Construction Permit Information
A construction permit grants permission to do most kinds of work on a dwelling or other type of building. The purpose of the permit is to allow our officials to observe the progress of the work to be sure it meets code. The permit can consists of six different subcode sections as needed. They are: building, electric, plumbing, fire, mechanical and/or elevator.
When are construction permits required? The New Jersey Uniform Construction Code states, "A building or structure shall not be constructed, extended, repaired, removed or altered…" without construction permits except for ordinary repairs. Building Permits are required for new houses, additions, alterations, water heater, boiler or furnace replacements, HVAC, kitchen, decks, basement or bathroom renovations, steps, roofing, siding, chimney relining, above or in-ground swimming pools, retaining walls, stove (wood or gas) installation or fireplace, oil tank removal, abandonment or installation, electrical service or panel, solar panels, generators, lawn sprinklers, demolition of house, pool or structure. Filling in a pool or septic tank requires a soil moving permit. When applying for outside projects, you will need to bring a copy of your property survey no older than 20 years, in addition to your permit applications.
The Construction Permit Application
The construction permit application and its subcode sections may be obtained at the Building Department. There is a $25.00 zoning fee. The subcode forms are a multi-part form and as such, we are unable to make them available on this web site. The General Contractor "if the homeowner is not doing the work" must be registered with the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs. Electric and Plumbing Subcode Technical
Forms must be filled out and signed and sealed by a New Jersey State Licensed Electrician and/or Plumber. (4) Sets of plans (2 sets signed & sealed by the architect or engineer) and a site survey need to be submitted. Only the homeowner to a single family house in which he resides in, can be the general contractor. Draw his own plans (4) sets and sign and date. Perform the building, electric, plumbing and fire construction.
Depending on work being constructed a Res check or Energy Star might be required. If moving soil, a soil moving permit must be included. A site work form is also needed if you are doing any concrete or pavement work. If you are cutting the curb there is an additional $50.00 that must be submitted at the time of submission. The construction permit is the document which grants legal permission for construction to start. Inspections required for the project will be indicated on the permit. Each major phase of construction must be inspected by the Building Department to make certain the work conforms to the appropriate code, the permit, and the approved plans. After the permit application is completed, it is reviewed by the Subcode Officials who will determine if the project is in compliance with the construction codes, zoning ordinance and other municipal or state ordinances and statutes. Applications may be approved, disapproved, or additional information and clarification may be requested.
As construction proceeds, the applicant refers to the inspection schedule and calls the Building Department to schedule the various progress inspections. Upon completion and final inspection of all work, the Construction Official issues a Certificate of Occupancy (CO) or a Certificate of Approval (CA), the formal document which marks the completion of the construction project. Note that the work is not considered complete until the Office of Construction Codes completes all the inspections and issues the CO or CA.
Residential Requirements for Permits
The Building Department responsible for issuing all construction permits in accordance with the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code. The process of obtaining permits, approvals and variances can involve several different departments and may seem overwhelming at first glance. We've attempted to simplify our explanation by providing you with the following answers to frequently asked questions.
When in doubt please call.
Consequences of working without a required permit
You may subject yourself to penalties and/or fines of up to $2,000 a day until permits are issued.
PLEASE REMEMBER TO CALL 1-800-272-1000 or 811 before you dig! They will mark out underground utility lines. Provide the building department with the dig number assigned to your project.
A COMPLETE SET OF APPROVED PLANS MUST BE KEPT ON THE JOB SITE.
Failure to do so will result in inspection failure.
PERMIT PLACARD MUST BE POSTED SO IT CAN BE SEEN FROM THE STREET.