The following is a statement released Tuesday afternoon by Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty.
Due to extent of damage caused by Hurricane Sandy and the damage left in its path, the Town of Morristown is going to waive any and all Building Department “Construction Code” permit fees that are associated with any damage caused by the storm. This would include, but would not be limited to, any building, electrical and/or plumbing permits that are required due to a tree falling onto and damaging the structure, electrical service entrance or gas meter.
Visit the JCP&L Guidance Document link below, titled “Tips for Customers Requesting Service Reconnections” which provides information regarding the “construction code” permit process if JCP&L determines that the property does not have a functioning electrical service entrance or if the electrical meter was removed due to severe damage or flooding.
In other cases, significant tree impact to the home/structure may necessitate building code permits to ensure that the corrective work performed to repair or replace structural roof framing members is done in conformance with applicable construction code requirements. Insurance companies may also require these permits to ensure that the replacement work successfully corrects the damage that may have occurred to a structural framing component. Lastly, the permit will also document the scope of work done to correct the damage and will serve as a historic document for future reference.
It is understood that certain work must be done immediately, and therefore the permit may be submitted after the work is done per the NJ Uniform Construction Code (NJAC 5:23) as “Emergency Work”. If you have any questions regarding your home, or to determine if permits are required or not, please do not hesitate to call the Building Department at 973-292-6712.
Construction code permit fees will not be charged by the Building Department for any permit that is submitted to address damage associated with Super Storm Sandy. Consistent with the “Emergency Work” provisions, no penalty or violation will be issued for any work that has already been done. We want to ensure that any work that is/was done complies with the current construction and safety codes.
You may also fax 973-292-6734 or call 973-292-6712 the Building Department to let the Town knows where the work is being done (or was done) so the Town will know to expect and expedite any permit related work regarding your property.