ICC (International Code Council) Changes Take Effect March 2016
2015 ICC is in full effect March 2016—apply for permits accordingly
The Randolph Township Office of Construction Codes is responsible for issuing all construction permits in accordance with the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code. The process of obtaining permits, approvals and variances can involve several different departments and may seem overwhelming at first glance. We’ve attempted to simplify our explanation by providing you with answers to frequently asked questions located at the bottom of this page.
If you have any questions, we suggest you call our office during the planning stages. We may be reached at 973.989.7070.
Permit Application Forms
For your convenience in submitting permit application(s), we have made the most commonly requested forms available here for download. For a complete list, visit the Department of Community Affairs website. These fillable forms may be filled out on your computer, saved to your hard drive and/or printed out.
- UCC-F170 Construction Permit
- This form needs to be submitted with each permit application. It should describe the type of work you are planning to do, provide the work site and contractor information, and the estimated cost of work.
- UCC-F100 Construction Permit Application
- This application form needs to accompany the subcode technical sections. Please be sure the certification in lieu of oath is signed.
- UCC-F110 Building Subcode Technical Section
- This form is to be used for decks, pools, sheds over 200 sq. ft., commercial work, and other interior and exterior construction projects. When in doubt, please call for clarification.
- UCC-F120 Electrical Subcode Technical Section
- This form should be used for all electrical work related to a project. A licensed electrician must sign and seal the application unless the work is being completed by the homeowners in an owner occupied single family dwelling.
- UCC-F130 Plumbing Subcode Technical Section
- This form should be used for all plumbing work related to a project. A licensed plumber must sign and seal the application unless the work is being completed by the homeowners in an owner occupied single family dwelling.
- UCC-F140 Fire Protection Subcode Technical Section
- This form is required for any fire protection work being performed. Please be sure the certification in lieu of oath (Section C) is signed.
- UCC-F370 Chimney Verification for Replacement of Fuel-Fired Equipment
- This form needs to be completed for any replacement or newly installed furnaces, boilers, fireplaces or chimney liners. If a new chimney liner is being installed, please provide the specifications on the liner along with the chimney verification form signed by a certified professional.
- UCC-F390 Framing Checklist
- This form is required for any new construction. Builder checks boxes marked “B” and the responsible person in charge of work signs and dates. This form is to be presented to the building inspector when the framing inspection is scheduled.
Zoning & Permit Requirements
Not sure what permits and approvals will be required for your particular project? We have put together a chart which indicates zoning and permit requirements for many of the activities a homeowner may contemplate undertaking on his/her residence. View our zoning & permit requirements table.
|Activity||Zoning Approval?||Construction Permit?|
|Air conditioner (central): install or replace||Yes||Yes|
|Bathroom fixtures: direct replacement and/or piping changes||Yes||Yes|
|Burglar alarm: install||No||Yes|
|Commercial signs (exterior)||Yes||Yes|
|Deck: add or replace||Yes||Yes|
|Door (exterior): replace existing with same size and type||No||No|
|Door (exterior): adding, enlarging or eliminating||Yes||Yes|
|Driveway: repair or repave||Yes||No|
|Duct work: install new||No||Yes|
|Duct work: repair or replace||No||No|
|Electrical: any modifications or improvements||No||Yes|
|Fence (around a pool or over 6'): add or replace||Yes||Yes|
|Gutters: replace or repair||No||No|
|Lead paint abatement||No||Yes|
|Painting (exterior or interior)||No||No|
|Plumbing: any modifications or improvements||Yes||Yes|
|Remodeling or alterations (interior)||Yes||Yes|
|Roof: repairs involving less than 25% of existing roof||No||No|
|Roof top unit||Yes||Yes|
|Septic system: construct or abandon||No||Yes|
|Sewer system: connect to the public system||No||Yes|
|Shed or other utility building: construct||Yes||Yes|
|Siding: add or replace||No||Yes|
|Smoke detectors: add||No||Yes|
|Stove: replace electric with gas||No||Yes|
|Swimming pool: add or replace||Yes||Yes|
|Tennis court: installation||Yes||Yes|
|Underground fuel or septic tank: remove||No||Yes|
|Water heater: replace||No||Yes|
|Wall repairs: sheet rock or plaster only||No||No|
|Windows: replace existing with same size and type||No||No|
|Windows: adding, enlarging, or eliminating||No||Yes|
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is a construction permit?
- A construction permit grants permission to do most kinds of work on a dwelling or other type of building. The purpose of the permit is to allow our officials to observe the progress of the work to be sure it meets code. The permit consists of five different subcode sections as needed. They are: building, electric, plumbing, fire, and elevator.
- When are construction permits required?
- In general, if it is more than a repair of a building, electrical, plumbing or fire element, a permit is probably required. The New Jersey Uniform Construction Code states, “A building or structure shall not be constructed, extended, repaired, removed or altered…” without construction permits except for ordinary repairs. If in doubt, a call to the office is recommended.
- Understanding zoning
- Some permits, specifically those which involve changes to the exterior of your property, will require a zoning review. In these cases, you will be asked to submit a copy of your plot plan (property survey) so that Randolph’s zoning official can review your project for compliance with the zoning ordinance.
- If you cannot comply with the zoning ordinance for any reason, you must obtain a variance from the board of adjustment before your project can proceed. The zoning official is charged with the responsibility of enforcing the zoning ordinance but she may not waive its requirements. That power is granted by law to the board of adjustment. If your project requires a variance, she will explain the application process to you.
- Remember…construction permit applications for projects which change the footprint of the building, lot coverage, use of the space, etc. may also require a zoning approval.
- The construction permit application
- If a construction permit is required, the homeowner or contractor applies for the permit. The permit application requires information about the construction project including who will perform the work and what, when and how the work will be done. Sketches, drawings, plans or other documentation of the work will have to be submitted for review, as will payment of the appropriate permit fees upon approval.
- Using a home improvement contractor? The Contractors’ Registration Act requires that all home improvement contractors be registered with the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs. The Office of Construction Codes is barred from issuing construction permits to an unregistered home improvement contractor who is required to register.
- After the permit application is completed, it is reviewed by the subcode official who will determine if the project is in compliance with the construction codes, zoning ordinance and other municipal or state ordinances and statutes. Applications may be approved, disapproved, or additional information and clarification may be requested.
- If the permit application is rejected, the applicant is notified of the reason and may opt to correct and resubmit or appeal the decision. If it is approved, it is processed by the office, the applicant pays the calculated permit fees and a permit is issued.
- The construction permit is the document which grants legal permission for construction to start. Inspections required for the project will be indicated on the permit. Each major phase of construction must be inspected by the Office of Construction Codes to make certain the work conforms to the appropriate code, the permit, and the approved plans. As construction proceeds, the applicant refers to the inspection schedule and calls the Office of Construction Codes to schedule the various progress inspections.
- Upon completion and final inspection of all work, the construction official issues a Certificate of Occupancy (CO) or a Certificate of Approval (CA), the formal document which marks the completion of the construction project. Note that the work is not considered complete until the Office of Construction Codes completes all the inspections and issues the CO or CA.
Consequences of Working Without a Required Permit
- You may subject yourself to penalties and/or fines of up to $2,000 a day until permits are issued.
- If you proceed with your construction project without having a required permit and you get “caught,” before a permit can be issued you will need zoning approval and you may need a variance or planning board approval. If these approvals/variances are denied, you may be required to remove the constructed improvement.
- You might unknowingly receive substandard materials and/or workmanship from a contractor.
- If you have an insurance claim related to any work done without permits, your carrier may not pay the claim. They often check with the township for permits and the required inspections.