[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Passaic 2-19-1987 by Ord. No. 969-87. Amendments noted where applicable.]
On and after the effective date of this chapter, no person shall demolish any structure, remove any fences and guard posts, dispose of any excess fill materials or rubbish, fill any cellar or other depression, remove footings or do any related work except in conformity with the provisions of this chapter.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- The razing of all structures, removal of all fences and guard posts and related work, which shall include disposal of any excess fill materials and rubbish, filling of cellars and all other depressions, rodent extermination and removal of all footings.
- Any natural person, partnership, firm, association, corporation, joint venture or other business entity.
The demolition contractor shall cap all sanitary house laterals at the curbline with a plug and joint material subject to approval of the City Engineer. Sidewalks removed or damaged from this work shall be replaced after backfilling and proper tamping with acceptable materials approved by the City Engineer. The Contractor shall be responsible for obtaining and paying for all necessary permits.
The demolition contractor shall be responsible for removal of the following services:
Water services to the site or sites shall be disconnected by the Passaic Valley Water Commission.
Natural gas services to the site or sites and gas meters on the site or sites must be disconnected and removed by Public Service Electric & Gas Company.
Electrical services to the site or sites and electric meters on the site or sites must be disconnected and removed by Public Service Electric & Gas Company.
Telephone services to the site or sites and overhead service wires between poles and the site or sites must be removed by New Jersey Bell Telephone Company.
No demolition may take place until all of the above have been properly completed.
Before commencing any demolition work, the contractor shall carry out effective measures for the eradication of rodents. This work shall be performed by qualified exterminators having adequate experience in this type of work and who shall be subject to the prior approval of the City of Passaic. The demolition contractor, when submitting the name of an exterminator for approval by the City of Passaic, shall include a statement of his qualifications such as how long in business, names of five of his largest projects performed, and the size of the organization.
The method and types of bait used shall be subject to the approval of the Passaic Division of Health, which will perform periodic inspections during the progress of work; the contractor shall advise the Health Department as to when he proposes starting operations and when completed. Upon completion of the extermination work, the contractor shall submit to the City of Passaic a certificate from the Health Division stating that the work has been performed to its satisfaction.
Cesspools, privies or other sanitary facilities not connected to the city sanitary sewer system shall be cleaned by removal of all organic waste and thoroughly fumigated with an ample application of hypochlorite and then filled with clean earth. Notwithstanding these requirements, the contractor shall also conform to all regulations of the City of Passaic Division of Health regarding such work.
Suitable barriers, subject to the approval of the City of Passaic, shall be erected and maintained by the contractor around all operations and all openings in the ground as long as such operations or openings shall, in the opinion of the City of Passaic, constitute a hazard or a dangerous condition.
The contractor shall furnish, erect and maintain approved danger, warning and "Keep Out" signs at places and locations where the placing of such signs is necessary for public safety or as directed by the City of Passaic, such signs to be sufficiently illuminated.
The contractor shall prevent or control to the satisfaction of the City of Passaic any dust which may result from any demolition operation, including that which might result from the use of chutes.
The contractor shall clean out each cellar of all trash and other material not suitable for backfilling and remove the same from the project site. All concrete cellar floors shall be broken up with a heavy hammer or maul, which work shall be approved by the City of Passaic before any fill material shall be deposited.
All walls and foundations shall be broken to cellar floor slab level. All floor construction, paved interior walls, parking areas, alleys, area drains and catch basins, etc., within the property lines shall be broken up. All basement partitions, furnaces, heating apparatus, piping, gasoline or oil tanks, miscellaneous fixtures and stairways shall be removed at the start of demolition or before any fill is deposited in cellars. Oil tanks are to be removed from the ground or under sidewalk area. Public sidewalks and curbing adjacent to the site are not to be removed but left as they now exist. All footings shall be removed.
The contractor shall leave contiguous buildings in a safe condition and shall not deface, mar, hurt or jeopardize any adjacent buildings which are not to be demolished, and any damage done to such adjacent or nearby buildings shall be repaired, and the repair shall be the responsibility of the contractor.
The first floor flooring of each building shall remain intact until the walls are down, and no material shall be allowed to collect in the cellar during demolition. No unstable or combustible material will be permitted in the fill, and any material encountered in the demolition which the contractor proposes to use as fill shall be stored on the ground until the walls are down. Fill will not be permitted in the cellars until the walls are down. Inert material, such as brick, broken concrete, plaster and earth, will be acceptable as fill material; debris, trash and all wood material will not be accepted.
All depressions, including abandoned cellar excavations, pits and other open areas below ground level where there are no structures to be demolished, shall be filled to grade as specified. The entire ground surface of the demolition site shall be finished to a reasonable level and uniform plane.
The demolition of any structure shall be complete, and its cellar area, as well as all other subsurface areas, shall be completely cleared of any and all unstable or combustible material before any backfilling operations may be started.
Backfill shall be placed in lifts of no greater than 12 inches. Voids are to be prevented. Backfill material (concrete pieces) cannot be larger than two feet in diameter. The contractor shall furnish, at his expense, all additional fill material required for filling subsurface areas to levels of adjacent existing grades. Said material required shall be of a quality acceptable to the City of Passaic, and a sufficient quantity shall be on hand to ensure uninterrupted progress in completing the backfilling. The site is to be graded to allow runoff towards the street. No concave surface will be approved.
Curbs, sidewalks and street paving are not to be moved or damaged. Broken sidewalks or flagstone pavement slabs removed during the excavation for the capping of sanitary laterals or other utilities shall be replaced or repaved after excavations have been backfilled using a four-inch thickness of concrete (Class B).
The contractor shall remove any refuse or other material of any kind from all properties on the site. Upon completion of the work, the site shall be free of debris.
The contractor or owner may offer for sale materials salvaged from the demolition, but no material may be brought to the site for resale.
Before any permit for demolition shall be issued, the contractor shall post with the city an escrow amount of not less than $1,000, the amount to be determined by the Construction Official, except in the case of one-family dwellings, where the total amount shall be $500, to insure prompt and proper completion of the work. Such escrows shall be returned immediately upon approval of the work as required in § 116-20 hereof.
Letters indicating approval of demolition work as performed by the contractor are to be obtained from the City Engineer and the Division of Health and are to be submitted to the Construction Official for inclusion in the building file along with his approval before any demolition work shall be considered approved.
If, in the course of demolition work, hazardous or toxic materials are encountered, work is to be halted forthwith and shall not be resumed until the appropriate city, state or federal agency gives permission to do so. It is the contractor's responsibility to notify the city when he encounters hazardous or toxic materials and to cease work until told to resume.
In addition to the provisions of this chapter, the contractor shall comply with all codes, rules and regulations adopted by or promulgated by the Air Pollution Control Commission of the State of New Jersey, created under Chapter 212, P.L. 1954, and any amendments thereto.
All operations in connection with demolition and all other work shall be completed in a workmanlike manner acceptable to the City of Passaic and to local municipal authorities.
The contractor shall be responsible for keeping the city streets adjacent to the site cleaned of all debris resulting from his operation.
Each violation of a section or subsection of this chapter shall constitute a separate and distinct violation independent of any other section or subsection hereof. Each day's failure to comply with any section or subsection of this chapter shall constitute a separate violation.
A violation of any section or subsection of this chapter shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed $1,000 or by 30 days in jail, or both.