New Jersey Building Code

New Jersey Building Code, Permit and Licensing Information

Updated: 5/22/21

New Jersey Building Code Agency:

Bureau of Code Services
State Building Official
Edward Smith, Director, Codes & Standards Division,
Department of Community Affairs
101 South Broad Street
PO Box 802
Trenton, NJ 08625
(609) 292-7899

What New Jersey Building Code and Editions Are Adopted?

  • 2018 International Building Code (IBC), New Jersey Edition
  • 2018 International Building and Residential Codes (IRC), New Jersey Edition Combo
  • 2018 International Fire Code (IFC-Referenced)
  • 2018 International Mechanical Code (IMC)
  • 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)
  • 2017 National Electric Code
  • 2018 International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC)
  • 2018 International Swimming Pool & Spa Code
  • Energy Codes: Uniform Construction Code (NJAC 5:23-3.18)Based on ASHRAE 90.1-2016

Applicability (statewide, local, limited): STATEWIDE

New Jersey enforces the Uniform Construction Code, which mandates everything from local building code adoption to licensing requirements. Electrical inspectors are required to take electrical certification examinations through the licensing program within the UCC

New Jerseys Uniform Construction Code (UCC) adopts codes by regulation. The codes are administered by the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Division of Codes & Standards. They are uniform statewide and local jurisdictions are not permitted to amend.

Please review the information found here for code adoption information: https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/codes/codreg/index.html

Additional Building Codes by State

State Website https://www.state.nj.us/
State Licensing No state license is required for general contracting. Licensure is required for plumbing and electrical contractors. New homebuilders must register their business.
State Building Code The State of New Jersey has adopted the 2015 IBC, IRC, the 2006 IFC, the 2015 National Plumbing Code (NPC), the 2015 IFGC, the 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC), and the 2015 IMC.

The 2015 editions of the I – Codes were adopted in September 21, 2015.

State Licensing Division https://www.state.nj.us/lps/ca/nonmed.htm
State Fire Marshall https://www.state.nj.us/dca/divisions/dfs/index.shtml
State Environmental Permit https://www.state.nj.us/dep/
New Jersey Building Code by County
New Jersey Construction Code by County

Additional Building Codes by State

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming


Type
Code Title
Code Adopted
Technical Bases
Applicability
Building
Building Code
2015
2015 IBC
Building
Residential Code
2015
2015 IRC
Fire
Fire Code
2015 (IBC
2015 IFC
Electrical
Electric Code
2014
2014 NEC
Mechanical
Mechanical Code
2015
2015 IMC
Plumbing
Plumbing Code
Not Adopted
Plumbing
Private Sewage Disposal Code
Not Adopted
Fire
Fuel and Gas Code
2015
2015 IFGC
Green
Green Construction Code
Not Adopted
Energy
Energy Conservation Code
2015
2015 IECC
Building
Property Maintenance Code
No Statewide Standard, State or Local Adoption of Editions of Code
Building
Existing Buildings Code
Not Adopted
Plumbing
International Swimming Pool and Spa Code (ISPSC)
2015
2015 ISPSC
Accessibility
Accessibility Code
Fire
Wildfire/Wildlife Urban Interface Code
Not Adopted
Zoning
Zoning Code
Not Adopted
Fire
Fire Life Safety Code

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