When is a construction permit required?
A construction permit is required for all work that is not considered minor work. Jobs such as reroofing, siding, water heater and boiler replacement, as well as any renovations, new electrical or plumbing work, structural changes, etc… require a permit. Work such as house painting, replacement of roof drainage systems and repairs or replacement of less than 25% of roofing are a few examples of minor work. For questions about construction permits, please contact the Building Department at (973) 378-7715 ext. 7700.

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1. When is a construction permit required?
2. How do I find out the status of my permit application?
3. Can I start work before I receive my permit?
4. How many sets of drawings are required when submitting an application for building permits?
5. When will inspections be made for permit issued?
6. How much do building permits cost?
7. Who is responsible for obtaining a permit?
8. How long does it take to obtain a permit?
9. What hours can construction work be performed?
10. I own a single family residence; can I do my own construction work?
11. When is a survey required for a building permit?
12. When can a permit be paid for and picked up?
13. Can I obtain a copy of my property survey from the Township?
14. Should I be concerned about an oil storage tank when I am purchasing a home?
15. What permit is required to fill or remove an oil storage tank?
16. What is the minimum required depth of footings?
17. When are railings required for steps on a building?
18. What is the required space needed between balusters?
19. Do I need a permit to replace my water heater?
20. Will my taxes go up when I receive a permit?