Building and construction code departments throughout the State were created by laws and regulations adopted by the Legislature in 1977 and are known as the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code.
The municipal building department has the responsibility to review, process, issue, and inspect construction permit applications for every building or structure in the community.
All of the inspectors in the Building Department hold licenses from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs in their individual disciplines and enforce the provisions of more than eleven different national codes and standards that come under their jurisdictions.
Most code books are available for the public to review at the Berkeley Heights Public Library at the Reference Desk.
ATTENTION RESIDENTS and DEVELOPERS:
If you are looking to add an addition to your/a home, you may be subject to a COAH development fee.
As per “Article 4.7 - Affordable Housing Development Fees” of the Township Code, which is the Township’s Court approved Affordable Housing Development Fee Ordinance that was adopted on November 6, 2017, a development fee is imposed on residents looking to put additions on their homes, and on developers constructing residential developments.
If you are expanding the footprint of your building or building "up," you will be subject to this fee.
An overview of the collection of affordable housing development fees to be deposited in the Township’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund can be found here.