Township of Mantua, NJ
Gloucester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Mantua 4-26-1977 (Ch. 62 of the 1978 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Affordable housing development fees — See Ch. 98.
Numbering of buildings — See Ch. 130.
Contractors — See Ch. 148.
Fill — See Ch. 172.
Flood damage prevention — See Ch. 188.
Housing standards — See Ch. 217.
Land development — See Ch. 230.
Sewer and water — See Ch. 325.
[Amended 8-23-1977]
A. 
There is hereby established in the Township of Mantua a State Uniform Construction Code enforcing agency, to be known as the "Township of Mantua Uniform Construction Code Enforcement Agency," consisting of a Construction Official, Building Subcode Official, Plumbing Subcode Official, Electrical Subcode Official, Fire Protection 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. The Building Subcode Official Inspector shall be the vice chief.
B. 
Each official position created in Subsection A hereof shall be filled by a person qualified for such position pursuant to P.L. 1975, c. 217 (N.J.S.A. 52:27D-119 et seq.), 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 official position may at any time be held by the same person, provided that such person shall be found to be qualified pursuant to P.L. 1975, c. 217, and N.J.A.C. 5:23 to hold such position.
C. 
The public shall have the right to do any business with the enforcing agency at its office located at the Municipal Building, Mantua, New Jersey, except for emergencies or unforeseen or unavoidable circumstances.
[Amended 5-23-1978; 8-14-1979; 6-22-1982 by Ord. No. 4 of 1982; 3-26-1985; 4-14-1992; 2-25-2008 by Ord. No. O-02-2008; 6-21-2010 by Ord. No. O-09-2010; 9-20-2010 by Ord. No. O-15-2010; 5-16-2011 by Ord. No. O-08-2011; 12-2-2013 by Ord. No. O-10-2013]
A. 
The fee for construction permits shall be the sum of the fees listed in Subsection A(1) through (13) hereof and shall be paid before any permit for construction shall be issued.
(1) 
Building subcode fees: as follows:
(a) 
New construction: The fee shall be computed at $0.034 per cubic foot of building volume, with a minimum of $200 for all new construction and additions.
[1] 
Exception: The fee shall be computed at $0.010 per cubic foot of building volume for farming structures, including commercial farming structures as set forth in N.J.A.C. 5:23-3.2(d).
[2] 
Exception: Large (over 100,000 square feet of footprint), open-volume buildings, such as warehouses, distribution centers, and recreational and storage use buildings, shall be computed at $0.019 per cubic foot of building volume.
[3] 
Exception: Open structures (roofs without walls) accessory to a one- or two-story dwelling: $100 minimum fee.
(b) 
Garden-type sheds and similar structures as accessory to one- or two-family dwellings:
[1] 
One hundred one square feet to 200 square feet: $75 flat fee.
[2] 
Two hundred one square feet and over: $200 minimum fee.
(c) 
Renovations, alterations, repairs and minor work fees: The fee for all work not listed under the following shall be $30 per $1,000 of estimated cost. The minimum fee shall be $75.
[1] 
Decks:
[a] 
Under 100 square feet: $75 flat fee.
[b] 
One hundred square feet to 200 square feet: $100 flat fee.
[c] 
Two hundred one square feet to 400 square feet: $150 flat fee.
[d] 
Four hundred one square feet and over: $200 flat fee.
[2] 
Retaining walls:
[a] 
A retaining wall with a surface area greater than 550 square feet that is associated with a Class 3 residential structure shall have a flat fee of $150.
[b] 
A retaining wall with a surface area of 550 square feet or less that is associated with a Class 3 residential structure shall have a flat fee of $75.
[c] 
A newly constructed retaining wall of any size at other than a Class 3 residential structure shall be based on the cost of the construction.
[3] 
Handicapped fees: Pursuant to the authority under N.J.S.A. 52:27D-126e, no construction permit fee shall be required for the construction, reconstruction, alteration, improvement or repair of a structure and related devices installed or erected for the sole purpose of promoting accessibility by the handicapped, handicapped being defined under N.J.S.A. 51:27D-126e, and conforming to the current N.J.A.C. 5:23.7 Barrier Free Code, and any subsequent amendments or additions thereto. By "waiving the fees" in no way "waives" the right of the enforcing agency to request plans for the purpose of reviewing plans for code compliance.
[4] 
Roofing and siding permits for all one- and two-family dwellings shall be a flat fee of: $75.
[5] 
Demolition and removal permit fees:
[a] 
Structures less than 5,000 square feet, and less than 30 feet in height for one- or two-family residences, and for structures on farms, including commercial farm buildings, and for underground storage tanks (UST), the fee is $82.
[b] 
All other structures: $151.
[6] 
Sign permit fees: The permit fee for the construction, erection or installation of a sign shall be based on the square footage of the surface area (computed for one side of double-faced signs) at rate of $5 per square foot for any freestanding or pylon-type sign and $4 per square foot for any wall sign, with a minimum fee of $75.
The fee herein shall be for each living unit or multiple dwelling, apartment house or building and structures containing separate living units and all other building and structure classifications.
For any item(s) not listed above, a special fee shall be determined by the Construction Official and the Building Subcode Official.
(2) 
Plumbing Subcode fees: as follows:
(a) 
The fee shall be set forth by the State of New Jersey, except the minimum fee shall be $75.
[1] 
Fifteen dollars per plumbing fixture or device, except where specified to the contrary herein. For the purposes of this subsection, fixtures shall include but not be limited to: lavatories, sinks, urinals, water closets, bathtubs, shower stalls, laundry tubs, floor drains, drinking fountains, dishwashers, garbage disposals, clothes washers, hot-water heaters, roof drains, hose bibbs, vent stacks or similar devices and for each appliance converted to gas piping or oil piping.
[2] 
Eighty-two for the following special devices: soda dispensers, coffee makers, acid-neutralizing devices, grease interceptors, oil and/or sand interceptors, backflow preventers, water-cooled air-conditioning or refrigeration units, several electors, hot water, steam boilers, low-water cutoffs, and mixing valves. This list is not exhaustive, and the fee shall also apply to special fixtures or equipment delineated in the Plumbing Code.
[3] 
Eighty-two for each water and sewer connection, flammable/combustible liquid and gas piping systems.
[4] 
Sixty-five for the following: baseboard radiation and radon piping.
[5] 
Unless specified herein to the contrary, a minimum plumbing fee shall be $75.
[6] 
For any item not specifically listed or included above, a special fee shall be determined by the Construction Official and Electrical Subcode Official.
(b) 
Reinstatement fee. Whenever a permit shall become void or lapse by definition of N.J.A.C. 5:23, the fee, upon request and approval of the Construction Official, may be reinstated at a rate not to exceed 25% of the original fee charged.
(3) 
Mechanical Subcode fees: as follows: the replacement only of heating equipment, cooling equipment or water heaters in Group R-3, R-4 and R-5 structures (except electrical):
(a) 
First device: $75.
(b) 
Each additional device: $10.
(4) 
Electrical Subcode fees: as follows: The fee shall be set forth by the State of New Jersey, except the minimum fee shall be $75.
(a) 
Electrical Subcode fees shall be computed as follows:
[1] 
Fixtures (outlets, switches, receptacles).
[a] 
For one to 50 fixtures: $50.
[b] 
For each additional 25 fixtures or fraction thereof in excess of 50 fixtures, the fee shall be $10.
[2] 
Light standards (mogul base, mercury base or fixtures other than those specified in the previous subsection):
[a] 
For one to five fixtures: $65.
[b] 
For each additional lamp: $10.
[3] 
Swimming pools: new installation, including bonding, wiring of one receptacle and more. The fee shall be $75 for aboveground, and $100 for in-ground pools.
[4] 
Motors:
[a] 
For one to 10 horsepower: $60.
[b] 
From 51 to 100 horsepower: $120.
[c] 
For over 100 horsepower: $580.
[5] 
Service meter equipment and feeders:
[a] 
For up to 200 amperes' service: $60.
[b] 
For 201 amperes to 1,000 amperes: $120.
[c] 
For 1,001 amperes and over: $580.
[6] 
Heating, cooling, cooking and similar appliances:
[a] 
Single outlet of 20 kilowatts or less: $40, including but not limited to dishwasher, garbage disposal, dryer, water heaters, range, air-conditioning unit, furnace and air handler.
[7] 
Generators, transformers (vaults, enclosure-substations):
[a] 
For one to 10 kilowatts: $40.
[b] 
For 11 to 50 kilowatts: $60.
[c] 
For 51 to 100 kilowatts: $120.
[d] 
For over 100 kilowatts: $580.
[8] 
Electrical signs:
[a] 
For one to five signs: $75.
[b] 
For each additional sign: $10.
[9] 
Reintroduction of service: For reintroduction of service, the fee shall be $75.
[10] 
Unless specified herein to the contrary, minimum electrical fees shall be $75.
[11] 
For any item not specifically listed or included above, a special fee shall be determined by the Construction Official and Electrical Subcode Official.
(5) 
Fire Protection Subcode fees: As follows: The fee shall be set forth by the State of New Jersey, except the minimum fee shall be $75.
(a) 
Sprinkler heads:
[1] 
For one to 20: $82.
[2] 
From 21 to 100: $151.
[3] 
From 101 to 200: $289.
[4] 
From 200 to 400: $748.
[5] 
From 401 to 1,000: $1,323.
(b) 
Detectors:
[1] 
For one to 12: $45.
[2] 
For each additional 25 detectors: the fee shall be $15.
(c) 
Special suppression and hood exhaust: The fee shall be $116 each.
(d) 
Standpipes: the fee shall be $289 per riser.
(e) 
Heating systems: The fee shall be $58 per appliance not connected to the plumbing system for residential properties and $65 per appliance for commercial properties. The minimum fee shall for all properties shall be $75.
(f) 
Fireplaces and wood stoves: The fee shall be $75 for each.
(g) 
Flammable/combustible liquid storage tanks, installation/removal, for each:
[1] 
Installation of 500 gallons or less: $75.
[2] 
Installation of 501 to 1,000 gallons: $150.
[3] 
Installation of 1,001 to 2,500 gallons: $250.
[4] 
Installation of 2,501 gallons and over: $500.
(h) 
Installation of private fire-suppression water mains, hydrants and control valves:
[1] 
Private fire service mains, per linear foot: $1.
[2] 
Fire hydrants (each): $50.
[3] 
Control valves (each): $50.
(i) 
Unless specified herein to the contrary, minimum fire fees shall be $75.
(j) 
For any item not specifically listed or included above, a special fee shall be determined by the Construction Official and Electrical Subcode Official.
(6) 
Elevator Subcode fees: as follows: All activities relating to the Elevator Subcode and defined in N.J.A.C. 5:23-12, the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs shall be the sole enforcing agency.
(7) 
Swimming pool fees: as follows:
(a) 
Building permit for aboveground pool: $75.
(b) 
Electrical permit for aboveground pool: $150.
(c) 
Building permit for in-ground pool: $100.
(8) 
Fences: Over six feet in height, or as barrier for swimming pools, as follows: Permit fees for the installation of a fence shall be $20 per $1,000 of estimated cost of construction, with a minimum fee of $40 and a maximum of $100.
(9) 
Photovoltaic solar panel systems:
(a) 
Electrical flat fee, each: $200.
(b) 
Building flat fee each: $200.
(c) 
System greater than 100 kilowatts shall be, building flat fee: $400.
(d) 
System greater than 100 kilowatts shall be, electrical flat fee: $400.
(10) 
Certificate fees: as follows:
(a) 
Plan review fee: The fee shall be 20% of the amount charged for the construction permit and shall be paid before the plans are reviewed. The amount paid shall be credited towards the amount of the fee to be charged for the construction permit.
(b) 
There shall be an additional fee of $57 per hour for review of any amendment or change to a plan that has already been released.
(c) 
Certificate of continued occupancy (CCO): The fee shall be $151.
(d) 
Certificate of occupancy (use change): The fee shall be $151
(e) 
Certificate of occupancy (new): The fee for new construction shall be 10% of the total construction fee (all subcodes), provided the minimum fee shall be $35.
(f) 
Temporary certificate of occupancy (TCO). There shall be no fee for a TCO, with the exception of each subsequent reissue or extension. Each additional TCO shall be $35.
(g) 
Certificate of approval (CA): There shall be no fee for a certificate of approval.
(h) 
On-going inspections: state guidelines as published in UCC of N.J.A.C. 5:23, et seq.
(i) 
Code variation: The fee shall be as follows:
[1] 
Class I: $548.
[2] 
Class II: $151.
[3] 
Class III: $151.
(11) 
Reinstatement fee: Whenever a permit shall become void or lapse by definition of N.J.A.C. 5:23, the fee, upon request and approval of the Construction Official, may be reinstated at a rate not to exceed 25% of the original fee charged.
(12) 
Refunds: Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.27, in the case of discontinuance of a building project, the plan review fee and state permit surcharge fees are not refundable.
(13) 
Additional reporting and fees, Part I: The Construction Official shall, with the advice of the Subcode Official, prepare and submit to the Mayor and Township Committee of the Township of Mantua, annually, a report recommending a fee schedule based on the operating expenses of the agency, and any other expenses of the agency, fairly attributable to the enforcement of the State Uniform Construction Code Act.
(14) 
Additional reporting and fees Part II: In order for the training and technical support program required by the Uniform Construction Code Act, the enforcing agency shall collect, in addition to the fees specified above, a surcharge fee as specified in N.J.A.C. 5:23 et seq. Said surcharge shall be remitted to the Department of Community Affairs on a quarterly basis, and not later than one month succeeding the end of the month for which it is due.