1979 Township Drive
Marlboro, NJ 07746
people have asked, "Why is it necessary to get a permit to work
in my own home?" The reasons are many, starting with the health
and safety of the public, which is the responsibility of the building
department. A permit assures that the building department’s
fire, electrical, plumbing, or building inspector, when called, will
check the work done by a homeowner or contractor to make sure that
he/she complies with the construction codes. Failure to secure permits
or to request inspections could result in causing a fire hazard or
contaminating a building’s water supply. Furthermore, if work
done without a permit causes damage which results in an insurance
claim, the insurance company may hold up paying a claim if it is
discovered that no permit was issued for the work. When a building
is sold, the building department does a mandatory CCO inspection
at which time many finished basements, basement bathrooms and other
remodeling projects are found to have been done without permits.
At that time the building department is requested to do "visual" inspections,
which could result in reopening walls and floors to inspect the work.
Additionally, homeowners and contractors may be fined for doing work
without a permit. It’s just not worth it. For your own health,
safety and peace of mind, 'file for a permit'.