I am going to try and shed some much needed light on doing your own electrical work in The Great Police State of New Jersey. I will continue to add to this thread as time permits. Please do not PM me as I would rather respond to your questions and comments in this thread so that others may benefit as well.
Currently New Jersey is using the 2008 NEC for all new construction.
For any work falling under the Rehab Subcode - 2005 NEC.
The 2011 NEC has not been adopted yet.
The NEC as written is not the the electrical code for NJ. The Electrical Subcode can be found in the Uniform Construction Code of New Jersey (UCC
). Currently the UCC has adopted the 2008 NEC with modifications which can be found here
on page 67. While none of the modifications are severe changes from what is in the book, it still needs to be stated.
One of the modifications reads as follows;
3. Chapter 2 of the electrical subcode, entitled "Wiring and Protection," is amended as follows:
i. Section 210.8 (A)(2) and (5) of Article 210, entitled Branch Circuits, is deleted; it is replaced by Section 210.8(A)(2) and (5) and the exceptions in the National Electrical Code 2005
"210.8(A)(2) - Garages, and also accessory buildings that have a floor located at or below grade level not intended as habitable rooms and limited to storage areas, work areas, and areas of similar use.
Exception No. 1 to (2) - Receptacles that are not readily accessible.
Exception No. 2 to (2) - A single receptacle or a duplex receptacle for two appliances located within dedicated space for each appliance that, in normal use, is not easily moved from one place to another and that is cord-and-plug connected in accordance with 400.7(A)(6), (A)7, or (A)(8).
Receptacles installed under the exceptions to 210.8(A)(2) shall not be considered as meeting the requirements of 210.52(G).
210.8(A)(5) - Unfinished basements: For purposes of this section, unfinished basements are defined as portions or areas of the basement not intended as habitable rooms and limited to storage areas, work areas, and the like.
Exception No. 1 to (5) - Receptacles that are not readily accessible.
Exception No. 2 to (5) - A single receptacle or a duplex receptacle for two appliances located within dedicated space for each appliance that, in normal use, is not easily moved from one place to another and that is cord-and-plug connected in accordance with 400.7(A)(6), (A)7, or (A)(8).
Exception No. 3 to (5) - A receptacle supplying only a permanently installed fire alarm or burglar alarm system shall not be required to have ground-fault circuit-interrupter protection."
What this means is that we are reverting back to the 2005 NEC for these sections when wiring a new building.
When wiring an existing building the Rehab Subcode needs to be reviewed. Currently all work being performed under the Rehab Subcode must comply with the 2005 NEC. This includes the installation of AFCI devices, which in most cases are not required.
Permits and inspections are regulated under the UCC. Everything anyone needs to know about the Construction Department can be found in the UCC. The Rehab Subcode can also be found in the UCC.
THe Rehab Subcode
comes into play if you are performing work on an existing structure.
To check if someone has an EC license go here
For electrical contractor licensing requirements go here
. New Jersey does not reciprocate with any other state.
Electrical contractors laws and regulations here
List of inspectors by municipality here
Online permit forms and application here
. Note: All municipalties are required
to accept these forms. If a town refuses them, call the DCA @ Phone: (609) 292-7898, (609) 292-7899, Fax: (609)-633-6729 and complain.
Assorted DCA forms here
Home Improvement Contractors information here
. List of licensed HI contractors here
Fire Alarm, Burglar Alarm and Locksmith info here
Home Inspectors here
After reading this perhaps you will have a new found respect for what contractors go through everyday in order to work in this great state.
To be continued...,
I would like to know if this information has helped anyone. Please post a thanks if it does. Thanks