Township of Springfield, NJ
Burlington County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Springfield 12-14-1994 as Ch. III of the 1994 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter shall be known as the codification of fees and costs of the Township of Springfield.
This chapter is adopted in order to advise the citizens of the Township and any and all persons doing business with the Township of the various fees charged for services rendered by the departments of Township government and to provide ready access to any and all such information.
[Amended 7-14-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-13; 5-11-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-6; 6-14-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-9]
A. 
Licenses and permits. The following fees shall be charged by the Township for services rendered or licenses or permits issued. All license and permit fees shall be annual, unless otherwise noted.
[Amended 8-14-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-05]
Type
Fee
Code Reference
Amusement license, per year
x.00
§ 45-4
Automotive sales license:
Annually
$500
§ 52-5A
Late fee, per month
$50
Transfer fee
$25
§ 52-9
Bingo and raffles
$20
Ch. 56
Charitable solicitations
No fee
§ 174-4
Dogs
License, annual and renewal
§ 48-2D
Neutered or spayed
$10
Unneutered or unspayed
$12
Replacement tag
$1
§ 48-2D
Late charge, per month
$5
“Seeing Eye” dog
No fee
§ 48-2G
Seized dog
$40
Kennels and pet shop
$25
Garage sales
x.00
Ch. 108
Junkyards
Annually
$100
§ 115-8
Late fee
$50
§ 115-8
Renewal
x.00
§ 115-8
Transfer
$25
§ 115-10
Parades
x.00
§ 134-2D
Peddlers and solicitors
$25
§ 147-9
Police service, quasi-public or private
x.00
§ 5-90
Publication in newspapers of various board decisions
$20
§ 18-32C
Taxicab licenses:
Driver’s license, each
$5.75
§ 190-3
Owner’s license, each
$25.75
§ 190-2D
Transfer fee
x.00
x-x.1
Limousine permit, each
x.00
B. 
Alcoholic beverages.
[Amended 11-14-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-10]
Fee
Code Reference
Club license
$188
§ 42-3D
Plenary retail consumption license
$1,468
§ 42-3D
Plenary retail distribution license
$742
§ 42-3D
[Amended 3-12-2001 by Ord. No. 2001-2; 11-14-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-10; 2-8-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-01]
Retail food establishments, Chapter 158.
Fee
Permanent locale, per annum
$50
Temporary establishment, per day
$10
In conjunction with a charitable activity
No charge
Employee license, annual
$1
[Amended 6-14-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-9; 12-8-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-10]
Fees shall be as follows:
Type
Fee
Discovery
$10 to $20
Fingerprint and record cards
$15
Firearms
Application for firearms I.D. card, in addition to state and FBI fees
$5
Application for pistol permit
$5
Police reports
In-person requests
Letter size, per page
$0.05
Legal size, per page
$0.07
Mailed requests
$5 additional
[Amended 4-12-2000 by Ord. No. 2000-3]
A. 
General.
(1) 
The fee for plan review, computed as a percentage of the fee for a construction permit, shall be paid before the time the plan is reviewed. The amount of this fee shall then be deducted from the amount of the fee due for a construction permit, when the permit is issued. Plan review fees are not refundable.
[Amended 11-14-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-10]
(2) 
The fee to be charged for a construction permit will be the sum of the basic construction fee plus all applicable special fees, such as elevator or sign fees. This fee shall be paid before a permit is issued.
(3) 
The fee to be charged for a certificate of occupancy shall be paid before a certificate is issued. This fee shall be in addition to the construction permit fee.
B. 
Enforcing fees shall be as follows:
(1) 
Plan review fee. The fee for plan review shall be 20% of the amount to be charged for a new construction permit, except that elevator devices plan review shall be as in Subsection B(6) and (7) below.
(2) 
The basic construction fee shall be the sum of the parts computed on the basis of the volume or cost of construction, the number of plumbing fixtures and pieces of equipment, the number of electrical fixtures and devices and the number of sprinklers, standpipes and detectors (smoke and heat) at the unit rates provided herein plus any special fees.
(a) 
Building volume or cost. The fees for new construction or alteration are as follows:
[1] 
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 $0.040 per cubic foot of volume for buildings and structures of all groups and types of construction as classified and defined in articles 3 and 4 of the building subcode, except that the fee shall be $0.030 per cubic foot of volume for use groups A-1, A-2, A-3, A-4, A-5; F-2, S-1 and S-2, and the fee shall be $0.0010 per cubic foot per structures on farms, including commercial farm buildings under N.J.A.C. 5:23-3.2(d).
[Amended 7-14-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-14; 12-8-2004; 11-14-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-10; 2-8-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-01]
[2] 
Fees for renovations, alterations and repairs or site construction associated with pre-engineered systems of commercial farm buildings and premanufactured construction shall be based upon the estimated cost of work. The fee shall be in the amount of $36 per $1,000. From $50,001 to and including $100,000, the additional fee shall be in the amount of $28 per $1,000 of estimated cost above $50,000; above $100,000, the additional free shall be in the amount of $23 per $1,000 of estimated cost above $100,000.
[Amended 11-14-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-10; 2-8-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-01]
[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)(a)[2] and [3] above.
[5] 
(Reserved)[1]
[1]:
Editor’s Note: Former Subsection B(2)(a)[5], as amended, regarding tent fees, was repealed 8-14-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-05.
[6] 
(Reserved)[2]
[2]:
Editor's Note: Former Subsection B(2)(a)[6], setting a fee for roofing and siding work in use groups R-3 and R-4, was repealed 12-8-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-10.
[7] 
Minimum building permit fee is $75.
[Amended 11-14-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-10; 2-8-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-01]
(b) 
Plumbing fixtures and equipment. The fees shall be as follows:
[Amended 7-14-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-14; 12-8-2004; 11-14-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-10; 2-8-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-01]
[1] 
The fee shall be in the amount of $25 per fixture, piece of equipment or appliance connected to the plumbing system and for each appliance connected to the gas piping or oil piping system, except as indicated in Subsection B(2)(b)[2] below. There shall be a minimum fee of $75.
[2] 
The fee shall be $90 per special device for the following: grease traps, oil separators, refrigeration units, utility service connections, backflow preventers equipped with test ports (double-check valve assembly, reduced-pressure-zone and pressure-vacuum-breaker backflow preventers), steam boilers, hot water boilers (excluding those for domestic water heating), active solar systems, sewer pumps and interceptors. There shall be no inspection fee charged for gas service entrances.
[3] 
There shall be flat fee of $75 for residential lawn sprinklers and a flat fee of $100 for commercial lawn sprinklers.
(c) 
Electrical fixtures and devices. The fees shall be as follows:
[Amended 7-14-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-14; 12-8-2004; 11-14-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-10; 2-8-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-01]
[1] 
For from one to 50 receptacles or fixtures, the fee shall be in the amount of $75; for each 25 receptacles or fixtures in addition to this, the fee shall be in the amount of $50. For the purpose of computing this fee, receptacles or fixtures shall include lighting outlets, wall switches, fluorescent fixtures, convenience receptacles, smoke and heat detectors, similar fixtures and motors or devices of less than or equal to one horsepower or one kilowatt.
[2] 
For each motor or electrical device greater than one horsepower, and less than or equal to 10 horsepower, and for transformers and generators greater than one kilowatt and less than or equal to 10 kilowatts, the fee shall be $20.
[3] 
For each motor or electrical device greater than 10 horsepower and less than or equal to 50 horsepower, or for each transformer and generator greater than 10 kilowatts and less than or equal to 45 kilowatts, and for each utility load management device, the fee shall be $70.
[4] 
For each motor or electrical device greater than 50 horsepower and less than or equal to 100 horsepower, and for transformers and generators greater than 45 kilowatts and less than or equal to 112.5 kilowatts, the fee shall be $150.
[5] 
For each motor or electrical device greater than 100 horsepower, and for each transformer and generator greater than 112.5 kilowatts, the fee shall be $625.
[6] 
For each service panel, service entrance or subpanel less than or equal to 200 amperes, the fee shall be $75.
[7] 
For each service panel, service entrance or subpanel greater then 200 amperes and less than or equal to 1,000 amperes, the fee shall be $200.
[8] 
For each service panel, service entrance or subpanel greater than 1,000 amperes, the fee shall be $625.
[9] 
For the purpose of computing these fees, all motors except those in plug-in appliances shall be counted, including control equipment, generators, transformers and all heating, cooking or other devices consuming or generating electrical current.
[10] 
The minimum fee shall be $75.
[11] 
Solar/photovoltaic systems. The fee shall be based on the designated kilowatt rating of the solar/photovoltaic system as follows:
[Added 8-14-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-05]
[a] 
1 to 50 kilowatts: $100.
[b] 
51 to 100 kilowatts: $200.
[c] 
Greater than 100 kilowatts: $576.
(d) 
Fire protection and other hazardous equipment: Sprinklers, standpipes, detectors (smoke and heat), carbon monoxide detectors, audio/visual devices, pre-engineered suppression systems, gas- and oil-fired appliances not connected to the plumbing system, kitchen exhaust systems, incinerators and crematoriums:
[Amended 7-14-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-14; 12-8-2004; 11-14-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-10; 2-8-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-01]
[1] 
Sprinklers.
[Amended 8-14-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-05]
Number of Heads
Fee
20 or fewer
$100
21 to and including 100
$162
101 to and including 200
$300
201 to and including 400
$780
401 to and including 1,000
$1,105
Over 1,000
$1,420
[2] 
Audio/visual devices and combination smoke/carbon monoxide detectors shall be considered one unit.
Number of Detectors
Fee
1 to 12
$100
12 up to 200
$305
201 to 400
$800
401 to 1,000
$1,600
Over 1,000
$1,600
[3] 
The fee for each standpipe shall be $330.
[Amended 8-14-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-05]
[4] 
The fee for each independent pre-engineered system shall be $130.
[5] 
The fee for each gas- or oil-fired appliance that is not connected to the plumbing system shall be $75.
[6] 
The fee for each kitchen exhaust system shall be $75.
[7] 
The fee for each incinerator shall be $450.
[8] 
The fee for each crematorium shall be $450.
[9] 
The minimum fee is $75.
(3) 
Fee for certificates and other permits are as follows:
(a) 
The fee for a demolition or removal permit shall be $100 for a structure of less than 5,000 square feet in area and less than 30 feet in height for one- or two-family residences (use group R-3 of the Building Code) and structures on farms, including commercial farm buildings under N.J.A.C. 5:23-3.2(d), and $150 for all other use groups.
[Amended 11-14-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-10; 2-8-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-01]
(b) 
The fee for a permit to construct a sign shall be in the amount of $1.20 per square-foot surface area of this sign, computed on one side only for double-faced signs. The minimum fee shall be $75.
[Amended 11-14-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-10; 2-8-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-01]
(c) 
The fee for a certificate of occupancy shall be in the amount of 10% of the new construction fee. A minimum fee of $150 shall be paid at the time the construction permit is issued.
[Amended 7-14-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-14; 12-8-2004; 2-8-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-01]
(d) 
Exceptions: For one- and two-family residences less than 5,000 square feet in area and less than 30 feet in height, and farm structures and commercial farm buildings, the fee shall be $100.
[Amended 11-14-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-10; 2-8-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-01]
(e) 
The fee for a certificate of occupancy granted pursuant to a change of use group shall be $120.
[Amended 6-14-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-9; 11-14-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-10]
(f) 
The fee for a certificate of continued occupancy issued under N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.23(c) shall be $150.
[Amended 6-14-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-9; 11-14-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-10; 2-8-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-01]
(g) 
The fee for plan review of a building for compliance under the alternate systems and non-depletable energy source provisions of the energy subcode shall be $274 for one- and two-family homes (use group R-3 of the building subcode), and for light commercial structures having the indoor temperature controlled from a single point, and $1,369 for all other structures.
(h) 
The fee for an application for a variation in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.10 shall be $594 for Class I structures and $120 for Class II and Class III structures. The fee for resubmission of an application for a variation shall be $229 for Class I structures and $75 for Class II and Class III structures.
[Amended 2-8-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-01]
(i) 
The fee for a permit for lead hazard abatement work shall be $150.
[Amended 11-14-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-10; 2-8-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-01]
(j) 
The fee for residential and agricultural fuel tanks is $75. The fee for a commercial fuel tank up to 999 gallons is $100; over 1,000 gallons is $200.
[Added 7-14-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-14; amended 12-8-2004; 11-14-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-10; 2-8-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-01]
(k) 
An escrow fee for the engineer’s inspection of new construction for the issuance of a certificate of occupancy shall be $500.
[Added 12-8-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-10]
(4) 
For cross connections and backflow preventers that are subject to testing, requiring reinspection annually, the fee shall be $75 for each device when it is tested.
[Amended 11-14-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-10; 2-8-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-01]
(5) 
Annual permit fees shall be as set forth in N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.20(c)5.
(6) 
(Reserved)[3]
[3]:
Editor’s Note: Former Subsection B(6), regarding the plan review fee for certain elevator devices, was repealed 2-8-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-01.
(7) 
(Reserved)[4]
[4]:
Editor’s Note: Former Subsection B(7), regarding the plan review fee for certain elevator devices, was repealed 2-8-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-01.
(8) 
The fees for elevator device inspections and tests shall be as set forth in N.J.A.C. 5:23-12.
(9) 
The fee for a mechanical inspection in a use group R-3 or R-4 structure by a mechanical inspector shall be $75 for the first device and $12 for each additional device. No separate fee shall be charged for gas, fuel oil, or water piping connections associated with the mechanical equipment inspected.
[Amended 7-14-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-14; 12-8-2004; 11-14-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-10; 2-8-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-01]
(10) 
Pools. The fee for pools shall be in the amount of $225 for in-ground pools and $100 for all others.
[Amended 7-14-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-14; 12-8-2004; 2-8-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-01]
(11) 
The fee for fences not part of a pool contract and over six feet high shall be in the amount of $50 per $1,000 of estimated cost of work.
[Amended 7-14-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-14; 12-8-2004; 11-14-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-10; 2-8-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-01]
(12) 
When the Township contracts with a private third party agency, the fees shall be as a percentage of the fees as listed in the Departmental Fees pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.20.
(a) 
When the Township contracts with a third party agency an administrative fee in the amount of 15% shall be added to the fee.
(13) 
State training fees shall be collected pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.19(b).
(14) 
Where the DCA is acting as the elevator subcode official for the Township of Springfield, elevator subcode fees shall be departmental fees as set forth in N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.20(c)6 and 7 for plan review and N.J.A.C. 5:23-12-1 et seq. for inspections.
(15) 
The fee for inspection of a construction trailer is $200.
[Added 7-14-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-14; amended 12-8-2004; 2-8-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-01]
(16) 
The fee for inspection of a modular home is $750.[5]
[Added 11-14-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-10]
[5]:
Editor’s Note: Former Subsection B(17), Exceptions for accessory apartments, added 7-14-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-14, as amended, which immediately followed this subsection, was repealed 2-8-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-01.
[Amended 6-14-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-9; 11-14-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-10; 12-8-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-10; 2-8-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-01]
Type
Fee
Code Reference
Rental
$100
§ 150-3
Sale of property
$150
§ 150-3
Reinspection
$50
§ 150-3
The fees for inspections and permits under the Uniform Fire Safety Code shall be as set forth in N.J.A.C. 5:18-2.8.
A. 
Streets: § 181-6B(5); § 181-7A.
Type
Fee
Escrow
Permit application by area of street opening (in square feet)
0 - 100
$30
$280 minimum
101 - 4,000
$30
$280 + $0.90 each sq. ft. over 100
Over 4,000
$30
$3,790 + $0.40 each sq. ft. over 4,000
B. 
Driveways: § 181-17C.
[Amended 12-8-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-10]
Type
Fee
Escrow
Driveway permit
$30
$300
[Amended 7-10-2002 by Ord. No. 2002-4; 6-14-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-9; 9-12-2007 by Ord. No.2007-06; 11-14-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-10]
A. 
General. Proposals involving more than one application type shall pay a cost equaling the sum of the costs of the component elements of the plat. Proposals requiring a combination of approvals, such as subdivision, site plan and/or a variance, shall pay a cost equal to the sum of the cost for each element.
[Amended 12-8-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-10; 2-8-2012 by Ord. No. 2012-01]
Type
Application Fee
(nonrefundable)
Escrow
Conditional use
$250
$500
Change of zone request
$250
$1,500
Certification of subdivision
$35
Zoning or change of use permit
$75
Street vacation
$625
$500
Land use ordinances and map
$60
Master Plan
$250
Reexamination report
$150
Land development checklist, Planning Board and Zoning Board applications
$5
B. 
Subdivision.
Type
Application Fee
(nonrefundable)
Escrow
Minor subdivision
Preliminary and final plans
$150
$1,000 for the 1st lot + $40 per lot thereafter
Major subdivision
Sketch plat
$350
$2,000 for the 1st 5 lots + $100 per lot thereafter
Preliminary plat
None
Final plat
None
$2,000 + $100 per lot up to 30 lots
Extensions and amended plans
Preliminary or final
$125
$2,000
Final approval
$275
$2,000
C. 
Site plans.
Type
Application Fee
(nonrefundable)
Escrow
Minor site plan (less than 25% of the existing site)
$150
$2,000
Major site plan
Preliminary plat
$350
$5,000 for the 1st acre or portion thereof + $35 per acre or portion thereof
Final plat
None
$5,000 for the 1st acre or portion thereof + $70 per acre or portion thereof
Site plans for residential uses
Preliminary site plan
$350
$2,000 + $100 per unit
Final site plan
None
$2,000 + $100 per unit
Extension and reapprovals
Preliminary or final
$300
$500
D. 
Variances.
Type
Application Fee
(nonrefundable)
Escrow
Hear and decide appeals
$75
$500
Interpretation of zoning regulations or map
$85
$500
Hardship or bulk variance
$150
$1,000
Use variance
Residential
$150
$1,000
Other
$300
$2,500
Building permit in conflict with Official Map, or building permit for lot not related to a street
$125
$500
Other, including signs and certification of nonconforming uses
$75
$500
Extensions
$50
$500
[Amended 7-10-2002 by Ord. No. 2002-4; 7-14-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-10; 8-11-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-17; 6-14-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-9; 12-8-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-10; 8-14-2013 by Ord. No. 2013-05]
Type
Fee
Copies of documents
Letter size, per page
$0.05
Legal size, per page
$0.07
Tax Map maintenance fee
$110 per new lot, existing lot or easement
Certified copy of any document
$10
Marriage license*
$28
Certificate of domestic partnership*
$28
Municipal Court disposition
$5
Payment of taxes using credit card, user fee
3% of transaction total
Additional recycling buckets
Yellow buckets for bottles/cans
$10
Blue carts for paper/cardboard
$95
Tax tedemption calculation, as follows:
A. In accordance with N.J.S.A. 54:5-54, the Tax Collector shall provide to any party entitled to redeem a certificate pursuant of this section (N.J.S.A. 54:5-54) two calculations of the amount required for redemption within a calendar year at no cost. For each subsequent calculation requested from the Tax Collector, there shall be a fee of $50. A request for a redemption calculation shall be made in writing to the Tax Collector.
B. In accordance with N.J.S.A. 54:5-97.1, the Tax Collector may charge a lienholder of a tax lien $50 for the calculation of the amount due to redeem the tax lien as required pursuant to N.J.S.A. 54:5-97.1. Any request for a redemption calculation shall specify the date to be used for the calculation, which shall be the date of the notice. Neither the Tax Collector nor the municipality shall be liable for an incorrect calculation. The fee paid to the municipality shall not become part of the lien and shall not be passed on to any party entitled to redeem pursuant to N.J.S.A. 54:5-54.
*Note: In the event the state should increase the fee chargeable for marriage licenses or certificates of domestic partnership, the above fees should increase accordingly.