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Brick Tweaks Mechanical Inspection Processes, Fees

Rebuilding in Brick's Normandy Beach neighborhood, Oct. 28, 2015. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Rebuilding in Brick’s Normandy Beach neighborhood, Oct. 28, 2015. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Brick officials have modified the township’s fee schedule for inspections of devices such as heating and air conditioning units, refrigeration systems, generators, ventilating apparatus and gas piping.

Previously, such units required a fire inspection and building inspection, however a recent change to state law requires a mechanical inspection.

“In the past, the use of a mechanical inspector in a municipality was optional,” said Council President Paul Mummolo. “The requirement is now mandatory therefore a change in the fee schedule is now required.”

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Brick will no longer require fire or building inspections, but will require the mechanical inspection due to the state’s new policy. The change will mean the township will bring in less revenue from development projects, however that decrease is expected to be offset be a lesser workload.

Mechanical inspection fees will be $125 for the first device and $74 for each additional device. No additional fees will be charged for piping connected with the devices being inspected, according to an ordinance introduced by the council this week.

A public hearing and second vote on the new policy is scheduled for Dec. 6.

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