Code Enforcement

This department is a Class I Agency with full-time inspectors for all subcodes and oversees commercial and residential projects for plan review, permit processing and field inspections. This includes new buildings, and additions and alterations that would require building, electric, plumbing and/or fire permits.

Not all homeowners are aware that permits are required for small projects such as finished basements, raised patios, decks and toolsheds. This creates problems, especially when the property is sold and a search reveals that work was done and no permit was applied for. When in doubt about requirements for permits, please call our office for guidance. Though not a substitute for a phone call, here is a sheet that may help a homeowner or builder determine when a permit is required:

TYPES OF NEW CONSTRUCTION, REPAIRS or REPLACEMENTS REQUIRING PERMITS

Note: Most activities which require a building permit also require a zoning permit. Please inquire when you apply.

NEW! Track Your Construction Permit On-line!

The Prior Approval Form is now in an interactive format available on-line. Any member of the public who has a permit pending can track its review progress by typing in the permit control number. Here is the link:

www.savvymap.com

Sheds

These setbacks apply to most outbuildings/sheds. Cluster developments are special situations. Please call the Zoning Officer (908-359-8211, extension 283) with any questions.

All sheds require a Zoning Permit. With the Zoning Permit Application, you need to provide a copy of your survey or plot plan that shows where the shed is to be located on the property with the required setback to obtain this approval.

Garden style utility sheds and similar structures shall be exempt from the permit requirements of the Uniform Construction Code provided the structure is 200 sq. ft. or less in area, 10 feet or less in height, has no utility (water, gas, oil, sewer or electric) connections and the shed is dimensionally stable without the foundation system.  A shed shall be considered dimensionally stable if it is provided with a floor system that is tied to the walls of the structure such that it reacts to loads as a unit.  It is recommended that sheds be anchored to the ground and have a 4” gravel base.

A shed larger than 200 sq. ft. needs a building permit.  You need to file a permit application with a plot plan.  This size shed must have footings 12” deep beneath it and it must be anchored.  If it is pre-fab we ask for a brochure, if it is built then 2 sets of drawings must be included.

Please call the township regarding accessory buildings larger than 400 sq. ft.

updated 3/2/15

Basements

These handouts apply to most basements. These diagrams are supplemental to the text in the handouts and are intended as a usage guide only. Please call the Code Enforcement Office (908-359-8211) with any questions.

Uniform Construction Code of New Jersey

Effective January 5, 1998, the Uniform Construction Code of New Jersey introduced Subchapter #6, which is the Rehabilitation Subcode. This subcode enhances the feasibility of remodeling existing structures that do not comply with today’s standards.

The following adopted codes are currently in effect:

BUILDING & FIRE:
International Building Code, 2015, New Jersey Edition
International Residential Code 2015 New Jersey Edition

PLUMBING:
National Standard Plumbing Code, 2015
International Fuel Gas Code, 2015

MECHANICAL:
International Mechanical Code, 2015

ENERGY:
International Energy Conservation Code, 2015, New Jersey Edition

ELECTRIC:
National Electric Code, 2014

For links to above codes, go to: http://www.state.nj.us/dca/divisions/codes/codreg/#1

Tips on Recycling During Construction and Demolition

Please read this FLYER for locations where you may be able to bring unwanted materials such as old appliances, furniture, scrap wood, etc.