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On this site, you can request an inspection, file an OPRA request, and make a complaint. Please check here before filing an OPRA request- the public information is listed.

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 ensure compliance with the New Jersey edition of the International Building Code, International Residential Code, and State Uniform Construction Code.

Construction Information
All building, remodeling, or adding onto your house or business must be done following the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code (NJUCC). All Contractors are required to be licensed 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 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 building 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 ensure your project is progressing 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.