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PERMIT FEES

The following Information has been taken from the Code Book of the Township of West Windsor.
  The entire Code Book is available from the web site Home page.

[Amended 4-19-1999 by Ord. No. 99-07; 7-26-1999 by Ord. No. 99-15; 3-22-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-08; 12-8-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-48]
A. 
Construction fees shall be as follows:
[Amended 3-22-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-08]
Use Group                 Fee 
 E                                Volume x .030 
 A-1                             Volume x .030 
 A-2                             Volume x .030 
 A-3                             Volume x .030 
 A-4                             Volume x .030 
 A-5                             Volume x .030 
 I-1                               Volume x .030 
 I-2                               Volume x .030 
 I-3                               Volume x .030 
 R-1                             Volume x .030 
 R-2                             Volume x .030 
 R-3                             Volume x .030 
 R-4                             Volume x .030 
 H                                Volume x .030 
 F-1                             Volume x .030 
 F-2                             Volume x .030 
 B                                Volume x .030 
 M                                Volume x .030 
 S-1                             Volume x .020 
 S-2                             Volume x .020 
 U                                Volume x .030

B. 
Building addition: addition cubic content times unit rate equals building fee.
C. 
Alterations, renovations, repairs and minor work: estimated cost per thousand times $27. The applicant shall submit to the Division of Code Enforcement cost data by a licensed architect or engineer, qualified estimating firm or by contractor bid. The Division of Code Enforcement shall review the estimated construction cost for acceptance.
D. 
Additions and renovations, alterations or repairs: combination of rates provided in Subsections B and C.
E. 
Use Group U and miscellaneous uses. Flat fees are as follows:
(1) 
Swimming pools, aboveground:
(a) 
Private pool: $100.
(b) 
Public pool: $300.
(c) 
Hot tub/spa: $100.
(2) 
Swimming pools, in-ground:
(a) 
Private pool: $200.
(b) 
Public pool: $500.
(3) 
Fences:
(a) 
Residential: $75.
(b) 
All other fences: $27 per $1,000.
F. 
Signs.
(1) 
Facade skins shall be $4 per square foot.
(2) 
Freestanding signs shall be $4 per square foot for the first 100 square feet, $3 per square foot for the next 400 square feet and $2 per square foot thereafter.
(3) 
Ground signs or wall signs shall be $1 per square foot for the first 100 square feet, $1.50 per square foot for the next 400 square feet and $1 per square foot thereafter.
G. 
The fee for tents, in excess of 16,800 square feet or more than 140 feet in any direction, shall be $250.
H. 
Demolition. Flat rate depending on building class when occupied shall be as follows:
(1) 
Class I: $500.
(2) 
Class II: $400.
(3) 
Class III: $200.
I. 
Underground storage tank removal: residential: $75. All other uses: $250.
J. 
Limited certificates of approval.
(1) 
Limitations.
(a) 
Equipment herein below listed shall be granted a certificate of approval by the appropriate subcode official or other approved agency for the duration specified herein:
[1] 
Cross-connections/backflow preventers, 12 months: $50.
(b) 
Such equipment shall be periodically reinspected or tested in accordance with the provisions of the regulations prior to expiration of such certificate of approval and any violations corrected before a new certificate may be issued.
(c) 
No such system or assembly shall continue in operation unless a valid certificate of approval has been reissued. It shall be a violation of the regulations for an owner to fail to provide for such periodic inspection and testing.
(2) 
Revocation. The enforcing agency may revoke a certificate of approval whenever a condition of a certificate has been violated.
(3) 
Time limit. The provisions of the regulations do not preclude periodic certification pursuant to other applicable laws and ordinances.
K. 
Certificate of occupancy.
(1) 
The fee shall be in the amount of 10% of the new construction permit fee. The minimum fee shall be $125.
(2) 
For one- and two-family dwellings, the minimum fee shall be $75.
(3) 
The fee for a certificate of continued occupancy shall be $300.
(4) 
The fee for a certificate of occupancy granted to a change of use group shall be $300.
(5) 
The fee for the first issuance and renewal of a temporary certificate of occupancy shall be $28.
L. 
Fire protection and hazardous equipment.
(1) 
Said fees shall be based upon the number of heads or detectors being installed.

Number of Heads, Detectors or Other Initiating Devices Fee 
1 to 20  
            Residential     $75 
            Commercial  $125 
21 to 100                    $180 
101 to 200                 $344 
201 to 400                 $891 
401 to 1,000              $1,233 
Over 1,000                 $1,575 

 (2) 
Independent preengineered systems (per system): $125.
(3) 
Gas- or oil-fired appliance which is not connected to the plumbing system (per appliance): $75.
(4) 
Smoke control systems, flammable combustible liquid tank or fire alarm control panel replacement (per system): $125.
(5) 
Kitchen exhaust system (per system):
(a) 
Residential: $75.
(b) 
Commercial: $125.
(6) 
Supervisory devices: $75.
(7) 
Signaling devices: $125.
(8) 
Engineered suppressions pre-action systems, or dry pipe/alarm valves: $125.
M. 
Standpipe, hydrant or fire pump (each): $250.
N. 
Roofing and siding.
(1) 
Roofing: $75 residential; all other $27 per $1,000.
(2) 
Siding: $75 residential; all other $27 per $1,000.
O. 
Administrative fees for asbestos hazard abatement.
(1) 
An administrative fee of $84 for each construction permit issued for an asbestos hazard abatement project.
(2) 
An administrative fee of $17 for each certificate of occupancy issued following the successful completion of an asbestos hazard abatement project.
P. 
Lead abatement.
(1) 
The fee for a permit for lead hazard abatement work shall be $140.
(2) 
The fee for a lead abatement clearance certificate shall be $28.
Q. 
The fee of $50 per hour or part thereof shall be charged for all plan review revisions. Said fee shall be remitted to the Township of West Windsor at the time of revision. No revision shall be released until payment is received by the Township.
R. 
The change of contractor fee shall be $125 per contractor.
S. 
Variation.
(1) 
Residential use: $120.
(2) 
All others: $400.
(3) 
Resubmissions, residential: $65.
(4) 
Resubmissions, all others: $200.
T. 
Plumbing.
(1) 
Plumbing fees shall be as follows:
(a) 
The fee shall be $25 per fixture, vent or stack. For the purpose of computing this fee, fixture vents or stacks shall include, but not be limited to, water closets, urinals, bidets, lavatories, sinks, showers, floor drains, washing machines, dishwashers, residential water heaters, hose bibs, drinking fountains, water coolers, indirect connections, residential solar systems, roof drains, storm drains, leaders and gutters, nontestable backflows and appurtenances.
(b) 
The fee shall be $125 per special device. For the purpose of computing this fee, special device shall include, but not be limited to, sewer ejectors, grease traps, oil interceptors, backflow devices, pumps, boilers or furnaces, reduced pressure backflow devices, commercial-industrial water heaters, commercial-industrial water-cooled air-conditioning units, commercial-industrial refrigeration systems and commercial-industrial solar systems.
(c) 
The fee shall be $75 for each sewer, septic and water utility connection.
(d) 
The fee shall be $75 for concealed gas piping.
(e) 
The fee shall be $75 for single boiler hydronic piping for a single-family residence.
(f) 
The fee shall be $50 per unit for commercial-industrial refrigeration piping.
(g) 
The fee shall be $75 per unit for commercial-industrial water-cooled air conditioning.
(h) 
The fee shall be $125 for installation of piping on a commercial-industrial fuel oil tank.
(i) 
Notwithstanding the individual fees set forth above, the minimum total plumbing subcode fee for a single-family residence shall be $75 and the minimum total fee for all other structures shall be $125.
(j) 
The fee for LP gas tanks (permanent) shall be $75 each.
(2) 
All plumbing installation shall be installed by a New Jersey State licensed master plumber; except in the case of single-family residences, a homeowner shall be allowed to perform plumbing work on the homeowner's own dwelling.
U. 
Mechanical fees. Mechanical fees shall be as follows:
(1) 
The fee shall be $75 for each fuel oil, steam boiler, hot water boiler, hot air furnace, oil tank.
(2) 
The fee shall be $25 for each qas piping and temporary LPG tanks.
V. 
Technical section. The minimum fee for a technical section shall be as follows:
(1) 
R-5 use: $75.
(2) 
All others: $125.
W. 
Plan review. The plan review fee shall be 5% of the total of the building, electric, plumbing and fire fees.
X. 
State of New Jersey training. In order to provide for the training and certification and technical support programs required by the State Uniform Construction Code Act, the enforcing agency, including the Division of Code Enforcement when acting as the local agency, shall collect a surcharge fee to be based upon the volume of new construction within the municipality. The fee shall be in the amount of $0.00334 per cubic foot volume of new construction and additions. The fee for all other construction shall be $1.70 per $1,000 of cost. The minimum permit surcharge shall be $1. (Elevators, lead and asbestos per state fee schedule.)
[Amended 4-20-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-09]
Y. 
Annual construction permit. The fee to be charged for an annual construction permit shall be charged annually. This fee shall be a flat fee based upon the number of maintenance workers who are employed by the facility and who are primarily engaged in work that is governed by a subcode. Managers, engineers and clericals shall not be considered maintenance workers for the purpose of establishing the annual construction permit fee. Annual permits may be issued for building, fire protection, electrical and plumbing. Fees shall be as follows: per state fee schedule.
Z. 
Contractor registration: The fee shall be $125.
Editor's Note: See Ch. 66, Contractors, Registration of. The registration form is available from the Construction Official.
AA. 
Waiver of construction permit fees.
(1) 
No person shall be charged a construction permit surcharge fee or enforcing agency fee for any construction, reconstruction, alteration or improvement designed and undertaken solely to promote accessibility by disabled persons to an existing private structure or any of the facilities contained herein.
(2) 
A disabled person, or a parent or sibling of a disabled person, shall not be required to pay any municipal fee or charge in order to secure a construction permit for any construction, reconstruction, alteration or improvement which promotes accessibility to his or her own living unit.
(3) 
"Disabled person" means a person who has the total and permanent inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment, including blindness, and shall include but not be limited to any resident of this state who is disabled pursuant to the federal Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. § 416), or the federal Railroad Retirement Act of 1974 (45 U.S.C. § 231 et seq.) or is rated as having a 60% disability or higher pursuant to any federal law administered by the United States Veterans' Act. For purposes of this subsection "blindness" means central visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye with the use of a correcting lens. An eye which is accompanied by a limitation in the fields of vision such that the widest diameter of the visual field subtends an angle no greater than 20º shall be considered as having a central visual acuity of 20/200 or less.
BB. 
Penalties. Penalties may be levied by an enforcing agency as follows:
(1) 
Up to $1,000 per violation for failure or refusal to comply with any lawful order, unless the failure or refusal to comply is done with the knowledge that it will endanger the life or safety of any person, in which case the penalty shall be up to $2,000 per violation;
(2) 
Up to $2,000 per violation for failure to obtain a required permit prior to commencing construction or for allowing a building to be occupied without a certificate of occupancy;
(3) 
Up to $2,000 per violation for failure to comply with a stop construction order;
(4) 
Up to $2,000 per violation for willfully making a false or misleading written statement, or willfully omitting any required information or statement in any application or request for approval;
(5) 
Up to $500 per violation for any violation not covered under Subsection BB(1) through (4) above.
(6) 
For purposes of this subsection, in an occupied building, a code violation involving fire safety, structural soundness or the malfunctioning of mechanical equipment that would pose a life safety hazard shall be deemed to endanger the life or safety of a person. In an unoccupied building, a code violation of a requirement intended to protect members of the public who are walking by the property shall be deemed to endanger the life or safety of a person.
(7) 
All monies collected shall be collected under penalty provisions of the UCC. All penalties collected shall be retained by the Department of Code Enforcement and shall be placed in a special trust fund to be applied to the cost to the department for training, technical support programs, certification, new equipment and transportation. An independent fund shall be set up and retained by the Director of Finance to be the trustee of this account.

 


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