[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Borough Council of the Borough of Berlin 6-17-1968 by Ord. No. 68-3 as Ch. 29 of the 1968 Code. Amendments noted where applicable]
Every person, firm or corporation engaged in the business of constructing, erecting, altering, repairing, restoring, reroofing, re-siding, moving or demolishing the whole or any part of buildings or structures or engaged in the construction and installation of swimming pools or engaged in the business of erecting or altering signs, for any of which a permit is required by applicable ordinances of the Borough of Berlin, shall be required to register the name of such person or firm or corporation with the Building Department.
The owner or occupant of a building or structure applying for a permit required herein shall not be required to register, provided that he intends to do and supervise his own work.
Applications for the registration of contractors shall be submitted to the Building Inspector on forms supplied by him and shall include, in addition to any information he may deem necessary, a statement giving the name or corporate or firm name of the contractor and, in the case of a firm, corporation or partnership, the name and address of the principal officer or principal member of said firm, corporation or partnership. Said application shall also contain the number of years such person, firm or corporation has been in business or in existence at the current location or any prior location, including the addresses of such prior locations, if any. The applicant shall state in which class he desires to be registered, choosing one or more of the classes designated in § 132-5 of this chapter.
No person, firm or corporation shall be registered under this chapter or shall be reregistered after revocation of registration under § 132-7 of this chapter unless and until there is paid to the Borough Clerk, to the account of the Borough of Berlin, therefor a fee of $25; said amount shall be the license fee for an original registration or for reregistration after revocation, as the case may be, for the remainder of the then calendar year. The effective date of such registration or reregistration shall be the date of the issuance, and the expiration date thereof shall be December 31 of the same year.
After registration and for so long as the registration is in effect under § 132-6 of this chapter, said registration shall be renewed annually; the annual fee therefor for each calendar year shall be $10.
[Added 12-3-1990 by Ord. No. 90-40]
Any and all work performed by contractors and sign erectors within the Borough of Berlin shall be done only between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.
For the purpose of this chapter, there shall be the following classes for registration:
General contractor, as follows: a contractor who is proficient in the construction of a building or structure from start to finish and 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 his own organization or appropriate subcontractors and, in the latter event, shall be completely responsible for his subcontractors' work.
Contractor, as follows: a contractor who is proficient in the construction of a building or structure from start to finish and 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 his own work or his own organization or employees.
Roofing and siding contractor, as follows: a contractor who is engaged in the business of, or who is proficient in, the applying of roofing and siding materials to existing or new buildings or structures.
Demolition contractor, as follows: a contractor who is engaged in the business of, or who is proficient in, the demolishing of any building or structure in whole or in part.
Moving contractor, as follows: a contractor who is engaged in the business of, or who is proficient in, the moving of any building or structure.
Swimming pool contractor, as follows: a contractor who is engaged in the business of, or who is proficient in, the installation of swimming pools, their equipment and appurtenances.
Sign or billboard contractor, as follows: a contractor who is engaged in the business of, or who is proficient in, the erection, alteration or maintenance of signs or billboards.
Miscellaneous contractor, as follows: a contractor who is proficient in work of a special character as determined by the Building Inspector.
If any person, firm or corporation registered under the provisions of this chapter shall fail, in the execution of any work for which a permit is required by this or any other ordinance, to comply with the applicable ordinances and regulations of the Borough of Berlin relevant to the construction, erection, alteration, repair, restoration, reroofing, residing, moving or demolition of any building. structure, swimming pool, sign, billboard or part thereof, the Building Inspector shall cause a notice of violation to be served upon such person or the principal member or officer of such firm or corporation in accordance with established procedures as set forth in the National Building Code of the American Insurance Association, 1965 Edition.
Upon conviction for such violation, or upon failure to correct such violation within the period of time stated in the notice of violation, the registration of such person, firm or corporation shall be revoked by the Building Inspector, who shall strike the name of such person, firm or corporation from the registration list and shall not reenter or reinstate such registration during such time as the said violation exists or remains. Upon revocation, the Building Inspector shall forthwith cause notice of such revocation to be published in a newspaper as required by law.
Any person, firm or corporation whose registration has been revoked under the provisions of § 132-6 of this chapter may reregister and have his or its name reentered upon the registration list upon filing with the Borough Clerk a certification by the Building Inspector 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 § 132-3.
[Added 8-17-1970 by Ord. No. 70-10]
Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:49-5, any person, firm, association or corporation violating any section of this chapter shall, upon conviction in the Municipal Court, having jurisdiction, be subject to a fine not exceeding $500 or imprisonment in the county jail or in any place provided by the municipality for the detention of prisoners, for any term not exceeding 90 days, or both.
Any person convicted of the violation of any ordinance may, in the discretion of the court by which he was convicted, and in default of the payment of any fine imposed therefor, be imprisoned in the county jail or place of detention provided by the municipality, for any term not exceeding 90 days.
The court before which any person is convicted of violating this chapter shall have power to impose any fine or term of imprisonment, or suspension thereof, not exceeding the maximum fixed in this chapter.