Borough of Roselle, NJ
Union County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Roselle 1-12-1977 by Ord. No. 1390. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fire prevention — See Ch. 66.
A. 
There is hereby established in the Borough of Roselle 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. 
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, 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.
C. 
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.
A. 
There is hereby established a Construction Board of Appeals to hear appeals from decisions by the enforcing agency. Such Board shall consist of five members. At least one Board member shall be a registered architect or licensed professional engineer of building construction experience, and at least one Board member shall be as qualified as a Plumbing Subcode Official and one as qualified as an Electrical Subcode Official. No more than two Board members shall be selected from the same business or profession. Each Board member shall have had at least three years' experience in construction, design or supervision as a licensed engineer or registered architect or, in the alternative, five years' experience in construction, design or supervision as an architect or engineer with a bachelor's degree in architecture or engineering, respectively, from an accredited institution of higher education or, as a further alternative, 10 years' experience in construction, design or supervision as a journeyman in a construction trade or as a construction contractor, subcontractor or inspector.
B. 
Appointment of members and alternates.
(1) 
The Mayor and Council of the Borough of Roselle shall appoint the Board members and any alternate members. For the members first appointed, the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Roselle shall designate the appointees' terms so that one shall be appointed for a term of one year, one for a term of two years, one for a term of three years and two for a term of four years. At the expiration of such terms and thereafter, appointments shall be made for terms of four years. Vacancies shall be filled for the unexpired term.
(2) 
The Mayor and Council of the Borough of Roselle shall appoint such number of alternates, as may be appropriate, for terms not to exceed four years or may, in the alternative, appoint alternates on a case-by-case basis.
(3) 
No regular or alternate Board member may be a member of the enforcing agency, the decisions of which are subject to the review of the Board.
C. 
The members shall serve without compensation.
[Amended 3-26-1986 by Ord. No. 1640; 10-8-1986 by Ord. No. 1654; 8-23-1989 by Ord. No. 1774; 7-22-1993 by Ord. No. 1874; 2-19-1997 by Ord. No. 2035]
Code enforcement fees shall be as follows:
A. 
Building Subcode fees:
[Amended 5-19-1999 by Ord. No. 2093; 3-22-2000 by Ord. No. 2105; 6-19-2002 by Ord. No. 2162]
(1) 
New construction as classified and defined in Articles 3 and 4 of the Building, Plumbing, Electrical and Fire Subcodes.
(a) 
Use Groups B, H, I-1, I-2, I-3, M, R-1, R-2, R-3, R-4 and U:
[1] 
Fees are based on volume in cubic feet: $0.04 per cubic foot.
[2] 
Minimum fee: $200.
[3] 
Certificate of occupancy:
[a] 
R-3 or R-4: 10% of permit; minimum $75 charge.
[b] 
All other groups: 10% of permit; minimum $200 charge.
(2) 
Additions; Use Groups B, H, I-1, I-2, I-3, M, R-1, R-2, R,3, R-4 and U:
(a) 
Fees are based on cubic feet: $0.04 per cubic foot
(b) 
Minimum fee: $200.
(c) 
Tent 900 square feet or more than 30 feet in any direction: $92.
(d) 
Certificate of occupancy:
[1] 
R-3 or R-4: 10% of permit; minimum $75.
[2] 
All other uses: 10% of permit; $200 minimum.
(3) 
Asbestos abatement fees.
(a) 
An administrative fee of $100 shall be charged for asbestos abatement.
(b) 
Certificate of occupancy after asbestos abatement shall be $50.
(4) 
Renovations, alterations and repairs; all use groups: fees are based on estimated cost of work, except that the minimum fee shall be $46. The fee shall be $24 per $1,000.
[Amended 11-13-2002 by Ord. No. 2174]
(a) 
Roofing and siding on use groups R-3 or R-4: cost $6,000 or less, $125; in excess of $6,000, $150.
(5) 
Demolition permit:
(a) 
One- and two-family dwellings: $200; except accessory structures, $65.
(b) 
All other use groups: $400.
(c) 
Tanks:
[1] 
Unregulated as per DCA Bulletin 95-1B or its successor: $100.
[2] 
Regulated as per DCA Bulletin 95-1D or its successor: $200.
(d) 
Lead abatement:
[1] 
The fee for a permit for lead abatement work shall be $100.
[2] 
The fee for a lead abatement clearance certificate shall be $30.
(6) 
Fee for removal of one building from one lot to another or on the same lot: the estimated cost of the new foundation and all work necessary to place the building in its complete condition to the new location:
(a) 
Estimated cost per $1,000 of cost of construction: $24.
(b) 
Certificate of occupancy: 10% of permit. Minimum fee $75 for R-3 or R-4; all other use groups $200.
(7) 
Plan review fee: 20% of the new construction permit fee credited toward the construction fee. Plan review fees are not returnable.
(8) 
(Reserved)[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection A(8), regarding fencing, was repealed 7-29-2004 by Ord. No. 2211.
(9) 
Temporary structures (buildings and structures, accessory and miscellaneous in character; fences, tanks, cooling towers, retaining walls and sheds): $60.
(10) 
Elevators: The fees shall be those set forth in N.J.A.C. 5:23-12.
(11) 
Non-use; lapse of permits:
(a) 
In the event that a permit once issued and paid for shall not be exercised or constructed, the permittee shall be entitled to a refund in the amount of the fees paid upon written application therefor and return of permit issued, less the 20% designated as plan review.
(b) 
In the event that a permit has lapsed by passage of time, the fee upon application of renewal shall be the full cost of the permit.
NOTES AS TO ALL PERMITS:
1.
All debris must be disposed of by the contractor or by owners as required by law, as per the Department of Environmental Protection.
2.
Removal or approval of soil being brought into the Borough must be regulated by the Borough Engineer.
3.
For the purpose of determining the estimated cost, the applicant shall submit to the Borough enforcing agency cost data produced by an architect or engineer of record or by a recognized estimating firm and will make the final decision regarding cost. All fee cost or fractions thereof shall be rounded off to the next highest dollar amount. Combinations of renovations and additions shall be computed separately.
B. 
Plumbing Subcode fees:
[Amended 5-19-1999 by Ord. No. 2093; 3-22-2000 by Ord. No. 2105; 6-19-2002 by Ord. No. 2162]
(1) 
All plumbing fixtures, stacks and vents, including but not limited to all sinks, urinals, water closets, bathtubs, fountains, dishwashers, garbage disposals, clothes washer, hose bibs or similar devices:
(a) 
Per fixture: $15.
(b) 
Minimum fee: $60.
(c) 
(Reserved)
(2) 
Special devices, grease traps, oil, sewage ejector, separators, water-cooled air conditioning, sump pump, gas pipe, waterlines:
(a) 
Per unit: $65.
(b) 
Utility service connections, sewer and water: $125.
(3) 
Boilers and furnaces:
(a) 
Per unit: $65.
(b) 
(Reserved)
(c) 
Steam or hot-water boiler: need backflow preventer. (Hot air N/A.)
(4) 
Hot-water heaters:
(a) 
Cost per single unit only: $46.
(b) 
(Reserved)
(c) 
(Reserved)
(d) 
(Reserved)
(5) 
Backflow and pressure-reducing device:
(a) 
Backflow preventer for residential home only: $15.
(b) 
Industrial backflow preventer: $65.
(c) 
(Reserved)
(6) 
Regulated full tanks and piping.
(a) 
Per tank or piping to tank: $200.
C. 
Electrical Subcode fees:
[Amended 5-19-1999 by Ord. No. 2093; 3-22-2000 by Ord. No. 2105; 6-19-2002 by Ord. No. 2162]
(1) 
Receptacles and fixtures, including smoke detectors, heat detectors, intercom devices, burglar alarms, and contact points.
(a) 
One to 50: $46.
(b) 
Each additional 25: $25.
(c) 
Parking lot light standards, each: $5.
(2) 
Motors and electrical devices:
(a) 
One horsepower to 10 horsepower: $15.
(b) 
Ten and one-tenth horsepower to 50 horsepower: $60.
(c) 
Fifty and one-tenth horsepower to 100 horsepower: $100.
(d) 
One hundred and one-tenth horsepower and larger: $457.
(3) 
Transformers or generators:
(a) 
One kilowatt to 10 kilowatts: $15.
(b) 
Ten and one-tenth kilowatts to 50 kilowatts: $65.
(c) 
Fifty and one-tenth kilowatts to 112 1/2 kilowatts: $120.
(d) 
One hundred twelve and six-tenths kilowatts and larger: $457.
(4) 
Service equipment, including service panel, service entrance and subpanel:
(a) 
Zero to 150 amperes: $125.
(b) 
One hundred fifty and one-tenth to 800 amperes: $150.
[Amended 11-13-2002 by Ord. No. 2174]
(c) 
Eight hundred and one-tenth and larger: $500.
(5) 
Minimum fee: $60.
(6) 
Low-voltage fees:
(a) 
(Reserved)
(b) 
Other low-voltage fees:
[1] 
Alarms: $65.
[2] 
Data: one to 50, $46; each additional to 25: $25
[3] 
Telephone: one to 50, $46; each additional to 26, $25.
(7) 
High-voltage service-minimum fee: $550.
(8) 
Swimming pools:
(a) 
Permit fee:
[1] 
Aboveground: $100.
[2] 
In-ground: $200.
(b) 
Pumps, bondings, convenience outlets, lights, sweepers and other accessories: at the rates set forth in other subsections of § 52-3C or at published rates.
(c) 
Annual inspection fee. All pools other than private pools which are accessory to one- and two-family homes are subject to an annual electrical inspection. The fee is $100.
D. 
Fire Subcode fees:
[Amended 5-19-1999 by Ord. No. 2093; 3-22-2000 by Ord. No. 2105; 6-19-2002 by Ord. No. 2162]
(1) 
Sprinklers, wet and dry, based upon the number of heads being installed:
(a) 
One to 20 heads: $100.
(b) 
Twenty-one to 100 heads: $125.
(c) 
One hundred one to 200 heads: $275.
(d) 
Two hundred one to 400 heads: $625.
(e) 
Four hundred one to 1,000 heads: $900.
(f) 
Over 1,000 heads: $1,200.
(g) 
(Reserved)
(2) 
Smoke and heat detectors:
(a) 
One to 12: $60.
(b) 
Each additional 12: $18.
(3) 
Pre-engineered systems: $75.
(a) 
CO2 suppression: $75.
(b) 
Halon suppression: $75.
(c) 
Foam suppression: $75.
(d) 
Dry chemical: $75.
(e) 
Wet chemical: $75.
(4) 
Standpipes: $250.
(5) 
Kitchen hood exhaust system: $75.
(6) 
Incinerators: $365.
(7) 
Crematoriums: $365.
(8) 
Gas-, oil-, or wood-filled appliance: $60 per unit.
(9) 
Exit and emergency light, including exit discharge light:
(a) 
One to five: $60.
(b) 
Each additional 12: $18.
(10) 
Chimney liners: $60 per flue.
[Added 11-13-2002 by Ord. No. 2174]
E. 
Construction Code Official; Permits and certificates:
[Amended 5-19-1999 by Ord. No. 2093; 3-22-2000 by Ord. No. 2105]
(1) 
Swimming pools:
[Amended 6-19-2002 by Ord. No. 2162]
(a) 
Aboveground: $100.
(b) 
In-ground: $250.
(2) 
Signs:
[Amended 6-19-2002 by Ord. No. 2162]
(a) 
Surface area of the sign, computed on one side only, for double-faced sign, per square foot area: $2.00.
(b) 
Minimum fee: $60.
(c) 
(Reserved)
(3) 
Certificate of continued occupancy:
[Amended 6-19-2002 by Ord. No. 2162]
(a) 
All use groups: $300.
(b) 
Change in use, all use groups: $120.
(c) 
Reinspection of any of the above: $60.
(d) 
(Reserved)
(e) 
Variation fees. The fee for an application for a variation in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.10 shall be $400 for Class I structures and $85 for Class II and Class III structures.
(4) 
Zoning permits:
[Amended 6-19-2002 by Ord. No. 2162]
(a) 
Land use: $75.
(b) 
Zoning Code: $75.
(c) 
(Reserved)
(5) 
Certificate of use:
(a) 
Fees.
[1] 
For all one- and two-family homes (includes two inspections): $75.
[Amended 7-16-2003 by Ord. No. 2189]
[2] 
For all nonresidential uses, business, commercial and industrial, where the gross floor area is less than 2,000 square feet: $125; where the gross floor area is between 2,000 and 10,000 square feet: $150; and where the gross floor area is more than 10,000 square feet: $175.
[Amended 3-21-2001 by Ord. No. 2124]
[3] 
Multifamily residential. Three-family: $125; four-family: $150; more than four-family: $150, plus $25 for each dwelling unit in excess of four.
[Amended 3-21-2001 by Ord. No. 2124]
(b) 
Definitions. A "certificate of use" indicates that, as a result of a general inspection of the visible parts of the building, no violations have been determined to have occurred and no unsafe, unsanitary conditions have been found and that the existing use of the building has heretofore lawfully existed.
(c) 
Issuance by Building Inspector. It shall be unlawful to use or permit the use of any building or premises or part thereof hereafter created, erected, changed, converted or enlarged or which has a change of ownership or lessee, wholly or partly, in its use of any building whose ownership or occupancy has been changed, wholly or partly, until a certificate of use, to effect that the building or premises or part hereof so created, erected, changed, converted or enlarged or which has a change of ownership or lessee conforms to the provisions of all applicable codes and ordinances, shall have been issued by the Building Inspector within 20 days after a request for the same shall be filed in his office by any owner of such building or premises if the proposed use thereof conforms to all the requirements herein set forth, except that no certificate of use shall be issued where title to premises is derived, directly or indirectly, through a deed from the Borough of Roselle in which a covenant, condition or restriction has been imposed by the Borough of Roselle and where said covenant, condition or restriction has not been complied with by the applicant or his predecessors in title.
(d) 
A temporary certificate of use may be issued in the discretion of the Building Inspector where he is satisfied that issuance is not inimical to the health and safety of the prospective occupants and where the successor owner agrees to complete all repairs in 90 days and posts an escrow representing 50% of the costs of repairs as determined by the Building Inspector. The escrow shall be released upon issuance of the final certificate of use. No temporary certificate of use shall be issued without prepayment of a fee of $75. This fee shall be in addition to any other fees required by Chapter 52.
[Amended 3-21-2001 by Ord. No. 2124; 2-20-2002 by Ord. No. 2150; 7-16-2003 by Ord. No. 2189]
(e) 
Existing premises. Upon written request by the owner, the Building Inspector shall issue a zoning permit for any building or premises certifying, after inspection, the use made of the building or premises and whether such use conforms to all applicable ordinances of the Borough of Roselle.
(f) 
The cost of inspection for one- and two-family dwellings shall be $40, and the cost for the certificate of use shall be $10. All other uses will cost $100 for the inspection and $25 for the certificate of use. Inspections shall be made by one inspector.
[Amended 7-29-2004 by Ord. No. 2211]
(g) 
General provisions:
[Amended 6-19-2002 by Ord. No. 2162]
[1] 
Receipt of a fully completed application for a permit, signed by the applicant, is a prerequisite for conducting inspections and issuing permits.
[2] 
All fees set forth shall cover the cost of two inspections made on any one application.
[3] 
Each additional inspection on any one application shall require a minimum reinspection fee of $60.
[4] 
An authorized representative of the applicant must be present at the work site for each inspection to be made.
[5] 
After-working hours or Saturday inspections may be scheduled at the discretion of the inspector. The charge shall be $60 per hour, with a two-hour minimum, in addition to the fees set forth in this section.
[6] 
The estimated cost (value) of work for any subcode includes all costs normally associated with the work such as labor, materials and contractor's profit. The amounts entered on forms shall be subject to review by the construction official who may approve or modify them as required by N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.14.
(h) 
Waiver of enforcing fees for the following:
[Amended 6-19-2002 by Ord. No. 2162]
[1] 
Construction performed by or on behalf of the Borough of Roselle, County of Union or State of New Jersey.
[2] 
Construction for a public building owned by the County of Union or Borough of Roselle Board of Education.
(i) 
Reduced fees for Use Group R-3 and R-4 only.
[Added 6-19-2002 by Ord. No. 2162]
[1] 
Water heater: $46.00;
[2] 
Furnace (hot air or steam) or hot-water boiler: $160.00;
[3] 
Backflow device: $15.00;
[4] 
Gas pressure test: $60.00;
[5] 
Oil tank installation: $65.00.
F. 
Variation fees:
(1) 
Class I structure: $594.
(2) 
Class II and III structure only: $120.
(3) 
Resubmittal for above: $65.
G. 
Periodic reinspection fees of equipment and facilities granted a certificate of approval for a specified duration in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23:
(1) 
Cross-connection, backflow preventers, per unit annually, certificate of approval: $46.
(2) 
Sprinklers, per system annually, certificate of approval: $46.
(NOTE: All inspections must be made by a licensed inspector. Fees above are for certificate of approval fees only. All inspections will require subcode as listed.)
H. 
Asbestos hazard abatement:
(1) 
Permit for application and municipal enforcing agencies filling cost: $70.
(2) 
Certificate of approval: $14.
I. 
Lead hazard abatement:
(1) 
Permit application: $140.
(2) 
Lead abatement clearance certificate: $28.
J. 
Temporary certificate of occupancy:
(1) 
Temporary certificate of occupancy may be issued by the Construction Official, provided that the building has been completed to meet all the requirements of the Uniform Construction Code of the State of New Jersey and the plans and specifications which were filed with the Building Department. If one or more of the items has not been completed, then the applicant must post a cash escrow with the Building Department until such items are completed. Escrow will be charged the same as the trades of today to be determined by the Construction Official. No interest will be paid on escrow being held.
(a) 
Final grading and seeding.
(b) 
Final on-premises finished, blacktop paving course.
(2) 
Temporary certificates of occupancy are good only for up to 60 days.
(3) 
No moneys will be returned until all items are completed and inspected.
[Added 12-16-1996 by Ord. No. 2022[1]; amended 5-19-1999 by Ord. No. 2095]
A. 
The following fees are to be paid to the Department of Public Works of the Borough of Roselle prior to the issuance of a permit for sidewalk replacement, driveway replacement or curbcut and inspected by the appropriate official in the Department of Public Works:
(1) 
Sidewalk: $10.
(2) 
Driveway and apron: $15.
(3) 
Curbcut: $10.
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former § 52-4, Fire limits.