Departments

Building Department

Mission Statement
To ensure the health, safety and welfare of the public, through proper administration of the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code, conducted in a courteous and professional manner.

  • As a reminder to our residents, permits ARE required for the direct replacement of furnaces, water heaters, central air conditioners and roofs.  If an emergency exists (i.e.,you have no heat, hot water or your roof is leaking) the replacement can take place prior to obtaining a permit so long as the Building Department is notified by phone prior to work starting.  The permit application must be in our office within 72 hours of the phone notification.
  • We strongly urge all residents to make certain that only State of New Jersey licensed or registered contractors are hired to perform any work requiring a Building Permit.  

The State issues a license to plumbers, electricians and Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning & Refrigeration (HVACR) contractors.

All other contractors, regardless of how big or small, must possess a current State issued Home Improvement Contractor Registration in order to work on a residence.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the need for a permit or the type of contractor needed to perform the work, please call or visit the Hillsborough Township Building Department during normal business hours.

  • When should you give final payment to your contractor?  Well, New Jersey State Dept. of Consumer Affairs Law 13:45A – 16.2 specifies that……. “final inspections are required before final payment is made to contractor”.  This declaration, printed on the reverse side of the Construction Permit Notice, applies to any scope of work no matter how small or large.  So not only does this law provide you with leverage to ensure the work is completed but also meets code requirements.
  • True or False……. before you decide to install a whole house generator to be powered by natural gas, your utility company must be notified?

The answer is TRUE!   Gas utility companies require a “Residential Gas Load Data Inquiry” form, which is available through your gas utility provider, to be completed when adding new loads or making changes to the existing gas load for a single or multi-family (up to three residential dwelling units).  The completed form is then sent, by either you or your contractor, to the gas utility for evaluation.

While this is not required prior to submitting a permit application, it is in your best interest to contact your gas utility company before you purchase your generator.

The reason for this is the gas utility company needs to verify whether the existing gas service and meter are of adequate size for the additional load.  This also applies to the installation of a instantaneous (tankless) water heater.

There have been situations where the gas utility company, upon becoming aware of the installation, made a determination that the gas service and meter were undersized and had to be replaced at an additional cost to owner.  

Attention all COMMERCIAL PROPERTY owners in Hillsborough Township

All Business owners in Hillsborough Township who have a “Testable Backflow Device” as described in the 2009 NATIONAL STANDARD PLUMBING CODE must have these devices tested annually. This test must be performed by a certified testing company as per ASSE 5000. The results must be submitted along with a TESTABLE BACKFLOW DEVICE form to the Hillsborough Building department for review. Forms may be picked up at Construction Office or downloaded from the Township website.

If you have any questions if you have such a device please contact,

Plumbing Subcode Official
Hillsborough, NJ
908 369-4313 ext 7176

** NOTE: Please check first with the Zoning Department prior to applying for building permits

The Building Department administers the State Uniform Construction Code for all construction within the Township including the issuance of building permits for residential, commercial and industrial construction projects. This could range from a pool at a residential home to a new factory or warehouse type structure. One of the goals of this department is to assist in keeping the residents and visitors safe by verifying construction code compliance for all construction projects within the Township.

After plans have been reviewed, released and the necessary permits have been issued, inspections are performed to insure that all construction is in accordance with the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code and its adopted references. Once all approvals are obtained, Certificates of Approval or Certificates of Occupancy are issued by the Construction Official for the work completed. It is also the responsibility of the building department staff to issue violation notices and penalties if warranted. All these activities are recorded, tabulated and reported to the State Department of Community Affairs on a monthly basis.

For permit status inquiries, please call 369-4313 ext 7165, 7166, 7204, or 7164

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for the Township’s Uniform Construction Code (UCC) Construction Fee Schedule

Click here for the Hillsborough Township Permit Procurement Timeline

Click here for all building/construction (and Township) forms

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