How much does a Building Permit cost?
The cost of the permit depends on the type of work to be done and the cost of the project to be completed. All permit fees are regulated by and specified in the Code of Ordinances. You can also call the Building department at 424-2782.
Will my contractor obtain the permit?
The reputable contractors know the requirements and abide by them. Unfortunately, not all contractors comply with the Township code. Remember, it is the property owner who is responsible for ensuring that all work on his/her property is preceded by acquisition of the appropriate permits.
How do I find out if my contractor is licensed?
State law requires that all construction work be done by a licensed contractor. Residents are discouraged from hiring unlicensed contractors. Both the unlicensed contractor and the owner who ordered the work may be subject to severe fines and penalties. Call the Building Department at 424-2782 to verify a contractor's status before you sign a contract for repairs or construction work.
What else should I ask a proposed contractor about?
To protect yourself from a lawsuit, verify that the contractor has adequate workers compensation and general liability insurance coverage. The Township requires contractors to file proof of such insurance coverage before any work can begin.
Is the contractor required to get any other permits?
Contractors are required to obtain occupational permits in order to solicit or perform any type of construction work in the Township. The Township will not issue the permit unless the contractor first provides proof of the appropriate insurance coverage.
What happens if I get caught doing work without a building permit?
Minimally, the building inspector will issue a "cease work" order until you obtain the proper building permit. The minimum penalty for doing work without a permit is that you will be charged twice the normal fee for the building permit for the type of work you are having done. If the work being done is in violation of the building codes or the zoning regulations, the work must be changed to comply or else the work must be undone.