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, garage or fence
A construction permit is also required to do the following:
Install siding or roofing
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:
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:
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.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR DO NOT UNDERSTAND ANY OF THE REQUIREMENTS,
Construction Official & Building Subcode Official John Hall 732-251-0700 ext.832