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Construction

Anthony Cermele, Construction Official

Email: Acermele@lawrencetwp.com
Phone: 609-844-7060
Fax: 609-844-0282
Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

ABOUT US

The Division of Code Enforcement is in the Department of Community Development. All offices are located in the municipal complex, 2207 Lawrence Road (Lawrenceville Road for GPS users) in Lawrence Township.

Responsibilities

Review all applications and plans submitted for new construction and alterations in accordance with the various codes related to building, electrical, plumbing, HVAC, elevator, fire and radon.

Inspect all residential, commercial and industrial buildings during various phases of construction.

Investigate all buildings and structures which have been damaged to ensure that they could be occupied safely.

Local Contractor License

All contractors working on commercial projects in Lawrence Township are required to obtain a Lawrence Township Contractor's License on an annual basis. All State Licensed Plumbers and Electricians are exempt. Click here for Contractor's License Application.

All contractors working on residential projects in Lawrence Township must be registered in State on New Jersey.

Current Codes in NJ

Current codes are available at New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, Division of Codes and Standards ( http://www.state.nj.us/dca/divisions/codes/index.html ).

Permit Requirements

Ordinary Repairs - painting, window/door replacement (same dimensions), carpet installation (one and two family dwellings only) - no permit required. A permit is required for carpet installation in commercial establishments.

Emergency Work - For any emergency work to be done in an unsafe area, roof leak, heater repair, etc., applicant must file for a permit within 72 hours.

Minor Work - 25% of existing roof or siding being replaced, complete replacement of existing plumbing fixtures, replacement of electrical systems and panel boxes, installation of fire or suppression systems or low voltage communication systems - permit required.

Regular Permits - Construction of new buildings , additions, decks, pools, fences, storage sheds, etc. - permit required.

Plans Required

Residential - drawings can be done by the homeowner if qualified (one & two family) to the satisfaction of the Code Official. Three (3) sets of plans are required.

Commercial - Drawings to be completed by a N. J. Licensed Architect or Engineer. Three (3) sets of plans are required.

For occupancies with health or historical requirements, four (4) sets of plans are required.

Permit Fees

By Lawrence Township Ordinance No. 2014-09, construction permit fees have been set and are effective May 05, 2009. Click for fee details.

Common Construction Projects

In our ongoing effort to enhance value of service to our township residents, last April, we launched this new section on the website. Here, we have provided information and guidance for your use to complete your construction projects in a timely and less stressful manner. We have built this section in phases. So far we have provided information for Deck/Patio, Shed, Basement, Pools, Spas & Hot Tubs projects. Now, with the addition of Common Replacement Projects this section is nearly complete.

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General Warning

As of January 01, 2006, New Jersey Laws require that you use only contractors with valid NJ State Registration for all your construction and home improvement projects.

You can verify registration for a specific contractor on https://newjersey.mylicense.com/verification/ or by calling NJ Division of Consumer Affairs (973-504-6200 or 800-242-5846)

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