MADISON, NJ -  Governor Murphy announced that all non-essential construction projects are permitted to resume, as of Monday May 18, 2020. 

Ahead of Monday's start date, the Madison Building Department has implemented policies and procedures with regards to permits, said Borough Officials.

According to the Borough of Madison, here are the policies and procedures for payments and permits:

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  • Payments can be dropped off at Hartley Dodge Memorial, or mailed to 50 Kings Road; Hartley Dodge Memorial still has restricted access, so all business will be conducted through the violation window;
  • Permits, once paid, will be mailed to the address provided on the application. Permits will NOT be available for pickup at Hartley Dodge Memorial for the foreseeable future;
  • Permit numbers, once paid, will be emailed to the email addressed provided on the application, if applicable, to allow the contractor and/or homeowner to schedule inspections via the online portal;
  • The SDL Online Permit Portal will be the primary use for scheduling inspections. Please visit https://www. for scheduling of any/all inspections;
  • Please note that due to higher than normal inspection requests, your first requested date may not be available;
  • All work must follow the conditions in accordance with E.O. 142, which can be viewed at http://
  • Due to higher than normal call volumes, hold times may be longer than normal. Please help us, help you in moving your permit and inspection along by refraining from calling the office for non-emergent issues. Permits and inspections are being processed in the order they are received

Construction projects must follow the following policies, according to the borough:

  • Prohibit non-essential visitors from entering the worksite;
  • Engage in appropriate social distancing measures when picking up or delivering equipment or materials;
  • Limit worksite meetings, inductions, and workgroups to groups of fewer than 10 individuals;
  • Require individuals to maintain six feet or more distance between them wherever possible;
  • Stagger work start and stop times where practicable to limit the number of individuals entering and leaving the worksite concurrently;
  • Identify congested and “high-risk areas,” including but not limited to lunchrooms, breakrooms, portable rest rooms, and elevators, and limit the number of individuals at those sites concurrently where practicable;
  • Stagger lunch breaks and work times where practicable to enable operations to safely continue while utilizing the least number of individuals possible at the site;
  • Require workers and visitors to wear cloth face coverings, in accordance with CDC recommendations, while on the premises, except where doing so would inhibit the individual’s health or the individualis under two years of age, and require workers to wear gloves while on the premises. Businesses must provide, at their expense, such face coverings and gloves for their employees. If a visitor refuses to wear a cloth face covering for non-medical reasons and if such covering cannot be provided to the individual by the business at the point of entry, then the business must decline entry to the individual. Nothing in the stated policy should prevent workers or visitors from wearing a surgical-grade mask or other more protective face covering if the individual is already in possession of such equipment, or if the businesses is otherwise required to provide such worker with more protective equipment due to the nature of the work involved. Where an individual declines to wear a face covering on the premises due to a medical condition that inhibits such usage, neither the business nor its staff shall require the individual to produce medical documentation verifying the stated condition;
  • Require infection control practices, such as regular hand washing, coughing and sneezing etiquette, and proper tissue usage and disposal;
  • Limit sharing of tools, equipment, and machinery;
  • Where running water is not available, provide portable washing stations with soap and/or alcohol-based hand sanitizers that have greater than 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol;
  • Require frequent sanitization of high-touch areas like restrooms, breakrooms, equipment, and machinery;
  • When the worksite is an occupied residence, require workers to sanitize work areas and keep a distance of at least six feet from the occupants; and
  • Place conspicuous signage at entrances and throughout the worksite detailing the above mandates.


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