New Jersey Building Codes and Contacts

The following information is reprinted with permission from the Building Codes Assistance Project:New Jersey climate zones
Current Commercial Code

Uniform Construction Code (NJAC 5:23-3.18)
Based on ASHRAE 90.1-2013
Passed 9/21/2015, effective 3/21/2016

Current Residential Code

Uniform Construction Code (NJAC 5:23-3.18)
Based on the 2015 IECC
Passed 9/21/2015, effective 3/21/2016

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Climate Zones: 4A, 5A

Code Adoption and Change Process

Code Change Process

Legislative and Regulatory Process: The New Jersey Uniform Construction Code Act stipulates that model codes and standards publications not be adopted more frequently than once every three years. The Commissioner of Community Affairs may make an amendment if it is found that an imminent peril exists to the public’s health, safety, or welfare, or that the current code is contrary to the intent of the legislation mandating the code. The Department of Community Affairs (DCA) itself does not have the legislative authority to amend the code to include new material from codes not yet adopted.

Code Change Cycle

The three-year code cycle is concurrent with the publication of new editions of the model codes.

Next Code Update


New Jersey Code Contacts

Robert Austin
Construction Official
New Jersey Division of Community Affairs

Lou Mraw
Supervisor of Enforcement
Office of Regulatory Affairs
Division of Community Affairs

Carolyn Sarno Goldthwaite
Senior Program Manager
High Performance Buildings
Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP)

This information was compiled by the Building Codes Assistance Project, and used with their permission.