When is a Permit Required?
A permit is required for any work done on your property for which it is not considered a repair, maintenance or cosmetic.
How long does it take to get a permit?
Depending upon the scope of the work, the construction dept. has 20 business days to review the application. Some projects require “Prior Approvals” (zoning, engineering, board of health) and they must be signed off before the building department does its review. After prior approvals are received, the building department has 20 business days to review the plans.
How much does a building permit cost?
Costs vary depending upon the project. Each subcode (building, electric, plumbing and fire) has a $81.00 minimum fee. Additions are based on cubic volume, alterations are based on improvement costs (including labor costs)
Can a homeowner do their own work?
Yes, a homeowner can do their own work if they are capable. However, it must be an owner occupied one family house. If not, a licensed contractor is required.
Can a homeowner draw their own plans?
Yes, a homeowner can do their own plans if it is an owner occupied dwelling. However, they must show knowledgeable detail and have accurate measurements and sizes. If a homeowner does not do their own plans, they must be done by an architect and the plans must be signed and sealed.
What happens if I don’t get a permit?
If you choose not to get a permit, you will be subject to a violation and penalty. Usually the cost of the permit is far less than the penalty. Building permits and their subsequent inspections are for your safety.
Is final payment due to my contractor before a final inspection is performed?
As A Notice to Homeowners; the following is copied from your Permit Placard given to you when your permit is released.:
CONSUMER AFFAIRS RULE:
N.J.A.C. 13:45A - 16.2(a)10. ii
N.J. DIVISION OF CONSTRUCTION PERMITS FOR: PLUMBING, ELECTRIC, BUILDING, FIRE PROTECTION OR ELEVATOR
FINAL PAYMENT TO THE CONTRACTOR IS NOT REQUIRED TO BE MADE BEFORE A FINAL INSPECTION IS PERFORMED
Many times, paperwork is required (such as with fuel tank removal, sludge and recycling reports) to close out a permit, so it is best to verify whether a Certificate has been issued if you are not sure. It is the permit holder’s responsibility to ensure all inspections have been called for.