What requires a permit?
Permits are required for the following work:
Any type of new building (homes, sheds, barns),additions, add a level, dormers, swimming pools (above and below ground), sheds greater than 100 square feet (all sheds need zoning approval), finished basements, fireplaces and wood stoves, pole barns and run-in sheds, hot water heaters, boilers, furnaces (new and replacements), new air conditioning, gas piping (to grills, gas logs and gas appliances), sewer and water connections, radon mitigation, oil and gas tank removals, fire and burglar alarm systems, all plumbing work, all electrical work, siding, roofing, windows (new and replacement), oil and propane tanks (new and replacement).
If an emergency arises (i.e. failed hot water heater or furnace, structural damage, etc.) complete the work, but notify the Building Department within 72 hours to obtain a permit.
Schedule inspections at least 24 hours in advance. The following information will be needed:
- Name of owner
- Address of job
- Block and lot
- Type of inspection
Do not call in inspections unless completely prepared in order to avoid failure and delay on the job.
How to Submit a Permit Application
- Fill out technical sections for the work being performed (electric, building, plumbing, fire) and have contractor sign and seal.
- Submit two copies of full plans signed and sealed by licensed New Jersey architect. The exception to this requirement is that home owners may draw plans for their own dwelling.
- Obtain all prior approvals (health, wetlands, zoning, historic, etc.)
Applications and assistance are available from the Building Department.
A permit must be obtained prior to starting any work that requires a permit. Failure to obtain a permit will result in a $2,000 penalty per violation.