OFFICE OF THE CONSTRUCTION CODE OFFICIAL

The Office of the Construction Code Official is empowered by the Jersey City Municipal Code to:
  • Administer and enforce the State Uniform Construction Code and conduct the centralized issuance of permits and inspection services.

  • Condemn properties in accordance with N.J.S.A. 40:48-2.3 et seq.

  • Issue permits for alterations, additions, new buildings, and inspections both before and after occupancy is permitted.

  • Conduct ongoing inspections of elevators, swimming pools, backflow preventers.

  • Register non-state licensed contractors.


Construction Code survey



CONSTRUCTION CODE OFFICIAL-FAQ

 

HOW DO I SUBMIT AN APPLICATION?

FORMS:

 

 

**The permit office is open from 9am-3pm for submissions, all submissions will receive a control number the same day. 

***Passaic Valley and MUA are not required for replacing fixture
WHAT IS THE STATUS OF MY APPLICATION?

Please create an account on www.sdlportal.com to find the following statuses:

  • UNDER REVIEW – indicates your application is still being reviewed by the sub-codes
  • FAILED – indicates that your application has failed plan review & a sub-code(s) must be contacted for corrections
  • PICKUP – indicates ready for payment; not that permit is ready to be picked up 
  • OPEN – indicates your permits is approved & ready to be picked up
Once the payment is applied the status will change to OPEN, once that happens permits with plans can be picked up between 9am-3pm, no appointment necessary, those without plans will be mailed to the contractor.
If you are paying for a job with plans, you will receive an email with instructions on how to upload your e-plans into our system prior to pick-up. If you have any questions or do not receive that email [email protected]

 

***if there are no plans, the permit is mailed to the contractor on file
HOW DO I PAY FOR ITEMS IN CONSTRUCTION CODE?
  • Online (e-check or credit/debit cards) payments (https://jerseycitynj.gov/pay)
  • Business checks accompanied by the approved check registry form CHECK REGISTRY FORM
  • Personal checks that match the applicant’s information of the applications with approve check registry form
  • Money Orders
  • Certified Check

 ***no third party checks/out of state check or starter checks

Once the payment is applied the status will change to OPEN, once that happens permits with plans can be picked up between 9am-3pm, no appointment necessary, those without plans will be mailed to the contractor.
If you are paying for a job with plans, you will receive an email with instructions on how to upload your e-plans into our system prior to pick-up. If you have any questions or do not receive that email [email protected]

HOW DO I SCHEDULE/CANCEL AN INSPECTION?

Please schedule all inspections on www.sdlportal.com

Inspections can be cancelled by calling the main line: 201 547 5055  or by reaching out to the inspector
***all statuses/updates of inspections can be found on the SDL PORTAL

WHAT DO I NEED FOR AN INSPECTION?
  • Inspections are completed between the hours of 7AM-3PM (contact your inspector directly if you need a specific timeframe)
  • Dates/Times for large projects are handled one-on-one by the inspector for that area and entered in SDL
  • Required documents that may need to be provided:
    • Footing and Foundation = Foundation survey
    • Framing = Framing Checklist
    • Insulation = Air Barrier Checklist
    • Sprinkler = Above Ground & Underground Certification
    • Fire Pump = NFPA 20 Certification
    • Fire Alarms = NFPA 72 Certification
    • Any Special Inspector Certifications 
    https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/codes/resources/constructionpermitforms.html
WHAT HAPPENS IF I HAVE A FAILED PLAN REVIEW?
  • Denials are handled, by appointment only (via email or phone), by the Sub-code(s)/Reviewer(s) & conducted in person
  • These meetings are designed for you to obtain your permit if all denial reason are fulfilled and all information is brought in to satisfy those items
  • Application issues pertaining to Plumbing and Electrical MUST by handled by the Licensed Contractors only
Administrative denials are issued by the permit counter and can be handled in person from 9am-3pm or emailed to  [email protected]
WHAT PRIOR APPROVALS ARE REQUIRED?

Does the project require release from the Department of Community Affairs for Health Facilities?

If yes or not sure, refer to:  https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/codes/publications/pdf_bulletins/b_98_3.pdf

Does the project require a release from NJ Sports and Exposition Authority? (Formerly Meadowlands Authority)

If yes or not sure, refer to:  https://www.njsea.com/

Does the project require a Water Front Development Permit? (Within 500 ft. of the Hudson River)

If yes or not sure, refer to: https://www.state.nj.us/dep/

Will the Project involve the displacement of 5,000 square feet of soil or more?

If yes or not sure, please refer to the following website and make sure all procedures and forms are completed: http://hepsoilnj.org/

Have you filed a Rodent Control Plan with the Jersey City Health Department? (ARTICLE V Section 182-30 of the Jersey City Municipal Ordinances)

 Please contact Jersey City Health and Human Service:

Has a Traffic Safety Plan been filed and approved by the Office of the Construction Official and the Division of Traffic & Engineering [13-15 Linden Ave]? (Reference Jersey City Ordinance 19-014)

Is the project located in a Flood Zone? 

If you are not sure, please go to the following site: https://msc.fema.gov/portal

NJ State Department of Environmental Protection Approval is needed**

**must be constructed in accordance with flood regulations and ordinances

Is the construction near adjoining buildings?

If yes, the applicant is to provide an engineering investigation is required with a report outlining the specific protection of all adjoining properties and, if work needs to be performed on an adjoining property, and permission must be obtained from that property owner and a permit signed by the owner. (NJAC 5:23-2.34, 2.15(F), 2.34  and NJIBC Chapter 33)

Have you obtained a Passaic Valley Sewer Commission (water treatment) release?

*PVSC is required for footings and foundations

Please refer to the following website and make sure all procedures and required forms are completed and proof of payment is submitted: https://www.nj.gov/pvsc/

Have you obtained a JCMUA release? (Jersey City Municipal Utilities Authority – sewer connection & sprinkler system) required for footing and foundation.

Form may be found at: https://www.jcmua.com/


WHAT IS REQUIRED FOR INTERIOR DEMOLITION?
You must submit a permit application and building technical sections; along with a picture of the property. If property is attached then you must show that you notified the adjoining property of the interior demolition.
WHAT IS REQUIRED FOR BUILDING DEMOLITION?

Please see the demo check list for all requirements and attach to your application when submitting to our office.


HOW TO NAVIGATE OUR NEW AUTOMATED PHONE SYSTEM

The goal our new automated phone system is to get you to the correct person as quickly as possible.  

  • Option 1 for Hours and Directions 
  • Option 2 for How to Check the Status of a Permit 
  • Option 3 to Speak to Sub-code- press (1) for Building, press (2) for Fire, press (3) for Electrical, press (4) for Plumbing, press (5) for Elevator (this will transfer you directly to the sub code official) 
  • Option 4 to speak to an inspector press  (1) for Building, press (2) for Fire, press (3) for Electrical, press (4) for Plumbing, press (5) for Elevator then listen for the name of the inspector you wish to speak to and press that option to be transferred directly to them 
  • Option 5 for all  permit related questions not answered in our FAQ 
  • Option 6 for how to make an online payment 
  • Option 7 for how to submit a records request 
  • Option 8 for all other questions 
WHAT ORDINARY WORK CAN BE DONE WITHOUT A PERMIT?

BUILDING: ALL STRUCTURES

Ordinary building maintenance shall include:

Exterior and interior painting.

Vinyl wall covering of any amount is ordinary maintenance.

*Exception: Paneling shall not be considered ordinary maintenance.

Wall papering at any location;

The replacement of glass in any window or door. However, the replacement glass shall be of a type and quality that complies with the minimum requirements of the code;

The replacement of any window or door, including garage doors, in the same opening without altering the dimensions or framing of the original opening. This shall include storm windows and storm doors. The replacement of means of egress and emergency escape windows and doors may be made in the same opening without altering the dimensions or framing of the original opening, and shall not reduce the required height, width, or net clear opening of the previous window or door assembly. Exception: Opening protectives in fire- resistance rated assemblies;

The repair, replacement, or installation of any non-structural elements including, but not limited to, built in or attached furnishings, bookcases, equipment, or accessories, such as cabinets, benches or seats, and bathroom accessories;

The repair, replacement, or installation of any interior or exterior trim, decoration, or moldings;

The repair, replacement, or installation of any flooring material with a new material;

The repair or replacement of existing siding with like material not exceeding 25 percent of the total building exterior wall area in other than one- and two-family dwellings.

*Exception: The repair or replacement of poly- propylene siding shall not be ordinary maintenance

Notwithstanding (b) 2 and 4 above, the repair or replacement of any part of a deck, porch, or stoop that does not provide structural support for any roof or portion of a building. Materials used shall be identical to, or closely similar to, the existing materials and in the same location as those replaced;

The   repair,   replacement, or installation of screens

The installation of insulation, except foam plastic insulation, when installed adjacent to or not more than one and a half inches from an interior finish;

The repair, replacement, or installation of exterior gutters and leaders; and the installation of a storable spa or hot tub that is provided with a lockable safety cover that complies with ASTM F1346.

 

PLUMBING: ALL STRUCTURES

Replacement of hose bib valves. Replacement hose bib valves shall be provided with an approved at- morphemic vacuum breaker;

Refinishing of existing fixtures. Relining of fixtures shall not be considered to be ordinary maintenance;

Replacement of ball cocks. Replacement ball cocks must be an approved anti-siphon type;

Repair of leaks involving the replacement of piping;

Clearance of stoppages;

Replacements of faucets or working parts of faucets;

Replacement of valves (including shower or combination bath/shower valves);

Replacements of working parts of valves, including, but not limited to, shower or combination bath/shower valves;

Replacement of traps;

Replacement of fixtures with a similar fixture provided that no change in the piping arrangement is made; and

Replacement of domestic clothes washers and domestic dishwashers.

ELECTRICAL: ALL STRUCTURES

The replacement of any receptacle, switch, or lighting fixture, or part thereof, not containing emergency battery packs with a like or similar item. Receptacles in locations where ground-fault circuit interrupter protection, damp/wet, or tamper-resistant are required shall comply with Section 406.4(D) of the electrical sub-code;

Repairs to any installed electrically operated equipment such as doorbells, communication systems, and any motor operated device. Provided, however, that if fire protection systems are interrupted for repairs the fire official shall be notified in accordance with the building sub-code

Installation of communications wiring in a Class 3 structure, provided that the rearrangement does not involve penetration of a fire-rated assembly and is not in a hazardous location as defined in Chapter 5 of the electrical sub-code;

For the purposes of applying these provisions, communications wiring shall mean any wiring covered by Chapter 8 of the electrical sub-code, such as telephone, radio antenna, or coaxial cable TV wiring. Communications wiring shall also include data circuits between computers/information technology equipment, which may be classified as “communications circuits,” in accordance with Article 725 of the electrical sub-code;

Replacement of domestic dishwashers;

Replacement of kitchen range hoods in dwelling units, provided that the replacement hood exhaust rate does not exceed the exhaust rate of the existing hood or the exhaust rate of the replacement hood does not exceed 400 cubic feet per minute (cfm), and provided that the hood recirculates or vents independently to the outdoors;

FIRE: ALL STRUCTURES     

The replacement of any sprinkler or smoke alarm, smoke detector, or heat detector head with a like device;

The repair or replacement of any component of a fire alarm or smoke and heat detection equipment (other than the replacement of a fire alarm control panel);

The installation of battery-powered smoke alarms; and

The installation of battery-powered or plug-in type carbon monoxide alarms.

 

HVAC: ALL STRUCTURES

Replacement of motors, pumps and fans of the same capacity;

Repair and replacement of heating, supply and return piping and radiation elements, which does not re- quire rearrangement of the piping system;

Repair and replacement of duct work;

Repair of air conditioning equipment and systems;

Repair or replacement of control devices for heating and air conditioning equipment;

Replacement of kitchen range hoods in dwelling units, provided that the replacement hood exhaust rate does not exceed the exhaust rate of the existing hood or the exhaust rate of the replacement hood does not exceed 400 cfm, and provided that the hood recirculates or vents independently to the outdoors;

Replacement of domestic clothes dryers serving, and located within, dwelling units, provided that no change in fuel type, pipe size, or location or electrical characteristics is required;

Replacement of domestic stoves and domestic ovens in dwelling units, provided no change in fuel type, pipe size, or location or electrical characteristics is required;

The replacement of bathroom exhaust fans in dwelling units, provided that the fan vents independently to the outdoors; and The application of liquid applied lining material inside an existing chimney.

WHAT ADDITIONAL ORDINARY WORK CAN BE DONE FOR 1 AND 2 FAMILY UNATTACHED HOMES?

BUILDING: ADDITIONAL ALLOWANCES FOR ONE AND TWO FAMILY

The repair or replacement of any non-structural component, such as a non-loadbearing partition and a railing in one- and two-family dwellings. Materials or components used shall be identical to, or closely similar to, the existing materials and in the same location as those replaced;

The repair or replacement of existing roof covering on detached one- and two-family dwellings;

The repair or replacement of existing siding on one- and two-family dwellings.

*Exception: The repair or replacement of poly- propylene siding shall not be ordinary maintenance;

ELECTRICAL: ADDITIONAL ALLOWANCES FOR ONE AND TWO FAMILY

The installation of a burglar alarm, security sys- tem, or doorbell in one- and two-family dwellings; and

The installation of a plug-in landscape irrigation unit under 30 volts at one- or two-family dwellings.

 

WHAT HOURS CAN CONSTRUCTION SITES WORK?

Monday thru Friday 7:00am until 6:00pm (excluding holidays)

WHAT HOLIDAYS IS CONSTRUCTION PROHIBITED?

Construction is prohibited on all Federal Holidays.

DO I NEED A PERMIT FOR SIDEWALK REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT?

Use the following link to apply for a permit with the Department of Infrastructure https://www.jerseycitynj.gov/cityhall/infrastructure

HOW DO I APPLY FOR A PERMIT FOR A SIDEALK CLOSURE?

Use the following link to apply for a permit with the Department of Infrastructure https://www.jerseycitynj.gov/cityhall/infrastructure

HOW DO I APPLY FOR A DUMPSTER PERMIT?

Use the following link to apply for a permit with the Department of Infrastructure https://www.jerseycitynj.gov/cityhall/infrastructure

DO I NEED A PERMIT FOR A FENCE?

Permits are not required for installing or repairing a fence unless the fence acts as a pool barrier or the fence will be higher than six (6) feet. You will however need zoning approval; please use the following link to apply for zoning plan approval

https://www.jerseycitynj.gov/cityhall/HousingAndDevelopment/Zoning

CAN I CREATE A NEW DRIVEWAY?

Driveway approval is handled by zoning; please utilize the following link to zoning for more information. https://www.jerseycitynj.gov/cityhall/HousingAndDevelopment/Zoning

HOURS OF OPERATION        

Office
Monday -  Friday   9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.    

Counter
Monday-Friday 9 am – 3:00 pm

*Last customer for full service permitting and pick up admitted at 3 pm.

Contact Info

  • phone(201) 547-5055
  • City Hall Annex
    1 Jackson Square
    Jersey City, NJ 07305
    RAY MEYER CONSTRUCTION CODE OFFICIAL

    Raymond Meyer
    Construction Code Official

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