Emergency work, such as water heater or furnace replacement, can be performed without first obtaining a Construction Permit. However, you must contact the Building Department by emailing Technical Assistant Carolyn Eckart or calling 732-946-2820 extension 1305 to leave a message. Please provide your name, address, and a contact number. A Construction Permit Application must be submitted within 72 hours. However, all other work under the jurisdiction of the Building Department requires a construction permit and all appropriate prior approvals before any work may start. PERFORMING CONSTRUCTION, OTHER THAN EMERGENCY WORK, MINOR WORK, OR ORDINARY MAINTENANCE, WITHOUT PERMITS, WILL SUBJECT THE OWNER AND THE CONTRACTOR TO SIGNIFICANT PENALTIES . Minor Work requires notice to the Building Department and the filing of a Construction Permit within five (5) business day of the notice.