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(908) 879-3660

50 North Road
Chester, NJ 07930

Construction

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Monday through Thursday 8 AM – 4 PM

P: (908) 879-3660 Ext. 2123
F: (908) 879-0122

Do I Need a Permit?

Before you do any work to the exterior of your house, please call to see if you are in the Historic Zone or on the list of Historical Significance, as some of the work will require review by the Historic Preservation Committee.

You do not need a permit for the following ordinance maintenance:

Ordinary building maintenance includes interior painting, wall papering, paneling, replacement of interior doors provided no alteration to the framing of the original opening, replacement of interior trim or moldings, replacement of kitchen cabinets, replacement of flooring or carpet, and replacement of screens.

Ordinary plumbing maintenance includes faucet repair or replacement, trap repair or replacement, replacement of shower valves, replacement of hose bibs, the repair of leaks involving the replacement of piping between existing joints, clearance of stoppages, and the replacement of clothes washers and dryers.

Ordinary electrical maintenance includes replacement of non GFI-receptacles, switches, and lighting fixtures rated at 20 amps or less. Repairs to doorbells, replacement of thermostats, repairs or installations of telephone or cable lines, replacement of dishwasher and kitchen range hoods in single family homes.

Ordinary fire protection maintenance includes repair or replacement of smoke or heat detectors, installation of battery operated or plug in smoke detectors or carbon monoxide detectors, and the replacement of stoves and ovens provided that no change in fuel type or location or electrical characteristics is required.

You do need a permit if you are contemplating doing any of the following work. Please call or visit the Building Department at Borough Hall:

  • Installation of a pool in-ground, above ground and inflatable.
  • Installation of spas or hot tubs
  • Build or replace a deck
  • Put on an addition
  • Interior renovations or alterations
    • 1. Kitchen or bathroom remodel
    • 2. Finishing a basement or attic
    • 3. Install or replacement of sheetrock and insulation
  • Build or replace a retaining wall over 3’ in height
  • Install or replace a shed, membrane structure, or detached garage
  • Install or replace a woodstove
  • Installation or replacement of hot water heaters, furnaces and boilers.
  • Installation of gazebos and cabanas
  • Replacement of roof and siding
  • Installation of patio
  • Removal/abandonment of oil tanks
  • Installation or replacement of central air conditioning
  • Upgrade of electrical service
  • Enlarge windows or doors

The following is regulated by Ordinance and requires certain reviews prior to approval:

  • Soil movement
  • Fencing
  • Dog runs and kennels
  • Animal shelters – including hutches, chicken coops, barns and corrals.

If you are unsure if your project requires a permit just call us at (908) 879-3660 x 2123

Construction Information

Please note that due to the nature of inspections and site visits, there will be times during office hours you may find the office closed. For immediate help, please see any Borough employee for help.

For smoke inspections when selling your home please contact Mt Olive Township fire prevention office 973 691 0900 Ext. 7337 to submit your application and payment as well as schedule the inspection. The application is available on this site under forms for your convenience.

*Additional hours are by appointment. If you plan on stopping in the office, please call or email ahead of time to make sure someone will be in the office.

Construction Paper Forms & Applications