The Borough of Bound Brook Building Department administers the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code.  In doing so, we are responsible for reviewing construction permit applications, issuing construction permits and inspecting construction projects. For UUC permit forms:
http://www.state.nj.us/dca/divisions/codes/resources/constructionpermitforms.html
Our objective is to make sure construction and construction materials are consistent with nationally recognized standards, and all work is performed in a manner, which will  protect the health, safety and welfare of anyone living or working in the Borough of Bough Brook. We strive to perform our duties in a professional and  friendly manner.
Our Department consists of a Construction Official, Subcode Officials.  The Construction Official establishes the day-to-day operating routine of the department and coordinates the activities of the Subcode Officials.
There are four Subcode Officials; Building, Plumbing, Electric and Fire.  Each Subcode Official is responsible for the enforcement of the appropriate Subcode or codes that pertain to their trade. This includes plan review and field inspections. The Construction Official, Subcode Officials and Inspectors are all licensed by the NJ Department of Community Affairs at www.state.nj.us/dca/codes/, and they attend continuing education seminars to stay updated and maintain their licenses.  If you have any questions regarding Construction/Code Enforcement, please call our office at 732-356-0833 ext. 630.

 

Demolition Guidelines

The following are REQUIRED INSPECTIONS PURSUANT TO N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.18

NEW BUILDINGS-ADDITIONS-RENOVATIONS-ALTERATIONS (other
Inspections may be required depending on the scope of the project.
Consult the Subcode Officials if you have any questions.):
1.     Footing inspections-Bottom of trench-PRIOR to the pouring of concrete.
2.     Wall forms & Steel-PRIOR to the pouring of concrete.
3.     Foundation Inspection-PRIOR to the placement of backfill.
4.     Sheathing inspection-PRIOR to siding & roofing
5.     Slab inspection-PRIOR to the placement of concrete.
6.     Plumbing rough installation and air test for gas piping.
7.     Electric rough wiring.
8.     All trenches for plumbing and electric.
9.     Framing inspection-AFTER passing Electrical, Plumbing and BEFORE insulation.
ALL  FIRE BLOCKING AND PENETRATIONS MUST BE DONE AT FRAMING INSPECTION
10.    Insulation inspection-PRIOR to the installation of gypsum board.
11.    Final Electric, Plumbing & Fire.  Building after all others have passed.
For all inspection requests call the Technical Assistants @ 732-356-0833 ext. 630.  You must have the following information In order to request an inspection.  (PERMIT #, BLOCK/LOT, NAME & ADDRESS AND TYPE OF INSPECTION.)  Provide any other information that may be needed. ONLY CALL FOR INSPECTIONS WHEN THE WORK IS READY.
If you have any questions regarding these procedures please call James Ayotte, Construction Official- Ext. 642.

 

Sample Guidelines for Finished Basement

Requirements in ONE and TWO Family Dwellings
1.   Complete the following forms and technical sections as applicable:
a.  Construction permit application folder
b.  Construction permit form
c.  Building Subcode technical section (include estimated cost of building work)
d.  Electrical Subcode technical section (See note below*)
e.  Plumbing Subcode technical section (See note below*)
f.   Fire Subcode section (See section 9)
*NOTE:  If anyone other than the homeowner performs the Electrical or Plumbing work, the applicable technical section MUST BE SEALED by the contractor who is performing the work.
2.   Submit two sets of scaled drawings.  All drawings should indicate owner’s name, address of job site, block and lot number.  To draw your own plans, you must be the owner and occupant of said property.  If not, you will need drawings by a New Jersey Registered Architect.
3.   The drawings submitted shall include the following information:
a.  Show entire basement floor plan, indicating partitions, doors, windows, stairways, guardrails, handrails, closets, columns, electric layout, heating layout, furnace, hot water heater, chimney, floor covering, smoke detectors/carbon monoxide detectors.
b.  Show wall cross section, indicating stud sizes, stud spacing, fire stopping, insulation, wall covering materials, and ceiling material.
4.   Guardrails on sides of stairways with three or more risers to be 34″ to 38″ in height measured vertically from leading edge of tread.  The guardrail shall be constructed so that a sphere with a diameter of 4 inches cannot pass through the balusters.  Guardrail shall be designed and constructed for a concentrated load of 200 pounds applied at any point and in any direction along the top railing member.  The in-fill area of a guardrail system shall be designed and constructed for a horizontal load of 200 pounds applied along one square foot area at any point in the system, including intermediate rails or other elements serving this purpose.
5.   A stairway with three or more risers requires a handrail.  All stairway handrails shall have a circular cross section with an outside diameter of a least 1 ¼ inches and not greater than 2 5/8 inches.  Handrails are to be smooth and free of any sharp edges or splinters.  All handrail ends shall be returned to a wall or post. Other shapes that provide the same graspable are permissible. A handrail and any wall or other surface adjacent to the handrail shall be free of any sharp or abrasive elements.  The clear space between the handrail and adjacent wall or surface shall not be less than 1 ½ inches.  Edges shall have a minimum radius of 1/8 of an inch.  Handrails shall not be less than 34 inches nor more than 38 inches, measured vertically, above leading edge of the treads.
6.   Combustion air is required to keep your furnace and hot water heater burning properly.  Consult the manufacturer’s instruction manual.  The minimum combustion air which must be provided is 50 cubic feet per 1,000 BTU. Clearance to combustibles must be maintained for the equipment and the venting.  Consult the manufacturer’s instructions.
7.   Every space intended for human occupancy shall be ventilated by natural or mechanical means.
Natural Ventilation:  The minimum open area to the outdoors shall be 4 percent of the floor area being ventilated.  If natural ventilation cannot be accomplished, mechanical ventilation shall be provided or a combination of both natural and mechanical ventilation can be used.
8.   Interior finish to be not less than class III material which has a maximum flame spread between 76-200 and smoke developed rating not greater than 450.  Check packaging of material to be used for specifications.  For paneling the label is on the back.  Finished materials less than 1 ¼ of an inch must be installed directly against a 3/8 sheet rock minimum.

 

Sample Guidelines for Residential Wood Decks

  1. Prior to applying for a construction permit you must obtain approval from the Zoning Office and Board of Health (if you have a septic tank).
  2. Submit TWO SETS of scaled drawings.  All drawings should indicate owner’s name, address of job site, block and lot.  To draw your own plans you must be the owner and occupant of the property, if not, you will need drawings by a New Jersey register Architect or Engineer.  The homeowner’s signature must be on the plans, which they prepare.
  3. Submit a completed Construction Permit application and Building Subcode application.
  4. The drawings submitted shall include the following information:
(a)    Show deck in relation to house.
(b)    Show door from house to deck.
(c)    Indicate distance from top of threshold to deck.
(the deck shall not be more than 8 inches below the top of the threshold)
(d)    Specify type of wood being used to construct the deck.
(e)    Show footings, columns, girders, joists, ledger, flashing, decking, guardrails
(for decks 30 inches above floor or grade below), handrails, stairways, lateral bracing, and connectors.
(f)     Indicate the height from grade to the top of the deck.
 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FROM #4
  1. Pier Footings: Minimum 36″ below grade and 12 inches in diameter cut straight or use Sono Tube forms.
  2. Columns: Minimum 4 inches x 4 inches anchored to footings and secured to girder to prevent girder rotation and deck uplift.
  3. Girders: NOTE –joints in girder must be positive bearing above the support columns.
  4. Floor Joist:
Size
Spacing
Maximum Clear Span
2″ X 6″
 16″ on center
 9′ – 9″
 12″ on center
 10′ – 9″
2″ X 8″
 16″ on center
 12′ – 10″
 12″ on center
 14′ – 2″
 2″ X 10″
 16″ on center
 16′ – 1″
 12″ on center
 18′
5.  Ledger:
Board against house securely attached with ½ inch diameter Hot dipped galvanized lag bolts of sufficient length to bolt firmly into rim joist.  Lag bolts shall be 16″ on center in a staggered pattern.  Provide two bolts, one above the other, at each end.  Provide hot dipped galvanized washers between heads of bolts and wood.  Through bolting with a washer on the outside and a washer and nut on the inside of the building, with similar bolting pattern as lag bolts is acceptable.
 6.  Flashing:
Provide continuous copper or Bitumen sheet  flashing along ledger in such a manner as to prevent the passage of moisture into the wall, any untreated wood or wood siding.
 7. Guardrails:
Shall be not less than 36 inches above decking and have balusters or other construction such that a sphere with a diameter of 4 inches cannot pass through any opening.  Guards shall not have an ornamental pattern that would provide a ladder effect.  Guardrails shall be designed and constructed for concentrated load of 200 pounds applied at any point and in any direction along the top rail member.  The in-fill area of a guardrail system shall be designed and constructed for a horizontal concentrated load of 200 pounds applied on a square foot area at any point in the system, including intermediate rails or other elements serving this purpose.  A stairway having three or more risers is required to have a guardrail on both sides measuring 34 to 38 inches in height above the leading edge of the tread.  Balusters are to have two screws or nails at the top or bottom.
8.  Stairways:
Minimum stair width is 36 inches.  Maximum riser height is 8 ¼ inches.  Minimum tread is 9 inches plus 1 inch nosing where solid risers are used.  Decks with a height of 12 feet or more require an intermediate landing with footings.
9.  Handrails:
All stairways with three or more risers require continuous handrails and guardrails on one side.  All stairway handrails shall have a circular cross-section with an outside diameter of at least 1 ¼ inches and not greater than 2 5/8 inches.  Handrails are to be smooth and free of sharp edges and splinters.  Handrails shall be continuous the full length of the stairs on one side.
Approved rails of equivalent grasp ability.  A handrail and any walled surface adjacent to the handrail shall be free of any sharp or abrasive elements.  The clear space between the handrail and the adjacent wall or other surface shall not be less than 1 ½ inches.  Edges shall have a radius of 1/8 of an inch.  Handrails shall not be less than 34 inches nor more than 38 inches, measured vertically, above the leading edge of the treads.
10. Lateral Bracing:
If deck is far enough above ground to cause it to sway, diagonal bracing is to be installed between the girder and posts.
11. Connectors:
All connectors, nails, screws, bolts, and related hardware shall be hot-dipped zinc coated (galvanized), stainless steel, silicon bronze, copper, or other corrosion resistant materials.  When using hangers (TECO) all round holes must be filled using (TECO) nails.  All hangers must be listed G185 or Zmax.
12.  Required inspections: CALL ONLY WHEN YOU ARE READY FOR INSPECTION.
1.      The bottom of footing before placement of concrete.
2.      Frame inspection for decks less than 5 feet above ground.
3.      Final
 

Inspection Guidelines

The following are REQUIRED INSPECTIONS PURSUANT TO N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.18
NEW BUILDINGS-ADDITIONS-RENOVATIONS-ALTERATIONS (other
Inspections may be required depending on the scope of the project.
Consult the Subcode Officials if you have any questions.):
1.     Footing inspections-Bottom of trench-PRIOR to the pouring of concrete.
2.     Wall forms & Steel-PRIOR to the pouring of concrete.
3.     Foundation Inspection-PRIOR to the placement of backfill.
4.     Sheathing inspection-PRIOR to siding & roofing
5.     Slab inspection-PRIOR to the placement of concrete.
6.     Plumbing rough installation and air test for gas piping.
7.     Electric rough wiring.
8.     All trenches for plumbing and electric.
9.     Framing inspection-AFTER passing Electrical, Plumbing and BEFORE insulation.
ALL  FIRE BLOCKING AND PENETRATIONS MUST BE DONE AT FRAMING INSPECTION
10.    Insulation inspection-PRIOR to the installation of gypsum board.
11.    Final Electric, Plumbing & Fire.  Building after all others have passed.
For all inspection requests call the Technical Assistants @ 732-356-0833 ext. 630.  You must have the following information In order to request an inspection.  (PERMIT #, BLOCK/LOT, NAME & ADDRESS AND TYPE OF INSPECTION.)  Provide any other information that may be needed. ONLY CALL FOR INSPECTIONS WHEN THE WORK IS READY.
If you have any questions regarding these procedures please call James Ayotte, Construction Official- Ext. 642.

 

Where to Locate Smoke Detectors

When an Alteration OR Renovation Work is Performed
Install battery operated smoke detectors in the following areas.  Smoke detectors are to be located on every level of the residence; basement, first floor, second floor, (excluding crawl spaces and unfinished attics) and in every separate sleeping area, between sleeping areas and living areas such as the kitchen, garage, basement or utility room.  In homes with only one sleeping area on one floor, a detector is to be put in the hallway outside each sleeping area.  In single floor homes with two separate sleeping areas, two detectors are required, outside each sleeping area.  In multi-level homes, detectors to be located outside sleeping areas and at every finished level of the home.  Basement level detectors to be located at the bottoms of basement stairs.  See figures below as examples.
When An Addition is Constructed
If the cumulative area of all floors of the addition(s) is 5 percent or more, but less than 25 percent of the floor area of the largest floor of the existing building, hardwired, interconnected smoke detectors with battery back-up meeting the requirements of NFPA 72, except as otherwise provided in the building or fire protection Subcode, shall be installed and maintained in each story in the dwelling unit, including basements.
If the cumulative area of all floors of the addition(s) is 23 percent or more of the floor area of the largest floor of the building, smoke detectors complying with  the building Subcode shall be installed throughout addition and the existing building.  See figures below as examples.
Where NOT to Locate Smoke Detectors
To avoid false alarms and/or improper operation, avoid installation of smoke detectors in the following areas:
  • Kitchens – smoke from cooking may cause nuisance alarms.
  • Bathrooms – excessive steam from a shower may cause nuisance alarms.
  • Within three feet of air ducts, fans, etc. where air movement may prevent smoke from reaching the detector.
  • Near furnaces of any type of air movement and normal combustion products may cause a nuisance alarm.
  • The “Dead Air” space where the ceiling meets the wall, as shown below.
  • The peak of an “A” frame type of ceiling, the dead air space at the top may prevent smoke from reaching the detector.
Further Information on Smoke Detector Location
National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Standard No. 74-1984, titled “Household Fire Warning Equipment.”   This publication may be obtained by writing to the Publication Sales Department, National Fire Protection Association, Battery March Park, Quincy, MA 02269.
Where to Locate Carbon Monoxide Detectors
CO Detectors shall be located per the requirements of NFPA 720, “Recommended Practice for the Installation of Household Carbon Monoxide (CO) Warning Equipment.”
CO detectors shall be located outside of and within ten feet of all sleeping areas.  Each detector should be located on the wall, ceiling or other location as specified in the installation instructions that accompany the unit.

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CONTACT INFORMATION:
732-356-0833 ext. 630.
Construction/Building Subcode Official
Jim Ayotte
Mon-Fri – 5-7 p.m.
Director/Code Enforcement Officer
Joe Costa
Monday-Friday-8:30am-4:30pm
Part-time Technical Assistant
Joanne Awtry
Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday- 8:30am-2:30pm
Fire Sub-Code Official
William Boyle –  Part-time
Electrical Sub-Code Official
John Elichko – Part-time
Plumbing Sub-Code Official
Stephen Rodzinak – Part-time
Fire Marshall
Chris Czuba – Part-time
INSPECTIONS:
Tuesday & Thursday 12pm – 4pm