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Yes. The maximum height of a fence is 4 feet in your front yard and 50% open, 6 feet in your side and rear yard. Please be aware that if your house faces more than one street you have more than one front yard. The good side of the fence must face out. There is no setback for fences, but we recommend that you keep it back from the property line so that you may maintain your fence without trespassing on your neighbor's property. Fences cannot be topped with barbed wire or razor wire. Houses on corners may not install a fence in the "sight triangle" that would obscure the view of motorists approaching an intersection. A zoning permit is required prior to installing a fence, be sure to bring a copy of your property survey.
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View the Sparta Mailbox Installation document (PDF) to see a detailed diagram describing a mailbox install that is code compliant.
No. We do not require a Certificate of Continued Occupancy (CCO) on the resale of a home. A Smoke Detector Certification is required and is performed by the Fire Prevention Department; Please call 973-729-4227 to schedule an appointment. If you need a letter stating that a CCO is not required you must request it in writing and there is a $5 fee. Please allow ample time before your closing.
No. As long as the tank is still being used and it is not leaking it may remain in place. A prospective buyer may want you to remove or properly abandon it in place, but that is a contractual negotiation between you and the buyer.
No. Codes are updated every three years, there is no requirement that existing buildings conform to new codes unless work is being done. This is a contractual negotiation between you and the buyer.
A permit is required to construct, enlarge, repair, renovate, alter, reconstruct or demolish a structure or to install or alter equipment, such as heating or air conditioning. There are exceptions for ordinary maintenance.
The following are not considered ordinary repairs and would require a permit:
The following are considered ordinary repairs and would not require a permit:
No. You are allowed to make emergency repairs and get a permit as soon as possible, but not more than 72 hours later and have all required inspections.
No. We would refer you to the phone book.
Permits are not required for an individual dwelling. Permits are required for all commercial roofing.
No permits are required for individual dwellings.
The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am and 4:30 pm.
No. Unfortunately due to the volume of inspections, we cannot guarantee a specific time.
Between 8:30 and 9:30 am on the days that inspections are performed for the subcode.
We use standard multi-part State application forms. They are available at the Building Department office at no charge.
No. The forms are multi-part carbon copy forms.
Yes. As long as they are the standard New Jersey State forms.
Maybe. You can do your own drawings if they are for an owner-occupied single-family home. All other structures need to be drawn and sealed by an architect and/or engineer licensed in New Jersey.
Two copies of the construction drawing will need to be submitted.
The following needs to be included on a construction drawing:
The Building Department has up to 20 business days to review your complete application after all prior approvals (Health Department, Zoning, etc.) are met. Smaller projects like decks and sheds are generally done more quickly.
No permits are required for sheds up to 100 square feet. A permit is required for all sheds larger than 100 square feet. All sheds 200 square feet and larger also require a foundation. All sheds regardless of size require a zoning permit to determine setbacks.
A building permit is not required for a fence unless it is a barrier for a pool. A zoning permit is required for all fences. If you are replacing a fence around a pool, a building permit is required and it must meet the current code.
A permit is required if any of the following is true about the pool:
Requirements for pools can be complicated; we suggest you come to the office and pick up our pool packet.
Maybe. If the replacement window does not require the wall framing to be changed and does not change the original opening size, a permit is not required. If the wall framing or original size were to be changed, a permit would be required.
No. Wells and septic systems are handled by the Health Department. Please direct all questions to them, they will be glad to try to answer any of your questions. Their phone number is 973-729-6174.
Building permits for new structures and additions are based on a fee per cubic foot of volume. Building permits for alterations are based on a fee per dollar amount of the estimated cost of the work. Roofing, siding, pools, and sheds have a flat fee. Electric, plumbing, and fire permits are based on the number of fixtures or appliances being installed.
Yes. Call the Building Department with the address and we’ll check to see if a permit has been issued, if not, we’ll send an inspector put to investigate, but please note to be fair to everyone the inspector may note violations on other properties in the neighborhood, which may include your home.
Yes. Construction activities conducted by a contractor may take place between 7 am and 8 pm Construction activities conducted by a homeowner on his/her own home may take place between 7 am and 9 pm The ordinance is enforced by the Police Department.
International Building and Residential Codes – New Jersey Editions is the code used.