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  • NJ A1891
  • Exempts senior homeowners from municipal building permit fees.
In Committee
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2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill would permit municipalities to enact an ordinance to exempt any senior citizen who is eligible to receive a homestead property tax reimbursement under P.L.1997, c.348 (C.54:4-8.67 et seq.) from all municipal building permit fees for any repairing or maintaining, through an improvement, the primary residence that he or she owns and occupies. Under current law, it is within the discretion of a municipality to grant a building permit fee exemption for certain improvements intended to make public or private facilities more accessible to persons with physical disabilities. This bill would allow municipalities to exempt homeowners age 65 or older who are eligible for the homestead property tax reimbursement provided by P.L.1997, c.348, commonly known as the "senior freeze," from building permit fees for those permits which are limited to the repair or maintenance of a dwelling unit which is the primary residence of the senior citizen. This bill would not permit a fee waiver for improvements intended only to increase the square footage of the dwelling unit where construction is being performed. It is the understanding of the committee that this legislation shall not apply to new construction. The intent of this bill is to provide municipalities with an additional tool to encourage older New Jersey residents to remain in their communities and to continue to maintain their properties. The cost of the permit fee exemption is intended to be offset by the fees paid by other, non-exempt permit applicants.
Health and Senior Services
Reported and Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee  (on 6/19/2017)
Date Chamber Action Description
6/19/2017 A Reported and Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee
6/19/2017 Assembly Health and Senior Services Hearing (19:00 6/19/2017 )
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 6/19/2017 Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee: Reported Favorably 10 0 3