January 24, 2021
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Please view our listing of frequently asked questions to see if an answer to your question is already displayed below.     

      - After I receive my permit how long is it valid for?
      - Are permits needed for all home improvements?
      - Do I qualify for the Senior Discount Ordinance?
      - Once I receive my permit, how long does it take to get an inspection?
      - What about zoning?
      - What are permits and why do I need one?
      - What forms of payment do you accept in your office?
      - What happens if I don’t get a permit?
      - What is a building permit?
      - What is the cost of a permit?
      - When do I need a construction permit?
      - Where can I obtain the proper permit forms?
      - Who prepares the required plans?
      - When do I need a building permit?
      - How can I obtain a building permit?
      - What are the benefits of having a building permit?
      - What does ICC do?

          After I receive my permit how long is it valid for?

Any issued permit shall become invalid if the authorized work is not commenced within 12 months after issuance of the permit or if the authorized work is suspended or abandoned for a period of six months after the time of commencing the work.

          Are permits needed for all home improvements?

A permit is not needed for wall papering, painting or similar finishing work. Replacement or repair of plumbing, mechanical or electrical fixtures (ie. Changing faucets or replacing switches) does not normally require a permit.

          Do I qualify for the Senior Discount Ordinance?

Please view the checklist to see if you qualify.

          Once I receive my permit, how long does it take to get an inspection?

Although we have up to 72 hours to conduct a requested inspection, most of the time inspections can be made within a 1 or 2 day time frame.  Please call the main number 732-390-7077 to request an inspection.  All inspections must be requested by 2pm the day before desired inspection date.  We always do our best to accommodate inspection requests within reason.

          What about zoning?

Zoning sets up the permitted types of buildings or structures, permitted uses and where they may be located on a property in a defined area. For example a R-3 designation means that each lot of 15,000 square foot in area can contain one single family home.

Zoning is based on maps and ordinances enacted by the Borough Council. A zoning variance may be requested if a property owner wants to build something that is not allowed in the zone or which does not meet the required setbacks.

Questions about zoning can be answered at the counter  or you can call 732-390-7004 with your zoning questions.

          What are permits and why do I need one?

Permits are used to regulate construction. The process is designed to ensure that all construction within the Borough is safe. The safety of building occupants is the primary reason for construction codes. Construction codes in effect in New Jersey include the following:

  • International Building Code 2018 New Jersey Edition
  • Internation Residential Code 2018 New Jersey Edition
  • National Standard Plumbing Code 2018
  • National Electric Code 2018
  • International Mechanical Code 2018
  • International Fuel Gas Code 2018
  • Ashrae 90.1 Code 2018 Commercial
  • Ashrae 90.1 Code 2018/ Residential 2018
  • NFPA 13 & 72 2016 

There are several types of permits, depending on the type of construction- structural, plumbing, mechanical or combination. Most homeowner projects require a “combination permit.” In addition, permits are required for the demolition and relocation of buildings.


          What forms of payment do you accept in your office?

We gladly accept check, money order, Visa, or Mastercard.

          What happens if I don’t get a permit?

If a permit is not obtained when needed prior to construction you have violated Borough and State regulations and are subject to fines and penalties. In addition, you will be required to obtain permits for the work and the work must pass inspection or be corrected. Otherwise, the site will have to be returned to its original condition.

Remember… construction codes were created for safety reasons. Work built without a permit can be unsafe, no matter how good it looks to the untrained eye.

          What is a building permit?

A building permit gives you legal permission to start construction of a building project in accordance with approved drawings and specifications. Building permits are very beneficial to you and your community. By working with an expert code official, you will benefit from their knowledge of the building codes to ensure your construction project is built right, will be safe, and will last. Safe construction practices help protect you, your family, your friends, and your investment. Be sure to get your local code official involved with your project, because the building department is on your side.

          What is the cost of a permit?

The complete construction fee schedule is available under the "Forms Center" tab.

          When do I need a construction permit?

A construction permit is needed for all new construction. A plumbing, electrical, or mechanical permit is needed for any change to a building's system. For example, moving or adding an electrical outlet requires a permit. Feel free to call our office to find out if your specific project needs a permit.

          Where can I obtain the proper permit forms?
Forms are available in our office or can be downloaded in our "forms" section.  You can also request the applications be mailed to you.

          Who prepares the required plans?

A NJ Licensed Architect is recommended for the preparation of plans for major projects. Major projects may need to include floor plans drawn to scale, sections, elevations, and details. Structural elements such a girders and columns are required to be drawn by a NJ Licensed Architect. Minor projects such as decks and small additions can be drawn by a homeowner.

There are some projects which require a NJ Licensed Engineer to prepare plans. Examples are an in-ground pool, grading plans and retaining walls no more than four feet in height.


          When do I need a building permit?

The best way to find out if you need a permit is to call your local building department. The staff is there to serve the public by providing information about safety and understanding of your local building codes. Be sure to discuss your plans with the code official before you begin construction to determine whether you need a permit. If a permit is not needed, the code official will answer your construction questions and provide valuable advice. Permits are usually required for the following:

  • New buildings

  • Additions (bedrooms, bathrooms, family rooms, etc.)

  • Residential work (decks, garages, fences, fireplaces, pools, sheds, water heaters, etc.)

  • Renovations (garage conversions, basement furnishings, kitchen expansions, re-roofing, etc.)

  • Electrical systems

  • Plumbing systems

  • HVAC (heating, ventilating and air-conditioning) systems

          How can I obtain a building permit?
  1. Talk to Your Local Code Official
    Your code official wants your project to be a success and will help you avoid potential problems that could cost you time and money. You will be asked some basic questions (What are you planning to do? Where?), advised of any requirements and, if necessary, referred to other departments for their approval. The code official will provide you with the resources and information needed for compliance with the applicable building codes. You will then receive an application for a building permit.

  2. Submit Application
    At this stage you will document the "Who, What, When, Where and How" of the job, along with any sketches or plans of the proposed work. Normally, separate permits are required for electrical, plumbing, and heating or air-conditioning work. In a brief amount of time, the code official will review your plans and determine if your project is in compliance with local requirements. If your plans meet these requirements, a permit is issued. If not, the code official may suggest solutions to help correct the problem.

  3. Receive Permit
    Now that you have been approved for a permit, you have legal permission to start construction. A fee, based on the size of the job, is collected to cover the cost of the application, the review and the inspection process. An experienced code official is available to you should you have any questions concerning your project. You should consider your code official as an ally who will help you make your project a success.

  4. Job-site Visits
    On-site inspections will be required to make certain the work conforms to the permit, local codes and plans. Again, you will have access to the expertise of the code official to help you with questions or concerns regarding the project and to ward off potentially costly mistakes. The code official will let you know approximately how many inspections may be needed for your project. Usually, a one- or two-day notice is needed when requesting visits.

  5. Receive Final Approval
    The code official will provide documentation when construction is complete and code compliance is determined. You will then have the personal satisfaction of a job done right. Enjoy your new surroundings with the peace of mind and the knowledge that they meet the safety standards in your community.

          What are the benefits of having a building permit?

Increased Value -- Your home or business is an investment. If your construction project does not comply with the codes adopted by your community, the value of your investment could be reduced. Property insurers may not cover work done without permits and inspections. If you decide to sell a home or building that has had modifications without a permit, you may be required to tear down the addition, leave it unoccupied or do costly repairs.

Protects -- A property owner who can show that code requirements were strictly and consistently met, as demonstrated by a code official's carefully maintained records, has a strong ally if something happens to trigger a potentially destructive lawsuit.

Ensures Safety -- Your permit also allows the code official to protect the public by reducing the potential hazards of unsafe construction and ensuring public health, safety and welfare. By following code guidelines, your completed project will meet minimum standards of safety and will be less likely to cause injury to you, your family, your friends or future owners.

          What does ICC do?

The International Code Council, a membership association dedicated to building safety and fire prevention, develops the codes used to construct residential and commercial buildings, including homes and schools. Most U.S. cities, counties and states that adopt codes choose the International Codes developed by the International Code Council.


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