[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Independence 12-13-1976 (Ch. 80 of the 1984 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
There is hereby established in Independence Township a State Uniform Construction Code enforcing agency to be known as the "Independence Building Department," 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.
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 52:27D-119 et seq.
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.
[Amended 4-11-1977; 1-9-1978; 12-10-1984 by Ord. No. 84-11; 4-12-1988 by Ord. No. 88-8; 5-14-1996 by Ord. No. 96-3; 5-8-2001 by Ord. No. 01-2; 4-1-2003 by Ord. No. 03-7; 11-11-2003 by Ord. No. 03-19; 5-10-2005 by Ord. No. 05-04; 10-10-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-14; 5-13-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-02]
New structure fees:
Renovations, alterations, repair and minor work fees, including roofing, siding, decks, aboveground pool and in-ground pools, shall be $24 per $1,000. (The applicant shall submit cost data by architect or engineer of record, a recognized estimating firm or by contract or bid. The Department will review the construction cost for acceptability.)
Electric subcode fees.
The minimum plumbing fee shall be $65 for the first four fixtures or gas appliances; every fixture or gas appliance thereafter shall be $12.
[Amended 5-13-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-02]
Special devices shall be $65.
Description of fixtures and special devices are as follows:
Plumbing fixtures. A plumbing fixture is described as a receptacle which is either permanently or temporarily connected to the water distribution system of the premises, and demands a supply of water therefrom or discharges used water, liquidborne waste materials, or sewage either directly or indirectly to the drainage system of the premises, or which requires both a water supply connection and a discharge to the drainage system of the premises. Plumbing appliances as a special class of fixture are further defined below.
Special devices. A special device may be defined as one of the special class of plumbing fixtures which is intended to perform a special function. Its operation and/or controls may be dependent upon one or more energized components, such as motors, controls, heating elements, or pressure or temperature sensing elements. Such fixtures may operate automatically through one or more of the following actions: time cycle, a temperature range, a pressure range, a measured volume or weight; or the device may be manually adjusted or controlled by the user or operator. A general description of the special devices is as follows but not limited to:
Fire-protection and hazardous equipment fee. Fire protection and other hazardous equipment, sprinklers, standpipes, detectors (smoke and heat, preengineered suppression systems, gas and oil-fired appliances not connected to the plumbing system, kitchen exhaust systems, incinerators and crematoriums:
Sprinkler heads or detectors.
Independent preengineered systems. Number of systems x $150 = $.
Gas or oil-fired appliance which is not connected to the plumbing system. Number of appliances x $65 = $.
Kitchen exhaust system. Number of systems x $92 = $.
Incinerators. Number of incinerators x $365 = $.
Crematoriums. Number of crematoriums x $365 = $.
Demolition or removal permits:
Signs. The sign fee shall be $1.20 per square foot. (Note: fee to be based on one side of double-sided signs.)
Certificate of occupancy fees.
Fee shall be in the amount of 10% of the new construction permit fee. Minimum fee shall be $120.
The fee for a certificate of occupancy granted pursuant to a change of use group shall be $260.
The fee for a certificate of continued occupancy issued under N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.23c shall be $260.
The fee for a temporary certificate of occupancy shall be $120.
The fee for the first issuance and the renewal of a temporary certificate of occupancy shall be $120.
Exception: There shall be no fee for the first issuance of the temporary certificate of occupancy, provided that the certificate of occupancy fee is paid at that time.
Exception: Where a written request for a temporary certificate of occupancy is made for reasons other than uncompleted work covered by the permit (such as uncompleted work required by prior approvals from state or municipal agencies), no renewal fee shall be charged.
The fee 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 III structures. The fee for resubmission of an application for a variation shall be $229 for Class I structures and $65 for Class II and III structures.
Review permit and certificate fees.
The fee for plan review of a building for compliance under the alternate systems and nondepletable energy source provisions of the energy subcode shall be $274 for one- and two-family homes (use group R-3 of the building subcode), and the light commercial structures having the indoor temperature controlled from a single point and $1,369 for all other structures.
The fee for a permit for lead hazard abatement work shall be $140. The fee for a lead abatement clearance certificate shall be $28.
Annual permit requirements are as follows:
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 clericals 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 for annual permits shall be as follows:
One to 25 workers (including foremen): $1,000/worker; each additional worker over 25: $350/worker.
Prior to the issuance of the annual permit, a training registration fee of $140 per subcode and a list of not more than three individuals to be trained per subcode shall be submitted by the applicant to the Department of Community Affairs, Bureau of Code Services, Education Unit, along with a copy of the construction permit (Form 170). Checks shall be made payable to "Treasurer, State of New Jersey." The Department shall register these individuals and notify them of the courses being offered.
For cross-connections and backflow preventors that are subject to testing requiring reinspection annually, the fee shall be $65 for each device when they are tested.
State training and certification fees. Current fees pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:23-1.19:
Grand total of all fees. Minimum fee for construction permit, in part or in total, shall be $65 pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.27. In the case of a discontinuance of a building project, the plan review fees are not refundable.
The Construction Official shall, with the advice of the subcode officials, prepare and submit to the Township of Independence 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.
[Amended 5-14-1996 by Ord. No. 96-3; 5-8-2001 by Ord. No. 01-2; 11-12-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-08]
In order to provide for the training, certification and technical support programs required by the Uniform Construction Code Act and the regulations, the Township of Independence enforcing agency shall collect from applicants in the Township a surcharge fee consistent with and required by N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.19. Said surcharge fee shall be remitted to the Bureau of Regulatory Affairs, Department of Community Affairs, on a quarterly basis for the fiscal quarter 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.
Editor's Note: "The regulations" refers to the regulations established by the Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs.
All appeals from the enforcing agency shall be made to the Warren County Board of Appeals as provided by law.