Apply for a construction permit

Most construction projects and repairs require a construction permit.

Need to know

  • Permit costs vary depending on the type of permit and job valuation.
  • Timeline varies depending on the size and complexity of the project.
  • If you do work without a permit, you may need to pay a fine and undo the work done.

Before you start

Before you can get a construction permit for some projects, you might need to get a zoning permit first. This could involve approval from the Planning Board or Zoning Board. Contact us to find out if zoning approval is required for your project.

Projects have different requirements, depending on the nature of the work. Before you apply:

  • Find out what types of permits you need
  • Review the application forms and prepare the required materials

We're here to help. Contact us if you aren’t sure where to start.


1. Reach out to us and discuss your project.

This is an optional, but recommended step. We can help you understand if your project requires a permit and if so, what kind.

We can also let you know about any additional documents or samples you need to submit with your application.

You may also want to discuss your project with the Zoning division, Fire Prevention department, or the County Health department to see if they have rules or requirements that apply to your project.

2. Create your plans and prepare materials

When you submit your application, you may need to also include:

  • Site plan
  • Drawings and diagrams
  • Specifications
  • Engineering calculations
  • Energy calculations
  • Soil investigation reports
  • Fire sprinkler plans and calculations
  • Special inspection and structural observations

3. Download the application forms and complete the required information.

Based on the project, you may need to complete multiple application forms.

4. Submit your application forms, plans, and materials.

Submit it to the Building division, including any required site plans and supporting documents. You can submit your application:

  • In-person: Borough Hall, 2nd floor
  • By mail: Community Development Department, 25 West End Ave, Somerville, NJ, 08876

5. Pay fees.

You can pay by check or with cash (exact change).

What's next

After you submit your application, we will review your plans. Depending on the nature of the project, the review could involve several departments.

How long will it take?

We conduct an initial review of your project within 20 business days to see if anything major is missing.

How are corrections, clarifications, and changes made?

If you need to make a change to your application, this is called a resubmittal. If information is missing, we will let you know your application is incomplete.

How do I get my permit?

We will contact you to pickup your permit from the Community Development Department at Borough Hall.

How long is my permit valid?

Your first inspection must occur within a year of the date the permit was issued.

Get help

David Myers
Construction Official

(908) 725-2300
ext. 1963
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