Building Department

It is the goal of the South Orange Building Department to ensure that all construction is code compliant for the safety and welfare of the township’s residents and visitors.  

Uniform Construction Code

The Uniform Construction Code is administrated by the Construction Official, and includes the Building, Electrical, Plumbing, and Fire Subcode Officials and Inspectors, which serve to enforce the various codes adopted by the Uniform Construction Code. Construction permits are required for most projects in strict accordance with the requirements of the State of New Jersey Uniform Construction Code, N.J.A.C. 5:23.

Permits, Applications & Guidelines

  • For permit applications; see the  the Permit Application page under Building Department.
  • "How do I?"  - South Orange has a list of comprehensive guidelines for contractors and homeowners alike.  Click here.
  • Homeowners/Contractors must post the placard given with every permit in a conspicuous location on the job site and keep the approved plans and specifications at the building site.


Inspections are scheduled for the technical field in which they are required.  Every effort is made to accommodate the schedules within the time the inspectors are available.  It is important to be ready for the inspection during the time in which it is scheduled.  If an inspection is missed, it will have to be scheduled for the next time in which there is an opening.

Construction inspections are scheduled by calling 973-378-7715, extension 7700, between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM.  Please have your permit number ready when you call. Do not leave a request for inspection on the department’s voicemail.