Township of Washington, NJ
Gloucester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Washington 5-11-2000 by Ord. No. 8-2000. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 55.
Contractor licensing fees — See Ch. 80, Art. I.
Responsibility of contractors for litter at construction sites — See Ch. 137, § 137-12.
[Amended 3-12-2003 by Ord. No. 4-2003]
Every person engaged in the following activities shall be required to register with the Construction Code Official. The registration shall be valid for a twelve-month period from the date of issuance.
A. 
The business of constructing, erecting, altering, repairing, restoring, reroofing, re-siding, moving or demolishing the whole or any part of buildings or structures; or
B. 
The construction and installation of swimming pools; or
C. 
The installation of any equipment for which a permit is required by the applicable ordinances of the Township; or
D. 
The business of erecting or altering signs, for any of which a permit is required by the applicable ordinances of the Township; or
E. 
The business of cutting and/or trimming trees, grinding and/or removing tree stumps, together with such other ancillary operations customarily associated therewith.
[Added 7-26-2017 by Ord. No. 21-2017]
A. 
The owner or occupant of a building or structure applying for a permit required by a Township ordinance covering the activities set forth in § 59-1 shall not be required to register, provided that he/she intends to supervise his/her own work.
B. 
The principal individual, corporation, partnership or other business organization engaged in the construction of new homes for sale to the public when that individual, corporation, partnership or other business organization is engaged in a project which is subject to the New Home Warranty and Builders Registration Act.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 46:3B-1.
For the purposes of this chapter, there shall be the following classes of registration:
A. 
Contractor. A contractor who participates in the business of the construction of a building or a structure from start through finish or engages in the alteration, addition to or repair of any building or structure. This class of contractor shall be equipped to handle such work by and through their own work or their own organization or employees.
B. 
General contractor. A contractor who is engaged in the business of the construction of a building or structure from start through finish or the alteration, addition to or repair of any building or structure. This class of contractor shall be equipped to handle such work either by and through their own organization or appropriate subcontractors and, in the latter event, must be completely responsible for their subcontractor's work.
C. 
Demolition contractor. A contractor who is engaged in the business of demolishing any building or structure in whole or in part.
D. 
Roofing and siding contractor. A contractor who is engaged in the business of the application of rooting and siding materials to existing or new buildings or structures.
E. 
Moving contractor. A contractor who is engaged in the business of moving any buildings or structures.
F. 
Swimming pool contractor. A contractor who is engaged in the business of the installation of swimming pools, their equipment and appurtenances.
G. 
Air conditioner/heating contractor. A contractor who is engaged in the business of the installation or replacement of air-conditioning/heating units in new or existing buildings or structures.
H. 
Fire protection contractor. A contractor who is engaged in the installation, repair or replacement of any fire protection equipment, including, but not limited to, sprinklers, alarm systems and automatic extinguishing systems.
I. 
Tree service contractor. A contractor who is engaged in the business of tree removal, tree trimming, stump grinding, stump removal and/or such other operations customarily associated therewith.
[Added 7-26-2017 by Ord. No. 21-2017[1]]
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Editor's Note: This ordinance also redesignated former Subsection I as Subsection J.
J. 
Miscellaneous contractor. A contractor who is engaged in the work of a special character as determined by the Construction Code Official.
A. 
No person shall be registered under this chapter, or shall be reregistered after revocation of registration unless and until there is paid to the Construction Code Official the fee as set forth in Chapter 80, Fees.
B. 
Collection of license fees shall be the responsibility of the Construction Code Office who shall report to and deposit all collected fees to the Township Treasurer on a weekly basis.
In addition to all the other requirements of this chapter, each contractor shall show evidence of proper insurance coverage, including workers' compensation and unemployment compensation insurance.
Registration shall be granted to applicants who can:
A. 
Satisfy the Construction Code Official either by demonstration of competence, by submission of two references from other official licensing authorities or by virtue of having practiced their trade for a length of time sufficient to satisfy the Construction Code Official of competence in the trade.
B. 
Produce official evidence of having satisfactorily completed a course of instruction in their respective trade or are in reasonable proximity of completing an apprenticeship in their trade.
Application for registration under this chapter shall be submitted to the Construction Code Official on forms supplied by said Official and shall include, in addition to any information the Construction Code Official may deem necessary, a statement giving the name of the contractor and, in the case of a firm, corporation or partnership, the name and address of the principal officer or members of such firm, corporation or partnership. The application shall also contain the number of years such person, firm or corporation has been in business or in existence at the current location, and shall include the address of all prior locations, if any. The applicant shall state in which class they desire to be registered, choosing one or more of the classes designated in § 59-3.
If such registration is denied, the applicant shall be advised, in writing, of the reasons for the denial. The applicant may appeal said denial to the Township Council within 20 days. A copy of the written notice of appeal shall be served upon the Township Clerk, the Township Council and the Construction Code Official. The burden of effectuating the aforementioned service falls upon said applicant. The Township Council shall hear the appeal within thirty days of all necessary parties being served with a written copy of said notice of appeal.
A. 
If any person registered under the provisions of this chapter shall fail, in the execution of any work, to comply with the applicable ordinances and regulations of the Township relevant to the construction, erection, alteration, repair, restoration re-siding, reroofing, moving or demolition of any building, structure, swimming pool, sign or billboard, or part thereof; or who consistently engages in unsatisfactory work, who attempts to defraud or not fulfill obligations of contracts or who does not remedy unsatisfactory work, whether by mistakes or unwitting errors made by himself/herself or those in his/her employ; or should the Construction Code Official receive three complaints of unsatisfactory work from persons with whom the contractor has been employed to do business, the Construction Code Official shall cause a notice of violation to be served upon such person or principal member or officer of any such firm or corporation. Such notice shall:
(1) 
Be in writing;
(2) 
Include a statement of the reasons why it is being issued;
(3) 
State that unless, within 10 days from service of the notice, a written request is made for a hearing before the Construction Code Official, such notice shall, at the expiration of such ten-day period, be deemed an order to cease and desist from, and to abate the described violation. Shall a written request for a hearing be served upon the Construction Code Official within the time period prescribed above, said hearing shall be a public hearing held by the Construction Code Official.
(4) 
Prescribe a reasonable time within which such person shall be required to cease and desist from and abate such violation.
B. 
Upon conviction for such violation at a requested hearing, or upon failure to correct such violation within the period of time stated in the notice of violation, the registration of such person shall be revoked by the Construction Code Official, who shall strike the name of such person from the registration list and shall not reenter or reinstate such registration during such time as such violation exists or remains.
Any person whose registration has been revoked under the provisions of § 59-9 may reregister and have his/her or its name reentered upon the registration list upon filing with the Department of Public Works and Engineering a certification by the Construction Code Official to the effect that all violations with reference to which conviction was secured have been corrected or are nonexistent, and upon payment of the fee prescribed in § 59-4. If the contractor is deemed incompetent, the licensee must demonstrate to the Construction Code Official that he/she has achieved a level of competence that would enable him/her to perform satisfactory work and justify relicensing.
The Township does not act a guarantor of any of the work done by contractors registered under this chapter.
Any contractor performing work within the Township shall dispose of all household building material, trees, branches, limbs, trunks, stumps and the like upon completion of the work being performed within the Township. The Township shall have no responsibility for the removal of same upon the request of the property owner on whose property the work has been done by the contractor. Furthermore, the contractor shall not be permitted to dispose of such debris in or through the Township facilities, but rather make their own arrangements for the removal and disposal of same.
Violations of the provisions of this chapter shall be punishable as provided in Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article I.