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Amnesty Program Deadline Extended to Dec. 31

Apply for permits by the end of the business day on Dec. 31, or be subject to fines for all work constructed without permits in Manalapan.

originally set to end on Oct. 31, has  extended their deadline to Dec. 31 due to Hurricane Sandy and the Nor'easter.

The Amnesty Program, offered by the Manalapan Construction Department, allows all residents who have completed residential work without the required permits could come forward and apply for the appropriate permits without penalty.

This way the township could guarantee that all of the work constructed without permits is safe and causes no harm to residents. This amnesty program allows residents who never got permits to apply for the appropriate permits without being subjected to future penalties.

So, if work has been done on your home without the required permits, residents have until the end of the business day on Dec. 31 to reach out to the Manalapan Construction Department to apply for the correct permits without penalty.

Any resident that has completed construction without getting the appropriate permits and does not take advantage of the amnesty program will be subject to violations.

The kinds of construction permits that need to be addressed include (but are not limited to):

  • decks
  • basements
  • raised patios
  • stanchions
  • gazebos
  • pool houses
  • barbeques
  • hot water heaters
  • furnaces
  • air conditioning
  • high hats 
  • alarms

So, what's the process?

First, all homeowners who have constructed something without a permit must apply for all necessary permits now and get all proper inspections within the code. For a full list of permitted items, please visit the Township Web site underneath the Construction Department.

To join the amnesty program, all permits must be applied for prior to any discovery by the inspectors. Violations will not be issued to any home owner if the home owner takes advantage of the amnesty program during the amnesty period which began on April 1 and now ends on Dec. 31.

It is also important to note that if your house is up for sale it is necessary for the home and its adjacent structures to be inspected and permitted at the time the home is sold. Therefore, taking advantage of this program now is a great opportunity so that you can avoid last minute problems and penalties.

If your home has zoning non-conformities, proper zoning permits will need to be acquired. Futhermore, taxes will be assessed based on any work that has been completed on your home.

Contractors and commercial properties are not eligible for the amnesty program.

For more information, please call the Construction Department at 732-446-8302

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