New Jersey Building Code, Permit and Licensing Information
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
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
|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/|
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