Building Department / Construction Office
The office is located in the Municipal Building at 888 State Highway 23.
The Building Department is responsible for enforcement of the NJ Uniform Construction Code. Wantage Township has a shared service agreement with Hardyston Township for running the Building/Construction Department. Operationally, all business is conducted within Wantage Township; nothing is issued, nor can an inspection be taken in Hardyston. All checks must be made payable to Hardyston Township.
Please call the office at 973-875-7195, option #2 for your inspection, Monday through Friday. Do not leave inspection request on the answering machine.
Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., 12:30 to 2:30 (closed 11:30-12:30)
Friday 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
New hours of operation beginning March 2, 2020. The new hours will be Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. If assistance is needed outside of these hours, call Hardyston Township at (973) 823-7020 or visit the office located at 149 Wheatsworth Road, Hardyston.
Closed for holidays and emergencies.
Phone: 973-875-7195 (option #2)
available by appointment
Building Subcode Official
Available for inspections on Monday and Wednesday
Electrical Subcode Official
Available for inspections Tuesday and Thursday
Plumbing Subcode Official
Available for inspections on Monday and Wednesday
Fire Subcode Official
Available for inspections by appointment
Municipal Forms and Applications
Municipal forms are available for download. See the forms page for the complete list.
A permit is required to construct, enlarge, repair, renovate, alter, reconstruct or demolish a structure or to install or alter equipment, such as heating or air conditioning. There are exceptions for ordinary maintenance. If questionable please contact us for guidance.
Permit Pick-up: Permits may be picked up during office hours in the Wantage Construction Office. Only cash or check is accepted for payment. Debit and credit cards are not accepted.
Construction Permit Application Packet & Related Forms are available below if you are applying for a permit. Depending on your construction project will dictate which of the subcode technical sheets you will need.
Inspection Checklist (Black ink) UCC-F 100 Construction Permit Application (Black ink) UCC-F 110 Building Subcode Technical Section (Black ink) UCC-F 120 Electrical Subcode Technical Section (Red ink) UCC-F 130 Plumbing Subcode Technical Section (Blue ink) UCC-F 140 Fire Subcode Technical Section (Red ink) UCC-F 145 Mechanical Subcode Technical Section (Black Ink) UCC-F 270 Application for Certificate (Black ink) UCC-F 370 Chimney Verification for Replacement of Fuel–Fired Equipment (Black ink) UCC-F 390 Framing Checklist (Black ink)
Guides and Information
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Home Improvement Contractor License
A home improvement contractor is any person engaged in the business of selling goods or making home improvements.
When hiring a contractor to do work on your house, ask if he or she has the Home Improvement Contractors License. As of January 1, 2006 the State of N.J. has required that all contractors have this prior to applying for a permit. According to the law, final inspections are required before final payment can be issued to the contractor. This requirement was instituted by the state to help stop the flood of complaints against “fly by night” contractors who don’t finish jobs or take deposits and never start a job. This is for you protection.
For more information, contact:
Office of the Attorney General
Division of Consumer Affairs
Office of Consumer Protection
Regulated Business Section
124 Halsey Street, 7th Floor
P.O. Box 46016
Newark, NJ 07101
Any remodeling, altering, painting, repairing, renovating, restoring, moving, demolishing, or modernizing of a residential structure is considered home improvement work. This includes work on the following:
Attached or inlaid floor coverings
Central heating and air conditioning equipment
Finished basements and basement waterproofing
Fire protection devices
Roofing and siding
Security protection devices
Solar heating or water systems
Solid Fuel Appliances
With the rising cost of home heating fuels, many homeowners are deciding to install solid fuel appliances such as wood and pellet stoves to lower their heating bills. Please be advised that permits are needed to install one in your home or business. Depending on type of unit to be installed, a fire, building, or plumbing permit maybe required. If you have installed, or you have purchased a home with an appliance, without permits, you may contact our department to apply for a permit and have your stove inspected. Our main objective is to protect the public from a loss of life or the potential of having Insurance compensation being reduced or eliminated.
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- It is capable of holding water more than 24 inches in depth.
- It has more than 250 sq. ft surface area.
- It has re-circulating filter.