Ordinance No. 10-28

Introduced: December 16, 2010
Public Hearing:
Status: Failed

An ordinance amending the Vernon Township Administrative Code Chapter 250, Fees and Escrows Section 250-12 Building

WHEREAS, the Township of Vernon to ensure that commercial and residential interest comply with Chapter 250, §250-12 of the Township Administrative Code and to generate investment into commercial ventures, and residential dwellings and properties that building fees and permits be reduced to those fees listed by Ord. 06-34.

BE IT ORDAINED by the Township Council of the Township of Vernon, County of Sussex and State of New Jersey, that Chapter 250, §250-12 of the Township Administrative Code shall be amended to read as follows:

  1. §250-12. Building. [Amended 3-24-2003 by Ord. No. 03-06; 11-10-2003 by Ord. No. 03-37; 11-8-2004 by Ord. No. 04-33 by Ord. No. 06-34; 10-02-2006 by Ord. No. 09-09; 03-26-2009]
    1. The fee for plan review shall be 20% of the construction permit fee paid at the time the permit is issued.
    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 at the unit rates provided herein plus any special fees.
    3. Building subcode.
      1. New construction.
        1. Per cubic foot for all use groups: $0.032.
        2. Per cubic foot for structures on farms, including commercial farm buildings under N.J.A.C. 5:23-3.2(d), used exclusively for the storage of food or grain, or the sheltering of livestock, with the maximum fee for such structures on farms not to exceed $1,000:$0.005.
      2. Renovations, alterations and repairs. Per $1,000 of estimated cost of work: $26
      3. Additions. Fee per cubic foot for the added portion shall be computed on the same basis as for new construction.
      4. Fee for combination renovations and additions shall be computed as the sum of the fees computed separately in accordance with Subsection C(2) and (3) above.
      5. Reshingle or re-side R-3, R-4 or R-5 structures: $50.
      6. Minimum: $50.
    4. Electric subcode.
      1. Receptacles and fixtures:
        1. First to 50: $50.
        2. Each additional 25: $10.
      2. Motors, electrical devices and motor control center:
        1. One hp up to 10 hp: $25.
        2. Up to 50 hp: $65.
        3. Up to 100 hp: $125.
        4. Larger than above: $550.
      3. Transformers and generators:
        1. Over one kw up to 10.0 kw: $25.
        2. Up to 45.0 kw: $65.
        3. Up to 112.5 kw: $125.
        4. Larger than above: $550.
      4. Services panels, entrances, and subpanels:
        1. Up to 200 amps: $65.
        2. Up to 1,000 amps: $125.
        3. Larger than above: $550.
      5. Private swimming pool, hot tub or fountain shall be a flat fee of $65.
      6. Minimum: $50.
    5. Plumbing subcode.
      1. Per fixture, appliance, condensate, backflow preventer, or stack connected to the plumbing system and for each appliance connected to the gas or oil piping system except as indicated in Subsection (2): $25.
      2. Per special device listed below: $75.
        1. Active solar system.
        2. Backflow preventers (equipped with test ports).
        3. Condensate line
        4. Interceptors (grease, oil, sand, etc.).
        5. Refrigeration units
        6. Sewer pump.
        7. Steam boiler.
        8. Sewer connection
        9. Water service connection
        10. Water heater.
        11. Water conditioner
        12. Water boiler.
      3. Minimum: $50.
    6. Fire protection subcode.
      1. Suppression system.
        1. Sprinkler heads.
          1. One to 20 sprinkler heads: $75.
          2. Twenty-one to 100 sprinkler heads: $130.
          3. One hundred one to 200 sprinkler heads: $250.
          4. Two hundred one to 400 sprinkler heads: $625.
          5. Four hundred one to 1,000 sprinkler heads: $900.
          6. Over 1,000 sprinkler heads: $1,200.
        2. Fire pump: $200.
        3. Alarm valves: $50.
        4. Pre-action valves: $50.
        5. Standpipes: $200.
      2. Alarm system.
        1. One to 20 devices: $50.
        2. Each additional 25 devices: $12.
      3. Gas or oil storage tanks.
        1. Up to 1,000 gallons: $75.
        2. Over 1,000 gallons: $150.
      4. Each independent pre-engineered system: $125.
      5. Each gas or oil fired appliance not connected to the plumbing system: $75.
      6. Each commercial kitchen exhaust system: $100.
      7. Each incinerator or crematorium: in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.20.
      8. Minimum: $50.
    7. Elevators or escalators. Each elevator fee shall be in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-12. H. Certificates and other permits.
      1. Certificate of occupancy.
        1. The fee for R-3, R-4 and R-5, U and commercial farm structures shall be 10% of the new construction permit fee with a minimum of $10.
        2. All other structures shall be 10% of the new construction permit fee with a minimum of $50.
        3. Change of use: $125.
        4. Continued certificate of occupancy: $125.
        5. Letter stating that no certificate of continued occupancy is required: $10.
        6. The fee for the first issuance and the renewal of a temporary certificate of occupancy shall be $30.
          1. Exceptions:
            1. There shall be no fee for the first issuance of the temporary certificate of occupancy if occupancy fee was paid at that time.
            2. Where a written request for a temporary certificate of occupancy is made for reasons other than uncompleted work covered by the permit (i.e., prior approval), no renewal fee shall be charged.
      2. Other permits.
        1. Demolition or removal permit.
          1. Each building or structure: $150.
          2. R-3, R-4 and R-5 less than 5,000 square feet: $100.
          3. Oil tank demolition Class III residential structures: $75.
        2. Swimming pool.
          1. All R-3, R-4 and R-5 aboveground pools: $80.
          2. All R-3, R-4 and R-5 in-ground pools: $150.
          3. All other use groups: $250.
        3. Sign permit.
          1. Each square foot computed on one side only for double-faced signs: $2.
        4. Fence (over six feet in height): $50.
        5. Tents in excess of 16,800 square feet or more than 140 feet in any direction: $300.
        6. Asbestos abatement in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-8.9.
        7. Lead hazard abatement in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.20.
        8. Retaining Walls
          1. 550 square feet or less associated with a Class III residential structure: $150.
          2. 551 square feet and over associated with a Class III residential structure: $250.
          3. Other than Class III residential structures shall be based on cost of construction.
        9. Reinstatement of lapsed permit per open subcode of original permit: $50.00
        10. Change of contractor fee per subcode: $25.
    8. Application for variation.
      1. Class III structure: $50; resubmission: $50.
      2. Class II structure: $120; resubmission: $65.
      3. Class I structure: $594; resubmission: $229.
    9. Periodic inspections. Fees for periodic reinspection of equipment and facilities granted a certificate of compliance for a specified duration as required by N.J.A.C. 5:23 and shall be in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.20.
    10. Mechanical inspections (replacement).
      1. Fees for replacement or new installation of:
        1. Wood or gas-fired stove or fireplace, water heater, boiler, furnace, air-conditioning unit, pool heater, oil and propane tanks, oil or gas lines in existing R-3, R-4 and R-5 structures shall be $75.
        2. For each additional appliance on same permit: $50. (No additional fee for gas, fuel oil, or water piping connection to appliance.)
    11. Annual permits. Fees shall be in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.20.
    12. Township surcharge for inspections done by private on-site agency: 15%.
    13. DCA training fee. Fees shall be in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-4.19.
    14. All fees can be rounded off to the nearest dollar.
  2. All ordinances or parts of ordinances or resolutions that are in conflict with the provisions of the Ordinance are repealed to the extent necessary.
  3. If any article, section, subsection, term or condition of this Ordinance is declared invalid or illegal for any reason, the balance of the Ordinance shall be deemed severable and shall remain in full force and effect.
  4. This ordinance shall take effect after publication and passage according to law.

Section 2. Severability. The various parts, sections and clauses of this Ordinance are hereby declared to be severable. If any part, sentence, paragraph, section or clause is adjudged unconstitutional or invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, the remainder off this Ordinance shall not be affected thereby.

Section 3. Repealer. Any ordinances or parts thereof in conflict with the provisions of this Ordinance are hereby repealed as to their inconsistencies only.

Section 4. Effective Date. This Ordinance shall take effect upon final passage and publication as provided by law.