Construction Work & Permit Requirments

Below is a list of the most common construction projects for which a permit is required.  There may be other situations not listed which may also need a building permit.  It is always best to call the Construction Department to check before you begin work.

All plans shall include “BUILDING CODE INFORMATION” on the FRONT COVER PAGE that indicated the following:

  • Number of Stories
  • Height of Structure
  • Area - Largest Floor (Building Footprint)
  • Square Feet
  • New Building Area - Square Feet
  • Volume of New Structure - Cubic Feet
  • Construction Classification
  • Max. Live Load
  • Max. Occupancy Load
  • Number of Bedrooms

Category of Work - Permit(s) Needed

Type of WorkPermits Needed

Additions

Building, Electric, Plumbing, Fire and prior approvals

Air Conditioning

Building, Electric & Plumbing for new work (copy of survey needed)

 

Mechanical for replacement work

Alarms

Burglar - Electric

 

Fire/Smoke/Carbon Monoxide - Electric & Fire

Alterations

Residential or Commercial - All

Asbestos Removal

Building

Basement Refinishing/Remodeling

Building, Electrical, Fire and Plumbing

Bathroom

Direct replacement and or any piping changes – Plumbing, Electric, Building (need licensed plumbing contractor or homeowner)

Car Port

Building, others as needed

Chimney Reline

Fire

DeckBuilding (copy of survey)

Demolition

Building & verification of utility disconnects

Doors

Adding, enlarging or eliminating - Building

Electrical Work

Electric

Elevator

Elevator permit issued by State - Fire and Electric by municipality

Fences / Walls

Zoning approval only.

 

Pool fences require Building permit

 

Walls - Over 4 feet in height - Building.   May require engineering

Fireplace

Building, Fire, Plumbing, Chimney Certification

Garage

Building - (others as needed)

Gazebo

If over 200 sq ft- Building- copy of survey

GeneratorsElectric and plumbing (copy of survey needed)

Heating/Vent/AC (HVAC)

Electric (if fuel fired equip. does not need licensed electrician), Fire, Plumbing

New Building

Building, Electric, Fire, Plumbing and all prior approvals. Soil, engineering, Bd of Health, Highlands if needed

Hood

Fire & Electric

Lawn Sprinkler

Electric, Plumbing & Copy of D.E.P. Landscape Irrigation License

DEMOLITION

Building and all utility sign-offs.

 

Demolition of Pools - Building

Plumbing WorkPlumbing
PoolBuilding, Electric, Plumbing, Fire (for heater) (copy of survey)
PorchBuilding
RadonBuilding, Electric
RampBuilding & copy of survey
RoofBuilding
Shed

Under 200 sq ft and less than 10’ high - Zoning approval only

 

Over 200 sq ft or over 10' high – Building (copy of survey)

SidingBuilding

Signs

Building, Electric (if applicable)
SolarBuilding, Electrical
SprinklerFire
StepsBuilding & copy of survey
Stove - WoodburningBuilding, Fire

Tank

Abandonment or removal - Building, survey with tank must be included

 

Installation - Plumbing, Fire

Telephone/Comm. Points/Voice Data/Computer WiringElectric
Tenant Fit OutAll
Trailer (Construction - Building - Sales)All
Temporary Mobile HomeAll  *May require a variance and board approval
Water Heater

Plumbing

 

Electric Water Heater – Electric, Plumbing

WindowsAdding, enlarging, or eliminating - Building

Additional Permitting Notes

Required forms to be completed for following work may be downloaded here:  NJ DCA - Division of Codes and Standards