Code Enforcement


Department Head
William G. Erney, Jr
p: (609) 883-2900 x7677
f: (609) 406-1384

Responsibilities

  • Review all applications and plans submitted for new construction and / or alterations in accordance with the Uniform Construction Code and its adoption of various codes related to building, electrical, elevator, fire, HVAC and plumbing.
  • Inspect all residential, commercial and industrial buildings during the various phases of construction. No work shall begin until a permit – if needed – has been issued.
  • Investigate all buildings and structures which have been damaged to ensure they can be safely occupied.

Local Contractor License
All commercial contractors working in the Township of Ewing are required to hold a Ewing Township Contractor’s License [renewed annually] as well as an NJ State Contractor’s License. Residential contractors need only an NJ State Home Improvement License.

Staff

Staff Construction OfficialWilliam Erney, Jrx7611
Building Sub Code OfficialSam Hedrickx7668
InspectorJim Scottx7659
InspectorBil Brownx7678
Electrical Sub Code OfficialMike Stallonex7673
Electrical InspectorLou Festx7673
Fire Sub Code OfficialWilliam Erney, Jrx7611
Fire InspectorGeorge Wiegerx7696
Plumbing Sub Code OfficialJack Grovex7672
Elevator Sub Code OfficialJoe Castellon, EIC Inspection Agency


Code books that are used

  1. NJ Uniform Construction Code
  2. International Building Code NJ Edition 2009
  3. International Residential Building Code NJ edition 2009
  4. 2009 National Plumbing Code
  5. 2009 National Mechanical Code
  6. 2009 International Fire Code
  7. 2008 National Electrical Code
  8. 2009 National Fuel Gas Code

Required Permits
Emergency Work can start immediately once our office has been notified. The property owner has 72 hours to submit the appropriate permit requests[s]. Valid emergencies include roof leaks, heater repairs / replacements and other conditions which may affect the safety of the occupant[s].

Minor Work permits are required before work begins. Minor work includes 25% or less of existing roof or siding being replaced, complete replacement of plumbing fixtures, replacement of electrical system[s] and / or panel boxes, installation of fire alarms or suppression systems and low-voltage communication systems.

Regular Work permits are required before work begins. Regular permits cover work such as construction of new buildings, additions, renovations involving more than 25% of existing roofing or siding, decks, pools and storage sheds of 100ft2 or more.

Permits are not required for day-to-day repairs and / or improvements including painting, window and door replacement using new material of the same dimensions and carpet installations.

Required Plans
Residential drawings can be done by the homeowner if the unit is a single family dwelling and the homeowner resides at the location of the proposed construction. The plans must be submitted in duplicate, accompanied by the appropriate technical applications, and are subject to the approval of the code official.

Commercial drawings must be completed by an NJ-licensed architect or engineer and submitted in duplicate with the appropriate technical applications. Commercial applicants are also required to submit final “as builts” in digital form on a CD.