Want to Save $2,000?

A phone call or e-mail could save you $2000. That’s right - just a phone call or an e-mail. Prior to beginning a “simple” home improvement project, a phone call or e-mail to the Code Services Office can save you a penalty for performing work without a permit.

Penalties for working without permits are mandatory under the NJ Uniform Construction Code and can be assessed for up to $2000.

How do you get caught? Typically, work done without permits comes up during a home inspection or disclosure prior to a property transaction.

Some projects that absolutely do not need a permit are listed below:

  • Painting

  • Residential floor covering

  • Replacing a light fixture without installing new wiring

  • Replacing a plumbing fixture without installing new piping

  • Repairing a concrete stoop without an overhang

Some small projects that absolutely require a permit:

  • Decks

  • Finished Basements

  • Kitchen alterations if layout is changing

  • Bathroom alterations if layout is changing

  • Water heaters

  • Furnace replacements

  • Washer/dryer relocation

  • Fireplace gaslog conversion kits                

  • New fireplace installation

Your a DIY homeowner....

So, you're off and running with your DIY project, looking to become a home improvement hero and saving some cash in the process. Sure, you may know your way around power tools, but you could be the dumbest guy in the neighborhood.

The trap? Building codes, those rules and regulations that govern everything from lumber spans to the clearance in front of a toilet. If you don't comply with building codes, you may be on the hook for fines and an expensive tear-out and redo of your project.

Heck, you say. Nobody is going to notice a little bathroom renovation going on in the back of your house. That may be true, but the real intent of building codes is to make sure your house is safe and healthy. Not conforming with codes could even cost you when you decide to sell your home—a sharp-eyed inspector undoubtedly will spot violations that shrink your asking price or tank a potential sale altogether.

That's one big advantage that a building contractor has over an ambitious DIYer. A contractor needs to keep up with building codes that change from state to state.

But if you're determined to forge ahead and on your own (we know you are!), Contact this office for guidance and permits.

Ducking Permits

You may think not applying for a building permit helps shave costs and sidesteps all the bureaucratic BS, and you'd be right—and wrong. Skipping permits means you won't have access to your local building inspector, somebody who knows all the codes and can ensure your project is in compliance. That translates to the utmost safety for you and your family, and avoids code violation stumbling blocks when it comes time to sell your house.

Want more motivation? Your insurance company may not cover your loss if it was due to improper installation or construction.

So save yourself a costly penalty and the probability of removing the work for inspections and contact us first.