COVID-19 OPERATIONS FOR THE BUILDING DEPARTMENT
UPDATE NOTICE: On May 13, 2020, Governor Murphy signed EXECUTIVE ORDER 142, which allows non-essential construction projects that were ceased by EXECUTIVE ORDER 122, to resume. See RESUMPTION OF CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS for additional information.
On March 16, 2020 New Jersey Governor Philip Murphy issued Executive Order 103, requiring certain measures be taken in combating the COVID-19 virus pandemic. This led to the closing or restricting of operations for many government agencies and businesses. On March 25, 2020, the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) issued a Directive ordering the temporary relaxation of certain rules of Title 5 of the Administrative Code (Uniform Construction Code). An advisory notice from DCA offered operational guidance for construction offices during the effective period of Executive Order 103. As a result of this Directive, our office is implementing the following temporary procedures:
Please note that although the office is closed to the public, the Department of Community Development is OPEN for business.
building inspections are as follows:
NOTE: ORDINARY MAINTENANCE may proceed without notifying the Building Department since it does not require a building permit nor inspection.
1. Inspections for UNOCCUPIED STRUCTURES, NEW CONSTRUCTION, EXTERIOR WORK, ADDITIONS, and RECONSTRUCTION projects will be scheduled.
2. MINOR WORK will NOT be scheduled. A FINAL inspection will be conducted within 90 days of the office reopening.
3. Inspections for interior RENOVATIONS and ALTERATIONS in OCCUPIED STRUCTURES (such as a basement renovation or a one or two room project) will NOT be scheduled. A FINAL/CCO inspection will be scheduled when the office resumes its normal inspection process.
responsibility of applicants and contractors
If the project includes interior RENOVATIONS or ALTERATIONS in an OCCUPIED STRUCTURE (such as a basement renovation or a one or two room project), that project will NOT be scheduled for inspection. The applicant or contractor may continue with the construction work without obtaining any inspections from the Building Department. UPON COMPLETION OF THE WORK A FINAL/CCO INSPECTION WILL BE CONDUCTED, AT WHICH TIME THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTATION MUST BE PROVIDED:
✔ A report describing the work that was completed within the time that no inspections were available
✔ The design professional or firm associated with the project shall oversee, approve, and document the portions of the project where no inspections were performed
✔ Licensed/registered tradesmen shall document the process of their work in accordance with the inspection procedures of the UCC; and before, during, and after pictures and/or video shall be included in the documentation
✔ Completion of a FRAMING CHECKLIST (UCC Form F390) to the extend it can document the construction
✔ Completion of an AIR BARRIER & INSULATION CHECKLIST (UCC Form F392-2) to the extend it can document the construction