Borough of Sussex, NJ
Sussex County
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[Ord. No. 013-94; Ord. No. 05-95, S1; Ord. No. 01-96, S1; Ord. No. 2002-03, S1; Ord. No. 2003-14; Ord. No. 2006-10, S1; Ord. 2008-04, S3; Ord. No. 2016-27]
a. 
Municipal Assessment Searches: $10.
Continuation: $2.
b. 
Licenses/Permits:
Transient merchants/itinerant vendors: $500.
Amusement games - per machine: $25.
Bingo license - per event: $20.
Raffle license - per event: $20.
Dogs, cats, kennels, pet shops: License fees may be found in Chapter 5.
Liquor license (consumption): $600.
Liquor license (distribution): $2,000.
Club license: $50.
Extension of hours - sale of liquor: $50.
Taxicab license:
1. 
Annual fee:
Five-passenger taxicab: $100.
Seven-passenger taxicab: $150.
2. 
Taxicab driver's license: $75 plus a fee of $25 for registration and issuance of the certificate of each driver.
3. 
Transfer of taxicab license from one vehicle to another: 50% of the original fee paid during any calendar year.
Parking:
Harrison Street/Mill Street/Spring Street Lots
$25 per month
Entertainment license
Occupancy capacity
up to 100
$100
101 to 150
$150
151 to 200
$175
Over 200
$200
c. 
Government Records—Basic Copying Charges.
Single sided photocopies of printed materials (8 1/2" x 11" or 8 1/2" x 14")
pages 1-10
$ .75/page
pages 11-20
$ .50/page
pages 21-on
$ .25/page
d. 
Government Records—Special Service Charges.
1. 
Maps and plans: $5/sheet.
Color copies (single sided): $1.25/page.
2. 
Special service charge for voluminous requests.
(a) 
Whenever the nature, format, manner of collation, or volume of a government record embodied in the form of printed matter to be inspected, examined or copied is such that the record cannot be reproduced by ordinary document copying equipment in ordinary business size, or involves an extraordinary expenditure of time and effort to accommodate the request, a reasonable special service charge will be added, either $10 or ten percent of the actual direct cost of providing the copy or copies, whichever is greater.
(b) 
The person requesting duplication of the records shall have the opportunity to review and object to the charge prior to it being incurred. A copy of the invoice for the actual direct cost will be included with the records.
3. 
Special charge for information technology services.
(a) 
If request is made for a record in a medium not routinely used by the borough, or in a medium not routinely developed or maintained by the borough, or requiring a substantial amount of manipulation or programming of information technology, the borough will charge an additional reasonable special charge for any extensive use of information technology and/or the labor cost of personnel actually incurred or attributable for the programming, clerical, and supervisory assistance. Said charge will be in the amount of either $10 or ten percent of the actual direct cost of producing the record, whichever is greater.
(b) 
The person requesting preparation of the records shall have the opportunity to review and object to the charge prior to it being incurred. A copy of the invoice for the actual direct cost will be included with the records.
4. 
Nonmonetary compensation for time expended on O.P.R.A. requests and other time-sensitive work. The borough employee performing the above-cited tasks shall be and is to be granted compensation time in lieu of salary or wage at her/his hourly rate times one and one-half as above delineated and confined thereto and that such time spent shall be incurred during nonbusiness hours.
5. 
The following mileage rate shall be and is the official mileage reimbursement:
Section 24-1.1(d) Mileage Rate: $0.35 per mile.
e. 
Registration and Registration Renewal Fees for Vacant Buildings: There shall be no registration fee for the six-month period following initial registration. Thereafter, for the period preceding the next registration renewal deadline, there shall be a first-time registration fee of $250 which shall be due and payable immediately on conclusion of the six-month period following initial registration. The fee for next three renewals shall be $500 each. Thereafter, the fee for each renewal shall be $5,000. Renewal fees shall be credited on a pro rata basis when a property becomes legally occupied during a renewal period.
Vacant and Abandoned Property Registration Fee Schedule
Registration
Fee
First six months
$0
First-time registration fee
$250
Next three renewals
$500 each
Subsequent renewals
$5,000 each
[Ord. No. 013-94; Ord. No. 1-96, S1; Ord. No. 07-96, S1; Ord. No. 12-97, S1; Ord. No. 2004-05, SS1, 2; Ord. No. 2005-11, S1; Ord. #2011-01, S1]
a. 
Building Fees.
Type of Certificate
Fee Amount
New Construction
All Use Groups, per cubic foot
$0.025
Minimum Fee
$200
Modular Units
$750
Barns — farm commercial building, per cubic foot
$0.008
Alterations — Per $1,000 of proposed work
$20
Additions — Per cubic foot
$0.025
Demolition
Use Group R3 and R4
$100
Accessory buildings
$50
All other Use Groups
$300
Demolition of Fuel Oil Tanks
Residential
$50
Commercial up to 3,000 gallons
$110
Commercial 3,001 to 5,000 gallons
$315
Commercial 5,000 gallons and up
$415
Fences
$25
Signs, per square foot, 1-sided
$4
Pools
In-ground
$150
Above-ground
$75
Asbestos abatement
Application fee
$70
Plus cost of certificate of approval
$14
Lead abatement
Application fee
$140
Plus cost of certificate of approval
$28
Moving a structure
$140
Sheds
Up to 200 square feet
$46
Over 200 square feet, per $1,000 of estimated cost
$20
Tents — in excess of 900 square feet or more than 30 feet
$50
Roof
Per $1,000 of estimated cost
$20
Use Group R3 and R4 (single family homes)
$65 (flat fee)
Siding
Per $1,000 of estimated cost
$18
Use Group R3 and R4 (single family homes)
$65 (flat fee)
Modular site work, per $1,000 estimated cost
$50
Minimum
$46
Plan review
20%
Surcharge
10%
b. 
Certificate Fee.
Type of Certificate
Fee Amount
UCC—CO
Percent of Permit Cost 10% ($50 minimum)
Multiple units
$25
UCC—CA
Not applicable
UCC—CCO
$105
UCC Change of use
$50
UCC — Asbestos CA
$25
UCC — C of C, annual backflow
$60
UCC — C of C, annual pool bonding
$45
UCC — Variation
$150
UCC — Change of contractor
$25
c. 
Electric Fees.
Type of Certificate
Fee Amount
Outlets
1-50
$36
Each additional 25 thereafter
$6
Service panel
0-200 amps
$46
201-1,000 amps
$92
Over 1,000 amps
$457
Transformers and generators
1-10 KW
$10
11-45 KW
$46
Motors and electric devices
1-10 HP
$10
11-50 HP
$46
51-100 HP
$88
Over 100 HP
$433
Air conditional feeders and disconnects
Residential 1-10 HP and unit
$90
Commercial 10-50 HP and unit
$46
Commercial 51-100 HP and unit
$85
Electric heater
$10
Heat pump
$10
Electric dryer
$10
Range
$10
Surface unit
$10
Sign
$10
Light standards
$10
Hot water heater
$10
Oven
$10
Dishwasher
$10
Gas and oil heater
$10
Commercial exhaust fan
$46
Air conditioner
$10
Minimum
$46
d. 
Plumbing Fees.
Description
Fee Amount
Fixtures and devices
$10
Special devices, described as steam boilers, furnaces, fuel oil piping, gas piping, gas service entrance, water service connection, sewer pump interceptors (grease, oil and sand), water cooled air conditioners, refrigeration units, active solar systems
$46
Backflow preventors
$60
Cross connection
$60
Minimum
$46
e. 
Fire Protection Fees.
Description
Fee Amount
Wet and dry sprinkler heads
1-20 heads
$65
21-50 heads
$120
51-100 heads
$229
101-200 heads
$594
201-1,000 heads
$822
1,001 and up
$1,050
Smoke and heat detectors
1-20 detectors
$46
21-25 detectors
$75
50 and up
$150
Pre-engineered suppression system
$75
Standpipes
$150
Kitchen hood exhaust — commercial
$75
Crematoriums or incinerators
$300
Gas or oil fired appliances
$50
Storage tanks
Up to 1,000 gallons
$50
1,001 to 4,000 gallons
$100
Over 4,000 gallons
$150
Alarm systems, manual or automatic
$75
Central control system
$125
LP gas installation
$70
Vapor recovery piping
$46
Solid fuel appliance
$46
Air conditioning unit
$46
Minimum
$46
[Ord. No. 013-94; Ord. No. 2004-05, S3]
(Pursuant to State Uniform Fire Safety Act N.J.S.A. 52:27D-192 et seq.)
a. 
Life Hazard Fee.
Type 1
$42
Type 2
$166
Type 3
$331
Type 4
$497
b. 
Non-Life Hazard Fee.
All inspections (including 1 reinspection)
$50
Reinspection fee
$25
Individual garage areas, bay storage and/or common areas
$10
Reinspection fee
$5
[Ord. No. 013-94; Ord. No. 05-95, S1; Ord. No. 01-96, S1; Ord. No. 05-97, S1; Ord. No. 99-06, S5; Ord. No. 2003-10, S2; Ord. No. 2004-02, S1; Ord. No. 2004-17, S1; Ord. No. 2005-01, S1; Ord. No. 2005-11, S1; Ord. No. 2007-02, S1; Ord. 2008-01, S1; Ord. 2008-19, S1; Ord. 2009-03, S2; Ord. No. 2009-15, S1; Ord. 2010-01, S1; Ord. 2010-09, S1; Ord. No. 2010-19; Ord. 2011-09, S2; Ord. 2014-04; Ord. 2014-15; Ord. No. 2015-02; Ord. No. 2015-19; Ord. No. 2016-02; Ord. No. 2016-07]
a. 
Tapping Fee - Water.
1. 
3/4 inch service connection plus time and material: $3,000.
2. 
1 inch service connection plus time and material: $3,250.
3. 
1-1/2 inch service connection plus time and material: $3,500.
4. 
2 inch service connection plus time and material: $4,000.
5. 
4 inch service connection plus time and material: $5,000.
6. 
8 inch service connection plus time and material: $7,500.
b. 
Replacement of existing residential service using:
Existing tap (plus time and material): $100.
New: Current tap fee.
c. 
Replacement of existing commercial service using:
Existing tap (plus time and material): $200.
New tap: Current tap fee.
d. 
Conversion to multi-dwelling: $250.
e. 
Hydrant/standpipe annual charge: $300.
f. 
Locating curb box and turning water "OFF" and "ON":
Regular Business Hourly Rate (Regular business hours are Monday thru Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.): $30.44 per hour.
After Hours/Weekends (Minimum four-hour call out at 1.5x regular rate): Minimum charge of $182.64.
Holiday Rate (Minimum four-hour call out at 2.5x regular rate): Minimum charge of $304.40.
g. 
Locate, verify, mark-out water service and/or main lines: $25 per hour (one hour minimum).
h. 
Meters - Water:
Testing of all meters: Cost of meter test by "outside" meter testing company, plus cost of shipping and handling to and from the meter testing company, plus cost of temporary meter, staff time at $25 per hour and materials.
New 3/4 inch remote meter: $144.
New 3/4 inch meter mounting set: $50.
New 3/4 inch pit meter: $100.
New 1 inch remote meter: $235.
New 1 inch pit meter: $150.
New meter larger than 1 inch: Cost plus time, handling and materials.
Final meter readings: $10.
i. 
Locate, verify water leaks in service lines (plus materials): $25 per hour (one hour minimum).
j. 
Quarterly charges for use of water and sewer:
1. 
Water Fees:
Commencing April 1, 2015, the per gallon fee will be $0.0100 per gallon and $141.75 minimum per EDU (equivalent dwelling unit).
Commencing January 1, 2016, the per gallon fee will be $0.0105 per gallon and $148.13 minimum per EDU.
Commencing January 1, 2017, the per gallon fee will be $0.0109 per gallon and $154.79 minimum per EDU.
Commencing January 1, 2018, the per gallon fee will be $0.0114 per gallon and $161.76 minimum per EDU.
2. 
Sewer Fees:
Commencing April 1, 2015, the per gallon fee will be $0.0090 per gallon and $126.75 minimum per EDU.
Commencing January 1, 2016, the per gallon fee will be $0.0094 per gallon and $132.45 minimum per EDU.
Commencing January 1, 2017, the per gallon fee will be $0.0098 per gallon and $138.41 minimum per EDU.
Commencing January 1, 2018, the per gallon fee will be $0.0103 per gallon and $144.64 minimum per EDU.
Transmission fees shall be as follows:
Commencing April 1, 2015, the per gallon fee will be $0.0159 per gallon.
Commencing January 1, 2016, the per gallon fee will be $0.0166 per gallon.
Commencing January 1, 2017, the per gallon fee will be $0.0174 per gallon.
Commencing January 1, 2018, the per gallon fee will be $0.0181 per gallon.
k. 
[1]
Editor's Note: Said Rate Schedule can be found as an attachment to this chapter.
l. 
When paved streets are dug up to install or renew services:
Asphalt or concrete pavement: Prevailing prices for time and materials.
[Ord. No. 013-94; Ord. No. 2004-05, S4; Ord. No. 2006-10, S1; Ord. 2008-01, S2; 2011-01, § 1; Ord. No. 2016-13 §§ 1-5]
a. 
Development Application.
Filing Fee
Review Deposit
Site plan—preliminary and final
$500 plus
$100 per acre
$1,800
Lot line adjustment—no new lots created
$250
$1,000
Minor subdivision
$500 plus
$100 per lot
$1,800
Major subdivision— preliminary
[Ord. No. 2016-13 § 1]
$500 plus
$100 per lot
$3,200
Major subdivision—final
$500 plus
$250 per lot
$1,500
Technical major subdivision
$500 plus
$250 per lot
$1,500
Concept plans
50% of filing fee
$600
Completeness meetings
$300
$200
Zone change request
$1,000
$750
Each resubmission on original application
$100
b. 
Variance Applications.
Filing Fee
Review Deposit
N.J.S.A. 40:55D-70a appeal
$250
$750
N.J.S.A. 40:55D-70b interpretation
$250
$750
N.J.S.A. 40:55D-70c
[Ord. No. 2016-13 § 2]
$250
$1,100
N.J.S.A. 40:55D-70d residential zones
[Ord. No. 2016-13 § 3]
$500
$3,500
N.J.S.A. 40:55D-70d all other zones
[Ord. No. 2016-13 § 4]
$750
$3,500
N.J.S.A. 40:55D-34, 35, and 36 residential zones
$250
$600
N.J.S.A. 40:55D-34, 35 and 36 all other zones
$500
$600
N.J.S.A. 40:55D-76 residential zones
$250
$600
N.J.S.A. 40:55D-76 all other zones
$500
$900
Special meeting
$1,000
$900
Inspection fees, miscellaneous fees, permit fees to be determined by Sussex Borough Council.
c. 
(Reserved)
d. 
(Reserved)
e. 
(Reserved)
f. 
(Reserved)
g. 
Conditional use applications: $250 filing fee and $1,100 review deposit.
[Ord. No. 2016-13 § 5]
h. 
Inspection Fees. Cost of construction, exclusive of buildings, as estimated by the borough engineer.
1. 
Less than $10,000: $250.
2. 
$10,000 to $24,999: $500.
3. 
$25,000 to $49,999: $500 plus five percent of excess over $25,000.
4. 
$50,000 to $74,999: $1,750 plus five percent of excess over $50,000.
5. 
$75,000 and over: $3,000 plus five percent of excess over $75,000.
i. 
Miscellaneous Fees - Land Use.
1. 
Zoning ordinance: $75.
2. 
Informal application escrow: $250.
3. 
Certificate of habitability (COH) Resales - Each dwelling unit:
If request made at least 10 business days prior to change of occupancy: $50.
If request made at least 10 business days but more than 4 business days prior to change of occupancy: $85.
If request made less than 4 business days prior to change of occupancy: $150.
4. 
COH — Change of tenant, residential or commercial: $50.
5. 
Certificate of registration (COR) Rental registration—Initial inspection.
6. 
Fee for dwelling/rental unit for each reinspection: $50.
7. 
Zoning permits:
Commercial: $35.
Residential: $25.
[Ord. No. 013-94; Ord. No. 2006-10, S1; Ord. No. 2008-17; Ord. No. 2011-02]
a. 
Road opening permit: $150.
b. 
Road opening repair deposit (Refundable): $1,000 cash or equivalent bond.
c. 
Sidewalk, driveway apron or curb construction or removal:
1. 
Permit: $150.
2. 
Escrow—Minimum: $500 or 5% of construction costs.
[Ord. No. 013-94]
Fees
Property owners list
$10
Copy tax map sheet
$5
Copy property record card
$5
Deeds - (per page)
$.75
[Ord. No. 013-94]
Official tax searches
$10
Official search continuation
$2
Duplicate tax bill
$2
[Ord. No. 013-94; Ord. No. 2006-10, S1; Ord. No. 2009-15, S2; Ord. 2009-24, S2; Ord. No. 2011-01, SS2—4]
a. 
Borough Ordinance Books: $200.
b. 
Yearly supplement to Code Books: $25.
c. 
Returned check fee: $25.
d. 
Copies of public records pursuant to OPRA or other requests. A copy or copies of a government record may be purchased by any person upon payment of the fee prescribed by law or regulation. Except as otherwise provided by law or regulation, the fee assessed for the duplication of a government record embodied in the form of printed matter shall be $0.05 per letter size page or smaller, and $0.07 per legal size page or larger. Access to electronic records and non-printed materials shall be provided free of charge, but a charge shall be imposed for the actual costs of any needed supplies such as computer discs. A special service charge shall be imposed, in addition to the actual cost of duplicating the record, if the nature, format matter, collation, or volume of printed matter is such that it cannot be produced by ordinary document copying equipment in ordinary business size or where such record involves an extraordinary expenditure of time and effort to accommodate the request. The requester shall have the opportunity to review and object to this special service charge prior to it being incurred.
e. 
Use of photocopier. Actual cost.
f. 
Police.
1. 
Except in the case of a request for a motor vehicle accident report not made in person, the fee assessed for the duplication of government record embodied in the form of printed matter shall be $0.05 per letter size page or smaller, and $0.07 per legal size page or larger.
2. 
In the event a citizen of this state requests a copy of a motor vehicle accident report in any manner other than in person, an additional fee of up to $5 may be added to cover the administrative costs of the report in addition to the cost of copying the report as set forth in paragraph a.
[Ord. No. 013-94; Ord. No. 05-95, S1; Ord. No. 2006-10, S1]
a. 
Registrar:
1. 
Birth, death, marriage certified copies: $10 each.
2. 
Marriage license application: $28.
3. 
Domestic partnership application: $28.
4. 
Burial permits: $5.
b. 
Health:
1. 
Food handlers license — Annual: $50.