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Construction & Code Enforcement

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The Code Enforcement Division is responsible for assuring compliance with the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code. We provide construction permit review and inspection services for Building, Electrical, Plumbing & Fire Protection systems during new construction and rehabilitation of existing structures. Here you will find some helpful guides and information regarding how to and when to obtain permits.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q:What is a construction permit required for?
  • A:A construction permit is required for everything that is not considered an ordinary repair or maintenance. Permits are required for Finishing Basements, Decks, Raised Patios, Swimming Pools, Renovating Bathrooms & Kitchens, Water Heaters, Sheds, Gazebos, new Electrical wiring and new Plumbing installations. (This list is not all inclusive please contact us with any questions).
  • Q:What happens if I get caught working without a permit?
  • A:A penalty of $2000 is assessed and any work done may be required to be removed.
  • Q:How long does it take to obtain a construction permit?
  • A:Depending on the project if prior approvals (Zoning, Engineering, Health etc.) are not required a minimum of 20 business days should be planned for processing applications.
  • Q:How much does the construction permit cost?
  • A:Permits are charged based on the project and in accordance with the construction code fee schedule which can be found in the township ordinances Chapter 12 Section 1.3.
  • Q:When I schedule an inspection can I get an appointment?
  • A:No. Every inspection is unique and some take longer than others. When we schedule the inspections we give you the next available day. Inspections are conducted Monday-Friday between the hours of 8:00am-2:00pm.
  • Q:What if I have an old permit that never got inspected?
  • A:Call the office and get the inspections. No penalty will be incurred. If you are cited for not obtaining final inspections the penalty will be $2000.

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Office Hours: Monday – Friday 7:00am – 3:30pm

Office Location: 277 S. Maple Ave., Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

Departmental Contacts

Employee Name
Phone Number
Construction Official
(908) 204-3030
Building Subcode Official
(908) 204-3027
Fire Subcode Official
(908) 204-3030
Plumbing Subcode Official
(908) 204-3154
Electrical Subcode Official
(908) 204-3025
Technical Assistant
(908) 204-2506
Technical Assistant
(908) 204-3172

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