Township of Hamilton, NJ
Mercer County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Hamilton as Ch. 50 of the 1994 Code of Ordinances; amended in its entirety 7-18-2017 by Ord. No. 17-029. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Uniform Construction Code fees — See Ch. 167.
Land development fees — See Ch. 550.
A. 
Unofficial searches for municipal liens or for municipal improvements authorized but not assessed: $10 per search. (§ 5-198)
B. 
Alcoholic beverage license fees, per year. (§ 99-8)
(1) 
Plenary retail consumption license: $1,500.
(2) 
Plenary retail distribution license: $2,500.
(3) 
Club license: $150.
(4) 
Hotel/motel license: $2,500.
C. 
Teen nights. Application for a permit, by the operator of a licensed premises, which permit shall be in effect for one calendar year: $200. (§ 99-12)
D. 
Secondhand automobile dealer and secondhand automobile parts dealer:
(1) 
If the dealer maintains and conducts a bona fide agency or subagency for any automobile manufacturer: $100 per year. (§ 119-5)
(2) 
If the dealer does not maintain and conduct a bona fide agency or subagency for any automobile manufacturer: $100 per year. (§ 119-5)
E. 
Dance or nightclub facility: $100 per year. (§ 184-4)
F. 
Jewelry, precious metals, gems and secondhand goods dealers. (§ 273-6)
[Amended 10-15-2019 by Ord. No. 19-049]
(1) 
Initial application for a license: $200.
(2) 
Annual license renewal: $25.
(3) 
If, on the effective date of Chapter 273, a person has been in business pursuant to § 273-1 for a period not less than five years, the fee for initial application shall be $25.
G. 
Junk dealers and junkyard operators.
(1) 
Annual license to engage in the business of a junk dealer or to operate a junkyard: $200 per location. (§ 277-2)
(2) 
Junk collector: $50 per vehicle or cart. (§ 277-2)
(3) 
Motor vehicle junkyard license: $1, in addition to fulfilling the requirements of N.J.S.A. 39:11-1 et seq., the Motor Vehicle Junk Law. (§ 277-4)
H. 
Massage and/or somatic establishments. Application for a license to maintain, operate or conduct a massage, bodywork and somatic therapy establishment: $200. This application fee shall be nonrefundable, unless the applicant voluntarily withdraws the application within five days of filing and can demonstrate that it has not operated the business for which the application is pending during said five-day period, in which event $50 shall not be refundable. (§ 296-20)
I. 
Peddlers, solicitors, canvassers and transient merchants.
[Amended 9-19-2017 by Ord. No. 17-035]
(1) 
Application for license: $100 (nonrefundable). (§ 349-3)
(2) 
Permit to distribute commercial advertising matter: $25 per day, per person. (§ 349-19)
(3) 
Additional fees: (§ 349-3)
(a) 
Transient merchants: $50 per day up to a maximum of $1,000 per year; provided, however, that any transient merchant securing a license after July 1 shall pay $500 for the remainder of the year or $50 per day.
(b) 
Solicitors: $25 per year.
(c) 
Peddler, Class 1: $25 per year, traveling by automobile or foot.
(d) 
Peddler, Class 2: minimum bid: $500.
J. 
Solicitors and canvassers: annual license fee is $25. (§ 349-16)
K. 
Sales: annual license fee is $1,000. (§ 373-4)
L. 
Taxicabs.
(1) 
Taxicab owner license: (§ 454-11)
(a) 
Annual license fee: $250 per vehicle per year, up to a maximum of 15 vehicles; thereafter the fee shall be $50 per vehicle to cover to cost of the medallion.
(b) 
Transfer of taxicab license from one vehicle to another: $25.
(c) 
Taxicab owner's license annual inspection fee: $75.
(2) 
Taxicab operator license: (§ 454-11)
(a) 
Annual license fee: $50.
(b) 
Nonrefundable portion of taxicab operator's license application fee: $50.
(c) 
Badge for each licensed operator: $10; lost badge replacement: $10.
(3) 
Replacement for any lost or destroyed license: $30. (§ 454-11)
(4) 
Amount of application fee retained if the application is denied or withdrawn: $50. (§ 454-11)
(5) 
Failure to renew an expired owner's license: $25. (§ 454-11)
(6) 
Rates and charges. The maximum charges that may be made or requested by owners and operators of taxicabs who are subject to licensing under Chapter 454, Article I, Taxicabs, of the Township Code, for transportation of passengers and other services incidental thereto either entirely within the municipality or originating or terminating entirely within the participating municipal areas, are hereby fixed as follows: (§ 454-19)
(a) 
Length of trip within the participating municipal area. All fares herein listed shall be computed from point of entry by passenger(s).
Distance
Fare
Minimum charge
$4.00
Each 1/10th mile
$0.30
(b) 
Other and additional charges shall be as follows:
Type of Charge
Fee
For each additional passenger
$2.00
For each stop in route
$3.00
Charges for taxicab service to and from the Mercer County Airport and the West Trenton Railroad Station
$10 one way with a $2 charge for each additional passenger
Charges for taxicab service to and from the Mercer County Airport and the Hamilton Railroad Station
$30 one way with a $5 charge for each additional passenger
Charges for taxicab service to and from the West Trenton Railroad Station and the Hamilton Railroad Station
$30 one way with a $5 charge for each additional passenger
(c) 
Waiting time per minute shall be $0.50.
M. 
Limousines.
(1) 
Limousine owner's license. (§ 454-28)
(a) 
Annual license fee: $50 for the first vehicle and $10 for each subsequent vehicle thereafter.
(b) 
Transfer of a license issued for a particular vehicle to a different vehicle: $25.
(c) 
Limousine owner's licensing administrative fee: $100 per year.
(2) 
Limousine operator's license. (§ 454-28)
(a) 
Annual license fee: $50.
(b) 
Badge for each licensed operator: $10.
(c) 
Nonrefundable portion of limousine operator's license application fee: $25 (cash or money order).
(3) 
Replacement for any lost or destroyed license: $30. (§ 454-28)
(4) 
Amount of application fee retained if the application is denied or withdrawn: $25. (§ 454-28)
(5) 
Late fee: $25. (§ 454-28)
(6) 
Lost badge, book or document replacement fee: $10. (§ 454-28)
N. 
Theaters.
(1) 
License fees for theaters with individual seating: (§ 460-7)
Number of Seats
First Year
Renewal
300 or less
$37.50
$75
301 to 500
$50
$100
501 to 750
$75
$150
751 to 1,000
$100
$200
1,001 to 1,250
$125
$250
1,251 to 1,500
$150
$300
1,501 to 1,750
$175
$350
1,751 to 2,000
$200
$400
2,001 to 2,250
$225
$450
2,251 to 2,500
$250
$500
2,501 to 2,750
$275
$550
2,751 and over
$300
$600
(2) 
Outdoor drive-in theaters: $500 per year. (§ 460-7)
O. 
Towing.
(1) 
Application for authorized Township tower license: $750. If the application is approved, $500 of the license application fee will be applied to the license fee. (§ 468-4)
(2) 
License fees. (§ 468-10)
(a) 
License fee for each light/medium duty operation only: $1,750 per year.
(b) 
License fee for a heavy duty operation only: $100 per year.
(c) 
License fee for a combination light/medium duty and heavy duty operation: $1,850 per year.
(d) 
Duplicate license: $1 each.
(3) 
Service rates. Charges for the transportation, hauling or service of disabled vehicles by a tower under the license provided for in Chapter 468, Towing, shall not exceed the following rates: (§ 468-17)
(a) 
For any work done on disabled vehicles up to 3/4 ton GVW and conveying the vehicle from any point in the Township to any other point in the Township, if the vehicle was located within the public right-of-way, the fee shall be $100.
1. 
For conveying a vehicle up to 3/4 ton GVW (light duty) to a point other than the tower's facility, i.e., the owner's home or another garage, an additional fee of $3 per loaded mile shall be charged for all distances of greater than five miles.
2. 
Where basic towing services are rendered as a result of an accident or theft recovery, the fees set forth on the schedule for towing rates are the maximum charges that shall apply to a private passenger automobile. There shall be no additional charges other than those provided in this section, including but not limited to flatbedding, waiting time, winching, cleanup cost and additional labor, when only basic towing services, as defined in Chapter 468, Towing, are provided.
(b) 
For any work done on a disabled vehicle weighing over 3/4 ton up to 18,000 pounds GVW (medium duty) and conveying the vehicle from any point in the Township to any other point in the Township, if the vehicle was located within the public right-of-way, the fee shall be $175.
1. 
For conveying a vehicle weighting over 3/4 ton up to 18,000 pounds GVW to a point other than the tower's facility, i.e., the owner's home or another garage, an additional fee of $4 per loaded mile shall be charged for all distances of greater than five miles.
(c) 
For any work done on a disabled vehicle weighting 18,001 pounds and above GVW (heavy duty) and conveying the vehicle from any point in the Township to any other point in the Township, if the vehicle was located within the public right-of-way, the fee shall be $300.
1. 
For any heavy duty vehicle that is rolled over or severely damaged, the extra charge shall be negotiated between the owner or driver of the vehicle and the tower. This fee is in addition to the prescribed rates for the actual towing of the vehicle.
(d) 
For conveying vehicles from a point within the Township to a point outside the Township, or vice versa, the rate is to be predetermined by mutual agreement.
(e) 
Vehicle storage.
1. 
For dead storage of vehicles weighing up to 3/4 ton GVW (light duty), the fee shall be $35 per day.
2. 
For dead storage of vehicles weighing over 3/4 ton GVW up to 18,000 pounds GVW (medium duty), the fee shall be $50 per day.
3. 
For dead storage of vehicles weighing over 18,001 pounds GVW, the fee shall be $125 per day.
(f) 
Waiting time.
1. 
For a light/medium duty wrecker (which includes a flatbed truck), the fee shall be $20 per hour.
2. 
For a heavy duty wrecker, the fee shall be $30 per hour.
(g) 
Charges for the clean up and removal of vehicle debris in the area surrounding the vehicle shall be charged at the rate of $15 per one-quarter hour and must be listed on the notice of charge form. In no event shall the charge exceed $60.
(h) 
Other fees.
1. 
A yard fee (light, medium and heavy duty tow): $20. This includes the cost of moving a vehicle from the tower's yard to the public street for towing by a secondary tower and/or services such as physical inspection, telephone or fax calls, removal of personal items and any additional necessary paperwork.
2. 
Winching (light duty tow): $75 first hour, prorated one-quarter-hour intervals (minimum one hour).
3. 
Winching (medium duty tow): $125 first hour, prorated one-quarter-hour intervals (minimum one hour).
4. 
Winching (heavy duty tow): $325 first hour, prorated one-quarter-hour intervals (minimum one hour).
(4) 
Abandoned vehicles. All vehicles found by the Police Division to be abandoned shall be towed to the licensee's storage facility. These vehicles will be towed at the rate of $100. (§ 468-24)
(5) 
Limitation of fees for storage of removed vehicles. (§ 468-28)
(a) 
A limit of $3 per day for the first 30 days of storage of a removed vehicle, whether said vehicle is owned by the Township of Hamilton or found abandoned by the police and towed at their direction and stored at a tower's facility, may be charged to the Township for the storage of the vehicle.
(b) 
A limit of $2 per day for the 31st day of storage and any day thereafter of a removed vehicle, whether said vehicle is owned by the Township of Hamilton or found abandoned by the police and towed at their direction and stored at a tower's facility, may be charged to the Township for the storage of the vehicle.
(c) 
A maximum limit of $400 per removed vehicle, whether said vehicle is owned by the Township of Hamilton or found abandoned by the police and towed at their direction and stored at a tower's facility, may be charged to the Township for the storage of the vehicle regardless of the duration of the storage.
P. 
Code subscription or supplement service:
(1) 
Land Use Code subscription: $50 per year.
(2) 
Code supplement service: $75 per year.
Q. 
Notice of an appeal to the governing body from any final decision of the Board of Adjustment approving an application for a use variance: $50. (§ 550-197)
A. 
Division of Revenue Collection.
(1) 
Administrative fee for duplicate copies of tax bills:
(a) 
For each duplicate copy of tax bills for homeowners: $1.
(b) 
For the first duplicate copy of a tax bill for persons other than homeowners: $5.
(c) 
For each subsequent duplicate copy of tax bills for persons other than homeowners: $25.
(2) 
Administrative fee for duplicate copies of tax sale notices pursuant to N.J.S.A. 54:5-52.1: $100 each.
(3) 
Fee for check or other written instrument returned for insufficient funds: $20 per check or other written instrument.
(4) 
Official searches for municipal liens (tax searches) or for municipal improvements authorized but not assessed or for a certificate as to approval of a subdivision, and continuation searches shall be subject to the charges specified at N.J.S.A. 54:5-14 and 54:5-15, N.J.S.A. 54:18.4 and N.J.S.A. 40:55 and 40:56. (§ 5-198)
(5) 
For duplicate tax, water and sewer bills: $1 each. (§ 5-198)
A. 
Public Defender. Application for representation by the Public Defender: $200, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 2B:24-17. (§ 5-56)
A. 
Searches of records in the office of the Municipal Court: $5. (§ 5-125)
A. 
Rent Leveling Commission.
(1) 
Application fee: $10 per unit under application for the first 100 units and $5 for each additional unit. (§ 5-163)
(2) 
The maximum application fee is $2,000. (§ 5-163)
A. 
Division of Health.
(1) 
Retail food establishments and food and beverage vending machines.
(a) 
License fees: (§ 235-6)
1. 
Risk Type 1: $175 per year.
2. 
Risk Type 2: $200 per year.
3. 
Risk Type 3: $300 per year.
4. 
Risk Type 4 additional: $75 per year.
5. 
Temporary retail food establishment: $75 per event.
6. 
Vending machine: $30 per machine per year. (See also § 496-13.)
7. 
Mobile food units: $125 per year.
(b) 
Refer to § 235-6C for applicants exempt from license fees. (§ 235-6)
(c) 
Late fee: $100 for each 30 days the license renewal is late. (§ 235-6)
(d) 
Reinspections. The reinspection fees for retail food establishments that receive a conditional satisfactory or unsatisfactory rating, as defined in N.J.A.C. 8:24-8.11, are: (§ 235-8)
1. 
First occurrence: $0.
2. 
Second occurrence (within two years of first occurrence) fine: $250.
3. 
Third occurrence (within two years of first occurrence) fine: $350.
4. 
Fourth occurrence (within two years of first occurrence) fine: $500 and closure of the establishment for a minimum of 72 hours. All violations shall be abated prior to reopening.
(2) 
Incinerator permit: $25 per year. (§ 90-8)
(3) 
Dog license. (§ 108-8)
(a) 
The person applying for a dog license shall pay a fee of $7 for each dog. He shall also pay $1 for the registration tag for each dog. The same fees shall be charged for the annual renewal of each license and registration tag.
(b) 
Any resident of the Township who shall have attained the age of 65 years of age applying for a dog license shall pay a fee of $1 for each dog. He shall also pay $1 for the registration tag for each dog. The same fees shall be charged for the annual renewal of each license and registration tag.
(c) 
There shall be an additional fee of $3 payable annually, applicable to Subsection A(3)(a) and (b) above, for each dog which has not had its reproductive system surgically altered.
(d) 
Potentially dangerous dog license: $700 per year (N.J.S.A. 4:19-31).
(4) 
Kennels, pet shops, shelters and pounds. (§ 108-9)
(a) 
Kennel:
[Amended 4-21-2020 by Ord. No. 20-023]
1. 
Ten or fewer dogs: $10 per year.
2. 
More than 10 dogs: $25 per year.
(b) 
Pet shop: $10 per year.
[Amended 4-21-2020 by Ord. No. 20-023]
(c) 
Shelter or pound: no fee.
(5) 
Public recreational bathing facilities (swimming pools and spas).
(a) 
Plan review fees for pools and spas: (§ 442-5)
1. 
For the first pool/spa: $500.
2. 
For each additional pool/spa: $250.
(b) 
The fees for operating a public recreational bathing facility (i.e., swimming pool) are as follows: (§ 442-6)
1. 
Yearly pools: $250.
2. 
Yearly spas: $100.
3. 
Seasonal pools: $150.
4. 
Seasonal wading pools: $150.
(6) 
Plan review for individual sewage disposal system:
(a) 
Installation of new system: $500.
(b) 
Alteration/repair of existing system: $250.
(c) 
Minor repair of existing system: $150.
(7) 
Plan review for retail food establishments:
(a) 
Full service restaurants, hospitals and supermarkets: $500.
(b) 
Take-out only restaurants: $250.
(c) 
Pre-packaged establishments: $150.
(d) 
Renovation of establishment: $150.
(8) 
Review of individual sewage disposal system and/or well water test certification for resale of home: $50.
(9) 
Certified copies of death, birth and marriage certificates: $15.
(10) 
Available services.
(a) 
Exposure control plan: Tailored to fit particular specifications, job descriptions, etc.
1. 
BBP Plan: $300.
2. 
TB Plan: $300.
3. 
Both plans: $500.
(b) 
Bloodborne pathogen/TB training.
1. 
Includes all topics mandated by PEOSHA regulations.
2. 
Presented by a public health nurse and HIV counselor/health educator.
a. 
Initial training session: $500 for up to 30 employees; $10 per each additional employee over 30.
b. 
Initial TB training only: $250 for up to 30 employees; $10 per each additional employee over 30.
c. 
Yearly retraining: $300 for up to 30 employees; $10 per each additional employee over 30.
(c) 
Hepatitis B vaccine.
1. 
Administered with a physician's standing orders by a public health nurse.
2. 
Includes Hepatitis B vaccine, following CDC guidelines.
a. 
Hepatitis B vaccine: $70 per vaccination.
b. 
Twinrix (Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B): $100 per vaccination.
(d) 
Mantoux tuberculin testing (PPD).
1. 
Administered with a physician's standing orders by a public health nurse.
2. 
Interpreted in 48 to 72 hours by a public health nurse.
a. 
PPD administration: $25 per employee.
(e) 
Sexually transmitted disease (STD) clinic services.
1. 
Services are available on Tuesdays, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, at the Hamilton Township Division of Health.
2. 
Services are conducted by a public health nurse and STD/HIV counselor(s).
a. 
Contracted STD clinic visit: $50 per patient as per contract.
(f) 
Pneumonia/flu.
1. 
Non-Township residents, private sector and businesses: $200.
(g) 
Blood lead investigations.
1. 
Investigation and follow-up: $60 per hour.
(h) 
Child health conferences.
1. 
Assessment, counseling, examination and immunizations: $75 per patient as per contract.
(i) 
Health education services.
1. 
Assessment, planning and implementation: $200 per hour.
B. 
Division of Recreation.
(1) 
Permit for group use in parks: $10. (§ 340-4)
(2) 
Park, recreation and park facilities fees. The following fees shall be charged by the Township for the use of parks, recreational and park facilities and services:
(a) 
Activity fees.
[Amended 2-19-2019 by Ord. No. 19-005]
Activity
Fee
Winter batting instruction, resident
$25
Winter batting instruction, Saturday class, resident
$7.50
Winter batting instruction, nonresident
$35
Winter batting instruction, Saturday class, nonresident
$15
Summer baseball instruction, resident
$45
Summer baseball instruction, nonresident
$60
Pickleball identification card, resident
$20
Pickleball identification card, nonresident
$40
Pickleball light rental, per 1 1/2 hours
$25
Pickleball guest fee
$10
Pickleball tournament registration fee
$300
Pickleball tournament court/day rental
$25
Pickleball tournament light rental, per 1 1/2 hours
$20
Tennis identification card, resident
$20
Tennis identification card, nonresident
$40
Tennis light rental, per 1 1/2 hours
$25
Tennis guest fee
$10
Tennis tournament registration fee
$300
Tennis tournament court/day rental
$25
Tennis tournament light rental, per 1 1/2 hours
$20
Athletic fields, resident, per day
$75
Athletic field light rental, resident, per game
$50
Summer volleyball team
$75
(b) 
Golf center.
1. 
Driving range (putting green included with all range buckets):
[Amended 4-3-2018 by Ord. No. 18-014]
a. 
Small bucket: $8 each.
b. 
Large bucket: $10 each.
c. 
X-large bucket: $12 each.
d. 
Miniature golf, children: $4 each.
e. 
Miniature golf, adults: $6 each.
f. 
Use of putting green/chipping area alone: $5.
2. 
Golf instruction program.
a. 
Private lesson rates:
i. 
One one-half-hour lesson: $60.
ii. 
Three one-half-hour lessons: $170.
iii. 
Three-fourths hour lesson with written evaluation: $75.
iv. 
Hour lesson with written evaluation: $90.
v. 
Three one-hour lessons: $250.
vi. 
Series of six one-half-hour lessons: $330.
b. 
Junior lesson rates (age 15 and under):
i. 
One one-half-hour lesson: $50.
c. 
Group clinic rates: $120 per person. A group may include juniors, men, women or seniors. There must be a minimum of three people and a maximum of six people per group. The group clinic consists of a one-hour session per week for the duration of a four-week period.
d. 
Township receives 25% of fees for all lessons.
3. 
The Director of Health, Recreation, Senior and Veterans Services shall be authorized to establish promotions, including but not limited to coupons and group rates, to encourage the use of the golf center.
(c) 
Parks and park facilities.
1. 
Veterans Park.
a. 
Resident: $50 rental.
b. 
Nonresident: $100 rental.
c. 
The aforementioned fees are for a four-hour use.
2. 
Kuser Park.
a. 
Resident: $50 rental.
b. 
Nonresident: $100 rental.
c. 
The aforementioned fees are for a four-hour use.
d. 
Gazebo:
i. 
Resident: $50 rental.
ii. 
Nonresident: $75 rental.
iii. 
The gazebo shall be rented out for marriage ceremonies and photographs only.
3. 
Trails.
a. 
5K races/walks:
i. 
Resident: $250 rental.
ii. 
Nonresident: $300 rental.
4. 
Security deposit. Pursuant to Chapter 340, Parks and Playgrounds, Article I, Rules and Regulations, a deposit of $250 shall be made at the time a permit is issued to assure that the park grounds and facilities will be left in a clean, safe and sanitary condition. The Department of Health, Recreation, Senior and Veterans Services will examine the grounds following use by such group and, upon determining that all of the rules have been complied with, the deposit will be returned to the permittee. If the rules have not been complied with, the deposit will be forfeited. (§ 340-4)
(3) 
Athletic field advertising fees.
[Added 5-1-2018 by Ord. No. 18-018]
(a) 
Advertising on athletic field signage shall be awarded pursuant to the requirements of the Local Public Contracts Law and applicable bid specifications.
(b) 
The minimum bids for advertising on athletic field signage shall be as follows:
1. 
For one year, $500.
2. 
For two years, $850.
3. 
For three years, $1,200.
4. 
For four years, $1,550.
5. 
For five years, $1,800.
(c) 
The fee required pursuant to this subsection shall only apply to advertising on athletic field signage at Veterans Park and Warwick Park.
C. 
Division of Animal Control.
(1) 
Impounded dogs. The fee for redemption of impounded dogs is $10 for picking up a dog, plus $4 per day for each day or fraction thereof that the dog has been in custody to cover maintenance (N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.16). (§ 108-12)
(2) 
[1]Impounded cats. The fee for redemption of impounded cats is $10 for picking up a cat, plus $4 per day for each day or fraction thereof that the cat has been in custody to cover maintenance. (§ 108-19)
[1]
Editor’s Note: Former Subsection C(2), regarding destruction of impounded dogs, was repealed 1-2-2019 by Ord. No. 18-074. This ordinance also redesignated former Subsection C(3) through (6) as Subsection C(2) through (5).
(3) 
Initial adoption fee for dogs: $25. (§ 108-13)
(4) 
Initial adoption fee for cats: $25. (§ 108-19)
(5) 
Animal trap fee: deposit of $35. (§§ 108-13 and 108-19)
[Amended 7-18-2017 by Ord. No. 17-028; 5-5-2020 by Ord. No. 20-025]
A. 
Hamilton Township ecological facility. The following fees shall be charged by the Township for ecological facility materials and services:
Material/Service
Fee
Mulch/compost self-loaded (Hamilton residents only)
No charge
Mulch/compost by HTPW loader (Hamilton residents only)
$10 per cubic yard
Surplus compost by HTPW loader (commercial entities)
$20 per cubic yard
Leaf disposal (Hamilton residents only)
No charge
Leaf disposal - commercial
$20 per cubic yard
Brush disposal (Hamilton residents only)
No charge
Brush disposal - commercial
$20 per cubic yard
For any brush or leaf transactions (commercial entities)
$30 minimum charge
Tire disposal (off rims) - noncommercial (Hamilton residents only)
No charge
Single stream recycling disposal (Hamilton residents only)
No charge
Oil disposal (Hamilton residents only)
No charge
Electronics disposal (Hamilton residents only)
No charge
Cardboard disposal (Hamilton residents only)
No charge
Scrap metal/white goods disposal (Hamilton residents only)
No charge
Auto batteries disposal (wet cell) (Hamilton residents only)
No charge
Concrete disposal - noncommercial (Hamilton residents only)
No charge
A. 
Division of Police.
(1) 
Permit to purchase pistol or revolver and firearms purchaser identification cards: $2 each. (§ 5-198)
(2) 
Police photography services. (§ 5-198)
(a) 
Black and white: $15 per print.
(b) 
Color: $20 per print.
(3) 
Background investigations in connection with Township licensing procedures: $25. (§ 5-198)
(4) 
Employment of off-duty police officers. (§ 5-66)
(a) 
Rates of compensation; administrative fees; payment for services. Rates of compensation for contracting the services of off-duty Township police officers shall be as follows:
[Amended 8-15-2017 by Ord. No. 17-030; 3-20-2018 by Ord. No. 18-005]
1. 
For all nontraffic assignments, the rate shall be $50 per hour, of which $10 per each hour shall be an administrative fee retained by the Township.
2. 
For all traffic assignments, the rate shall be $55 per hour, of which $10 per each hour shall be an administrative fee retained by the Township.
3. 
For all construction project traffic assignments, the rate shall be $92.50 per hour, of which $10 per each hour shall be an administrative fee retained by the Township.
4. 
Cancellation with less than 24 hours' notice will result in a payment of two hours at the appropriate rate.
5. 
Cancellation or early completion on the day scheduled for a construction project traffic assignment shall result in payment for the full time scheduled, except for cancellation after the start as a result of inclement weather, machinery and/or manpower issues, or improper construction plans, which will then result in a payment of four hours at the appropriate rate.
6. 
Payment for all assignments shall be in accordance with the requirements set forth in § 5-66.
(b) 
Use of marked police vehicles. In the event that a party or employer employs any off-duty Township police officer pursuant to this section, in addition to any compensation to be paid to the Township pursuant to the requirements herein, there shall also be a fee of $12 per hour per vehicle for the use of marked police vehicles.
[Amended 12-19-2017 by Ord. No. 17-044; 12-4-2018 by Ord. No. 18-062; 4-7-2020 by Ord. No. 20-018]
A. 
Department of Community and Economic Development.
(1) 
Registration of abandoned property: (§ 146-13)
(a) 
Initial registration: $500.
(b) 
Subsequent renewals of registration:
1. 
Second year: $1,000.
2. 
Third year: $2,000.
3. 
Fourth and each subsequent year: $3,000.
(2) 
License for operation of hotels, rooming houses and similar accommodations. (§ 268-16)
(a) 
For one to three roomers or boarders: $5.
(b) 
For four or more roomers or boarders: $5 each.
(3) 
Street excavations.
(a) 
A permit for opening a road of any class shall be granted upon payment of a fee of $225 plus $2.50 per square foot. (§ 435-8)
(4) 
Curb and sidewalk construction and repair.
(a) 
Contractors doing commercial work must obtain a license; the license fee is $50. (§ 435-20)
(b) 
Curb and sidewalk permit for new work or repairs: $30. (§ 435-20)
(5) 
Flood damage prevention.
(a) 
As part of an application for a development permit, the applicant shall be supplied with a list of property owners within 200 feet of the subject property: $10 for the list. (§ 536-11)
(b) 
The fee charged for any site plan or subdivision review located in a floodplain area shall conform to those fees as stipulated in Chapter 550, Land Development, of the Code of the Township of Hamilton. If the fees charged in Chapter 550, Land Development, are less than those required by Chapter 536, Flood Damage Prevention, the fees required by Chapter 536 shall apply. Any application not covered by the above-mentioned fees will be charged a fee in accordance with the following schedule, which constitute the fees required by Chapter 536: (§ 536-28)
1. 
Single lot, residential: $25.
2. 
Subdivision: $50.
3. 
Industrial-commercial improvements: $100.
(6) 
Soil removal. (§ 572-7)
(a) 
License: $2,500 per year.
(b) 
Permit fee (the permit fee is in addition to the license fee).
1. 
Removal of 500 cubic yards or less of soil: no fee.
2. 
Removal of more than 500 cubic yards: $0.10 per cubic yard of material removed.
(7) 
Deed plotting: $25.
(8) 
Floodplain delineation letter: $20.
(9) 
Maps:
(a) 
Paper copies.
1. 
Topographical.
a. 
Topographical: $5 per sheet (except 1993 plans).
b. 
1993 Topographical with or without contours (one inch equals 100 feet scale): $35 per sheet.
2. 
Township or any other reproducible map on file not in this section: $5 per sheet for black and white; $10 per sheet for color.
3. 
Telecommunication survey map: $5.
4. 
Aerial photography.
a. 
Aerial photography (200 scale and 400 scale): $5 per sheet.
b. 
Aerial photography 1993 (100 scale): $35 per sheet.
5. 
Customized computer plots (200 scale or larger) on 24 inches by 36 inches paper:
a. 
Topographic with or without contours: $500 per sheet.
b. 
Tax: $100 per sheet.
c. 
House number: $100 per sheet.
(b) 
Digital copies (to disk).
1. 
Topographical with or without contours: $300.
2. 
Township maps available in digital format: $50.
(10) 
Monument ground control data: $10.
(11) 
Reset ground control monuments.
(a) 
If for any reason a Township ground control monument is disturbed or must be relocated: $1,000 per monument.
(12) 
Lot consolidation: $10.
(13) 
Site plans and architectural drawings: $5 per page.
(14) 
Fire lane inspection, annual: $50.
(15) 
Journeyman plumbing license, renewal: $15.
B. 
Division of Inspections.
(1) 
Housing standards.
(a) 
Inspection fees. (§ 268-4)
1. 
For each initial inspection and one reinspection for all unit types, except Township registered rental units, the fee shall be $200.
2. 
For each additional reinspection beyond the first reinspection in all unit types, except Township registered rental units, the fee shall be $100.
3. 
For Township registered rental units, the fee for the initial inspections shall be $75.
4. 
For each additional reinspection of Township registered rental units, the fee shall be $100.
5. 
For each smoke detector, sewer or multifamily certification inspection, the fee shall be $50.
6. 
Should an inspector arrive for a scheduled inspection and no adult is present to grant access, the full amount of the inspection fee shall be charged and the landlord/owner will be required to reschedule the inspection at a fee of $75.
(b) 
Rental unit inspections. At the time of initial registration of a landlord, expiration of every five-year period as required under § 268-18B, or upon any change of occupancy of a rental unit, the landlord or agent thereof must pay a fee in accordance with the following schedule for the purpose of having the rental unit inspected by the Township: (§ 268-18)
1. 
Initial inspection fee: $50 per unit, collected in equal annual installments over a five-year period.
2. 
Upon initial registration of a landlord and when adding a rental unit or units to the registration a fee of $50 per rental unit shall be assessed, which includes an inspection and one subsequent reinspection (to be completed within 30 days of a failed initial inspection). Multiunit facilities containing four or more units shall be assessed a fee of $50 per unit collected in equal installments over a five-year period. Prepayment of this fee shall not be penalized.
3. 
Following the expiration of every five-year period a fee of $50 shall be assessed, which includes an inspection and one subsequent reinspection (to be completed within 30 days of a failed initial inspection). Multiunit facilities containing four or more units shall be assessed a fee of $50 per unit collected in equal installments over a five-year period. Prepayment of this fee shall not be penalized.
4. 
Any change of occupancy, except those changes of occupancies upon each subsequent five-year inspection, shall be assessed a fee of $75, which includes one inspection.
5. 
Any subsequent reinspection conducted in excess of those specified in Subsection B(1)(b)2, 3 and 4 above shall be assessed a fee of $100 (to be completed within 30 days of most recent reinspection).
6. 
Fee to reschedule an inspection if no adult is present to grant access to the rental unit: $75, plus the full amount of the inspection fee.
7. 
Late fee: $30 per month.
(c) 
Landlord registration. The landlord registration fee must be renewed every five years. (§ 268-18)
1. 
Landlord registration fee: $200.
2. 
Landlord registration fee for owner-occupied rental units containing four units or less: $75.
3. 
Reinstatement of landlord registration: $300 in addition to all other applicable landlord registration fees.
(2) 
Septic tank cleaners. The annual license fee for the issuance or renewal for a license to engage in the business of emptying or cleaning septic tanks, cesspools, privies or any place used for the reception or storage of human excrement is $20 per vehicle and conveyance. (§ 385-16)
C. 
Fire inspection.
(1) 
Fees shall be in accordance with the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code Fee Permit Schedule.
(2) 
Certificate of fire code status: $44. (§ 228-12)
(3) 
Copies of fire reports: maximum of $25. (§ 228-12)
(4) 
Returned check fee: $45. (§ 228-12)
(5) 
Fire watch coverage: $52 per hour per person of which $7 per each hour shall be an administrative fee retained by the Fire District. (§ 228-12)
(6) 
Non-life-hazard use registration fees:
Business, Mercantile, Commercial, Factory, Industrial, Storage, Warehousing or Utilities
B-0
Occupancies 500 square feet and less
$50
B-1
Occupancies in excess of 500 square feet and not exceeding 2,500 square feet
$70
B-2
Occupancies in excess of 2,500 square feet and not exceeding 5,000 square feet
$140
B-3
Occupancies in excess of 5,000 square feet and not exceeding 10,000 square feet
$200
B-4
Occupancies in excess of 10,000 square feet and not exceeding 15,000 square feet
$400
B-5
Occupancies in excess of 15,000 square feet and not exceeding 25,000 square feet
$450
B-6
Occupancies in excess of 25,000 square feet and not exceeding 50,000 square feet
$550
B-7
Occupancies in excess of 50,000 square feet and not exceeding 100,000 square feet
$600
B-8
Occupancies in excess of 100,000 square feet and not exceeding 200,000 square feet
$650
B-9
Occupancies in excess of 200,000 square feet and not exceeding 300,000 square feet
$700
Each additional 100,000 square feet
$350
(7) 
Non-life-hazard use residential registration fees:
R-1
3 to 5 units
$50
R-2
6 to 25 units
$70
R-3
26 to 50 units
$100
R-4
51 to 100 units
$150
R-5
Over 100 units
$300
A. 
Sewer connection permit. (§ 385-13)
(1) 
Single-family residential dwelling: $2,500.
(2) 
Nonresidential source: $2,500 per unit. Consult § 385-13 for the schedule to be used in computing the fee for nonresidential uses, to determine what constitutes a "unit."
B. 
Nondomestic (industrial) waste discharge (IWD) permit. Annual permit fees shall be as follows: (§ 385-30)
(1) 
Class I user: $1,250.
(2) 
Class II user: $500.
(3) 
Class III user: $200.
C. 
Sanitary sewer rental rates and charges. (§ 385-52)
(1) 
Residential.
(a) 
Single-family, per year: $312.
(b) 
Multifamily (apartments, duplexes, mobile home parks and motels), per unit, per year: $312.
(2) 
Commercial. Each separate office, store or similar place of business with separate rest rooms to be considered a separate commercial unit: $156 per year per unit plus $5.24 per 1,000 gallons of metered water used, based upon metered water consumption, with a minimum annual fee of $312 per unit.
(3) 
All others uses: same as the rates for commercial uses in Subsection C(2) above.
A. 
Profit food vendor:
(1) 
Electrical: $600.
(a) 
Additional stand: $300.
(2) 
Nonelectrical: $500.
(a) 
Additional stand: $250.
(3) 
Snack food: $400.
(a) 
Additional stand: $200.
B. 
Nonprofit food vendor: $75.
C. 
Crafter: $60.
D. 
Demonstrator n/a: $100.
E. 
Nonprofit display booth: $50.
F. 
Activity (i.e., all inflatables): $250.
A. 
The purpose of this section is to establish policies and procedures for the collection and distribution of fees associated with the performance of marriage ceremonies by the Mayor or the Mayor's lawful designee.
B. 
Amount of fees.
(1) 
A resident of the Township of Hamilton seeking to be married by the Mayor of the Township of Hamilton shall pay to the Township of Hamilton a fee of $100.
(2) 
A person who is not a resident of the Township of Hamilton, seeking to be married by the Mayor of the Township of Hamilton, shall pay to the Township of Hamilton a fee of $150.
C. 
Payment of fees; deposit. The Township fee shall be paid, pursuant to Subsection B above, for all weddings, by cash or check payable to the Township of Hamilton, prior to completion of any such wedding. At the time a marriage ceremony is scheduled, a deposit of $50 shall be made, which shall be credited towards the fee listed in Subsection B above. The deposit shall be nonrefundable if a marriage ceremony is cancelled by the resident within 48 hours of the scheduled ceremony. Fees collected shall be deposited into the Township's current fund.
D. 
The Township shall disburse to the Mayor's Recreation Trust Fund the full amount collected under Subsection B above through the appropriate budget line item and with appropriate authorization, on a monthly basis.
A. 
Definitions. The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this section, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this subsection, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
CIVIC ORGANIZATION OR GROUP
Any organization or group not organized for profit but operated exclusively for the promotion of the social welfare.
LEASE
The use of Township property, for a public purpose as specified under N.J.S.A. 40A:12-15, by any organization on a permanent daily basis.
NONCIVIC ORGANIZATION OR GROUP
Any organization or group not organized exclusively for the promotion of the social welfare.
PERMANENT DAILY BASIS
The permanent presence of an organization on Township property by virtue of a lease agreement, including the use of Township property as office space and for the storage of an organization's files.
RECREATIONAL ORGANIZATION OR GROUP
Any organization or group not organized for profit and operated exclusively for the promotion of the social welfare in a recreational manner, including but not limited to sporting teams, referee organizations, etc.
SEASONAL BASIS
The seasonal presence of a recreational organization on Township property that would otherwise require a lease under this section.
TEMPORARY BASIS
The nonpermanent or low-impact presence of a person or organization on Township property that would otherwise require a lease under this section. More than one usage per week or usage for more than four consecutive hours per week by an organization or group, with the exception of senior citizen groups, shall not be construed as temporary basis and will require the organization or group to execute a lease with the Township pursuant to Subsection B and satisfy all requirements thereof.
B. 
Permanent daily leases.
(1) 
Lease agreement. Notwithstanding any other requirement to the contrary, organizations wishing to lease any property owned by the Township of Hamilton, including, but not limited to, buildings and grounds, on a permanent daily basis shall be required to enter into a lease agreement with the Township, subject to approval of Council.
(2) 
Lease fees. The monthly lease fee shall be calculated on a lease-by-lease basis based upon the actual usage and costs to the Township to operate same.
(3) 
Eligible organizations. Only organizations having a Section 501(c)(3) designation under the Internal Revenue Code and designated as a nonprofit under New Jersey law shall be eligible to lease Township property on a permanent daily basis.
(4) 
Exempt organizations. Organizations leasing Township property at Veterans Park, Kuser Park and the Isaac Pearson Property on a permanent daily basis and are open to the public on a regular schedule are exempt from the lease fees established under this section.
[Amended 11-21-2017 by Ord. No. 17-039]
(5) 
Lease terms. Any lease entered into pursuant to this section shall be subject, but not limited to, the following rules and regulations:
(a) 
No organization or member thereof subject to a lease under this section shall enter or occupy the leased property earlier than 7:00 a.m. or later than 10:00 p.m. unless prior written approval is received from the Department of Health, Recreation, Senior and Veterans Services.
(b) 
No alcoholic beverages shall be permitted in or on the premises of the leased property, except for the distribution and consumption of alcoholic beverages pursuant to a lawfully issued Township permit allowing alcoholic beverages.
(c) 
Leased property shall not be used for the personal use of any person or member of an organization, including, but not limited to, parties of any kind.
(d) 
No smoking shall be permitted in any leased property.
(e) 
Use of space in or on a leased property shall be restricted only to that space designated in the lease. Use of outside areas of leased property shall be prohibited where such use adversely impacts other persons or organizations using the leased property or impedes other areas of the leased property, including, but not limited to, the driveway, parking lot, or playground. Any use of additional space, other than the designated space outlined in the lease for any purpose, must be approved in advance by the Department of Health, Recreation, Senior and Veterans Services.
(f) 
The fee for a lost key or key card shall be $100. Only authorized officials of the Township of Hamilton shall have the authority to make duplicate keys or key cards.
(g) 
Leases cannot be subleased, transferred or assigned.
(h) 
Any abuse of the terms of the lease shall be grounds to terminate the lease and evict the organization in violation thereof.
C. 
Temporary or seasonal rental.
(1) 
Certain property owned by the Township of Hamilton shall be available for rent on a temporary or seasonal basis.
(2) 
Any civic or noncivic organization or group shall be permitted to rent certain designated Township property on a temporary basis. Any recreational organization or group shall be permitted to rent certain designated Township property on a seasonal basis. Such aforesaid organizations and groups need not have a Section 501(c)(3) designation under the Internal Revenue Code or designated as a nonprofit under New Jersey law.
(3) 
The following policies shall apply when a rental agreement is entered into for certain designated Township property on a temporary or seasonal basis:
(a) 
An organization or group seeking to rent Township property under this section shall file an application, at least 14 days in advance, when practical, with the Department of Health, Recreation, Senior and Veterans Services, stating:
1. 
The name and address of the applicant. Applicant must be present at the site for the entire length of the event.
2. 
The name and address of the organization or group sponsoring the activity, if any.
3. 
The date(s) and hour for which the rental is desired.
4. 
The Township property or portion thereof for which such rental is desired.
5. 
An estimate of the anticipated attendance.
6. 
The type of activity to be conducted.
7. 
Whether the applicant is a resident or nonresident of the Township.
8. 
Any other information which the Department of Health, Recreation, Senior and Veterans Services shall find reasonably necessary to attain a fair determination as to whether a rental should be approved under this section.
9. 
Rentals cannot be transferred or assigned.
(b) 
Standards for issuance. Standards for approval of Township property rental by the Department of Health, Recreation, Senior and Veterans Services shall include the following findings:
1. 
That the rental of the Township property will not unreasonably interfere with or detract from the general public enjoyment of the property.
2. 
That the rental of the Township property will not unreasonably interfere with or detract from the promotion of public health, welfare, safety and recreation.
3. 
That the rental of the Township property will not include violence, crime or disorderly conduct.
4. 
That the rental of the Township property will not entail extraordinary or burdensome expense or police operation by the Township.
5. 
That the Township property desired has not been reserved for other use at the date and hour requested in the application.
6. 
Priority of applicants.
a. 
The affairs of the Township shall take precedence over all other users of the Township property.
b. 
Resident civic and recreational applicants will be given priority over other users for the use of the Township property, based upon availability.
c. 
Resident noncivic applicants will be given priority over nonresident applicants for the use of the Township property, based upon availability.
d. 
Nonresident civic and recreational applicants will be given priority over nonresident noncivic applicants for the use of the Township property, based upon availability.
e. 
Nonresident noncivic applicants will be given the lowest priority for the use of the Township property, based upon availability.
f. 
In the event of a conflict between requesting applicants, the request received earlier will be honored first.
(c) 
Appeal. Whenever in the opinion of the Director of Health, Recreation, Senior and Veterans Services the approval of a rental will violate any of the standards listed in Subsection C(3)(b) above, he or she shall refuse to approve the rental. Whenever the Director of Health, Recreation, Senior and Veterans Services has refused to approve a rental, the applicant may appeal from such determination in accordance with Chapter 285, Licenses and Permits.
(d) 
Rental of Township property or portion thereof shall be restricted to the property, areas, dates, and times expressly requested on the rental application. The organization or group renting the property must be present on site, with identification, at all times during the use of the rental.
(e) 
The organization or group renting the Township property shall be bound by all rules and regulations and all applicable ordinances fully as though the rules, regulations and ordinances were inserted in the rental agreements.
(f) 
The organization or group to whom rental is approved shall be liable for all loss, damage or injury sustained by any person whatever by reason of the negligence of the organization or group to whom such rental shall have been approved. The Department of Health, Recreation, Senior and Veterans Services shall have the right to require any renter to submit evidence of liability insurance covering injuries to members of the general public arising out of such permitted activities, in such amounts as may be from time to time determined by the Department of Health, Recreation, Senior and Veterans Services, prior to the commencement of any activity for which any rental is approved and shall also have the right to require that the certificate of insurance name the Township of Hamilton as an additional insured.
(g) 
The fee for Township property rental shall be as set forth in this section.
(h) 
There shall be a security deposit paid to the Township in the amount of $100 to assure that the property will be left in a clean, safe and sanitary condition and also to assure that the terms of the rental agreement are complied with. The Department of Health, Recreation, Senior and Veterans Services will examine the property following use by such renter and, upon determining that all of the rules, regulations and ordinances have been complied with, the deposit will be returned to the renter. If the rules have not been complied with, the deposit will be forfeited. If a renter is present in or on the property outside of the times approved in the rental agreement, the deposit will be forfeited.
(i) 
If a rental is cancelled by a renter prior to 10 days before the scheduled rental date the security deposit shall be refunded. If a rental is cancelled by a renter within and including 10 days before the scheduled rental date the security deposit will be forfeited.
(j) 
No alcoholic beverages shall be permitted in or on the premises of the Township property, except for the distribution and consumption of alcoholic beverages pursuant to a lawfully issued Township permit allowing alcoholic beverages.
(k) 
When required by the Department of Health, Recreation, Senior and Veterans Services due to the number of persons in attendance during a rental, the services of a law enforcement officer or officers shall be obtained to maintain order. The services of such officers shall be obtained pursuant to § 5-66, Employment of off-duty police officers, of the Township Code.
(l) 
The Department of Health, Recreation, Senior and Veterans Services shall have the authority to revoke a rental upon a finding of violation of any rule, regulation or ordinance or upon good cause shown, including, but not limited to, the falsification of any information required on the rental application.
(4) 
Rental terms. Any rental agreement entered into pursuant to this section shall be subject to, but not limited to, the following rules and regulations:
(a) 
No organization or group subject to a rental agreement under this section shall in any way enter or occupy property owned by the Township of Hamilton between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., unless prior written approval is received from the Department of Health, Recreation, Senior and Veterans Services.
(b) 
Rented property shall not be used for the personal use of any person or member of an organization or group, including, but not limited to, parties of any kind.
(c) 
No smoking shall be permitted in any rented property.
(d) 
Use of space in or on a rented property shall be restricted only to that space designated in the rental agreement. Use of outside areas of rented property shall be prohibited where such use adversely impacts other persons or organizations using the rented property or impedes other areas of the rented property, including, but not limited to, the driveway, parking lot, or playground.
(e) 
There shall be no fee for a temporary rental of Township property pursuant to this section by civic groups and organizations. However, temporary rental of a designated Township property on Saturday, Sunday or a Township designated holiday shall be subject to the payment of an amount based upon the actual usage and costs to the Township to operate same during the temporary rental.
(f) 
Noncivic groups and organizations renting Township property on a temporary basis shall pay the following applicable fee:
1. 
Noncivic groups, Hamilton Township residents:
a. 
One to 50 people:
i. 
Monday through Friday: $50.
ii. 
Saturday, Sunday and holidays: $150.
b. 
Fifty-one or more people:
i. 
Monday through Friday: $100.
ii. 
Saturday, Sunday and holidays: $250.
2. 
Noncivic groups, non-Hamilton Township residents:
a. 
One to 50 people:
i. 
Monday through Friday: $75.
ii. 
Saturday, Sunday and holidays: $250.
b. 
Fifty-one or more people:
i. 
Monday through Friday: $150.
ii. 
Saturday, Sunday and holidays: $350.
3. 
Security guard:
a. 
Thirty-one dollars per hour.
b. 
Sunday and holidays: $41 per hour.
4. 
Police officer: As per § 5-66, Employment of off-duty police officers, of the Township Code.
(g) 
Recreational groups and organizations renting Township property on a seasonal basis shall pay the following applicable fee:
1. 
Recreational groups and organizations, Hamilton Township residents: $150.
2. 
Recreational groups and organizations, non-Hamilton Township residents: $250.
3. 
Security guard:
a. 
Thirty-one dollars per hour.
b. 
Sunday and holidays: $41 per hour.
4. 
Police officer: As per § 5-66, Employment of off-duty police officers, of the Township Code.
(h) 
Organizations or groups renting Township property on a temporary or seasonal basis may, with prior written approval from the Department of Health, Recreation, Senior and Veterans Services, maintain a low-impact permanent presence on the property. For purposes of this section, "low impact" means permanent use or location of a closet, cabinet, refrigerator, etc., during the term of the rental.
(i) 
Any abuse of the terms of the rental agreement shall be grounds to terminate the rental agreement.
D. 
Sayen House and Gardens and Grafton House rentals.
(1) 
Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, the following policies shall apply when a rental agreement is entered into for Sayen House and Gardens and Grafton House.
(a) 
A person or organization seeking to rent Sayen House and Gardens and Grafton House shall file an application, at least 14 days in advance, when practical, with the Department of Health, Recreation, Senior and Veterans Services, stating:
1. 
The name and address of the applicant.
2. 
The name and address of the person sponsoring the activity, if any. Applicant must be present at the site for the entire length of the event.
3. 
The day and hours for which the rental is desired.
4. 
The facility or portion thereof for which such rental is desired.
5. 
An estimate of the anticipated attendance.
6. 
The type of activity to be conducted.
7. 
Whether the applicant is a resident or nonresident of the Township.
8. 
Any other information which the Department of Health, Recreation, Senior and Veterans Services shall find reasonably necessary to attain a fair determination as to whether a rental should be approved under this section.
9. 
Rentals cannot be transferred or assigned.
(b) 
Standards for issuance. Standards for approval of a facility rental by the Department of Health, Recreation, Senior and Veterans Services shall include the following findings:
1. 
That the rental of the facility will not unreasonably interfere with or detract from the general public enjoyment of the facility.
2. 
That the rental of the facility will not unreasonably interfere with or detract from the promotion of public health, welfare, safety and recreation.
3. 
That the rental of the facility will not include violence, crime or disorderly conduct.
4. 
That the rental of the facility will not entail extraordinary or burdensome expense or police operation by the Township.
5. 
That the facility desired has not been reserved for other use at the date and hour requested in the application.
6. 
Priority of applicants.
a. 
The affairs of the Township shall take precedence over all other users of the facility.
b. 
Resident applicants will be given priority over other users for the use of the facility, based upon availability.
c. 
Nonresident applicants will be given priority over commercial applicants for the use of the facility, based upon availability.
d. 
Commercial applicants will be given the lowest priority for the use of the facility, based upon availability.
e. 
In the event of a conflict between requesting applicants, the request received earlier will be honored first.
(c) 
Appeal. Whenever in the opinion of the Director of Health, Recreation, Senior and Veterans Services the approval of a rental will violate any of the standards listed in Subsection D(1)(b) above, he or she shall refuse to approve the rental. Whenever the Director of Health, Recreation, Senior and Veterans Services has refused to approve a rental, the applicant may appeal from such determination in accordance with Chapter 285, Licenses and Permits.
(d) 
Rental of a facility or portion thereof shall be restricted to the facility, areas, dates, and times expressly requested on the rental application. The person renting the facility must be present on site, with identification, at all times during the use of the rental.
(e) 
The person renting the facility shall be bound by all rules and regulations and all applicable ordinances fully as though the rules, regulations and ordinances were inserted in the rental agreements, and person renting the facility shall be present at all times during rental period.
(f) 
The person or organization to whom rental is approved shall be liable for all loss, damage or injury sustained by any person whatever by reason of the negligence of the person or organization to whom such rental shall have been approved. The Department of Health, Recreation, Senior and Veterans Services shall have the right to require any renter to submit evidence of liability insurance covering injuries to members of the general public arising out of such permitted activities, in such amounts as may be from time to time determined by the Department of Health, Recreation, Senior and Veterans Services, prior to the commencement of any activity for which any rental is approved and shall also have the right to require that the certificate of insurance name the Township of Hamilton as an additional insured.
(g) 
The fee for a rental of Sayen House and Gardens and Grafton House shall be as set forth in this section.
(h) 
There shall be a security deposit paid to the Township in the amount of $100 to assure that the property will be left in a clean, safe and sanitary condition and also to assure that the terms of the rental agreement are complied with. The Department of Health, Recreation, Senior and Veterans Services will examine the property following use by such renter and, upon determining that all of the rules, regulations and ordinances have been complied with, the deposit will be returned to the renter. If the rules have not been complied with, the deposit will be forfeited. If a renter is present in or on the property outside of the times approved in the rental agreement, the deposit will be forfeited.
(i) 
If a rental is cancelled by a renter prior to 10 days before the scheduled rental date the security deposit shall be refunded. If a rental is cancelled by a renter within and including 10 days before the scheduled rental date the security deposit will be forfeited.
(j) 
No alcoholic beverages shall be permitted in or on the premises of the facility, except for the distribution and consumption of alcoholic beverages pursuant to a lawfully issued Township permit allowing alcoholic beverages.
(k) 
When required by the Department of Health, Recreation, Senior and Veterans Services due to the number of persons in attendance during a rental, the services of a law enforcement officer or officers shall be obtained to maintain order. The services of such officers shall be obtained pursuant to § 5-66, Employment of off-duty police officers, of the Township Code.
(l) 
The Department of Health, Recreation, Senior and Veterans Services shall have the authority to revoke a rental upon a finding of violation of any rule, regulation or ordinance or upon good cause shown, including, but not limited to, the falsification of any information required on the rental application.
(2) 
Notwithstanding any other provision of this section the following fees shall apply when a rental agreement is entered into for the Sayen House and Gardens and Grafton House.
(a) 
Grafton House.
1. 
Grafton House rental fees:
a. 
Hamilton Township residents:
i. 
Monday through Friday (day or evening): $250.
ii. 
Saturday and Sunday (day or evening): $300.
b. 
Non-Hamilton Township residents:
i. 
Monday through Friday (day or evening): $300.
ii. 
Saturday and Sunday (day or evening): $400.
c. 
Hamilton Township businesses:
i. 
Monday through Friday (day or evening): $300.
ii. 
Saturday and Sunday (day or evening): $350.
d. 
Non-Hamilton Township businesses:
i. 
Monday through Friday (day or evening): $350.
ii. 
Saturday and Sunday (day or evening): $400.
2. 
General provisions.
a. 
Proof of residency shall be required to receive Hamilton Township resident rate.
b. 
Grafton House rental fees are for a four-hour rental.
c. 
Payment is required in full at the time of booking in order to reserve Grafton House for any event.
(b) 
Sayen House and Gardens. Sayen House and Gardens rental fees:
1. 
Sayen House rental fees:
a. 
Hamilton Township residents. Wedding: $495.
b. 
Non-Hamilton Township residents. Wedding: $800.
c. 
Hamilton Township residents and nonresidents. Shower: $350.
d. 
Hamilton Township residents. Other event: $400.
e. 
Non-Hamilton Township residents. Other event: $450.
2. 
Sayen House and Gardens ceremony and photography fees:
a. 
Hamilton Township residents. Wedding ceremony/photos: $100.
b. 
Non-Hamilton Township residents. Wedding ceremony/photos: $150.
c. 
Hamilton Township residents. Wedding photos only: $75.
d. 
Non-Hamilton Township residents. Wedding photos only: $100.
3. 
General provisions.
a. 
Proof of residency shall be required to receive Hamilton Township resident rate.
b. 
Sayen House rental fees are for a four-hour rental.
c. 
Payment is required in full at the time of booking in order to reserve Sayen House for any event.
d. 
The rental fee for Sayen House includes the use of tables, chairs and white linens.
e. 
Sayen House and Gardens ceremony and photography fees are for one-hour use.
f. 
Wedding ceremonies can take place in either the white gazebo or the pond gazebo.
g. 
Temple Gardens is reserved for those renting Sayen House for an event. In the event Sayen House is not being rented, arrangements can be made to use that area.
A. 
Any department in the Township that offers electronic/online payment options for any fee or payment of any kind to Hamilton Township may assess an administrative fee to the payment. The payor must be provided with the following prior to payment:
(1) 
The fee will be automatically added to the payment.
(2) 
The amount of the fee will be calculated and added to the payment and disclosed to payor.
(3) 
Payor has the option of not paying electronically/online and will avoid paying the administrative fee by so doing.
B. 
The administrative fee shall be no more than is necessary to cover the cost to Hamilton Township for the service.
A. 
Notwithstanding the provisions of any ordinance to the contrary, any resident of the Township who shall have attained the age of 65 years, or who is totally and permanently disabled as certified by the Social Security Administration or a physician, or who is a disabled veteran whose wartime service-connected disability is 100% total and permanent as declared by the United States Veterans Administration or its successor, shall not be required to pay any municipal fee established by the Code of the Township of Hamilton.
[Amended 1-2-2019 by Ord. No. 18-075]
B. 
All department directors and other municipal officials with responsibility for administration of fees shall establish procedures to implement this section.
C. 
The waiver of fees provided in this section is subject to the following general restrictions and conditions:
(1) 
Residential property permits.
(a) 
Fees will be waived for the following residential property permits only:
1. 
New roof.
2. 
New siding.
3. 
Water heaters and/or furnaces.
4. 
New electrical services up to 400 amps.
(b) 
The resident must own and occupy the property at the time of application.
(2) 
Fees for group activities are waived for groups which include only residents who are subject of this section.
(3) 
No fee imposed in connection with a penalty enforcement or judicial proceedings shall be waived.
(4) 
This section shall not apply to any bond or surety required to ensure the faithful performance of a public obligation or repair to a public facility.
(5) 
This section shall not apply to any commercial or business activity.
(6) 
This section shall not apply to any land use or development fee imposed in conjunction with a Planning Board or Board of Adjustment application, except with regards to the alteration of any existing residence within the Township owned and occupied by a resident covered by this section.
(7) 
Fees for inspections shall not be waived unless the resident owns and occupies the property being inspected at the time of the request.
D. 
All individuals covered by this section shall be entitled to obtain a Hamilton Township identification card which shall be presented at the time of payment to validate the entitlement to the fee waiver. The identification card shall remain the property of the Township and shall be subject to forfeiture in the event it is used or attempted to be used for any purpose in violation of this section.