administers all construction within the
Township. It issues building permits for
residential, commercial and industrial
construction within the Township.
After plans have been
reviewed and accepted and the appropriate
permits have been issued, inspections are
performed to insure that all construction is in
accordance with the Uniform Construction Code
(UCC) of New Jersey and its adopted codes. It is
also the responsibility of this Department to
issue violations and fines when warranted and
Certificates of Approval and Occupancy upon
final inspections and approval of all projects.
All these activities are recorded, tabulated and
reported to the State on a monthly basis.
Official, Stephen Rodzinak, may be reached at
(908) 725-6300 ext. 5565 or by email at
applications require four copies
WHAT IS A
A construction permit represents legal permission to begin a construction project. The issuance of a permit indicates that plans for a project have been released by Bridgewater Township officials and have complied with the UCC and Township ordinances.
WHEN IS A
A permit is generally
required if an individual wishes to construct,
enlarge, alter or demolish a structure. Included
in this category are those projects, which
change any existing structure or add to the
structure, such as the following:
Shed (over 100 sq. ft.) – (Sheds under
100 sq. ft.
require a Zoning permit)
A construction permit
is also required to do the following:
New or replacement of electric service, water
heater, furnace, boiler, air conditioning or
Rearrange plumbing system
Install new electrical receptacles or outlets
Repair or replace any structural member, such as
increasing or decreasing the size of a window
Installation or removal of a fuel tank
HOW DO I APPLY FOR
documentation for a construction permit
An application for
permit is available from the Code Enforcement
Department located in the Municipal Building.
The office hours are Monday – Friday from 9:00
am – 4:30 pm.
Along with the
completed application, the applicant must submit
two (2) copies of the construction plans. These
drawings may be done by the applicant for his
own single-family dwelling or by a New Jersey
licensed architect or engineer.
A building contractor
is not permitted to do the drawings unless he is
licensed by the State as an architect or
An applicant must
also submit a plot plan for new construction, an
addition, deck, fence, shed, garage, and pool.
The plot plan should indicate:
All existing and proposed structures on the
The distances to all lot lines
The location of any easements
THE PERMIT PROCESS
applications are brought to the Code Enforcement
Department. Code Enforcement will forward any
application to the Zoning Officer if required.
After zoning approval, if necessary, the
documents are reviewed by the building,
electric, plumbing and fire subcode officials
for completeness and code conformance. This
process may take up to 20 working days. Minor
work, such as roofing and siding, require
minimal plan review. Usually, the permit for
minor work is issued within 10 working days. If
the documents do not comply with the UCC, the
applicant will be notified of the violations and
will be required to correct and resubmit the
documents for further review.
The permit is issued
indicating that legal approval has been given to
begin the construction project.
State law mandates that the Construction Official issue a fine of up to
$2000 per violation and penalty to any person who performs work without a permit.
Note: No building
inspection will be made prior to any required
electric or plumbing inspection approval.
Bottom of footing prior to placement of concrete
Reinforcement prior to placement of concrete
Foundations and all walls prior to backfilling –
new single family construction must have
foundation elevation compliance from the
Engineering Department before this inspection is
Floor slab(s) prior to placement of concrete
Frame inspection which includes all structural
walls, floors and roofs prior to covering with
finish or infill materials. Rated assemblies.
This inspection shall be called for after rough
electric and plumbing approvals have been
Insulation inspection prior to installation of
Final inspection which includes equipment, final
connections and all finish materials
Rough electric under concrete slab prior to
backfill and placement of concrete
Rough electric which includes outlet spacing,
type of box and size, wire size and grounding
prior to covering with finish or infill
Service which includes panel(s) wire size,
grounding and over current protection
Final inspection which includes devices,
fixtures, appliances, GFI requirements after
installation of finish materials and utilization
Rough plumbing under concrete slab prior to
backfill and placement of concrete
Rough plumbing which includes sanitary piping,
water piping, storm drains and radon piping
Water service from building to property line or
Sewer service from building to property line or
Final plumbing which includes piping, trim,
fixtures, cross connections, backflow
preventors, radon, condensate lines and water
Rough gas piping – requires gas test
Final gas piping to all appliances requiring gas
Final on hydronic heating systems and hot water
Final air conditioning on all units manufactured
for domestic and commercial cooling
Final inspection which includes a performance
test to demonstrate its efficiency of operation
For renovations and
projects other than new construction, contact
the Code Enforcement Department for inspection
Code inspections can
be scheduled on an am/pm basis. The applicant
may request the day and time window (8 am – 12
noon, or 1 pm – 5 pm). In some cases, due to the
nature of the inspections, those scheduled for
morning might need to be performed in the
afternoon. Also, if there is no access for the
inspector to conduct his/her inspections, a
sticker will be left notifying applicants to
reschedule their inspection.
Inspectors must have
a minimum of 24 hours advance notice and must be
able to see the part of construction required to
Any work that does
not conform to the approved plans will require
re-inspection. If the work continues without
resolving the problem, the applicant will be
fined and the job stopped.
required to post the permit prominently on the
site and to keep a copy of the approved plans at
When the project is
completed, the applicant must call for final
building, electric, plumbing and fire
inspections. The applicant must also apply for a
Certificate of Occupancy. If the work is
approved, a Certificate will be issued
indicating permission to use the area for the
Property must be
properly identified – House number conspicuously
displayed for viewing from the street and
construction placard conspicuously displayed on
The demolishing and
removal of a building or structure and the
removal of all the debris from the parcel of
land require a permit from the Township
Department of Code Enforcement.
following documents must be completed and
submitted in order to file an application for
the demolition of any structure:
of the property survey showing the location of
the structure(s) to be removed.
Certificate stating the structure has been
Letter from Utility Company stating electric
and gas has been disconnected.
Letter from Telephone Company stating
service has been disconnected.
Construction Permit Application.
Building Subcode Form.
Plumbing Subcode Form (Signed and Sealed by
a Licensed Plumber for the capping of the
sewer and water lines.)
septic tank is utilized, it must be located
and abandoned in accordance with N.J.D.E.P.
there is a well, a letter from a Licensed
Well Contractor is required stating the well
has been capped.
Debris Disposal Form.
Compliance with U.C.C. Subchapter 8,
Asbestos Abatement, if applicable.
Compliance with N.J.A.C. 5:17, Lead Hazard
Abatement, if applicable.
the Permit is ready to be issued, you will be
notified by phone. You will be told the amount
of the permit fee, which you will pay when the
Permit is picked up.
building inspections, a separate inspection is
required after the basement has been excavated
and removed prior to backfill. All debris must
be removed from the excavated site and properly
disposed of prior to the first inspection. The
final inspection will be performed after area is
fine graded and stabilized.
plumbing inspections, the final inspection for
capping of sewer and water lines must be
completed prior to building demolition.