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Construction Dept

Construction Department

All construction in New Jersey is regulated under the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code. This code is designed to ensure uniform standards of all phases of construction in each municipality in the State. It is to the benefit of everyone as consumers and /or property owners to apply for the various construction permits required, because a) the materials of construction meet codes, b) contractors and suppliers can be checked, and c) standards of construction, installations and workmanship are assured by the municipal inspectors.

 

 Office Hours:

  Mondays Tuesdays Wednesdays Thursdays Fridays

Building Department Office Hours:

Heidy Amaral

9:30AM - 1:00PM

2:30PM - 4:00PM

8:30AM - 1:00PM

2:30PM - 4:30PM

8:30AM - 1:00PM

3:30PM - 4:30PM

9:30AM - 1:00PM

2:30PM - 4:30PM

8:30AM - 1:00PM

3:30PM - 4:30PM

Certificate of Occupancy Inspections:

Heidy Amaral

1:30PM - 2:30PM 2:00PM - 2:30PM No Inspections 2:00PM - 2:30PM 1:30PM - 2:30PM

Construction, Electrical/Fire Subcode Inspections:

James Booth

No Inspections 4:30PM - 6:00PM No Inspections 4:30PM - 6:00PM No Inspections

Plumbing Subcode Inspections:

Ron Barbarullo

No Inspections 12:00PM - 1:00PM No Inspections No Inspections No Inspections

 

ALL INSPECTIONS ARE BY APPOINTMENT

Construction, Electrical/Fire Subcode Official: James Booth

Inspections: Tuesday 4:30P.M. - 6:00P.M.

 

Plumbing Subcode Official: Ron Barbarullo

Inspections: Tuesday 12:00P.M. - 1:00P.M.

 

Code Enforcement Officer: Heidy Amaral

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30AM - 4:30PM

 

Office Phone: (973) 790-7902 Ext. 524

 

ZONING

 

Zoning Officer: James Booth

Inspections: Tuesday 4:30P.M. - 6:00P.M.

 

The zoning office handles the following responsibilities:

  • Regulations on yard requirements for construction i.e. decks, additions, pools. Fence Heights and installation i.e. how high a fence can be on a property
  • Accessory structures i.e. sheds, patios, & garages.
  • Outdoor Parking regulations i.e. parking and storing of boats & trailers etc.
  • All signage i.e. commercial & residential.
  • The zoning office handles the following responsibilities:

 

Regulations on yard requirements for construction i.e. decks, additions, pools.

Fence heights and installation i.e. how high a fence can be on a property

Accessory structures i.e. sheds, patios, & garages.

Outdoor Parking regulations i.e. parking and storing of boats & trailers etc.

All signage i.e. commercial & residential.

 

 

 

 

WHEN YOU NEED A BUILDING PERMIT . . .

 

Building permits ARE REQUIRED (from the building department) before making the following changes to your house:

  • Replacing a roof
  • Installing new siding
  • Adding a bedroom or bathroom
  • Adding an addition
  • Interior alterations
  • Constructing a deck
  • Enclosing a porch
  • Installing a dishwasher
  • Replacing an electric stove with a gas stove
  • Finishing a basement
  • New kitchen
  • Central air conditioning
  • New wiring
  • New furnace, boiler, or hot water heater
  • All swimming pools

 

. . . AND WHEN YOU DON'T

 

You don't need a permit for ordinary repairs on a one or two-family dwelling. These changes include:

  • Repairing roofing or siding material with like material, if the area doesn't exceed 25 percent of the roof within a year
  • Repairing and replacing duct work
  • Installing floor material, including carpeting
  • Painting the exterior or interior
  • Replacing any window or door, if no change in the dimensions or framing of the opening is involved
  • Covering walls, plastering or placing a drywall on an existing wall
  • Replacing glass in any window or door, if the replacement glass conforms to minimum requirements. ( direct replacement )
  • Replacing any faucet or valve, if the piping system doesn't have to be rearranged
  • Interior and exterior painting
  • Window boxes and trellises
  • Window shutter installation & repairs
  • Carpet Window glazing and puttying
  • Kitchen floors, tile or linoleum
  • Changing locks-single cylinder, dead bolts only
  • Landscape work
  • New gutters and leaders (excluding built-up gutters)
  • Install storm windows and doors

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR ITEMS REQUIRING A PERMIT

Some items of repair and maintenance do require permits.

REPAIR TYPE PERMIT TYPE

 

Chimney repairs                                                                      Building permit

 

Fence replacement                                                               Building permit

 

Install additional wall outlets                                       Electrical permit

 

Increase power service to home                                                   Electrical permit

 

Roof repairs over 25%                                                         Building permit

 

New roof                                                                                       Building permit

 

Porch and stair repairs                                                                         Building permit

New fence                                                                                    Building permit

 

Build new retaining wall                                                                      Building permit

 

Install hard surface driveways                                      Building permit

 

Create additional off-street parking                         Construction permit

As per Borough Ordinance on Zoning

 

Repair existing patios                                                         Check with construction official

Build or erect utility buildings,                                                        Building permit (Zoning Approval Required)

e.g., aluminum sheds and wood sheds

 

Install exterior entry into basement                        Building permit

 

Install driveway post light                                                Building permit (with possible Electrical Permit)

 

Demolish sheds and/or buildings                               Demolition permit

 

Water softeners                                                                      plumbing permit

 

Water heaters                                                                          plumbing permit

 

Boilers                    (Gas piping, Backflow preventer)               Plumbing permit

 

Sink, Shower, Tub, and Toilet                                          Plumbing permit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMPROVEMENTS THAT WILL INCREASE YOUR TAX ASSESSMENT:

 

IMPROVEMENT                                                                                           PERMIT TYPE

 

Remodeling of kitchen                                                        Building permit

 

Remodeling of bath                                                               Plumbing, Building & Electrical permit

 

New exterior siding and veneers                                                   Building permit

 

Add sun deck -- portico – porch                                      Building permit

 

Permanent type swimming pools                               Building permit

 

Plumbing alteration, modernization and tiling Plumbing & Building permit

 

Install masonry patios                                                        Building permit

 

Finish basement for recreation rooms;                                    Building permit

 

Laundry rooms, and game rooms, etc.                    Building permit

 

Finish attic for additional rooms of any kind       Building permit

 

Additions to house for rooms of any kind               zoning approval/Building

 

Other improvements and alterations not listed may need a permit; therefore please call the construction official at (973) 970-7902 Ext. 524 prior to commencing work.

All construction permits are obtained from:

Prospect Park Municipal Building, 106 Brown Ave, Prospect Park, NJ 07508

If building permits are not obtained for improvements, penalties are imposed.

No permits are issued after 4:00 pm

The Following are requirements under the UNIFORM CONSTRUCTION CODE N.J.A.C.5:23-2.18

INSPECTIONS REQUIRED:

  • FOOTINGS: The bottom of footing trenches before placement of footings.
  • FOUNDATION: All walls up to grade level; plastered, water proofed, footing drains in place, prior to back fill.
  • STRUCTURAL FRAMING: All structural framing and connections, prior to covering with finish or infill material; after rough Electrical and Plumbing inspections and approvals.
  • INSULATION: After rough Electric, Plumbing and Framing inspections and approvals.
  • FINISHES and FINALS: Installation of all finished materials, plumbing piping, trim and fixtures, electrical wiring, devices and fixtures, mechanical systems.

CERTIFICATE of OCCUPANCY: N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.23 Issued after all final inspections and approvals from Building, Electric, Plumbing, and Fire Sub code Officials.

NOTICE of INSPECTIONS: N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.18 (c) The owner or other responsible person in charge of work shall notify the enforcing agency when the work is ready for any required inspections specified herein or required by the Construction Official or appropriate Sub code Official. This notice shall be given at least 24 hours prior to the time the inspection is desired. Inspections shall be performed within 3 business days of the time for which it was requested.

POSTING of PERMIT: N.J.A.C. 5:23 - 2.16 (h) A true copy of the Construction Permit shall be kept on the site of operations until work is complete and Certificate has been issued.

GENERAL NOTES:

PERMIT PLACARD MUST BE VISIBLE AT ALL TIMES FROM THE STREET. FAILURE TO COMPLY MAY RESULT IN A $250.00 FINE.

A set of Building Department approved plans must be available on the site at all times.

A Certificate of Occupancy is required before any new structure is occupied.

Any permit issued shall become invalid if authorized work is not commenced within 12 months of issuance of this permit, or if the authorized work is suspended or abandoned for 6 months after the time of commencing the work.