Township of Westampton, NJ
Burlington County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Westampton 12-14-1971 by Ord. No. 4-1971. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Buildings unfit for human habitation — See Ch. 106.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 128.
Floodplain management — See Ch. 131.
Historic preservation — See Ch. 140.
Land use procedures — See Ch. 149.
Licenses and permits — See Ch. 152.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 180.
Sewers — See Ch. 192.
Soil removal — See Ch. 199.
Subdivision of land — See Ch. 215.
Zoning — See Ch. 250.
[Amended 2-28-1974 by Ord. No. 1-1974; 2-24-1977 by Ord. No. 2-1977; 10-26-1978 by Ord. No. 14-1978; 3-22-1979 by Ord. No. 3-1979; 3-24-1983 by Ord. No. 2-1983; 12-27-1984 by Ord. No. 17-1984; 12-21-1987 by Ord. No. 17-1987; 10-16-1989 by Ord. No. 11-1989; 3-2-1992 by Ord. No. 2-1992; 10-22-1996 by Ord. No. 18-1996]
A. 
There is hereby established in the Township of Westampton a State Uniform Construction Code enforcing agency to be known as the "Department of Code Enforcement and Inspections," consisting of a Construction Official, Building Subcode Official, Electrical Subcode Official, Fire Subcode Official, Plumbing Subcode Official, Elevator 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. 
Each official position created in Subsection A hereof shall be filled by a person qualified for such a position pursuant to P.L. 1975, c.217, 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 per P.L. 1975, c.217, and N.J.A.C. 5:23 to hold each such position.
C. 
The public shall have the right to do business with the enforcing agency at the Westampton Township Municipal Building, 710 Rancocas Road, Westampton, New Jersey, except for emergencies and unforeseen or unavoidable circumstances. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
All appeals will be handled by the Burlington County Construction Board of Appeals pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.40.
A permit shall be required for all general construction work, except for ordinary repairs as provided for in Section 5:23-2.7 of the State Uniform Construction Code which do not violate any of the regulations.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.7.
[Amended 3-14-2000 by Ord. No. 3-2000; 12-12-2000 by Ord. No. 22-2000; 4-10-2007 by Ord. No. 9-2007; 2-23-2010 by Ord. No. 4-2010; 3-21-2016 by Ord. No. 3-2016; 8-1-2016 by Ord. No. 18-2016; 6-18-2019 by Ord. No. 4-2019]
The fee for a construction permit shall be the sum of the subcode fees listed in Subsections A through I below and shall be paid before the permit is issued.
A. 
Building subcode fees.
(1) 
New construction. Fees for new construction shall be based upon the volume of the building or structure as computed in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.28. The new construction fee shall be in the amount of $0.048 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 $0.036 per cubic foot of volume for Use Groups A-1, A-2, A-3, A-4, F-1, F-2, S-1 and S-2, and the fee shall be $0.024 per cubic foot for structures on farms, including commercial farm buildings under N.J.A.C. 5:23-3.2(d). The minimum fee shall be $75.
(2) 
Renovations, alterations and repairs. Fees for renovations, alterations and repairs shall be based upon the estimated cost of the work. The fee shall be $46 per $1,000, or a fraction thereof, for the first $50,000 of estimated cost of construction; from $50,001 to and including $100,000, the fee shall be $35 per $1,000 of the estimated cost of construction; and above $100,000, the additional fee shall be in the amount of $28 per $1,000 of estimated cost above $100,000, provided that the minimum fee of $75 shall be paid. For the purpose of determining estimated cost, the applicant shall submit to the Department cost data produced either by the architect or engineer of record, or by a recognized estimating firm, or by the actual contract signed by the owner and the contractor. A bona fide contractor's bid, if available, shall be submitted. Where any material or labor is furnished or provided at no cost, its normal or usual cost shall be included in the estimated cost. The Department shall make the final decision regarding the estimated cost.
(3) 
Minor construction. Fees for minor construction work shall be based upon the estimated cost of construction. The fee shall be as listed in the renovations, alterations and repairs Subsection A(2), above. Minor work shall be as described in the State Uniform Construction Code, N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.17A.
(4) 
Exterior additions. For exterior additions, the fee shall be $0.040 per cubic foot of building or structure volume for the added portion, with a minimum fee of $69.
(5) 
Renovations and additions combination. For combinations of renovations and additions, the fee shall be computed separately as renovations and additions.
(6) 
Zoning applications. Pursuant to Chapter 250, Zoning, the fee to file a zoning application for review shall be charged a flat fee of $50 for Groups R3, R4 and R5. All other use groups shall be charged a flat fee of $100.
(7) 
Demolition. The fee for a demolition or removal permit shall be $100 for a structure of less than 5,000 square feet in area and less than 30 feet in height, for a one- or two-family dwelling (Use Group R-3 or R-5 of the building subcode), and structures on farms, including commercial farm buildings under N.J.A.C. 5:23-3.2(d), and $151 for all other groups.
(8) 
Signs. Fees for ground-mount, monument and pylon signs shall be $6 per square foot for the first 100 square feet, $4.50 per square foot for the next 400 square feet and $3 per square foot thereafter. The minimum fee shall be $69.
(9) 
Asbestos abatement. The administrative fee for an asbestos abatement permit shall be $176.
(10) 
Tents. The fee shall be $138 for tents greater than 16,800 square feet or more than 140 feet in any dimension.
(11) 
Swimming pools. The fee for an aboveground swimming pool shall be $150. The fee for an in-ground swimming pool shall be $225.
(12) 
Solar/photovoltaic systems shall be charged a flat fee of $250 for Groups R3, R4 and R5.
B. 
Plumbing subcode fees.
(1) 
The fee shall be in the amount of $15 per fixture or stack for all fixtures as listed in the following Subsection B(2).
(2) 
The fee shall be $97 per special device for the following: grease traps, oil separators, water-cooled air-conditioning units, refrigeration units, utility service connections, backflow preventors, steam boilers, hot-water boilers (excluding those for domestic water heating), active solar systems, sewer pumps, interceptors and fuel-oil piping.
(3) 
The fee shall be $15 per appliance connected to the gas piping.
(4) 
For the purpose of computing this fee, fixtures or stacks shall include but not be limited to lavatories, kitchen sinks, slop sinks, urinals, water closets, bathtubs, floor drains, drinking fountains, dishwashers, garbage disposals, clothes washers, hot-water heaters or similar devices.
(5) 
The minimum fee shall be $69.
C. 
Electrical subcode fees.
(1) 
For one to 50 receptacles and fixtures, the fee shall be $54; for each 25 additional receptacles or fixtures, the fee shall be $15. For the purpose of computing this fee, receptacles or fixtures shall include lighting, outlets, wall switches, fluorescent fixtures, convenience receptacles, alarm devices, smoke and heat detectors, communications outlets, light standards, carbon monoxide detectors, emergency lights, electric signs, exit lights, motors or similar devices less than one horsepower or one kilowatt.
(2) 
For each motor or electrical device one horsepower and less than or equal to 10 horsepower and for transformers and generators greater than one kilowatt and less than or equal to 10 kilowatts, the fee shall be $15.
(3) 
For each motor or electrical device greater than 10 horsepower and less than or equal to 50 horsepower; for each service panel, service entrance or subpanel less than or equal to 225 amps; and for all transformers and generators greater than 10 kilowatts and less than or equal to 45 kilowatts, the fee shall be $69.
(4) 
For each motor or electrical device greater than 50 horsepower and less than or equal to 100 horsepower; for each service panel, service entrance or subpanel greater than 225 amperes and less than or equal to 1,000 amperes; and for transformers and generators greater than 45 kilowatts and less than or equal to 112.5 kilowatts, the fee shall be $138.
(5) 
For each motor or electrical device greater than 100 horsepower; for each service panel, service entrance or subpanel greater than 1,000 amperes; and for each transformer or generator greater than 112.5 kilowatts, the fee shall be $685.
(6) 
For the purpose of computing these fees, all motors except those in plug-in appliances shall be counted, including control equipment, generators, transformers and all heat cooking or other devices consuming or generating electrical current.
(7) 
Solar/photovoltaic systems: The fee shall be based on the designated kilowatt rating of the solar/photovoltaic system as follows:
(a) 
One to 50 kilowatts: The fee shall be $75.
(b) 
Fifty-one to 100 kilowatts: The fee shall be $200.
(c) 
Greater than 100 kilowatts: The fee shall be $576.
(8) 
Annual swimming pool certification: The fee shall be $150.
(9) 
The minimum fee shall be $69.
D. 
Fire subcode fees. Fire-protection and hazardous equipment shall include sprinklers, standpipes, smoke and heat detectors, pre-engineered fire suppression systems, gas- and oil-fired appliances not connected to the plumbing system, kitchen exhaust systems, incinerators and crematoriums.
(1) 
Sprinkler and detection equipment. In computing fees for sprinkler heads and smoke/heat detectors, the number of each shall be counted separately, and two fees, one for sprinkler heads and one for smoke/heat detectors, shall be charged.
(a) 
The fee for 20 or fewer sprinkler heads or smoke/heat detectors shall be $82.
(b) 
The fee for 21 to and including 100 sprinkler heads or smoke/heat detectors shall be $151.
(c) 
The fee for 101 to and including 200 sprinkler heads or smoke/heat detectors shall be $289.
(d) 
The fee for 201 to and including 400 sprinkler heads or smoke/heat detectors shall be $748.
(e) 
The fee for 401 to and including 1,000 sprinkler heads or smoke/heat detectors shall be $1,036.
(f) 
The fee for over 1,000 sprinkler heads or smoke/heat detectors shall be $1,323.
(2) 
The fee for each standpipe shall be $289.
(3) 
The fee for each independent pre-engineered system shall be $138.
(4) 
The fee for each gas- or oil-fired appliance which is not connected to the plumbing system shall be $75.
(5) 
The fee for each kitchen exhaust system shall be $125.
(6) 
The fee for each incinerator shall be $460.
(7) 
The fee for the installation or removal of flammable or combustible liquid tanks shall be $69 per tank.
E. 
Certificate of occupancy fees.
(1) 
The fee for a certificate of occupancy be shall be charged a flat fee of $100 for Groups R3, R4 and R5. All other use groups shall be charged a flat fee of $200.
(2) 
The fee for a certificate of occupancy granted pursuant to a change of use group shall be $150. The fee for a change of ownership/tenant or certificate of continued occupancy shall be $150.
(3) 
The administrative fee for each certificate of occupancy issued following the successful completion of an asbestos abatement project shall be $35.
F. 
Elevator subcode fees: pursuant to the state fees as mandated by N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.20.
G. 
Refunds. In the event that a building permit becomes null and void, or when monies are requested to be refunded for permits not used, the volume of the work actually completed shall be computed. Any excess for the uncompleted work shall be returned to the permit holder; except that all penalties that may have been imposed on the permit holder under the requirements of the regulations shall first be collected. Plan review fees are not refundable.
H. 
Prototype. Where a design is used repeatedly at different locations, the plans attached to the first application for a construction permit may be designated as prototype or master plans either by the Construction Official or the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. Subsequent submittals shall consist of a plot plan, including utilities, floor plan, exterior elevations and a reference to the prototype plan by application or permit number [N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.15]. The construction permit fee shall be reduced by 5%.
I. 
Plan review fees. Twenty percent of the amount of the construction permit fee shall be deemed to be the plan review fee.
When the enforcing agency uses the services of a private on-site inspections and plan review agency to enforce one or more subcodes, the fees charged to the municipality by the private on-site agency shall be a percentage of those fees charged by the Department of Community Affairs' current fee schedule, pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.14(k) and N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.20. Such fees may change and become effective without further notice as provided in N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.20.
A. 
The Construction Official shall, with the advice of the subcode officials, prepare and submit to Council biannually a report and any other expenses of the municipality fairly attributable to the enforcement of the State Uniform Construction Code Act.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 52:27D-119 et seq.
B. 
In order to provide for the training, certification and technical support programs required by the Uniform Construction Code Act and the regulations, the enforcing agency shall collect in addition to the fees specified above a surcharge fee of $0.0016 per cubic foot of volume of new construction and $0.80 per $1,000 value of alteration and renovation construction cost. Said surcharge fee shall be remitted to the Department of Community Affairs, State of New Jersey, on a quarterly basis.
C. 
A Municipal Monthly Activity Report (Form R-810) shall be filed with the Department of Community Affairs on a monthly basis in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23 4.5(d).
The provisions of this article shall govern the materials and construction of shelters constructed for protection of persons from radioactive fallout from enemy nuclear bombs.
For the purpose of this chapter, the terms used herein are defined as follows:
FAMILY FALLOUT SHELTER
A shelter intended for personal use by the owner and his immediate family.
GROUP FALLOUT SHELTER
All fallout shelters other than family fallout shelters.
Family fallout shelters shall be designed and constructed in accordance with the provisions of Publication MP-15, the Family Fall Out Shelter, June 1959 Edition, issued by the Office of Civil and Defense Mobilizations, its latest amendments, revisions or supplements in effect on the date of application for the building permit.
Other fallout shelters shall be designed and constructed in accordance with Annex 10 of Appendix 2 of the publication Fall Out Shelter Surveys Guide for Architects and Engineers issued by the Office of Civil and Defense Mobilizations, its latest amendments, revisions or supplements in effect on the date of the application for the building permit.
No fee shall be charged under this chapter for permits issued for fallout shelters of either class.
A. 
No fallout shelter of either class shall be used for any purpose other than as a temporary shelter in the event of attack by an enemy of the United States, or temporary protection from imminent natural disaster.
B. 
In the event of any conflict between the provisions of the aforesaid publications and the ordinance hereby supplemented, such publications shall govern; but said ordinance shall govern any matters not covered by such publications, to the extent that they are not inconsistent with the intent thereof.
A printed copy in book form of each of the publications referred to in Article II have been annexed to this chapter and made a part thereof as fully as if set forth herein, each similarly marked so as plainly to indicate what portions thereof it is intended to adopt, and three printed copies thereof have been placed on file in the office of the Township Clerk upon the introduction hereof and shall remain on file there until final action is taken hereon and shall thereafter remain on file for so long as this chapter is in effect, for the use and examination of the public.
The provisions of this chapter shall be enforced by the Building Inspector of the Township of Westampton in conjunction with the other departments of the Township of Westampton.
[Amended 2-28-1974 by Ord. No. 1-1974]
Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of the code hereby adopted or fail to comply therewith, or who shall violate or fail to comply with any order made thereunder, or who shall build in violation of any statement of specifications or plans submitted and approved thereunder, or any certificate or permit issued thereunder, and from which no appeal has been taken, shall severally, for each and every such violation and noncompliance respectively, be subject to a fine not exceeding $500 or imprisonment in the county jail for a term not exceeding 90 days, or both, in the discretion of the court before whom such conviction may be had. The imposition of one penalty for any violation shall not excuse the violation nor permit it to continue, and all such persons shall be required to correct or remedy such violations or defects within a reasonable time. When not otherwise specified, each 10 days that prohibited conditions are maintained shall constitute a separate offense.