Construction Office

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Construction Office 2018-02-25T18:20:38-04:00

Richard Stevens
Construction Official

Phone: (609) 266-7600 ext. 261

As Construction Official, Richard Stevens, supervises, coordinates and maintains the official records as pertains to building permits, plan review and inspections.

The Zoning Official enforces the Zoning Ordinance of the City of Brigantine  and the Uniform Construction Code of the State of New Jersey.  Zoning approval and related construction permits are required for most projects.  Please contact the Building Department if you are unsure as to what approvals and permits will be required for your planned projects.

The Zoning Ordinance is administrated by the Zoning Official, and issues zoning permits for all site improvements, as well as all necessary zoning approvals required prior to the issuance of a Construction Permit.  Zoning approvals are required for all exterior building and site improvements and for all changes in use.

The Uniform Construction Code is administrated by the Construction Official, and includes the Building, Electrical, Plumbing, and Fire Subcode Officials and Inspectors, which serve to enforce the various codes adopted by the Uniform Construction Code.  Construction permits are required for most projects in strict accordance with the requirements of the State of New Jersey Uniform Construction Code, N.J.A.C. 5:23.

The Building Department is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Zoning information, construction permit application forms, inspection schedules, and related literature are available from the Building Department counter to assist in the filing of permit applications.  The Building Department is located in the Municipal Building, which is located at 1417 West Brigantine, NJ 08203.

City of Brigantine Beach Construction Dept.
1417 West Brigantine Avenue
Brigantine, New Jersey 08203
Phone: (609) 266-7600 ext. 261
Fax: 609-266-6625

 Zoning Questions: (609) 266-7600 ext. 264

Office Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

NJ DCA Division of Codes and Standards

NJDEP Hot Line #1-800-448-7379

The Construction Department oversees the enforcement of all New Jersey State adopted construction codes which include building, fire, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, asbestos, barrier free access and lead abatement within the boundaries of the City of Brigantine Beach. The purpose of the Construction Department is to control all matters concerning the construction, alteration, addition, repair, removal, demolition, use, location, occupancy of all building and structures and adequately protect the health, safety and welfare of the people of the City of City of Brigantine. Administrative, technical and advisory assistance is provided to all property owners, homeowners, architects, engineers, attorneys, developers, business owners and local and state agencies.

Construction Permits

Construction Permits are required to construct, enlarge, repair, alter, renovate, demolish, reconstruct or change the use of a building or structure or to install equipment. This is not an all-inclusive listing of permit requirements. Permit questions should be directed to the Construction Office at 609-266-7600 Ext. 261.

Prior to applying for a permit there are certain approvals or certifications that may be required. These approvals are called Prior Approvals and are issued by various Federal, State, and/or County agencies. Some prior approval requirements that apply to some Building Permits are:

1. Zoning (609-266-7600).

2. Cape Atlantic Soil Conservation (609-625-3144).

3. City of Brigantine Beach Water Dept. (609-266-7800).

4. City of Brigantine Beach Sewer Dept. (609-266-7800).

5. Coastal Area Facilities Review Act (CAFRA) permit (609-292-0060).

What is a Building Permit?

A Building Permit is a license to proceed with the work approved and shall not be construed as authority to violate, cancel or set aside any of the provisions of the regulations. The work must conform to the approved application, plans and specifications for which the permit has been issued including prior approvals and any amendments to the approved plans.

Construction Application

A Construction Application is an application for a Building Permit. The application must contain a general description of the work, the work location, use and occupancy of all parts of the building or structure, the owner(s) name and address, block/lot, etc. Additionally, two copies of plans,(3 sets if new construction), drawn to scale, with sufficient clarity and full dimensions to show the nature and character of the work to be performed are required. Applications can be printed from website below:

Plans must show the following details:

Building Plans: Shall show foundation, floor, roof, structural plans (framing details), door and window sizes, section details, connection details, etc.

Electrical Plans: Shall show floor and ceiling plans, lighting, receptacles, motors and equipment, service entry location, line diagram and wire, conduit and breaker sizes.

Plumbing Plans: Shall show floor plans, fixtures, pipe sizes, equipment and other materials, fixture schedule and sewage disposal information.

Mechanical Plans: Shall contain floor and ceiling plans, size of air distribution ducts, duct location, and location of all equipment that will be installed.

Note: All plans must be sealed and signed by a New Jersey Registered Architect or Licensed Engineer. The Construction Official may waive the requirement for sealed plans in the case of a single-family homeowner who has prepared his own plans for the construction, alteration or repair of a structure intended to be used exclusively as his private primary residence.

Building Inspections


When a Building Permit is issued, the work must be inspected throughout the construction process. All inspections will be made by sub code officials. The following inspections must be completed before work may proceed beyond the completed stage:

1. Footing inspection before pouring concrete.

2. Footing bonding: New construction or new electric service with addition.

3. Finished Foundation Certification before you start any framing.

4. Foundation Inspection For All New Construction.

Prior to scheduling a foundation inspection a foundation location survey must be submitted by a New Jersey licensed survivor.  The survey shall include:

A. Top of Block Elevation (A) flood zone or bottom of lower horizontal member (V) food zone.

B. Elevation of average gradeinside & outsite of block foundation (A) flood zone only.

C. Setback to all property lines from foundation and any proposed construction.

5. Under Slab Inspection

A. Rough Plumbing & Electric shall be inspected porio to concealment

B. All slabs beneath living space shall be inspected for insulation, vapor barrier and reinforcement of concrete.

6. Plumbing rough, electric service

7. Electric rough, electric service

8. Building & fire rough after roof height certification. If two stories or more

9. Insulation and fire stopping before closing in walls

10. Shearwall inspection for all partially enclosed structures

11. Sheetrock for all 5A construction

12. Plumbing final

13. Electric final

14. building & Fire final

15. Final survey, elevation certificate, and application for certificate

16. Special inspections (If required)

  1. All inspections must be approved before proceeding to the next phase of the project.

Scheduling an Inspection

For questions regarding inspections, contact the Construction Department at 609-266=7600 Ext. 262. Notify the Building Department via fax, e-mail, or in person 24 hours prior to the time the inspection is required. Inspection requests received prior to 12:00 p.m. are normally scheduled the next day available. Inspections will always be completed within three business days. An  inspection request slip is required for each requested inspection.

Certificate of Occupancy

A Certificate of Occupancy or Certificate of Approval is required for all building projects. Upon completion of the building or structure and passing the final inspection, the applicant must submit an application for a Certificate of Occupancy.

Note: Final payment to the contractor is not required to be made before a final inspection is performed. (N.J. Division of Consumer Affairs Rule: N.J.A.C. 13:45A – 16.2(a) 10.ii).


Article XVII: Administration and Enforcement



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