What type of work on my house requires a Construction Permit?

If you have any doubt, please call the Building Department at 908-464-2700.

A construction permit is required for any new construction as well as for work on existing buildings. This would include any:

  • Addition to or changes to plumbing piping, sewer, drainage, gas or similar piping
  • Cutting or removal of any wall
  • The installation of new electrical wiring for new or additional outlets or lighting fixtures
  • Installation of new or replacement water heaters or heating and air conditioning equipment
  • Structural alterations

Other items needing permits include:

  • Building, installing or modifying an existing fireplace
  • Constructing a deck or patio and renovating an existing deck with new flooring or railings
  • Finishing a basement
  • Installing a burglar alarm
  • Installing lawn sprinkler system
  • Lining a chimney
  • Removing or installing an oil tank
  • Renovating kitchens and bathrooms
  • Roofing
  • Siding
  • Swimming pools and hot tubs
  • Upgrading the electrical panel or service
  • Whole house generators

Construction permits are not required for ordinary maintenance such as:

  • Decoration or moldings
  • Painting
  • Repair of a porch or exterior steps not supporting a roof
  • Repair or replacement of control equipment or thermostats
  • Repair or replacement of existing smoke or carbon monoxide detectors
  • Repairs to doorbells and communication systems
  • Replacement of existing appliances, provided there is no change in the type of fuel
  • Replacement of existing bath/shower valves in a single family dwelling
  • Replacements of faucets or working parts of faucets
  • Replacing an existing receptacle, switch or lighting fixture rated at 20 amps or less
  • Replacing pumps, motors or fans in existing heating and air conditioning equipment
  • Venting or electrical requirements
  • Wallpapering trim

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1. What type of work on my house requires a Construction Permit?
2. Why should I get a permit?
3. I enjoy doing my own home improvements around the house, do I need to get a construction permit when I do the work myself?
4. How long will it take to get my permit?
5. When do we call for inspections and who should we call?