Who prepares the required plans?

A New Jersey Licensed Architect is recommended for the preparation of plans for major projects. Major projects may need to include floor plans drawn to scale, sections, elevations and details. Structural elements such a girders and columns are required to be drawn by a New Jersey Licensed Architect. Minor projects such as decks and small additions can be drawn by a homeowner.


The Construction Inspection Office has standard specifications that can be followed within certain limitations for routine projects such as decks and retaining walls. These specs along with a plot plan/survey depicting your project are accepted as the required plans.

Preparing Plans

There are some projects which require a New Jersey Licensed Engineer to prepare plans. Examples are an in-ground pool, grading plans and retaining walls no more than four feet in height.

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1. What are permits and why do I need one?
2. When do I need a construction permit?
3. Are permits needed for all home improvements?
4. Where do I get a permit?
5. What steps are involved in the process?
6. How long does it take to get a permit?
7. What is the cost of a permit?
8. What happens if I don’t get a permit?
9. What if I get a permit but don’t call for inspections?
10. Can I do the work myself or do I have to hire a contractor?
11. Who prepares the required plans?
12. What about inspections?