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) 737-0612. 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. See Above: Construction forms, guidelines and requirements
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 can help
you determine what zone your property is in. A representative
can be reached at (609) 737-0605 Extension 6430.
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 6410 or 6230.