The Official Site of the Borough of Freehold, New Jersey

The Construction Department is responsible for enforcing the regulationsof the State Uniform Construction Code, which was established by the State of New Jersey, to insure that new construction (commercial, industrial, and residential) adheres to minimum standards of workmanship and safety. The Inspectors review structural construction, plumbing, heating and air conditioning, and electrical work prior to the issuance of a certificate of occupancy to insure compliance with the State Uniform Construction Code. The Borough utilizes State inspectors to perform elevator inspections.

Henry Stryker III
Construction Official
Phone # 732-462-4903


Frequenlty Asked Questions & Links 

What type of improvements require a permit?

Interior work such as painting, paneling, tiling, replacement fixtures and/or cabinets do not require a permit. Replacing electrical wiring, plumbing, constructing or removing walls does require a permit.

Permits are also required for decks, fences, and shed.

If I need a permit, who should I contact?

Contact the Construction Department at (732)462-4903. The staff will guide you through the permit process and requirements. If your questions are of a technical nature, you will be asked to speak with the Subcode Officials, and you will find contact information listed below.

 Why is a permit necessary?

Permits are required to ensure that all work being performed is in compliance with the proper codes, and being constructed in a safe manner.

How do I go about obtaining a permit?

First you should contact the Construction Department for a list of criteria required for each specific type of work. Once you have all of the information/paperwork required, you can complete a construction permit application. Once this process has been completed, the Construction Staff will review your permit for the proper criteria, and process for approvals.

If I need a permit for certain types of improvements, does that include my basement, or adding a pool?

Both basement work and a pool require a construction permit.

Do I need a certificate of occupancy?

A certificate of “approval” is issued on all permits/types of work once all the proper finals have been approved. A “certificate of occupancy” is issued on all new construction.

Do I need a zoning permit?

In the Borough certain land uses are allowed in areas where such use is appropriate. Depending on the area and the use a zoning permit may be necessary. A zoning permit is required for a new business or a business relocating to a new location. This requirement does not apply to a home based business.

Do I need to retain an engineer or architect for my home improvements?

The code states that a homeowner may draw their own plans. It is strongly suggested that if a homeowner is unfamiliar with the codes and construction, they have an architect or engineer draw the plans.

Where do I find out about setback requirements?

Please contact the Zoning/Planning Department to learn about setback requirements.

What zone is my property in?

The Zoning/Planning Department can help you determine what zone your property is in. A representative can be reached at 732­ 462-4903.

 How can I find out about water and sewer availability?

 Contact the Freehold Borough Water & Sewer Department (732) 462-3502.

Where do I find out about septic systems?

Septic system installation and requirements are handled through the Freehold Township Health  Department. They can be reached at (732) 294-2060.

How long does the Construction Department keep my permits?

A permit is kept in the Construction Department archives for the life of the dwelling.

How do I schedule a Construction Inspection?

Please make sure that you have all necessary. information available before calling. When you are ready please call our Inspection line at (732) 462-4903.

Construction Applications

The Construction Permit Application is in three parts. All three parts

of the application must be completed and brought to the Construction Department for processing. When you return the application, staff will indicate the amount necessary for the processing fee.

Once you complete the appropriate forms, the Construction Department will assist you in obtaining the necessary permits, and inspecting the permitted work.

General Building Information

If you are building, remodeling, or adding onto your house or business, it must be done in accordance with the State Uniform Construction Code and generally requires a building permit. Visit or call the Construction Department during the planning stages of your project, well before you begin construction, to make sure you are proceeding according to Code and do not need to appear before the Planning Board or Zoning Board of Adjustment. An early visit will eliminate unnecessary delays in completing your project. For example, if you are creating a non-conforming use, you will be required to apply for a variance from the Zoning Board of Adjustment.

You may need to survey your lot and provide copies of your plans to the Construction Department, especially if it is a large project. All completed construction permit applications must include a copy of the proposal for the project. When your plans are complete, the appropriate inspector will examine them and may ask for changes to comply with the Code. These changes may involve such things as using different building materials or using different building methods.

It is important for you to know that your contractor or builder must be licensed by the State of New Jersey by December 31, 2005. Also, make sure your contractor or builder calls 1-800-­272-1000 to make sure all underground utilities are marked out before they do any digging. This will eliminate the possibility of the contractor inadvertently hitting water, electric, or cable lines and possibly knocking out service. Three working days notice in advance of digging is required.

Once you have met the requirements for a construction permit and paid the applicable fee, the construction permit is issued and construction can begin. During construction you will receive routine on-site inspections to insure your project is progressing in a safe and reliable way. A final inspection is required when the job is complete. If the project is completed in accordance with Code, the Construction Official will issue a certificate of occupancy or certificate of approval.

Permit Application Requirements

Applications may be obtained  at the Construction Department in the Municipal Building, 51 West Main Street, Freehold Borough or by calling (732) 462-4903.

Deck
Permit Application Requirements
  1. Complete application.
  2. Survey of property.
  3. Detailed drawing of deck.
  4. Copy of estimate or a list of materials and total cost.
  5. Payment of permit application fence
Fence
Permit Application Requirements
  1. Complete application.
  2. Survey of property.
  3. Copy of estimate or a list materials and total cost.
  4. Payment of permit application fee.
Shed
Permit Application Requirements
  1. Complete application.
  2. Survey of property.
  3. Detailed drawing of shed or brochure of shed.
  4. Copy of estimate or a list of materials and total cost.
  5. Payment of permit application fee.
Siding/Roofing
Permit Application Requirements
  1. Complete application.
  2. Copy of estimate or a list of materials and total cost.
  3. Payment of permit application
Plumbing/Electrical Work
Permit Application Requirements
  1. Complete application.
  2. Electrical wiring and/or gas piping requires a diagram of the work.
  3. Copy of estimate or a list of materials and total cost.
  4. Payment of permit application fee.
Pools (Inground and Above Ground)
Permit Application Requirements

NOTICE TO FREEHOLD BOROUGH RESIDENTS REGARDING ABOVE-GROUND SWIMMING POOLS

Any above-ground pool deeper than 24 inches requires construction permits consisting of building and electrical permits.  Proper protection of the pool, which may include fencing, is required pursuant to the Uniform Commercial Code.  Resident should contact the Code office at 732 462-4903 or come in to 51 West Main St. if they have any questions.
 
  1. Complete application.
  2. Survey of property.
  3. In-ground – sealed specifications of the pool.
  4. Above ground – brochure on the pool.
  5. Brochures on: pool, filter, pump, heater (if being installed).
  6. Electrical wiring diagram and gas piping diagram.
  7. Copy of estimate or a list of materials and total cost.
  8. Pool certification, which must be notarized stating that you will not use the pool until all final inspections are performed by the Construction Department.
  9. Payment of permit application fee.

Heating/AC Systems
Permit Application Requirements
  1. Complete application.
  2. Copy of estimate or a list of materials and total cost.
  3. Brochure on heating or AC unit.
  4. Diagram of electrical wiring or gas piping.
  5. Indicate where unit will be installed; attic, basement, utility room, etc.
  6. All new heating units must have chimney certification form completed.
  7. Payment of permit application fee.
Interior Alterations - Residential
Permit Application Requirements
  1. Complete application.
  2. Copy of estimate or a list of materials and total cost.
  3. Detailed plans of project signed and sealed by licensed architect or engineer. Homeowner is permitted to draw and sign their own plans.
  4. Electrical wiring diagram or gas piping are required if included in the work.
  5. Payment of permit application fee.
Interior Alterations - Commercial
Permit Application Requirements
  1. Complete application.
  2. Copy of estimate or a list of materials and total cost.
  3. Detailed plans of project signed and sealed by licensed architect or engineer.
  4. Electrical wiring diagram or gas piping are required if included in the work.
  5. If the business is a food establishment, applicant must obtain Health Department approval prior to the permit application approval.
  6. A zoning application must be filed with the Zoning Officer at the time of permit application.
  7. Payment of permit application fee.
Additions – Residential
Permit Application Requirements
  1. Complete application.
  2. Copy of estimate or a list of materials and total cost.
  3. Detailed plans of project signed and sealed by licensed architect or engineer. Homeowner is permitted to draw and sign their own plans.
  4. Electrical wiring diagram or gas piping diagram are required.
  5. Any homes on septic who are adding a kitchen, bathroom or bedroom area must receive approval from the Health Department.
  6. Additions indicating additional living space, such as bedroom, kitchen and bath must complete an affidavit stating the addition will be used for family space and not for
  7. rental to the general public.
  8. Payment of permit application fee.
Additions - Commercial
Permit Application Requirements
  1. Prior Planning Board/Zoning Board approval.
  2. Complete application.
  3. Copy of survey.
  4. Plans signed and sealed by licensed architect or engineer.
  5. Copy of estimate or proposal.
  6. If the business is a food establishment, applicant must obtain Health Department approval prior to the permit application approval.
  7. Electrical wiring diagram or gas piping diagram are required.
  8. Payment of permit application fee.
New Single Family Dwelling
Permit Application Requirements
  1. Prior Planning Board/Zoning Board approval.
  2. Complete application.
  3. Two sets of plans signed and sealed by a licensed architect or engineer.
  4. Plans must contain a radon mitigation system.
  5. If well and septic system is to be installed, application must be submitted to the Health Department at the time of permit submission.
  6. Survey of the property.
  7. Payment of permit application fee.
New Construction - Commercial
Permit Application Requirements
  1. Prior Planning/Zoning Board approval.
  2. Complete application.
  3. Two sets of plans signed and sealed by a licensed architect or engineer.
  4. Survey of the property.
  5. If business is a food establishment, Health Department approval is required.
  6. Engineering Department approval prior to building permit issuance.
  7. Freehold Soil Conservation approval.
  8. Zoning permit application must be submitted to the Zoning Officer.
  9. Payment of permit application fee.

Applications may be obtained  at the Construction Department in the Municipal Building, 51 West Main Street, Freehold Borough or by calling (732) 462-4903.

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