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The Construction Office is responsible for assuring compliance with the New Jersey
Uniform Construction Code. We provide construction permit review and inspection
services for Building, Electrical, Plumbing & Fire Protection systems during new
construction and rehabilitation of existing structures.
For information on the State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, Division
of Codes and Standards, you can review the requirements and forms online at their website.
There are sample guides and requirements available for various types of construction
and renovations. Please refer to the list below for the available guides:
Please refer to the Construction section of our Online Forms Page to download permits
What is a construction permit required for?
A construction permit is required for everything that is not considered an ordinary repair or maintenance. Permits are required for finishing basements, decks, raised patios, swimming pools, renovating bathrooms & kitchens, water heaters, sheds, gazebos, new electrical wiring and new plumbing installations (this list is not all inclusive please contact us with any questions).
What happens if I get caught working without a permit?
A penalty of $2000 is assessed and any work done may be required to be removed.
How long does it take to obtain a construction permit?
Depending on the project if prior approvals (Zoning, Engineering, Health etc.) are not required a minimum of 20 business days should be planned for processing applications.
When I schedule an inspection can I get an appointment?
No. Every inspection is unique and some take longer than others. When we schedule the inspections we give you the next available day.
What if I have an old permit that never got inspected?
Call the office and get the inspections. No penalty will be incurred. If you are cited for not obtaining final inspections the penalty will be $2000.
Tel: (908) 766-3850 ext.143
Technical Assistant to Contruction Official:
Tel: (908) 766-3850 ext.158
Tel: (908) 766-3850 ext.255
Tel: (908) 766-3850 ext.256
Tel: (908) 766-3850 ext.257
Tel: (908) 766-3850 x158
Fax: (908) 766-2766
166 Mine Brook Road, 3rd Floor
Bernardsville, NJ 07924
Tel: (908) 766-3850
Fax: (908) 766-2788
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