A construction permit, which may include a building, electrical, fire and/or plumbing sub code technical section, is required to do any of the following:
Category - Permit(s) Needed
Additions - All
Air Conditioning - Electric & Plumbing
Alterations - Residential or commercial - All
Asbestos Removal - Building
Basement Refinishing/Remodeling - Building, Electrical, Plumbing & Fire
Bathroom Fixtures - Direct replacement and or any piping changes - Plumbing (need licensed plumbing contractor or homeowner)
Burglar Alarms - Electric
Car Port - Building, others as needed
Chimney Reline - Fire
Computer/Data Wiring - Electric
Deck - Building
Demolition - Building
Doors - adding, enlarging or eliminating - Building
Electric Work - Electric Work
Elevator - Elevator
Fence - Building, if around a pool, over 6'-0", or commercial
Fire/Smoke/Carbon Monoxide - Electric & Fire
Fireplace - Building, Fire, Plumbing & Chimney Certification
Garage - Building, others as needed
Gazebo - Building, if over 100'-0"
Heating/Vent/AC (HVAC) - Electric (if fuel fired equip. does not need licensed electrician), Fire & Plumbing
Hood - Fire & Electric
Lawn Sprinkler - Electric, Plumbing & Copy of D.E.P. Landscape Irrigation License
Moving A Structure - Building and all utility sign-offs as for demo. Also would require footing/foundation application for setting the structure in the new location
New Building - All
Plumbing Work - Plumbing
Pool - Building, Electric, Plumbing & Fire
Porch - Building
Radon - Building & Electric
Ramp - Building
Roof - Building
Satellite Dish - Building, if over 24" diameter
Shed - Building, if over 100 sq.ft. or 10'-0" high
Siding - Building
Signs - Building & Electric
Spa/Hot Tub - Building & Electric
Sprinkler - Fire
Steps - Building
Stove Woodburning - Building & Fire
Tank - Building & Fire, installation, abandonment or removal
Telephone/Voice/Comm. Wiring - Electric
Tenant Fit Out - All
Trailer - Construction, Building, Sales - All
Temporary Mobile Home - All
Water Heater - All
Windows - adding, enlarging, eliminating - All
Including But Not Limited To:
The above is a general guide – each job may have different requirements and may need more than is listed above.
Construction permit applications for projects which change the footprint of the building, lot coverage, use of the space, etc. May also require zoning approval (permit)
Basic Requirements for
Construction Permit Applications
These requirements are to be used as a guide to assist you in completing the application process. They do not cover every type of work.
Submit completed applications for the work intended, and 2 copies of plans. (If you are submitting plans see the plan requirements.) Exceptions to the plan requirement may include Water heaters, Boilers, Furnaces and minor work.
A completed application will include the following forms:
Completed Construction Permit Application (Folder UCC form F100-1 complete sections I, II, III, IV, VI & VII. You must also complete and sign the inside certification section either as the agent or owner.)
Construction Permit form filled out. (UCC form F170)
Completed Technical Sections for work being performed ie: Building F110, Electrical F120, Plumbing F130 or Fire Protection F140. Homeowners are allowed to perform their own Electrical or Plumbing work and make application to do so. If the homeowner is not performing his/her own work then a NJ Licensed Plumber or Electrician must sign and seal the appropriate technical section. A penalty of $500 will be issued for false application or performing work without a license.
Each technical section has specific information, which needs to be submitted for each type of work that is being applied for. i.e.: Contractor information, alteration costs, number of fixtures, smoke detectors, etc. These forms must be signed and or sealed as appropriate.
Please note alteration costs on the Building Subcode Technical Section are considered the estimated cost of the work for which the permit is sought, including but not limited to building construction, on-site construction, and all integral equipment, built in furnishings and equipment. If both an addition and alteration are being applied for then you must break down the cost of the addition and alteration as indicated on the form.
Other documentation may need to be submitted for specific types of work. Consult a technical assistant for more information. i.e.: Sewer Permits, Board of Health, Tree Removal Permits.
Applications for new buildings, additions, accessory structures, decks, pools, sheds and fences:
Submit completed applications as described above and include a copy of a property survey indicating the new addition or structure on the property.
The application folder UCC form F100-1 and the Building Subcode Technical Section UCC form F110 must indicate the CUBIC VOLUME and SQUARE FOOTAGE of the building as required on the forms. Use the following formulas to calculate CUBIC VOLUME and SQUARE FOOTAGE:
CUBIC VOLUME = Length X Width X Height = cu. ft.
SQUARE FOOTAGE = Length X Width = sq. ft.
Minimum plan submittal requirements:
Plans can be prepared by a homeowner of a Single Family Dwelling and must be in sufficient clarity to assure compliance. The homeowner must sign the plans they prepare. Plans not prepared by homeowners must be signed and sealed by a NJ licensed architect or engineer. Plans are to reflect professional quality worthy of the Architectural Profession. Questionable quality may be referred to the State Board of Architects for review.
Items to be indicated on Construction Plans:
1. Use Group R-3, R-4 or U
2. Floor Area and Cubic Volume for additions or new buildings.
3. Floor Plan.
4. Cross section of all proposed walls and partitions indicate ceiling heights and finishes.
5. Show separation wall and floor ceiling assembly between garages and living spaces, the required Fire Resistance rating and the appropriate U.L. Design number.
6. Show any proposed plumbing fixture plan and the appropriate riser diagram.
7. Show single line electrical circuit plan, switch, outlet and fixture plan, sub-panel location, amperage of sub-panel, panel labeling plan of each circuit and reflective ceiling plan.
8. List all dimensions of scaled plan.
9. Show location and sizes of all doors & windows. Include framing details for new or reconfigured openings.
10. Identify all glass panels by others, which are to have safety glazing.
11. Show locations of furnaces, boilers etc. Provide combustion air calculations if enclosed.
12. Provide product spec sheets where applicable.
13. Provide all other pertinent information and data to satisfy code requirements.
State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs
January 14, 2004
I am writing to inform you of a recent amendment (P.L. 2003, c.228) to the Uniform Construction Code Act (P.L. 1975, c.2l7) that increases the maximum penalty that can be issued by local enforcing agencies for violations of the Uniform Construction Code from $500 to $2,000. This amendment was signed into law by Governor James E. McGreevey on January 9, 2004 and is immediately enforceable.
An excerpt from P.L. 2003, c.228 outlining the conditions under which penalties greater than $500 may be issued for violations of the Uniform Construction Code is attached for your convenience.
William M Connolly
Division of Codes and Standards
Penalties in excess of $500.00 per violation may be levied by an enforcing agency only as follows:
(1) A penalty for failure or refusal to comply with any lawful order shall not exceed $1000.00 per violation, unless the failure or refusal to comply is done with the knowledge that it will endanger the life or safety of any person, in which case the penalty shall not exceed $2000.00 per violation;
(2) A penalty for failure to obtain a required permit prior to commencing construction or for allowing a building to be occupied without a certificate of occupancy shall not exceed $2.000.00 per violation;
(3) A penalty for failure to comply with a stop construction order shall not exceed $2000.00 per violation;
(4) A penalty for willfully making a false or misleading written statement, or willfully omitting any required information or statement in any application or request for approval, shall not exceed $2000.00 per violation;
For purposes of this subsection, in an occupied building, only a code violation involving fire safety, structural soundness or the malfunctioning of mechanical equipment that would pose a life safety hazard shall be deemed to endanger the life or safety of a person. In an unoccupied building only a code violation of a requirement intended to protect members of the public who are walking by the property shall be deemed to endanger the life or safety of a person.