Borough of Hopatcong, NJ
Sussex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Hopatcong 2-3-1977. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Numbering of buildings — See Ch. 74.
Unsafe buildings and structures — See Ch. 78.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 120.
Floodplain management — See Ch. 124.
Subdivision of land — See Ch. 209.
Zoning — See Ch. 242.
There is hereby established in the Borough of Hopatcong, in the County of Sussex, a State Uniform Construction Code enforcing agency to be known as the "Borough of Hopatcong 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.
Each official position created in § 93-1 hereof 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 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 such position. Appointments of said officials, unless otherwise provided by law or other sections of the Code of the Borough of Hopatcong, shall be made by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the Council.
The public shall have the right to do business with the enforcing agency at the Municipal Building, except for emergencies and unforeseen or unavoidable circumstances.
Appeals from decisions made by the enforcing agency shall be made to the Sussex County Board of Appeals pursuant to Article 15 of the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code Regulations.
[Amended 8-3-1978; 9-6-1979; 5-20-1982 by Ord. No. 20-82; 2-6-1986 by Ord. No. 2-86; 5-5-1988 by Ord. No. 19-88; 2-2-1989 by Ord. No. 4-89; 4-2-1992 by Ord. No. 6-92; 4-4-1996 by Ord. No. 7-96; 8-5-1998 by Ord. No. 22-98; 5-1-2002 by Ord. No. 11-2002; 4-6-2005 by Ord. No. 6-2005; 8-6-2008 by Ord. No. 20-2008]
The fee for a construction permit shall be the sum of the subcode and/or administrative and miscellaneous fees listed herein and shall be paid before the permit is issued.
A. 
Building subcode fees.
(1) 
For new construction, $0.030 per cubic foot of volume for all buildings and structures except as follows:
(a) 
For large-volume buildings of Use Groups B, F, S, and M, the fee for new construction shall be $0.030 per cubic foot for the first 500,000 cubic feet, $0.018 for each cubic foot between 500,001 and 1,000,000 cubic feet and $0.015 per cubic foot in excess of 1,000,000 cubic feet of volume. For the purpose of computing these fees, additions to existing buildings or structures shall be considered new construction.
(b) 
For residential and commercial farm buildings, the fee shall be $0.015 per cubic foot of volume (maximum fee not to exceed $1,750).
(2) 
For alterations and renovations, the fee shall be $24 per $1,000 of estimated cost of work for the first $80,000 of estimated cost and $18 per $1,000 of the remaining cost estimated. When estimating costs, the provisions of N.J.A.C. 5:23-2:15(a)4. shall govern.
(3) 
The fee for a permit to install supplemental heating appliances (wood- or coal-burning stoves, fireplaces, etc.) shall be $55 per appliance and shall include the installation of a chimney, flue or vent. If applicable, the fee for such installation shall be computed in addition to any and all fees applicable to other subcodes.
(4) 
The permit fee to erect miscellaneous and temporary structures, and structures for which volume cannot be computed, such as open-framed masts, towers, and retaining walls, shall be as follows:
(a) 
For each regulated tent, tensioned membrane structure, and canopy, the fee shall be $100.
(b) 
Communication towers or masts up to 80 feet in height shall be $600 each; communication towers or masts higher than 80 feet shall be $1,200 each.
(c) 
The fee for a retaining wall associated with a Class 3 residential structure shall be $75 for a retaining wall with a surface area of 550 square feet or less and $150 for a retaining wall greater than 550 square feet. The fee for a retaining wall of any size at other than a Class 3 residential structure shall be based on the estimated cost of construction in accordance with § 93-5A(2).
(5) 
Permit fees for swimming pools, hot tubs and spas shall be charged as follows: The fee for in-ground private pools shall be $150 each; the fee for all aboveground pools, hot tubs and spas shall be $75 each. The fee for an in-ground public pool shall be $300. These fees are in addition to any and all electrical and plumbing fees which may be applicable.
(6) 
The fee for a permit to reroof a building or structure of Groups R-3 and R-5 shall be $65. All others will be $20 per $1,000 of estimated cost of work.
(7) 
The fee for a permit to install siding (veneer) on existing buildings or structures of Groups R-3 and R-5 shall be $65, and for one to three sides of a building or structure shall be $55.
(8) 
The fee for a permit to demolish a building shall be computed as follows: buildings of Groups R-3 and R-5, $100; miscellaneous and accessory structures incidental to Groups R-3 and R-5, $55; buildings and structures of all other groups, $400. The fee for a demolition permit granted for the removal or abandonment (closure) on an underground (UST) and/or aboveground (AST) combustible or flammable liquid storage tank shall be $75 per tank for all uses except public garages/fuel service stations. The demolition permit for public garages/fuel service stations shall be $125 per tank.
(9) 
The permit fee for the removal of a building or structure from one lot to another or to a new location on the same lot shall be the fee for the new foundation based on volume and computed in accordance with Subsection A(1), plus the fee based on the estimated cost of the alteration (if any) of the building or structure moved, computed in accordance with Subsection A(2) of this section.
(10) 
The fee for a permit to construct a sign shall be $2 per square foot of the surface area of the sign, provided the minimum fee shall be $55. In the case of a double-faced sign, the area of the surface of only one side of the sign shall be used for purposes of the fee computation.
(11) 
The fee for a permit for the installation of materials, piping and fixtures regulated by the Radon Hazard Subcode shall be $55.
(12) 
Charges to reinstate lapsed (expired) permits shall be calculated as follows:
(a) 
Renewal of permits. The fee for expired permits shall be the same as for a new permit minus a plan review fee of 20%.
(b) 
The processing fee to extend the time for completion of a project pursuant to the provisions of N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.16(f)1.ii. shall be $150.
B. 
Plumbing subcode fees. For the purpose of computing this fee, fixtures or stacks shall include, but not be limited to, lavatories, kitchen sinks, sinks, urinals, water closets, bathtubs, shower stalls, laundry tubs, floor drains, drinking fountains, dishwashers, clothes washers and similar devices. The plumbing subcode fee shall be as follows:
(1) 
The fee for a permit to install a fixture, piece of equipment or appliance shall be $40 for the first fixture, piece of equipment or appliance connected to the plumbing system and $12 for each additional fixture, piece of equipment or appliance, except a boiler or furnace as indicated in Subsection B(3). below.
(2) 
The fee for a permit to install a special device such as a grease trap, oil separator, refrigeration unit, backflow preventer equipped with test ports, dental unit, sewer ejector/grinder pump, domestic water softener or water treatment unit, and any other special device not included as a fixture, shall be $75.
(3) 
The fee for a permit to install a boiler or a furnace in a building or structure shall be $150. Exception: The fee to install a boiler or furnace in a building of Groups R-3, R-5 and in individual dwelling units of Group R-2 shall be $65 each.
(4) 
The fee for a permit to install gas piping shall be calculated in accordance with Subsection B(1).
(5) 
The fee for a permit to install fuel oil piping and storage systems shall be $65 for Groups R-3 and R-5, and $85 for all other groups.
(6) 
The fee for a permit to install a water service line, a sewer service line, including the closing of an on-site sewage disposal system, shall be $75 each for buildings of Groups R-3 and R-5 and $120 each for buildings of other groups.
(7) 
The fee for a plumbing permit to make a connection to a potable water supply line for the purpose of installing a lawn irrigation system (terminating at and including a backflow prevention device) shall be as follows: For a system containing 25 heads or less, the fee shall be $75; for larger systems, the fee shall be $150 for each connection.
(8) 
(Reserved)
(9) 
The fee for witnessing mandatory testing of cross-connections and backflow preventers shall be $65 per device.
C. 
Electric subcode fees. The fee for a permit to install electrical work under the provisions of the electrical subcode shall be the sum of the fees listed below. There shall be no minimum fee.
(1) 
Electrical fixtures and devices.
(a) 
Fixture and device fees.
Number of Receptacles, Fixtures or Switches
Fee
From 1 to 25
$40
Each additional group of 25
$15
(b) 
For the purpose of computing the fees indicated above, fixtures, receptacles or devices shall include lighting outlets, wall switches, fluorescent fixtures, convenience receptacles, smoke and heat detectors, light standards, emergency and exit lights, thermostats, communication points, alarm devices, all motors and devices less than or equal to one horsepower or kilowatt.
(2) 
Motors and electrical devices.
(a) 
Device fees.
Device
(HP or KW)
Fee
Larger than 1 to 10
$25
10.1 to 50
$45
50.1 to 100
$80
100.1 and larger
$350
(b) 
For the purpose of computing the fees indicated above, all motors except those in plug-in appliances shall be counted, including control equipment, generators, transformers and heating, cooking or other devices consuming or generating electrical current.
(3) 
Service entrances and (or) subpanels.
(a) 
Fees.
Size
(AMP)
Fee
0 to 200
$45
201 to 300
$85
301 to 1,000
$300
Greater than 1,000
$500
(b) 
For the purpose of computing the fees indicated above, the fee for each service entrance shall include one riser, one meter pan and one service panel. The fee for each subpanel shall include a feeder (conductor) if applicable.
(4) 
The fee for a permit to install electrical work for each permanently installed private swimming pool, spa, hot tub or fountain shall be a flat fee of $55, which shall include any required bonding and associated equipment such as filter pumps, motors, disconnecting means, switches and required receptacles, except panelboards and underwater lighting fixtures. For public pools, the fee shall be charged on the basis of number of electrical fixtures and ratings of electrical devices involved in accordance with Subsection C(1), (2) and (3) of this section. The inspection fee in connection with the annual certification of public pools, spas, and hot tubs shall be $65.
(5) 
No fee shall be charged to replace a boiler, furnace or electric water heater in existing buildings of Groups R-3 and R-5 and owner-occupied dwelling units of multifamily buildings unless the work includes wiring to serve a new location.
D. 
Fire protection subcode fees. For the purpose of computing fees relating to the enforcement of the requirements incorporated in the subcode, fixtures shall include, but shall not be limited to, sprinklers, special suppression systems, smoke detectors, alarms and miscellaneous devices.
(1) 
The fees for permits requiring on-site inspections by the Fire Protection Subcode Official shall be calculated as follows: The charge for general fire protection permits for buildings of Groups R-3 and R-5 and for each dwelling unit of Group R-2 shall be $100 for new construction and $50 for existing structures. The charge for a general fire protection permit involving a nonresidential use and, in the case of subdivided buildings or structures, for each area or tenant space entitled to receive a certificate of occupancy or certificate of approval shall be $150. The fees indicated above shall include the installation of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors/alarms, exit signs and lights, means of egress lighting, equipment and appliances incidental to the particular use, except supplemental heating appliances and sprinklers and shall be charged in addition to the special fees indicated in Subsection F(2), (3), (4), (5), (6), (7), and (8).
(2) 
Installation of automatic sprinkler systems.
(a) 
The fees for a permit to install automatic sprinkler systems in buildings or structures of all groups except in building of Use Groups R-3, R-5 and R-2 shall be computed as follows:
Number of Heads
Fee
20 or fewer
$75
21 to and including 100
$150
101 to and including 200
$230
201 to and including 400
$550
401 to and including 1,000
$700
Over 1,000
$900
(b) 
The fee for a permit to install automatic sprinkler systems in buildings of Use Groups R-3, R-5 and in buildings of Group R-2 four stories or less in height shall be $75 per dwelling unit. The fee for a permit to install preengineered systems shall be $75 per system.
(3) 
The fee for a permit to install an automatic fire suppression system for cooking surfaces in commercial kitchens, including the exhausts, grease removal devices and hood(s), shall be $150 per system.
(4) 
The fee for permits to install standpipes shall be as follows:
(a) 
Up to four inches in diameter: $175.
(b) 
Larger than four inches in diameter: $250.
(5) 
The fee for a permit to install underground (UST) and aboveground storage tanks (AST) for combustible and flammable liquids, including the tanks and piping, shall be as follows:
(a) 
Each aboveground combustible liquid storage tank (AST) 660 gallons in capacity or smaller and each underground combustible liquid storage tank (UST) 2,000 gallons in capacity or smaller shall be $65.
(b) 
Each aboveground combustible liquid storage tank (AST) larger than 660 gallons in capacity and each underground combustible liquid storage tank (UST) larger than 2,000 gallons in capacity shall be $150.
(c) 
The permit fee to install a tank (AST, UST) for flammable liquid storage serving a use other than a public garage or fuel service station shall be $300.
(6) 
The fee for a permit to install tanks for motor fuel, kerosene, fuel wastes and/or heating oil, fuel-dispensing equipment and piping in connection with the new construction, renovation/alteration of a public garage (service station) facility or site of Use Group S-1 shall be as follows:
(a) 
Aggregate fuel storage capacity of 50,000 gallons or less: $1,250.
(b) 
Aggregate fuel storage capacity of 50,001 gallons or more: $2,000.
(c) 
Add for each fuel dispensing station (pump): $100.
(7) 
The fee for a permit to install supplemental heating appliances (wood- or coal-burning stoves, fireplaces, etc.) shall be $65 per appliance and shall include the installation of a chimney, flue or vent. If applicable, the fee for such installation shall be computed in addition to any and all fees for new construction or alteration.
E. 
Elevator subcode fees. (Reserved)
F. 
Administrative, miscellaneous fees and general provisions.
(1) 
The fee for plan review shall be 20% of the amount to be charged for the construction permit. It shall be applicable to all subcodes and fees listed herein and shall be paid at the time of application for plan review when required by the Construction Official. If paid at the time of application, the amount of this fee shall then be deducted from the amount of the fee due for the construction permit, when the permit is issued. Plan review fees are nonrefundable.
(2) 
The following fees shall be in accordance with Section 5:23-8.9 of the UCC Regulations:
(a) 
The fee for each permit issued for an asbestos hazard abatement project.
(b) 
The fee for each certificate of occupancy issued following the successful completion of an asbestos hazard abatement project.
(3) 
Certificates.
(a) 
The fee for a certificate of occupancy shall be 10% of the new construction permit fee. The minimum fee shall be $65.
(b) 
The fee for a temporary certificate of occupancy shall be $30. Exception: There shall be no fee for the first issuance of the temporary certificate of occupancy, provided the certificate of occupancy fee is paid at the time the permit is issued.
(c) 
The fee for a certificate of continued occupancy and a certificate of occupancy granted pursuant to a change of use group shall be $125.
(d) 
No fee shall be charged for a certificate of approval or certificate of compliance.
(4) 
The fee to process an application for a variation pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:23-2:10 shall be $150 for buildings of Groups R-3 and R-5 and accessory structures for single-family residential uses, and $400 for all other groups.
(5) 
In the event a private on-site inspection and plan review agency is designated to carry out the enforcement of one or more of the subcodes in a municipality, for the purpose of computing fees, except miscellaneous and administrative fees, the provisions of N.J.A.C. 5:23-4:18(K) shall apply. Further, the municipality shall be entitled to an administrative surcharge of 15% of the relevant subcode(s) permit fee(s).
(6) 
The charge for certification letters or letters of determination and letters in lieu of a certificate of occupancy shall be $25.
(7) 
The charge for processing of refunds of construction fees shall be $20.
(8) 
All fees computed in this schedule under the provisions of Subsections A, B, C, D and F, including state training fees, shall be rounded to the nearest dollar amount.
(9) 
The permit fee for lead hazard abatement work shall be $125. The fee for a lead hazard abatement clearance certificate shall be $35.
(10) 
The fee for change of contractor and/or updating a permit shall be $35.
(11) 
The minimum fee for a permit shall be $55.
The Construction Official shall, with the advice of the subcode officials, prepare and submit to the governing body, 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.
After an excavation has been made and before any footings are poured, the Building Official shall approve the foundation bed for the allowable soil capacity. Upon completion of the setting of the first course of blocks on the footing, no further construction shall proceed until a certified survey by a licensed land surveyor or professional engineer, of the entire tract or part to be developed, has been submitted to the Building Inspector. Such survey shall identify the tract by lot, block and street number and further show thereon the dimensions of each structure and its exact location on the lot with setbacks and width or depth of all yard spaces. In the event of subsequent desired change in basic design, size or location of a structure upon such tract, a revised plan and application therefor shall be filed and approved before such work is started or continued.
[Added 5-3-1990 by Ord. No. 19-90; amended 9-5-1996 by Ord. No. 21-96]
A. 
Any permit issued through the construction office of the Borough of Hopatcong shall include a statement that all construction debris must be disposed of at an approved disposal facility.
B. 
Construction debris shall include but not be limited to Sheetrock, construction lumber, roofing shingles, plumbing materials and deck material.
C. 
No final approval of any permit nor any certificate of occupancy shall be granted until such time as proof of disposal at an approved facility is presented to the Construction Official.
D. 
Proof of disposal shall consist of certified weight slips. In lieu of weight slips, the permit holder may present a signed statement from a licensed hauler as to the date and time of disposal at an approved facility, or the permit holder may certify, in writing, that he (she) intends to recycle materials either through reuse in the structure to which the permit applies or through disposal at a specified recycling facility.
All permits issued under this chapter shall expire one year from the date of issuance.
In the event that said regulations now or hereafter adopted set mandatory standards, rules, fees or other matters that are inconsistent with the provisions of this chapter, then the provisions of this chapter shall be deemed amended to comply with the provisions of said regulations that are mandatory.