Common Construction Projects

Deck/Patio

[Information and instructions provided here pertain to most common decks/patios, which do not involve electrical wiring or gas piping for grills.]

General Information Required – Deck/Patio

*Construction Plans must be drawn by a homeowner or licensed architect. If drawn by an architect, the plans must be signed and sealed.  Three copies of construction plans must be provided to the Construction Department for review. One copy will be returned to the applicant.  Homeowners drawing their own plans must have the declaration "personally prepared by ....." with homeowner’s signature. Homeowners also must check part “B” on the inside of the Construction Permit Application (CPA) folder and sign the affidavit below on the inside of the CPA folder or their plans may not be accepted for review. It is illegal for builders/contractors to draw construction plans as they are not licensed or insured to do so.

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Application Forms – Deck/Patio

[In all cases of plumbing or electrical projects where a contractor is hired, EACH copy of the permit application must have the raised seal of the contractor.]

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General *Inspection Requirements – Deck/Patio

1. FOOTING - inspector will check size and depth of hole BEFORE concrete is poured.
2. FRAMING - inspector will check all structural attachments including bolts and framing BEFORE decking is installed.
3. FINAL - inspector will check handrails, guardrails, and stairs (if required.)

*Additional special inspections for electrical or plumbing will be required if deck includes wiring or plumbing for electric lighting/grill or gas grill.

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Useful Terms & Definitions – Deck/Patio

Deck

An exterior floor system supported on at least two opposing sides by an adjoining structure and/or posts, piers, or other independent supports.

Guardrail

A rail system installed along all open sides of a deck to protect people against falling down

Handrail

A horizontal or sloping rail intended for grasping by hand for guidance or support.

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Fees

The state allows each municipality to adopt their own fee schedules based on the actual costs incurred.  The fee schedule is monitored annually by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs to ensure the fees are not excessive and are adequate to cover appropriate costs.

The cost of a permit is set by township ordinance available at the township Construction Office.

 

For the successful completion of your project, in addition to general guidance and information in this section, The Construction Department reserves the right to ask for any specific information or clarification unique to your project.

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