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Construction FAQ

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.  973-402-9410 Ext. 630

Why do I need a Zoning Permit?

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 the 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 Planning & Zoning Board before your project can proceed. The Zoning Official is charged with the responsibility of enforcing the zoning ordinance but may not waive its requirements. That power is granted by law to the Planning & Zoning Board.  If your project requires a variance, the Zoning Official 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.

What does the construction permit process consist of?

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.

If you are using a home improvement contractor be aware that the Contractors’ Registration Act requires all home improvement contractors to 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. Each major phase of construction must be inspected 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 Construction Office to schedule the various 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 all inspections have been completed and the Construction Official issues the CO or CA.

 

TOWN OF BOONTON

ZONING PERMIT

APPLICATION CHECKLIST

Before any building permits can be issued, an approved Zoning Permit is required from the Zoning Officer.  The following information is required as part of the Zoning Permit process.

   For:                                        Provide:

New home construction,

additions, covered deck, accessory structure (Shed, detached garage; hot tub, gazebos), above and in-ground swimming pools

1. A survey to scale showing existing conditions

with proposed conditions drawn to scale on the survey and showing dimensions and distance from construction to property lines.

2. Complete the applicable portions of the Coverage Worksheet on Page 2 of the Zoning Application.

3. Zoning Permit Fee $15.00

 

OTHER DEPARTMENT APPROVAL MAY BE REQUIRED

 

 

 

 

Finished basement with new walls or rooms

1. Floor Plan of home and finished basement showing rooms and entry

2. Zoning Permit Fee: $15.00

 

Patios, sidewalks and driveway replacement or expansion (no permit needed for driveway coating & sealing)

1. Copy of survey to scale showing existing conditions

with proposed conditions drawn to scale on the survey and showing dimensions and distance from construction to property lines.

2. Complete the Lot Coverage (Impervious) portion of the Coverage Worksheet on Page 2 of the Zoning Application.

3. Zoning Permit Fee: $15.00

 

OTHER DEPARTMENT APPROVAL MAY BE REQUIRED

 

 

 

Uncovered deck

1. Copy of survey to scale showing existing conditions with proposed deck drawn to scale on the survey showing dimensions and distances from the deck to the property lines.

2. Complete the Lot Coverage (Impervious) portion of the Coverage Worksheet on Page 2 of the Zoning Application.

3. Zoning Permit Fee: $15.00

 

 

 

 

Fence

1. Copy of survey to scale with proposed fence drawn on the survey indicating the height of the fence.

2. Fence/Zoning Permit Fee: $40.00

 

Retaining walls over 4’

1. Copy of survey to scale showing location of wall(s)

2. Elevation plan of wall showing height-CROSS SECTION

 

3. Any wall over 4’ requires signed and sealed drawing by an engineer

4. Zoning Permit Fee: Residential $15.00

 

Change of Use

Change of Tenancy

Change of Ownership

 

 

1. Zoning Permit application indicating current use/tenancy and proposed use/tenancy

2. Zoning Permit Fee:

   Business    $15.00

   Industrial $100.00

 

 

 

 

Free standing sign

 

 

1. Rendering to scale of proposed sign showing all dimensions and method of illumination.

2. 2 copies of the survey or site plan showing the location of sign and proposed setbacks.

3. Zoning Permit Fee: Non-Residential $15.00

 

 

 

Wall-mounted Sign (Not in Historic District)

 

 

1. Rendering to scale of proposed sign showing all dimensions and method of illumination.

2. Elevation drawing of wall of building where sign is to be placed showing all dimensions (height and width of space in question).

3. Zoning Permit Fee: Non-Residential $15.00

 

 

 

 

Signs in Historic District

1. See Historic District signage information guide & checklist for details on renderings to be submitted.

2. Complete the signage/awning portion on page 2 of the zoning application.

3. Zoning Permit Fee:  $15.00

 

HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION APPROVAL REQUIRED

 

 

 


































































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 town for permits and the required inspections.