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Yes. The codes in New Jersey recognize and allow the owner of an owner occupied single family dwelling to do their own building, plumbing and electrical work. Work done by the homeowner is required to be permitted and inspected.
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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:
Other items needing permits include:
Construction permits are not required for ordinary maintenance such as:
To protect the homeowner by ensuring that contractors follow codes and safety regulations. The building department will perform inspections approving each phase of the construction.
In order to get a permit, the contractor is required to show proof of a state license or registration which includes proof of liability insurance. Hiring professional contractors protects the homeowner against a claim by a worker who may become injured on your property.
Failure to get construction permits can complicate the sale of your home in the future. Real estate agents always highlight projects and updates that have been made to the house. Buyer’s attorneys frequently contact the Building Department requesting permit information and some sales have been held up due to lack of permits by homeowners, with and without contractors.
Each project is different and some have to go to Zoning or Engineering for approvals prior to the permit being issued.
The turnaround of your permit depends on the completeness of the information provided with your initial application. Typically, if zoning or engineering approval is not required, permits issuance will take approximately 20 business days. If Zoning and/or Engineering approval is required, a permit will take a maximum of 20 working days after it has received approval from Zoning and Engineering.
Inspections can be scheduled throughout each phase of the project by calling the building department at 908-464-2700 , extension 2120. The inspector’s schedules are listed on the website. Please discuss scheduling final inspections with your contractor. Final payment to contractor is not required until final inspection is complete.