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How many of you guys, (contractors) perform the work and do installation while you wait for the permit to be approved? Some towns make you wait 20 work days for a simple permit for a simple installation, Should i just wait for it or go ahead with the work, I have a job scheduled for Monday and I am still waiting for the damn permit!
 

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How many of you guys, (contractors) perform the work and do installation while you wait for the permit to be approved? Some towns make you wait 20 work days for a simple permit for a simple installation, Should i just wait for it or go ahead with the work, I have a job scheduled for Monday and I am still waiting for the damn permit!
Most jobs I don't get a permit at all. They make the process too hard and time consuming. While other states have the permit process online, we have to go hand deliver them and then go back to pick them up. I waited an hour in Hoboken's building department just to hand the application to someone. That was after sitting in traffic and then finding parking. Then they make you wait while they sit on a simple permit that requires nothing extra. I waited 20 minutes to hand the permit application in at WoodBridge building department.

So I usually only get permits on larger jobs like service changes and permanent generator installations. Most customers don't want permits/inspections anyway.
 

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Most jobs I don't get a permit at all. They make the process too hard and time consuming. While other states have the permit process online, we have to go hand deliver them and then go back to pick them up. I waited an hour in Hoboken's building department just to hand the application to someone. That was after sitting in traffic and then finding parking. Then they make you wait while they sit on a simple permit that requires nothing extra. I waited 20 minutes to hand the permit application in at WoodBridge building department. So I usually only get permits on larger jobs like service changes and permanent generator installations. Most customers don't want permits/inspections anyway.
. I don't blame you ! Until they make the whole process a little more streamlined , you won't find many jersey guys getting permits for small stuff . Just another area where jersey is behind the 8 ball , lol !
 

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Most jobs I don't get a permit at all. They make the process too hard and time consuming. While other states have the permit process online, we have to go hand deliver them and then go back to pick them up. I waited an hour in Hoboken's building department just to hand the application to someone. That was after sitting in traffic and then finding parking. Then they make you wait while they sit on a simple permit that requires nothing extra. I waited 20 minutes to hand the permit application in at WoodBridge building department.

So I usually only get permits on larger jobs like service changes and permanent generator installations. Most customers don't want permits/inspections anyway.
What about those stupid EV car chargers? Some you have to wire them for 100A
 

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. I don't blame you ! Until they make the whole process a little more streamlined , you won't find many jersey guys getting permits for small stuff . Just another area where jersey is behind the 8 ball , lol !
Yet when it comes to collecting their taxes, it's all streamlines and right there on the internet. Press a button and deposit your money to the state!
 

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Our permits are done all online. We can even put in for a permit and not pay until we want inspection. They just give us a temp permit until it is paid but has to be paid for inspection.
 

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If im doing a generator I will speak to the building guy or zoning officer just to see if I can go where I want it to... once I know that I start the work... many times when they call me to pick it up I just tell them to set an inspection day..
Its effing stupid how far in the dark ages we are here... they say its to cut down on people using others license but I say it bull ****... and they love their antiquated systems...
Some towns are really really bad... Montclair, Pequannock, Livingston....

its horrible but I have even stopped getting permits for small jobs... its impossible to compete with guys that don't...

I did a high hat job in Summit a couple of weeks ago and got it inspected per ho request... I swear the inspector walked in looked up at the holes and wire and said.... your good... lol
 

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I'm totally with you guys. It took me 5 weeks in Ridgewood recently to get a permit for a simple basement and they have 2 inspectors.
If its a decent size job Ill hand in the paperwork at least and start.
 

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I know, it's very frustrating because I have to wait 20 business days to get a freaking permit for a job that it's going to take me 5 hours from start to finish. So I don't know if I should just have my guys do the work and just get it done while we wait for it.
 

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They have 30 days to issue the permit.

If I don't have a permit on day 31 I start.

My bigger problem is the wait for inspections, its taking some towns 3 weeks just to do an inspection. It was a bigger problem but since the gas company is taking 10 weeks to set a gas meter Electricity isn't holding anything up.

I just had a builder get nasty with me on Friday telling me we are holding up his jobs because he has no heat. I told him well you have had electric for five weeks now, he says well the furnace doesn't work, I have six houses with no heat get over there and wire them.

I said well they were wired on the rough which was a long time ago.

He says well what the hell did you do, i have no heat.

I said well you have no gas meter ! Are you being serious or just messing with me?

Idiots!!!!!
 

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They have 30 days to issue the permit.

If I don't have a permit on day 31 I start.

My bigger problem is the wait for inspections, its taking some towns 3 weeks just to do an inspection. It was a bigger problem but since the gas company is taking 10 weeks to set a gas meter Electricity isn't holding anything up.

I just had a builder get nasty with me on Friday telling me we are holding up his jobs because he has no heat. I told him well you have had electric for five weeks now, he says well the furnace doesn't work, I have six houses with no heat get over there and wire them.

I said well they were wired on the rough which was a long time ago.

He says well what the hell did you do, i have no heat.

I said well you have no gas meter ! Are you being serious or just messing with me?

Idiots!!!!!
But 31 days for a permit seems too excessive for such a small job, it should be treated on a job requirement basis in my opinion.
 

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But 31 days for a permit seems too excessive for such a small job, it should be treated on a job requirement basis in my opinion.
They don't sort out permits for big jobs vrs small jobs.

The permits get processed in the order in which they get received.

Are you trying to do this in a sandy affected area??

Things are very backed up in the shore area
 

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Camden is horrible. Bordentown always has their hand out with a fee for this or that. The imagination of zoning's need to see whatever followed by a township architect to look something over has added 50 days to things.
 

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Obtaining permits in NJ

Did you ever consider the minor work clause in the nj ucc. You can start some jobs with a phone call as long as you file for a permit in 72 hours . Less than 5 outlets.
 

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Camden is horrible. Bordentown always has their hand out with a fee for this or that. The imagination of zoning's need to see whatever followed by a township architect to look something over has added 50 days to things.
For a second I thought you were referring to Camden as "Bartertown" from Mad Max 3!
 
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