For further information about the Bureau of Construction Project Review:
Phone: (609) 984-7850
Fax: (609)633-2525
eMail: david.uhaze@dca.nj.gov
 
State Buildings Unit
Phone: (609) 984-7865
Fax: (609) 341-3188

Class I & Class II and Special Projects Unit
Phone: (609) 633-7448

HealthCare Facilities
Phone: (609) 633-8151

Casino Projects Unit (Atlantic City Office)

Phone: (609) 441-3679
Fax: (609) 441-7355

Public School Plan Review

Public School Inspections
Phone: (609) 943-5157

In 1975, the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code Act established the Department of Community Affairs as the primary building codes and standards agency in the State. The Act provided for a single, mandatory construction code and for a fundamental restructuring of the enforcement process. Hence, the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code (UCC), NJAC 5:23 et seq. was adopted and became effective January 1, 1977.

The Bureau of Construction Project Review performs reviews and issues releases of plans for specific types of buildings within the State of New Jersey. Please refer to the listing below to identify when a Bureau review and release are required. Specific Bureau forms and instructions are also available below.

The Bureau's mailing address is:
  NJDCA -Div. of Codes and Standards
  Bureau of Construction Project Review
  PO Box 817, 101 S. Broad St., 4th fl.
  Trenton,NJ 08625-0817

State Buildings
The State Buildings unit, a unit within the Bureau of Construction Project Review, is responsible for ensuring compliance with the Uniform Construction Code when a State-owned or leased building is constructed or undergoing alteration.  This includes structures on State college campuses, the NJ Turnpike, Garden State Parkway, Atlantic City Expressway, all State parks, structures owned and operated by the NJ Sports and Exposition Authority, Atlantic City Airport, South Jersey Port Corp., and all State agencies.

In addition to providing for plan review, the State Buildings unit also issues the required Construction Permits for all construction projects undertaken in the aforementioned facilities.

Public School Plan Review and Inspection
The Public Schools Plan Review and Inspection unit issues Construction Permits and carries out all required field inspections for projects undertaken by the NJ Schools Development Authority, and provides for plan review and release for all of NJ's public schools.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • In What Instances is Bureau Review and Release Required?
    The Bureau of Construction Project Review is required to perform plan review in municipalities where the subcode officials and construction official do not possess code enforcement licenses of the appropriate class. The construction class of the particular municipality can be obtained through either the municipality's construction office, administrative offices, or by calling the Office of Regulatory Affairs at (609) 984-7672.

    In accordance with the UCC, submission to the Bureau for plan review must be made if the proposed project is:

    • Class I: A Bureau plan review and release is required prior to the issuance of a construction permit unless the construction official and each appropriate subcode official in the municipal enforcing agency is certified as a HHS construction official or subcode officials;
    • Class II: A Bureau plan review and release is required prior to the issuance of a construction permit unless the construction official and each appropriate subcode official in the municipal enforcing agency is certified as a HHS or ICS construction official or subcode official;
    • Class III: A Bureau plan review shall not be required except when the Department acts as the enforcing agency. Application should be made to the local construction office, not the Department/
      In addition to the above categories, all plans for the following structures must be submitted to the Department for review and release:
    • Electrical generating stations and substations, including nuclear;
    • Incineration plants;
    • Solid waste disposal plans;
    • Class I and Class II structures where required in accordance with NJAC 5:23-4.3A and NJAC 5:23-4.24(b)2;
    • Casino hotels;
    • Public mausoleums, vaults, crypts and other structures intended to hold or contain human remains;
    • All premanufactured systems for Class I and Class II structures, other than those authorized to be approved by an inplant inspection agency licensed to perform Class I and Class II plan review as provided in NJAC 5:23-4A.10, and all on-site installation of Class I and Class II premanufactured construction within the jurisdiction of a local enforcing agency that is not a Class I or Class II agency, as the case may be;
    • Health care facilities as defined in NJAC 5:23-1.4; Public school facilities as defined in NJAC 5:23-1.4 Prototype plans intended for use in more than one municipality;
    • High level alarm systems in terminals, as defined in NJSA 52:27D-214;
    • Billboards located on land owned or controlled by any state, county or local department, agency, board, commission, authority, or instrumentality;
      State-owned structures, unless delegated to other agencies by memoranda of understanding; and
    • Stadiums,arenas and theaters with an occupant load of 5000 or greater.
      Once a release, either partial or complete, is obtained from the Bureau, the municipalities will issue the appropriate permit(s) and perform inspections so that construction may ensue.

     Revised: 3/31/11

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  • How long will the review of submitted plans take?
     

    The first review of a "complete submittal" will be done in twenty business days from the date received. Subsequent reviews for corrections to the plans and or plan amendments will be done in seven business days from the date received.

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  • What constitutes a complete submittal?
    A complete submittal will include all of the following: A completed Project Review Application,Project scope of work, a completed Plan Review Fee Schedule and the accompanying check covering the computed fee, one complete set of Building, Mechanical, Plumbing, Electrical and Fire Protection plans and specifications with all information as noted in the DCA Instructions for Plan Review Application.
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  • Are the Plan Review Application and the Plan Review Fee Schedule available on the Internet?
    Yes. These forms can be accessed by the links below.
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  • How will I be notified when the review is completed?
    When the review of a project is completed, one of the following will take place:

    If the submittal for the proposed project does not meet the requirements of the NJUCC, a written list of comments citing areas of non-compliance is sent by mail or e-mail message to the owner of the proposed project or to the owner's designated representative. These comments must be addressed in a follow-up submission before the project can be released for permitting.

    or

    If the submittal for the proposed project meets all of the requirements of the NJUCC, a letter is sent by mail or e-mail message to the owner of the proposed project or to the owner's designated representative requesting two additional sets of drawings and specifications for processing of the release. These additional sets of drawings and specifications are marked with a DCA release stamp and then returned to the owner or to the owner's designated representative.
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  • What is the next step after DCA has released my plans?
    The released plans must be taken to the building department in the municipality where the project is being constructed. The municipality will issue the permits needed for the work to begin and will perform all of the inspections required under the NJUCC during the course of construction.
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  • Related Forms and Publications
    Plan Review -General
      Project Review Instructions 
      Project Review Application 
      Plan Review Fee Schedule
      Plan Review Variation, Application for
      Certification of Final Plan for CD
      Certification of Final Plan for E-plans
    Specific to Health Care Facilities
      Health Care Facilities Plan Review Procedures
      Health Care Plan Review Record
    Specific to State Buildings
      Construction Permit Application Packet and Related Forms
      State Buildings Permit Fee Schedule
      State Buildings Annual Permit Application
    Specific to Public School Construction
      Construction Permit Application Packet and Related Forms
      State Buildings Permit Fee Schedule 
              (Use the State Buildings Permit Fee Schedule for public school 
                construction permitting where the DCA is issuing the Permit.)
      Bulletin 00-3 Public Schools -Plan Review Procedure, Facility 
                           Planning Standards
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  • Laws, Rules, Regulations
      NJAC 5:23   The Uniform Construction Code
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