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Township of Cranbury, NJ
Middlesex County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranbury 2-28-1977. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Unfit buildings — See Ch. 64.
Development fees — See Ch. 76.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 84.
Flood damage prevention — See Ch. 87.
Land development — See Ch. 150.
Housing standards — See Ch. 157.
There is hereby established in the Township of Cranbury a State Uniform Construction Code enforcing agency to be known as the "Cranbury Construction Code Agency," 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.
Each official position created in § 72-1 shall be filled by a person qualified for such position pursuant to P.L. 1975, c. 217, as amended,[1] and N.J.A.C. 5:23, provided that, in lieu of any particular subcode official, an on-site inspection agency may be retained by contract pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:23. More than one such official position may be held by the same person, provided that such person is qualified pursuant to P.L. 1975, c. 217, and N.J.A.C. 5:23 to hold each such position.
[1]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 52:27D-119 et seq.
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.
[Amended 8-24-1981; 3-22-1982; 9-26-1983; 11-21-1983; 5-18-1987; 5-21-1990 by Ord. No. O-04-90-14; 8-24-1992 by Ord. No. O-07-92-18; 12-26-1994 by Ord. No. O-12-94-20; 11-24-1997 by Ord. No. O-10-97-19; 2-28-2000 by Ord. No. O-01-00-06]
A. 
New construction.
(1) 
Fees for new construction shall be based on volume and use groups as follows, for all of construction, and shall be rounded off the nearest whole dollar amount:
(a) 
H, I-1, I-2, I-3, M, R-1, R-2, R-3, R-4 A, E and B: $.02 per C.F.
(b) 
F-1, F-2, S-1, S-2, F, S and U: $.010 per C.F.
(c) 
Farm buildings exclusively used for food or sheltering livestock: $.0007 per C.F. with a maximum fee not to exceed $1,060.
(d) 
C.F. = cubic foot.
(e) 
Minimum fee: $40.
(2) 
A 20% plan review charge of total construction permit fee will be imposed on all applicants for a permit. Said charge will be paid at time of permit or withdrawal of application.
(3) 
Permit fees for renovations, alterations and repairs:
(a) 
Fees for renovations, alterations, re-roofing and the installation and foundation systems of premanufactured construction and external utility connections for premanufactured construction and external utility connections for premanufactured systems shall be based upon estimated cost of said work. The fee shall be computed as a unit rate per $1,000 of estimated costs.
[1] 
One thousand dollars up to $50,000: $14 per $1,000.
[2] 
Fifty thousand dollars to $100,000: $12 per $1,000.
[3] 
Above $100,000: $10 per $1,000.
[4] 
Minimum fee: $40.
(b) 
Temporary structures and all structures for which volume cannot be computed, such as swimming pools and open structural towers, shall be charged a flat rate:
[1] 
Swimming pools, above ground: $40 building fee.
[2] 
Swimming pools, inground: $75 building fee.
[3] 
Open structural towers:
[a] 
Less than 20 feet in height of structural tower: $50.
[b] 
Twenty-one feet to 30 feet: $75.
[c] 
Greater than 30 feet: $150.
[d] 
Tents: $50.
(c) 
R-3 and R-4 roofing and siding permits shall be a flat fee of $40.
B. 
Additions. To be the same as new construction. Combinations of renovations and additions shall be computed as the sum of the fees computed separately.
C. 
Demolition. For demolition of use group R-3 and buildings of less than 5,000 square feet and less than 30 feet in height: $50. All other use groups shall be $75. Any demolition work undertaken through a writ of condemnation procedure, the fee shall be $200.
D. 
Removal to other locations. For removal of one building from one lot to another lot or different location on the same lot shall be per $1,000 of estimated cost of moving, plus the estimated cost of new foundation and work necessary to place the building in its completed condition ($14 per thousand).
E. 
Signs. To construct a sign, a flat fee of $40 (except foundation costs).
F. 
Certificates.
(1) 
The fee for a certificate of occupancy shall be as follows:
(a) 
R-3 and R-2 use groups: $50.
(b) 
All others shall be $175.
(2) 
The fee for a certificate of continued occupancy or change of use group occupancy shall be as follows:
(a) 
R-3, R-2 and farm structures: $40 per Subcode.
(b) 
All other use groups: $75.
G. 
Elevator inspections shall be as per mandate of the UCC Act per N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.20 and N.J.A.C. 5:23-12.6. A copy is on file with the Construction Official.
H. 
Plumbing fixtures and equipment.
(1) 
The fee for each of the following fixtures shall be $8 per fixture: toilets, urinals, bidets, sinks, lavatories, basins, bibbs, oil pipe connection per unit, gas pipe connection per unit, washer, fountain, shower, floor drain, receptor, main stack, hot water heater, 75 gallons or less, backflow preventers - less than two inches.
(2) 
The fee for each of the following shall be $40 each:
(a) 
Hot water/steam boiler.
(b) 
Water and/or sewer connections.
(c) 
Sewer pump.
(d) 
Hot water heaters in excess of 75 gallons.
(3) 
The fee for each of the following shall be $60:
(a) 
Grease traps.
(b) 
Interceptors/separators.
(c) 
Main backflow preventers, sizes two inches and above.
(d) 
Special commercial device - preengineered.
(4) 
The minimum fee shall be $40.
I. 
Electrical fixtures and devices.
(1) 
The fee shall be as follows:
(a) 
One to 30 fixtures or receptacles, the fee shall be $33. For each 30 receptacles or fixtures in addition to this, the fee shall be $10 for the purpose of computing this fee. Receptacles or fixtures shall include lighting outlets, wall switches, fluorescent fixtures, convenience receptacle and motors or devices, one horsepower or less or one kilowatt or less.
(b) 
For each motor or device greater than one horsepower and less than or equal to 10 horsepower and for transformers and generators greater than one kilowatt hour or less than or equal to 10 kilowatt hours, the fee shall be $10.
[1] 
For each motor or device greater than 10 horsepower to 50 horsepower, for each service panel, service entrance or subpanel less than or equal to 200 amp and transformers/generators greater than 10 kilowatts to 45 kilowatts, the fee shall be $43.
[2] 
For each motor or device greater than 50 horsepower to 100 horsepower, for each service entrance, subpanel or panel greater than 200 ampere to 400 ampere and for transformers/generators greater than 45 kilowatts to 75 kilowatts for all electric equipment or device mentioned above that exceeds above ratings, the fee shall be $90 per device, motor or equipment.
[3] 
For each service entrance, subpanel or panel greater than 400 ampere to 1,000 ampere and for transformers/generators over 75 kilowatts and for motors over 100 horsepower the fee shall be $150 per device, motor or equipment.
[4] 
For each service entrance, subpanel, or panel greater than 1,000 ampere, the fee shall be $350 per device.
[5] 
For the purpose of computing fees, all motors (except plug-in appliances) shall be counted, including control equipment, generators, transformers and all heating, cooking or other devices generating or consuming electrical current.
(2) 
The minimum fee shall be $40.
J. 
Fire and hazardous equipment. Sprinklers, standpipes, detectors (smoke and heat), preengineered suppression systems, gas and oil-fired appliances not connected to plumbing systems, kitchen exhaust systems, incinerators and crematoriums.
(1) 
Heads or detectors:
(a) 
The fees shall be as follows:
[1] 
Twenty-five or fewer heads or detectors: $50.
[2] 
Twenty-six to 100 heads or detectors: $100.
[3] 
One hundred one to 200 heads or detectors: $200.
[4] 
Two hundred one to 400 heads or detectors: $500.
[5] 
Four hundred heads to 1,000 heads or detectors: $700.
(b) 
In computing the fees, the number of each shall be computed separately and two fees, one for heads and one for detectors, shall be charged.
(2) 
The fee for each standpipe, Fire Department connection shall be $75.
(3) 
The fee for each independent preengineered system shall be $75.
(4) 
The fee for each gas/oil-fired appliance shall be $43.
(5) 
Commercial kitchen exhaust system fee: $43 per unit.
(6) 
Incinerator or crematorium system, each fee shall be $300.
(7) 
Prefab fireplaces: $43 per unit.
(8) 
The minimum fee for any of the above shall be $40.
K. 
Variations.
(1) 
The fees associated with requests of variations of the Code shall be as follows:
(a) 
Class I Buildings: $500.
(b) 
Class II and III Buildings: $120.
(2) 
Resubmission fees shall be:
(a) 
Class I: $200.
(b) 
Class II and III: $60.
(3) 
When variations are minor in nature, no fee will be charged on R-3 and R-4 use groups. A fee of $30 will be charged for all other uses.
L. 
Annual permits. As provided by N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.20(c)5.
M. 
Cross connections and backflow preventers. The fees for these items shall be as follows:
(1) 
Annual inspection: $50 each device.
N. 
Plan review fees. The amount of the plan review fees shall be 20% of the amount to be charged for overall permit fees associated with new construction excluding elevator devices. The Construction Official may waive the requirement of the payment of plan review fees when deemed minor in nature or prior to the completion of said plan review.
O. 
Mechanical fees. For R-3 and R-4 residential replacement installations, the fee shall be $50.
The Construction Official shall, with the advice of the subcode officials, prepare and submit to the Township Committee, biannually, a report recommending a fee schedule based on the operating expenses of the agency and any other expenses of the municipality fairly attributable to the enforcement of the State Uniform Construction Code Act.
A. 
In order to provide for the training certification and technical support programs required by the Uniform Construction Code Act and the regulations,[1] the enforcing agency shall collect, in addition to the fees specified above, a surcharge fee of $0.0006 per cubic foot of volume of new construction. Said surcharge fee 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, and not later than one month next succeeding the end of the quarter for which it is due. In the fiscal year in which the regulations first become effective, said fee shall be collected and remitted for the third and fourth quarters only.
[1]
Editor's Note: "The regulation" refers to the regulations promulgated by the Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs of the State of New Jersey pursuant to the Uniform Construction Code Act (N.J.S.A. 52:27D-119 et seq.).
B. 
The enforcing agency shall report to the Bureau of Housing Inspection annually, at the end of each fiscal year and not later than July 31, the total amount of the surcharge fee collected in the fiscal year. In the fiscal year in which the regulations first become effective, said report shall be for the third and fourth quarters only.
[Added 12-6-2004 by Ord. No. 11-04-29]
Procedures for enforcement of the State Uniform Construction Code and its implementing regulations are as set forth in such act and regulations, as amended from time to time. Further, penalties for violations of the State Uniform Construction Code, its regulations and this chapter shall also be as set forth in such act and regulations, as such penalties may be amended from time to time.
[Added 12-6-2004 by Ord. No. 11-04-29]
Any person who is aggrieved by any ruling, action, notice, order or decision of the Cranbury Construction Code Agency shall have the right to appeal to the County Construction Board of Appeals of the County of Middlesex.
[Added 10-23-2006 by Ord. No. 10-06-24]
Pursuant to the New Jersey Uniform Construction Act, N.J.S.A. 52:27D-126b, 126c, 126d, and 126e, the fees set forth hereinabove will be waived for:
A. 
Any construction contracted for or conducted by the Township within its boundaries.
B. 
Any erection or alteration of any public building or part thereof located in the Township.
C. 
Any erection or alteration of any public building or part thereof by a county, municipality, school board, or any agency or instrumentality thereof, except for such fees as may be imposed from time to time upon a board of education by either the Department of Education for plan review or by a municipality for the review of plans submitted to it pursuant to the provisions of Section 12 of P.L. 1975, c. 217 (N.J.S.A. 52:27D-130).
D. 
Any corporation which is: 1) organized pursuant to the New Jersey Nonprofit Corporation Act, N.J.S.A. 15A:1-1 et seq.; and 2) actively engaged in constructing or rehabilitating housing units for occupancy by low- or moderate-income households.
E. 
Any construction, reconstruction, alteration or improvement designed and undertaken solely to promote accessibility by disabled persons to an existing public or private structure or any of the facilities contained therein.
F. 
Any disabled person, or parent or sibling of a disabled person, securing a construction permit for any construction, reconstruction, alteration or improvement that promotes accessibility to his own living unit.