The Building Department is responsible for issuing all construction permits in accordance with the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code. The Code states, “A building or structure shall not be constructed, extended, repaired, removed, renovated, altered or reconstructed…” without construction permits except for ordinary repairs.
The process for obtaining permits, approvals and variances can involve several different departments. If you require any assistance, please contact the Building Department at (201) 265-2100 Ext. 2230.
THE CONSTRUCTION PERMIT APPLICATION
Construction permit applications can be obtained at the Building Department or for your convenience in submitting permit application(s), we have made the most commonly requested forms available here for download. For a complete list, visit the Department of Community Affairs website. These fallible forms may be filled out on your computer, saved to your hard drive and/or printed out.
Submittals generally include applicable UCC subcode forms, small construction, jacket, specifications, and one set of plans for each subcode. A survey may be required indicating location of work to be performed. Drawings should be signed and sealed by a NJ Licensed Architect or Engineer. If the homeowner is the contractor of a one-family owner–occupied home, all drawings submitted are to be signed and dated by the homeowner. A Zoning Review application plus fees may apply.
UCC-F170 Construction Permit
The UCC-F170 Construction Permit (PDF) needs to be submitted with each permit application. It should describe the type of work you are planning to do, provide the work site and contractor information, and the estimated cost of work.
UCC-F100 Construction Permit Application
The UCC-F100 Construction Permit Application (PDF) form needs to accompany the subcode technical sections. Please be sure the certification in lieu of oath is signed.
UCC-F110 Building Subcode Technical Section
The UCC-F110 Building Subcode Technical Section (PDF) is to be used for interior and exterior construction.
UCC-F120 Electrical Subcode Technical Section
The UCC-F120 Electrical Subcode Technical Section (PDF) should be used for all electrical work related to a project. A licensed electrician must sign and seal the application unless the work is being completed by the homeowners in an owner occupied single family dwelling.
UCC-F130 Plumbing Subcode Technical Section
The UCC-F130 Plumbing Subcode Technical Section (PDF) should be used for all plumbing work related to a project. A licensed plumber must sign and seal the application unless the work is being completed by the homeowners in an owner occupied single family dwelling.
UCC-F140 Fire Protection Subcode Technical Section
The UCC-F140 Fire Protection Subcode Technical Section (PDF) is required for any fire protection work being performed. Please be sure the certification in lieu of oath (Section C) is signed.
UCC-F145 Mechanical Inspector Technical Section Permit
The UCC-F145 Mechanical Inspector Technical Section Permit (PDF) is required for residential construction, replacement of hot water heaters, boilers, furnaces, etc...
UCC-F370 Chimney Verification for Replacement of Fuel-Fired Equipment
The UCC-F370 Chimney Verification for Replacement of Fuel-Fired Equipment (PDF) needs to be completed for any replacement or newly installed furnaces, boilers, fireplaces, water heaters or chimney liners. If a new chimney liner is being installed, please also provide the specifications on the liner.
UCC-F390 Framing Checklist
The UCC-F390 Framing Checklist (PDF) is required for any new building construction or additions. Builder checks boxes marked “B” and the responsible person in charge of work signs and dates. This form is to be presented to the building inspector when the framing inspection is scheduled.
SITE WORK PERMITS
Site work permits are required for patios, walkways, driveways, generators, air conditioners, and pool equipment. A completed site work application must be submitted along with a jacket and survey, not older than 20 years old, indicating the location of the improvement and setbacks.
Please remember to call (800) 272-1100 or 811 before you dig for mark-out locations of underground utilities.
CONSEQUENCES OF WORKING WITHOUT A REQUIRED PERMIT
Building permits are required to ensure that your project is constructed using approved building material and methods. Any work performed without a permit may be subject to the following:
- Work performed without a permit may be subject to zoning approval, variances or planning board approvals. If these approvals/variances are denied you may be required to remove the constructed improvement.
- Penalties and/or fines of $2000 per violation.
- Insurance related claims may not be paid by your carrier.
AREAS WHERE PERMITS ARE REQUIRED
- Above or in-ground swimming pools
- Bathroom renovations
- Chimney liner
- Demolition of homes, pools or structures
- Electrical service or panels
- Front Porch
- Furnace or Boiler
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- Lawn Sprinklers
- New Homes
- Oil tank removal, abandonment or installation
- Retaining Walls
- Solar panels
- Stoves (wood or gas)
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