Edison Streamlines Home Improvement Permits Process

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EDISON—Instead of waiting weeks to get a permit to put on a new roof, the township process has been redesigned to allow for over-the-counter approval.

In the past, an applicant would drop off permit documents to Town Hall. Then the paperwork would trickle through the red tape and take between 10 days and three weeks to be processed.

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Now, a licensed or registered contractor performing work on single-family, owner-occupied homes can get approved at the counter, and within minutes, as long as the application is complete.

The change was made through the progressive leadership of new Township Construction Code Official Lisa LaRue, who started on Nov. 4.

State law permits Edison, and all municipalities, to perform these over-the-counter permit approvals. LaRue implemented the new process as a way to better serve the residents and increase the overall efficiency of the Code Enforcement Office.

Approximately, 25 percent of the permits handled by the Code Enforcement Office are eligible for this new over-the-counter approval. By putting this new practice into operation it also allows personnel to put greater focus on larger permit applications.

Right now, Edison currently offers re-roofing and house re-siding permits over-the-counter. As Township personnel become more familiar with the new process the plan is to add a myriad of permits for items such as boiler replacements, electrical upgrades, central air conditioning units and furnace replacements.


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