Construction work must be inspected in accordance with the State Uniform Construction Code Regulations NJ.A.C. 5:23-2.18. This agency will carry out such periodic inspections during the progress of work as are necessary to insure that work installed conforms to the approved plans and the requirements of the U.C.C. A listing of Borough inspectors can be found on the Construction and Building Department page.

Requesting an Inspection

The owner or other responsible person in charge of work shall notify this enforcing agency when the work is ready for any required inspections specified below or required by the construction official or appropriate subcode official. This notice shall be given at least 24 hours prior to the time the inspection is desired.

Inspections shall be performed within three business days of the time for which it was requested. The work shall not proceed in a manner which will preclude the inspection until it has been made and approved per NJ.A.C. 5:23-2.18 (c) 1. Only call for inspection when the work is ready. Do not anticipate!

You must have the following information in order to request an inspection:

  • Permit number
  • Owner's name
  • Work site location (address)
  • Type of inspection

Required Inspections

Required inspections are as follows:

  1. Footing Inspection: The bottom of trench prior to the pouring of concrete.
  2. Foundation Location Survey: For any new structure or addition over 500 square feet or free-standing structure, a foundation location survey must be provided to the building department before a foundation/backfill inspection can be requested.
  3. Foundation Inspection: Prior to the placement of backfill around the foundation.
  4. Electric and Plumbing Rough Inspections: Plumbing underground services, rough piping, water service, gas service, sewer and storm drains; Electrical rough wiring, panels, and service installations; Mechanical equipment, i.e. ductwork, etc.
  5. Framing Inspection: All structural and framing connections prior to covering with finish (gypsum board or wall covering) or infill material. Framing inspections are performed after approvals have been given for electrical and plumbing rough.
  6. Insulation: Prior to the installation of gypsum board or wall covering. Building exterior must be protected/covered - building must be watertight.
  7. Final inspections: A final inspection is required for each applicable subcode area before a certificate of occupancy or approval may be issued.

All interior and exterior work must be completed. If applicable, all engineering and site work must be completed and this office must receive a letter from the engineer. Performance bonds, as directed by the borough engineer, must be posted for incomplete site work.

Certificate of Occupancy

Once all final inspections have been performed and approved, and all necessary documentation received when applicable (i.e. Engineering, Bergen County Soil, Home Owner Warranty, etc.), you must complete and submit the Application for Certificate. This form can be picked up in the building department or one will be mailed to you. Please be sure to complete all areas on the form and return it to the building department. Occupancy without a certificate is a violation of the U.C.C. and subject to a penalty up to $2,000.

A complete set of approved plans must be kept on the job site. Failure to do so will result in inspection failure.

Permit placard must be posted so it can be seen from the street.