[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Linwood 2-9-1977 by Ord. No. 1-1977; amended in its entirety 8-9-2006 by Ord. No. 22-2006. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
There is hereby established in the City of Linwood a State Uniform Construction Code enforcing agency to be known as the "Department of Inspections," 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 P.L. 1975, c. 217, and N.J.A.C. 5:23 to hold each such position. 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. The location of said office shall be in the City of Linwood Municipal Building, located at Poplar Avenue and New Road.
Any person, firm, contractor, or homeowner who permits work to be done (i.e., repair, replacement, alteration, renovation, or new construction) on any property within the City of Linwood must make application to the Construction Official to obtain a permit or review of the work to be done prior to the commencement of said work.
Appeals from decisions of the enforcing agency shall be heard under the rules and regulations established by the Atlantic County Construction Board of Appeals.
[Amended 3-11-2009 by Ord. No. 6-2009; 3-10-2010 by Ord. No. 5-2010; 11-10-2010 by Ord. No. 18-2010]
The fee for a construction permit shall be the sum of the subcode fees listed in Subsections A through D and shall be paid before the permit is issued.
The building subcode fees shall be:
[Amended 8-14-2013 by Ord. No. 14-2013; 10-22-2014 by Ord. No. 20-2014; 11-9-2016 by Ord. No. 8-2016]
Renovations/alterations, shall be $34 per $1,000 of estimated cost of work or a minimum of $150 (whichever is greater). The applicant must submit to the Department such cost data produced by the architect or engineer of record, or a licensed contractor's bid if available.
Combinations of renovations and additions shall have separately computed fees: $0.0380 per cubic foot and $34 per $1,000 (or a minimum of $300, whichever is greater).
Repairs and minor work (patios, decks, roofing, siding) shall be $34 per $1,000 of estimated cost of work, provided that the minimum fee shall be $75.
Installation of underground or aboveground tanks: residential $75 each; commercial, $180 per tank.
Towers: small, $65 each; large, $175 each.
Antennas: $65 per small building; $100 per large building.
Minor asbestos abatement projects: $175 per building.
Lead hazard abatement: $175 per building.
Pilings, foundations (including those for modular homes), bulkheads, etc., shall be $34 per $1,000 of estimated cost of work, provided that the minimum fee shall be $100.
One- and two-family residences less than 5,000 square feet and less than 30 feet in height: $150.
Accessory structures (garages, sheds, pools, pool houses, etc.): $200.
All other use groups: $200.
Removal of one building from one lot to another lot or location on same lot: $150 if less than 5,000 square feet; $200 if larger than 5,000 square feet.
Temporary structures: $250.
Tents in excess of 900 square feet or more than 30 feet in dimension: $125.
Reinstatement of a lapsed permit(s): 50% of the total sum of the original permit.
The minimum fee shall be $65.
The applicant shall submit to the Department cost data by an architect or engineer of record, a recognized estimating firm or by a contract bid. If such data is not available, the applicant shall submit an estimate of the materials and labor to complete the construction. The Department will review the construction cost and shall make the final decision as to the actual cost based on that of a similar construction, unless otherwise specified or provided for herein.
Elevators; private on-site agency. The fees for elevators, dumbwaiters, escalators, manlifts, moving walkways, chair lifts, automotive lifts, construction hoists and tests shall be as required by the State of New Jersey and as set forth by the Department of Community Affairs in N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.20. The fee shall be established by the third-party inspection agency.
The fire subcode (fire protection and hazardous equipment) fee shall be:
[Amended 10-22-2014 by Ord. No. 20-2014; 11-9-2016 by Ord. No. 8-2016]
Gas- and oil-fired appliances not connected to the plumbing system: $65.
Woodburning stoves, fireplaces, space heaters, premanufactured fireplaces, metal chimney installations or inserts, gas piping to appliances, etc.: $65.
Independent preengineered system: $125.
Kitchen exhaust systems: $65.
Crematorium, incinerator: $500.
Standpipes:$320 per standpipe.
Single/multi-station smoke or heat detectors and fire alarm systems (residential): $65.
The minimum fee shall be $65.
The mechanical subcode fee shall be for all heat conversions on existing R-3, R-4, and R-5 single-family dwellings and for installation of mechanical equipment in existing R-3, R-4, and R-5 single-family dwellings only. A flat fee shall be $175.
[Added 10-25-2017 by Ord. No. 9-2017]
In order to provide for the training, certificate 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 of $0.00371 per cubic foot of volume of new construction and a surcharge fee of $1.90 per $1,000 for alterations, repairs, minor work, renovations, etc. The minimum permit surcharge fee shall be $1. Said surcharge fee shall be remitted to the Department of Community Affairs on the dates as set forth in the Uniform Construction Code.
[Amended 10-22-2014 by Ord. No. 20-2014]
The enforcing agency shall and is permitted by the Uniform Construction Code to collect a fifteen-percent surcharge on any permits that would involve an off-site or third-party inspection agency. The enforcing agency shall report annually the total surcharge fee collected.
All fees and charges will be rounded off to the nearest dollar as permitted by the Uniform Construction Code. For example: $1.01 shall be rounded off to equal $1, and $1.51 shall be rounded off to equal $2.
Waiving of construction permit and enforcing agency fees for work done to promote accessibility by disabled persons. In accordance with N.J.S.A. 52:27D-126e, no person shall be charged a construction permit surcharge fee or enforcing agency 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 of the facilities therein. Additionally, 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.
The Construction Official shall prepare and submit to the Mayor and Council, biannually, a report reevaluating the delineations of the fire limits. This report shall indicate the recommendations of the Construction Official, the Building Subcode Official and the Fire Subcode Official regarding those areas which shall be designated as within fire limits, with the reasons therefor.
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, contractor, or homeowner who permits work to be done on any property within the City of Linwood without obtaining a permit or review of the work to be done.
Any person violating the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction of same, be punishable by a fine of an amount not to exceed $2,000. For purposes of determining an offense, each successive day shall be considered a separate and distinct chargeable violation.
[Amended 3-11-2009 by Ord. No. 6-2009]