The Borough Engineer is required to be a licensed professional engineer in the state of New Jersey. Appointed by the Mayor and Council, the engineer provides technical services to many other Borough Departments and to municipal boards such as the Planning Board. State law requires that municipal infrastructure improvements such as roads, sewers, culverts, ets., be designed by a licensed professional engineer. Some of the duties of the Borough Engineer include review and inspection of drywells and storm water systems, review of retaining wall designs, review of Planning Board and Zoning Board of Adjustment site plans, municipal infrastructure improvements, and review all zoning calculations sheets for compliance with state and local resolutions. Any additions to homes or other buildings must first be reviewed and approved by the Borough Engineer for Zoning Compliance prior to obtaining a construction permit. Meetings with the Borough Engineer can be arranged by calling Public Works.
This department administers all construction within the Borough. It issues building permits for residential, commercial, and industrial construction within the municipality. After plans have been reviewed and accepted, and the appropriate permits have been issued, inspections are performed to insure that all construction is in accordance with the Uniform Construction Code of New Jersey and its adopted codes. It is also the responsibility of this department to issue violations and fines when warranted and Certificates of Approvals and Occupancy upon final inspections and approval of all projects. All these activities are recorded, tabulated and reported to the State on a monthly basis.
When is a permit required?
A permit is generally required if an individual wishes to construct, enlarge, alter or demolish a structure. Included in this category are those projects which change any existing structure or add to that structure, such as the following:
A construction permit is also required to do the following:
The following projects are examples of ordinary repairs which DO NOT require a permit:
How do I apply for a permit?
The required documentation for a construction permit includes:
An application for permit is available from the Construction Department, located in the Borough Hall. Along with the completed application, the applicant must submit 3 copies of the construction plans. These drawings may be done by the applicant for his own single-family dwelling or by a New Jersey licensed architect or engineer. A building contractor is not permitted to do the drawings unless he is licensed as an architect or engineer.
All contractors are required to be licensed by the New Jersey Department of Consumer Affairs and must provide proof of registration to the Construction Department in order to file and receive a construction permit.
An applicant must also submit a current plot plan for an addition, fence (over 4 feet in height) or pool. The plot plan should indicate:
What is a permit?
A construction permit represents legal permission to begin a construction project. The issuance of a permit indicates that plans for a project have been approved by Mountainside Borough officials and have complied with the Uniform Construction Code and Borough Zoning Ordinance.
The Permit Process
Step 1: The borough Zoning Officer completes the zoning review.
Step 2: The required documents are submitted to the Construction Department, Grading Plan (if required) is to be submitted directly to the Engineering Department by the applicant.
Step 3: After the Zoning and Engineering approval, the documents are reviewed by the building, electrical, plumbing, and fire subcode officials for completeness and code conformance. This process may take up to twenty working days. If the documents do not comply with the Uniform Construction Code, the applicant will be notified of the violations and required to correct and resubmit the documents for further review. Applicant must contact Engineering Department directly for any comments to the Grading Plan (if required).
Step 4: The permit is issued indicating that legal approval has been given to begin the construction project.
State law mandates that the Construction Official issue a fine of up to $2,000 to any person who performs work without a permit.
Inspections during construction
Building Subcode Inspection
Note: No building inspection will be made prior to any required plumbing or electrical inspection approval.
Electric Subcode Inspections
Plumbing Subcode Inspections
Fire Subcode Inspections
For renovations and projects other than new construction, contact the Construction Department for inspection requirements.
Obligations during construction
Inspectors must have 24 hours advance notice and must be able to see the part of construction required to be inspected. Any work which does not conform to the approved plans will require re-inspection. If the work continues without resolving the problem the applicant will be fined and the job stopped. Applicants are required to post the permit prominently on the site and to keep a copy of the approved plans at the site. When the project is completed, the applicant must call for final building, electrical, plumbing, and fire inspections. The applicant must also apply for a certificate of occupancy. If the work is approved, a certificate will be issued indicating permission to use the area for the intended purpose. Property must be properly identified: House number conspicuously displayed for viewing from the street and construction placard conspicuously displayed on the building.
Zoning Enforcement Official908-232-2409
The rental or resale of residential dwellings requires a Certificate of Continued Occupancy (CCO) which includes the smoke detector inspection. The fee is $240 and the application is available in the Zoning Department located on the second floor of the Borough Hall. Accessory structures such as sheds, pools, and gazebos require certain setbacks from property lines and may also require a building permit. Call the Zoning Department for information. The Borough of Mountainside's property maintenance ordinance requires: 1) The exterior of dwellings be maintained and painted; 2) Premises be kept free from debris, overgrown grass and weeds, the storage of old parked vehicles, and parts and abandoned appliances. The parking of recreational vehicles and commercial vehicles is prohibited unless in an enclosed garage or shielded from view.
A Certificate of Occupancy is required prior to the occupancy and commencement of new businesses, office tenants, warehouses and industrial uses. The fee is $241, which includes verification from the Office of Fire Prevention that the annual fire inspection is current and without outstanding violations. Applications are available in the Zoning Department.
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