Last summer, the New Jersey legislative branch passed a bill clarifying the role of the state in multi-family and multi-residential buildings. Before, the inspection regime was fairly ad hoc, with many municipalities setting up their own systems, which could create a hodgepodge of regulations and inspections. Due to this legislation, the world of New Jersey MDUs has changed for cities like Newark, Trenton, Atlantic City, and Elizabeth, and developers need to be aware of what this means for them. Here are some of the new regulations that the state will oversee and that you need to keep in mind when starting or retrofitting New Jersey MDU construction.

The state is now “solely responsible for establishing and enforcing registration, maintenance, use, and inspection standards for rental properties of 3 or more units and prevents municipalities from imposing additional registration, licensure or inspection schemes on properties already registered with and inspected by the State”.

  • All buildings with more than three units must be registered with the state.
  • All buildings registered with the state undergo vigorous inspections every five years, and are also subject to:
    1. Uniform Fire Code
    2. Uniform Construction Code
    3. Certificate of Occupancy
    4. Housing Quality Standards
  • No municipality can make its own additional rules. This kind of statewide clarity helps to avoid red tape found in overlapping and not-quite-intersecting patchworks of state and local regulations you may find elsewhere.


Whatever your New Jersey MDU construction project, Aerial Electric is here to provide electrical expertise from the design and budget phase, to when the lights turn on. Contact us today to see how our electrical consulting and construction expertise can turn your project into a success!


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