Ventnor City, NJ
Atlantic County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the City of Ventnor City 1-10-1977 by Ord. No. 7621. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Air-conditioning and refrigeration systems — See Ch. 56.
Building construction — See Ch. 86.
Unfit buildings — See Ch. 89.
Licensing of contractors — See Ch. 96.
Development regulations — See Ch. 102.
Electrical standards — See Ch. 110.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 122.
Flood hazard areas — See Ch. 126.
Housing standards — See Ch. 138.
Oil-burning equipment — See Ch. 161.

§ 98-1 Findings.

[Amended 6-4-1979 by Ord. No. 7904]
The Board of Commissioners of the City of Ventnor City finds and determines that it is in the best interest of the City of Ventnor City to establish a Construction Code Enforcing Agency and a Construction Board of Appeals within the City of Ventnor City and to provide for the services and personnel to enforce said Construction Code and Construction Board of Appeals.

§ 98-2 Establishment of enforcing agency.

[Amended 6-4-1979 by Ord. No. 7904]
There is hereby established in the City of Ventnor City a Uniform Construction Code Enforcing Agency, consisting of a Construction Code Official, Building 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 of the State of New Jersey shall hereafter adopt as part of the State Uniform Construction Code. Said Construction Code Official, Building Subcode Official and Plumbing Subcode Official shall perform their duties as authorized by this chapter. The Construction Code Official shall be the chief administrator of the Enforcing Agency.

§ 98-3 Fees.

[Added 4-11-1977 by Ord. No. 7704; amended 5-23-1977 by Ord. No. 7709; 2-6-1978 by Ord. No. 7802; 2-10-1978 by Ord. No. 7810; 4-17-1978 by Ord. No. 7814; 5-1-1978 by Ord. No. 7816; 6-4-1979 by Ord. No. 7904; 6-4-1979 by Ord. No. 7905; 8-6-1979 by Ord. No. 7913; 5-11-1981 by Ord. No. 8116; 2-22-1983 by Ord. No. 8306; 11-15-1983 by Ord. No. 8342; 11-15-1984 by Ord. No. 8414; 2-7-1985 by Ord. No. 8503; 6-4-1987 by Ord. No. 8711; 8-2-1990 by Ord. No. 9017; 8-26-1993 by Ord. No. 9315; 4-28-1994 by Ord. No. 9405; 7-24-1997 by Ord. No. 9712; 10-22-1998 by Ord. No. 9823; 3-25-1999 by Ord. No. 9905; 5-20-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-06]
The fee for a construction permit shall be the sum of the subcode fees listed herein and shall be paid before the permit is issued.
A. 
Plan review fee: 20% of the total permit fee shall be deemed to be the plan review fee.
B. 
Construction permit fees for the building subcode shall be $40.
(1) 
Minimum fee for the building subcode shall be $45.
(2) 
For new construction, the fees shall be based on the following:
(a) 
Residential R5 Use Groups: $0.30 per cubic foot of volume.
(b) 
All other use groups: $0.027.
(3) 
For additions, the fees shall be based on the following:
(a) 
Residential R-5 Use Groups: $0.30 per cubic foot of volume.
(b) 
All other use groups: $0.027 per cubic foot of volume.
(4) 
For combinations of additions or renovations, the fee shall be computed separately.
(5) 
For renovations and alterations, the fee shall be $22 per $1,000 of estimated cost of work for the first $50,000 and $18 per $1,000 of the estimated cost of work thereafter.
(6) 
For a demolition permit, the fee shall be as follows:
(a) 
Use Group R-5: $150.
(b) 
All other use groups: $125.
(7) 
For construction of a fence, there will be a flat fee of $45.
(8) 
For construction of a sign, there will be a fee of $45.
(9) 
For asbestos abatement, the fee shall be set per state statute.
(10) 
For the installation or construction of a temporary structure, there shall be a flat fee of $150, plus the cost of all necessary electrical, plumbing and service connections.
(11) 
For the installation of piles and bulkheads, the fee shall be $40.
(12) 
The fee for changing from one use group to another use group shall be a flat fee of $150.
(13) 
For the moving of a building or structure from one lot to another, the fee shall be $250.
(14) 
The fees for certificates shall be:
(a) 
Certificate of occupancy:
[1] 
Residential use: $40 per unit.
[2] 
All other use groups: $50.
(b) 
Continuing certificates of occupancy: $125.
(c) 
Certificate of approval: no charge.
C. 
For the elevator subcode, the fees are set by the State of New Jersey in N.J.A.C. 5:23-12.6, Test and Inspection Fees.
(1) 
The City of Ventnor shall charge a 15% administrative fee as provided for in N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.18(k)VI for all inspections conducted by any private on-site inspection agency.
D. 
Construction permit fees for the electrical subcode shall be as follows:
(1) 
The minimum fee for the electrical subcode shall be $40.
(2) 
Receptacles and fixtures:
(a) 
One through 50: $40.
(b) 
Each additional 25: $5.
(3) 
Motors and electrical devices:
(a) 
Over one horsepower to 10 horsepower: $9 each.
(b) 
Over 10 horsepower to 50 horsepower: $43 each.
(c) 
Over 50 horsepower to 100 horsepower: $85.
(d) 
Over 100 horsepower: $500.
(4) 
Transformers and generators:
(a) 
Over one kilowatt to 10 kilowatts: $45.
(b) 
Over 10 kilowatts to 45 kilowatts: $75.
(c) 
Over 45 kilowatts to 112.5 kilowatts: $125.
(d) 
Over 112.5 kilowatts: $500.
(5) 
Service panels, entrances and subpanels:
(a) 
Up to 400 amperes: $55 each.
(b) 
Over 400 amperes to 1,000 amperes: $85 each.
(c) 
Over 1,000 amperes: $500 each.
(6) 
Technical line items:
(a) 
Ranges/ovens/surface units:
[1] 
Up to 10 kilowatts: $15.
[2] 
Over 10 kilowatts: $60.
(b) 
Dishwasher: $15.
(c) 
Garbage disposal: $15.
(d) 
Dryer: $15.
(e) 
Air-conditioning unit: $60.
(f) 
Whirlpool spa: $60.
(g) 
Pool filter motor: $60.
(h) 
Light standards: $60.
(i) 
Water heater: $30.
(j) 
Signs (lighted): $60.
(k) 
Pool bonding, annual: $75.
(7) 
Certification of public swimming pools, spas and hot tubs: $100 each.
(a) 
In-ground pools: $300.
(b) 
Above-ground pools: $40.
E. 
Construction permit fees for the plumbing subcode shall be as follows:
(1) 
The minimum fee for the plumbing subcode shall be $40.
(2) 
Fixtures:
(a) 
Water closet: $13.
(b) 
Urinal/bidet: $13.
(c) 
Bathtub: $13.
(d) 
Lavatory: $13.
(e) 
Shower: $13.
(f) 
Sink: $13.
(g) 
Dishwasher: $13.
(h) 
Drinking fountain: $13.
(i) 
Washing machine: $13.
(j) 
Hose bibb: $13.
(k) 
Water heater: $30.
(l) 
Fuel oil piping: $50.
(m) 
Gas piping: $50.
(n) 
Hot water boiler: $50.
(o) 
Sewer pump: $50.
(p) 
Interceptor/separator: $13.
(q) 
Backflow preventer: $13.
(r) 
Grease trap: $60.
(s) 
Water-cooled air-conditioning or refrigerator unit: $60.
(t) 
Sewer connection: $60.
(u) 
Water service: $75.
(v) 
Active solar system: $0.
(3) 
For cross-connection and backflow preventers that are subject to testing requiring reinspection every three months, the fee shall be $45 for each device when they are tested thrice annually and $100 for each device when they are broken down and tested annually.
F. 
The construction permit fee for the fire subcode shall be as follows:
(1) 
The minimum fee for the fire subcode shall be $40.
(2) 
Wet and dry sprinkler heads:
(a) 
Up to 20: $60.
(b) 
Over 20 to 50: $75.
(c) 
Over 50 to 100: $125.
(d) 
Over 100 to 200: $200.
(e) 
Over 200 to 400: $400.
(f) 
Over 400 to 1,000: $450.
(3) 
Smoke and heat detectors:
(a) 
Up to 20: $45.
(b) 
Over 20 to 100: $60.
(c) 
Over 100 to 200: $75.
(d) 
Over 200 to 400: $90.
(e) 
Over 400 to 1,000: $115.
(f) 
Over 1,000: $600.
(4) 
Preengineered systems:
(a) 
CO2 suppression: $55.
(b) 
Halon suppression: $55.
(c) 
Foam suppression: $55.
(d) 
Dry chemical: $55.
(e) 
Wet chemical: $55.
(5) 
Standpipes: $150.
(6) 
Kitchen hood exhaust systems: $55.
(7) 
Incinerators: not applicable.
(8) 
Crematoriums: not applicable.
(9) 
Gas- or oil-fired appliances: $50.
G. 
The fee for an application for a variation in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.10 shall be:
(1) 
For Class I structures: $100.
(2) 
For Class II structures: $200.
(3) 
For Class III structures: $300.
H. 
The fee for reinstatement of lapsed permits shall be 50% of the total sum of the construction permit issued, provided that the minimum fee shall be $40.
I. 
In order to provide for the training, certification and technical support programs required by the Uniform Construction Code Act and the regulations, the enforcing agency shall collect, in addition to the fees specified above, a surcharge fee. This fee shall be in the amount of $0.0019 per cubic foot of new buildings and additions. Volume shall be computed in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.28. The fee for all other construction shall be $0.96 per $1,000 of value of construction. Said surcharge fee shall be remitted to the Bureau of Housing Inspection, Department of Community Affairs, on a quarterly basis for the fiscal quarters ending September 30, December 31, March 31 and June 30, and not later than one month next succeeding the end of the quarter for which it is due. In the fiscal year in which the regulations first become effective, said fee shall be collected and remitted for the third and fourth quarters only.
[Amended 8-15-2002 by Ord. No. 2002-13]
J. 
For the purpose of determining costs, the Construction Official may require copies of bona fide contracts.
K. 
Exemption of fee. There shall be no fee for a permit to allow the construction of an outdoor handicapped accessibility ramp.

§ 98-4 Filling of positions in enforcing agency.

Each official position created in § 98-2 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 such position.
[1]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 52:27D-119 et seq.

§ 98-5 Accessibility to public.

The public shall have the right to do business with the Enforcing Agency at such offices which shall be reasonably accessible to the public in terms of distance, location and function.

§ 98-6 Construction Board of Appeals.

[Amended 7-17-1978 by Ord. No. 7824]
A. 
There is hereby established a Construction Board of Appeals within the City of Ventnor City to hear appeals from decisions by the Enforcing Agency. Such appointment shall be made by the Board of Commissioners of the City of Ventnor City, with said Board to act in an appellate capacity within the City of Ventnor City.
B. 
The Construction Board of Appeals shall consist of five members.
(1) 
At least one Board member shall be a registered architect or licensed professional engineer with 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.
(2) 
No more than two Board members shall be selected from the same business or profession.
(3) 
Each Board member shall have at least three years' experience in construction, design and supervision as a licensed engineer or registered architect; or, in the alternative, five years' experience in construction, designer 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 the construction trade or as a construction contractor, subcontractor or inspector.
C. 
The municipality of Ventnor City shall appoint the Board members and any alternate members. For the members first appointed, the municipality of Ventnor City 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 municipality of Ventnor City 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 of the Enforcing Agency, the decisions of which are subject to the review of the Board.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Original Section 8, as amended 7-17-1978 by Ord. No. 7824, which immediately followed this section and which dealt with the submission by the Construction Code Official of a report recommending a fee schedule, was deleted 6-4-1979 by Ord. No. 7904.

§ 98-7 Provisions subject to additional rules and regulations.

[Amended 7-17-1978 by Ord. No. 7824]
This chapter and the Construction Code Enforcing Agency and the Construction Board of Appeals created hereunder shall be subject to such rules and regulations as may, from time to time, be lawfully promulgated by appropriate agencies of the State of New Jersey.