Section: Filing, continuation of foreclosure unaffected.
9. Construction board of appeals.
a. There shall be a construction board of appeals for each county to hear appeals from decisions by the enforcing agency provided that any municipality may establish its own construction board of appeals to hear appeals from decisions by the enforcing agency and further provided that where two or more municipalities have combined to appoint a construction official and subcode officials such combined municipalities may establish a joint construction board of appeals. Any such municipal or joint board shall hear appeals from the decisions of the municipal or joint enforcing agency, as the case may be, instead of the county board.
Every construction board of appeals shall consist of five members. Each member of the board shall be qualified by experience or training to perform the duties of members of the construction board of appeals. In addition to the five regular members, each construction board of appeals shall include two special members, one of whom shall be a licensed professional engineer with municipal construction experience, and one of whom shall be a builder. The special members shall serve as additional members of the board in any case involving an appeal of municipal fees pursuant to P.L.1995, c.54 (C.40:55D-53.2 et al.). Board members shall be appointed for a term of four years by the appointing authority of the county or municipality in question or, in the case of a joint municipal board, by means mutually determined by the governing bodies of such municipalities. For the members first appointed, the appointing authority shall designate the appointees' terms so that one shall be appointed for a term of one year, one for a term of two years, one for a term of three years, and two for a term of four years. Vacancies on the board shall be filled for the unexpired term. Members may be removed by the authority appointing them for cause. A person may serve on more than one construction board of appeals.
b. When an enforcing agency refuses to grant an application or refuses to act upon application for a construction permit, or when the enforcing agency makes any other decision, pursuant or related to this act or the code, an owner, or his authorized agent, may appeal in writing to the county or municipal or joint board, whichever is appropriate. The board shall hear the appeal, render a decision thereon and file its decision with a statement of the reasons therefor with the enforcing agency from which the appeal has been taken not later than 10 business days following the submission of the appeal, unless such period of time has been extended with the consent of the applicant. Such decision may affirm, reverse or modify the decision of the enforcing agency or remand the matter to the enforcing agency for further action. A copy of the decision shall be forwarded by certified or registered mail to the party taking the appeal. Failure by the board to hear an appeal and render and file a decision thereon within the time limits prescribed in this subsection shall be deemed a denial of the appeal for purposes of a complaint, application or appeal to a court of competent jurisdiction. A record of all decisions made by the board, properly indexed, shall be kept by the enforcing agency and shall be subject to public inspection during business hours. The board shall provide rules for its procedure in accordance with this act and regulations established by the commissioner.
L.1975,c.217,s.9; amended 1995,c.54,s.4.
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