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Borough of Surf City, NJ
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[Ord. No. 77-2 § 1]
a. 
Established; Composition. There is hereby established in the Borough a State Uniform Construction Code enforcing agency to be known as the Surf City Construction Code Enforcement Department, consisting of a Construction Official, Building Subcode Official, Plumbing Subcode Official, Electrical Subcode Official, Fire Protection Subcode Official, and such other subcode officials for such additional subcodes as the Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs, State of New Jersey shall hereafter adopt as part of the State Uniform Construction Code. The Construction Official shall be the chief administrator of the enforcing agency.
b. 
Qualifications. Each official position created in Subsection a hereof shall be filled by a person qualified for such position pursuant to P.L. 1975, C.217, N.J.S.A. 52:27D-119 et seq., as amended, and N.J.A.C. 5:23; provided that in lieu of any particular subcode official, an on-site inspection agency may be retained by contract pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:23. More than one such official position may be held by the same person, provided that such person is qualified pursuant to P.L. 1975, C.217, N.J.S.A. 52:27D-119 et seq., and N.J.A.C. 5:23 to hold each such position.
c. 
Office Location. 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.
[Ord. No. 98-16 § I; Ord. No. 2008-10 § I; Ord. No. 2017-06]
a. 
Building Subcode Fee. The building subcode fee shall be:
1. 
Fees for new construction shall be based upon the volume of the structure. Volume shall be computed in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.28 the new construction fee shall be in the amount of $0.034 per cubic foot of volume for buildings and structures of all use groups and types of construction as classified and defined in articles 3 and 4 of the building subcode; except that the fee shall be $0.013 per cubic foot of volume for use groups A-1, A-2, A-3, A-4, F-1, S-1 and S-2, and the fee shall be $0.0006 per cubic foot for structures on farms, including commercial farm buildings under N.J.A.C. 5:23-3.2(D), with the maximum fee for such structures on farms not to exceed $850 each.
2. 
Fee for renovations, alterations, repairs, etc. shall be amended to the amount of $25 per $1,000 for $50,000 or less. From $50,001 to and including $100,000, the additional fee shall be in the amount of $18 per $1,000 of estimated cost above the $50,000. Above $100,000, the additional fee shall be in the amount of $16 per $1,000 of estimated cost above the $100,000.
[Amended 9-12-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-12]
3. 
Fees for additions shall be computed on the same basis as for new construction for the added portion.
4. 
Fees for combination renovations and additions shall be computed separately in accordance with items 1 and 2 above.
5. 
For temporary structures, towers, fences greater than six feet in height, open decks not attached to the principal or accessory structure, and similar structure for which volume cannot be computed, the fee shall be $35.
6. 
The fee for roofing or siding in R-3 and R-4 uses shall be $50.
7. 
Pools:
(a) 
Above ground, the fee shall be: $35.
(b) 
In ground, the fee shall be: $200.
(c) 
Commercial, the fee shall be: $200.
8. 
Bulkheads, docks, wharves and piers the fee shall be computed as an alteration.
b. 
Plumbing Subcode Fees.
1. 
Minimum Fee: $40.
2. 
Fixtures and Appliances: The installation of plumbing per fixture or stack shall include but not limited to water closets, bathtubs, shower stalls, laundry tubs, floor drains, drinking fountains, dishwashers, clothes washers, hot water heaters, roof drains, hose bibs or similar devices, the fee shall be as follows:
(a) 
Per fixture and appliance: $12.
3. 
Modular, Pre-Manufactured and Raised Structures Building Drains and Water Piping installed on site shall be as follows: $50.
4. 
Special Device:
(a) 
R-5 the installation of a boiler (hot water or steam), air conditioners and condensation piping, refrigeration, sewer pumps: $40.
(b) 
All Other Use Groups the installation of grease traps, oil interceptors, backflow preventers, sewer injectors, (hot water or steam), air conditioning and condensation piping, refrigeration: $50.
5. 
Gas and/or Oil Piping shall be as follows:
(a) 
R-5 Use group: $40.
(b) 
All other use groups: $75.
6. 
Gas Appliance Connections fee for each connection to the gas system: $8.
7. 
Lawn Irrigation: $50.
8. 
Sewer Connection:
(a) 
R-5 Use group: $40.
(b) 
All other use groups: $75.
9. 
Water Connection:
(a) 
R-5 Use group: $40.
(b) 
All other use groups: $75.
10. 
Water Heater Replacement same fuel, exempt from c1 minimum fee: $30.
11. 
Installation of Propane Fuel Tanks:
(a) 
R-5 Use group: $40.
(b) 
All other use groups: $150.
c. 
Fire Subcode Fees.
1. 
Minimum Fee: $40.
2. 
Gas or Oil Fired Appliances not connected to the plumbing system, except from d1 minimum fee: $25.
3. 
Fire Suppression Systems:
(a) 
1 to 20 heads: $50.
(b) 
21 to 100 heads: $120.
(c) 
101 to 200 heads: $230.
(d) 
201 to 400 heads: $594.
(e) 
401 to 1,000 heads: $822.
(f) 
Over 1,000 heads: $1,050.
4. 
Fire Alarms, Detectors fees to be computed as fire suppression systems. In computing fees for heads and detectors, the number of each to be computed separately.
5. 
Fire Pumps the fee shall be: $50.
6. 
Standpipe Systems each: $229.
7. 
Engineered Suppression System the fee shall be: $100.
8. 
Independent Pre-Engineered System the fee shall be: $100.
9. 
Incinerators the fee shall be: $365.
10. 
Crematoriums the fee shall be: $365.
11. 
Spray Booths and Dipping Operations: $150.
12. 
Fuel Dispensing Units in the case of service stations the fee shall be per island: $135.
13. 
Smoke Control Systems and/or Kitchen Exhaust Hoods shall be: $100.
14. 
Installation of Combustible and/or Flammable Tanks:
(a) 
R-5 Use group: $40.
(b) 
All other use groups: $150.
d. 
Electric Subcode Fees.
1. 
Minimum Fee: $40.
2. 
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 devices, etc.) the fee as follows:
(a) 
1 to 25: $40.
(b) 
Each additional 25: $10.
3. 
Motors or Electrical Devices (each):
1 to 9 horsepower
$12
10 to 50 horsepower
$50
51 to 100 horsepower
$200
Over 100 horsepower
$500
4. 
Transformers and Generators Kilowatt or Kilovolt (each):
0 to 9
$12
10 to 45
$50
46 to 110
$200
Over 100
$500
5. 
Service Panels, Entrance or Sub-Panel (each)
0 to 200 amps
$50
201 to 400 amps
$150
401 to 1,000 amps
$250
Over 1,000 amps
$500
6. 
For the purpose of computing fees above, all motors and plug-in appliances shall be counted, including control equipment, generators, transformers and heating, cooking or other devices consuming or generating electrical current.
7. 
Signs each shall be: $50.
8. 
Pool Equipotential Bonding Grid: $30.
e. 
Elevator Subcode Fees.
1. 
Elevator devices where applicable shall be in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23 Chapter 12.
f. 
Other Permit Fees.
1. 
Certificate of Completion for Asbestos Abatement: $85.
2. 
Certificate for Lead Abatement: $85.
3. 
Electrical Certificate of Compliance for public pools: $60.
4. 
Reinstate a Lapsed Construction Permit for each subcode: $40.
5. 
Fees Miscellaneous for an item for which a fee has not been established: $50.
6. 
Plan Review: The fee shall be 20% of the new construction fee. Substantial repeated review based on the hourly rate of Subcode Official.
7. 
Fee for a demolition permit: $80.
8. 
Fee for a Certificate of Approval or Certificate of Occupancy: $50.
g. 
Waiver of Construction Permit Fee.
1. 
As per N.J.A.C. 52:27D-126e., no person shall be charged a construction permit fee for the construction, reconstruction, alteration or improvement designed or undertaken solely to promote accessibility such as a ramp or entrance doorway only, for a disabled person to an existing residential private structure. A disabled person, or a parent or sibling of a disabled person, shall not be required to pay a fee in order to secure a construction permit for a ramp or entrance doorway.
2. 
For the purpose of this section, "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 of 1974 (42 U.S.C. 231 et seq.) or is rated as having 60% disability or highest pursuant to any Federal law administered by the United States Veterans' Act. For purposes of this subsection, "blindness" means central visual acuity of 20/20 or less in the better eye with the use of a correcting lens. An eye which is accompanied by a limitation in the field 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 20/20 or less.
[Ord. No. 77-14 §§ 1 — 2]
Fire limits are hereby established in the Borough in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.7 and shall be as designated on the map entitled Borough of Surf City Fire Zones, dated July 3, 1977, with a scale of one inch equals 100 feet, and prepared by Paul J. Hacunda of Wilcox, Gravatt and Hacunda, Inc. Such map shall be incorporated herein and made a part of this chapter as if more specifically set forth herein in its entirety.
Three copies of the above referenced map shall be on file in the Municipal Clerk's office and shall be available for the use and examination of the public during normal business hours.
[Ord. No. 74-7]
The Construction Official, officer, or employee charged with the enforcement of the Code, while acting for the municipality, shall not thereby render himself liable personally, and he is hereby relieved from all personal liability for any damage that may accrue to persons or all property as a result of any act required or permitted in the discharge of his official duties. Any suit instituted against any officer or employee because of any act performed by him in the lawful discharge of his duties and under the provisions of the Code shall be defended by the legal representative of the municipality until the final termination of the proceedings. In no case shall the Construction Official or any of his subordinates be liable for costs in any action, suit or proceeding that may be instituted in pursuance of the provisions of the Code; and any officer of the department of building inspection, acting in good faith and without malice shall be free from liability for acts performed under any of its provisions or by reason of any act or omission in the performance of his official duties in connection therewith.
[Ord. No. 74-7]
No materials of any kind shall be placed in gutters or in the street so as to interfere with full passage of storm water. Any hazard occurring in street or sidewalk area shall have red lights on it at night and adequate warning signs during the day.
[Ord. No. 74-7]
All rubbish and construction debris deriving from the building construction must be secured in an enclosure and carted away at frequent intervals. All loose materials shall be protected from being blown from premises after working hours or whenever work is suspended.
[Ord. No. 74-7]
Upon completion of the building work, the contractor or owner shall clean up all the dirt and materials on the highway and the premises.
[Ord. No. 74-7]
The provisions of this Code shall not prevent the lawful, ordinary and temporary use of building materials, structures and appurtenances during building operations upon public or private property, except as herein otherwise provided.
[Ord. No. 74-7]
a. 
All materials to be used shall be of creosoted materials or equal to 12 pound empty cell process, the exceptions being dead men or back piling which are not exposed to water or air and are buried beneath backfill. All tie rods, bolts and other hardware shall be hot dipped galvanized steel. Before any work of the type described in this section may be begun, a building permit shall be applied for and obtained after submission of plans and specifications showing compliance with the provisions hereof; and the work in progress shall be subject to inspection by the Construction Official to assure compliance therewith.
b. 
Whenever bayside or lagoon bulkheads are constructed, they shall comply with the following specifications:
1. 
All sheathing shall be single thickness of two inches by eight inches T & G and of sufficient minimum length to have the amount buried below the bay bottom, equal to the amount exposed above the bay bottom.
2. 
Walers shall be not less than six inches by six inches of which there shall be two.
3. 
All piling shall have eight inch minimum diameter butts and shall penetrate 10 feet below bay bottom and be five feet O.C. maximum.
4. 
All tie rods shall be not less than 3/4 inch diameter and 16 feet in length and shall be set through each piling one foot from top. All anchor piling shall be not less than 12 feet in length and shall have eight inch minimum diameter butts.
5. 
Bulkhead top must be minimum elevation of plus five feet M.S.L. USCG Datum.
c. 
No bulkhead shall be constructed for protection against the Atlantic Ocean, unless it conforms to the following minimum specifications:
1. 
All sheathing shall be doubled two inches by eight inches T & G 20 feet in length. All joints must be equally staggered so that each joint shall be in the center of the vertical sheathing abutting it. Where single sheathing size three inches by eight inches T & G is used, all joints must be back stripped with one inch by six inches.
2. 
Three front walers running horizontal to sheathing with three walers six inches by six inches running directly in back of sheathing and bolted through to the front walers with 3/4 inch bolts and wide flange washers on five foot centers. There shall be not more than one waler overlap or splice falling upon each piling. Where lamination is used, two inch by six inch or two three inch by six inch may be used and joints must be staggered.
3. 
All piling shall be not less than 25 feet in length with a minimum top butt of 12 inches diameter at a point two feet from the end. Every piling shall be placed on not more than five foot centers. All tie rods shall be not less than one inch in diameter, and not less than 16 feet in length and shall be set through each piling five feet from the top. All anchor pilings shall be not less than 14 feet in length with butts of not less than 10 inches in diameter, two feet from the end.
4. 
All bulkheads shall be set at elevation of plus 14 feet M.S.L. USCG Datum and unless tied with bulkheading substantially in accordance with these standards, shall have returns of not less than 50 feet according to these specifications.
[Ord. No. 74-7]
There shall be an officer of the Borough to be known as Construction Official appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the Council, who shall have such assistants as may be appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the Council; the Construction Official and the assistants shall receive such compensation as shall be authorized by the council.
[Ord. No. 74-7]
The duties of the Construction Official shall be to:
a. 
Inspect all plans and specifications, to determine that they comply with the provisions of this chapter and all ordinances of the Borough and with the laws of the State of New Jersey; to inspect all work in the course of erection, alteration, moving or razing of any buildings or structures in the Borough; to perform all the functions of a Construction Official. In case the Construction Official shall be employed in the erecting, altering or removing of any building in the Borough, the Mayor shall designate some other person to inspect his work.
b. 
Report to the Mayor and Council all violations of any ordinances regulating the building, altering, moving or razing of any buildings in the Borough.
c. 
Visit and inspect all buildings in the course of construction, alteration, moving or razing, as often as necessary, in order, that the requirements of this chapter are complied with.
d. 
Visit and inspect, either upon his own judgment or upon reports having been made to him, of any building heretofore erected, for the purpose of determining whether such building is safe, both as to its strength and in all its heating appliances. In any case where the Construction Official shall determine that any building inspected by him is for any reason unsafe, he shall give notice to the owner or person in charge of such building, which notice shall specify in what manner the building is unsafe and the changes deemed necessary to the building. In all cases where the danger arises from the erection or replacing of any heating apparatus or appliances, he shall serve notice upon the tenant or occupants thereof forbidding the generating or having any heat in any range, stove, stove pipe, or any other appliances for giving or conducting heat until specified changes are made.
e. 
Enforce all the provisions of this chapter, or any part of the same, and prosecute in the name of the Borough any person violating any of the provisions hereof.
f. 
Issue the necessary permits for all work covered by the provisions of this chapter and pass upon questions relative to the mode, manner of construction and materials to be used.
[Ord. No. 74-7]
Ordinary repairs to a building may be made without application or notice to the Construction Official but such repairs shall not include the removal or cutting of any structural beam or bearing support, or the removal or change of any required means of egress or rearrangement of parts of a structure affecting the exit requirements.
[Ord. No. 74-7]
Any building, walls or structures dangerous to life or health or which may tend to extend a conflagration, may with or without notice be torn down or removed by orders of the Construction Official, if an emergency circumstance justifies such action.
[Ord. No. 74-7]
The Construction Official shall have free access in his official capacity to any building in the course of construction or alteration at any reasonable hour.
[Ord. No. 89-18 § 1; Ord. No. 95-15; Ord. No. 2008-10 § II]
The Mayor and Municipal Clerk are hereby authorized and directed to enter into an Interlocal Services Agreement, also known as a Shared Services Agreement, and execute a contract with the Township of Stafford for performance of electrical inspection duties by the Stafford Township Inspection Department.
The Stafford Township Inspection Department shall serve as the electrical subcode inspection agency for the Borough of Surf City in accordance with the terms and conditions of the contract, a copy of which shall be kept on file and be available for inspection at the office of the Municipal Clerk during regular business hours.
[Ord. No. 89-18 § 1; Ord. No. 95-15; Ord. No. 2008-10 § II]
The Mayor and Municipal Clerk are hereby authorized and directed to enter into an Interlocal Services Agreement, also known as a Shared Services Agreement, and execute a contract with the Township of Stafford designating the Stafford Township Inspection Department. As agent for the Borough of Surf City for the provision of all plumbing and fire services required in the provisions of the Uniform Construction Code Act N.J.S.A.52:27D-119 et seq. and the regulations promulgated thereunder.
The contract, a copy of which shall be kept on file will be available for inspection at the office of the Municipal Clerk during regular business hours.
[Ord. No. 77-2 § 2; Ord. No. 82-12; New]
Any person violating a provision of this chapter shall be subject to the provisions of Chapter 1, § 1-5.
[1969 Code § 13-3.18]
a. 
Any permit which may have been issued by the Construction Official but under which no work has commenced, within three months after the date of issuance, shall expire by limitation. All permits shall expire one year after the date of issuance, and unfinished work shall require a new permit issued in the same manner as an original application.
b. 
Upon change of any existing ordinance relating to building construction, any building permit pursuant to which the holder thereof shall not have begun actual construction may be revoked. Any permit may be revoked if construction once begun is not continued with reasonable diligence. Upon expiration of a permit, and upon payment of such fee as may then be required for an original permit, the expiring permit may be renewed if the proposed construction would not then be in violation of any existing ordinance, and provided the construction has been carried on with reasonable diligence, as to which the building inspector shall report to the Borough Council, which shall then make the determination as to whether the permit shall be renewed.
c. 
The permit for the building operation shall be conspicuously displayed at the scene of operations at all times during the progress of work. It shall be placed on a temporary utility pole when such is used at job site, or a post similarly placed, otherwise in the most right hand first floor window of the structure as it faces the street or easement. No work requiring permit shall be permitted on Sunday.
d. 
A bench mark, using USCGS Datum, visibly available on all new construction sites shall be placed on each permanent improvement.
[1969 Code § 13-3.19]
a. 
No permit shall be granted for the erection or alteration of any building unless plot plans and complete plans and specifications shall have first been approved by the Construction Official. The plans shall be drawn to scale with sufficient clarity and detail dimensions to show the nature and character of work to be performed. The Construction Official may waive the requirements for filing plan when the work involved is of a minor nature.
b. 
The plot plan shall show to scale the size and location of all the new construction and all existing structures on the site, distances from lot lines, the established street grades and the topography, and it shall be drawn in accordance with an accurate boundary line survey.
c. 
In case of demolition, the plot plan shall show all construction to be demolished and the location and size of all existing buildings and construction that are to remain on the lot.
[1969 Code § 13-3.20]
a. 
A permit is required for the erection, construction or placing of any furnace, heater, heating system, air conditioning system or plumbing system in any building. Permits shall be issued by the plumbing inspector in compliance with the applicable plumbing, heating and air conditioning codes.
b. 
No oil fired space heater, oil or gas fired floor furnaces shall be permitted. Further, no furnace or heater of any type that requires air for combustion shall be allowed where the point of combustion is below plus eight feet above M.S.L.
[1969 Code § 13-3.21]
All electric comfort heating equipment shall be NEMA, National Electrical Manufacturers Association, approved and equipped with NEMA approved 225° maximum cut out controls.
[1969 Code § 13-3.22]
a. 
No permit shall be issued except upon written application specifying the sites from and to which the building is to be moved, and the route to be followed. If the building is to be moved wholly over private lands, such permit may be issued by the Construction Official, but if the moving will require the use of any part of any public street, highway or land, the permit shall be issued only by authority of written resolution duly adopted by Mayor and Council. Such resolution shall contain those conditions the Mayor and Council may deem proper to protect Borough property and the public, including time limits; State permit issued by the New Jersey Division of Motor Vehicles, and may require indemnity by way of bond or other security. No resolution shall be effective until or unless the security required thereby has been deposited with the Municipal Clerk and approved by the Borough Attorney, by his endorsement thereon to that effect.
b. 
No permit, whether issued by the Construction Official or by the Mayor and Council, shall be construed to authorize any invasion of private property, nor to make the Borough responsible in any manner for any damage whatsoever, but the owner of the building and his contractor or other persons engaged in the work shall be liable for any and all damages occasioned to Borough property, as well as to private property, or persons. The fee for each moving permit shall be collected by the Construction Official when the permit is issued by him, or by the Municipal Clerk when the permit is issued by resolution as aforesaid. The physical condition of the building to be removed shall comply with this Code.
[1969 Code § 13-4]
A certificate of occupancy shall be obtained from the Construction Official upon completion of the construction of a new building or upon a change in use of a building. No such building shall be used or occupied without first having been issued a certificate of occupancy.
[1969 Code § 13-6]
a. 
Notice to Owner. Upon notice from the Construction Official that work on any building or structure is being prosecuted contrary to the provisions of the Code or in an unsafe and dangerous manner, such work shall be immediately stopped. The stop work order shall be in writing and shall be given to the owner of the property involved, or to the owner's agent, or to the person doing the work or posted on the property, and shall state the conditions under which the work may be resumed.
b. 
Unlawful Continuance. Any person who shall continue any work in or about the building after having been served with a stop work order, except such work as he is directed to perform to remove a violation for unsafe conditions or protect the building against the elements, shall be guilty of a violation of the provisions of this chapter.
[1969 Code § 13-7; Ord. No. 94-10; Ord. No. 04-11; Ord. No. 2007-1 § I; Ord. No. 2013-08 § 1]
a. 
Piling.
1. 
Piling shall be used under all buildings on lands lying easterly of Long Beach Boulevard and on all lots in Blocks 114 and 116 and on Lots 15, 16, 17 and 18 in Block 115 as shown on Map of Lazy Point, filed Map No. H55. All piling shall be creosoted with 10 pound empty cell process or have approved equal treatment, must have butts of at least 10 inches at three feet from the above ground end thereof and have a bearing capacity of 10 tons determined in accordance with the Engineering News Record formula for driven piles; and shall be placed not more than eight feet apart on center with a penetration of minus 10 feet at sea level, provided that piling under buildings on the ocean front lots must be at least 30 feet long.
2. 
The minimum floor elevation for all new construction, including additions, shall be set at minimum plus eight feet above mean sea level.
3. 
For purposes of this subsection, mean sea level is hereby defined as follows: "Mean sea level" shall include the term "sea level" and shall refer to the 1929 Sea Level Datum established by the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, or such other datum as may be established by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers or other properly authorized agencies.
4. 
In the beach-dune area no covering for pile foundation shall be used except suitable breakaway material as approved by the Construction Official.
5. 
On piling construction the girders shall be two by 10 which shall be bolted to each piling with 2 1/2 inch diameter galvanized bolts and flat washers.
6. 
All floor joists shall be fastened to the girders with Teletype or equal fasteners. In addition, buildings with girders under the outside walls must have plywood or diagonal sheathing carried down over the girders and securely fastened thereto.
b. 
Foundations.
1. 
The word foundation shall be construed to include all walls and piers below the sidewalk or ground level, or the bottom of the nearest tier of beams thereto, which serve as supports for walls, piers, girders, posts or beams.
2. 
All excavations shall be properly guarded and protected. Foundations shall be built upon solid ground with the base of same below the frost line which shall be considered as being 16 inches below the finished surface of the ground. The top of the foundation shall be a minimum of 16 inches above the established crown of the road immediately in front of the center line of the property.
3. 
The foundation wall shall be not less than eight inches in thickness of block or brick. The finished first floor level shall be not less than elevation +8.00 M.S.L. Floor levels of garages and accessory buildings shall not be lower than one foot above the center line street elevation in Subsection 2 above. The proper street or easement grade, unless determined by other agencies, shall be determined by the Borough Engineer. Except for garages, buildings with basements and accessory buildings, the grade beneath the structure shall be such that water will run off to the surrounding grade.
4. 
Minimum footings for buildings shall be not less than the following unless otherwise stated:
(a) 
Underwalls: eight inches wider than wall and eight inches thick.
(b) 
Under piers and columns: four feet square and 12 inches thick.
(c) 
Under chimneys: six inch projection on all sides and 12 inches thick.
(d) 
Pile capping: six inches wider than pile, 12 inches above and four inches below pile cut-off.
5. 
Concrete for footings without controlled procedure shall have a strength at 28 days of 2500 p.s. It shall have a mix of one part Portland cement to 4 1/2 parts of aggregate and 6 3/4 gallons of water. No loading shall be placed on footings for seven days unless approved otherwise by the Construction Official. All concrete shall be monolithically poured. No. 4 reinforcing steel bars, space eight inches apart, shall be used where required in footings. Bars should be three inches embedded above bottom of concrete. Bars shall be continuous with splices no less than 12 inches long.
6. 
In Blocks 97, 98, 99, 100, 104, 105; in Block 115 minus Lots 15, 16, 17 and 18; and on Lots 37 and 39 in Block 101, each dwelling shall have a continuous pour 30 inches wide by 12 inches thick spread concrete footing with four No. 4 reinforcing steel bars for the perimeter footing and a similar concrete beam running along the pier line and connected at each end to the perimeter footing.
7. 
In Block 115, minus Lots 15, 16, 17 and 18 and on Lots 37 and 39 in Block 101, the footing for one story frame garages shall be 20 inches wide by eight inches thick with three No. 4 reinforcing steel bars. In these locations the footings for a masonry garage shall be 24 inches wide by eight inches thick with four No. 4 reinforcing steel bars. All footings shall be monolithically poured.
c. 
Frame Buildings.
1. 
The term frame building for the purposes of this chapter shall be construed to mean construction with walls, partitions, floors and roofs wholly or partly of wood stud and joint assemblies complying with Section 218.0 BOCA. One and Two-Family Dwelling Code or of other approved materials of similar combustible characteristics; and with approved fire stopping at all vertical and horizontal draft openings as specified in Section 876.0 of same Code. The enclosure walls, interior framing and partition may be protected to furnish 1/2 hour fire resistance.
2. 
All frame building construction shall conform with Chapter 30, Zoning. The Borough is predominantly residential in character in which buildings generally are not more than 2 1/2 stories in height. This Code, together with the Basic Building Code and the One and Two-Family Dwelling Code of the Building Officials Conference of America, Inc., called hereafter BOCA, Basic Building Code and BOCA "Dwelling" Code respectively; and the Standard Building Code of New Jersey for One and Two-Family Dwellings, when required State approval is necessary, shall govern the construction of residential buildings as well as commercial and community buildings.
3. 
Frame buildings may be altered, extended, raised or repaired provided the new portions comply with provisions of this Code.
4. 
Built up roof trusses must be designed by a registered architect or engineer and manufactured by a recognized truss builder.
d. 
Masonry Buildings.
1. 
The term masonry buildings, for the purpose of this chapter, shall be construed to mean the exterior, fire and party walls shall be of approved masonry or other approved noncombustible materials of not less than two hours fire resistance rating with floor, roofs and interior framing constructed of wood or similar combustible materials or of unprotected steel; and their supports that carry masonry walls shall in all cases be protected to afford the required fire resistance rating of the walls supported thereon.
2. 
All masonry building construction shall conform to Chapter 30, Zoning. This Code and the various codes stated herein shall govern the construction.
3. 
All masonry buildings constructed on piling shall rest on reinforced concrete pile caps.
4. 
Built up roof trusses shall be designed by a registered architect or engineer and manufactured by a recognized truss builder.
e. 
Fire Protection.
1. 
Stores of frame construction occupying all or part of a building shall have the entire cellar ceiling under the same — covered with plasterboard or plaster, metal lath and plaster, or other approved fire resisting material. Where living rooms or hallways occur over a store or adjacent thereto, the ceiling or sidewalls between the store and the rooms or hallways and the soffits or the stairs shall be covered in a similar manner. Any frame building which may hereafter have the first story converted into a store, shall have the walls, portions and the ceilings of the first story covered with metal lath or 1/2 inch fibre plasterboard; or the plasterboard may be covered with sheet metal. Fire stops shall also be provided at the line of the ceiling to cut off all connections to stories above through hollow stud partitions or sidewalks. The first floor of any such building shall be of approved fire resistant material.
2. 
A private detached garage may be constructed of nonfireproof or frame construction with floors of noncombustible material.
No garage may be built as part of any dwelling or building or attached thereto unless made of fireproof construction or else lined where the buildings join with some approved fire-resistant material and connecting doors shall be of approved fire resistant material.
f. 
Nonstandard Construction. All types of residential construction, not conforming to this Code, must have plans prepared to a registered architect or engineer and submitted to the Construction Official for approval.
g. 
Sidewalks and Driveways.
1. 
No curbs, sidewalks or driveways shall be constructed or replaced in the Borough except pursuant to a permit issued by the Code Enforcement or Zoning Official based upon an application, and such application shall include information showing compliance with the following requirements. This section shall not apply to existing curbs, sidewalks or driveways being replaced. This section shall not apply to driveways unless same extend into the curb area.
2. 
Applicant shall show proof that alignment and grade of said permanent or temporary curb is in accordance with the Borough Ordinances prior to the issuance of a permit. At the option of the property owner, a private engineer, surveyor or the Municipal Engineer may be utilized for aligning and setting the grade properly, unless said curb is a replacement curb or existing curbs have been constructed on either side, then placement shall be the sole responsibility of the property owner. All costs associated with setting alignment, grade, permits, etc. shall be borne solely by the property owner. Temporary curbs are required to be fastened to the ground.
3. 
Only newly poured concrete may be utilized as a newly installed, replacement or permanently installed curb. Masonry blocks or paver blocks may be utilized for a driveway only, however, the lip or depression of the drive must be concrete.
4. 
This section shall not apply to businesses operating in the business zone of the Borough of Surf City whereby there exists a concrete or macadam driveway which connects to the exiting street. Said area of connection must be maintained by the property owner so as to ensure the integrity of the street, which, at a minimum shall not crumble, break apart and remains pot-hole free.
h. 
Deck railings on a residential structure shall be constructed in accordance with the Uniform Construction Codes whereby they shall be a minimum of 36 inches high. Residential deck railings may be constructed so as to exceed the 36 inches in height, but shall be no more than 48 inches in height, and must have open style balusters spaced in accordance with the Uniform Construction and/or building codes. Said railing shall be exempt from the height restrictions, as reflected in the Zoning Ordinances, and shall be subject to review and a permit issued by the Zoning Official.
[Added 3-13-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-04]