Township of Sandyston, NJ
Sussex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Sandyston as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Unsafe buildings — See Ch. 48.
Driveways — See Ch. 64.
Fees — See Ch. 69.
Flood damage prevention — See Ch. 75.
Sewage disposal systems — See Ch. 126.
Subdivision of land — See Ch. 137.
Zoning — See Ch. 150.
Housing — See Ch. 158.
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Editor’s Note: Former Art. I, Alterations and Additions, adopted 4-2-1981, as amended, was repealed 9-9-2014 by Ord. No. 2014-05.
[Adopted 2-4-1982]
A. 
Establishment of Building Department. There is hereby established in the Township of Sandyston a State Uniform Construction Code enforcing agency to be known as the "Building Department," consisting of a Construction Official, Building Subcode Official, Plumbing Subcode Official, Electrical Subcode Official, Fire Protection Subcode Official and such other subcode officials for such additional subcodes as the Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs, State of New Jersey, shall hereafter adopt as part of the State Uniform Construction Code. The Construction Official shall be the chief administrator of the enforcing agency.
B. 
Filling of positions. 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, and more than one 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.
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Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 52:27D-119 et seq.
C. 
Business office. 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.
Appeals from the decisions by the enforcing agency shall be made to the Sussex County Board of Appeals pursuant to Article 15 of the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code Regulations.
[Added 7-2-1996 by Ord. No. 5-96]
A permit shall be obtained for any work as required under the Uniform Construction Code. The permit shall be placed in a conspicuous place for the entire time the work is being performed. Fees for permits shall be as follows.
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Editor's Note: Former § 45-4, Fees, as amended, was repealed 10-1-1991 by Ord. No. 6-91. For current fee provisions, see Ch. 69, Fees.
[Amended 10-1-1991 by Ord. No. 6-91; 7-2-1996 by Ord. No. 5-96]
The Construction Officer shall, with the advice of the subcode officers, prepare and submit to the Mayor and Township Committee, annually, a report recommending alterations of and changes to the above fee schedule, based on the operating expenses of the Construction Enforcement Department and any other expenses of the Township of Sandyston fairly attributable to the enforcement of the Uniform Construction Code.
[Added 12-12-2017 by Ord. No. 2017-04]
A. 
General.
(1) 
The fee for plan review, computed as a percentage of the construction permit, shall be paid at the time of permit issue. The amount of this fee shall then be deducted from the permit fee due for a construction permit. Plan review fees shall not be refundable.
(2) 
The fee to be charged for a construction permit will be the sum of the basic construction fee and all subcode fees and any special fees. This fee shall be paid before the permit is issued.
(3) 
The fee for a certificate of occupancy shall be paid before a certificate is issued.
(4) 
All fees shall be rounded off to the nearest dollar.
B. 
Building subcode fees. Fees for new construction shall be based upon the volume of the structure. Volume shall be computed in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.28. The new construction fee shall be in the amount of $0.038 per cubic foot of volume for buildings and structures of all use groups except that the fee shall be $0.021 per cubic foot of volume for use groups A-1, A-2, A-3, A-4, E, F-1, F-2, S-1 and S-2, and the fee shall be $0.0011 per cubic foot for structures on farms, including commercial farm buildings under N.J.A.C. 5:23-3.2(d), used exclusively for the storage of food or grain, or the sheltering of livestock, with minimum of $60 and a maximum on farms not to exceed $1,602.
(1) 
For the purposes of calculating the volume to determine the fee for large, open-volume single-story spaces in buildings, such as barns, silos, greenhouses, warehouses, distribution centers and other agricultural and storage-use occupancies, the height shall be limited to 20 feet, notwithstanding the fact that the actual height of the space may be greater than 20 feet.
(2) 
Fees for renovations, alterations and repairs or site construction associated with preengineered systems of commercial farm buildings, premanufactured construction, and the external utility connection for premanufactured construction shall be based upon the estimated cost of the work. The fee shall be in the amount of $30 per $1,000 up to $50,000. From $50,001 to and including $100,000, the additional fee shall be in the amount of $23 per $1,000 of estimated cost above $50,000. Above $100,000, the additional fee shall be in the amount of $19 per $1,000 of estimated cost above $100,000. For the purpose of determining estimated cost, the applicant shall submit to the Construction Official such cost data as may be available, produced by the architect or engineer of record or by a recognized estimating firm or by the contractor. A bona fide contractor's bid, if available, shall be submitted. The construction official shall make the final decision regarding estimated cost. The minimum fee shall be $60.
(3) 
Fees for additions shall be computed on the same basis as for new construction for the added portion.
(4) 
Fees for combination renovations and additions shall be computed as the sum of the fees computed separately in accordance with Subsection B(2) and (3) above. The minimum fee shall be $60.
(5) 
The fee for an aboveground swimming pool shall be $140 for a pool with a surface area greater than 550 square feet. The fee for an in-ground pool shall be $210 for a pool with a surface area greater than 550 square feet; the fee in all other cases shall be $106.
(6) 
The fee for tents, in excess of 900 square feet or more than 30 feet in any dimension, shall be $129.
(7) 
The fee for roofing and siding work in Use Groups R-3 and R-5 shall be $65.
(8) 
The fee for demolition or removal permit shall be $82 for a structure less than 5,000 square feet in area and less than 30 feet in height and structures used for farm uses. All other structures will be $151.
(9) 
Fees for signs shall be $3.75 per square foot, computed for one side only.
(10) 
The fee for fences more than six feet high shall be $50.
(11) 
The fee for a retaining wall with a surface area greater than 550 square feet that is associated with a Class 3 residential structure shall be $210.
(12) 
The fee for a retaining wall with a surface area of 550 square feet or less that is associated with a Class 3 residential structure shall be $106.
(13) 
The fee for a newly constructed retaining wall of any size at other than a Class 3 residential structure shall be based on the cost of construction.
C. 
Plumbing subcode fees. The following fees shall be based on the number of plumbing fixtures, devices, plumbing stack and utility connections to be installed. Utility service connections include sewer and water service connections. The fee shall be a unit rate per fixture, stack and utility connection as follows. The minimum fee permit shall be $60.
Type
Fee
Water closet
$15
Bidet/urinal
$15
Bath tub
$15
Lavatory
$15
Shower
$15
Floor drain
$15
Residential A/C
$15
Dishwasher
$15
Drinking fountain
$15
Washing machine
$15
Hose bibb
$15
Stacks
$15
Water heater
$15
Hot water boiler
$91
Sewer pump
$91
Interceptor/separator
$91
Commercial backflow preventer
$91
Residential backflow preventer
$15
Grease trap
$91
Fuel oil piping
$91
Sewer connection
$91
Water service connection
$91
Steam boiler
$91
Gas piping
$91
D. 
Electrical subcode fees. The electrical subcode fee shall be based upon the number of electrical fixtures and devices to be installed. The fee shall be a unit rate per fixture and device as described below. The minimum permit fee shall be $60.
Fixtures/Devices
Fee
1 to 50 receptacles, fixtures, switches
$50
Increments of 25
$9
For the purpose of calculating this fee, the term "receptacles" shall include:
Lighting outlets
Fluorescent fixtures
Smoke detectors
Pool bonding
Heat detectors
Burglar alarm devices
Intercom devices
CRT outlets
Motors of equipment rated less than 1 HP
Thermostats
Light standards
Telephone outlets
Exit lights
Motors
Fee
Greater than 1 HP or less than or equal to 10 HP
$15
Greater than 10 HP or less than or equal to 50 HP
$65
Greater than 50 HP or less than or equal to 100 HP
$116
Greater than 100 HP
$576
Electrical Devices, Including Transformers and Generators
Fee
Greater than 1 KW or less than or equal to 10 KW
$15
Greater than 10 KW or less than or equal to 45 KW
$65
Greater than 45 KW or less than or equal to 112.5 KW
$116
Greater than 112.5 KW
$576
For the purpose of computing this fee, typical electric devices are listed below.
Device
KW
Fee
Electric dryer
5.0
$15
Electric range
8.0
$15
Electric oven
5.7
$15
Surface units
7.1
$15
Hot water heaters
4.5
$15
Central air conditioner
10.8
$65
Dishwasher
1.2
$15
Service Equipment, Including Service Entrance, Service Panels and Subpanels
Fee
Greater than 0 amp less than or equal to 200 amp
$65
Greater than 200 amp or equal to 1,000 amp
$129
Greater than 1,000 amp
$640
KW
Fee
Photovoltaic
0 to 50
$65
51 to 100
$129
Above 100
$640
E. 
Fire protection subcode fees. These shall be fees for fire protection and other hazardous equipment: sprinklers, standpipes, detectors (smoke and heat), preengineered suppression systems, gas- and oil-fired appliances not connected to the plumbing system, kitchen exhaust systems, incinerators and crematoriums. The minimum fee for the fire subcode shall be $60.
(1) 
The fee for 20 or fewer heads or detectors shall be $91.
(2) 
For 21 to and including 100 heads or detectors, the fee shall be $168.
(3) 
For 101 to and including 200 heads or detectors, the fee shall be $321.
(4) 
For 201 to and including 400 heads or detectors, the fee shall be $831.
(5) 
For 401 to and including 1,000 heads or detectors, the fee shall be $1,150.
(6) 
For over 1,000 heads or detectors, the fee shall be $1,469.
(7) 
The fee for each standpipe shall be $321.
(8) 
The fee for each independent preengineered system shall be $129.
(9) 
The fee for each gas- or oil-fired appliance which is not connected to the plumbing system shall be $65.
(10) 
The fee for each kitchen exhaust system shall be $65.
(11) 
The fee for each incinerator shall be $511.
(12) 
The fee for each crematorium shall be $511.
(13) 
The fee for each solid-fuel heating device shall be $60.
(14) 
The fee for a metal chimney or liner shall be $60.
(15) 
The fee for a storage tank (underground or aboveground) up to 1,000 gallons shall be $60.
(16) 
The fee for a storage tank (underground or aboveground) for 1,001 to 4,000 gallons shall be $80.
(17) 
The fee for a storage tank (underground or aboveground) over 4,000 gallons shall be $120.
F. 
Elevator subcode fees. The elevator subcode fees shall be established by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.20.
G. 
Certificates and other fees.
(1) 
The fee for a certificate of occupancy shall be $90.
(2) 
The certificate fee for buildings of Use Group U shall be $35.
(3) 
The multiple certificate of occupancy fee shall be $90 per unit.
(4) 
The fee for a continued certificate of occupancy shall be $90 per unit.
(5) 
The fee for a certificate of occupancy pursuant to change of use shall be $250.
(6) 
The certificate fee for asbestos hazard abatement shall be $25.
(7) 
The fee for asbestos hazard abatement shall be $70.
(8) 
The fee for lead hazard abatement shall be $196.
(9) 
The fee for a certificate of clearance shall be $28.
(10) 
The fee for change of contractor shall be $20 per subcode.
(11) 
Periodic inspections. Fees for the periodic reinspection of equipment and facilities granted a certificate of approval for a specified duration in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.23 shall be as follows:
(a) 
For elevators, escalators and moving walks requiring reinspections every six months, the fee shall be as per N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.20 8.
(b) 
The fees for cross-connections and backflow preventers that are subject to testing, requiring reinspection annually, the fee shall be $50 for each device.
(12) 
The fee for a mechanical inspection in a structure of Use Group R-3 or R-5 by a mechanical inspector shall be $60 for the first device and $15 for each additional device. No separate fee shall be charged for gas, fuel oil, or water piping connections, including the bonding conductor (jumper) associated with the mechanical equipment inspected.
H. 
Annual permits. The fee to be charged for an annual construction permit shall be charged annually. This fee shall be a flat fee based upon the number of maintenance workers who are employed by the facility and who are primarily engaged in work that is governed by a subcode. Managers, engineers and clerical shall not be considered maintenance workers for the purpose of establishing the annual construction permit fee. Annual permits may be issued for building/fire protection, electrical and plumbing.
I. 
Variation application. The fee for an application for variation in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.10 shall be $423 for Class I structures and $85 for Class II and Class III structures. The fees for resubmission of an application for a variation shall be $163 for Class I structures and $46 for Class II and Class III structures.
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Editor's Note: Former § 45-6, Surcharge fee, was repealed 10-1-1991 by Ord. No. 6-91.