***As of March 25, 2020, the State has issued temporary changes to inspections in respond to COVID-19. Please click HERE for more info. ***
Construction and Inspections
The Medford Township Construction Department is responsible for ensuring that all construction work in the Township complies with the requirements of the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code. The Department consists of clerical staff and licensed inspectors to perform the duties of the office.
Contractors working on residential construction projects are required to be registered with the NJ Division of Consumer Affairs. A valid Home Improvement Contractors Registration issued by this Division is required to be submitted with every permit application. For more information and the application, please click here for the NJ Consumer Affairs website.
CERTIFICATES OF OCCUPANCY/CLOSING REQUIREMENTS
Please note that the Construction Office conducts housing inspections only for complaints. To obtain a Certificate of Occupancy for a residential resale and/or rental unit*, please contact the Fire Department. For those units with public water and/or sewer, please contact the Utility Billing office for final meter readings and sewer inspections. (*All rental units must be duly registered with the Municipal Clerk's Office)
The Burlington County Health Department is responsible for the administration, permitting and inspections of all wells and septic systems. They can be contacted at 609-265-5515 or at 15 Pioneer Boulevard, Westampton, NJ 08060.
A residential smoke detector, CO Detector, and Fire Extinguisher inspection is performed in conjunction with a CCO (Certificate of Continued Occupancy) inspection. Operating smoke detectors must be installed on every level of a dwelling (basements included) and are required to be within 10' of any sleeping areas. Original systems installed within a home at the time of construction must be maintained--interconnected systems cannot be replaced with stand alone battery operated detectors.
Homeowners are required to install a carbon monoxide detector as per manufacturer installation instructions. A minimum of one (1) must be installed in the vicinity of sleeping areas. If bedrooms exist on more than one level, additional CO detectors are required to protect each area. Please leave instructional manuals for the next owner.
All residential dwellings must have a fire extinguisher rated for residential use. It must be a 2A-10BC type and weigh no more than 10 pounds. It shall not be located behind doors, in cabinets or under counters and shall be properly mounted no higher than 5' from the floor to the top of the extinguisher. It shall be visible and readily accessible for occupant use.
Commercial property owners are advised to contact the Construction Code Official for Certificate of Occupancy requirements specific to their place of business.
RENTAL UNIT INSPECTIONS (February 2019)
The Township Council adopted Ordinance 2018-24 establishing an annual inspection program for all residential rental buildings and premises; or at the time of change of use, ownership, or tenancy. Said inspections will be conducted by the Construction Code Office. The fee for said inspection is $200.
During the first year of the program in CY 2019, the Construction Office will be contacting owners/landlords to schedule these inspections. The date of this first inspection will establish the anniversary date for inspections moving forward.
Please click HERE for more information on this program, including a checklist of items to be inspected.
If you renting a residential property in the Township, you are reminded that you must file a Landlord/Tenant Registration Form with the Township Clerk's Office. The application can be found HERE on this website. (Please note there is a $20 application fee)
SIGNIFICANT CHANGES TO MINOR WORK AND ORDINARY MAINTENANCE (March 2018)
Pursuant to adoption in the March 5, 2018 New Jersey Register, the requirements for minor work and ordinary
maintenance construction permits have changed. Please click HERE for an easy reference PDF document on the
types of work that are classified as ordinary maintenance and as minor work.
The Document is divided into two parts. The first part lists the types of work that are ordinary maintenance, the second part lists types of work that are minor work. The items that are new or different have been highlighted in bold so that the changes may more easily be identified.
DUMPSTERS/PODS/ROLL-OFF WASTE CONTAINERS
The Township Council adopted an Ordinance in 2019 requiring permits for dumpsters/roll-off containers/PODS/Bagsters to be placed in roadways and driveways. The application Form can be found HERE, and is to be submitted to the Clerk's Office. There is no fee for this permit.
ONLINE CONSTRUCTION PERMIT FORMS:
The Construction Office must utilize State of New Jersey Uniform Construction Code forms. Click HERE to be connected to the State's UCC website, which has each of the forms listed below available as a PDF download.
To check which forms may be required for your permit, please refer to our CONSTRUCTION PERMIT CHECK LIST.
**UCC-F100 -Construction Permit Application--Required for ALL permits
Note: We have linked to each form individually for your convenience, however we suggest that you check to insure it is the most current version. Also, when submitting these forms to the Construction Office, please provide one original form only.
**UCC-F100 -Construction Permit Application--Required for ALL permits
UCC-F110 -Building Subcode Technical Section
UCC-F120 -Electrical Subcode Technical Section
UCC-F130 -Plumbing Subcode Technical Section
UCC-F140 -Fire Protection Subcode Technical Section
UCC-F145 -Mechanical Inspectors Technical Section
UCC-F150 -Elevator Subcode Technical Section
UCC-F155 -Elevator Subcode Supplement for Multiple Equipment
UCC-F270 -Application for Certificate
UCC-F370 -Chimney Verification for Replacement of Fuel-Fired Equipment
UCC-F390 -Framing Checklist
The Construction Code Official and Inspectors are available on weekday mornings between 7:30 and 8:00 a.m. for consultations. Inspections are scheduled between the hours of 8:30 am and 2:00 pm.
On-site Inspections are scheduled as follows:
Building & Plumbing: 8:30 am - 1:30 pm daily
Electrical: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays
Fire: 8:30 am - 12:00 noon on Tuesdays & Thursdays
**ALL TOWNSHIP INSPECTORS CARRY PHOTO IDENTIFICATION**
RESIDENTS ARE REMINDED TO ALWAYS CALL 811 BEFORE YOU DIG IN ORDER TO REQUEST UNDERGROUND UTILITY MARK-OUTS!
Construction, Building & Plumbing Subcode Official
Rich Falasco (ext 340)
Fire Subcode Official:
Fire Inspector: Tom LaRosa
Electrical Subcode Official:
Craig Danson (ext. 320)
Beth Portocalis (ext 324)
Patricia Rackison (ext. 317)
Tracy Reale (ext. 309)
17 North Main Street
Medford, NJ 08055
Phone: (609) 654-2608
Fax: (609) 953-7720
Hours of Operation (Support Staff):
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.