City of Rahway, NJ
Union County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Rahway as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fire Prevention — See Ch. 209.
Housing and property maintenance — See Ch. 257.
Zoning — See Ch. 421.
[Adopted 7-9-1984 by Ord. No. A-12-84 as Ch. 87, Art. I, of the 1984 Code]
A. 
There is hereby established in the City of Rahway a State Uniform Construction Code enforcement agency, to be known as the "Department of Health, Welfare, Building and Housing, Division of Building," consisting of a Construction Official, a Building Subcode Official (Building Inspector), a Plumbing Subcode Official, an Electrical Subcode Official, a 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.[1] All positions required or necessary to ensure the proper enforcement of the State Uniform Construction Code shall be appointed in accordance with the City Charter or, where applicable, in accordance with New Jersey State Civil Service Rules and Regulations.
[Amended 7-9-1984 by Ord. No. A-12-84]
[1]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 52:27D-119 et seq.
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, as amended,[2] 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 P.L. 1975, c. 217, as amended, and N.J.A.C. 5:23 to hold such position.
[2]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 52:27D-119 et seq.
C. 
The public shall have the right to do business at one official location except for emergencies and unforeseen or unavoidable circumstances.
There shall be established within the County of Union a County Board of Appeals to hear appeals of the decisions by the enforcing agency within its jurisdiction. Application and procedure for filing such appeals shall be in accordance with Regulations, New Jersey Uniform Construction Code, Article 15 — Construction Board of Appeals.
[Amended 7-9-1984 by Ord. No. A-12-84; 3-10-1986 by Ord. No. A-5-86; 12-11-1989 by Ord. No. A-15-89; 2-11-1991 by Ord. No. A-3-91; 5-12-1997 by Ord. No. O-31-97; 5-12-2003 by Ord. No. O-42-03; 4-11-2005 by Ord. No. O-12-05; 7-11-2005 by Ord. No. O-23-05; 4-9-2007 by Ord. No. O-18-07]
A. 
New Jersey state permit surcharge fees: per N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.19.
(1) 
Exempt construction activities pursuant to:
(a) 
N.J.S.A. 52:27D-126c: erection or alteration of public buildings; prohibition of fees.
(b) 
N.J.S.A. 52:27D-126e: waiver of construction permit surcharge or enforcing agency fee for construction to promote accessibility by handicapped to existing structure or facilities therein.
(c) 
N.J.S.A. 52:27D-130.2 and 130.3: construction permit for installation or alteration of solar energy heating or cooling system; municipal/state fee or charge; prohibition.
B. 
Municipal administrative fees:
(1) 
Plan review. The fee for plan review shall be 25% of the amount to be charged for the construction permit. The amount paid for this fee shall be credited toward the amount of the fee to be charged for the construction permit. The fee for plan review shall not be refundable. [N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.18(a)1 and (b)1]
(2) 
Reinstatement of a construction permit that has become invalid in accordance with the Uniform Construction Code shall be the full price of the permit as calculated by most current adopted fees. [N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.17(a)1]
(3) 
Subcode variations: $750 for Class I structures and $250 for Class II and III structures.
(4) 
Certificate of occupancy for new construction, additions, alterations and temporary uses: 10% of the building subcode fee with a minimum fee of $200, provided that additions and alterations under 1,500 gross square feet shall be $75.
(5) 
Certificate of continued occupancy [N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.23(e)]: $300 (by Building, Fire, Electric and Plumbing Subcode Official).
(6) 
Temporary and renewal of certificate of occupancy: $100. Note: No initial fee charged, provided certificate of occupancy fee is paid at time of request.
(7) 
Change of use group certificate of occupancy: $150.
(8) 
Lead abatement clearance certificate: $150.
(9) 
The total fee shall be rounded to the nearest dollar amount. [N.J.A.C.5: 23-4.17(a)]
(10) 
No permit shall be required for ordinary maintenance. [N.J.A.C. 5:23-9.3]
(11) 
No fee shall be charged for a certificate of approval or a certificate of compliance,. [N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.18(f)J and 6]
(12) 
Fees for combination renovations and additions shall be the sum of both N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.18(c)1.iv. and N.J.S.A. 52:27D-119.1 et seq.
(13) 
Fee for change of contractor: $50.
(14) 
Elevator fees shall be as set forth in N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.14(g).
C. 
Building subcode fees; all use group fees.
(1) 
For new construction and additions: the amount shall be $0.04 per cubic foot of building structure volume, provided the minimum fee shall be $200.
(2) 
For renovations, alterations, repairs, re-roofing, re-siding, tents, membrane structures, tanks and site construction associated with off-street parking lots, such as, but not limited to, sign/light poles, barrier-free improvements, retaining walls and retention basins. Pre-engineered systems, premanufactured construction and their external utility connections, and appurtenances for which specific volume cannot be calculated shall be based upon the estimated cost of work. The fee shall be the amount of $30 per $1,000 for the first $100,000 of cost and $25 per $1,000 for remaining cost of construction over $100,000, provided that the minimum fee shall be $100. For the purpose of determining estimated cost, the applicant shall submit cost data as may be available by the architect or engineer of record, or by a recognized estimating firm or by a bona fide contractor's bid. The Construction Code Official shall make the final decision regarding estimated cost.
(3) 
For the construction or installation of a swimming pool or hot tub: aboveground $100; or in-ground: $300.
(4) 
For the demolition of a building or structure: $400, provided that the fee shall be $100 for structures under 500 square feet in area.
(5) 
For removal of a building or structure from one lot to another or to a new location on the same lot: $26 per $1,000 of the estimated moving costs, including the cost for new foundations, provided that the minimum fee shall be $175.
(6) 
To construct, alter or erect a sign: $1.75 per square foot of surface area of the sign, to be computed on one side only, provided that the minimum fee shall be $100.
(7) 
Installation and replacement of sheds exceeding 100 square feet or 10 feet in height and fences over six feet high or replacement of barriers surrounding private or public swimming pools [N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.14(b)(8 and (9)]: $100.
(8) 
Temporary use of occupiable trailers for construction, commercial or emergency purposes: $150; multiple units: $75 for each additional unit.
(9) 
Annual construction permit [N.J.A.C. 5:23-4:18(a)4]: $1,000 annually per worker.
(10) 
Asbestos and lead abatement work: $200.
D. 
Fire protection subcode fee.
(1) 
For the installation or replacement of a tank of whatever description to be used for combustible liquid:
(a) 
Tanks up to 1,000 gallons: $75.
(b) 
Tanks over 1,000 gallons: $115.
(c) 
Abandonment or removal: $75.
(2) 
For the installation, replacement or conversion of any fuel-burning equipment, HVAC or A.C. systems: $90. Note: for one- and two-family see mechanical subcode fee.
(3) 
Installation or replacement of solid-fuel-burning appliances to include fireplaces, wood-coal-burning stoves, chimney stacks, and liners: $60 each.
(4) 
Installation of clothes dryer, range, stove, exhaust hood, grill or water heater: $100 each. Note: for one- and two-family see mechanical subcode fee.
(5) 
Incinerators and crematoriums: $400 each.
(6) 
Sprinkler heads:
Number of Units
Fee
1 to 20
$150
21 to 100
$200
101 to 200
$300
201 to 400
$600
401 to 1,000
$1,000
1,001 and over
$1,200
(7) 
Smoke and heat detectors, horns, strobes, bells, dampers, pull stations, alarms and electrical devices: one to eight, $60; each additional eight, $30.
(8) 
Exit emergency lights, exit discharge lights: one to five, $60; each additional five, $30.
(9) 
Sprinkler water main: $150.
(10) 
For the installation of additional suppression systems, including, but not limited to Ansul, Halon, CO-2, foam and dry chemical systems: $100.
(11) 
Exhaust systems, spray booths, commercial kitchen and hazardous exhaust hoods: $150.
(12) 
Elevator recall systems and emergency smoke evacuation system: $100 each.
(13) 
For the installation of standpipes: $250 each.
(14) 
Installation and relocation of private fire hydrants: $100 each per 100 feet or part thereof.
(15) 
Installation of emergency standby system: $100 (pre-engineered).
(16) 
Temporary tent or membrane structures in excess of 120 square feet [N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.14(b): $150.
(17) 
Minimum fire subcode fee shall be $75.
E. 
Plumbing subcode fee.
(1) 
The fee shall be in the amount of $20 per fixture, piece of equipment or appliance connected to the plumbing system and for each appliance connected to the gas piping or oil piping system, except as indicated in Subsection E(2) and (3) below.
(a) 
Vent stacks; water closets/urinals/bidet; bathtubs; showers/floor drains; dishwashers/garbage disposals; washing machines/standpipes; hose bibs; drinking fountains; roof drains/yard drains (except gutters); sump pump; backflow devices/vacuum breakers; reduced pressure back-flow devices; indirect connections; hot-water heaters/tankless/storage tanks; gas appliances/appurtenances; gas heating units/equipment: $20 each.
(2) 
The fee for the following special devices shall be $75 each: grease traps, oil separators, refrigeration units, utility service, auto rain lawn sensor connections, backflow preventers equipped with test ports (double check valve assembly, reduced pressure zone and pressure vacuum breaker backflow preventers), steam boilers, water boilers (excluding those for domestic water heating consumption), sewer pumps, interceptors, waterline capping, and fuel oil tank piping.
(3) 
For cross connections and backflow preventers that are subject to testing, requiring reinspection annually: for each device, the fee shall be $75.
(4) 
Minimum plumbing subcode fee: $75.
F. 
Mechanical subcode fee R-3/R-4 (one- and two-family).
(1) 
Inspections of R-3 or R-4 Use Group shall be a flat rate. No separate fee shall be charged for gas, fuel oil or water piping connection associated with the mechanical equipment inspected. [N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.18(c)5]
(2) 
For complete installation, replacement or conversion of heating ventilation/air-conditioning equipment, boilers and furnaces: $75.
(3) 
Installation of clothes dryer, oven, range, stove, exhaust hood, grill: $50.
(4) 
For installation and replacement of water heaters: $50.
(5) 
Minimum mechanical subcode fee: $75.
G. 
Electrical subcode fee.
(1) 
Electrical fixtures and devices:
(a) 
From one to 50 receptacles, fixtures or switches: $60.
(b) 
Increments of 25 additional items: $30.
Note: For the purpose of computing this fee, the term "receptacles, fixtures or switches" shall include: lighting outlets, fluorescent fixtures, intercom devices, light standards, motors or equipment less than one hp or one kw, smoke and heat detectors, alarm devices, thermostats and communications outlets.
(2) 
Motors:
(a) 
Rated from one hp to 10 hp: $25.
(b) 
Greater than 10 hp to less than or equal to 50 hp: $75.
(c) 
Greater than 50 hp to less than or equal to 100 hp: $125.
(d) 
Greater than 100 hp: $460.
(3) 
Electrical devices, include transformers and generators:
(a) 
Rated from one kw to 10 kw: $25.
(b) 
Greater than 10 kw to less than or equal to 50 kw: $75.
(c) 
Greater than 50 kw to less than or equal to 112.5 kw: $150.
(d) 
Greater than 112.50 kw: $460.
(e) 
Average field ratings:
[1] 
Electric dryer: 5.0 kw.
[2] 
Electric range: 10.8 kw.
[3] 
Surface units: 5.1 kw.
[4] 
Geothermal: kw range of 3.8 to 19.2; and heat pump, 2.6 to 7.4 kw.
[5] 
Electric baseboard heat greater than four-foot length: 1.3 kw.
[6] 
Hard-wired microwave ovens: 1.44 kw.
[7] 
Hot-water heater: 4.5 kw.
[8] 
Central air (per ton): 1.4 kw.
[9] 
Dishwasher: 1.2 kw.
(4) 
Service equipment, term includes service panel service entrance and subpanels:
(a) 
Greater than zero amp, less than or equal to 225 amp: $100.
(b) 
Greater than 225 amp, less than or equal to 1,000 amp: $225.
(c) 
Greater than 1,000 amp: $700.
(d) 
Each permanently installed private swimming pool, spa, hot tub or fountain shall be a flat fee of $250 for in-ground; $80 for aboveground.
(e) 
For public swimming pools, the fee shall be charged on the basis of number of fixtures and rating of electrical devices.
(f) 
The fee for the annual electrical inspection of public swimming pools, spas or hot tubs shall be $150 (bonding/grounding certificate).
(g) 
Minimum electrical subcode fee: $75.
The fire limits of the City of Rahway are hereby established pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:23 as stipulated in Article II of this chapter.
[Added 9-10-2001 by Ord. No. O-43-01]
A. 
Material lift(s) are defined as any material handling device designed to pass through a floor, ceiling or fire separation wall to hoist or convey equipment or other items by means of a power operated mechanism.
B. 
All material lifts must comply with the recognized and recommended standards set forth in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Code, as amended and supplemented, which is incorporated herein by reference, and will be inspected for such compliance at least once a year.
C. 
Inspections of material lifts will be performed by the City of Rahway's authorized elevator on-site inspection agency.
D. 
The City of Rahway shall charge and collect a fee for all material lift inspections in accordance with, and not to exceed, the fees contained in the State Uniform Construction Code Act, N.J.S.A 52:27D-119 et seq., and Part 12 of the Uniform Construction Code, N.J.A.C. 5:23-12.6(b)(2)(v).
[Adopted 7-9-1984 by Ord. No. A-12-84 as Ch. 87, Art. II, of the 1984 Code]
The fire limits of the City of Rahway are hereby established as all those parcels of land lying and being within the limits of Business Zones B-2, B-3 and B-4 and Industrial Zone I, as established by Chapter 421, Zoning, of the Code of the City of Rahway, as amended and supplemented.