Reason For Posting a Permit Deposit:
This deposit is required by the Township to assure completion of your project inclucing site plan within a reasonable period of time, in accordance with Township ordinances and State code. Any interest earned on the deposit shall be the property of the Township. This Permit Deposit covers the cost of extra inspections that may be incurred and the collection of the Township refuse fee. (Also note: No refuse will be collected until you have received your TCO or C of O.)
Refund of Permit Deposit:
As the applicant for the Building Permit you are responsible to call the Building Department for required inspections and oversee the project through completion. When all inspections are approved you will receive a Certificate of Occupancy (C of O). At this time your permit deposit will automatically be returned to you, less extra inspection fees if unpaid and less Township Refuse fee if applicable. The refund check will be mailed within thirty days of your final building inspection. (If you have not received your check within this time period, please call the Building Department and inquire.)
Forfeiture of Deposit:
Your permit must not be allowed to expire until completion and Certificate of Occupancy is issued or your permit deposit will be forfeited. NOTE: According to the Building Code, your site plan is part of the construction documents and therefore is part of the permit. It is necessary to obtain a Certificate of Occupancy prior to occupying or using your new construction: as noted in Township Ordinances Chapter 7 Buildings and Building Regulations. Failure to obtain said Certificate would result in forfeiture of your permit deposit.
Temporary Certificate of Occupancy:
In some cases, when a building is near completion, the Building Official, at your request, may issue a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy. The Building Official would then schedule appropriate inspections necessary to final your project with a time limit set to complete unfinished items.
Expiration of a Building Permit:
A Building Permit expires six months (180 days) from the date of issuance. However, if you can show any progress on your project within that time, by calling for an inspection and getting approval from the Building Inspector, your Building Permit will remain active for one full year from the issuance date. You are responsible for contacting the Building Department within the six months to report your construction status. If progress has not been made in the six months (180 days) allowed, your permit will be terminated and your permit deposit forfeited.
Renewal of a Building Permit:
At the end of 6 months (180 days) or a full year when your Building Permit is about to expire and your project is not yet completed, you must apply for a permit renewal in writing. There is a fee of one half (1/2) the original permit fee. A renewed permit will expire in the same time period as the original permit (see above). The original permit deposit will be forfeited if the permit is not renewed by the expiration date according to Township Ordinances, Chapter 7, Buildings and Regulations.