What is required to be included in construction plans for a Single Family home?

Any application for a construction permit for a single family residence shall be accompanied by at least two copies of plans drawn to scale, with sufficient clarity and detailed dimensions to show the nature and character of the work to be performed. Plans submitted shall not be required to show more detail or include more information than is reasonably necessary to assure compliance with the requirements of the Uniform Construction Code and rules in this chapter.


In order to meet minimum requirements, the plans must include the following details:

  1. Site diagram consisting of a site plan showing size and location of all new and existing construction on the site with distances from lot lines and indicating new building services, location and size.
  2. Construction plans consisting of a scale drawing showing foundation, floor plans, and elevations, including structural framing notes for all floors, ceilings and roofs. Only girders and columns need be identified and located on the plan. Included on the drawings shall be a loading schedule indicating the live loads for which the structure is designed.
  3. The following details and submissions shall be required:
    1. A cross section through one typical wall showing construction details from footing to and including roof framing. This section shall indicate all construction materials used including roofing, vapor barriers, sheathing type and thickness, insulation type and thickness, windows, glazing type if other than standard window glazing is used, interior finish material, floor type and thickness, structure, foundation and footings. Decorative material shall not be required to be shown unless it contributes to the structural integrity of the section.
    2. When roof or other truss systems are used, the details required by N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.15(f)1ii(1)(A) shall be shown. 
    3. Electrical details indicating lighting; receptacles; motors and equipment; smoke detectors; service entrance locations; size and type (overhead or underground); panel size, location; number of proposed circuits. A symbol legend shall be included.
    4. Plumbing details indicating the locations of fixtures and a notice or table listing water and drainage pipe sizes. A note stating if sewage disposal is to public sewer or individual septic system shall be included.
    5. Mechanical details indicating the type of heating system; location, size and type of heating unit, noting the distribution method and indicating design rates, location of fire dampers and safeguards; and location, type and size of flue.
    6. Energy subcode compliance, applicable to new residences and additions to existing residences, shall be demonstrated with either detailed calculations, the submission of NJ Clean Energy Program for Residential New Construction compliance documentation or other "above code" program documentation, the submission of printouts from software recognized by the Department, such as REScheck, or conforming with the prescriptive packages described in the current energy subcode compliance bulletin. REScheck software is available from the U.S. Department of Energy at www.energycodes.gov.

NOTE: To document compliance using REScheck, users shall meet or exceed the applicable requirements of the Energy Subcode. Please see the current energy subcode compliance bulletin for further guidance.

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1. Homeowner or Contractor...who should actually submit the construction permit application?
2. What construction permits do I need to submit?
3. What is the difference between a mechanical permit and a plumbing permit?
4. Do I need to submit construction plans with my permits?
5. Is an Architect required to draft construction plans and specifications?
6. Can I draft my own plans as a Homeowner?
7. Can my contractor draft their own plans?
8. What is required to be included in construction plans for a Single Family home?
9. How can I access New Jersey‘s construction codes?
10. Can I do my own work if I own the home?
11. When do I need a construction permit?
12. Do I need to wait to have a permit issued to start emergency work?
13. How long does it take to obtain a construction permit?
14. Is there any guidance on documents needed to obtain Construction Permits or final Certificates?
15. What construction inspections are required?
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18. Who can I contact if I have questions concerning my construction permit?