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Town of Phillipsburg Inspections Department
Phone: (908) 454-5500, ext. 346 & 341
Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm - Monday-Friday

The Inspections Department administers all construction within the Town of Phillipsburg. All Planning & Zoning issues are dealt with through this office. All building, electrical, plumbing, and fire permits are issued through our office. After plans have been reviewed and accepted and the appropriate permits are issued, inspections are performed to insure that all construction is in accordance with the Uniform Construction Code (UCC) of New Jersey and its adopted codes. It is also the responsibility of the Inspections Department to issue violations and/or fines, Certificates of Approval and Certificates of Occupancy when warranted.

Certificate of Habitability Inspections are done on rental properties every two years to insure that properties are brought up to code. The same inspection is also done for the re-sale of a property. It is the responsibility of the owner to make all appointments for Certificate of Habitability Inspections. A minimum of 2 weeks is usually required.

Download the required forms below in preparation for your Certificate of Habitability Application:


Affidavit of Understanding
PDF File



Rental Property Registration Statement: PDF File



Most Common Certificate of Habitabilty Violations PDF File




  1. All final inspections performed and approvals by Subcode Officials (i.e. building, electric, fire protection, plumbing, elevator).

2. Application for a Certificate of Occupancy (U.C.C. form F270) filled out in its entirety and submitted to the building department.

3. Final Survey (for new buildings).

4. New Home Warranty Plan (State, H.O.W. or private plan).

5. Copy of Sanitary Inspections Certificate issued by the Warren County Board of Health (for food handling establishments only).

6. Payment of Phillipsburg Sewage Connection fee (for new buildings only).

7. Certificate of compliance issued by the Warren County Soil Conservation District (when applicable).

8. Town of Phillipsburg Engineer's Acknowledgement for release of Certificate.

9. Town of Phillipsburg Zoning Officer's Acknowledgement for release of Certificate.

Prior to a Certificate of Occupancy being issued, all final construction inspections should be performed and the applicant must provide the applicable information above before the Certificate is released.

When is a Construction Permit required?

A permit is required to construct, enlarge, alter or demolish a structure in any way. Included in this category are those projects that change or add to any existing structure.


Construction Permit Application
PDF File



Required Inspections


  A. Construction work must be inspected in accordance with the State Uniform Construction Code Regulations (NJAC 5:23-2.18). This department will carry out such periodic inspections during the progress of the work as are necessary to insure that the work performed conforms to the approved plans and the requirements of the Uniform Construction Code.

B. The responsible person in charge of the work must notify this office when work is ready for any required inspections. Requests for inspections must be made at least 24 hours prior to the time the inspection if desired. Inspections will be performed within three business days from the time the request is received. Work must not proceed which would hamper or preclude the inspection until approval has been given.

C. There are four Primary Inspectors whose duties are to inspect the different aspects of the work performed. These are the Building, Plumbing, Electrical and Fire Protection Inspectors.

D. The following list should assist the property owner and contractors for which inspectors are responsible. The construction permit you obtained may include several subcodes (i.e. Building, Plumbing, Electric, or Fire Protection.) Therefore, each inspector will require access to the building to inspect the work. The inspectors are scheduled as the work progresses and under some circumstances the inspectors may be scheduled on the same day to minimize inconvenience.


Required Inspectors:    
      1. The bottom of footing trenches before placement of footings, inspections shall be made in accordance with the requirements of the building subcode. (Including forming & rebar when required by site conditions or the plans)

2. Foundations and all walls up to grade level prior to back fill. (Including the perimeter drainage system, damp proofing and waterproofing of the foundation when required by the code, site conditions or the plans)

3. All structural framing before the insulation and finish materials such as siding, and drywall etc. are installed.

4. Concrete slab floor inspections before placement of concrete (including when required by the code or the plans, the radon piping, gravel base, 6 mil polyethylene radon barrier, welded wire fabric and expansion and control joints.)


Plumbing     5. Rough wiring before walls are insulated and covered with finish materials. (Complete all splicing in boxes for this inspection)


      6. Rough plumbing (including any tests required by the Plumbing Subcode.)

7. Underground water, and sewer piping including all tests required by the Plumbing Subcode. (before it's buried)


      8. Insulation inspection

9. Drywall inspection (before tape & spackle in newly constructed buildings)


      10. Final Electric Inspection (after all lighting, receptacle & switching outlets and all equipment are installed and in place.)


      11. Final Plumbing (after all fixtures are in place)


      12. Final Building Inspection (also for the duct and mechanical systems)


Fire Protection      
      13. Final Fire Protection Inspection (for smoke detectors & gas-fired furnaces.


Other Inspections


      1. Underground wiring (before it's buried) such as pool wiring or wiring to detached garages or landscape wiring.


      2. Gas piping and tests of piping

3. Oil tanks & piping

4. Water Heaters or Hot Water Boilers (gas or oil)


Fire Protection      
      5. Gas Furnaces


      6. Chimney liners, Fireplaces


When the Subcode officials sign off on the work, the Certificate of Occupancy or Approval will be processed and issued.



Construction Permit Application PDF File

Building Subcode Application
PDF File



Fire Subcode Application
PDF File


Chimney Verification For Replacement of Fuel-Fired Equipment PDF

Plumbing Subcode Application
PDF File



Electrical Subcode Application
PDF File




1. Plans & Specifications:
  Three (3) copies of the plans must accompany the application for a permit. Plans must be prepared by an architect or engineer except in the case of a single family homeowner who has prepared his/her own plans for the construction, alteration or repair of a structure used or intended to be used exclusively as his/her private residence.


    A. The Plans prepared by a New Jersey registered architect or New Jersey licensed Engineer must have their seal and signature affixed to each sheet of the specifications and any additional supportive information submitted.

B. The homeowner shall submit an affidavit attesting to the fact that he/she has prepared the plans. (The affidavit is on the Construction permit application folder UCC Form F-100B)


  C. The Plans prepared by design professionals shall include all the information required under N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.15 (e), which include:


      1. Site diagram
2. Building plans
3. Electrical plans
4. Plumbing plans
5. Mechanical plans
6. Engineering details and specifications


    D. Plans prepared by the property owner/occupant shall contain the information required per 5:23-9.2 (attached)

E. Plumbing and Electrical Plans for class III structures may be prepared by New Jersey licensed Master Plumbers and Electrical Contractors. Class III Structures are:


      1. Use Group B (business) such as offices less than 7200 square foot, two stories and 30 feet high.

2. Use Group M (mercantile) establishments such as small retail stores less than 4800 square foot, one story and 20 feet high.

3. Use Group S-1 (storage) buildings where the contents will burn with moderate rapidity and also motor vehicle repair garages less than 4,200 square feet, one story and 20 feet high.

4. Use Group S-2 (storage) buildings where the contents do not ordinarily burn rapidly or are non-combustible less than 7,200 square feet, two story and 30 feet high

For buildings other than the above the Electrical and Plumbing plans are prepared by the Design Professionals.

D.C.A. Bulletin No. 96-2 provides an explanation as to which design professional may sign and seal the plans for a particular Use group.


    F. The only construction work that does not require full plans or details of construction is minor work as defined in the Uniform Construction Code N.J.A.C. 5:23-9.3, 5:23-2.17A (see list of examples of minor work) or work of a minor nature (as determined by the sub-code officials. (work of a minor nature is just that "very minor").


Some examples of required permits are:

Siding, Roofing, Sidewalk, Installation of a new electrical service, receptacles, outlets, plumbing work, deck, pool, addition, finish basement and/or attic, sheds over 100 sq. feet.





A permit is required if an individual wishes to construct, enlarge, or alter a structure in any way. For example, to add a fence or shed to a property would require a permit.

Some examples of required permits are:

Fences, sheds, decks, pools, additions, signs, driveway, parking pad, garages



Open Public Records Act
P.L. 2001, CHAPTER 404
N.J.S. 47:1A-1 et seq.

The Legislature finds and declares it to be the public policy of this State that:

All records shall be accessible

Government records shall be readily accessible for inspection, copying, or examination by the citizens of this State, with certain exceptions, for the protection of the public interest, and any limitations on the right of access accorded by P.L.1963, c.73 (C.47:1A-1 et seq.) as amended and supplemented, shall be construed in favor of the public's right of access;…

To see the entire OPRA law, click here: OPRA

To obtain public records from the Town of Phillipsburg, the OPRA form (download the PDF file below) must be completed and submitted to the appropriate department.

Cost of Document Copies:

State Statute NJSA 47:1A-2 sets forth the following costs for copies of documents requested through the Town Clerk's office:

Fees:  Letter Size  @  .05/ page
            Legal Size   @ .07/ page

Town of Phillipsburg OPRA Form: PDF File


Open Public Records Act (OPRA)


When is a Zoning Permit required?


New Jersey State Requirements for the Preparation of Plans to Obtain a Construction Permit


Requirements Prior to a Certificate of Occupancy Being Issued


Construction Office (Inspections)