Membership Offers You

  • Representation– A full-time staff represents you in Trenton and Washington, monitoring actions by the Legislature, regulators and the courts.
  • Member Discounts and Benefits – Significant discounts on employee benefits, builder liability and workers compensation insurance, software, vehicles, office products, PC’s, payroll services and so much more! NJBA’s Member Rebate Program provides smaller builder members with the buying power of the large national firms!
  • Credibility & Prestige – NJBA members are part of an organization recognized by the State and Federal government and the media as the voice of the building industry in New Jersey. Using the logo on your letterhead and in your advertising, signifies to the home-buying public and other consumers that your product or service is top quality.
  • Networking – Build relationships with fellow builders, industry professionals, customers and suppliers. NJBA’s affiliated local associations provide a more targeted area for your business while NJBA and NAHB provide members with a broader base for interaction with fellow members.
  • Education – Seminars on emerging issues and dozens of programs offered at the Atlantic Builders Convention comprise the NJBA’s comprehensive member education opportunities. Many of NJBA’s and NAHB’s educational programs provide continuing education credits for professionals.
  • Expert Advisors – NAHB’s staff is always available to provide expert advice on economic, legal, financial, regulatory and technical issues.
  • Communication – The NJBA is consistently your best source of information on legislation and regulation affecting the building industry. If you make your living in the industry, you can’t afford not to be on our mailing list.
  • Visibility – The Atlantic Builders Convention (ABC) is the Northeast’s largest trade show. Members get discounts on ABC exhibit space. Promote yourself. . . There are many opportunities for knowledgeable members to speak at regional and statewide seminars.
  • Recognition – The NJBA awards program honors outstanding achievement and service. Builder and Associate of the Year and other highly recognized awards are presented annually. In addition, members may submit entries for the prestigious Sales and Marketing Awards.
  • 3-in-1 Membership – One price gets you local, state and national level membership!

NJBA Gets Results For You

The NJBA’s policies are developed by a Board of Directors comprised of builders and associates from around the state. Policies are carried out by our full-time professional staff and results-oriented committees. In total, the NJBA’s policies are formulated and implemented by more than 200 industry experts.

The NJBA has been tremendously successful in protecting and promoting the interests of its members. We don’t just react, we act. The NJBA’s lobbying has resulted in more than a dozen of pro-housing initiatives, including:

Made decisions on development applications retroactive to ordinances and regulations in place at the time of said application’s submission.

Amended the Local Redevelopment and Housing Law to authorize municipalities to implement redevelopment initiatives utilizing tax incentives and other tools without the use of eminent domain, bifurcating the process to provide for the designation of “Non-Condemnation” and “Condemnation” Redevelopment Areas. This distinction allows greater utilization of the long term tax abatements currently available under the law. It also codifies two recent court decisions which clarified that the use of eminent domain cannot be justified to acquire property solely upon the basis that it is underutilized, unless the property otherwise meets the criteria for blight, and addressed due process concerns by requiring municipalities to advise property owners of its intention to use eminent domain to facilitate a redevelopment plan.

Consolidated New Jersey’s various financial incentive programs down to two very powerful economic development tools: (1) a new and improved GrowNJ program that is now the state’s sole business attraction and retention incentive and (2) a new and improved Economic Redevelopment Growth Grant (ERGG) program that is now the state’s sole developer incentive.

Extended the deadline for county wastewater management planning agencies to submit their wastewater management plans to DEP, prevents the withdrawal of sewer service areas, allows site specific amendments, and provides a more reasonable standard to build on septics by complying with the technical NJPDES requirements.

Allowed for the conversion of certain age-restricted housing developments into market rate developments, addressing the oversupply of age-restricted housing.

Extended the approval period of certain permits for many development, construction and business expansion projects until July 1, 2010. These permits, issued by State, county and local governments, were again extended until December 1, 2016 under subsequent Permit Extension Act.

Modifies performance and maintenance guarantee requirements under the “Municipal Land Use Law” to ensure guarantees are only required for public improvements. Additionally, the law reforms the inspection of improvements escrow process.

NJBA is actively involved with the Red Tape Review Group, both formally and informally, recommending sweeping changes to the State’s regulatory framework. Many of the Association’s recommendations were included in the Group’s full report (April 19, 2010) which has been the impetus behind numerous legislative initiatives and administrative modifications including the Time of Application Law and the DEP Waiver Rule.

Allows DEP to relax or waive strict compliance with its regulations, recognizing the importance of evaluating what would provide an overall net environmental benefit to natural resources.

Created a licensed site remediation professional program to reduce case backlog of DEP remediation sites by deputizing environmental consultants to handle site clean-up approvals.

This law gives the courts the tools necessary to handle not only the existing backlog of pending foreclosures, but also the large number of expected foreclosures now that the judicial moratorium has been lifted.

Regulatory Activities

NJBA members are encouraged to participate on substantive committees that regularly convene to review state and regional regulatory programs that impact residential and mixed use projects. Through the analysis and substantive discussions held with members who are practitioners of varying disciplines, NJBA regularly comments on official agency rulemaking by the Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Community Affairs, Department of Agriculture, Board of Public Utilities, Highlands Council and Pinelands Commission.  Examples of recent agency rulemaking that NJBA reviewed in depth are:

  • 2013 Coastal Zone Management and Permit Program rule proposal
  • 2014 Flood Hazard Area Control Act rule proposal
  • Water Quality Management Planning rules
  • Stormwater Management rules
  • Site Remediation Program rules
  • Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Standards
  • BPU’s Main Extension rule proposal
  • Pinelands Comprehensive Management Plan
  • Highlands Regional Master Plan

Active participants may be invited to join NJBA Officers and staff in meetings with key agency decision-makers, where NJBA advocates for efficiency, consistency and predictability to the permitting and development processes.

THE BOTTOM LINE: The NJBA’s initiatives have saved our members millions of dollars.

NJBA Membership Benefits Program

NAHB Benefits

  • Member Advantage Discounts
  • Access to NAHB’s Team of Expert Advisers
  • National Housing Research Center
  • NAHB’s successes in Washington have had a real and positive financial impact on our members. Find out more at: Value of NAHB.

Local Benefits

  • Business/Networking Opportunities
  • Educational Benefits
  • Personal and Professional Recognition and Endorsement
  • Representation/Advocacy
  • Technical Assistance for Industry Related Issues
  • Committee Involvement and Leadership
  • Publications and Information