NJAC 5:23 - 2.14 (a) & (b)
CONSTRUCTION PERMITS - WHEN REQUIRED
(A) It shall be unlawful to construct, enlarge, repair, renovate, alter reconstruct or demolish a structure, or change the use of a building or structure, or portion thereof, or to install or alter any equipment for which provision is made or the installation of which is regulated by this chapter, or to undertake a project involving lead abatement in accordance with NJAC 5:17, without first filing an application with the construction official, or the appropriate subcode official where the construction involves only one subcode, in writing and obtaining the required permit therefor.
1. Exception: No permit shall be required for "ordinary maintenance" as defined in N.J.A.C. 5:23-1.4 and 2.7.
(B) The following are exceptions from (A) above:
1. Ordinary maintenance as defined in NJAC 5:23-2.7 shall not require a permit or notice to the enforcing agency.
2. Minor work as defined by NJAC 5:23-2.17A shall require a permit. However, work may proceed, upon notice to the enforcing agency, before the permit is issued.
3. Emergency work not involving lead abatement, except that a permit shall be applied for or notice given as soon thereafter as is practicable, but not later than 72 hours thereafter.
4. Permit requirements for tents and membraned structures shall be as set forth in NJAC 5:23-3.14(b)222ii. A temporary greenhouse meeting the criteria set forth in NJAC 5:23-3.14(b)222ii(4) shall not require a permit except as otherwise provided in NJAC 5:23-3.14(b)222ii(5).
5. A gas utility company shall not be required to obtain a permit or give notice to the enforcing agency for replacement of interior gas utility company-owned metering (meter and related appurtenances by exterior gas utility company owned-metering if the work is performed by qualified employees of the gas utility company.
6. A permit shall not be required for a sign that meets all of the following conditions; provided, however, that the construction official shall have authority to require the removal of any sign that creates an unsafe condition or otherwise to require correction of any such condition:
i. It is supported by uprights or braces in or upon the ground surface;
ii. It is not served by an electrical circuit directly connected to the sign;
iii. It is not greater than 25 square feet in surface area ( one side); and
iv. It is not more than six feet above the ground(mounted height).
7. Lead abatement work performed on a steel structure or other superstructure or in a commercial building.