Construction Department
77 Summerhill Road, 2nd Floor
Spotswood NJ 08884
Telephone Number:  732-416-1832
Fax Number: 732-251-2266
Construction Official and Plumbing Subcode Official: Frank Speranza
Building Subcode Official: Robert Wilson
Electrical Subcode Official: Jerry High
Fire Subcode Official: Rich Vigliotti
Technical Assistant to the Construction Official: Cheri High

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
(Closed 1 hour for lunch)

What is a Permit?

A construction permit represents legal permission to begin a construction project. The issuance of a permit indicates that plans and other documents for a project have been approved by the construction official and have complied with the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code, township Zoning Ordinance, township Engineering and other prior approvals.

When is a Permit Required?

A permit is generally required if an individual wishes to construct, enlarge, alter or demolish a structure or part of a structure. Included in this category are those projects which change any existing structure of add to that structure, such as the following:
  • Deck or pool
  • Addition to a house
  • Shed (larger than 100 square feet), garage or fence

A construction permit is also required to do the following:
  • Rearrange plumbing system
  • Install a new water heater, furnace or fireplace
  • Install new electrical receptacles or outlets
  • Repair or replace any structural member, such as increasing size of a window

The following projects are examples of ordinary repairs which DO NOT require a permit:
  • Install siding or roofing
  • Replacing gutters
  • Painting or trim work
  • Replacing a door or window with the same size door or window
  • Installing, repairing or replacing any interior finish of less than 25% of any wall area in any given room or one and two family dwelling. An exception is paneling, which does require a permit.

How Do I Apply For A Permit?

The required documentation for a construction permit includes:
  • Permit Application
  • Construction Plans
  • Plot Plan (Zoning)
  • Engineering Department Release
  • Grading Plan (if required)

An application for a permit is available from the Construction Department located in the Municipal Building.

Along with the completed application, the applicant must submit two (2) copies of the Construction Plans. These drawings may be done by the applicant for his own single-family dwelling or by a New Jersey licensed architect.

A building contractor is not permitted to do the drawings unless he is licensed as an architect or engineer.

An applicant must also submit a Plot Plan for an addition, fence, shed, demolition and pool. The plot plan should indicate:
  • All existing and proposed structures on the property
  • The distances to the lot lines, septic system of sewer lines, if known
  • The location of any easement

The Permit Process

Step 1:  The Township Zoning Officer completes the zoning review.

Step 2:  The required documents are submitted to the Construction Department. The Grading Plan (if required) is to be submitted directly to the Engineering Department by the applicant.

If the documents do not comply with the Uniform Construction Code, the applicant will be notified of the violations and required to correct and resubmit the documents for further review. applicant must contact the Engineering Department directly for any comments to the Grading Plan (if required).

Step 3:  The permit is issued indicating that legal approval has been given to the construction project.

State law mandates that the Construction Officer issue a fine of up to $500 to any person who performs work without a permit, if the construction is of a nature which requires a permit.

Inspections During Construction

New construction usually requires the following inspections:

  • Footing excavation prior to pouring concrete
  • Foundation wall prior to backfilling
  • Exterior sheathing prior to installing roofing and siding
  • Rough plumbing and electrical prior to installing insulation
  • Rough framing prior to installing insulation
  • Insulation prior to installing a gypsum board
  • Gypsum board before taping and applying joint compound
  • Final plumbing, electrical, fire protection and building inspections
  • Check with Engineering for all engineering inspections

For renovations and projects other than new construction, contact the Construction Department for inspection requirements.

Obligations During Construction

Inspectors must have 24 hours advance notice and must be able to see the part of construction required to be inspected. Any work which does not conform to Code Requirements of the approved plans will require reinspection. If the work continues without resolving the problem, the applicant will be fined, and the job stopped. Applicants are required to post the Construction Permit Notice (yellow placard) prominently on the site and to keep a copy of the approved plans at the site. when the project is completed, the applicant must call for final building, electrical, plumbing, and fire inspections. The applicant must contact the Engineering Department directly to schedule final site inspection. The applicant must also apply for a certificate of occupancy.

Property Must Be Properly Identified

House number must be conspicuously displayed for viewing from the street and construction placard must be conspicuously displayed on the building.


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Updated 3/11/2018
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