SUMMIT, NJ - Although the State of New Jersey Construction Code has been amended -- effective March 5 -- and now designates re-roofing and re-siding as "ordinary home repairs" not requiring a construction permit, the City of Summit Construction Office is "strongly" recommending that homeowners require contractors to obtain a permit for these jobs.

The Construction Office cites the following reasons for this recommendations:

  • State law requires that all contractors performing any type of home improvement work be registered and bonded with the NJ Division of Consumer Affairs. Contractors requesting a permit from the City of Summit must present a current, valid registration.

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  • The cost of a permit is relatively inexpensive at $100 and can be obtained on the same day as the start of the project at 7 a.m..

  • With a construction permit, a fully-licensed building professional completes a building inspection to verify the project is in compliance with the code, which is a minimum required state standard.

The Construction Office further reminds residents that property owners have the right to insist that contractors obtain a permit from the City prior to signing a project contract. If a contractor refuses to apply for a permit, hiring them for the job should be reevaluated. The City of Summit Construction Office encourages citizens to take these steps to protect your home investment.

For further information, contact the City of Summit Construction Office at 908-273-6408.