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Shed Permits in NJ: Complete Guide

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We understand that obtaining a permit for your shed in New Jersey seems like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be! To help you out, we’ve created this comprehensive guide with useful information and links to valuable local resources, to make the permit process as simple and straightforward as possible. 

For specific details based on your location, refer to the table of local shed permit requirements. And remember that if you have any questions or concerns, we highly recommend contacting your local Building Department directly, as failure to comply with local building regulations may result in fines and/or additional penalties. You may also want to verify with your local jurisdiction if you need a zoning permit, depending on the location and size of the shed.

But before all of the legalities, you first need to find the perfect shed, so make sure you check the wide variety of styles and options that we offer at Sheds Unlimited. With our 3D Shed Builder, you can even design your own structure to perfectly fit all your needs and wants.

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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

14x34 Saltbox w Smart Panel T111 Siding

Building Type: Standard Shed

Base Price: $12156

Do I Need a Permit for a Shed in NJ?

Most likely, yes. It all depends on the size of the structure and the specific regulations of your city or municipality. Most local governments only require a permit for structures over 100 sq. ft. or 200 sq. ft. while others require them for any size shed.

Depending on your location, you may also need a zoning permit if you are installing a larger shed (some municipalities will require a zoning permit for any size shed). The requirements and process can change slightly depending on the municipality, so be sure to check your local government permit requirements.

For example, in Jersey City, a zoning permit is required for all shed installations, but a construction permit is only required if the accessory building is more than 200 sq. ft. 

a shed with a shed permit in NJ

Where Do I Get a Shed Permit?

You will need to contact your local municipality to get a permit for your shed, so we have created a list of local municipality websites below. In some cases, you might be able to submit the application online, but depending on the city, you may be required to do the process in person. In NJ, each municipality (township/city) is given the authority to adopt and enforce its own building and zoning codes as long as it is within the state regulation parameters. Counties seem to have very limited involvement in the enforcement and development of building codes, or even online information. 

Here may be some helpful information on zoning laws and NJ state building permits. 

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County Shed Permit Requirements In NJ

Atlantic Countyhttps://ecode360.com/15208373 
Bergen Countyhttps://www.co.bergen.nj.us/work-with-bergen-county/planning-and-engineering 
Burlington Countyhttp://www.twp.burlington.nj.us/licenses-and-inspections 
Camden Countyhttps://www.camdencounty.com/service/public-works/permits/ 
Cape May Countyhttps://capemaycountynj.gov/668/Construction-Division 
Cumberland Countyhttps://www.cumberlandcountynj.gov/pw/building#
Essex Countyhttp://www.ecdpw.org/permits_application.php 
Gloucester Countyhttps://www.gloucestercountynj.gov/283/Buildings-Grounds 
Hudson Countyhttps://www.hcnj.us/planning/ 
Hunterdon Countyhttps://co.hunterdon.nj.us/204/Buildings-Maintenance 
Mercer Countyhttps://www.mercercounty.org/departments/consumer-affairs/home-improvement 
Middlesex Countyhttps://www.co.middlesex.va.us/240/Permits-Licenses 
Monmouth Countyhttps://www.visitmonmouth.com/page.aspx?ID=46
Morris Countyhttps://www.morriscountynj.gov/Departments/Buildings-and-Grounds 
Ocean Countyhttps://planning.co.ocean.nj.us/
Passaic Countyhttps://www.passaiccountynj.org/government/boards-committees-and-commissions-a-e/construction-board-of-appeals 
Salem Countyhttps://www.salemcountynj.gov/departments/construction-board-of-appeals/ 
Sussex Countyhttps://www.sussex.nj.us/cn/formcenter/?did=206 
Union Countyhttps://ucnj.org/department-of-economic-development/ 
Warren Countyhttps://www.warrencountynj.gov/government/planning-department 

City/Town Shed Permit Requirements In NJ

Bayonnehttps://www.bayonnenj.org/Departments/bureau-of-building
Bloomfieldhttps://www.bloomfieldtwpnj.com/155/Construction-Permits
Brickhttps://www.bricktownship.net/departments/building-department/frequently-asked-questions/
Camdenhttps://www.ci.camden.nj.us/construction-building-bureau/
Cherry Hillhttps://www.chnj.gov/297/Permit-Application-Requirements
​​Cliftonhttps://www.cliftonnj.org/227/Building
East Orangehttp://eastorange-nj.gov/256/Building
Edisonhttps://www.edisonnj.org/departments/engineering_department/code_enforcement.php
Elizabethhttps://www.elizabethnj.org/194/Construction
Franklin Townshiphttps://www.franklintownshipnj.org/150/Construction
Gloucesterhttps://www.cityofgloucester.org/home/bulletins/building-permits
Hamilton Townshiphttps://www.hamiltonnj.com/283/Apply-for-a-Shed-Permit
Hobokenhttps://www.hobokennj.gov/departments/construction-code
Howellhttps://www.twp.howell.nj.us/119/Construction-Code
Irvingtonhttps://irvington.net/depts/housing-and-building-construction/
Jacksonhttps://www.jacksontwpnj.net/167/Construction-Inspection
Jersey Cityhttps://www.jerseycitynj.gov/cityhall/HousingAndDevelopment/constructioncode/permit_specific_f_a_q
Lakewoodhttps://www.lakewoodnj.gov/department/code_enforcement
Middletownhttps://www.middletownnj.org/149/Building-Inspection
New Brunswickhttps://www.cityofnewbrunswick.org/residents/services/permits___licensing.php#outer-1457
Newarkhttps://www.newarknj.gov/resources/building-permits
North Bergenhttps://www.northbergen.org/Departments/commercial-residential-permit-requests
North Brunswickhttps://northbrunswicknj.gov/programs_and_service/building-permits/
Old Bridgehttps://www.oldbridge.com/page/resident-faq
Passaichttps://www.cityofpassaic.com/249/Planning-Redevelopment-Economic-Developm
Patersonhttps://www.patersonnj.gov/department/division.php?structureid=60
Piscatawayhttps://www.piscatawaynj.org/departments/community_development/property_maintenance/index.php
Plainfieldhttps://plainfieldnj.gov/residents/household/code_enforcement_and_inspections_division/building_division.php
Toms Riverhttps://tomsrivertownship.com/260/Building-Permit-Construction-Inspection-
Trentonhttps://www.trentonnj.org/239/Division-of-Technical-Services
Union Cityhttps://www.ucnj.com/Departments/building-department
Union Townshiphttps://uniontwp-hcnj.gov/building
Vinelandhttps://www.vinelandcity.org/licenses-and-inspections/
Waynehttps://waynetownship.com/permits-inspections/building-inspections/
Woodbridgehttps://www.twp.woodbridge.nj.us/DocumentCenter/View/683/Sheds-And-Fences-PDF-
a shed with a shed permit in NJ

What is the Penalty if You Don’t Get a Shed Permit in NJ?

If you disregard permit requirements, the local authorities may make you stop work, remove the shed, and/or impose a fine. The fine amount varies depending on your municipality. Some municipalities fine as low as $500 while others (such as Ocean City and Camden) will charge up to $2,000 and additional fees if left unresolved.

How Much Does a Shed Permit Cost in NJ ?

Permit fees are typically determined at the local level, and different areas may have different fee structures. Usually, the cost is figured based on square footage with conditional fees that are determined by its intended use, electrical, plumbing, and special features. A charge of anywhere from $50-$200 is usually set as a minimum, depending on your size of shed. 

Check your local code and fee schedule for figures specific to you.

a shed with a shed permit in NJ

How Long Does it Take to Get a Shed Permit in NJ?

Obtaining a building permit can take up to 20 days or more. This may vary based on your location and what your shed project includes. It is recommended that you start the permit process early to allow for delays. Ask your municipality for more specific relevant details. 

What’s the Biggest Shed I Can Have Without a Shed permit in NJ?

According to the NJ state building codes, you can install a 200 sq. ft. shed without obtaining a shed permit (contingent also on certain height and use restrictions). However, since municipalities are free to make further amendments to the code, some local governments make only 100 sq.ft. and smaller sheds exempt and others will require a permit for all sheds regardless of size.

How Long is a Shed Permit Valid in NJ?

Usually, the shed building/zoning permits will be valid for 1 year after the date issued. Again, this may vary based on your location. If the construction is not completed within the specified  timeframe, you might need to renew the permit or apply for an extension, which could involve additional fees.

a two-story workshop shed with a shed permit in NJ

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

Yes, you will probably need a permit in Jersey City. For all shed installations, you are required to get zoning approval. A building permit is not required for a simple utility shed of 200 sq.ft. or less with a height not greater than 10ft. Other permits may be necessary if the shed will have electric or plumbing. 

Do I need a shed permit in Edison, NJ?

Yes, you need to get a shed permit in Edison, NJ. Visit the Edison, NJ code enforcement page for more information on how to apply for a permit, the permit process, and expectations.

Conclusion

In short, check out your local codes and requirements. We hope we gave you a general idea what to expect when obtaining a shed permit in NJ, despite the many local variations. Best practice is to always contact your local building department, because typically you will need either a zoning permit or a building permit. If you are considering getting a shed, you may want to take a look at our articles on using a shed as a rental, shed flooring, or she shed ideas. Or you further educate yourself on building codes through our article on garage permits in NJ and shed permits in CT.

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