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There is actually a way you can save money when filing for a Construction Permit. Following the suggestions below will keep your permit fees to a minimum.
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The individual doing the work should be the person completing and submitting the Construction Permit Application. REGARDLESS OF WHICH SCENARIO BELOW APPLIES, THE HOMEOWNER SHOULD NEVER REPRESENT THEY ARE DOING WORK THAT A CONTRACTOR IS DOING. See IMPORTANT NOTICE ON HOMEOWNERS COMPLETING THEIR OWN PERMITS. There are generally three scenarios:
There are 5 different Subcode Technical Sections (commonly called "permits"), that may need to be completed. They include Building, Electrical, Plumbing, Fire Protection, and Mechanical. Additionally, a Construction Permit Application Jacket also needs to be completed (F-100). Which forms are required depend on the type of work you’re doing. Click here to review our handout to help determine which permits need to be completed.
A Mechanical permit must be used in certain types of construction for certain work. See our helpful Mechanical vs Plumbing Permit Handout to help determine which Subcode Technical Section needs to be completed.
Typically, most small residential projects do not require construction plans. However, on larger or more complex projects, or on commercial, institutional, educational, or industrial projects, plans and detailed specifications will be required. Anytime a design professional (Architect or Engineer) is involved in the project, plans will be required. Below are some common projects:
Given the complexity of codes in New Jersey, it is highly recommended that a design professional (Architect or Engineer) be consulted for more complex projects that may require plans and specifications. The application for a Construction Permit shall be accompanied by two (2) copies of specifications and of plans drawn to scale, with sufficient clarity and detail dimensions to show the nature and character of the work to be performed and must demonstrate compliance with the requirements of the code and these regulations or to facilitate inspections for code conformity. Any plans prepared by a design professional must include a raised seal and signature on each page.
Yes. The construction official shall waive the requirement for sealed plans in the case of a single family Homeowner who had prepared his or her own plans for the construction, addition, reconstruction, alteration, renovation, or repair of a detached structure used or intended to be used exclusively as his or her private residence providing that the owner shall submit an affidavit attesting to the fact that he or she has personally prepared the plans and provided further that said plans are in the opinion of the construction official, and appropriate subcode official, legible and complete for purposes of ensuring compliance with the regulations.
Only Licensed Electrical, Plumbing, and Mechanical Contractors are permitted to draft construction plans for their specific discipline, providing the work is for a Class 3 Building, which includes 1 &2 Family Homes. Home Improvement Contractors are NOT permitted to draft plans for homeowners.
Any application for a construction permit for a single family residence shall be accompanied by at least two copies of plans drawn to scale, with sufficient clarity and detailed dimensions to show the nature and character of the work to be performed. Plans submitted shall not be required to show more detail or include more information than is reasonably necessary to assure compliance with the requirements of the Uniform Construction Code and rules in this chapter.
In order to meet minimum requirements, the plans must include the following details:
NOTE: To document compliance using REScheck, users shall meet or exceed the applicable requirements of the Energy Subcode. Please see the current energy subcode compliance bulletin for further guidance.
Construction codes adopted by the State of New Jersey can be accessed free of charge by clicking here.
Yes. However, Electrical work may only be performed by Homeowners in homes they own, reside in, and are detached from other structures. Townhouses, and condominiums and not considered detached.
There is certain construction work that does not require the filing of a construction permit. Construction that meets the definition of Ordinary Maintenance does not require the filing of a Construction Permit Application nor does it not require any inspections. However, such construction is required to comply with the Uniform Construction Code.
Emergency work, such as water heater or furnace replacement, can be performed without first obtaining a Construction Permit. However, you must contact the Building Department by emailing Technical Assistant Carolyn Eckart or calling 732-946-2820 extension 1305 to leave a message. Please provide your name, address, and a contact number. A Construction Permit Application must be submitted within 72 hours. However, all other work under the jurisdiction of the Building Department requires a construction permit and all appropriate prior approvals before any work may start. PERFORMING CONSTRUCTION, OTHER THAN EMERGENCY WORK, MINOR WORK, OR ORDINARY MAINTENANCE, WITHOUT PERMITS, WILL SUBJECT THE OWNER AND THE CONTRACTOR TO SIGNIFICANT PENALTIES . Minor Work requires notice to the Building Department and the filing of a Construction Permit within five (5) business day of the notice.
It is important that a Construction Permit Application be completed accurately and fully. Most applications that are denied are due to insufficient or incorrect information. Most permits that are deemed complete upon acceptance are issued within 2 weeks. If your project requires a zoning permit or other prior approval, receiving a building permit could extend the time a permit is issued. Please note that all prior approvals must be received by the building department prior to the issuance of a Construction Permit. Completing applications online will speed the approval process.
Yes. we have several checklists available that may help in highlighting what documents may be required.
For a list of required inspections please see our Required Inspections Handout. Our Technical Assistants are available to help if you are unsure of what inspection to request. See out list of contacts for the Holmdel Department of Community Development.
A common swimming pool “barrier” (fence complying with the International Swimming Pool & Spa Code) is permitted to serve as a common barrier for a pool between neighbors. A request may be made by the owner of the pool to the Building Department by completing and signing Holmdel’s Common Pool Barrier Certification, completing an Application for Variation (UCC Form F160) and pay the appropriate fee (120.00 for Class II and III structures). Note: a single family home is a Class III structure. The Certification must be signed by both the neighbor and the Homeowner owning the pool making the request.
See our complete list of contacts here: Contacts for the Holmdel Department of Community Development.