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Building Code Violations

Hudson Law Firm April 5, 2023

buildingBuilding department violations in New Jersey refer to any actions or omissions that are deemed to be in violation of the Uniform Construction Codes (N.J.A.C. 5:23) or local ordinances. Violations may include failure to obtain required permits prior to commencing construction, allowing a building to be occupied without proper permits or inspections, and failure to comply with building codes and regulations. Violations can result in penalties, suspensions, and the revocation of licenses.

Common building code violations include:

  1. Failure to obtain necessary permits before starting construction or renovation work.

  2. Electrical violations, such as installing wiring or electrical systems that do not meet code requirements.

  3. Plumbing violations, such as installing pipes or fixtures that do not meet code requirements or failing to obtain necessary permits for plumbing work.

  4. Structural violations, such as failing to properly support building components or using substandard materials.

  5. Fire safety violations, such as failing to install smoke detectors or sprinkler systems, or improper storage of flammable materials.

  6. Accessibility violations, such as failure to install accessibility features for people with disabilities.

  7. HVAC violations, such as failing to properly install or maintain heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems.

  8. Improper use of building materials, such as using materials that are not approved for their intended use or failing to follow manufacturer instructions.

Illegal apartments are also a significant concern in Hudson County. They often lack interior plumbing, full kitchen, or full bathroom, and violate the warranty of habitability that landlords are required to provide.

Possible dangers to residents of violations include:

  1. Fire hazards due to improper electrical wiring, ignitable materials, or non-compliant smoke detectors or sprinkler systems.

  2. Structural hazards due to substandard building materials, inadequate support or framing, or building components that are not up to code.

  3. Slip and fall hazards due to inadequate lighting or improperly installed handrails, guardrails, or stairways.

  4. Exposure to toxic substances such as lead or asbestos in buildings that do not comply with safety regulations.

  5. Poor indoor air quality due to inadequate ventilation or improper maintenance of HVAC systems.

  6. Lack of accessibility features for people with disabilities, making it difficult or impossible for them to navigate the building.

  7. Water damage due to flooding or leaks caused by inadequate plumbing or roofing systems.

  8. Inadequate sanitation due to lack of proper sewage systems or waste disposal methods.

It is important to ensure that properties comply with local building codes and regulations to protect the health and safety of residents and neighboring homes.