[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Springfield 12-14-1994 as § 12-1 of the 1994 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Establishment; composition; administrator.
There is hereby established in the Township of Springfield a State Uniform Construction Code Enforcing Agency to be known as the “Department of Code Enforcement and Inspections,” consisting of a Construction Code Official, Building Subcode Official, Plumbing Subcode Official, Electrical Subcode Official, Fire Subcode Official and such other subcode officials as the Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs of the State of New Jersey shall hereafter adopt as part of the State Uniform Construction Code.
The Department shall administer and enforce the subcodes adopted by the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs and any other laws or code provisions committed and entrusted to the Department or its officials.
The Construction Code Official shall be the chief administrator of the enforcing agency.
Official positions, qualifications.
Each official position created in Subsection A, above, shall be filled by a person qualified for such position pursuant to N.J.S.A. 52:27D-119 et seq., as amended, and N.J.A.C. 5:23; provided that, in lieu of any particular subcode official, an on-site inspection agency may be retained by contract pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:23.
More than one such official position may be held by the same person; provided that such person is qualified pursuant to N.J.S.A. 52:27D-119 et seq. and N.J.A.C. 5:23 to hold each position.
Public 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. That office shall be at the municipal building, except for emergencies and unforeseen or unavoidable circumstances.
Appeals. All appeals from any decision of any subcode official shall be made to the Burlington County Construction Board of Appeals.
The following fees are hereby established and shall be paid before a permit is issued. All fees shall be rounded to the nearest single dollar amount for administrative simplicity.
On-site inspection agencies. Whenever the Township uses the services of a private on-site inspection and plan review agency to enforce one or more subcodes under the provisions of the State Uniform Construction Code Act, N.J.S.A. 52:27D-119 et seq., as amended and supplemented, and the rules and regulations promulgated by the Department of Community Affairs, then fees charged by the Township shall be identical to those charged by the Department of Community Affairs pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:23-20.
Construction permit. The fee for a construction permit shall be the sum of the applicable subcode fees listed in Subsection B(1) through (3) hereof and shall be paid before the permit is issued.
Plan review fee. The plan review fee shall be as set forth in Chapter 91, Fees, and shall be paid before the plans are reviewed. The amount paid for this fee shall be credited toward the amount of the fee to be charged for the construction permit.
Demolition permits. The fee for a demolition permit shall be as set forth in Chapter 91, Fees. An indemnity bond shall be required for the completion of the work and relocation and demolition of the site, which will protect and indemnify the Township against loss or damages.
Building removal. The fee for a permit for removal of a building or structure from one lot to another or to a new location on the same lot, for new foundations and for placement in a completed condition in a new location shall be as set forth in Chapter 91, Fees. The Construction Code Official may waive the indemnity bond requirement based on the extent of the building.
Certificate of occupancy. The fee for a certificate of occupancy under this section shall be as set forth in Chapter 91, Fees.
Elevators. The fees for installation and inspection of elevators shall be as set forth in Chapter 91, Fees.
Miscellaneous fees. The fees for other permits or inspections as may be required under this code are as set forth in Chapter 91, Fees.
Waiver of building permit fees; disabled persons.
[Added 4-12-2000 by Ord. No. 2000-3]
No person shall be charged a construction permit surcharge fee or enforcing agency fee for a construction, reconstruction, alteration or improvement designed and undertaken solely to promote accessibility by disabled persons to an existing private structure or any of the facilities contained therein.
A disabled person, or a parent or sibling of a disabled person, shall not be charged for a building permit for any construction, reconstruction, alteration or improvement which promotes accessibility to his or her own living unit.
“Disabled person” means a person who has the total and permanent inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment, including blindness, and shall include, but not be limited to, any resident of this state who is disabled pursuant to the Federal Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. § 416 (or the Federal Railroad Retirement Act of 1974, Section 231, et seq.), or is stated as having a 60% disability or higher pursuant to any federal law administered by the United States Veterans’ Act. For purposes of this subsection, “blindness” means central visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye with the use of a correcting lens. An eye which is accompanied by a limitation in the fields of vision such that the widest diameter of the visual field subtends an angle no greater than 20° shall be considered as having a central visual acuity of 20/200 or less.
The Construction Code Official shall, with the advice of the subcode officials, prepare and submit to the Township Council annually a report recommending a fee schedule based on the operating expenses of the agency and any other expenses of the Township fairly attributable to the enforcement of the State Uniform Construction Code Act.
In order to provide for the training, certification and technical support programs required by the Uniform Construction Code Act and the regulations, the enforcing agency shall collect, in addition to the fees specified, a surcharge fee as set forth in Chapter 91, Fees. The surcharge fees shall be remitted to the Bureau of Housing Inspection, Department of Community Affairs on a quarterly basis for the fiscal quarters ending September 30, December 31, March 31 and June 30 not later than one month following the quarter for which it is due.
The enforcing agency shall report annually at the end of each fiscal year to the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, not later than July 31, the total amount of the surcharge fees collected in the fiscal year.
Permits shall be required in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23, except as provided in N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.5.