Township of Plainsboro, NJ
Middlesex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Plainsboro 8-21-1986 as Ord. No. 0-86-17. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Subdivision and site plan review — See Ch. 85.
Zoning — See Ch. 101.

§ 78-1 State standards adopted by reference.

Individual sewage disposal systems shall be regulated by the following. Standards regulating the design, installation and method of emptying or cleaning individual subsurface sewage disposal systems, the issuance of licenses to locate, construct, empty or clean said systems and fixing penalties for the violation thereof are hereby adopted pursuant to c. 188, P.L. 1950 (N.J.S.A. 26:3-69.1 to 3-69.6). A copy of said standards is annexed hereto and made a part hereof without inclusion of the text thereof herein.

§ 78-2 Title.

Said standards established and adopted by § 78-1 are described and commonly known as the "Standards for the Construction of Individual Subsurface Sewage Disposal Systems" (N.J.A.C. 7:9-2.1 et seq., 1978).

§ 78-3 Copies on file.

Three copies of said Standards for the Construction of Sewage Disposal Systems (N.J.A.C. 7:9-2.1 et seq., 1978) have been placed on file in the office of the Township Clerk upon the introduction of this chapter and will remain on file in said office for use and examination by the public.

§ 78-4 Amendments.

The language of Section 7:9-2.60(a) of the standards is deleted in part to read as follows: the balance of Section 7:9-2.60(a) is to remain unchanged.
Three percolation tests shall be performed at the site of each disposal field: one test in each of said disposal field's limits, one test in the center of said disposal area. Preliminary tests for tracts involving more than one disposal system must include one test per lot or as prescribed by the administrative authority.....

§ 78-5 Application and license.

No person shall locate, construct or alter any individual sewage disposal system until an application for a license for the location, construction or alteration of said sewage disposal system shall have been made to the Construction Official.
The Construction Official shall issue a license upon certification by the administrative authority designated under the standards hereby adopted that the design of the individual subsurface sewage disposal system complies with the standards.

§ 78-6 Certificate of compliance required.

New individual subsurface sewage disposal systems shall not be placed in operation, nor shall new dwellings or buildings or additions thereto be sold or occupied which must rely on such a system for sewage disposal, until the administrative authority has issued a certificate to the Construction Official indicating that said disposal system has been located and constructed in compliance with the terms of the license issued and the requirements of the aforesaid standards.

§ 78-7 General use requirements.

Persons shall not engage in the business of emptying or cleaning septic tanks, cesspools, privies or any place used for the reception or storage of human excrement who do not hold a license engage in such business issued by the Construction Official. Said license may be revoked for failure of the licensee to comply with the provisions of any rule or ordinance of the Township of Plainsboro.
The contents of any septic tank, cesspool, privy or other receptacle containing human excrement shall not be removed until a permit for such removal has been obtained from the Construction Official.
The contents of septic tanks, cesspools, privies or other places used for the reception or storage of human excrement shall be removed to a place and in a manner approved by the Construction Official. If a sanitary sewer is available, it shall be used in preference to all other means of disposal and in a way and manner acceptable to the authority having jurisdiction. The contents of septic tanks, cesspools or privies should be discharged into a trunk sewer. In no case shall the contents be discharged into the upper end of a lateral sewer or into any sewer above a pumping station.
One of the following types of disposal sites must be used by the collector, who will furnish the Construction Official with the name, address and phone number and a statement from the operator for a disposal facility that they have an agreement with the applicant and the date of expiration of the agreement of the owner and operator:
A sewage treatment plant having an adequate capacity to treat the wastes and not under administrative orders by the New Jersey State Department of Environmental Protection.
A landfill operating in compliance with the State Sanitary Code and approved for sewage disposal.
Any other method of disposal as may be approved by the New Jersey State Department of Environmental Protection.

§ 78-8 Hearing upon denial of license or certification.

In any case any license or certification required by this chapter is denied by the Construction Official, or the administrative authority, a hearing shall be held thereon before the Township Committee within 15 days after a request therefor is made by the applicant, and upon such hearing the Township Committee shall affirm, alter or rescind the previous determination and take action accordingly within 15 days after the date of such hearing.

§ 78-9 Authority to stop work in violation of standards.

The administrative authority may order all further work in and about any individual subsurface sewage disposal system, which is being erected or installed in violation of the standards, to be stopped forthwith, except such work as shall be necessary to remedy such violation, and, thereafter, the work continued without any violation of any of the provisions of the standards and after issuance of any such order and the service of a copy thereof upon any person connected with or working in and about the erection or installation of any such disposal system, or any part thereof, no further work shall be done thereon except as aforesaid.

§ 78-10 Fees.

The following fees and charges are herewith established:
For the filing of an application and plans for a license to locate and construct an individual sewage disposal system: $50.
For the filing of an application and plans for a license to alter an existing individual sewage disposal system: $10.
For each reinspection of an individual sewage disposal system, or part thereof, caused by the failure of the licensee to locate and construct or alter the same in accordance with the terms of the license issued or the terms of the aforesaid standards: an inspection fee of $25.
For the issuance or renewal of a license to a person or corporation engaged in the business of cleaning or emptying, receptacles for the reception and storage of human excrement or other putrescible matter: $20.
For the issuance of a permit to clean or empty any receptacle used for the reception or storage of human excrement or other putrescible matter: $1.
For the witnessing of percolation tests as required in § 78-4 of this chapter, a fee of $25 for each and any test shall be paid, in addition to all other fees required by this chapter.
For the witnessing of a soil log as may be required by this chapter, a fee of $25 for each and every soil log shall be paid, in addition to all other fees required by this chapter.

§ 78-11 Violations and penalties.

Any person or persons, firm or corporation violating any of the provisions of or any order promulgated under this chapter or the Standards for the Construction of Individual Subsurface Sewage Disposal Systems (1978) as made a part hereof shall, upon conviction thereof, pay a penalty of not less than $2 nor more than $100 for each violation.
Each day a particular violation continues shall constitute a separate offense.

§ 78-12 Applicability.

The following regulations shall apply for all public sewage systems Which have been or may hereafter be constructed or acquired in the township.

§ 78-13 Required connections.

All dwellings or other buildings or structures required or permitted to install sanitary facilities shall, when located upon a street in which a sewer main and curb connection have been constructed, be required to connect with the sewer, notwithstanding the existence or sufficiency of any on-site individual disposal system or the adaptability of same in the manner provided by N.J.S.A. 40:63-54 et seq. This provision is subject to the right of the supplier of sewage processing capacity to refuse such connection if the type or quantity of sewerage resulting therefrom cannot be adequately, processed by existing facilities.
Upon application to the Health Officer, one- and two-person households in a single dwelling on a separate lot may defer connection to the sewer system under the following conditions:
The Health Officer shall annually perform a dye or other test to determine that the on-site individual disposal system is working properly.
The on-site system serves a single dwelling only.
No modification to the system will be permitted. If the Health Officer finds that the on-site disposal system is not working adequately, the owner shall be ordered to tie into the sewer system immediately.
Prior to transfer of ownership or change of occupancy of the dwelling, a tie-in to the sewer system will be made.
In any case, notwithstanding the above, the deferral of tie-in to the sewer system shall be for not more than five years from the date the sewer is available, after which the tie-in will be mandatory.
Nothing in this chapter will absolve or defer payment for any assessment due as established by ordinance or regulations duly adopted by the Township of Plainsboro or other agency having jurisdiction over the sewer system.

§ 78-14 Fees and charges.

The real estate to which the benefits of any sewerage system have been or may be extended may be charged for such benefit in an amount not exceeding the amount of the benefits actually received, notwithstanding that the township may have paid or shall be obligated to pay any of the costs of such benefits or indebtedness incurred therefor, as follows:
Tap-in fee. Tap-in fees shall be payable in accordance with agreements between the Township of Plainsboro and the utility, where applicable; or such fees that have been approved by the State Board of Public Utilities. Such agreements are on file in the Township Clerk's office.
Connection inspection fees. Connection inspection fees shall be charged by the Township of Plainsboro as part of the plumbing permit fee required to connect from the dwelling, building or structure to the curb connector.
Service charge. The, service charge shall be levied by the utility providing directly to the property owner, except as may be provided in any agreement between the Township of Plainsboro and the utility provider. A copy of any such agreement is on file with the Township Clerk.