Building Department
Watchung Municipal Building
15 Mountain Boulevard
Watchung, NJ 07069
Phone:  (908) 756-6093
Edward Bennett
, Construction Official
Carolyn Taylor, Technical Assistant

Joseph Nicastro, Plumbing Inspector
Joseph Popolo, Fire Sub-Code Inspector
Joseph Maretta, Electrical Inspector

Green Building

The Construction office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm.

Edward P. Bennett, Construction Officer will have Tuesday and Thursday hours for the public between 6:00 pm and 7:30 pm.

During these evening hours, if you need to contact  Mr. Bennett, please call (908) 756-6093.

HELPFUL FACTS FOR RESIDENTS:

FOLLOWING ARE SOME COMMON JOBS CONSIDERED ORDINARY  BUILDING  MAINTENANCE IN YOUR HOME WHICH DO NOT REQUIRE A PERMIT

EXTERIOR AND INTERIOR PAINTING

INSTALLATION, REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT OF ANY INTERIOR FINISHES

VINYL WALL COVERING OF ANY AMOUNT

WALL PAPERING AT ANY LOCATION

REPLACEMENT OF EXTERIOR RAIN WATER GUTTERS AND  LEADERS

REPLACE MENT OR INSTALLATION OF SCREENS

REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT OF ANY PART OF A PORCH OR STOOP WHICH DOES NOT 

    STRUCTURALLY SUPPORT A ROOF ABOVE

* REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT OF ANY INTERIOR OR EXTERIOR TRIM, DECORATION OR

     MOLDINGS

* REPAIR OF EXISTING ROOFING MATERIAL NOT EXEEDING 25% OF THE TOTAL ROOF AREA 

    WITHIN ANY 12 MONTH PERIOD

REPLACEMENT OR INSTALLATION OF ANY FLOORING MATERIAL, EXCEPT CARPETING,

     WITH A NEW MATERIAL.  HOWEVER, INSTALLATION OF CARPETING IN ONE AND TWO

     FAMILY DWELLINGS SHALL BE CONSIDERED ORDINARY MAINTENANCE

REPLACEMENT OF GLASS IN ANY WINDOW OR DOOR.  HOWEVER, THE REPLACEMENT

    GLASS SHALL BE OF A TYPE AND QUALITY THAT COMPLIES WITH THE MINIMUM

    REQUIREMENTS OF THE CODE.

INSTALLATION AND REPLACEMENT OF ANY WINDOW OR DOOR, INCLUDING GARAGE

     DOORS, IN THE SAME OPENING WITHOUT ALTERING THE DIMENSIONS OR FRAMING OF

    THE ORIGINAL OPENING. THIS SHALL INCLUDE STORM WINDOWS AND STORM DOORS. *

* INSTALLATION AND REPLACEMENT OF MEANS OF EGRESS AND EMERGENCY ESCAPE

    WINDOWS AND DOORS MAY BE MADE IN THE SAME OPENING WITHOUT ALTERING THE 

    DIMENSIONS OR FRAMING OF THE ORIGINAL OPENING, AND SHALL NOT REDUCE THE

    REQUIRED HEIGHT, WIDTH OR NET CLEAR OPENING OF THE PREVIOUS WINDOW OR

    DOOR ASSEMBLY.

* REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT OF ANY NON-STRUCTURAL MEMBER SUCH AS A PARTITION 

    RAILING OR KITCHEN CABINET.

BELOW ARE SOME COMMON THINGS REQUIRING A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT:

*HOT WATER HEATERS

*FURNACE/ BOILERS

*ADDITIONS

*RE-SIDING

*RE-ROOF

*AIR CONDITIONING

*ALTERATIONS/RENOVATIONS

IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION OR ARE NOT CLEAR ON WHAT REQUIRES A PERMIT, PLEASE CALL THE BUILDING DEPARTMENT AT 756-6093 AND WE CAN WALK YOU THROUGH THE PROCESS!


LINKS

Zoning Map

Construction Forms

DCA Website

New Jersey One Call-Call before you dig

Building Energy Codes Program- REScheck