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Garage Permits in NJ: Complete Guide

A garage with a building permit in NJ.

Getting a permit for your garage may be the last thing you want to tackle. But truly, it’s not nearly as large of a hurdle as you imagine! To ease frustration, we have compiled answers to your garage permit questions and provided helpful links to many specific local governments within NJ. 

Overall, the permit requirements for attached and detached garages vary significantly across counties, cities, and towns within New Jersey. Jump to our table of links to local government guidelines, to help you better understand what is required in your area. 

And if you’re looking for a quality garage, we provide a wide variety of sizes and styles at Sheds Unlimited. In addition, customizations are also an option through our 3-D Builder

Anyway, let’s get back to our permit answers, shall we? 


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12x36 Workshop (A Frame) w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Premier Garden Shed

Base Price: $13679

16x44 Workshop w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $22184

16x40 Workshop w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $20527

16x36 Workshop w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $18870

16x34 Workshop w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $18047

16x32 Workshop w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $17211

16x28 Workshop w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $15557

16x22 Workshop w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $13076

14x48 Workshop w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $14614

14x44 Workshop w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $13564

14x40 Workshop w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $12513

14x34 Workshop w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $10940

14x32 Workshop w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $10418

14x28 Workshop w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $9369

14x22 Workshop w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $7800

12x48 Workshop w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $11829

12x44 Workshop w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $10963

12x34 Workshop w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $8802

12x32 Workshop w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $8367

10x26 Workshop w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $5747

16x48 Saltbox w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $25267

16x44 Saltbox w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $23540

16x40 Saltbox w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $21805

16x36 Saltbox w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $20071

16x34 Saltbox w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $19203

16x32 Saltbox w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $18340

16x30 Saltbox w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $17472

16x28 Saltbox w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $16605

16x26 Saltbox w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $15737

16x24 Saltbox w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $14868

16x22 Saltbox w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $14005

14x48 Saltbox w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $16267

14x44 Saltbox w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $15090

14x40 Saltbox w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $13919

14x36 Saltbox w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $12745

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Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $12156

Do I need a garage permit in NJ?

In most areas of NJ, you will need a permit for your garage before you start building. Detached garages are classified as accessory buildings. Most jurisdictions require permits for detached garages larger than 100 or 200 square feet (and really, most garages are much larger than those dimensions). 

Additionally, attached garages require a building permit in many jurisdictions across NJ. And if you add plumbing or electric to both attached and detached garages, most likely you will need additional building permits. 

Zoning permits are another type of permit that is often required even before you apply for a building permit (and even if a building permit is not required) and start building your garage. For instance, in Wall Township, a zoning permit is needed for detached garages. 

How do you know what permits are needed? It’s crucial that you contact your local government officials and understand their specific permit requirements (zoning, building) before you start constructing a garage on your property. We’ve included two tables with links to city and county building regulations, to help provide local answers. 

Do I need a garage permit in Jersey City, NJ?

Mostly likely, yes. Additionally, if you are planning to add plumbing or electric, additional permits will be required. However, for detached garages 200 square feet or less with walls less than 10 feet, you most likely will not need a building permit.

Ensure that you have the needed zoning approval before starting construction and applying for garage building permits. 

A garage with a building permit in NJ.

Do I need a garage permit in Edison, NJ?

Yes. For all garages in Edison, a building permit is necessary. More information can be found on Edison’s website

How much does a garage permit cost in New Jersey?

Overall, a garage permit in New Jersey costs a minimum of $50. Many different jurisdictions within New Jersey charge based on the total size of the garage you are planning to build. For instance, a building permit for a detached garage in Garfield, NJ will cost $0.34 per cubic foot. 

Remember, that many areas within NJ require that you have a zoning permit for attached and detached garages. The cost for a zoning permit in NJ usually ranges from $35-$50

As always, specific pricing details can be acquired when contacting your local government (see our table with local links). 

How long does it take to get a garage permit in NJ?

Typically, it can take up to 20 business days to get your building permit in NJ processed. However, in places like Plainfield, you can receive your building permit as soon as 10 business days after your submission. The point to note is that you must give yourself adequate time to have your building and zoning permits processed before you start building your garage. 

A garage with a building permit in NJ.

What are the penalties for building without a permit in NJ?

If you start building in NJ without a permit, your local government can stop construction, impose fines, and/or remove your garage. Penalty fees can range from $500 per day until you receive the needed permits (Mount Olive Township) or up to $2,000 for each non-compliance (electric, building permit, ect). 

While these fees and penalties vary across NJ towns, cities, and counties, if you’re in contact with your local government (and follow through with building and zoning code requirements) before construction begins, you don’t have to worry! 

Do building permits expire in NJ?

Yes. Once you receive a building or zoning permit, it will expire in one year. Of course, this varies in different areas of NJ, but just ensure that you remain in the given time frame in order to stay compliant with your local government (see our table of local government links). 

A garage with a building permit in NJ.

Can a homeowner pull a garage permit in NJ?

In short, yes. When it comes to garage permits, it is the legal responsibility of the homeowner to obtain the necessary building and zoning permits. As a homeowner, be wary of contractors who claim you do not need to have a permit. Do your own research and make sure that you receive all the relevant building permits required. 

If you are building the garage yourself, you would place “homeowner” in the area designated for “contractor.” 

Can you get an online garage permit in NJ?

In many cases, yes. Many jurisdictions within NJ allow you to apply for a garage permit online through a portal. You can check with your local government to gain clarity on how your permit should be submitted. Furthermore, you can find the official New Jersey building permit application here

A garage with a building permit in NJ.

City/Town Garage Permit Requirements in NJ

Below you will find links to over 50 of the largest cities in New Jersey to help clarify your local garage permit questions. 

Atlantic City https://www.acnj.gov/Departments/construction
Bayonnehttps://www.bayonnenj.org/Departments/bureau-of-building
Bergenfield https://bergenfield.com/bergenfield-building-department
Bridgeton https://cityofbridgeton.com/constructioncode.php
Camden https://www.ci.camden.nj.us/construction-building-bureau/
Cliffside Park https://www.cliffsideparknj.gov/departments/building_department/index.php
Cliftonhttps://www.cliftonnj.org/227/Building
Doverhttps://www.dover.nj.us/cn/FormCenter/?TPID=2318
Dumont https://dumontnj.gov/building-department
East Orangehttps://www.eastorange-nj.gov/256/Building
Elmwood Park https://www.elmwoodparknj.us/building-department
Englewood https://www.cityofenglewood.org/1166/Code-Enforcement
Fair Lawn https://www.fairlawn.org/building
Fort Lee https://www.fortleenj.org/162/Building-Department
Garfield https://www.garfieldnj.org/Departments/building-department
Hackensackhttps://www.hackensack.org/building-housing-and-land-use/
Harrisonhttps://townofharrison.com/149/Construction-Engineering
Hawthorne https://www.hawthornenj.org/415/Construction-Code
Hoboken https://www.hobokennj.gov/departments/construction-code
Kearny https://www.kearnynj.org/construction-code-enforcement/
Linden https://linden-nj.gov/directory/construction-code/
Lindenwold Lindenwold https://www.lindenwoldnj.gov/construction-office
Lodi https://www.lodi-nj.org/p/building-department
Long Branch https://www.longbranch.org/178/Building-Development
Madison https://www.rosenet.org/153/Building-Construction-Department
Millville http://www.millvillenj.gov/315/Construction
Morristown https://www.townofmorristown.org/building
New Brunswick https://www.cityofnewbrunswick.org/residents/services/permits___licensing.php
New Milford https://www.newmilfordnj.gov/page/building-department
North Arlington https://www.northarlington.org/Departments/construction-department
North Plainfield https://northplainfieldnj.gov/government/departments/construction.php
Palisades Park https://mypalisadespark.com/building-department/
Paramus https://www.paramusborough.org/188/Construction-Permits
Passaic https://www.cityofpassaic.com/247/Code-Enforcement-Zoning
Perth Amboy https://www.perthamboynj.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=11205008&pageId=12072307
Plainfield https://plainfieldnj.gov/residents/household/code_enforcement_and_inspections_division/building_division.php
Pleasantvillehttps://www.pleasantville-nj.org/page.asp?var_incl=building.html
Princetonhttps://www.princetonnj.gov/185/Building-Construction
Rahway https://www.cityofrahway.org/177/Division-of-Building
Ridgewoodhttps://www.ridgewoodnj.net/departments/building
Rosellehttps://www.boroughofroselle.com/departments/building_department.php
Rutherfordhttps://www.rutherfordboronj.com/departments/building/faqs-and-permit-process/
Sayrevillehttps://www.sayreville.com/cn/webpage.cfm?TID=87&TPID=17297
Secaucushttps://secaucusnj.gov/departments/construction
South Plainfield https://www.southplainfieldnj.com/spnj/Departments/Departments/Building%20Department/
Summithttps://www.cityofsummit.org/162/Code-Administration
Tinton Falls https://www.tintonfalls.com/departments/construction
Trenton https://www.trentonnj.org/239/Division-of-Technical-Services
Union City https://www.ucnj.com/Departments/building-department
Vineland https://www.vinelandcity.org/uniform-construction-code-enforcement/
West New York https://www.westnewyorknj.org/Departments/building-department
Westfield https://www.westfieldnj.gov/547/Building-Construction

County Garage Permit Requirements in NJ

Atlantic County https://www.atlantic-county.org/planning/
Burlington County https://www.ci.camden.nj.us/construction-building-bureau/
Camden County https://www.ci.camden.nj.us/construction-building-bureau/
Cumberland Countyhttps://cumberlandcountynj.gov/content/22602/23170/23231/default.aspx
Gloucester Countyhttps://www.gloucestercountynj.gov/283/Buildings-Grounds
Middlesex County https://www.edisonnj.org/departments/engineering_department/code_enforcement.php#thepermit
Monmouth County https://www.wallnj.gov/FAQ.aspx?QID=140
Morris County https://www.mountolivetwpnj.org/building-department/pages/when-do-i-need-permit
Salem Countyhttps://cityofsalemnj.gov/construction-office/
Warren Countyhttps://www.warrennj.org/153/Construction-Code
Union County https://www.cranfordnj.org/sites/g/files/vyhlif436/f/uploads/addition-new_construction-garage_requirements.pdf
A garage with a building permit in NJ.

Summary

Okay, that was a lot of information! But hopefully you are now confident and inspired to go after the necessary zoning and garage permits that you need. As we first expressed, being up to garage code in NJ is not too difficult! We have also collected some information on shed permits in NJ and garage permits in MD if you are interested.

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