50 up to 300,000 BTU and $100 above 300,000 BTU.
(f) 
Warm air furnace — $50.
(g) 
Air conditioning unit — $50.
(h) 
Grease traps, oil separators, back flow preventer, interceptors, fuel oil piping, sewer ejector — $50 (provided that residential backflow preventer for in-ground or aboveground pools shall be $20.)
(i) 
Oil burner unit — same as gas-fired boilers — subsection d.
(j) 
Oil tank: residential — $75; industrial or commercial — $150.
(k) 
Lawn sprinkler outlets — $3 each head.
(l) 
Fire sprinkler heads — $3 each head.
(m) 
Hose cabinets — $50 each cabinet.
[1972 Code § 15-4.2; Ord. No. 411-76 § 2; Ord. No. 1703-00 Sch. A]
The fee for plan review shall be 20% the amount to be charged for the Construction Permit and shall be paid before the plans are reviewed. The amount paid for this fee shall be credited toward the amount of the fee to be charged for the Construction Permit.
[1972 Code § 15-4.3; Ord. No. 411-76 § 2; Ord. No. 1096-91 § 1; Ord. No. 1358-95 § 1; Ord. No. 1703-00 Sch. A; Ord. No. 2012-05 § III]
The fee for a permit for demolition of a building of structure shall be $100 for each one or two family residential structure, or portion thereof, $50 for accessory structures and $200 for all other structures.
[1972 Code § 15-4.4; Ord. No. 411-76 § 2; Ord. No. 1096 § 1; Ord. No. 1358-95 § 1; Ord. No. 1703-00 Sch. A]
The fee for a permit for the removal of a building or structure from one lot to another or to a new location on the same lot shall be at the rate of $5 per $1,000 of the sum of the estimated cost of moving, for new foundations and for placement in a completed condition in the new location; provided, however, that the minimum fee shall be $50.
[1972 Code § 15-4.5; Ord. No. 411-76 § 2; Ord. No. 1096-91 § 1; Ord. No. 1358-95 § 1; Ord. No. 1703-00 Sch. A]
a. 
The fee as set forth in N.J.A.C. 5:23-12.6.
b. 
The fee for inspection or reinspection of an elevator shall be determined by third party inspection service.
[1972 Code § 15-4.6; Ord. No. 411-76 § 2; Ord. No. 1703-00 Sch. A]
The Construction Official shall with the advice of the Subcode Officials, prepare and submit to the Mayor and Township Council 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.
[1972 Code §§ 15-4.7, 15-4.8; Ord. No. 411-76 § 2; Ord. No. 10-74-91 § 1; Ord. No. 1700-00 Sch. A]
a. 
In order to provide for the training, certification and technical support programs required by the State Uniform Construction Code and the regulations promulgated thereunder, the enforcing agency shall collect, in addition to the fees specified above, a surcharge fee of $0.0016 per cubic foot of volume of new construction. The surcharge fee shall be remitted to the Bureau of Housing Inspection, Department of Community Affairs, on a quarterly basis for the fiscal quarters ending September 30, December 31, March 31 and June 30 and not later than 30 days after the end of the quarter for which it is due.
b. 
Annual Report to the Bureau of Housing Inspection. The enforcing agency shall report annually at the end of each fiscal year to the Bureau of Housing Inspection, and not later than July 31, the total amount of the surcharge fee collected in the fiscal year.
[Ord. No. 1096-91 § 1; Ord. No. 1358-95 § 1; Ord. No. 1700-00 Sch. A]
All fees, penalties and other monies collected under any provision of this chapter shall be paid to the Township of West Orange.
[Ord. No. 1647-99 § 1]
a. 
No person shall be charged a construction permit surcharge fee or enforcing agency fee for any construction, reconstruction, alteration or improvement designed and undertaken solely to promote accessibility by disabled persons to an existing private structure or any of the facilities contained therein.
b. 
A disabled person, or a parent or sibling of a disabled person, shall not be required to pay any municipal fee or charge in order to secure a construction permit for any construction, reconstruction, alteration or improvement which promotes accessibility to his or her own living unit.
c. 
"Disabled person" means a person who has the total and permanent inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment, including blindness, and shall include, but not be limited to, any resident of this State who is disabled pursuant to the Federal Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 416), or the federal Railroad Retirement Act of 1974 (45 U.S.C. 231, et seq.), or is rated as having a 60% disability or higher pursuant to any Federal law administered by the United States Veterans' Act. For purposes of this paragraph "blindness" means central visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye with the use of a correcting lens. An eye which is accompanied by a limitation in the fields of vision such that the widest diameter of the visual field subtends an angle no greater than 20° shall be considered as having a central visual acuity of 20/200 or less.
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Editor's Note: Former Section 13-5, Variations, previously codified herein and containing portions of Ordinance No. 1620-99 was repealed in its entirety by Ordinance No. 1703-00.
[1972 Code § 15-7.1; Ord. No. 1703-00 Sch. A]
The Building Inspector shall keep on file a record of all violation reports received from the Middle Department Association of Fire Underwriters until these violations are corrected and approval issued by the Middle Department Association of Fire Underwriters. When an electrical installation which is connected to the supply of electricity has been reported in violation of the requirements of this chapter, the Building Inspector shall notify the person owning or using the installation. If, after a period of 10 days has elapsed or such further reasonable time as may be granted upon request, the installation has not been approved by the Middle Department Association of Fire Underwriters, it shall be deemed a violation of this chapter; and the Building Inspector shall have the authority to disconnect or order the disconnection of electrical service to the electrical installation. In cases of emergency, when necessary for safety to persons or property or when electrical equipment may interfere with work of the Fire Department, the Building Inspector shall have the authority to disconnect or order disconnection immediately of service to electrical installations.
[1972 Code § 15-7.2; Ord. No. 1703-00 Sch. A]
The Building Inspector and Assistant Building Inspector of the Township and authorized representatives of the Middle Department Association of Fire Underwriters are hereby authorized to enter, examine and survey at all reasonable times all dwellings, buildings and other premises for the purpose of enforcing the Uniform Construction Code or for the purpose of determining whether the Code has been or will be complied with. The owner or occupant of every such dwelling shall give one or more of the officers and authorized representatives free access to the dwelling, building or premises at all reasonable times for the purposes expressed in this chapter.
[1972 Code § 15-7.3; Ord. No. 1703-00 Sch. A]
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to work done in connection with lines or equipment owned by a public utility as defined in N.J.S.A. 48:2-13 and directly used in the supplying of its services.
[1972 Code § 15-7.4; Ord. No. 700-83 § 1; Ord. No. 1097-91 § 1; Ord. No. 1357-95 § 1; Ord. No. 1620-99 § 1; Ord. No. 1703-00 § 1; Ord. No. 2012-05 § IV]
In connection with this subsection the following inspection/permit fees shall be charged:
a. 
Rough and Final Wiring. (All switches, receptacles, lighting, outlets and fixtures.)
1. 
One to 25 — $50.
2. 
Each additional 25 outlets or fraction thereof — $12.
b. 
Swimming Pools.
1. 
Above-ground — bonding; outlets and motors — $75.
2. 
In-ground — bonding, outlets and motors — $100.
c. 
Periodic Electrical Inspections and "Bonding and Grounding" Certificates for Swimming Pools, Spas and Hot Tubs.
1. 
The first pool at a site shall be charged $100 and each additional pool shall be charged $50.
d. 
Electrical Signs.
1. 
Incandescent — $50.
2. 
Electric Discharge Sign (0 to 10 Amp) — $75.
3. 
Each additional 5 Amps or fractions thereof — $15.
e. 
Dwellings.
1. 
Electric heaters — $15 each.
2. 
Electric dryer — $15 each.
3. 
Electric range — $15 each.
4. 
Electric surface unit — $15 each.
5. 
Electric heat pumps — $15 each.
6. 
Electric oven — $15 each.
7. 
Electric hot water heater — $15 each.
8. 
Dishwasher — $15 each.
9. 
Sump pump — $15 each.
10. 
Therapeutic pool — $15 each.
11. 
Whirlpool — $15 each.
12. 
Jacuzzi — $15 each.
13. 
Exhaust fan (1 to 3) — $15 each.
f. 
Service Panel. (Includes service conductors, feeders, switchboard and panel boards.)
1. 
0 to 224 Amp — $46.
2. 
225 to 600 Amp — $150.
3. 
601 to 1,000 Amp — $250.
4. 
1,001 Amp and Up — $500.
5. 
Meters — $10.
g. 
Transformers or Generators.
1. 
Less than 1 kW — $15.
2. 
1 to 10 kW — $30.
3. 
10.1 — 35 kW — $92.
4. 
36 to 100 kW — $150.
5. 
101 kW and up — $500.
h. 
Motors.
1. 
Less than 1 hp — $15.
2. 
1 to 10 hp — $30.
3. 
10.1 to 35 hp — $92.
4. 
36 to 100 hp — $150.
5. 
100.1 hp and up — $500.
i. 
Furnace.
1. 
Central heat, oil, gas, electric and JVAC (One and Two Family Residential — $25 each.
2. 
Central heat, oil, gas, electric and HVAC (Commercial and Industrial) — $50 each.
j. 
Pole Lights.
1. 
1 to 5 poles — $100.
2. 
Each additional pole — $20.
k. 
Lawn Sprinkler
Wiring - residential: $50; commercial - $75
l. 
Fire and Burglar Alarm Systems..
1. 
Panel and up to 25 devices, each additional 25 or fraction thereof — $12.
2. 
Residential — $50.
3. 
Commercial — $75.
4. 
Communication Writing.
(a) 
1 to 25 Devices — $70.
(b) 
26 to 50 Devices — $80.
(c) 
51 to 75 Devices — $90.
(d) 
76 to 100 Devices — $100.
(e) 
101 to 125 Devices — $110.
(f) 
126 to 150 Devices — $120.
(g) 
151 to 200 Devices — $130.
(h) 
201 to 225 Devices — $140.
m. 
Radio and Television Transmitting Equipment — $75.
n. 
Temporary Installation (nor more than 60 days) and Decorative Displays — $100.
o. 
Inspection and Reintroduction of Current — $75.
p. 
Bonding of Footing to Ground Electrode System — $50.
q. 
Minimum Fee. No fee charged pursuant to this subsection shall be less than $50.
[Ord. No. 2012-05 § V]
In connection with this subsection, the following inspection/permit fees shall be charged:
a. 
Kitchen Suppression System.
1. 
Hood — $75.
2. 
Piping — $75.
b. 
Gas or Oil Appliance Not Connected to Plumbing.
1. 
Fire place — $65.
2. 
Fireplace insert — $65.
3. 
Free-standing stove — $65.
c. 
Standpipe Systems — $150.
1. 
Additional risers — $50.
d. 
Smoke Detectors.
1. 
1 to 10 Heads — $75.
2. 
11 to 35 Heads — $30.
3. 
36+ to $20.
e. 
Alarm Panel Rep. — $75.
f. 
Exit Emergency Lights — $75.
g. 
Sprinkler systems.
1. 
1 to 25 Heads — $100.
2. 
26 and up — $3 per Head.
[1972 Code § 15-8.1; Ord. No. 735-84 § 2; Ord. No. 1098-91 § 1; Ord. No. 1703-00 Sch. A]
In connection with this chapter the following permit fees shall be charged and received:
a. 
Acetylene generator, $25 per year.
b. 
Ammunition, $25 per year.
c. 
Auto tire rebuilding plant, $35 per year.
d. 
Auto wrecking yards, $45 per year.
e. 
Blasting agents, $45 per year or per trans.
f. 
Bonfires, $30 each incident except nonprofit.
g. 
Bowling establishments, $25 each application, $45 per year in refinishing.
h. 
Calcium carbide, $25 per year.
i. 
Cellulose nitrate motion picture film, $30 per year.
j. 
Cellulose nitrate plastics, $30 per year.
k. 
Combustible fibers, $30 per year.
l. 
Combustible materials, $45 per year.
m. 
Compressed gases, $25 per year.
n. 
Containers for welding and cutting gases, $30 per year.
o. 
Dipping operations (flammable), $35 per year.
p. 
Dry cleaning plants, $25 per year.
q. 
Dust producing materials, plant handling, $35.
r. 
Explosives, $75 per month or $300 per year.
s. 
Fireworks display, $45 each event or $40 per year storage.
t. 
Flammable finishes, $25 per year.
u. 
Gasoline filling stations, $50 for first nozzle per year and $15 for each additional nozzle per year. Any fee for tank installation shall be separate.
v. 
Fruit ripening, $30 per year.
w. 
Fumigation, $30 each application.
x. 
Garages, repair, $35 per year.
y. 
Hazardous chemicals, $40 per year.
z. 
Liquid petroleum gases, $30 each installation.
aa. 
Lumber yards, $35 per year.
bb. 
Magnesium, $30 per year.
cc. 
Matches, $30 per year.
dd. 
Oil burning equipment, to work in conjunction with plumbing, $35 each application.
ee. 
Organic coatings, $25 each application.
ff. 
Commercial ovens, $25 each installation, $10 each item each year.
gg. 
Places of assembly, $20 per year, excludes religious buildings.
hh. 
Rubbish fires, $30 each incident except nonprofit.
ii. 
Spraying operations (flammable), $35 per year.
jj. 
Storing combustible materials, $25 per year.
kk. 
Tents, $20 each installation.
ll. 
Thermal insecticidal fogging, $20 each application.
mm. 
Waste material handling plants, $30 per year.
nn. 
Welding and cutting, $25 per year.
oo. 
Welding and cutting, tank storage, $25 per year.
pp. 
Welding and cutting, calcium carbide acetylene generator use, $20 per year.
[1972 Code § 15-8.2; Ord. No. 1098-91 § 1; Ord. No. 1703-00 Sch. A]
a. 
The Fire Prevention Subcode shall be enforced by the Township's duly licensed Fire Subcode Official under the supervision of the Township's Construction Code Official.
b. 
A report shall be made annually by the Construction Code Official and transmitted to the Mayor and Township Council. It shall contain all the proceedings under this subcode with such statistics as the Construction Code Official may wish to include therein. The Construction Code Official shall also recommend any amendments to this subcode which in his/her judgment shall be desirable.
[1972 Code § 15-8.4; Ord. No. 1703-00 Sch. A]
Fire detection systems shall be installed in private schools in a manner as to be consistent with the required installations in public schools. These systems shall also provide outside indicator panels and connection to Fire Headquarters through a supervised system. Every room shall be protected with detection devices.
[1972 Code § 15-8.5; Ord. No. 1703-00 Sch. A]
The following fire safety features shall be required in garden apartment complexes:
a. 
Roads that dissect these complexes shall be at least as wide as a dedicated Township roadway. This will enable access to most of these areas regardless of parking problems.
b. 
A system of apartment numbering shall be approved by the Township so that apartment locating is uniform and expedient.
c. 
Large complexes shall have fire detection systems required along with a supervised transmission to Fire Headquarters. This system shall be such as to indicate that portion of the complex which is affected by fire.
d. 
Water hydrant systems shall be approved by the Fire Department prior to erection of these complexes. The management of the apartment complex shall keep the water hydrant system in good repair.
e. 
These complexes shall be divided by fire walls.
[1972 Code § 15-8.6; Ord. No. 408-76 §§ I, II, IV and V; Ord. No. 1703-00 Sch. A]
a. 
Establishment of Fire Lanes on Private Property Devoted to Public Use.
1. 
Pursuant to the authority granted by N.J.S.A. 40A:14-53, the Fire Chief of the Township is hereby authorized to establish fire lanes on private property consisting of four acres or more, upon which is now or in the future may be located a shopping center, bowling arena, theatre, hospital, church, private school, place of assembly or similar establishment or building devoted to use by the general public, where the parking of motor vehicles or other obstructions may interfere with the ingress and egress of Fire Department vehicles and the evacuation of persons from buildings in the event of fire or other emergency. Fire lanes shall be of such width, and shall be so located, as may reasonably be necessary or required for the protection of persons and property in case of fire, explosion or other hazard.
2. 
Fire lanes may be established by the Fire Chief upon private property consisting of less than four acres upon which now or in the future may be located establishments or buildings described in paragraph 1, above, only upon the written request of the owner.
b. 
Appeal. If any person is aggrieved by the action of the Fire Chief pursuant hereto, appeal in writing to the Township Council may be taken by filing a notice of appeal with the Township Clerk. A hearing thereon shall be had on notice to the appellant who shall be afforded an opportunity to be heard. After such hearing, the Township Council may affirm, modify or reverse the action of the Fire Chief.
c. 
Parking in Fire Lanes Prohibited at All Times. The parking of motor vehicles or otherwise obstructing fire lanes shall be prohibited at all times, and the fire lanes established pursuant hereto shall be posted with signs to that effect.
d. 
Penalty for Violation. Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this section shall be subject to the penalties specified in Chapter 1, Section 1-5.
e. 
Exemption. Public schools are specifically excluded from the purview of this section and are subject matter of a separate ordinance.
[1]
Editor's Note: For authority of Police Department to issue summonses for parking in fire lanes, see Chapter 7, subsection 7-14.11.
[1]
Editor's Note: Former subsection 13-8.6, Inspection Fee, previously codified herein and containing portions of Ordinance No. 1359-95, was repealed in its entirety by Ordinance No. 1703-00.
[Ord. No. 1974-05 § II]
a. 
Prohibition. It shall be prohibited within the Township of West Orange to set or otherwise cause to explode, discharge, or burn, any firecrackers, torpedo rockets or firecrackers or explosives of inflammable material.
b. 
Exception. Nothing in this section shall prevent the Township from organizing professional fireworks displays at municipally sponsored events commemorating National Holidays and public events. In addition, privately sponsored fireworks displays may be permitted commemorating National Holidays.
c. 
Violations and Penalties. Anyone found in violation of this section shall be subject to the fines and penalties et forth in Chapter 1, Section 1-5.
[1972 Code § 15-9.1; Ord. No. 1703-00 Sch. A]
a. 
The Plumbing Subcode Official shall devote his or her full time to the duties of his or her office. He or she shall receive applications required by this Code, issue permits and furnish the prescribed certificates. He or she shall personally inspect plumbing in progress in new and altered buildings to insure compliance with the Plumbing Code. He or she shall enforce all provisions of the Plumbing Code. When requested by public authority or when the public interest so requires, he or she shall make investigation in connection with matters referred to in the Plumbing Code and render written reports on his or her investigation. He or she shall issue notices or orders as may be necessary to enforce compliance with law or to remove illegal or unsafe conditions.
b. 
Inspections required under the provisions of the Plumbing Code shall be made by the Plumbing Subcode Inspector or his or her duly appointed assistant. The Plumbing Subcode Inspector may accept reports of inspections of recognized inspection services after investigation of their qualifications and reliability. No certificates called for by any provisions of the Plumbing Code shall be issued on these reports unless the reports are in writing and certified to by a responsible officer of the service.
c. 
The Plumbing Subcode Inspector shall keep comprehensive records of applications, permits issued, certificates issued or inspections made, reports rendered and of notices or orders issued. He or she shall retain all documents relating to plumbing work so long as any part of the building or structure to which they relate may be in existence.
d. 
All records shall be open to the public for inspection for good and sufficient reasons during office hours but shall not be removed from the office of the Plumbing Subcode Inspector without his or her written consent.
e. 
The Plumbing Subcode Inspector shall make written reports to his or her immediate superior at least once each month, including statements of permits and certificates issued and orders promulgated.
[1972 Code § 15-9.2; Ord. No. 1703-00 Sch. A]
The Plumbing Subcode Inspector or any employee charged with the enforcement of this Code, acting on good faith and without malice for the Township in the discharge of his or her duties, shall not thereby render himself or herself liable personally; and he or she is hereby relieved from all personal liability for any damage that may occur to persons or property as a result of any act required or by reason of any act or omission performed in the discharge of his or her duties. Any suit brought against the Plumbing Subcode Inspector or any employee because of an act or omission performed by him or her in the enforcement of any provisions of this Code shall be defended by the Legal Department of the Township until final termination of the proceedings.
[1972 Code § 15-9.3; Ord. No. 1703-00 Sch. A]
The Plumbing Subcode Inspector may request and shall receive so far as may be necessary in the discharge or his or her duties the assistance and cooperation of other officials in the Township.
[1972 Code § 15-9.4; Ord. No. 1703 Sch. A]
The Subcode Inspector, in the discharge of his or her official duties, upon proper identification and with approval and consent of the owner, occupant or tenant, may enter any building, structure or premises at any reasonable hour. Upon the Plumbing Subcode Inspector's failure to gain entrance to any building or structure, he or she may, upon affidavit, apply to the proper court for a warrant setting forth factually the reasons for his or her need to enter any building or structure; and upon the issuance of a warrant, he or she shall then be permitted access to and inspect the premises requiring his or her investigation of services as required under this chapter.
[1972 Code § 15-10.1; Ord. No. 1703-00 Sch. A]
Unless otherwise expressly stated, the following terms shall for the purposes of this section have the meanings indicated.
a. 
APPROVED - Shall mean accepted by the Chief of the Fire Department and the Plumbing Subcode Inspector as a result of their investigation and experience by reason of test or approval by the National Board of Fire Underwriters.
b. 
DWELLING - Shall mean a building occupied for residence purposes and having not more than two apartments.
c. 
GAS-BURNING EQUIPMENT - Shall mean and include gasfired conversion burners, vented gas room heater, gas fireplaces, patented no-vent heaters and unit and duct heaters and gas appliances.
d. 
GAS-FIRED FURNACE - Shall mean a furnace that contains a gas burner or has a gas burner applied or attached thereto in a manner that each becomes a part of the other.
e. 
MULTI-FAMILY HOUSE - Shall mean a building occupied as the home or residence of individuals, families or households living independently of each other.
f. 
PIPING - Shall mean any pipe or fitting that is used in connection with any gas-fired furnace, gas-fired conversion burner or unit heaters as defined herein. All gas pipe and fittings shall be of a malleable iron and must be of the best quality and of the kind classed as "standard." Stop cocks and valves are to be of brass. Copper or aluminum tubing or copper or aluminum pipe shall not be used for any gas supply. All pipe shall be reamed so as to allow the free passage of air.
g. 
VENTS - Shall mean all gas burner equipment which shall be vented to Type A or B vents, the construction of which shall conform to the Building Code requirements of the Township as follows:
1. 
Vents, Type A. Flues or vents of masonry reinforced concrete or metal smoke stacks. Type A flues or vents shall be required for venting all conversion burners and all heating appliances which may be converted readily to the use or solid or liquid fuel.
2. 
Vents, Type B. Vent piping of noncombustible, corrosion-resisting material of sufficient thickness, cross-sectional area, and heat-insulating quality to avoid excess temperature on adjacent combustible material. Type B flues or vents shall be used for all approved heating appliances not specified above to be vented to Type A flues or vents.
[1972 Code § 15-10.2; Ord. No. 1703-00 Sch. A]
No gas-burning equipment shall be installed until an application has been filed with and a permit secured from the Plumbing Inspector with the approval of the Chief of the Fire Department. The application shall set forth in detail the specifications of proposed installations based on the provisions herein prescribed. The application shall be accompanied by plans drawn to an indicated scale. The plans shall show in detail the location and method and all other features necessary for a complete description of the gasburning system.
No gas-burning installation shall be placed in operation until after inspection and approval and a certificate issued by the Plumbing Subcode Inspector and Chief of the Fire Department or their designated representatives.
[1972 Code § 15-10.3; Ord. No. 1703-00 Sch. A]
Only approved equipment listed as standard by the Underwriters Laboratories of the National Board of Fire Underwriters shall be installed on such gas-burning equipment that may be approved by the Chief of the Fire Department and the Plumbing Subcode Inspector in accordance with standards and requirements herein set forth.
[1972 Code § 15-10.4; Ord. No. 1703-00 Sch. A]
The Chief of the Fire Department, in the interest of public health and safety, shall countersign each permit when it is satisfactorily established that the location of the gas-burning equipment is not hazardous and the installation thereof is in accordance with the recognized standards and practices for the prevention of fire and is not dangerous to person or property. In conformity with the foregoing, the Plumbing Subcode Inspector shall cause to be delivered to the Chief of the Fire Department those items as are set forth in subsection 13-10.2.
[1972 Code § 15-10.5; Ord. No. 1703-00 Sch. A]
The foregoing requirement pertaining to permits and applications shall apply to special purpose installations, replacements, conversions, suspended or unit heaters.
[1972 Code § 15-10.6; Ord. No. 1703-00 Sch. A]
All applications shall be accompanied by evidence that the Middle Department Association of Fire Underwriters has been requested to make an electrical inspection of the electrical aspects of the gasburning equipment and the appurtenances thereto.
[1972 Code § 15-10.7; Ord. No. 1703-00 Sch. A]
No high pressure boiler above five horsepower or above 20 PSI minimum shall be permitted in any building used as a dwelling except with the approval of the Chief of the Fire Department. High pressure boilers shall be enclosed in a separate room of fireproof construction suitably ventilated.
[1972 Code § 15-10.8; Ord. No. 1703-00 Sch. A]
Gas-burning equipment shall be installed in accordance with the instructions of the manufacturer and the Building Code and shall conform to the specifications for the installation of gas piping and gas appliances in buildings as set forth by the requirements of the Public Service Gas and Electric Company or the National Board of Fire Underwriters; and such standards, practices and requirements are hereby to be the standard practices and requirements of this chapter and are made part of this chapter as though set forth in full. Copies thereof shall be and remain on file open to public inspection in the office of the Township Clerk.
[1972 Code § 15-10.9; Ord. No. 1703-00 Sch. A]
a. 
Permits. Before any new installation, alteration or repair to existing system of gas piping is made, an application must be made and a permit obtained from the Plumbing Subcode Inspector, as provided for plumbing work.
b. 
Fittings. All fittings except stop cocks or valves shall be malleable iron or G.A. approved flexible brass connector not over three feet in length where approved by the administrative authority.
c. 
Material. All gas pipe shall be of the best quality and of the kind classed as standard. No used material will be permitted. All pipe should be reamed so as to allow the free passage of air.
d. 
Extensions. An extension to piping already supplying gas must be made according to these rules and inspected by the Plumbing Subcode Inspector before it is connected to the old system of piping. The Plumbing Subcode Inspector shall inspect all such gas piping, and the test that shall be made of the gas piping shall be the air test or mercury gauge test, and such work must meet with the approval of the Plumbing Subcode Inspector.
[1972 Code § 15-10.10; Ord. No. 1703-00 Sch. A]
Where automatically-operated furnaces are used in installations equipped with forced or induced draft fans or both, proper means shall be provided in the event of fan failure to immediately shut off the gas supply.
[1972 Code § 15-10.11; Ord. No. 1703 Sch. A]
Gas-burning equipment shall have all the safety devices for which accepted good practice calls, including all limit controls.
[1972 Code § 15-10.12; Ord. No. 1703-00 Sch. A]
Gas-burning equipment shall be installed in a location in which the facilities for ventilation permit satisfactory combustion of gas and proper ventilation under normal conditions of use; and no automatic gas-burning equipment shall be installed in any closet or under any stairway; and further, no automatic central heating device shall be installed without the approval of the Building Subcode Official and the Public Service Electric and Gas Company.
The installation of gas-burning equipment shall be such as to make it accessible for cleaning surfaces, removal of burner, replacement of sections, motor controls, filters and other working parts requiring such attention; and in conformity with the foregoing, there shall be an allowance of a minimum of three feet of working space on all sides of the gas-burning equipment.
[1972 Code § 15-10.12; Ord. No. 130-68 § 11.13; Ord. No. 1703-00 Sch. A]
All gas-burning equipment shall be vented to chimneys of masonry construction or Type B chimney and flues, the construction of which shall conform to the Building Code.
[1972 Code § 15-10.14; Ord. No. 1703-00 Sch. A]
A separate electrical circuit independent of any other circuit in the building and connected to the meter board by a separate fuse box equipped with a cutoff switch, together with a service switch at the furnace, shall be incorporated in the installation.
[1972 Code § 15-10.15; Ord. No. 1703-00 Sch. A]
A card giving complete instructions in regard to the care and operation of the systems shall be permanently posted near the gas burner apparatus, which card shall be placed under glass and framed.
[1972 Code § 15-10.16; Ord. No. 1703-00 Sch. A]
Means for remote control of the gas-burning equipment shall be provided for in case of emergency, and a sign indicating its purpose shall be located at the control device.
[1972 Code § 15-10.17; Ord. No. 1703-00 Sch. A]
All meters shall be installed at a point where the service enters the building or where approved by the Public Service Electric and Gas Company.