Borough of Westwood, NJ
Bergen County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Westwood 2-28-1978 by Ord. No. 804. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Alarm systems — See Ch. 81.
Numbering of buildings — See Ch. 113.
Unsafe buildings — See Ch. 118.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 166.
Flood damage prevention — See Ch. 175.
Land use and development — See Ch. 195.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 260.
Sewers — See Ch. 288.
Stormwater control — See Ch. 325.
A. 
There is hereby established in the Borough of Westwood a State Uniform Construction Code enforcing agency, to be known as the "Westwood Enforcement Agency," consisting of a Construction Official, Building Subcode Official, Plumbing Subcode Official, Electrical Subcode Official, Fire Protection Subcode Official, Elevator Subcode Official and such other subcode officials for each additional subcode as the Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs, State of New Jersey, will hereafter adopt as part of the State Uniform Construction Code. The Construction Official shall be the chief administrator of the enforcing agency.
[Amended 1-18-2011 by Ord. No. 11-04]
B. 
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,[1] 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.
C. 
The public shall have the right to do business with the enforcing agency at one office location, except for emergencies and unforeseen circumstances.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Original § 36-2, Construction Board of Appeals, which immediately followed this subsection, was repealed 1-18-2011 by Ord. No. 11-04. The Construction Board of Appeals is at the Bergen County level, and no local Board is required.
[Amended 1-6-1991 by Ord. No. 90-28; 12-19-1995 by Ord. No. 95-18; 5-15-2001 by Ord. No. 01-06; 7-11-2006 by Ord. No. 06-06; 9-16-2008 by Ord. No. 08-31; 11-22-2011 by Ord. No. 11-14; 7-17-2012 by Ord. No. 12-19; 12-3-2013 by Ord. No. 13-32; 11-22-2016 by Ord. No. 16-27; 11-21-2017 by Ord. No. 17-28; 4-17-2018 by Ord. No. 18-10[1]]
The construction fees payable to the Borough of Westwood pursuant to the Uniform Construction Code shall be amended as follows:
General notes:
1.
The fees pertain to all use groups unless otherwise stated.
2.
All fees shall be calculated to the nearest whole dollar amount.
Type of Service
Fee
Building subcode fees
Minimum fee
R3/R5
$70
All other uses and commercial
$105
New construction, including additions, per cubic foot of volume
$0.050
Minimum fee for any new principal structure (R5)
$1,200
Minimum fee for any new accessory structure (R5)
$150
Minimum fee for additions (R5)
120 square feet or less
$275
Greater than 120 square feet
$375
Modular structure, per $1,000 of cost
$30
Renovations, alterations and repairs
Up to first $50,000 in cost, per $1,000
$28
From $50,001 to $100,000 and over in cost, per $1,000
$26
$100,001 and over in cost, per $1,000
$25
Demolitions
R5 Use Group, complete
$300
All other use groups, complete
$700
Interior demolition, all use groups
$150
Garage or accessory building demolition, all use groups
$250
Fuel storage tanks, removal or abandon
Up to 275 gallons
$75
276 to 1,000 gallons
$125
Each additional 500 gallons
$50
Moving a building, per $1,000 of estimated cost of work
$25
Asbestos abatement with administrative certificate
$175
Lead hazard abatement with certificate of clearance
$195
Swimming pools: building permit only
Aboveground pools
$150
In-ground pools, per $1,000 of estimated cost
$27
Sheds, per $1,000 of estimated cost
$24
House and construction trailers, each
$150
Tents over 900 square feet or 30 feet in length in 1 direction
$110
Retaining walls 4 feet or more in height, per $1,000 of estimated cost
$26
Signs, per square foot
$5
Certificate of occupancy, U.C.C.
Residential (new construction or rehabilitation)
$100
Nonresidential
10% of permit fee
Certificate of continued occupancy, U.C.C., applicant-requested
General visual inspection by all subcode officials, per subcode
$100
Temporary certificate of occupancy
Initial issuance
No fee
Subsequent renewals, each
$30
Plan review (nonrefundable percentage of permit fee)
20%
Change of contractor (plus any additional items or cost)
$40
Withdrawn permit (administrative fee: percentage of permit fee)
30%
Reinstatement of lapsed permit fee (percentage of original permit fee)
80%
Permit surcharge
State-mandated; see N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.19(b)
Variation application as per N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.10
Class I structures
$550
Class II and Class III structures
$200
Resubmission, Class I structures
$200
Resubmission, Class II and Class III structures
$100
Special inspection request for a required code inspection, either before or after regular Building Department hours of business or on holidays and weekends
The current contractual hourly compensation rate (1 1/2 times their normal hourly salary) based on the amount of time required for said inspection, with a 2-hour minimum, in addition to any established permit and certificate fees
Electrical subcode fees
Minimum fee
R3/R5
$70
All other uses and commercial
$105
Electrical devices (lighting outlets, receptacles, switches, smoke and heat detectors, emergency lights, exit lights, communication points and fire alarm devices)
1 to 20 devices
$70
Each additional 20 devices
$35
Dishwasher, disposal unit, instant hot, each
$50
Temporary trailers, each (plus the service)
$60
Motors (all except those in plug-in appliances)
1 to 10 horsepower
$55
11 to 50 horsepower
$100
51 to 100 horsepower
$175
Greater than 100 horsepower
$450
Transformers/generators/appliance equipment/ovens, ranges, warming trays
1 to 10 kilowatts
$45
11 to 45 kilowatts
$70
46 to 112.5 kilowatts
$110
Over 112.5 kilowatts
$460
Service entrance, panel, subpanel or disconnect (each)
Up to 100 amps
$90
101 to 200 amps
$110
201 to 400 amps
$210
401 to 1,200 amps
$550
Over 1,201 amps
$800
Additional meters included in service
$35
Air-conditioning units (includes disconnect, compressor/condenser, air handler), each
$100
Replacement of any system part
$65
Burglar alarm system (complete)
$75
Swimming pools (includes receptacle, switch, trench, bonding and equippotential bonding mat)
$180
Hydromassage tub (interior)
$45
Hot tub/spa, exterior (same as a pool)
$180
Certificate of compliance; annual inspection for public swimming pools, spas and hot tubs
$125
Photovoltaic systems
Solar modules
1 to 20 modules
$75
Each additional 20 modules
$35
1 to 10 kilowatts
$70
11 to 100 kilowatts
$125
Greater than 100 kilowatts
$580
Disconnects and inverters
Up to 100 amps, each
$85
101 to 200 amps, each
$105
Elevator subcode fees
80% of state fees (subject to change by the state pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:23-12.6), plus 25% administrative fee
Elevator plan review
In accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.20(c)6 and 7
Fire subcode fees
Minimum fee
R3/R5
$70
All other uses and commercial
$105
Sprinkler systems, each
Pipe schedule
$80
Hydraulically calculated
$80
R5 Use Group, 20 or fewer heads
$70
Sprinkler system heads, all use groups
1 to 20 heads
$87
21 to 100 heads
$157
101 to 200 heads
$294
201 to 400 heads
$755
401 to 1,000 heads
$1,050
Over 1,000 heads
$1,900
Sprinkler system supervisory devices (i.e., tamper switches low/high), each
$25
Standpipes, each
$300
Dry pipe/alarm valves, each
$75
Preaction valves, each
$155
Water service for a fire line
$150
Fire alarm systems
Control panels, R5 Use Group, each
$70
Control panels, all other use groups, each
$90
Fire alarm system devices (i.e., smoke detector heads, heat detector heads, pull stations, water flow alarms)
1 to 20 devices
$70
21 to 100 devices
$130
101 to 200 devices
$300
201 to 400 devices
$650
401 to 1,000 devices
$850
Over 1,000 devices
$1,200
Fire alarm panel, new installation or replacement
$100
Fire alarm system security devices (i.e., door locks, electromagnetic releases), each
$30
Fire alarm system signaling devices (i.e., horns, strobes, bells), each
$10
Independent preengineered systems, each
Wet chemical system
$175
All other systems
$200
Gas- or oil-fired appliances, each
R5 Use Group
$70
All other use groups
$90
Fireplaces
$75
Metal chimney liner
Residential
$65
Commercial
$100
Exhaust systems, each
Commercial kitchen hood
$225
Smoke control system
$350
Incinerators or crematoriums, each
$375
Fuel storage tanks, installation, each
Up to 275 gallons
$75
276 to 1,000 gallons
$100
1,001 gallons to 5,000 gallons
$250
Over 5,000 gallons
$500
Fire pump, each
$350
Water service for fire line
Up to 2-inch
$100
2 1/2- to 5-inch
$200
6-inch or larger
$300
Plumbing subcode fees
Minimum fee
R3/R5
$70
All other uses and commercial
$105
Fixtures (i.e., lavatories, kitchen sinks, basins, urinals, water closets, bathtubs, shower stalls, sill cocks, laundry tubs, floor drains, drinking fountains, dishwashers, garbage disposals, clothes washers and similar devices), each
$30
Stacks, each
$50
Special devices (i.e., grease traps, oil separators, refrigeration units, utility service connections, backflow preventers, gas service interceptors, and fuel oil piping), each
$75
Utilization equipment (i.e., steam boilers, hot-water boilers, warm-air furnaces), each
R5 Use Group
$75
All other use groups
$100
Air-conditioning units, each
R5 Use Group
$65
All other use groups
$80
Water heaters, each
R5 Use Group
$75
All other use groups
$105
Gas piping, each
R5 Use Group
$65
All other use groups
$75
Vapor recovery systems, each
$100
Required annual reinspections (i.e., cross-connections, backflow preventers)
$75
Medical gas piping, per outlet
$30
Annual testing of backflow preventers
1 to 4 devices
$75 per device
5 or more devices
$60 per device
Zoning
Zoning permit (includes review for use and/or development)
Initial
$50
Amended application, each
$25
Sign applications
$75
Certificate for resale of residential and commercial property
With 2 weeks' notice
$100
With less than 2 weeks' notice
$150
House resale reinspection
$50
Application fee for outdoor dining (before April 1)
$100
Application fee for outdoor dining (after April 1)
$250
Certificate of use (business)
$200
Any letter from the Zoning Official for nonconformity, zone clarification, or permitted uses in a particular zone
$75
Engineer's escrow, minimum to be posted when associated with a building permit
$1,000
Mechanical subcode fees
for R-3 and R-5 Uses
(A) Minimum fee
$85
(B) Mechanical plan review
$65
(C) Replacement
Furnaces, boilers, AC and HVAC units
$85 per unit replaced
Rooftop HVAC units
$140 per unit replaced
(D) Installation of aboveground or underground fuel storage tanks
Up to 275 gallons
$75 per unit
276 to 1,000 gallons
$100 per unit
(E) Fuel oil or gas piping connections
$65 per unit
(F) New installations: fireplaces, solid-fuel stoves, boilers, furnaces, AC, HVAC, generators, chimneys and chimney relinings
$85 per unit
(G) Each additional unit over the initial (Lines C. D. E, F from above)
$40 per unit
[1]
Editor’s Note: This ordinance provided an effective date of 6-1-2018.
[Added 12-15-1998 by Ord. No. 98-24]
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 contained therein.
[1]
Editor's Note: Editor's Note: Original § 36-4, Fire limits, as amended 10-28-1986 by Ord. No. 86-12, which immediately preceded this section, was repealed 1-18-2011 by Ord. No. 11-04.
[Added 3-16-2010 by Ord. No. 10-02]
Persons or entities who are the owners of homes or structures within the Borough of Westwood which have been designated as an historic landmark pursuant to Chapter 195, Article XXIII, Historic Preservation, shall receive an exemption, not to exceed $500, towards fees which would otherwise be payable to the Westwood Building Department for permits in connection with any construction activity (but not demolition), which includes restoration or preservation of any exterior feature of the structure so designated. This exemption shall be limited to one exemption per project and may not be used with any other exemption or Uniform Construction Code exemption.