Division of Construction
Division Of Construction – Serving West Deptford Township, Woodbury City & Woodbury Heights Borough
The Division of Construction, serving West Deptford Township, Woodbury City and Woodbury Heights Borough, performs all duties and responsibilities in accordance with the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code (UCC). The UCC dictates what building codes are to be used in the design and construction of the new buildings, additions, alterations, reconstruction, etc. of residential and non-residential structures. The Division issues construction permits and conducts necessary inspections to verify the work performed is compliant with all applicable codes.
Woodbury City & Woodbury Heights Borough (Shared Service Agreement)
The Division provides construction permitting and inspection services for the City of Woodbury and Woodbury Heights Boroguh. However, Woodbury City is directly responsible for issuing/denying Zoning Permits (prior approvals) and conducting Housing Inspections for certificates of Occupancy (COs) for the City of Woodbury and Woodbury Heights Borough. The City will verify, as part of those processes, that all open permits are closed prior to issuance of certain permits or housing COs for Woodbury City & Woodbury Heights Borough.
For Woodbury City & Woodbury Heights Borough Zoning Permit inquiries, please contact John Leech, Woodbury City Zoning Officer at (856) 845-1300 ext. 132 or via email at email@example.com.
For Woodbury City & Woodbury Heights Borough Housing Inspection inquiries, please contact Clifton Miller, Woodbury City Housing Inspector at (856) 845-1300 ext. 127 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Woodbury City and Woodbury Heights Borough Construction Permits & Inspections, please contact Alissa Visalli, West Deptford Township Technical Assistant at (856) 845-4004 ext. 123 or via email at email@example.com. Please note that all payments for Woodbury City and Woodbury Heights Borough Construction Permits shall be made payable to West Deptford Township.
When is a permit required?
A permit is generally required if an someone wishes to construct, enlarge, alter or demolish a structure. Examples that require a permit include projects that change any existing structure or add to that structure, which includes, but is not limited to:
- Deck or pool
- Addition to a house
- Finishing a basement
- Garage or fence (over 6’ in height or any fence around a pool)
- Replacement of siding or roofing
- Rearrangement of plumbing system
- Install a new water heater, furnace or fireplace
- Install new electrical receptacles or outlets
- Repair or replace any structural member, such as increasing the size of a window
When is a permit not required or considered Ordinary Maintenance?
A permit is not generally required if considered Ordinary Maintenance. The following projects are examples of ordinary repairs, which do not require a permit:
- Replacing gutters
- Painting and trim work
- Installing, repairing or replacing any interior finish in a one or two-family dwelling.
State law mandates that the Construction Official issue a fine to any person who performs work without a permit if the construction is of a nature which requires a permit. Township and City residents and businesses are reminded to contact the Department of Construction & Inspections prior to beginning any home repair or construction projects to determine what, if any, building, electric, mechanical or plumbing permits may be required.
Ordinary Maintenance (N.J.A.C. 5:234-2.7 – Exempt Work)
How do I apply for a Permit?
The required documentation for a construction permit includes:
- Prior Approvals (Zoning Permit approval, Gloucester County Soils Conservation District, etc.)
- Permit Application
- Construction Plans (two (2) sets)
- Survey (required for Zoning Permits)
All Construction Permit forms are available from the Department of Construction & Inspections, located at the Municipal Building, on NJDCA’s webpage or below:
- UCC F100 (Construction Permit Application)
- UCC F102 (Annual Permit Application)
- UCC F110 (Building Subcode Technical Section)
- UCC F120 (Electrical Subcode Technical Section)
- UCC F130 (Plumbing Subcode Technical Section)
- UCC F140 (Fire Subcode Technical Section)
- UCC F145 (Mechanical Subcode Technical Section)
- UCC F150 (Elevator Subcode Technical Section)
- UCC 160 (Application for Variation)
- UCC 270 (Application for Certificate)
- UCC F370 (Chimney Verification for Replacement of Fuel-Fired Equipment)
- UCC F380 (Fire Sprinkler Hydraulic Data Plate)
- UCC F390 (Framing Checklist)
- UCC F392 (Air Barrier and Insulation Checklist)
- Zoning Permit Application (required for all submissions)
Energy Code Compliance Calculations
ResCheck is an Energy Code Compliance requirement for all residential additions. This form can be downloaded and submitted with your construction permit application.
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 their 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 as an Architect or Engineer.
The Permit Process:
- Step 1: The Township Zoning Officer completes a review of the Zoning Permit Application. This process may take up to ten (10) business days.
- Step 2: After the Zoning Permit is approved, the construction plans and applications are reviewed by the building, electrical, plumbing, and fire subcode officials for completeness and code conformance. This process may take up to twenty (20) business days. The applicant is required to submit all required prior approvals from State, County and local agencies.
- Step 3: Once the review is completed, a Construction Permit is issued indicating that legal approval has been given to begin the construction project.
If the documents do not comply with the Uniform Construction Code, the applicant will be notified of the code violations required to be corrected and resubmit the documents for further review.
Inspection Hours & Obligations During Construction:
Inspections are scheduled Monday through Thursday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (Mondays and Wednesdays permit plumbing inspections until 6:30 PM).
It is the responsibility of the applicant to call for inspections. The following should be noted as part of the applicant’s obligations to the issuance of a Construction Permit:
- Inspectors must have 24 hours advance notice, for which the request must be made by 3:30 PM the day before (pending availability), and must be able to see the part of construction required to be inspected.
- Applicants are required to post the Construction Permit prominently on the site and to keep a copy of the approved plans at the site.
- Any work which does not conform to the approved plans will require reinspection, and in some cases amended drawings and permits and/or updates to the Construction Permit application. If the work continues without resolving the problem, the applicant may be fined and a stop work order may be issued.
- When the project is completed, the applicant must call for final building, electrical, plumbing, and fire inspections.
- The applicant must also apply for a Certificate of Occupancy (CO). If the work is approved, a certificate will be issued indicating permission to use the area for the intended purpose.
Home Contractor Registration Information
The proper permit serves as protection against contractors who may not follow mandated laws promulgated for consumer protection and is also important for insurance purposes. All home improvement contractors, unless specifically exempted, must be registered with the State of New Jersey.
As defined by the statute, a home improvement contractor is anyone who engages in the business of making or selling home improvements including remodeling, altering, renovating, repairing, restoring, modernizing, moving, and/or demolishing. Application forms are available either in the Construction Office or from the State. Please note: The Township is forbidden by law to issue a construction permit to any home improvement contractor who is required to be registered and is not registered. For more information about home improvement contractor registration go to the State of New Jersey’s website: http://www.nj.gov/oag/ca/contractors/contractor.htm.
Home Improvement Contractor Compliance Checklist