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WHAT IS MINOR WORK?
NJAC 5:23-2.17A

(a)
The issuance of a permit shall not be required before minor work may proceed. The owner, or an architect or contractor acting on behalf of the owner, shall, however, provide notice of the work to the enforcing agency before work begins.
(b)
Notice of work; application:
1.
Notice of minor work shall be a personal or telephoned oral notice before work commences. This oral notice shall be provided to the enforcing agency between 9AM and 5:00PM., Monday through Friday, except holidays. In those cases where the local enforcing agency is not open and available to receive notice at those times then notice shall be provided to the municipal clerk;
2.
In addition to oral notice, the owner or his agent shall be required to file an application. The completed application with the fee shall be delivered in person or by mail to the enforcing agency, within five business days from the date of the oral notice.
(c)
Minor work:
1.
Minor work shall mean and include:
i.
The construction or total replacement of any porch or stoop which does not provide structural support for any roof or portions of a building;
ii.
Renovation or alteration work in an existing one or two-family dwelling, provided that no primary structural members are altered in any way, and further provided that the work does not constitute reconstruction; and
iii.
The removal and replacement of more than 25 percent of the exterior siding of a one or two-family dwelling:
2.
Minor work shall also mean and include the replacement of any existing plumbing piping work with new and approved material of like capacity; the installation of drinking fountains and condensate drains in existing structures; the replacement of existing low pressure hot water heaters with new ones of like capacity; and the new installation of lavatories, water closet, tubs, showers, washers or dishwashers, and garbage disposers in existing space of one and two-family dwellings where the new installation of additional fixtures can be accommodated with no Increase in the size of the water distribution system, water service or hose drain;
3.
Minor work shall also mean and include new electrical work incidental to the installation of air conditioning, equipment, clothes, dryers, and ranges or ovens in one and two-family dwellings; the installation of five or less 110 or 220 volt receptacles or fixtures where existing circuits and/or available space circuits and service are adequate to support the load; the replacement of existing wiring with new wiring of the same capacity provided that the new wiring shall be of a type approved for the use by the code;
4.
Minor work shall also mean and include the installation of any fire detection or suppression device in any one or two-family dwelling; installation of a radon mitigation system in an existing detached one or two-family dwelling; the installation of a burglar alarm or security system in any structure and the installation of a low voltage communication system in any structure other than a one or two-family dwelling;
5.
Minor work shall not include lead abatement.
6.
Minor work on elevator devices shall also mean and include work as outlined below and not involving a structural alteration to a building and as scoped within the applicable sections of part xii of ASME A17.1 referenced in the building subcode.

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