Poor Farm Road Bridge Closure Announcement

Beginning on or about Monday, July 27, 2015 Mercer County DOT will begin repair of the Poor Farm Road Bridge over a tributary of Jacobs Creek. This bridge is located approximately 1/2 mile south of Harbourton Woodsville Road.

During the repair work the bridge will be closed to all traffic on a 24/7 basis. This project is expected to be complete within 60 days, weather permitting.

A detour will be posted directing motorists to use Harbourton-Woodsville Road, Trenton-Harbourton Road and Woosamonsa Road.  

Motorists should plan alternate routes during this construction period.

 

Bayberry Road Bridge Closure Announcement

Beginning on or about Monday, July 20, 2015 Mercer County DOT will begin repair of the Bayberry Road Bridge over a tributary of Honey Branch Brook. This bridge is located approximately 1,100 feet east of Morris Drive.

 During the repair work the bridge will be closed to all traffic on a 24/7 basis. This project is expected to be complete within 60 days, weather permitting.

 The eastbound detour will be Pennington Rocky Hill Road to Carter Road.

 The westbound detour will be Alta Vista Drive to Elm Ridge Road to Pennington Rocky Hill Road.

Motorists should plan alternate routes during this construction period.

 

 

Pennington Titusville Road Bridge Closure      

The Mercer County Department of Transportation began work on Monday February 23, 2015 replacing the Pennington-Titusville Road Bridge which crosses over Jacobs Creek.

Pennington-Titusville Road between Scotch Road and Bear Tavern Road will be closed to traffic at the bridge during this construction period which is scheduled to last six months.

The eastbound detour route will be Bear Tavern Road S/B to Washington Crossing Pennington Road E/B to Scotch Road N/B.

The westbound detour will be Scotch Road S/B to Washington Crossing Pennington Road W/B to Bear Tavern Road N/B.

Motorists should plan alternate routes during this construction period.

 


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Municipal Construction Official Kevin Oswald
extension 697 or email koswald@hopewelltwp.org
Building Sub code Official Dan Wydner

extension  640 or email dwydner@hopewelltwp.org
Electrical Sub code Official Allen Rowles
extension 658 or email arowles@hopewelltwp.org     
Plumbing Subcode
extension 696

The Construction Department is responsible for enforcing the regulations of the State Uniform Construction Code, to make sure that new construction (commercial, industrial, and residential) conforms to minimum standards and safety. Township inspectors review structural construction, plumbing, heating and air conditioning, and electrical work prior to the issuance of a certificate of occupancy to insure compliance with the NJ edition of the International Building Code, International Residential Code, and State Uniform Construction Code.

General Construction Information

All building, remodeling, or adding onto your house or business must be done following the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code (UCC).  All Contractors are required to be license or registered with the State of New Jersey.  Usually, a building permit for this work must first be obtained. It is recommended that you call the Construction Department before you beginning construction, to make sure that your project conforms to the NJUCC and that it is in accordance with the Township's zoning ordinances. If not, you may need to appear before the Planning Board or Zoning Board of Adjustment.

A survey of your lot may be needed and copies of your plans must be provided to the Construction Department, especially if it is a large project. When your plans are complete, the appropriate inspector will examine them and may ask for changes in buidling materials or methods in order for the project to comply with the NJUCC.

Construction permits are issued after all the requirements for the permit have been met and the correct fee has been paid. During construction you will receive certain on-site inspections to insure your project is progressin according to code. A final inspection is required when the job is finished. If the project is completed in accordance with code, the Construction Official will issue a certificate of occupancy or certificate of approval.

Construction forms, guidelines and requirements
 Special Alert for Blow-up and Storable Pools

Construction Department
Frequently Asked Questions

What 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 shed.

If 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.

Why 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.

If 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.

Do 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.

Do 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 necessary.

Do 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.

Where do I find out about setback requirements? Please contact the Zoning/Planning Department to learn about setback rquirements.

What 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.

How can I find out about water and sewer availability? Contact the Township Health Department Department (609) 737-0605.

Where 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.

How long does the Construction Department keep my permits? A permit is kept in the Construction Department archives for the life of the dwelling.

How 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.

 

 

 
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