Jack Eckler Construction Official
Building Sub-code & Inspector
Sue Champion Technical Assistant/Zoning Officer
Rich Falasco Plumbing Subcode
Mission StatementIt is our job to ensure that your project, be it a shed, home, pool, commercial building or whatever it may be, is built to the highest standard the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code allows. We will assist you along the way so you may complete your project in a timely manner and strive to ensure the end product is sound and safe.
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT OBTAINING CONSTRUCTION PERMITS AND DOWNLOADABLE PERMIT APPLICATION FORMS:The State of New Jersey has made available downloadable permit forms which may be used to apply for construction permits. You must submit one original form and three copies of each permit you are applying for to the Construction Office. The original form, under state law, must have an original signature on it. The Construction Office will accept hand delivered or mail delivery only of applications using the downloadable forms. Click here to access the forms through the state website. Homeowners: Before you consider signing the Certification in Lieu of Oath indicating you are performing the construction work on your home yourself, please read the attached important notification!
- APPLICATION FOR GRADING (41.5 KiB)
- Certification in Lieu of Oath for Construction (8.4 KiB)
- Escrow Agreement Form (19.4 KiB)
- Fence Requirements (20.4 KiB)
- General Basement Code and Plan Requirements (56.3 KiB)
- Inspection & Office Hours (121.5 KiB)
- Landlord Registration Form (436.4 KiB)
- Regulations On Above Ground Pools (69.4 KiB)
- Regulations On Fencing For Pools (611.1 KiB)
- Regulations on New & Existing On-Ground Pools (403.0 KiB)
- Regulations on New & Existing Small Pools (403.0 KiB)
- Rental Housing Instructions (14.5 KiB)
- Rental Inspection (297.8 KiB)
- Residential Deck Requirements (220.8 KiB)
- Residential Deck Schematic (388.4 KiB)
- Shed Requirements (226.0 KiB)
- Stand By Generator Requirements (354.6 KiB)
- Tree Removal Permit Application (298.9 KiB)
- Vacant Abandoned Property Registration Form (1.4 MiB)
Construction Office ProceduresThe regulations and procedures you need to follow for acquiring a permit are detailed in the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code (NJUCC). The following are excerpts in condensed form and should not be construed as the complete text. This is provided as an aid to understanding some of the more common procedures and how they are handled.
Applications and Permits for ConstructionThe construction permit process starts with a zoning application to the Zoning Officer if your project is an extension to your home (addition, deck or porch, etc.) or a additional structure on your property. Your zoning application is reviewed for compliance with our Zoning and Land Use regulations. If your application is deemed to be complete and in compliance, you will be given approval and may proceed with building permit applications. If not, you may be directed to the appropriate review board for their review and approval. The Zoning Officer will direct you as to these application procedures. With zoning approval, you will be given the appropriate NJUCC application forms for a construction permit. Completed forms submitted to the construction office will be reviewed by all relevant subcode officials who may request additional information if necessary to approve your project. Permit applications may require the submission of drawings that define the work proposed. Among the work that requires plans are decks, pools, renovations, additions and new structures. Requirements for drawing may be waived by the construction official if the work is deemed to be of a minor nature. Drawings may be required to be sealed by an Architect or Engineer in some cases. A homeowner may produce their own drawings for a project, but the building official may require engineers or architects calculations for advanced projects. There are state regulations governing when drawings are required and how plans may be prepared. Be sure to ask the Construction Official what will be required for your project.
Approved Construction Permit ApplicationsAfter review and approval, the applicant, owner or contractor will be notified of the fee required and that the permit is ready to be picked up. You may not start any work until the fees have been paid and you have received the permit. There are penalties for commencing work without a permit. An application is only valid for six months from the date it’s approved. The work site may be inspected and penalty fees may be incurred if the work proceeds without a valid permit. The construction office should be notified of an abandonment of a permit. The construction office will continue to act as if the work was being undertaken until notified otherwise.
Denied ApplicationsIf an application is denied, the applicant will be notified and the reasons for denial will be given. The application may be revised and resubmitted, or the NJUCC provides for an appeal process.
Approved PermitsOnce a permit has been issued, it is the responsibility of the applicant or owner to call for inspections, including the final inspection when all work covered by the permit is complete. Among the many types of work for which inspections are required are: footings, foundations, framing, insulation, electrical and plumbing rough, or where work will be covered over during the process of construction.
Certificate of OccupancyUpon completion of the work, you will need a final inspection and a Certificate of Occupancy or Certificate of Approval issued. This may be needed by your bank, mortgage company or insurance supplier. A reminder that it is the law, a final inspection is required prior to payment to your contractor for the work covered under a permit.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT OBTAINING CONSTRUCTION PERMITSThe State of New Jersey has made available downloadable permit forms which may be used to apply for construction permits. You must submit one original form and three copies of each permit you are applying for to the Construction Office. The original form, under state law, must have an original signature on it. The Construction Office will accept hand delivered or mail delivery only of applications using the downloadable forms. Click here to access the forms through the state website. Homeowners: Before you consider signing the Certification in Lieu of Oath indicating you are performing the construction work on your home yourself, please read the attached important notification!
WHEN IS A PERMIT NEEDED?A construction permit, which may include a building, electrical, fire and/or plumbing sub-code technical section, is required to do any of the following: All construction, including but not limited to: (the following is a general guide- each job may have different requirements and may need more than is listed below) Construction permit applications for projects which change the footprint of the building, lot coverage, use of the space, etc. May also require a zoning approval (permit). An application is enclosed with the construction permit application when obtained at the harrison township code enforcement office.
CATEGORY – PERMIT(S) NEEDED
ADDITIONS – All AIR CONDITIONING – Electric & Plumbing ALARMS -Burglar – Electric -Fire/Smoke/Carbon Monoxide – Electric & Fire ALTERATIONS – Residential or Commercial – All ASBESTOS REMOVAL – Building BASEMENT REFINISHING/REMODELING – Building, Electrical, Fire and Plumbing BATHROOM FIXTURES Direct replacement and or any piping changes – Plumbing (need licensed plumbing contractor or homowner) CAR PORT – Building, others as needed CHIMNEY RELINE – Fire DECK – Building DEMOLITION – Building DOORS adding, enlarging or eliminating – Building ELECTRIC WORK – Electric ELEVATOR – Elevator FENCE – Building – If: – around a pool or: – over 6′ or: – commercial FIREPLACE – Building, Fire, Plumbing, Chimney Certification GARAGE – Building – (others as needed) GAZEBO – If over 100′ – Building HEATING/VENT/AC (HVAC) – Electric (if fuel fired equip. does not need licensed electrician), Fire, Plumbing HOOD – Fire & Electric LAWN SPRINKLER – Electric, Plumbing & Copy of D.E.P. Landscape Irrigation License MOVING A STRUCTURE – Building and all utility sign-offs as for demo. Also would require footing/foundation application for setting the structure in new location.
NEW BUILDING – All PLUMBING WORK – Plumbing POOL – Building, Electric, Plumbing, Fire (for heater) PORCH – Building RADON – Building, Electric RAMP – Building ROOF – Building SATELLITE DISH – over 24″ Diameter – Building SHED – Over 100 sq ft or over 10′ high – Building SIDING – Building SIGNS – Building, Electric SPA/HOT TUB – Building, Electric SPRINKLER – Fire STEPS – Building STOVE WOODBURNING – Building, Fire TANK (installation, abandonment or removal) – Building, Fire TELEPHONE/COMM. POINTS/VOICE DATA/COMPUTER WIRING – Electric TENANT FIT OUT – All TRAILER – CONSTRUCTION – BUILDING – SALES – All TEMPORARY MOBILE HOME – All WATER HEATER – Plumbing WINDOWS – adding, enlarging, or eliminating – Building
YOUR NEW HOME AND THE CONSTRUCTION CODEPurchasing a new home can be an exciting event. Whether you are a first time buyer or an old hand, there are some things you may need to know about your home and the responsibilities of the Harrison Township Construction Department under the Uniform Construction Code. Your home is constructed under the State of New Jersey Uniform Construction Code (N.J.S.A. 52:27D-119, et seq.). This Code establishes the minimum standards for materials and products used in your home, as well as the construction process itself. With the exception of custom built homes, builders typically build to the minimum standard permitted, although some builders do more than the minimum. However, do not expect all the extras you may have seen in a model home, such as top of the line appliances or plush carpeting. Unless your contract included extras and upgrades, your finished home will be more like an “Escort” than a “Continental”. During the construction process the Township’s Construction Code staff makes certain inspections of every structure to be sure it conforms at least to the minimum standards in the Code. Some of those inspections are:
- Footings and foundations, before and after concrete pours and before backfilling.
- Basement floor slab prior to concrete pour.
- Water and sewer line excavations and backfilling.
- Rough plumbing, including air and water testing of pipes, attachment and spacing of pipe supports.
- Rough electric, including attachment of rough wires and staple spacing.
- Heating and cooling duct installations.
- Rough framing, including conformity between approved plan and actual construction.
- Insulation, including verification of type and completeness around living areas.
- Nailing of exterior sheathing, including verification of expansion gaps and spacing.
- In most cases the township engineer examines the site to verify that the grading is in reasonable conformity with the approved site plan. This usually means that the soil is sloped away from the foundation. Note: It is a common occurrence for the soil around the foundation to settle after a period of time. If this happens, it is the homeowner’s responsibility to see that the proper grade is restored so that water will drain away from the foundation.
- The fire inspector checks the furnace flues and fireplaces, as well as the operation of the furnace and smoke detectors.
- The plumbing inspector examines pipe supports and connections, as well as all furnace safety devices for proper operation. He also determines that the components of the approved system have been installed properly. He determines that all plumbing fixtures have been sealed at their connections to floors and walls and that sump pumps, roof gutters and leaders drain to the outside along the foundation to a splash block.
- The electrical inspector randomly checks wall switches and regular outlets and tests each GFI circuit for proper function. The inspector also examines the main electric panel to verify that wires have been installed and connected properly and examines all wiring to builder-installed appliances for proper connections.
- The building inspector examines the interior and exterior to see that all construction is complete and floor finishes are in place and conform to the approved plan. Minor differences between the plan and actual construction are reviewed to determine structural significance, if any.
- Uneven paint applications or spackle work.
- Nail “pops” and “dings” or dents in drywall, cracks in interior or exterior walls due to settling or shrinkage of materials.
- Finish carpentry, such as moldings that don’t meet properly, doors that stick, drawers that don’t slide smoothly.
- Carpet and Vinyl flooring installation or tile work.
- Damp basements (caused by anything other than improper grading), roof flashing that comes loose, leading to leaks.
- The finish of concrete floors in the basement, garage and sidewalks.