Welcome to the department of Construction Code. The construction code division is responsible for issuing building, plumbing, electrical and fire protection permits, and inspecting the work for compliance. For the health, safety and welfare to the citizens of Ocean City and summer crowd.
115 12th Street
Ocean City, NJ
609-399-6111 ext 9179/9174
Construction Code team members:
- Patrick W. Newton, Jr., CPM, CFM – Construction Official
- Robert Penrose – Building Subcode Official
- William Hoffmann – Electrical Subcode Official
- James Cotton – Plumbing Subcode Official
- Dennis Sharpe – Fire Subcode Official
- Theodore (Dory) Cooper – Building Inspector
Harvey Lessig – Building Inspector
- Carrie Dickinson – Technical Asst. to Construction Official
- Sheree Benoit – Technical Asst. to Construction Official
- Terri Ney – Clerk
Construction Code FAQs
Does the contractor have a permanent business location and a good reputation?
How long has he or she been in business?
Is the contractor a member in good standing of a professional trade association?
CHECK REFERENCES. It’s important that you talk with people who have hired the contractor to do similar jobs to yours and ask if they would hire the contractor again.
Have you seen the contractor’s work both in progress and completed?
Does the contractor have proof of worker’s compensation and general liability insurance? If not, you may be liable for any construction related accidents on your property or damage to property caused by an accident.
Price drives the selection. If you like the contractor and are confident with his or her work, but they came in with a bid which is beyond your price, ask what can be scaled down to meet your budget.
Are you able to communicate easily with the contractor? Misunderstandings during the course of the project can lead to cost overruns and delays.
Do you feel comfortable with the contractor? Remember, you will be in close contact with them and will share your house with their crew until the project is complete.
Will the contractor provide you with a complete and clearly written contract as required by NJ law?
Ask what type of warranty is offered. Most contractors offer some sort of warranty in writing.
Residential floor covering
Replacing a light fixture without installing new wiring.
Replacing a plumbing fixture without installing new piping.
You can download the forms here (above), pick up the forms in person, or call us and we can mail you the forms.
Permit fees calculated based on the Municipal Fee Ordinance once the permit has been reviewed and approved. Permit fees vary depending on the type of work you’ll be performing. Permit fees are paid by check to City of Ocean City.
Electric and Plumbing inspections are made daily from 8am until 3pm. Fire inspections are done on Tuesday and Thursday 9am-4pm. Building inspections are done daily 9am to 4pm
Call the Construction Code Office a minimum of two days ahead of the day you’d like the inspection. Be sure to have your construction permit number ready when you call. Inspections will be performed within 3 business days of when it was requested.
Yes, a permit is required.
- replacement windows or doors? No permit is required for replacement windows or doors as long as the new windows or doors are exact replacements. If the window or door opening size or window type (double hung, casement, etc.) is changed, a permit is required.
- install a storage shed? A construction permit is not required for a storage shed unless it is 100 square feet or more in size.
- permit for a fence? If the fence is not used as a pool enclosure, and is not over 6 feet tall, then no construction permit is required. If the fence is used as a pool enclosure or if it will be over 6 feet tall, then a construction permit is required.
- interior work? A permit may be required for interior work. There are several variables that help determine if it is needed. It is best to contact the Construction Code Office with details of your proposed work.
No, you can choose a contractor from anywhere as long as he/she is properly licensed.
Yes, if you own a single family dwelling and it is owner-occupied. Otherwise, call the office so we can determine if you’re allowed to do the work as an owner.
The codes that are currently adopted by the State of New Jersey.
115 East 12th Street
Ocean City, NJ 08226
609.399.6111 ext. 9174