Borough of Woodbury Heights, NJ
Gloucester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Woodbury Heights 6-13-77 as Ord. No. 9-1977. Amended 4-16-86 by Ord. No. 1-1986; 5-20-87 by Ord. No. 10-1987; 5-18-88 by Ord. No. 9-1988; 6-19-91 by Ord. No. 9-1991; 9-15-99 by Ord. No. 18-1999. Amended in its entirety 12-27-00 by Ord. No. 17-2000. Amended in entirety 2-20-13 by Ord. No. 2-2013. Further amendments noted where applicable.]
The Borough has engaged in a Shared Services Agreement with the Township of Deptford whereby the Township will provide Construction Code, Housing and Zoning Services with respect to properties within the Borough of Woodbury Heights.
[Amended 3-18-15 by Ord. No. 2-2015]
A. 
The fee for a construction permit shall be the sum of the subcode fees hereinafter enumerated and shall be paid before the permit is issued. The fee for new construction shall be calculated by using the volume of structure and, in addition, any related subcode fees. Where the physical value of a building, structure or improvement must be determined as hereinafter specified, the fee charged shall be based on replacement cost by using the value established by the building valuation data report as published by ICC (International Code Council). All such fees shall be rounded to the nearest dollar amount as referenced in N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.17(a)l.
(1) 
Building Subcode Fees
(a) 
For new construction, the fee shall be computed as follows:
[1] 
Use Groups: B, E, H, I-1, I-2, I-3, I-4, M, R-1, R-2, R-3, R-4, R-5 and U: .038 per cubic foot of building or structure volume provided that a minimum charge of $200.
[a] 
Garden type sheds and similar uses, accessory to a 1 or 2 family dwellings:
(i) 
100 square feet — 200 square feet: $65.00 minimum fee
(ii) 
201 square feet and over: $100.00 minimum fee be assessed for each permit.
[b] 
Open deck structures:
(i) 
Under 100 sq. ft.: $65.00 min. fee.
(ii) 
100 sq. ft. to 200 sq. ft.: $100.00 min. fee.
(iii) 
201 sq. ft. to 400 sq. ft.: $150.00 min. fee.
(iv) 
401 square feet and over: $200.00 min. fee
[2] 
Use Groups: A-1, A-2, A-3, A-4, A-5, F-1, F-2, S-1 and S-2: .021 per cubic foot of building or structure volume
[3] 
Commercial Farm Buildings as defined under N.J.A.C. 5:23-3.2(d).012 per cubic foot of building or structure volume.
(b) 
For renovations, alterations and repairs, $30 per $1000 of estimated cost of work inclusive of labor. The minimum fee shall be $65. For additions, the amount charged per cubic foot of building volume for the added portion shall be in accordance with the schedule of fees as previously set forth in subsection A(1)(a) provided that the minimum charge of $200 be assessed for each permit.
(c) 
For combinations of renovations and additions, the sum of the fees shall be computed separately as renovations and additions. The minimum fee shall be $200.
(d) 
Notwithstanding the provisions of Subsection A(1)(a) through (d), the following construction fees, when not computed as part of new construction, additions or renovations shall be as follows:
[1] 
Aluminum siding and all other siding for other than a single family dwelling shall be $30 per $1000 of estimated cost, provided the minimum shall be $65. Siding for a single family dwelling shall be a flat fee of $75.
[2] 
Roofing for other than a single family dwelling shall be $30 per $1000 of estimated cost, provided that the minimum shall be $65. Roofing for a single family dwelling shall be a flat fee of $75.
[3] 
Signs, $5 per square foot of surface area of the sign, provided that the minimum fee shall be sixty-five ($65.00). In the case of double faced signs, the area of the surface of one side only shall be used for the purpose of fee computation.
(e) 
Heating, air conditioning and ventilation, $15 per $1000 of estimated cost of work, provided that a minimum fee shall be $65.
(f) 
Fees for retaining walls, bulkheads and docks shall be as follows:
[1] 
The fee for a retaining wall, bulkhead or dock with a surface area greater than 550 square feet that is associated with a Class 3 residential structure shall be $189.
[2] 
The fee for a retaining wall, bulkhead or dock with a surface area of 550 square feet or less that is associated with a Class 3 residential structure shall be $95.
[3] 
The fee for a newly constructed retaining wall, bulkhead or dock of any size at other than a Class 3 residential structure shall be based on the cost of construction.
(g) 
The fee for radon piping and radon mitigation shall be $65.00.
(h) 
The fee for the installation of a residential solar photovoltaic system shall be a flat fee of $200.
(2) 
Plumbing subcode fees.
(a) 
Fifteen dollars per plumbing fixture or devices except where specified to the contrary herein. For the purposes of this subsection, fixtures shall include, but not limited to: lavatories, sinks, urinals, water closets, bathtubs, shower stalls, laundry tubs, floor drains, drinking fountains, dishwashers, garbage disposals, clothes washers, hot water heaters, roof drains, hose bibbs, vent stacks or similar devices.
(b) 
Ninety-one dollars for the following special devices: soda dispensers, coffee makers, acid neutralizing devices, grease interceptors, oil and/or sand interceptors, backflow preventers, water-cooled air conditioning or refrigeration units, gas piping sewer ejectors, hot water, steam boilers, low water cutoffs, mixing valves and oil piping. This list is not exhaustive and the fee shall also apply to special fixtures or equipment delineated in the plumbing code.
(c) 
Sixty-five dollars for each water and sewer connection, flammable/ combustible liquid and gas piping systems.
(d) 
Sixty-five dollars for the following: baseboard radiation.
(e) 
Unless specified herein to the contrary, a minimum plumbing fee shall be $65.
(f) 
All plumbing inspections include the area from the curb line or right of way to the structure or structures.
(3) 
Electrical subcode fees shall be computed as follows:
(a) 
Electrical subcode fees shall be computed as follows:
[1] 
Fixtures (outlets, switches, receptacles). For one to 50 fixtures: $50. For each additional 25 fixtures or fraction thereof in excess of 50 fixtures the fee shall be: $10.
[2] 
Light standards (mogul base, mercury base or fixtures other than those specified in the previous subsection): For (1) to five fixtures: $65. For each additional lamp: $10.
[3] 
Swimming pools: New installation including bonding, wiring of one receptacle and motor. The fee shall be $70 for above-ground, and $100 for in-ground pools.
[4] 
Motors: For one to 10 horsepower: $40. From 11 to (50) horsepower: $65. From 51 to 100 horsepower: $120 and for over 100 horsepower: $640.
[5] 
Service meter equipment and feeders: For up to 200 amperes service, $65; For 201 amperes to 1000 amperes: $130; For 1001 amperes and over: $640.
[6] 
Residential heating, cooling, cooking and similar appliances. Single outlet of 20 kilowatts or less, $40, including but not limited to: dishwasher, garbage disposal, dryer, water heaters, range, a/c unit, furnace and air handler.
[7] 
Generators, transformers, electrical device or appliance (vaults, enclosure-substations): For one to 10 kilowatts, $40. For 11 to 50 kilowatts, $65. For 51 to 100 kilowatts, $130. For over one hundred kilowatts (100) kilowatts, $640.
[8] 
Electrical signs: For one to five signs $50. For each additional sign: $10.
[9] 
Reintroduction of service: For reintroduction of service the fee shall be $60.
[10] 
Unless specified herein to the contrary, minimum electrical fees shall be $65.
[11] 
For any item not specifically listed or included above, a special fee shall be determined by the Construction Official and Electrical Subcode Official subject to review of the Township Council upon request.
[12] 
The installation of a residential solar photovoltaic shall be a flat fee of $200.
(4) 
Fire protection subcode fees:
(a) 
Sprinkler heads: For one to 20: $82. From 21 to 100: $250. From 101 to 200: $400. From 201 to 400: $748. From 401 to 1000: $1036. Over 1000: $2200.
(b) 
Detectors and signal devices: For one to 12: $45. For each additional 25 devices, the fee shall be $15.
(c) 
Special suppression and hood exhaust: The fee shall be $120 each.
(d) 
Standpipes: The fee shall be $289 per riser.
(e) 
Heating systems: The fee shall be $58 per appliance not connected to the plumbing system for residential properties and $65 per appliance for commercial properties. The minimum fee shall for all properties: $65.
(f) 
Fireplaces and wood stoves: the fee shall be $65 for each.
(g) 
Flammable/combustible liquid storage tanks, installation/removal for each.
[1] 
Installation: 500 gallons or less: $65.00
[2] 
Installation: 501 to 1,000 gallons: $150.00
[3] 
Installation: 1,001 to 2,500 gallons: $250.00
[4] 
Installation: 2,501 gallons and over: $500.00
[5] 
Removal residential $65.00
[6] 
Removal commercial $100.00
(h) 
Installation of private fire suppression water mains, hydrants and control valves:
[1] 
Private fire service mains per lineal foot one dollar $ 1.00
[2] 
Fire hydrants (each): fifty dollars $ 50.00
[3] 
Control valves (each): fifty dollars $50.00
(i) 
Unless specified herein to the contrary, minimum fire fees shall be $65.
(j) 
All private fire suppression water main, hydrant and control valve inspections include the area from the curb line or right-of-way to the structure or structures.
(5) 
Elevator subcode fees.
(a) 
All fees related to plan review, device inspections and tests, periodic inspections, routine inspections and re-inspections for elevators, escalators and moving walks shall be charged a fee as noted in N.J.A.C. 5:23 Subchapter 12.
(6) 
In accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.18(b)1., the construction plan review fee shall be 20% of 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 fee to be charged for the construction permit.
In accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.18(b)4., when a permit application is received based on a released prototype plan, the permit shall be reduced by the amount of the plan review fee (20%).
(7) 
Demolition or removal of buildings or structures:
(a) 
The fee for a permit for demolition of a building or structure shall be $82 for residential property and $150 for commercial property.
(b) 
This section intentionally left blank.
(c) 
The fee for a permit for removal of a structure from one lot to another or to a new location on the same lot shall be $25 per $1000 of estimated costs of moving. The fee for a new foundation shall be as set forth in Subsection A (1)(a)[1]. The fee for the removal of a commercial structure shall be $50 per $1000 of estimated cost as set forth above. The minimum fee for all properties shall be $65.
(d) 
Cleanup shall be performed in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.17(a)(b)(c). All debris and material resulting from the removal or demolition of buildings or structures as defined in Subsection A (5)(a) and (b) hereof shall be completed within 30 days from the completion of removal or demolition, including the filling in of any open area created by the demolition or removal. Each holder of a permit shall notify the office of the Construction Official upon completion of cleanup within the 30 day period. However, the demolition of any buildings or structures less than 5000 cubic feet shall be completed, and the Construction Official notified, within 15 days.
(8) 
The fee for a construction permit for the installation of a pool and of a barrier shall be calculated at $30 per $1000 estimated cost of work inclusive of labor in accordance with rates set forth in Subsection A (1)(b) hereof for alterations. Any fee charged hereunder shall be in addition to any fee that may be charged for an electrical subcode inspection.
(a) 
Maximum fee for above-ground pool shall be $150.
(b) 
Maximum fee for in-ground pool shall be $340.
(9) 
Certificates.
(a) 
The fee for a certificate of occupancy shall be 10% of the total of the permit fee with a minimum charge of $50.
(b) 
The fee for a certificate of occupancy granted pursuant to a change of use shall be $150.
(c) 
The fee for a multiple certificate of occupancy shall be $50 per unit.
(d) 
In the event a temporary certificate of occupancy has been issued, an additional fee of $50 is required for each extension.
(e) 
The fee for a permit for lead abatement work shall be $176.00. The fee for the lead abatement certificate shall be $35.00 dollars.
(10) 
The fee for an application for a variation shall be $748 for class I and class II structures and $150 for class III structures.
(11) 
The fee for plan review of a building for compliance under the alternate systems and nondepletable energy source provisions of the energy subcode shall be $345.00 dollars for one & two family dwellings R-3 or R-5 of the building subcode and for light commercial structures having the indoor temperature controlled from a single point, and $1,725.00 dollars for all other structures.
(12) 
There shall be an additional fee of $57.00 per hour for review of any amendment or change to a plan that has already been released.
(13) 
For cross connections and backflow preventers that are subject to testing, requiring reinspection annually, the fee shall be $65.00 for each device when they are tested.
B. 
Those construction permit fees not specifically designated by this section or established by rules and regulations of the Construction Official in the manner hereinafter established for the adoption of other fee schedules are established in the regulations of the Department of Community Affairs (Title 5, Chapter 23 specifically Subchapter 4 of the New Jersey Administrative Code, presently or as hereafter amended). Those fees set forth within the regulations shall be applied in determining the construction permit fee.