OFFICE OF THE CONSTRUCTION CODE OFFICIAL

The Office of the Construction Code Official is empowered by the Jersey City Municipal Code to:
  • Administer and enforce the State Uniform Construction Code and conduct the centralized issuance of permits and inspection services.

  • Condemn properties in accordance with N.J.S.A. 40:48-2.3 et seq.

  • Issue permits for alterations, additions, new buildings, and inspections both before and after occupancy is permitted.

  • Conduct ongoing inspections of elevators, swimming pools, backflow preventers.

  • Register non-state licensed contractors.


CONSTRUCTION CODE OFFICIAL-FAQ

 

HOW DO I SUBMIT AN APPLICATION?

FORMS:

 

*minor work applications dropped off in-person are reviewed for completeness and issued a permit or control number in 3 business days

**Upon payment of the plan review fee, you will receive a control number, stamp your drawings and move to the review process

***Passaic Valley and MUA are not required for replacing fixture
WHAT IS THE STATUS OF MY APPLICATION?

Please create an account on www.sdlportal.com to find the following statuses:

  • UNDER REVIEW – indicates your application is still being reviewed by the sub-codes
  • FAILED – indicates that your application has failed plan review & a sub-code(s) must be contacted for corrections
  • PICKUP – indicates ready for payment; not that permit is ready to be picked up 
  • OPEN – indicates your permits is approved & ready to be picked up
Once the payment is applied the status will change to OPEN, once that happens permits with plans can be picked up between 9am-3pm, no appointment necessary, those without plans will be mailed to the contractor.
If you are paying for a job with plans, you will receive an email with instructions on how to upload your e-plans into our system prior to pick-up. If you have any questions or do not receive that email constructioncode@jcnj.org

 

***if there are no plans, the permit is mailed to the contractor on file
HOW DO I PAY?
  • Online (e-check or credit/debit cards) payments (https://jerseycitynj.gov/pay)
  • Business checks accompanied by the approved check registry form CHECK REGISTRY FORM
  • Personal checks that match the applicant’s information of the applications with approve check registry form
  • Money Orders
  • Certified Check

 ***no third party checks/out of state check or starter checks

Once the payment is applied the status will change to OPEN, once that happens permits with plans can be picked up between 9am-3pm, no appointment necessary, those without plans will be mailed to the contractor.
If you are paying for a job with plans, you will receive an email with instructions on how to upload your e-plans into our system prior to pick-up. If you have any questions or do not receive that email constructioncode@jcnj.org

HOW DO I SCHEDULE/CANCEL AN INSPECTION?

Please schedule all inspections on www.sdlportal.com

Inspections can be cancelled by calling the main line: 201 547 5055 or by reaching out to the inspector
***all statuses/updates of inspections can be found on the SDL PORTAL

WHAT DO I NEED FOR AN INSPECTION?
  • Inspections are completed between the hours of 7AM-3PM (contact your inspector directly if you need a specific timeframe)
  • Dates/Times for large projects are handled one-on-one by the inspector for that area and entered in SDL
  • Required documents that may need to be provided:
    • Footing and Foundation = Foundation survey
    • Framing = Framing Checklist
    • Insulation = Air Barrier Checklist
    • Sprinkler = Above Ground & Underground Certification
    • Fire Pump = NFPA 20 Certification
    • Fire Alarms = NFPA 72 Certification
    • Any Special Inspector Certifications 
    https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/codes/resources/constructionpermitforms.html
WHAT HAPPENS IF I HAVE A FAILED PLAN REVIEW?
  • Denials are handled, by appointment only (via email or phone), by the Sub-code(s)/Reviewer(s) & conducted in person
    •   Building Sub-code - Joseph Severini Contact: JosephS@jcnj.org 
    •   Electrical Sub-code - Paul Esposito Contact: Pesposito@jcnj.org 
    •   Plumbing Sub-code - Aldo Rizzo/John McMillan Contact: Jmcmillan@jcnj.org 
    •   Fire Sub-Code- Michael Karlok Contact: Mkarlok@jcnj.org 
    •   Elevator Sub-code - Joseph Snyder Contact: Jsnyder@jcnj.org 
  • These meetings are designed for you to obtain your permit if all denial reason are fulfilled and all information is brought in to satisfy those items
  • Application issues pertaining to Plumbing and Electrical MUST by handled by the Licensed Contractors only
Administrative denials are issued by the permit counter and can be handled in person from 9am-3pm or emailed to  constructioncode@jcnj.org
DO I NEED A CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY?

A CERTIFICATE IS NOT REQUIRED FOR THE SALE, TRANSFER OF PROPERTY, OR CHANGE OF BUSINESS NAMES
COs are required for
:

  • New Construction

  • Additions

  • Major Renovations (property cannot be occupied during construction)

    ***Submission of a Zoning approved application is required for a Certificate of Occupancy

    CO Requirements for a Residential Property:

  • 1 & 2 Family Owner Occupied

    • Inside of the construction folder is signed, certifying that the owner will be the occupant OR;

    • Letter stating that the house is going to be used for rental purposes (No Home Owner’s Warranty required).

  • 1 & 2 family, Newly Constructed Condos, or Multiple Family

    • Home Owner’s Warranty (HOW) required

    • Multiple family Building Registration with the State of NJ Multiple Housing Division

    • Suez Water Clearance

    • All final inspections completed, including updates

    • Soil Erosion, if applicable

    • Flood elevation, if applicable

    CO Requirements for a Non-Residential Property

  • Occupancy Load

  • Use Group

  • Construction Classification

  • Refer to Prior Approvals List

    Day Cares:

  • Prior use letters for Day Care and No CO letter is requested at constructioncode@jcnj.org

    Certificate of Approval:

  • Requests for CAs can be emailed to constructioncode@jcnj.org

***Please allow 10 Business Days for completion of all CO applications

 


ALL OTHER QUESTIONS/GENERAL INFORMATION
  • Working hours on construction sites: MONDAY-FRIDAY FROM 7AM TO 6PM
  • All Sites must have appropriate postings in accordance with the Construction Site Safety Ordinance & Uniform Construction Code
  • General Questions or complaints can be emailed to constructioncode@jcnj.org or call (201) 547-5055

All construction sites shall comply with the Regulations of the Uniform Construction Code, Chapter 33 of NJ IBC and the Jersey City Construction Site Ordinance 19-014: https://www.cityofjerseycity.com/UserFiles/Servers/Server_6189660/File/Agendas,%20Mins,%20Res%20&%20Ord/2019%20Ordina nces/OR2%202019%2003%2013.pdf

Uniform Construction Code for all current codes: https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/codes/codreg/ucc.html Ordinary Maintenance (no permit required): https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/codes/codreg/ucc.html Section 2.7
WHERE CAN I FIND INFO ON THE NEW STRUCTURAL AND FACADE ORDINANCE?
You can read the new ordinance atROUTINE STRUCTURAL AND FAÇADE INSPECTIONS 
Checklist for Visual Inspection of Concrete Structure:  STRUCTURAL INSPECTIONS.pdf
Checklist for Visual Inspection of Façade: FACADE INSPECTION CHECKLIST


HOURS OF OPERATION        

Office
Monday -  Friday   9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.    

Counter
Monday-Friday 9 am – 3:00 pm

*Last customer for full service permitting and pick up admitted at 3 pm.

Department Contact Info