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Township of Washington
350 Hudson Avenue

Twp. of Washington, NJ  07676


Building / Engineering

Office hours are: 
Monday through Friday 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Email - Building Dept.
Phone: 201- 666-0462
Room 4 - Lower Level

The Twp. of Washington Building Department is the agency that enforces the New Jersey State Uniform Building Code and local building and zoning codes.  

John Scialla - Chief Construction Official/Building Subcode/Plumbing Subcode
(201) 666-0462

John oversees the daily operations of the Building Department, has final approval on all applications, issues notices of violations, and prepares yearly budgets for the Mayor and Council.

Vacant - Technical Assistant
(201) 666-0462

Ronald Gimbert - Fire Subcode Inspector
(201) 666-0462

Vincent Pellegrini - Plumbing / Building Inspector
(201) 666-0462 

Christopher Walthour -  Electrical Inspector
(201) 666-0462

The Borough inspectors conduct plan reviews to ensure that projects conform to all code and inspection requirements

Joe Setticase- Code Enforcement Official  

Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:00am-3:00pm 

Gary Mazanec - Zoning Officer

The Zoning Officer reviews drawings and surveys for proposed projects to ensure that the Zoning Code is adhered to.  Click here for further Zoning information.


Political Campaign Signs
No campaign sign shall be erected, constructed or maintained until an application for the same has been filed with the Building Subcode Official.
Click here for application and local ordinance.



 Vladimir Wojno-Oranski- Director of Engineering
Paul Azzolina - Township Engineer 
(201) 845-8500

Smoke Detector Inspections: Monday, Tuesday & Thursday, 3:00PM to 6:00 PM. Please call the Building Department to schedule inspections (not Fire Prevention).

Building permits provide the means for Code Officials to protect the residents' health, safety, and welfare by reducing the potential hazards of unsafe construction. 

The building permit process helps to explain the requirements needed to fulfill the Twp. of Washington's local laws and ordinances. An application for a permit must be made before any construction or remodeling work begins. Building permits provide the Code Officials with the means to review the construction documents to ensure that minimum standards are met and appropriate materials are used.  

The following work requires a Permit Application:

  • New building/additions/renovations Demolitions
  • Electrical and plumbing work
  • Boiler and furnace replacements
  • Window replacement when changing size or type
  • Oil tank removal
  • Re-roofing
  • Fences
  • Sheds
  • Sewer connections
  • Signs
  • Water Heaters
  • Miscellaneous residential construction such as:
    •  siding, pools, decks, elevated patios, driveways, etc. 

The following work does not need a Permit:

  • painting
  • replacing same size windows and doors
  • repaving driveway with the same material and same size, etc.

When in doubt, please call the Building Department.  

Permits must be obtained before the start of work.

To see the Department of Energy's official Building Energy Codes, click here.

Exceptions include emergency replacement of furnaces, boilers and water heaters. However, the  Building Department must be notified of the emergency replacement at the time of installation. Permits must be obtained within five days from the date of the installation.


The majority of building permits are processed with little delay.  If plan modifications are needed, the deficiencies are based on a careful review of the proposed work to insure safe and sound construction.  Permits that have been approved are to be picked up in the building department during office hours, Monday through Friday, 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM. 

*** The permit placard must be displayed in your front window ***
*** An approved set of plans must be kept on the job site.

Required inspections may include: Footings (prior to pouring of concrete), foundation/backfill, interior slab, smoke detector placement, rough inspections (electric, plumbing), framing, insulation, and final inspections for each applicable subcode area (electric, fire, then plumbing and building), and engineering, if applicable.  Check with the Construction Official to determine which inspections are required for your project.

Once all final inspections have been performed and approved, you must fill out an application for your Certificate of Occupancy.  Applications can be obtained from the building department.  The certificate will be mailed to you.

Hours of Inspection:

Building : Monday, Tuesday & Thursday, 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Plumbing: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Electric: Tuesday & Thursday  9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Fire: Monday, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Smoke Detector Inspection: Please call the Building Dept. at 201-666-0462.

*No work is to begin before 7:00 AM or to continue after sunset.

CALL 1-800-272-1000 before you dig! They will mark out underground utility lines. Provide the building dept. with the dig number assigned to your project.


Home Owners Be Aware!
Chimney Liners

Please contact the Building Dept. before entering into an agreement with a chimney contractor who tells you that your chimney liner needs to bereplaced.
Doing this work when it is not needed, or doing it improperly can cause dangerous conditions in your home which can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.

A Permit is required before a chimney liner installation takes place. Contact the Building Department by phone at  201- 666-0462  or  email
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