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New Code Requirements in New Jersey

Posted By ESA Communications, Tuesday, October 13, 2015

            New Jersey has recently adopted new code requirements that went into effect on September 21, 2015: the 2015 International Building Code (IBC) and the International Residential Code (IRC), as amended.  The “New Jersey Editions” of the new codes will also add the 2014 Edition of the National Electrical Code (NEC) to the Electrical Subcode.  In addition, the 2015 IBC/IFC codes that were adopted reference the 2013 edition of NFPA 72.

            A six month grace period, as provided for in NJAC 5:23-1.6, will extend until March 8, 2016.  For a period of six months following the operative date of a subcode revision, applicants may submit a complete permit application, including all prior approvals, to be reviewed under the code in force immediately preceding the subcode revision. Provided that the application is complete, the construction official and applicable subcode officials shall perform the plan review and issue construction permit(s) based on the code in force immediately prior to the operative date of the subcode revision. This grace period shall apply only to revisions of subcodes.

            New Jersey requires all work to have approved permit(s) issued before any work is started.  New Jersey licenses or registers all trades and requires a business license or business registration on all permits issued, except for a single family owner-occupied residence, whereby the homeowner is performing their own work.

            NJ-ESA will be offering code update classes on these new requirements. We also offer many other training classes to meet CEU licensing requirements. Visit for more information.

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