Township of Rochelle Park, NJ
Bergen County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Rochelle Park 5-2-1977 by Ord. No. 398; amended in its entirety 12-18-2002 by Ord. No. 872-02. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Contractors — See Ch. 83.
Flood hazard areas — See Ch. 104.
Land use and development regulations — See Ch. 185.
[Amended 5-16-2007 by Ord. No. 963-07[1]]
A. 
There is hereby established in the Township of Rochelle Park a State Uniform Construction Code enforcing agency to be known as the "Code Enforcement Department." This Department shall consist of the following:
(1) 
Director of the Code Enforcement Department/Construction Code Official/Property Maintenance Officer.
(2) 
Building Subcode Official/Zoning Enforcement Officer.
(3) 
Plumbing Subcode Official.
(4) 
Electrical Subcode Official.
(5) 
Fire Protection Subcode Official.
(6) 
Control person.
(7) 
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.
B. 
Each official position created in Subsection A hereof shall be filled by a person qualified for such position pursuant to N.J.S.A. 52:27D-119 et seq., 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 pursuant to the aforementioned laws.
C. 
The public shall have the right to do business with the Code Enforcement Department at one office location, except for emergencies and unforseen or unavoidable circumstances, during such hours as may be determined and established by the Township Committee. These hours shall include at least one evening per week.
D. 
All personnel shall be appointed or assigned to the Code Enforcement Department by the Township Committee pursuant to law.
E. 
The Director of the Code Enforcement Department/Construction Code Official/Property Maintenance Officer shall be a full-time employee of the Township of Rochelle Park who shall have the following duties and responsibilities. The following list is intended to be illustrative, not exhaustive, and, therefore, this individual employee shall perform all other work and services as required by this position as welt as by state law:
(1) 
Represent the Department, on behalf of the Township Committee, to the public.
(2) 
Identify goals and establish annual business plan to serve as a constant improvement.
(3) 
Manage all staff assigned to the Building, Zoning and Property Maintenance Departments.
(a) 
Maintain job description and work force.
(4) 
Assist in supervision of the Township Engineer.
(a) 
Review monthly voucher.
(5) 
Coordinate subcode officials' responsibilities and assignments, to be efficiently offered as a professional service, justifying fees collected.
(a) 
Facilitate bimonthly review meeting.
(b) 
Maintain mentor and continuing education opportunities.
(6) 
Coordinate local permit review, inspection and maintenance.
(7) 
Supervise, administrate and assist support staff, including control person. This shall include preparation of annual evaluations of all staff members.
(8) 
Organize business systems, put in place monitoring controls, organize filing and provide procedures to ensure maintenance of approvals.
(9) 
Review permit and inspection processes to offer final approvals and/or actions.
(a) 
Review and call for prior approvals.
(b) 
Call for subcode review.
(c) 
Review all applications to the Zoning Board of Adjustment and submit a written report and evaluation to the Zoning Board of Adjustment on each application reviewed.
[Amended 6-16-2010 by Ord. No. 1015-10; 8-17-2011 by Ord. No. 1038-11]
(10) 
Attend all meetings of the Rochelle Park Planning Board.
[Amended 6-16-2010 by Ord. No. 1015-10; 8-17-2011 by Ord. No. 1038-11]
(11) 
Respond to and assist in connection with any and all emergencies which may from time to time arise and which involve any areas under the jurisdiction of the Building, Zoning and Property Maintenance Departments.
F. 
The positions of Building Subcode Official, Plumbing Subcode Official, Electrical Subcode Official and Fire Protection Subcode Official shall be part-time positions and the position of control person shall be a full-time position. The Township Committee shall attempt, when possible, to appoint one person to hold more than one subcode official, provided that same is permissible pursuant to state law.
G. 
The salaries and other terms, conditions, obligations and entitlements of employment shall be determined pursuant to the Annual Salary Ordinance adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Rochelle Park, and the employee holding such position shall fully comply with and be bound by Chapter 27 of the Code of the Township of Rochelle Park entitled "Personnel."
H. 
All employees of the Department shall, at all times, maintain a maximum level of professionalism and courtesy in all dealings with members of the public and in a timely manner. The employee shall recognize, at all times, that they are public servants who have been appointed to their position to serve the Township of Rochelle Park, its residents, taxpayers, property owners and developers.
I. 
The duties of the Property Maintenance Officer shall be as set forth in Chapter 150 of the Code of the Township of Rochelle Park and the duties of the Zoning Enforcement Officer shall be as set forth in Chapter 185 of the Code of the Township of Rochelle Park.
J. 
Additional duties.
(1) 
In addition to the enforcement of the State Uniform Construction Code and other state codes described above, the Code Enforcement Department shall be charged with the responsibility of supervision and enforcement of the following:
(a) 
Housing inspections pursuant to Chapter 117 of the Code of the Township of Rochelle Park;
(b) 
Construction and building;
(c) 
Fire prevention pursuant to Chapter 102 of the Code of the Township of Rochelle Park;
(d) 
Enforcement of the Noise Ordinance.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 135, Noise.
(2) 
The Construction Official shall be the chief administrator of the Code Enforcement Department.
[1]
Editor's Note: Pursuant to this ordinance, Ch. 80, formerly entitled "Construction Codes, Uniform," was retitled.
The Township of Rochelle Park shall be subject to the jurisdiction of the Bergen County Construction Board of Appeals as the administrative agency responsible for handling appeals pursuant to the Uniform Construction Code of the State of New Jersey.
[Amended 5-20-2009 by Ord. No. 1001-09]
A. 
The fee for a construction permit shall be the sum of the subcode fees, plus all applicable special fees, listed herein and shall be issued as required by the Uniform Construction Code Regulations, 5:23-2.15(e)3i(3). A separate fee computed by volume or estimated cost will be charged at the same rate as designated.
B. 
Building subcode fees shall be:
(1) 
New construction and additions: $0.040 per cubic foot.
[Amended 3-16-2011 by Ord. No. 1029-11]
(a) 
Minimum fee, principal building, garages: $150.
(b) 
Minimum fee, accessory building over 100 square feet: $125.
(2) 
State training surcharge fee: $0.0022 per cubic foot.
(a) 
State training fee based upon estimated cost: $0.00009 per cost.
(3) 
Renovations, alterations and repairs: $26 per $1,000 of estimated cost.
[Amended 3-16-2011 by Ord. No. 1029-11]
(a) 
Minimum fee (all subcodes): $60.
(b) 
Reroof: $25 per $1,000.
(c) 
Re-side: $25 per $1,000.
(d) 
Retaining walls over three feet (residential): $25 per $1,000.
(e) 
Retaining walls over three feet (commercial): $25 per $1,000.
(4) 
Combinations of renovations and additions are to be determined by combining the fees for the appropriate parts.
(5) 
Partial permits for footings and foundation: no additional fee.
[Amended 3-16-2011 by Ord. No. 1029-11]
(6) 
Semipermanent trailers used for construction offices and storage: $315 commercial.
[Amended 3-16-2011 by Ord. No. 1029-11]
(7) 
Certificate of occupancy:
(a) 
Residential: $100 each.
[Amended 3-16-2011 by Ord. No. 1029-11]
(b) 
Commercial: $262.50 each.
(8) 
Certificate of approval: $0.
[Amended 3-16-2011 by Ord. No. 1029-11]
(9) 
Temporary certificate of occupancy:
[Amended 3-16-2011 by Ord. No. 1029-11]
(a) 
Residential: $150.
(b) 
Commercial: $250.
(10) 
Certificate of continued occupancy:
(a) 
Residential: $105 per unit.
(b) 
Commercial: $250.
(11) 
Annual permits as per N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.14: one to 25, $667/worker.
[Amended 3-16-2011 by Ord. No. 1029-11]
(12) 
Demolition:
[Amended 3-16-2011 by Ord. No. 1029-11]
(a) 
Use Groups R-3 and R-4: $175 each.
(b) 
All other use groups or over 10,000 square feet: $525 each.
(c) 
Accessory structures: $150 each.
(13) 
Swimming pools, including fences (aboveground): $125 each.
[Amended 3-16-2011 by Ord. No. 1029-11]
(14) 
Swimming pools, including fences (in-ground): $175 each.
[Amended 3-16-2011 by Ord. No. 1029-11]
(15) 
Swimming pools (public): $525 each.
(16) 
Relocation of structures: $500 each.
[Amended 3-16-2011 by Ord. No. 1029-11]
(17) 
Modular houses: $500 each.
[Amended 3-16-2011 by Ord. No. 1029-11]
(18) 
Signs:
(a) 
Up to six square feet: $100.
(b) 
Six or more square feet: $200.
(19) 
Masonry fireplaces: $150 each.
[Amended 3-16-2011 by Ord. No. 1029-11]
(20) 
Storage tanks, including replacement: $75 each.
[Amended 3-16-2011 by Ord. No. 1029-11]
(20.1) 
Variations: $150.
[Added 3-16-2011 by Ord. No. 1029-11]
(21) 
Zoning permits: $52.50.
(a) 
Driveway expansion, recapping: $75.
(b) 
Sidewalk:
[1] 
One to three slabs: $50.
[2] 
More than three slabs: $75.
(c) 
Curbing, per fifty-foot section: $50.
(22) 
Minimum fee (includes L.P.G., flammable liquids, combustible liquids and gases): $105 each.
C. 
Mechanical and fire subcode fees shall be:
(1) 
Continuing inspections:
(a) 
High-pressure boilers (annual): $262.50 each.
(b) 
Refrigeration systems (annual): $262.50 each.
(c) 
Cross connections and backflow preventers, commercial (quarterly): $52.50 each.
(d) 
Pressure vessels (annual): $105 each.
(2) 
All heating appliances and HVAC equipment, including solid-fuel-burning appliances and duct work, new or replacement: $105 each.
(3) 
Fire dampers: $11 per damper.
(4) 
Kitchen exhausts systems:
(a) 
Residential: $52.50 each.
(b) 
Commercial: $300 each.
(5) 
Incinerators and crematories: $5,250 each.
(6) 
Swimming pool heaters: $105 each.
(7) 
Fire pumps: $1,050 each.
(8) 
Central fire control center: $2,100 each.
(9) 
Automatic fire detection and alarm systems:
(a) 
Commercial:
[1] 
One to 25 heads: $157.50.
[2] 
Twenty-six to 100 heads: $367.50.
[3] 
More than 100 heads: $6 per additional head.
(b) 
Residential: $105.
(10) 
Chimneys, vents and shafts:
(a) 
Residential: $105 each.
(b) 
Commercial: $210 each.
(11) 
Fire suppression systems, including water sprinkler; dry chemical; foam; carbon dioxide; or other chemical agents:
(a) 
Each installation one to 25 heads or nozzles: $152.50.
(b) 
Each installation 26 to 75 heads or nozzles: $310.
(c) 
Each installation 76 to 200 heads or nozzles: $525.
(d) 
Each additional 105 heads or nozzles or portion thereof: $105 per 100.
(12) 
Standpipes:
(a) 
Two-and-one-half-inch pipes per riser: $310 each.
(b) 
Four-inch pipes per riser: $525 each.
(c) 
Six-inch pipes per riser: $787.50 each.
(d) 
Eight-inch pipes per riser: $1,050 each.
(e) 
Larger than eight-inch pipes per riser: $1,260 each.
(13) 
Manual fire alarms: $262.50.
(a) 
Plus each pull station: $11.
(14) 
Minimum fee: $52.50.
D. 
Plumbing subcode fee schedule shall be:
(1) 
Hot water heater (new and replacement):
(a) 
Residential: $75 each.
(b) 
Commercial: $125 each.
(2) 
Grease traps and oil separators, backflow devices:
(a) 
Residential: $52.50 each.
(b) 
Commercial: $105 each.
(3) 
Sewer connection (sanitary or storm):
(a) 
Residential (first 200 feet): $105.
[1] 
Each additional 100 feet or portion thereof: $52.50.
(b) 
Commercial (first 200 feet): $210.
[1] 
Each additional 100 feet or portion thereof: $105.
(4) 
Gas piping:
(a) 
Residential (first 100 feet): $52.50.
(b) 
Commercial (first 100 feet): $210.
(c) 
Each additional 100 feet: $105.
(5) 
Dry sewers (sanitary or storm):
(a) 
Residential (first 100 feet): $105.
(b) 
Commercial (first 100 feet): $210.
(c) 
Each additional 100 feet: $105.
(6) 
Swimming pools (commercial): $525.
(7) 
Water service:
(a) 
Residential (first 100 feet): $105.
(b) 
Commercial (first 100 feet): $210.
(c) 
Each additional 100 feet: $105.
(8) 
Heating appliances:
(a) 
Residential: $100 per unit.
(b) 
Commercial: $250 per unit.
(9) 
Plumbing fixtures: $52.50 each.
(10) 
Minimum fee: $52.50.
E. 
Electrical subcode fee schedule shall be:
(1) 
Switching, lighting, receptacle outlets:
(a) 
One to 25 outlets: $105.
(b) 
Each additional 25 outlets or fraction thereof: $52.50.
(2) 
Pool, spa, tub electrical certificate of compliance: $105.
(3) 
Service panels, equipment, service entrance subpanels, temporary services and feeders:
(a) 
Zero to 100 amps: $105 each.
(b) 
One hundred one to 300 amps: $152.50 each.
(c) 
Three hundred one to 1,000 amps: $315 each.
(d) 
Over 1,000 amps: $525 each.
(4) 
Electrical devices, generators, transformers:
(a) 
One kw to 10 kw: $52.50 each.
(b) 
Eleven kw to 45 kw: $105 each.
(c) 
Forty-six kw to 112.5 kw: $157.50 each.
(d) 
Over 112.5 kw: $210 each.
(5) 
Motor schedule, includes air conditioners, generators, electric furnaces and welders:
(a) 
Single unit or group not to exceed one HP to 10 HP, KW or KVA: $52.50 each.
(b) 
Over 10 HP to 50 HP, KVA, or KW: $105 each.
(c) 
Over 50 HP, to 100 HP, KVA or KW: $210 each.
(d) 
Over 100 HP, KW, KVA: $262.50 each.
(6) 
Minimum fee is $52.50.
A. 
Public buildings (county and Township). No fee shall be charged for any type of construction permitted for any building or structure owned by the County of Bergen or the Township of Rochelle Park or any of their subordinate agencies.
B. 
The Construction Official shall, with the advice of the subcode officials, prepare and submit to the Township Committee, biannually, a report recommending a fee schedule based on the operating expenses of the agency and any other expenses of the municipality fairly attributable to the enforcement of the Stale Uniform Construction Act.
C. 
Surcharge fees.
(1) 
The fee provided herein for surcharge shall be $0.0016 per cubic foot. The surcharge training fee for alterations shall be $0.0008 per $1,000 of estimated cost.
(2) 
The enforcing agency shall report annually at the end of each fiscal year to the Bureau of Housing Inspection, and not later than July 31, the total amount of the surcharge fee collected in the fiscal year. In the fiscal year in which the regulations first become effective, said report shall be for the third and fourth quarters only.
D. 
No person shall be charged a construction permit surcharge fee or enforcing agency fee for any construction, reconstruction, alteration or improvement designed and undertaken solely to promote accessibility by disabled persons to an existing public or private structure or any of the facilities contained therein.
All appointments, qualifications for appointment, internal procedures, hearings and notice relative thereto, appeals and filing therefor shall be and are hereby governed by Chapter 217, Laws of New Jersey 1975,[1] and Title 5 Chapter 23, of the New Jersey Administrative Code, as amended and supplemented, three copies of each being on file in the Code Enforcement Department and Office of the Township Clerk.
[1]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 52:27D-119 et seq.
Upon publication and passage as prescribed by law, this chapter shall be filed and recorded with the Bureau of Housing Inspection, New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, and retained on file as a public record in the Office of the Township Clerk, Construction Official and Code Enforcement Department.