[Adopted 3-23-1977 by Ord. No. 297]
There is hereby established in Carneys Point Township a State Uniform Construction Code enforcing agency, to be known as the "Office of Housing and Inspection," 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.
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, 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, and N.J.A.C. 5:23 to hold each such position.
The public shall have the right to do business with the enforcing agency at one office location except for emergencies and unforeseen or unavoidable circumstances.
There is hereby established a Construction Board of Appeals to hear appeals from decisions by the enforcing agency. Such Board shall consist of five members. At least one Board member shall be a registered architect or licensed professional engineer of building construction experience, and at least one Board member shall be as qualified as a Plumbing Subcode Official, and one as qualified as an Electrical Subcode Official. No more than two Board members shall be selected from the same business or profession. Each Board member shall have had at least three years' experience in construction, design or supervision as a licensed engineer or registered architect or, in the alternative, five years' experience m construction design or supervision as an architect or engineer with a bachelor's degree in architecture or engineering, respectively, from an accredited institution of higher education or, as a further alternative, 10 years' experience in construction, design or supervision as a journeyman in a construction trade or as a construction contractor, subcontractor or inspector.
Appointment of members.
The Mayor shall appoint the Board members and any alternate members. For the members first appointed, the Mayor shall designate the appointees' terms so that one shall be appointed for a term of one year, one for a term of two years, one for a term of three years, and two for a term of four years. At the expiration of such terms and thereafter, appointments shall be made for terms of four years. Vacancies shall be filled for the unexpired term.
The Mayor shall appoint such number of alternates as may be appropriate for terms not to exceed four years or may, in the alternative, appoint alternates on a case-by-case basis.
No regular or alternate Board member may be a member of the enforcing agency, the decisions of which are subject to the review of the Board.
Any regular or alternate Board member appointed shall serve without compensation, except that each such Board member shall be reimbursed for his ordinary and necessary expenses, including mileage incurred as a result of his or her service on the Board.
[Last amended 12-2-2015 by Ord. No. 909]
The fee for construction and related permits shall be the sum of the fees listed in N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.19; 5:23-4.20; 5:23-12.5 and 5:23-12.6, as such sections may be amended or modified from time to time. The fee schedule shall be on file in the Construction Office.
The fee for a construction permit shall be the sum of the fees listed in this section of the Carneys Point Township Code and shall be paid before the permit is issued.
Administrative surcharge. In order to provide sufficient funds for proper administration of the Construction Code Office, an administrative surcharge shall be collected, in addition to other applicable fees, for plumbing subcode, electrical subcode and fire subcode permits. The administrative surcharge shall be in the amount of 30% of the total permit fees required by this chapter.
New Jersey State permit surcharge fee. The New Jersey State permit surcharge fee shall be as follows:
For new buildings and additions: $0.00371 per cubic foot of volume.
For all other construction: $1.90 per $1,000 of value of construction.
No New Jersey permit surcharge fee shall be assessed for preengineered systems of commercial farm buildings, for asbestos or lead abatement or for the construction or rehabilitation of residential units that are restricted to households of low and moderate income.
The fee for a certificate of occupancy for all use groups other than R-3 and R-5 shall be 10% of the permit subcode fees.
Minimum fees. There shall be a minimum fee of $52 per technical section. Residential water heaters shall be exempt from minimum fees.
Any permit issues and fees not addressed in this chapter shall be determined by the Construction Code Official and the appropriate subcode official.
New construction and additions fee. The fee to be charged in connection with new construction and additions shall be as follows:
For Use Groups A-1, A-2, A-3, A-4, A-5, F-1, F-2, S-1 and S-2: $0.015 per cubic foot of volume.
For structures on farms including commercial farm buildings provided; however, that the fees to be assessed pursuant to this subsection shall not exceed $1,145: $0.008 per cubic foot of volume.
Renovations, alterations and repairs and/or site construction associated with pre-engineered systems of commercial farm buildings, premanufactured construction and the external utility connection for premanufactured construction shall be based upon the estimated cost of work. Fees shall be charged as follows:
Estimated cost up to and including $50,000: $24 per $1,000.
Estimated cost from $50,001 up to and including $100,000: $18 per $1,000, in addition to the fees assessed pursuant to Subsection B(2)(a).
Swimming pools. Fees shall be charged as follows:
Aboveground swimming pool with surface area greater than 550 square feet: $210.
Aboveground swimming pool with surface area 550 square feet or less: $70.
Storable pools, spas and/or hot tubs: $46.
Signs. Fees shall be charged as follows:
Fees for pylon signs shall be $4 per square foot for the first 100 square feet, $3 per square foot for the next 400 square feet and $2 per square foot thereafter, but not less than $46.
Fees for ground signs or wall signs shall be $2 per square foot for the first 100 square feet, $1.50 per square foot for the next 400 square feet and $1 per square foot thereafter, but not less than $46.
Plumbing. The fees to be charged in connection with work regulated pursuant to the Plumbing Subcode shall be as set forth in the New Jersey Administrative Code.
Electrical. The fees to be charged in connection with work regulated pursuant to the Electrical Subcode shall be as set forth in the New Jersey Administrative Code.
Fire. The fees to be charged in connection with work regulated pursuant to the Fire Subcode shall be as set forth in the New Jersey Administrative Code.
Cross connections and backflow preventers. The fee for annual inspections of cross connections and backflow preventers shall be $46 per each device.
Certificate of occupancy. The fee to be charged for a certificate of occupancy issued pursuant to this chapter shall be $30 for R-3 and R-5 Use Groups. The fee for a certificate of occupancy for all other use groups shall be 10% of the permit subcode fees.
Certificate of continued occupancy. The fee to be charged for a certificate of continued occupancy shall be $151.
Certificate of occupancy pursuant to change of use. The fee to be charged for a certificate of occupancy issued pursuant to a change of use shall be $120.
Renewal of temporary certificate of occupancy. The fee to be charged for a renewal of a temporary certificate of occupancy shall be $30 for R-3 and R-5 Use Groups. The fee to be charged for a renewal of a temporary certificate of occupancy for all other use groups shall be 10% of the permit subcode fees.
Application for a variation. The fee to be charged for an application for a variation, in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.10, shall be $594 for Class I structures and $120 for Class II and Class III structures. The fee to be charged for resubmission of an application for a variation shall be $229 for Class I structures and $65 for Class II and Class III structures.
Elevators, escalators and moving walks. The fees to be charged for elevators, escalators and moving walks shall be as set forth in the New Jersey Administrative Code.
The Construction Official shall, with the advice of the subcode officials, prepare and submit to the Township Committee of Carneys Point Township, 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 State Uniform Construction Code Act.
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. A disabled person, or a parent or sibling of a disabled person, shall not be required to pay any municipal fee or charge in order to secure a construction permit for any construction, reconstruction, alteration or improvement which promotes accessibility to his own living unit. For purposes of this section, “disabled person” means a person who has the total and permanent inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment, including blindness, and shall include, but not be limited to, any resident of this state who is disabled pursuant to the federal Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. § 416, as amended) or the federal Railroad Retirement Act of 1974 (45 U.S.C. § 231 et seq., as amended) or is rated as having a sixty-percent disability or higher pursuant to any federal law administered by the United States Veterans’ Act. For purposes of this subsection, “blindness” means central visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye with the use of a correcting lens. An eye which is accompanied by a limitation in the fields of vision such that the widest diameter of the visual field subtends an angle no greater than 20° shall be considered as having a central visual acuity of 20/200 or less.
The Office of Housing and Inspection and the Construction Board of Appeals established herein may adopt rules and regulations for their internal governance not inconsistent with any specific provision of Part III of the New Jersey State Uniform Construction Code or with its stated intent or with this chapter.
This article shall be known and may be cited as the "State Uniform Construction Code Enforcement Ordinance" of Carneys Point Township.