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There are two proposals in the New Jersey Register pertaining to the adoption of the next set of codes. One proposal is for the adoption of the 2021 National Standard Plumbing Code, and the second proposal is for the adoption of the 2021 editions of the ICC’s IBC, IRC, IFGC, IMC, IECC, and the 2020 NEC. These will all have new Jersey’s amendments that are included in these proposals. Comments must be submitted by June 17, 2022 for both proposals.

Another proposal that the comment period has actually expired is meant to clarify the Conflict of Interest rules found in NJAC 5:23-4.5 (j) iii, as shown in red below. Prior approvals and fees must be those of the municipality where the work is located, as is the responsibility of the municipality where the work is located to report the work to the DCA. These are only proposals at this time, and we will report as to if and when they are adopted.

iii. Where an inspection or enforcement procedure is performed by another
enforcing agency due to a conflict of interest, the fee schedule of the enforcing agency in
which the project is located shall be utilized in calculating the fees for the project. The
State training fee for the project and the reporting of the project pursuant to Department
requirements shall be submitted by the enforcing agency where the project is located.
After inspection or enforcement procedures have been performed, the agency that
performed such procedures shall provide the information required to be reported to the
municipality where the project is located. Permit documentation shall be shared between
the local enforcing agencies for timely and accurate reporting. The prior approvals
required in the municipality where the project is located shall apply.

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MONTHLY MEETING

BPMIA hosted the New Jersey Building Officials Association’s, regular monthly meeting, as we always do in May. The meeting was held at the Crow’s Nest Restaurant in Hackensack. There were 14 members of our association in attendance, and we heard information from representatives of Mitchell Humphry and e-Plan Soft and the plan review process pertaining to our jobs and their software integration. Thanks to those members of BPMIA who were present to represent our association.

Bring your code questions and comments, and also any topics you’d like to discuss at our regular meetings


GET INVOLVED

If anyone is interested in a position on BPMIA’s executive board, send in your letter of intent by June 30, 2022, to the Nominating Committee chairman Mike Tabback. His email address is miketab52@gmail.com. Get involved.

Contact President Ernie Sisco if you’re interested in serving on a Committee. Positions are still available for 2022


CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to all newly sworn-in Officers and Directors for the 2022 year.

Ernie Sisco– President
Rich Silvia  – Vice President
Anthony Merlino – Secretary
Mel Streeter – Treasurer
Bob Schultz – Director for a three year term.

Officers and Directors were sworn in at our annual installation meeting/Christmas party by our friend and colleague, past President Felix Esposito.


BPMIA ANNUAL GOLF OUTING
September 14, 2022

A MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
proceeds will benefit scholarships and charities

Farmstead Golf and Country Club
88 Lawrence Road, Lafayette, NJ 07848

“AS ALWAYS”  Felix’s hospitality kart
Download Application Form

2019 Annual Scholarship Golf Outing

Our annual golf outing was held on September 25th at the Farmstead Country Club and deemed to be another huge success. Proceeds are used for our Scholarship fund which helps our children while attending college. Many thanks to Ernie Sisco and his committee for their hard work in making the outing the success it always turns out to be.

Contractor Registration Law

Contractor Registration took effect January 1, 2006

The official text of New Jersey Statutes can be found through the home page of the New Jersey Legislature http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/ New Jersey Statutes Annotated (N.J.S.A.), published by Thomson West, provides the official annotated statutes for New Jersey.The statutes in PDF form provided on this website by the Division of Consumer Affairs are unofficial courtesy copies, which may differ from the official text. Although every effort is made to ensure that the text of the courtesy copies is identical to the official version, if any discrepancies exist between the text on this website and the official version, the official version will govern.

https://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/Statutes/Contractors-Registration-Act.pdf

An Act concerning construction permits for the installation of wheelchair ramps on residential real property and amending P.L. 1975, C.2l 7.

AN ACT concerning construction permits  for  the  installation  of  wheelchair  ramps  on residential  real  property  and amending P.L.1975,  c.2l 7.
BE IT ENACTED by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New J ersey: 

I. Section 13 of P.L.1975, c.217 (C.52:27D-131) is amended to read as follows:

C.52:27D-131        Construction   permits:   application,   approval.   expiration,  cancellat ion, extension.

13. a. The enforcing agency  shall  examine  each  application  for  a construction  permit.  If the application conforms with this act,  the  code,  and  the  requirements  of  other  applicable laws and ordinances. the enforcing agency shall approve the application and shall issue a construction permit to the applicant. Every application for a  construction  permit  shall  be granted, in whole or in part, or denied within 20  business  days,  unless  the  application  is limited to the construction of a ramp designed  to provide  wheelchair  access  to a one or two­ unit dwelling, and required for such access by a resident of the dwelling,  in which  case the permit  shall be granted  or denied within  five busi ness days.  If appl ication  is denied in whole or in part, the enforcing agency shall set forth the reasons therefor i n writing. If an enforcing agency fails to grant, in whole or in part,  or  deny  an  application  for a  construction  permit within the period of time prescribed herein. such failure shall be deemed a denial of the application for purposes  of an  appeal  to the construction  board  of appeals  unless  such  period of time has been extended with the consent of the  applicant.  The  enforcing  agency  may approve changes in plans and specifications previously approved by it, if the plans and specifications  when   so  changed   remain   in   conform ity  with  law.       Except   as  otherwise provided  in this act or the code, the construction  or alteration of  a building  or structure shall   not be commenced until a  construction  permit  has  been  issued.  The  construction  of  a building or structure shall be in compliance with the approved application for a construction permit; and the enforcing agency shall insure such compliance in  the  manner  set  forth  in  section  14 of this  act.

The commissioner, after consultation with the code advisory board, may. for certain classes or types of occupancy posing special or unusual hazard s to public safety. establish regulations designating the department as the enforcing agency for purposes of approving plans and specifications. A municipal enforci ng agency shall not grant an occupancy permit for any such class or type of construction unless the applicant submi ts appropriate plans and specifications certified or approved by the department. Upon submission by an appl icant of such certified approved plans and specifications, the enforcing agency shall recognize the approval when deciding whether to approve the application for a construction permit.

  1. A construction permit.  issued  in  accordance  with  the  foregoing  provisions,  pursuant to which no construction has been undertaken above  the  foundation  walls  within  one  year from the ti me of  issuance.  shall expire.
  2. The enforcing agency may revoke or cancel a construction permit in the event the project for which the permit is obtained is not completed by the third anniversary of the date of issuance of the construction permit. Notwithstanding the provisions of any other law.rule or regulation to the contrary, the enforcing agency may revoke or cancel a construction permit in effect on the effective date of P.L.2001 , c.457 (C.52:27D- 131.l et al.). if the project for which the construction permit was obtained is not completed by the third anniversary of the effective date of P.L.2001 , c.457 (C.52:27D- I 31. l et al.).

 

P.L.2015, CHAPTER 159

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  1. If the project for which the permit is obtained is not completed by a deadline set forth in this section, the permittee may submit a request for an extension of the permit to the enforcing agency for review. The enforcing agency may extend the permit for a period of one year. Approval of the extension shall not be unreasonably withheld. Denial of a request for an extension may be appealed to the county construction board of appeals established pursuant to section 9 of P.L.1975 , c.217 (C.52:270-127). If a project is not  completed within the deadline set forth in this section, the enforcing agency shall take all appropriate action up to and including demolition of the uncompleted structure.

The  provisions  of  this  subsection  shall  not  apply  to  a  permi t  obtained : ( 1) to construct

improvements to the interior of a residential property in which the permittee  is  currently  residing that are  not visible  from  the outside of  the  residential  property,  (2) for any building of which the extetior and  all  required  site improvements  have  been  fully constructed,  or (3) for a project  while that project  is under  the control  of a mortgagee  in possession.

The enforcing agency may suspend, revoke or cancel a  construction  permit  in  case  of neglect or failure to comply with the provisions of this act or the code, or upon  a finding by it  that a false statement or representation has been made in the application for the construction permit.

2.    This act shall take effect  immediately.

 

Approved  December  2, 2015.