Please Note: Here is the Avalon Construction Department’s steps, policies, and procedures regarding guidance from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs dealing with the current COVID-19 Emergency.
Borough Offices, including the Avalon Construction Office, are closed in response to the COVID-19 emergency. Telephone calls will be retrieved sporadically while Construction Office workers work from home. Please consider communicating via email to the Construction Office. Email addresses are located below. Please direct email inquiries regarding inspections and permits to Amanda Seltzer email@example.com .
During the emergency there may be unavoidable delays in inspection services. When ordering a building inspection, we respectfully request that the building be unoccupied and open to the inspector. If it is necessary to be present on premises, we respectfully request that all workers be instructed to maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet from the inspectors at all times.
In accordance with Executive Order #103, issued by Governor Murphy on March 9, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 emergency, please be advised of the following temporary relaxation of inspection rules:
“Minor work, N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.17A(d), generally requires inspections for minor work, including inspections of replaced residential heaters, air conditioners, and/or water heaters, to occur within three business days of the request for inspection. However, in light of the COVID-19 emergency, Local Enforcement Agencies (LEA) should be flexible in order to preserve the health of inspectors, contractors, and the general public. Additionally, some LEAs may need to close. As such, construction officials may not be able to perform an inspection in the required three-day period. As the time frame for these inspections is not required by statute, the Department of Community Affairs has relaxed the time frame for such inspections to occur within 30 days from the termination of Executive Order No. 103 (Murphy) (March 9, 2020).
In the event the building has never been issued a Certificate of Occupancy (CO), …it may be necessary to reach out to the [Avalon Construction Office] in order to obtain a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO). Once the building is initially occupied under the TCO, a CO would eventually be issued by the LEA per the applicable construction activity at N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.23 (when all corrections have been made and final inspections are completed). Lastly, N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.18(c)2 requires inspections to occur within three business days of receiving a request. However, in light of the COVID-19 emergency, LEAs should be flexible in order to preserve the health of inspectors, contractors, and the general public. Additionally, some LEAs may need to close. As such, construction officials may not be able to perform an inspection in the required three-day period. As the time frame for these inspections is not required by statute, the Department of Community Affairs has relaxed the time frame for such inspections to occur within 90 days from the termination of Executive Order No. 103 (Murphy) (March 9, 2020).
In addition, the Department advises the following:
- All required inspections for new construction and any work on the exterior or outside of any occupied building should be performed as usual.
- Rough inspections for new additions should be performed, provided no entry to the occupied home or building is required or that appropriate social distancing is in effect.
- Contractors may report construction activity, such as rough inspections, in existing occupied buildings with photos or other documentation for the time being.
- Items listed as Minor Work at N.J.A.C. 5:23-2.17A require only a final inspection. This includes inspections of replacement items such as a residential heater, air conditioner and/or water heaters. These inspections may be deferred to a later date. The contractor should report construction activity as indicated in item 3 above
Plan review for any new projects are placed on hold unless the project is critical to combating COVID-19.”
Construction officials are still working, but the Avalon Construction Office is closed. Please contact Amanda, preferably via email, at firstname.lastname@example.org to request inspections. At this time, we are only experiencing minor delays in scheduling of inspections, however as the situation evolves this may change out of necessity.
At this time, we are unable to complete plan review for the release of new construction permits. Please do not attempt to submit plans for review while Borough Hall remains closed. Permit applications for updates and minor work may be emailed electronically to Amanda at email@example.com . Please include a telephone number on every application so that Construction Office staff may call for additional information if needed. Permit applications submitted by NJ Licensed Contractors must also include the license number of the contractor for verification purposes. The Avalon Construction Office is grateful to all of the contractors working in Avalon for their patience and flexibility during this time.
–Construction Official Richard Edward Dean, Sr.
Construction Official. Fire SubCode Official, Fire Inspector
Plumbing Sub Code Official and Inspector
Building Sub Code Official and Inspector/Assistant Construction Official
Electric Sub Code Official and Inspector
Construction and Licensing Assistant
(Please schedule inspections with Amanda)
Avalon Implements Fema Floodplain Development Permit in 2020
In 2020, the Borough of Avalon will be elevated from a Class 5 to a Class 3 community in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Community Rating System (CRS) program. This elevation will provide 35 percent discounts on flood insurance for Avalon property owners.
With the new class, FEMA is requiring more documentation for the CRS Program to maintain the Class 3 rating and the benefits derived by property owners and our community. The Floodplain Development Permit Application will now be required for all new construction, house raises, additions, and substantial improvements.
We have attached the application (Word document) and a sample of one (PDF) to show how it is done. Page one outlines the details and what will need to be completed by the applicant and property owner. Page two and three will be completed by the applicant and property owner. Page four and five will be completed by the Floodplain Administrator. Although this is more paperwork that needs to be done, it will only take 5-10 minutes to complete. This application will need to be submitted with the permits for new construction, house raises, additions and substantial improvements for review. If you have any questions, feel free to visit the Avalon Construction Office at Avalon Borough Hall or call Amanda Seltzer at (609) 967-7043 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information regarding changes to flood insurance enacted by the National Flood Insurance Program, please click on this link:
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Here is Avalon’s Mitigation Report: opens in a new windowAvalon Flood Mitigation Flier 2014