The Importance of Permits
The main purpose of a permit is to ensure safety. Your home is your investment and your occupants’ safety is paramount. Below are important reasons to secure a permit:
  • Proof of closed permits will be required for the RESALE of your home. Lack of permits will delay closing, or even worse, may require you to tear down an addition or perform costly repairs.
  • Permits protect the homeowner from shoddy contractor work. The building, electrical or plumbing inspector will ensure the work was done properly and to code.
  • Each town has different requirements, so it is always best to ask your town’s construction or building department. Some common replacements which require a permit include Hot Water Heaters and HVAC systems.
  • To check if your permits are closed, submit an OPRA request to your township clerk.
As your local real estate agent and neighborhood expert, I am happy to provide you with additional information on permits. Please call me at 908.720.9205 or email at

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