Office hours are: 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM Monday through Friday
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
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.
Sarah Bright, Acting Technical Assistant
Ronald Gimbert - Fire Subcode Inspector
Vincent Pellegrini - Plumbing / Building Inspector
Jason Francese - Electrical Subcode Inspector
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, 7:00 am-3:00 pm
(Located on the 2nd floor - Room 214 (Planning & Zoning / Rec office)
Joe Setticase - 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.
DEPARTMENT OF ENGINEERING
Vladimir Wojno-Oranski- Director of Engineering
Paul Azzolina - Township Engineer
Smoke Detector Inspections: Monday, Tuesday & Thursday, 12:00PM to 3:00 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
- Fences - only zoning
- Retaining Walls (if they are over 4 ft from the bottom of the first block)
- Sheds (200 sq. ft. or larger) unless electrical work being added
- Sewer connections
- Solar Panels
- Water Heaters
- Miscellaneous residential construction such as:
- pools, decks, elevated patios, (driveway expansions & sidewalks, major landscape design, etc. zoing/engineering only)
The following work does NOT need a Permit:
*UPDATE - Roofs, siding, direct replacement of bathrooms and kitchens (no rewiring, no new fixtures, no relocating existing fixtures, no insulation replacement) all fall under what the state deems as "ordinary maintenance" and no longer require permits.
- 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.