Permits

The foregoing list is an overview of common permit requirements but not totally inclusive. Check with the building department when in doubt.
Mark Berninger - Construction Official, Borough of Midland Park. For any additional information or questions call the Building Department at 201-445-5424 between the hours of 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.

PERMITS PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS AS A HOMEOWNER AND CONSUMER AND ENSURES YOUR SAFETY IN YOUR HOME.

Permits Must Be Obtained From The Building Department For The Following:
Sheds- 100 sf or less, larger ones require a building permit
Fence – new and replacement
Driveway – new and replacement (A borough permit is also required for aprons, sidewalks & curbs, if being replaced)
P.O.D.S.- for a limited time
Any questions, please call 201/445-5424

Cartoon men reviewing blueprints

* Roof replacement ( this includes rip-off and replace as well as re-roofing)
* Siding or re-siding of house
* Installing a new furnace, water heater or boiler (this also includes having the chimney inspected
and certified and having the proper form completed in full)
* Installing central air conditioning
* An addition of any type
* An alteration of any type
* Building a garage
* Building a shed over 100 square feet
* Building a pool (either above ground or in ground)
* New electric wiring or upgrading the electric service in your house
* Enclosing a porch, adding a porch, porch steps and replacement steps
* Finishing of a basement
* Any interior alterations (removal and replacement of sheetrock, etc.)
* Kitchen remodeling and cabinet replacement
* Installing fireplaces and wood burning stoves (either gas or wood burning)
* Bathroom renovations (relocation of fixtures, sheet rocking and tub replacement)
* Adding of new bathroom
* New windows, this does NOT include replacements as long as they are the same size and style 
as the old ones (ex: double hung to double hung/casement to casement)
* Demolition work of any kind
* Lead and asbestos removal
* Installation of any fire alarm system

Permits are NOT Required For The Following:
* Repairing roofing or siding with the same material and the area is not to exceed 25% of the total 
roof or siding areas.
* Replacement of electric outlets or switches that have already been installed
* Installation of flooring material (i.e., carpet, linoleum)
* Painting or wall papering
* Replacement of faucets, bathroom fixtures (in same location) as long as piping does not have to 
be replaced or rearranged
* Replacement of glass in windows or doors as long as the glass conforms to the minimum 
requirements
* Repair or replacement of duct work

Miscellaneous:
* Sheds 100 square feet in size or under and less than 10 feet high require a zoning permit only
* Permits are required for reataining walls over 4 ft in height
* Do not make any final payments to your contractor until the work has been inspected and final 
approvals have been granted