Union City, NJ
Hudson County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the City of Union City as §§ 13-1 to 13-6A and 13-19 of the 1996 Revised General Ordinances, as amended through Ord. No. 2000-21. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Affordable housing — See Ch. 40.
Fees — See Ch. 155.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 171.
Flood damage prevention — See Ch. 175.
Historic areas — See Ch. 214.
Land development — See Ch. 223.
Subdivision of land — See Ch. 370.
Tax abatement for improvements — See Ch. 381, Art. I.
A. 
Established; composition. There is hereby established in the City a State Uniform Construction Code enforcing agency to be known as the Construction Code Agency of the City of Union City, consisting of a Construction Official, Building Subcode Official, Plumbing 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.
B. 
Official positions; qualifications. Each official position created in Subsection A hereof shall be filled by a person qualified for such position pursuant to N.J.S.A. 52:27D-119 et seq. 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 N.J.S.A. 52:27D-119 et seq. and N.J.A.C. 5:23 to hold each such position.
C. 
Office location. 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.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Original Section 2, Construction Board of Appeals, which immediately followed this section, was repealed 5-21-2013.
A. 
Residential construction, four families or less. For residential construction of single-family housing or multifamily dwellings for four or fewer families, applicants must submit for plan review two sets of building plans rendered by either an architect or professional engineer with all necessary specifications, which plans shall be reviewed by the Building Department at the cost to be included in permit fees.
B. 
All other construction. For residential construction of multifamily dwellings for five or more families and for all commercial and industrial construction, applicants must submit for plan review two sets of building plans rendered by either an architect or a professional engineer with all necessary specifications. One set of plans may be sent by the Building Department of the City to a professional plan review firm of its choice. All expenses incurred in plan review will be passed on to and paid for by the applicant before the application shall be approved, including a fee for handling as set forth in Chapter 155, Fees.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Original Section 5, State surcharge fee, and Section 6, Fire limits, which immediately followed this section, were repealed 5-21-2013.
The Construction Official, with the advice of the subcode officials, shall prepare and submit to the Board of Commissioners, biannually, a report recommending a fee schedule based on the operating expenses of the Agency and any other expenses of the City fairly attributable to the enforcement of the State Uniform Construction Code Act (N.J.S.A. 52:27D-119 et seq.).
Penalties for violations of §§ 122-1 and 122-2 of this chapter shall be in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 1, Article IV, General Penalty, as may be modified by N.J.S.A. 52:27D-119 et seq.
A. 
The following updated construction codes are hereby adopted in their entirety, to the extent that they are not inconsistent with or superseded by mandatory state codes or standards:
(1) 
1996 BOCA Building Code.
(2) 
1993 National Mechanical Code.
(3) 
1996 National Electrical Code.
(4) 
1996 National Standard Plumbing Code.
(5) 
1996 BOCA Fire Code.
(6) 
Currently adopted Uniform Construction Code.
[Added 5-21-2013]
B. 
Three copies of each of the codes specified above have been placed on file in the office of the City Clerk for the use and examination by the public.
[Added 12-20-2011]
A. 
Findings.
(1) 
N.J.S.A. 52:27D-126d allows a municipality to waive enforcing agency fees for qualified New Jersey nonprofit corporations engaged in constructing or rehabilitating housing units for low- and moderate-income households; and
(2) 
N.J.S.A. 52:27D-126e also allows a municipality to waive enforcing agency fees associated with the construction of improvements that will promote accessibility to structures by disabled persons, including but not limited to, accessibility to a disabled person's living unit; and
(3) 
N.J.S.A. 40:48-1 permits the governing body of a municipality to make, amend, repeal and enforce ordinances to, among other things, manage, regulate and control the finances of the municipality and to regulate and control the construction, erection, alteration and repair of buildings and structures of every kind within the municipality; and
(4) 
N.J.S.A. 40:48-2 permits a municipality to make, amend, repeal and enforce such other ordinances as it may deem necessary and proper for good government, among other things; and
(5) 
The City of Union City (the "City") seeks to assist qualified New Jersey nonprofit corporations in their construction efforts and relieve a portion of the financial burden associated therewith; and
(6) 
The City seeks to encourage the construction of improvements to make structures more accessible for disabled persons and relieve a portion of the financial burden associated therewith.
B. 
Waiver of building construction permitting fees for qualified New Jersey nonprofit corporations. The City shall waive all building construction permitting fees for New Jersey nonprofit corporations, established pursuant to N.J.S.A. 15A:1-1 et seq.
C. 
Waiver of building construction permitting fees for promoting accessibility for disabled persons. No person shall be charged a building construction permitting 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 facilities contained therein.
D. 
Waiver of building construction permitting fees for disabled person living unit construction. 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.
E. 
For purposes of this section, a "disabled person" means a person who has the total and permanent inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determined physical or mental impairment, including blindness, as set forth in N.J.S.A. 52:27D-126e.