The Borough of Wildwood Crest 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 borough.
Wildwood Crest is a Class 1 municipality, which, by definition, requires all code enforcement officials to be licensed as high-rise and hazardous specialist (HHS). All inspectors are licensed by the state and are enrolled in a continuing educational program.
Plan review and inspections are performed by an agency contracted by the borough.
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 residents of and visitors to Wildwood Crest. 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 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 609-729-8089.
Prior to applying for a permit there are certain approvals or certifications that may be required. These are referred to as Prior Approvals and are issued by various Federal, State, and/or County agencies.
Some prior approval requirements that may apply to Construction Permits include:
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 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.
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, sanitary waste disposal (sewer or septic), water or well, etc. Additionally, two copies of plans, drawn to scale, with sufficient clarity and full dimensions to show the nature and character of the work to be performed and demonstrate compliance with the code must be submitted.
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 residence, and to be constructed by the homeowner.
Forms necessary for the filing of a Permit Application can be downloaded from:
When a Building Permit is issued, the work must be inspected throughout the construction process. All inspections will be made by subcode officials. The following inspections must be completed before work may proceed beyond the completed stage:
All inspections must be approved before proceeding to the next phase of the project.
NOTE: FINAL PAYMENT TO THE CONTRACTOR IS NOT REQUIRED TO BE MADE BEFORE A FINAL INSPECTIN ON CONSTRUCTION PERMITS FOR BUILDING, ELECTRIC, PLUMBING, FIRE PROTECTION OR ELEVATOR IS PERFORMED PURSUANT TO N.J.A.C. 13:45A – 16.2(a) 10.ii.
To schedule an inspection, contact the Construction Department at 609-729-8089.
Notify the Construction Department 24 hours prior to the time the inspection is required. Inspection requests received prior to 3:00 p.m. are normally scheduled the next day. Inspections will always be completed within three business days.
A Certificate of Occupancy 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. The Construction Official will issue either a Temporary or Full Certificate of Occupancy within 10 days after the last approval.
IT IS UNLAWFUL TO OCCUPY A BUILDING OR STRUCTURE WITHOUT OBTAINING A TEMPORARY CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY OR CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY.
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