Building and Construction
The Building Department provides assistance to residents and commercial contractors engaged in construction, remodeling and repair within Washington Township. The building department also serves the residents of Mansfield Township, Warren County. The office enforces compliance with all State rules and regulations regarding construction.
The Building department issues permits and conducts inspections for construction, repairs and renovations, additions, electric and gas service upgrades, demolition, roofing, siding, swimming pools, sheds, replacement of hot water heaters and removal of tanks, etc.
Before You Start a Project
Please contact the department at 908-876-4711 or visit the office located in the Municipal Building on the lower floor, The Municipal building is locates at 43 Schooley’s Mountain Road, Long Valley, NJ 07853.
You should obtain a Construction Permit Application Package from our office. Complete the application(s) and submit the package and 2 sets of plans to the department for review.
When the plan review process is complete, the applicant will be notified of the permit fee. If the application is incomplete, the applicant will be notified of the missing information.
Work can be started when fees are paid and the Construction Permit is issued.
A significant amount of time is spent following up on construction permits that have been issued, where, in most cases, the authorized work has been completed, but the required inspections have not been requested.
All improvements, with few exceptions, are subject to increased assessment regardless of whether or not a permit has been issued or inspections performed. The sole purpose of permits and inspections is for public safety and welfare. Please request a final inspection by contacting our office upon the completion of the work allowed by the construction permit.
Notify the Police at 908-876-3232 if you witness illegal dumping in progress. Violators have been, and will continue to be, subject to prosecution. Please notify either the Code Enforcement Office or the Health Department if a dumping condition exists in any location.
Protect your home by having the installation of your wood or coal burning stove inspected by the Code Enforcement Office. All wood and coal burning stoves require a permit issued by the Township. If you do not have a permit, or are unaware of a permit having been issued for your stove, please contact the building department.
The inspection could prevent a fire in your house. Installation instructions provided by the manufacturer should be followed carefully by you or a professional installer.
The State of New Jersey has a warranty program to protect owners of new homes.
Since July 1, 1979, homes constructed by building contractors are covered under a 10-year warranty plan. A claims procedure exists for structural and some cosmetic problems. Contact the Building Department for more information.
Police, Fire and First Aid services are delayed locating residences that do not have properly posted house numbers.
Minutes saved in reaching your home can make the difference in reducing property loss and/or loss of life. Township ordinance requires homeowners to post their house number so as to be clearly visible from the road.
Residents are reminded that permits are required for in ground, above ground, and inflateable seasonal/temporary swimming pools sold at retail stores. Pools 24" and higher MUST BE protected by an approved barrier fence or self closing/self locking gate or ladder.
A Certificate of Approval must be obtained from the Code Enforcement Office before the pool can be used. Fines will be imposed on the owners of pools that do not have proper permits and Certificates of Approval.