Haledon
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Construction Code

All construction in New Jersey is regulated under the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code. This code is designed to ensure uniform standards of all phases of construction in each municipality in the State. It is to the benefit of everyone as consumers and /or property owners to apply for the various construction permits required, because a) the materials of construction meet codes, b) contractors and suppliers can be checked, and c) standards of construction, installations and workmanship are assured by the municipal inspectors.

The Construction Code Office is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The telephone number is (973) 595-7766 x132

ALL INSPECTIONS ARE BY APPOINTMENT

Construction & Building Sub Code Official: Phil Cheff
Hours: M/F – Noon – 2:00P.M.

Plumbing Sub Code Official: Phil Cheff
Hours: T/Th – 8:30A.M. – 11:00A.M.

Electrical Sub Code Official: Phil Cheff, Jim Booth
Hours: M/T – 1:30P.M. – 5:00P.M.

Fire Sub Code Official: Jim Booth
Hours: M/W 9:00A.M. – Noon

Code Enforcement Officer: Jesica Jimenez
Hours: M/F 9:00A.M. – 4:00P.M.

Office Phone: (973) 595-7766 Ext. 132


ZONING

Zoning Officer: James Booth
Hours: Mon. – Fri. 11:00A.M. – 1:00P.M.

The zoning office handles the following responsibilities:

  • Regulations on yard requirements for construction i.e. decks, additions, pools.
  • Fence Heights and installation i.e. how high a fence can be on a property
  • Accessory structures i.e. sheds, patios, & garages.
  • Outdoor Parking regulations i.e. parking and storing of boats & trailers etc.
  • All signage i.e. commercial & residential.

WHEN YOU NEED A BUILDING PERMIT . . .

You must obtain a building permit from the building department before making the following changes to your house:

  • Replacing a roof
  • Installing new siding
  • Adding a bedroom or bathroom
  • Adding an addition
  • Interior alterations
  • Constructing a deck
  • Enclosing a porch
  • Installing a dishwasher
  • Replacing an electric stove with a gas stove
  • Finishing a basement
  • New kitchen
  • Central air conditioning
  • New wiring
  • New furnace, boiler, or hot water heater
  • All swimming pools

. . . AND WHEN YOU DON'T

You don't need a permit for ordinary repairs on a one or two-family dwelling. These changes include:

  • Repairing roofing or siding material with like material, if the area doesn't exceed 25 percent of the roof within a year
  • Repairing and replacing duct work
  • Installing floor material, including carpeting
  • Painting the exterior or interior
  • Replacing any window or door, if no change in the dimensions or framing of the opening is involved
  • Covering walls, plastering or placing a drywall on an existing wall
  • Replacing glass in any window or door, if the replacement glass conforms to minimum requirements
  • Replacing any faucet or valve, if the piping system doesn't have to be rearranged

NOTE: A certificate of Occupancy is required for all property sales & rentals in the Borough of Haledon. This includes residential as well as commercial properties.

BUILDING PERMIT INFORMATION

Items requiring no permits include the following:

  • Interior and exterior painting
  • Window boxes and trellises
  • Window shutter installation & repairs
  • Carpet Window glazing and puttying
  • Kitchen floors, tile or linoleum
  • Changing locks-single cylinder, dead bolts only
  • Landscape work
  • New gutters and leaders (excluding built-up gutters)
  • Install storm windows and doors

Some items of repair and maintenance do require permits.

MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR ITEMS REQUIRING A PERMIT

Repair Type

Permit Type

Chimney repairs

Check with construction official

Fence replacement

Check with construction official

Install additional wall outlets

Construction permit

Increase power service to home

Construction permit

Roof repairs over 25%

Check with construction official

New roof

Check with construction official

Porch and stair repairs

Check with construction official

New fence

Construction permit

Build new retaining wall

Check with construction official

Install hard surface driveways

Construction permit

Create additional off-street parking

Construction permit As per Borough Ordinance

Pipe leaders to existing storm drains

Check with construction official

Repair existing patios

Check with construction official

Build or erect utility buildings, e.g., aluminum sheds and wood sheds

Construction permit

Install exterior entry into basement

Construction permit

Install driveway post light

Construction permit

Demolish sheds and/or buildings

Demolition permit

Water softeners

Construction permit

Water heaters

Construction permit

IMPROVEMENTS THAT WILL INCREASE YOUR ASSESSMENT:

Improvement Type

Permit Type

Remodeling of kitchen

Construction permit

Remodeling of bath

Construction permit

New exterior siding and veneers

Construction permit

Add sun deck -- portico -- porch

Construction permit

Permanent type swimming pools

Construction permit

Plumbing alteration, modernization and tiling

Construction permit

Install masonry patios

Construction permit

Finish basement for recreation rooms, laundry rooms, and game rooms, etc.

Construction permit

Finish attic for additional rooms of any kind

Construction permit

Additions to house for rooms of any kind, garage, greenhouse, etc

Construction permit


Other improvements and alterations not listed may need a permit; therefore please call the construction official at (973)595-7766x132 to check prior to commencing work.

All construction permits are obtained from the Construction Official; Municipal Building, 510 Belmont Avenue, Haledon.

If building permits are not obtained for improvements, penalties are imposed.

No permits are issued after 4:00 pm

The Following are requirements under the UNIFORM CONSTRUCTION CODE N.J.A.C.5:23-2.18 INSPECTIONS

  • FOOTINGS: The bottom of footing trenches before placement of footings.
  • FOUNDATION: All walls up to grade level; plastered, water proofed, footing drains in place, prior to back fill.
  • STRUCTURAL FRAMING: All structural framing and connections, prior to covering with finish or infill material; after rough Electrical and Plumbing inspections and approvals.
  • INSULATION: After rough Electric, Plumbing and Framing inspections and approvals.
  • FINISHES and FINALS: Installation of all finished materials, plumbing piping, trim and fixtures, electrical wiring, devices and fixtures, mechanical systems.
  • CERTIFICATE of OCCUPANCY: N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.23 Issued after all final inspections and approvals from Building, Electric, Plumbing, and Fire Subcode Officials.

NOTICE of INSPECTIONS: N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.18 (c) The owner or other responsible person in charge of work shall notify the enforcing agency when the work is ready for any required inspections specified herein or required by the Construction Official or appropriate Subcode Official. This notice shall be given at least 24 hours prior to the time the inspection is desired. Inspections shall be performed within 3 business days of the time for which it was requested.

POSTING of PERMIT: N.J.A.C. 5:23 - 2.16 (h) A true copy of the Construction Permit shall be kept on the site of operations until work is complete and Certificate has been issued.

GENERAL NOTES :

  • PERMIT PLACARD MUST BE VISIBLE AT ALL TIMES FROM THE STREET. FAILURE TO COMPLY MAY RESULT IN A $250.00 FINE.
  • A set of Building Department approved plans must be available on the site at all times.
  • A Certificate of Occupancy is required before any new structure is occupied.
  • Any permit issued shall become invalid if authorized work is not commenced within 12 months of issuance of this permit, or if the authorized work is suspended or abandoned for 6 months after the time of commencing the work.