DCA has just released clarification to municipal building code departments regarding their continued operation. Local Enforcing Agencies (LEAs) cannot restrict code officials from performing their obligations under the Uniform Construction Code and are urged to remain flexible and use electronic communication to the greatest extent possible. Click here to view the document, which orders:

  • All required inspections for new construction and any work on the exterior or outside of any occupied building should be performed as usual.
  • Rough inspections for new additions should be performed, provided no entry to the occupied home or building is required or that appropriate social distancing is in effect.
  • Contractors may report construction activity, such as rough inspections, in existing occupied buildings with photos or other documentation for the time being.
  • Items listed as Minor Work at N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.17A require only a final inspection. This includes inspections of replacement items such as a residential heater, air conditioner and/or water heaters. These inspections may be deferred to a later date. The contractor should report construction activity as indicated in item 3 above.

DCA also released a complimentary emergency rule relaxation concerning the regulatory provisions governing Minor work (N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.17A), Inspections (N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.18), and Certificate requirements (N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.23). To view the text of the rule changes, click here.