type of improvements require a permit? Interior
work such as painting, paneling, tiling, replacement fixtures
and/or cabinets do not require a permit. Replacing electrical
wiring, plumbing, constructing or removing walls does require
a permit. Permits are also required for decks, fences, and
I need a permit, who should I contact? Contact the
Construction Department at (609) 737-0605. The staff will
guide you through the permit process and requirements. If
your questions are of a technical nature, you will be asked
to speak with the subcode officials, and you will find contact
information listed below.
Can I download a permit application?
Yes, the following UCC applications are available from the State of New Jersey Web Site. Construction Permit Application, Plumbing Subcode, Fire Subcode, Electrical Subcode, Building Subcode. Click here for the downloadable forms.
is a permit necessary? Permits are required to ensure
that all work being performed is in compliance with the
proper codes, and being constructed in a safe manner. How
do I go about obtaining a permit? First you should contact
the Construction Department for a list of criteria required
for each specific type of work. Once you have all of the
information/paperwork required, you can complete a construction
permit application. Once this process has been completed,
the department staff will review your permit for the proper
criteria, and process for approvals.
I need a permit for certain types of improvements, does
that include my basement, or adding a pool? Both
basement work and a pool require a construction permit.
I need a certificate of occupancy? A certificate
of "approval" is issued on all permits/types of work once
all the proper finals have been approved. A "certificate
of occupancy" is issued on all new construction.
I need a zoning permit? In the Township certain
land uses are allowed in areas where such use is appropriate.
Depending on the area and the use a zoning permit may be
I need to retain an engineer or architect for my home improvements? The code states that a homeowner may draw their own plans. Homeowners who draw their own plans take full responsibility for the design. Plans must be signed by the owner "Personally prepared by John/Jane Doe"
It is strongly suggested that if a homeowner is unfamiliar
with the codes and construction, they have an architect
or engineer draw the plans.
do I find out about setback requirements? Please
contact the Zoning/Planning Department to learn about setback
zone is my property in? The zoning officer (Bob Miller) can help
you determine what zone your property is in. A representative
can be reached at (609) 737-0605 Extension 643.
can I find out about water and sewer availability? Contact the Township Health Department Department (609)
do I find out about septic systems? Septic system
installation and requirements are handled through the Health
Department. They can be reached at (609) 737-0605.
long does the Construction Department keep my permits? A permit is kept in the Construction Department archives
for the life of the dwelling.
do I schedule a Construction Inspection? Please
make sure that you have all necessary information available
before calling. When you are ready please call our Inspection
line at (609) 737-0612 Extension 641, 623, or 671. Once you complete the appropriate
forms, the Construction Department will assist you in obtaining
the necessary permits, and inspecting the permitted work.