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Many factors determine what you will need. A permit is required to construct, enlarge, demolish, install or alter any structure such as commercial property and residential homes. Permits are also required for installation and replacement of equiptment such as air conditioning and furnaces. Permits are not required for minor work that is considered ordinary repair such as exterior and interior painting and roofing/siding that is LESS than 25%. Permits are also not required for direct replacement of windows that remain the same size; replacement of plumbing fixtures such as sinks and tubs in the same location.
1. Minor work shall mean and include the construction or total replacement of any porch or stoop which does not provide structural support for any roof or portion of a building; the construction or alteration of any rooms within an existing one or two-family dwelling, provided that no structural members are altered in any way; the removal and replacement of more that twenty-five percent (25%) of the exterior siding of a one or two-family dwelling;
2. Minor work shall also mean and include the replacement of any existing plumbing piping work with new and approved material of like capacity; the installation of drinking fountains and condensate drains in existing structures; the replacement of existing low-pressure hot water heaters with new ones of like capacity; and the new installation of lavatories, water closets, tubs, showers, washers or diswashers, and garbage disposers in existing space of one and two-family dwellings where the new installation of additional fixtures can be accommodated with no increase in the size of the water distribution system, water service or house drain;
3. Minor work shall also mean and include new electrical work incidental to the installation of air conditioning, equipment, clothes dryers, and ranges or ovens in one and two-family dwellings; the installation of five (5) or less 110 or 220 volt receptacles or fixtures where existing circuits and/or available space circuits and service are adequate to support the load; the replacement of existing wiring with new wiring of the same capacity provided that the new wiring shall be of a type approved for the use by the code;
4. Minor work shall also mean and include the installation of any fire detection or suppression device in any one or two-family dwelling; installation of a radon mitigation system in an existing detached one or two-family dwelling; the installation of a burglar alarm or security system in any structure and the installation of a low voltage communication system in any structure other than a one or two-family dwelling;
5. Minor work shall not include lead abatement;
6. Minor work on elevator devices shall also mean and include work as outlined below and not involving any structural alteration to a building and as scoped within the applicable sections of Part XII of ASME A17.1 referenced in the building sub-code.
Once the OPRA request has been received by the Clerk's office, they will send it to our office; within seven (7) business days we will advise you if we have records available for your review. There is only a fee if you request printed copies of records. OPRA Request Form
Your application for appeal must be in writing setting forth your address and name, the address of the building or site in question, the permit number, the specific sections of the Regulations in question, and the extent and the nature of your reliance on them. You may include a brief statement setting forth your position and the nature of relief sought by you. You may also append any documents that you consider useful.
If you are installing an in-ground pool, an approval from the Engineering Department is required before you can secure a building permit. You need to submit two (2) copies of a grading plan to their office, located at 25 Lakeside Avenue, West Orange, for approval BEFORE submitting your permit application package to the Building Department.
You must also provide the Building Department with a copy of your property survey (marked to indicate the location of the pool), the specifications on the pool, filter and ladder. Additionally, you must submit building, plumbing and electrical permit applications providing all descriptions of work. (Link to Requirements for Pool Installations.) Pool Installation Information
The Municipal Land Use Law (MLUL), 40:55D, sets forth statutory law guiding the Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Adjustment.
If you have no heat, please email HeatEmergency@westorange.org or call 973-325-4119 to report the issue. Be sure to include your name and address.