Township of Hamilton, NJ
Atlantic County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Hamilton 12-27-1976 by Ord. No. 572-76. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fire prevention — See Ch. 170.

§ 144-1 Enforcing agency.

[Amended 12-19-1994 by Ord. No. 1187-94]
A. 
There is hereby established in the Township of Hamilton a State Uniform Construction Code enforcing agency to be known as the "Department of Inspections," consisting of a Construction Official, Building Subcode Official and Fire Protection Subcode Official, Plumbing Subcode Official, Electrical 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.
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[1], 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 position.
[1]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 52:27D-119 et seq.
C. 
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. The location of said office shall be in the Municipal Building, located at 6101 Thirteenth Street, Mays Landing, New Jersey, 08330.

§ 144-2 Appeals from decisions.

Appeals from decisions of the enforcing agency shall be heard under the rules and regulations established by the Atlantic County Construction Board of Appeals.

§ 144-3 Fees.

[Amended 3-19-1979 by Ord. No. 733-79; 4-19-1982 by Ord. No. 816-82; 2-5-1990 by Ord. No. 1018-90; 8-3-1992 by Ord. No. 1124-92; 12-19-1994 by Ord. No. 1187-94; 7-1-1996 by Ord. No. 1242-96; 8-19-1996 by Ord. No. 1249-96; 11-4-1996 by Ord. No. 1256-96; 2-19-1997 by Ord. No. 1262-97; 7-21-1997 by Ord. No. 1277-97; 5-3-1999 by Ord. No. 1335-99; 8-7-2000 by Ord. No. 1373-2000; 3-4-2002 by Ord. No. 1423-2002; 4-5-2004 by Ord. No. 1493-2004]
A. 
Plan review fee. The fee for plan review shall be 25% of the amount to be charged for a construction permit.
[Amended 9-8-2009 by Ord. No. 1658-2009]
B. 
The basic construction fee shall be the sum of the parts computed on the basis of volume or cost of construction, the number of plumbing fixtures and pieces of equipment, the number of electric fixtures and the number of sprinklers, standpipes and detectors (smoke and heat) at the unit rates provided herein, plus any special fees.
[Amended 3-5-2007 by Ord. No. 1587-2007; 9-8-2009 by Ord. No. 1658-2009]
(1) 
Building volume or cost. Fees for new construction shall be based upon the volume of the structure. Volume shall be computed in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.28. Use groups and types of construction as used herein are classified and defined in Articles 3 and 4 of the Building Subcode. The minimum fee for any new construction shall be $60.
(a) 
The fees for new construction are as follows:
Use Group
Fee
Use Groups No. 1
A=Assembly
B=Business
H=High hazard
I=Institutional
$0.027 per cubic foot of structural volume
E=Education
R=Residential
M=Mercantile
Use Groups No. 2
F=Factory
S=Storage
$0.015 per cubic foot of structural volume
U=Utility
Use Groups No. 3
Buildings and structures on commercial farms ("farms," as defined in the Uniform Construction Code)
    A=Assembly
    F=Factory
    S=Storage
$0.0010 per cubic foot of structural volume, up to $1,200 maximum
Commercial farm building, as defined in N.J.A.C. 5:23-3.2(d)
No fee
(b) 
Renovations, alterations and repairs.
[1] 
Fees for renovations, alterations and repairs shall be based upon the estimated cost of the work at the following rates:
Estimated Cost of Work
Rate
$1 to $50,000
$24 per $1,000
$51,000 to $100,000
Additional fee of $18 per $1,000
Over $100,000
Additional fee of $15 per $1,000
[2] 
For the purposes of determining the estimated cost, the applicant shall submit to the Department such cost data as may be available, produced by the architect or engineer of record or by a recognized estimating firm or by the contractor, and a bona fide contractor's bid, if available, shall be submitted. The Department shall make the final decision regarding estimated cost.
(c) 
Fees for additions shall be computed on the same basis as for new construction for the added portion.
(d) 
Fees for combined renovations and additions shall be computed as the sum of the fees computed separately in accordance with Subsection B(1)(a) and (b) above.
(e) 
Sign fees. The fee for a permit to construct a sign shall be computed as the sum of the fees computed separately in accordance with Subsection B(1)(a) and (b) above.
(f) 
Cellular communication towers: $125.
(g) 
Retaining walls.
[1] 
Greater than 550 square feet, Class 3: $150.
[2] 
Less than or equal to 550 square feet, Class 3: $75.
[3] 
Other than Class 3: cost of construction.
(h) 
Lead abatement.
[1] 
Permit, flat fee: $140.
[2] 
Lead abatement clearance certificate: $28.
(i) 
Demolition fees.
[1] 
All use groups, except R-3, R-4, R-5: $150 flat fee.
[2] 
R-3, R-4, R-5, less than 5,000 square feet, 30 feet maximum height: $75 flat fee.
(j) 
Prototype credit fee: 20% of original permit charge.
(k) 
DCA surcharge fee: new, as determined by Department of Community Affairs; alterations, as determined by Department of Community Affairs.
(l) 
Continuing certificate of occupancy fee: $100.
(m) 
Change of use fee: $100.
(n) 
Minimum fee: $60.
(o) 
Variation application, in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.10: $45.
[1] 
Class 1: $60.
[2] 
Class 2 or higher: $120.
(p) 
Minor asbestos abatement. Permit: flat fee of $100 per building.
(q) 
Certificates of occupancy.
Use Groups No. 1
Residential only, flat fee
$40
Use Groups No. 2 (flat fee)
A=Assembly
$60
B=Business
H=High hazard
I=Institutional
E=Education
M=Mercantile
F=Factory
S=Storage
U=Utility
Use Group No. 3
Commercial farms, as defined in N.J.A.C. 5:23-3.2(d)
No fee
(r) 
Renewal of temporary certificate of occupancy, flat fee: $30.
(2) 
Plumbing fixtures and equipment. The fees shall be as follows:
Use
Fee
Including but not limited to: water closet, urinal/bidet, bathtub, lavatory, shower, floor drain, sink, dishwasher, drinking fountain, washing machine, hose bibb, water heater, appliances connected to plumbing system or gas/oil piping system, condensate drain and stacks
$10 per fixture, minimum of $60
Including but not limited to grease traps, oil seperators, refrigeration units, utility service connections, backflow preventors equipped with test ports (double check valve assembly, reduced pressure zone and pressure vacuum breaker backflow preventers) steam boilers, hot water boilers (excluding those for domestic hot water heating), active solar systems, SVRS, sewer pumps and interceptors. There shall be no inspection fee charged for gas service entrances.
$65 per special device
(3) 
Electrical fixtures and devices.
(a) 
The fees shall be as follows:
[1] 
Receptacles, fixtures or devices:
Quantity
Fee
1 to 50
$60
Each additional 25
$15
[a] 
For the purpose of computing this fee, receptacles, fixtures or devices shall include lighting fixtures, wall switches, convenience receptacles, sensors, dimmers, alarm devices, smoke and heat detectors, communications outlets, light standards eight feet or less in height, including luminaries, emergency lights, electric signs, exit lights or similar electric fixtures and devices rated 20 amperes or less, including motors or equipment rated less than one horsepower (hp) or one kilowatt (kw).
[2] 
Pool permit/with UW lights:
[a] 
Permanent private pool: $60. This includes any required bonding and associated equipment such as filter pumps, motors, disconnecting means, switches, required receptacles and heaters, etc., excepting panelboards and underwater lighting fixtures. Private swimming pools, as defined in the Building Subcode, include a spa, hot tub or fountain.
[b] 
For public swimming pools, the fee shall be computed on the basis of number of electrical fixtures and rating of electrical devices involved, in accordance with Subsection B(3)(a) [1], [2], [5], [6] and [8].
[c] 
Each underwater lighting fixture: $10.
[3] 
Storable pool/hydro massage tub: $60.
[4] 
Electric range/oven/surface unit/receptacles: $10.
Kilowatts or Amperes
Fee
1 to 16 kw
$10
Over 16 kw
$40
30 to 50 amp receptacles
$80
Over 50 amp receptacles
$200
[5] 
Electric water heater; electric dryer/receptacles; dishwashers; space heater/air handler; garbage disposals central a/c units; baseboard heat:
Kilowatts/Horse Power
Fee
1 to 10
$10
Over 10 to 50
$40
Over 50 to 100
$80
Over 100
$200
[6] 
Motors:
Horsepower
Fee
1 to 10
$10
Over 10 to 50
$40
Over 50 to 100
$80
Over 100
$200
[a] 
For motors or similar devices requiring concurrent installation of individual controls, relays and switches, the fee shall be based only upon the rating of the motor device. There shall be no additional fee charged for the controllers, starters and disconnecting means.
[7] 
Transformers/generators:
Kilowatts/Kilovolt-Amperes
Fee
1 to 10
$10
Over 10 to 45
$40
Over 45 to 112.5
$80
Over 112.5
$200
[8] 
Services/subpanels/motor control centers, cell cabinets:
Amperes
Fee
Up to 225
$60
Over 225 to 1,000
$100
Over 1,000
$400
[a] 
For the purpose of computing this fee, each service equipment, panelboard, switchboard, switchgear, motor control center or disconnecting means shall be counted individually.
[b] 
For installations consisting of multimeter stacks, the fee shall be based on the ampere rating of the main bus and not upon the number of meters or rating of disconnects on the meter stack. Individual loadside panelboards shall be charged in accordance with the designated ampere rating of the overcurrent device. There shall be no additional fee charged for the concurrent installation of individual feeder conductors.
[c] 
For electrical work requiring replacement of service entrance conductors or feeder conductors only, the fee shall be based on the ampere rating of the overcurrent device of the service or feeder.
[d] 
For photovoltaic systems, the fee shall be based on the designated kilowatt rating of the solar photovoltaic systems as follows:
Kilowatts
Fee
Up to 50
$60
51 to 100
$100
Over 100
$200
[9] 
Sign/outline lighting:
[a] 
For each electric sign rated greater than 20 amps to 225 amps, including associated disconnecting means: $60.
[10] 
Utility load management device: $60.
[11] 
Site lighting:
[a] 
For each light standard greater than eight feet in height, including luminaries: $20.
[12] 
Fire, burglar or security system:
[a] 
One- and two-family dwelling, flat fee: $60.
This fee charged shall include the installation of single- or multiple-station smoke or heat detectors, and fire, burglar or security alarm systems.
[b] 
Fire, burglar or security system control unit: $30.
[c] 
Other than one- or two-family dwelling: This fee charged for the installation of fire, burglar, security alarm systems and detectors shall be computed in accordance with Subsection B(3)(a)[1] and [12][a].
[13] 
Process equipment: This fee charged shall be based on the ampere rating of the overcurrent device protecting the conductor feeding the process equipment or the cutoff device in accordance with Subsection B(3)(a)[8].
[14] 
Annual public electrical pool, spa or hot-tub inspection: $60 each.
[15] 
Temporary electric pole: $60.
[16] 
Photovoltaic systems.
Kilowatts
Fee
1 to 50
$60
51 to 100
$100
Over 101
$200
[17] 
Minimum fee: $60.
(b) 
For the purpose of computing these fees, all motors except those in plug-in appliances shall be counted, including control equipment, generators, transformers and all heating, cooking or other devices consuming or generating electrical current.
(4) 
Fire protection and other hazardous equipment. For sprinklers, standpipes, detectors (smoke and heat), pre-engineered suppression systems, gas- and oil-fired appliance systems, incinerators and crematoriums, the fees shall be as follows:
(a) 
Sprinkler heads, wet or dry/detectors (smoke, heat, fire, etc.). In computing fees for heads and detectors, the number of each shall be counted separately, and two fees, one for heads and one for detectors, shall be charged.
Number of Heads/Detectors
Fee
1 to 20
$60
21 to 100
$100
101 to 200
$200
201 to 400
$500
401 to 1,000
$800
Over 1,000
$1,000
(b) 
Pre-engineered systems, CO2, clean agent, halon, foam, dry or wet chemical: $92 each.
(c) 
Standpipes: $229 each.
(d) 
Kitchen hood exhaust systems: $60 each.
(e) 
Gas- and oil-fired appliances, other than heating systems: $60 each.
(f) 
Incinerators, crematoriums: $365 each.
(g) 
Woodstoves, fireplaces, inserts, space heaters: $60 each.
(h) 
For single- and multiple-station smoke or heat detectors and fire alarm systems in any one- or two-family dwellings, there shall be a flat fee of $60 per dwelling unit. For detectors and fire alarm systems in buildings other than one- or two-family dwellings, the fee shall be in accordance with § 144-3B(4)(b).
(i) 
Compliance assurance inspections (CAI): $60 minimum.
(5) 
Elevators. The fee for elevator registration, installation and inspection shall be in accordance with the Department of Community Affairs Fee Schedule.
(6) 
Installation of underground storage tanks.
(a) 
Residential: $60.
(b) 
Commercial: $120.
(7) 
Mechanical permit.
(a) 
For all heat conversions in existing residential dwellings only: minimum fee, $80 [gas to gas (F); electricity to gas (F, P, B); oil to oil (F); oil to gas (F, P); electricity to oil (F, P, B)].
(b) 
For all heat conversions in existing commercial dwellings, including rooftop units: $160.
(c) 
A mechanical permit assistance sheet as well as the appropriate subcode application must be filled out and a copy of a brochure or specifications for the new system and, when required, a duct work diagram or chimney certification.
(8) 
Temporary structures.
(a) 
Tents: $300, which shall include plumbing, electrical, fire and building permits. It does not include any fees required by any other governmental authority.
(9) 
Periodic inspections. Fees for the periodic departmental reinspection of equipment and facilities granted a certificate of approval for a specified duration in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.23 shall be as follows:
(a) 
For cross connections and backflow preventers that are subject to testing and required reinspections every 12 months, the fee shall be $60 for each device when they are tested annually.
(10) 
Annual permits.
(a) 
The fee to be charged for an annual construction permit shall be charged annually. This fee shall be a flat fee based upon the number of maintenance workers who are employed by the facility and who are primarily engaged in work that is governed by a subcode. Managers, engineers and clerical workers shall not be considered maintenance workers for the purpose of establishing the annual construction permit fee. Annual permits may be issued for building/fire protection, electrical and plumbing. Fees shall be as follows:
[1] 
One to 25 workers (including foreman): $667 per worker; each additional worker over 25: $232 per worker.
(b) 
Prior to the issuance of the annual permit, a training registration fee of $140 per subcode shall be submitted by the applicant to the Department of Community Affairs, Construction Code Element, Training Section, along with a copy of the construction permit (Form F-170). Checks shall be made payable to "Treasurer, State of New Jersey."
(11) 
Renewal of lapsed construction permit. The fee to renew a lapsed construction permit shall be 75% of the original permit fee.
(12) 
Final computation. All fees shall be rounded to the nearest dollar.
(13) 
Exemptions.
(a) 
All government owned and operated structures, whether federal, state or local, shall be exempt from all local permit fees (except as provided by N.J.S.A. 52:27D-126c). All fees required to be remitted to payees other than the Township of Hamilton, including surcharge fees and contracted services, shall be charged and collected.
(b) 
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.
(14) 
Aboveground pools: flat fee of $100.
(15) 
In-ground pools (Building Subcode only):
(a) 
Greater than 550 square feet: $150.
(b) 
Less than or equal to 550 square feet: $100.
C. 
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 State Uniform Construction Code Act.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 52:27D-119 et seq.
D. 
The administrative surcharge for private on-site inspection and plan review agencies, pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.18(k), shall be 15% of the appropriate subcode permit fees. This surcharge shall apply only to subcode areas for which the municipality has a contract with the on-site agency.
E. 
This section shall be effective immediately after final adoption.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Original § 63-4, Fire limits, which immediately followed this subsection, was repealed 2-5-1990 by Ord. No. 1018-90; and original § 63-6, Plumbing fees, was repealed 2-5-1990 by Ord. No. 1018-90.