Construction & Zoning
Construction Official, Building Subcode Offical and Zoning Officer – Ed Toussaint(609) 859-2786 firstname.lastname@example.org Hours: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm Monday, Wednesday & Friday
Technical Assistant to the Construction Official – Debbie Hodgson(609) 859-2786 Fax: (609) 859-1465 Hours: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm Monday – Friday
Building Permits: When Don’t You Need Them?
Many times residents are not aware or are in doubt whether they are required to obtain a permit for various repairs. In 1977, the State of New Jersey adopted the Uniform Construction Code, known as the U.C.C. The U.C.C. regulates when a construction permit is required. The regulation states, “A building or structure shall not be constructed, extended, repaired, removed, or altered “EXCEPT FOR ORDINARY REPAIRS”.
WHAT ARE ORDINARY REPAIRS? The following is a list of ORDINARY MAINTENANCE, which has been supplied by the Southampton Township Construction Office in order to help our residents determine whether a permit is required. This listing is not all-inclusive.
1. Exterior and interior painting.
2. Installation, repair or replacement of any interior finishes of less than 25 percent of the wall area in any given room, in a one or two family dwelling. This includes plastering and drywall installation. *Paneling shall not be considered an ordinary repair.
3. Wall papering or vinyl wall covering.
4. Replacement of glass in any window or door. Replacement glass shall be of a type and quality that complies with the minimum requirements of the code.
5. 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.
6. Repair of any non-structural member such as a partition railing or kitchen cabinet.
7. Repair or replacement of any interior or exterior trim, decoration or moldings.
8. Replacement or installation of any flooring material. Carpet installation or replacement is considered an ordingary repair only in a one or two family dwelling.
9. Repair of existing roofing material not to exceed 25 percent of the total roof area within any 12-month period.
10. Repair of existing siding with like material not exceeding 25 percent of the total building exterior wall area within any 12-month period.
11. Repair or replacement of any part of a porch or stoop, which does not structurally support a roof above.
12. Replacement or installation of screens.
13. Installation of any roll or batt insulation when installed adjacent to or not more than 1 1/2” from an interior finish.
14. Replacement of exterior rain water gutters and leaders.
Electrial Permits: When Don’t You Need Them?
The following items are considered ORDINARY MAINTENANCE and, therefore, an Electrical Permit is not required. The Southampton Township Construction Office is providing this list in order to help our residents determine whether an electric permit is required. This listing is not all-inclusive. Information concerning ordinary maintenance for plumbing will be provided in a future newsletter.
- The replacement of any receptacle, switch, or lighting fixture rated at 20 amps or less and operating at less than 150 volts to ground with a like or similar item. Replacement of receptacles in locations where ground-fault circuit interrupter protection is required in the electrical subcode, shall not be considered ordinary electrical repairs.
- Repairs to any installed electrically operated equipment such as doorbells, communication systems, and any motor operated device. Provided, however, that if fire protection systems are interrupted for repairs the fire official shall be notified in accordance with the building subcode.
- Installation of communication wiring as covered by article 800 of the electrical subcode in one and two family dwellings, or the alteration/rearrangement of existing communications wiring in other occupancies provided however that the rearrangement does not involve penetration of a fire rated assembly and is not in a hazardous location as defined in chapter 5 of the electrical subcode.
- Replacement of domestic dishwasher.
- Replacement of kitchen range hoods in single-family dwellings.
For additional information or any questions, please contact the Construction Office.