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Twp. of Washington
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Twp. of Washington, NJ  07676
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Building / Engineering

Office hours are:  Monday through Thursday
9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
CLOSED ON FRIDAYS
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 Constructiion 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.

 Kathy Sabol - Secretary
(201) 666-0462

Kathy schedules inspections, answers questions regarding building permit requirements, and prepares month-end financial reports which in turn get sent to the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.

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

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

Christopher Walthour -  Electrical Official
(201) 666-0462

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

James Tucker - Zoning Officer/Code Enforcement Official

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.

DEPARTMENT OF ENGINEERING

David Frank - Director of Engineering
Paul Azzolina - Township Engineer
Michael Ritchie - Professional Land Surveyor

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.

Inspections

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 Thursday, 9:30 AM – 4:30 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 Fire Prevention at  201-391-0376


*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.


 

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