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Welcome to the Paramus Building Department

If you are planning to add, renovate or just update your home or business, we are here to help. Our inspectors are licensed by the State of New Jersey and are here to make sure the work on your home is performed to the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code and to Paramus' high standards for the safety of your family and friends.

In the Building Department our staff is knowledgeable & helpful. We are here to help you with the process. Whether you're replacing a fence, resurfacing a driveway, selling your home or buying a home.

We know you're not doing construction to your home every day so if you have any questions please feel free to call. Sometimes a two minute conversation can help you make a decision or ask that question that has been on your mind.


52349NJ Division of Codes and Standards

Building: 2015 International Building/Residential Code the New Jersey Edition

Mechanical: International Mechanical Code 2015 and the International Fuel Gas Code 2015

Plumbing: National Standard Plumbing Code / NSPC 2015

Electric: National Electric Code / NEC 2014

Fire: NFPA 13 2013, IBC NJ ed. 2015

Handicapped: NJAC 5:23-7 and ICC / ANSI A117.1-2009

Existing Bldg: UCC Rehabilitation Subcode NJAC 5:23-6

Energy: IECC 2015 / ASHRA std. 90.1 2013

Site: NJ DOT Standard Specifications for Road and Bridge Construction and Paramus Ordinance Chapter 371

Zoning: Paramus Ordinances Chapters 371 and 429



Construction Permit Information

A construction permit grants permission to do most kinds of work on a dwelling or other type of building. The purpose of the permit is to allow our officials to observe the progress of the work to be sure it meets code. The permit can consists of six different subcode sections as needed. They are: building, electric, plumbing, fire, mechanical and/or elevator.

When are construction permits required? The New Jersey Uniform Construction Code states, "A building or structure shall not be constructed, extended, repaired, removed or altered…" without construction permits except for ordinary repairs. Building Permits are required for new houses, additions, alterations, water heater, boiler or furnace replacements, HVAC, kitchen, decks, basement or bathroom renovations, steps, roofing, siding, chimney relining, above or in-ground swimming pools, retaining walls, stove (wood or gas) installation or fireplace, oil tank removal, abandonment or installation, electrical service or panel, solar panels, generators, lawn sprinklers, demolition of house, pool or structure. Filling in a pool or septic tank requires a soil moving permit. When applying for outside projects, you will need to bring a copy of your property survey no older than 20 years, in addition to your permit applications.

The Construction Permit Application

The construction permit application and its subcode sections may be obtained at the Building Department. There is a $25.00 zoning fee. The subcode forms are a multi-part form and as such, we are unable to make them available on this web site. The General Contractor "if the homeowner is not doing the work" must be registered with the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs. Electric and Plumbing Subcode Technical

Forms must be filled out and signed and sealed by a New Jersey State Licensed Electrician and/or Plumber. (4) Sets of plans (2 sets signed & sealed by the architect or engineer) and a site survey need to be submitted. Only the homeowner to a single family house in which he resides in, can be the general contractor. Draw his own plans (4) sets and sign and date. Perform the building, electric, plumbing and fire construction.

Depending on work being constructed a Res check or Energy Star might be required. If moving soil, a soil moving permit must be included. A site work form is also needed if you are doing any concrete or pavement work. If you are cutting the curb there is an additional $50.00 that must be submitted at the time of submission. The construction permit is the document which grants legal permission for construction to start. Inspections required for the project will be indicated on the permit. Each major phase of construction must be inspected by the Building Department to make certain the work conforms to the appropriate code, the permit, and the approved plans. After the permit application is completed, it is reviewed by the Subcode Officials who will determine if the project is in compliance with the construction codes, zoning ordinance and other municipal or state ordinances and statutes. Applications may be approved, disapproved, or additional information and clarification may be requested.

As construction proceeds, the applicant refers to the inspection schedule and calls the Building Department to schedule the various progress inspections. Upon completion and final inspection of all work, the Construction Official issues a Certificate of Occupancy (CO) or a Certificate of Approval (CA), the formal document which marks the completion of the construction project. Note that the work is not considered complete until the Office of Construction Codes completes all the inspections and issues the CO or CA.

Residential Requirements for Permits

The Building Department responsible for issuing all construction permits in accordance with the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code. The process of obtaining permits, approvals and variances can involve several different departments and may seem overwhelming at first glance. We've attempted to simplify our explanation by providing you with the following answers to frequently asked questions.

When in doubt please call.

Consequences of working without a required permit

You may subject yourself to penalties and/or fines of up to $2,000 a day until permits are issued.

  • If you proceed with your construction project without having a required permit and you get "caught," before a permit can be issued you will need zoning approval and you may need a variance or Planning Board approval. If these approvals/variances are denied, you may be required to remove the constructed improvement.
  • You might unknowingly receive substandard materials and/or workmanship from a contractor.
  • If you have an insurance claim related to any work done without permits, your carrier may not pay the claim. They often check with the township for permits and the required inspections.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO CALL 1-800-272-1000 or 811 before you dig!  They will mark out underground utility lines.  Provide the building department with the dig number assigned to your project.


Failure to do so will result in inspection failure.



Building Inspection Information

Are inspections required during the course of construction?

Yes, The State of New Jersey requires that the construction department conduct the following minimum field inspections;

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 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 ROUGH INSPECTIONS: rough wiring, panels, and service installations
  5. PLUMBING ROUGH INSPECTIONS: rough, underground, water & gas service, sewer & storm drains
  6. 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 inspections.
  7. INSULATION: Prior to the installation of gypsum board or wall covering.  Building exterior must be protected/covered – building must be watertight.
  8. FINAL INSPECTIONS: A final inspection is required for each applicable subcode area before a certificate of occupancy or approval may be issued and all can be inspected on the same day.


Certificate of Occupancy Information

For new single family home 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, Shade Tree Approval, Final COAH payment is received etc.), you must submit the (purple form) Application for Certificate. 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.


Board of Adjustment Information

The Zoning Board of Adjustment hears appeals of decisions of the Zoning Officer in enforcement of the Zoning Ordinance and appeals of the Zoning Officer's interpretation of the Zoning Ordinance. The Board is empowered to grant "C" and "D" variances. "D" variances are required for deviations from permitted use, expansion of a non-conforming use, requirements for conditional use, increase in permitted floor area ratio , increase in permitted density and increase in height of a structure which exceeds by 10 feet or 10%. "C" variances typically involve variances for setbacks and may be granted where subject property poses unusual hardship to development or where the application would result in a better zoning alternative for the neighborhood. "D" variances may be granted for special reasons, undue hardship or an inherently beneficial use. The Board does not have the power to grant a variance where the grant would be a substantial detriment to the public good or impair the intent and purpose of the Paramus Master Plan and Zoning Ordinance.


Planning Board Information

The Planning Board is a statutory body empowered to prepare and review the Master Plan for the Borough; to recommend and review Zoning Ordinances for the Borough and to hear Subdivision, Site Plan and Conditional Use applications.