Borough of Northvale, NJ
Bergen County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Northvale as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Land use procedures — See Ch. 29.
Certificates — See Ch. 80.
Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 84.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 147.
Site plan review — See Ch. 159.
Site work permits — See Ch. 162.
[Adopted 3-13-1985 by Ord. No. 528-85]

§ 89-1 Findings.

The Mayor and Council of the Borough of Northvale do find that on occasion residents have been subjected to unscrupulous practices by certain contractors who allege to offer workmanlike services for home improvements such as room renovations, additions to existing structures, construction, driveway installation or refinishing and similar services. The result of this has been the existence of unsafe workmanship and unnecessary cost and expense to residents of the borough, as well as noncompliance with the laws of the state and ordinances and regulations applicable to the borough for the construction of approved projects. The Mayor and Council do further find that certain contractors have failed to provide workers' compensation insurance as required by law and have further failed to provide proper liability insurance coverage for their negligence or other acts of commission or omission which have caused injury and property damage to others. The Mayor and Council do perceive that in the event said practices are permitted to go unchecked, there will be substantial danger to the health, safety and general welfare of the residents of the Borough of Northvale.

§ 89-2 Applicability.

A. 
This article shall apply to all persons, partnerships or other entities who shall undertake any services in the Borough of Northvale for a fee, the purpose of which is to add or remove rooms, dormers or other structures or to improve, modernize or modify existing rooms or structures or to install, resurface or improve driveways or sidewalks, electrical and plumbing or any other improvements for which a construction or zoning permit is required, provided further that such work shall be accomplished upon any structure in the Borough of Northvale where persons, chattels or other property exist or will exist upon completion of the work.
[Amended 4-12-2000 by Ord. No. 751-2000]
B. 
The owner or occupant of a building or structure who performs any of the activities regulated in this article shall not be required to be licensed in accordance with the provisions of this article, provided that such owner or occupant performs and supervises his own work.

§ 89-3 Application for registration.

[Amended 4-12-2000 by Ord. No. 751-2000]
Any person, firm or corporation to whom this article applies as set forth in § 89-2 above shall, prior to commencing any work or service in the Borough of Northvale, make application to the Construction Code Official for a local contractor's registration. The failure to obtain such registration prior to commencement of work or services shall constitute a violation of this article, and each consecutive day that such work or services are performed without a proper local contractor's registration having been issued shall constitute a separate violation of this article.

§ 89-4 Contents of application.

Applications for licensing as required by this article shall be made to the Construction Official under oath on a form furnished by him. Such application shall provide the following information:
A. 
The name and address of the applicant; if a partnership, the names and addresses of all partners, and if a corporation, the names and addresses of all officers, directors and persons holding 10% or more of the issued and outstanding stock of said corporation.
B. 
The type or types of work customarily performed by the applicant.
C. 
A statement as to whether the applicant or any other person named in the application has ever been convicted of violating any construction code and if so, the date and place of the conviction and the nature of the violation and the punishment imposed thereon.
D. 
If the applicant is an individual, the applicant's permanent residence addressed shall be provided.
E. 
The calendar years the applicant has been in business at its present business address and at any prior business addresses for five years preceding the date of the application.
F. 
Accurate information as to the applicant's skill and experience in the particular field for the work or service to be performed.

§ 89-5 Term of registration; fee.

[Amended 7-10-1985 by Ord. No. 542-85; 5-12-1999 by Ord. No. 740-99; 4-12-2000 by Ord. No. 751-2000]
A. 
All registrations issued pursuant to this article shall expire one year after the date of issue; provided, however, that such registration may be renewed annually upon the payment of the prescribed fee.
B. 
The fee for all initial registrations and renewals thereof shall be in the sum of $25.

§ 89-6 Grounds for denial or revocation of registration.

[Amended 4-12-2000 by Ord. No. 751-2000]
A. 
The Construction Official shall deny any initial application for registration or revoke an existing registration of any contractor in any case where the applicant has made materially false statements on the application for registration or if it appears that the applicant or any person mentioned in the application as a principal in the applicant's business has been guilty of repeated or continuous violations of any building code in the State of New Jersey. The Construction Official shall further have the power to deny or revoke a registration application, as the case may be, if the applicant fails to carry workers' compensation insurance pursuant to law or fails to comply with the lawful instructions of the Construction Code Official that are rendered pursuant to his authority under the Uniform Construction Code Act.[1] A registration can be denied at its initial application or revoked after issuance in the event that the fees set forth in this article have not been paid.
[1]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 52:27D-123a et seq.
B. 
In the event that the Construction Official shall deny the registration of any applicant or revoke an existing registration, said applicant may appeal the decision of denial or revocation to the Mayor and Council within 15 days of the date of receipt of notice of the action of the Construction Official. Upon receipt of notice of said appeal, the Mayor and Council shall fix a time and place for a public hearing thereon not less than 10 days nor more than 30 days from the date of the receipt of the notice of appeal. The applicant shall publish a notice of the time and place of such hearing in an official newspaper of the Borough of Northvale at least five days prior to the hearing specifying that he is applying for or has been denied a registration as a building contractor. The Mayor and Council shall take action on said appeal as soon as practicable after the public hearing has been concluded.
C. 
Denial or revocation of a registration shall be in addition to any other penalty which may be imposed by law for violation of any building code or other code of the borough, including this article.

§ 89-7 Availability of applications for inspection.

[Amended 4-12-2000 by Ord. No. 751-2000]
All applications for local contractors' registrations are deemed to be public documents and are to be made available for inspection and copying by any interested person.

§ 89-8 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 8-10-1994 by Ord. No. 675-94; 4-12-2000 by Ord. No. 751-2000]
Any person or persons, firm or corporation who or which fails to obtain a local contractor's registration pursuant to this article or who or which shall be found to be in violation of the terms of this article shall be punishable as provided in Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article II, General Penalties.
[Adopted 3-12-1986 by Ord. No. 555-86]

§ 89-9 Responsibility of builders and contractors.

Any builder or contractor performing work within the borough shall be responsible for the prompt removal of debris and other materials resulting from the construction of any new structures, buildings or homes or the alteration of existing structures, buildings or homes. No such materials shall be collected by the Department of Public Works of the Borough of Northvale.

§ 89-10 Responsibility of landscapers and gardeners.

Any commercial landscaper, tree surgeon, arborist, gardener or horticulturist performing services within the borough shall promptly remove all trimmings, branches, tree stumps, clippings and other waste materials and debris resulting from the services performed by them from the premises which they service.

§ 89-11 Enforcing officer.

The enforcing officer for this article shall be any of the following: Construction Official or Zoning Official or Police Department.

§ 89-12 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 8-10-1994 by Ord. No. 675-94]
Any person who violates any provision of this article shall be punishable as provided in Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article II, General Penalties. A separate offense shall be deemed committed on each day during or on which a violation occurs or continues.