VOLUME 3, ISSUE 1

DEPARTMENT OF BUILDINGS CIVIL PENALTY INCREASE FOR WORK WITHOUT A PERMIT VIOLATIONS

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Recent legislation, passed on December 28, 2017, has increased the civil penalties for Work without a Permit violations issued by the Department of Buildings.

The penalty for work without a permit on a one or two family dwelling will be increased to six times the amount of the fee payable for the permit. The minimum has been raised to $600 with a maximum penalty of $10,000.

The civil penalty for work without a permit on buildings other than a one- or two- family dwelling is increased to 21 times the amount of the fee payable for the permit. The minimum has been increased to $6,000 with a maximum penalty of $15,000.

Please note that it is unknown at this time when the above changes will go into effect, but we will post updated information when it becomes available. Please feel free to contact Kevin Danielson, Esq. at RPO with questions pertaining to this new legislation or for any of your violation needs.

 

DEPARTMENT OF BUILDINGS CHARGING FEES TO FILE DETERMINATIONS JANUARY 28TH, 2018

Effective January 28th, 2018, Construction Code Determinations (CCD1) and Zoning Resolution Determination (ZRD1) requests submitted to the Department for review are subject to the following fees.

CCD1 or ZRD1 request for Determination (Borough Commissioner) = .................$1,000

  • Pre-Determination (pre-filed jobs) Request
  • Request for variance of a Code requirement or MDL section 277.16
  • Appeal of an affirmation of an objection after a second plan examination review***

Appeal of CCD1 or ZRD1 Determination (Technical Affairs) = ..............................$2,500

 *** Plan examination objections will go through a mandatory second plan examination review.

Determinations filed for clarification or interpretation of the Code or Zoning (resulting from plan examiner objection) are not subject to fee payment. Please feel free to call RPO, Inc., if you have any questions concerning this.