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Construction Dept.

The department administers and enforces the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code. The department consists of a licensed Construction Sub-Code Official, Plumbing, Electric and Fire Sub-Code Officials.

The Construction Office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
YOU MUST CALL the office secretary at 402-9410, ext. 630 to set up any inspection. MINIMUM 24-HOUR NOTICE REQUIRED. Your permit number is required for all inspection requests.



TOWN OF BOONTON CONSTRUCTION DEPARTMENT OFFICE STAFF

Russ Heiney - CONSTRUCTION/BUILDING OFFICIAL
Harold Endean - ELECTRICAL SUB-CODE OFFICIAL
Craig Smith - PLUMBING SUB-CODE OFFICIAL
Keith Lynch - FIRE SUB-CODE OFFICIAL
Sal Marino - FIRE OFFICIAL
Marianne Marcello - SECRETARY

INSPECTION SCHEDULE

BUILDING INSPECTIONS – Russ Heiney Tuesday & Thursday between 7:00 am and 11:00 am
ELECTRICAL INSPECTIONS – Harold Endean Tuesday & Thursday between 1:30 pm and 5:00 pm
PLUMBING INSPECTIONS - Craig Smith Tuesday & Thursday between 1:30 pm and 5:00 pm
FIRE INSPECTIONS – Keith Lynch Tuesday & Thursday between 1:30 pm and 5:00 pm

PERMITS & APPLICATIONS

Application Requirements
Building Permit Information
Procedures for Building Permit

Applicants:
Your application will be DATED WHEN RECEIVED. This office has 20 working days to review your proposal at which time survey, plans, applications will be approved or denied. Any prior approvals needed by this office (Board of Health, Town Engineer, etc.) must be given to us before any permits can be issued. Your attention in the preparation of your application will have a direct bearing on how quickly the permit is issued. Missing information, signatures, etc., will delay the review. Omissions that you are notified of will stop the clock on the 20-day to issue rule.

THE CONSTRUCTION PERMIT WILL BE ISSUED ONCE PRIOR APPROVALS ARE RECEIVED AND THE FEES ARE PAID.

A. Footing
B. Foundation
C. Plumbing/Electric and Fire rough inspection
D. Framing and Fireplaces
E. Insulation
F. Final Electric, Plumbing and Fire
G. Final Building
H. Final Site Work (Grading, Driveways, Etc.)

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


Q:  What type of work on my house requires a Construction Permit?

A:  Some home maintenance does not require a Construction Permit; however, there are maintenance projects that do.  Listed below is a general listing of items requiring a permit. If your project is not listed, please call the Building Department to confirm whether you need one or not.
   
  


Additions/Alterations**
A/C, New & Replacement
Bathroom Renovations
Decks**
Detached Garages**

Demolition
Electrical Upgrades
Fence (6ft or over, around a pool or industrial)
Finished Basements
Furnace, Fireplace & Boilers, New & Replacement
Gas or Water Service (new)

Generators 
Kitchen Renovations
Lawn Irrigation Systems

Oil Tank Demolition
Oil Tank Installations
Pools/Spas/Hot Tub**
Radon Remediation
Roofing
Sheds (over 100 sq. ft.)**
Siding
Signs (exterior)

Stair replacement (total exterior replacement)**
Stone Pillars       
Water Heater Replacement
Window & Door Replacement,(Only if size or function of window or door is changing)

NOTE:  Replacing or installing a new FENCE requires a “FENCE PERMIT”  

 

**  Also requires a zoning permit and copy of property survey


Q:  Why should I get a permit?

A:  Getting a permit brings you the services of the Building Department's inspectors for building, plumbing, electric and fire.  The inspector approves each phase of the construction process while checking to see the work is done safely and properly.
 


Q:  I like to do my own home improvements around the house and I'm not going to use a contractor, so why do I need a Construction Permit?

A:  Work without a permit is illegal and can pose serious complications for you when you sell your house.  Penalties for failure to obtain a permit prior to construction are up to $2,000 for each offense [N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.31 (e)].    Work done by the homeowner requiring a permit must be inspected to ensure the work has been done according to code. There are also legal and financial liabilities if you don't obtain a permit. Any fire and homeowner's insurance you have will be invalidated if you do work without a permit.  If there is a fire in your house, the insurance company may use the illegal work as an excuse not to pay on your claim.

Q:  How long will it take to get my permit?

A:  The size and scope of your project will determine the length of time for the review process--i.e.. a roofing permit will take a couple of days, an addition/alteration could take several weeks, a new home could take several months.  The completeness of the information submitted with your permit can greatly assist with the review and approval process.     

Q:  How much will by permit cost?

A:  The cost of permit is determined by the size and scope of your project.  Two fees are determined for the permit.  The first fee is determined by local ordinances and the second fee is determined by the New Jersey State Department of Community Affairs based on either the dollar amount of the work to be done and, if applicable, the total cubic volume of the new space to be built.

Q:  I will be using a contractor for my project; however, he said I didn't need a permit for the work?

A:  A reputable contractor should determine whether a permit is needed before the work is performed.  Different municipalities have different requirements; therefore, check with the Building Department to confirm what is required in the Town of Boonton.

Q:  Who calls for the inspections?

A: Either the homeowner or the contractor can schedule inspections.  However, if you are using a contractor, be sure to establish who will be calling in for inspections before the work begins. 

Q:  My contractor said that the work was finished and I paid him, why do I need a final inspection?

A:  Final inspections should be completed before the final payment.  A contractor who hasn't received final payment is more likely to come back and correct a failed inspection versus a paid one.  The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs Rule:  N.J.A.C. 13:45A-16.2(a)10.ii states:  "FOR INSPECTION ON CONSTRUCTION PERMITS FOR:  BUILDING, ELECTRIC, PLUMBING, FIRE PROTECTION OR ELEVATOR, FINAL PAYMENT TO THE CONTRACTOR IS NOT REQUIRED TO BE MADE BEFORE A FINAL INSPECTION IS PERFORMED."

Q:  I am selling my home and I had some work done without a permit, now what do I do?

A:  Please call the Building Department so this can be corrected.  A "retro" permit can be generated requiring the same fees and inspections as a regular permit.  Please note, since this is a time-sensitive situation and the permit may take several weeks to process, please call the Building Department as soon as possible to get the process going.

Q:  I obtained permits for all the work done on my home, do I get a certificate?

A:  Yes, when the final inspections required are completed and passed, you may by request, receive the appropriate certificate stating the permit has been closed out and all inspections completed, otherwise the certificate will be placed in your construction file. 

Q:  I have had work done on my home with a permit and am unsure as to whether or not the permit has been closed out?

A:  Please call the Building Department to check the inspection status of the permit.  If needed, we will schedule the necessary inspections to close out the permit and issue the required certificate. 

(973) 402-9410 x 630