Please see the attached information just released from the state regarding "Houses on Pilings."
Substantial Damage Information -
Substantial Damage = damage of 50% or greater of the amount of the structures assessed value taken from Tax Assessor’s office. *** This can be totaled thru repetitive losses as well. *** Substantial Damage determinations can be obtained by submitting qualified contractor’s estimates, an architect or engineer’s report to the Construction Office.
In order to obtain a Substantial Damage Letter from the Township of Little Egg Harbor you must supply a report from a licensed New Jersey: (a) engineer, (b) architect, or (c) contractor. The Township's Zoning Officer cannot provide a substantial damage estimate.
Increased Cost of Compliance (ICC) – that portion of your insurance that provides up to $30,000 to elevate, relocate, or demolish your home.
You must get a Substantial Damage determination to file for ICC.
When must I elevate my house?
Substantial Damage – If your home has been determined to be “Substantially Damaged” (more than 50%) you must build to the current codes and elevations.
Substantial Improvement – If your home was not “Substantially Damaged”, but you are taking the opportunity to make improvements, and these improvements bring you above the 50% of value mark, you are a “Substantial Improvement” and must build to current codes and elevations.
*** It is important to note that a “Substantial Damage” determination is required for ICC, however “Substantial Improvement” will not qualify you for the money. ***
Requirements for Demolition Permit / House Raising Permit - click hereRequirements for Substantial Damage Letter - click hereLittle Egg Harbor Township Zoning Application - click hereCertificate of Occupancy - House Raise -click hereTemporary Occupancy of Substantially Damaged Residential Structures - click here
Temporary Occupancy of Substantially Damaged Residential Structures Release Form** - click here**Please note that this Release form must be included with your permit application, as well as a copy of your Substantial Damage Letter.
Permits will no longer be required when replacing insulation and sheetrock that is 4' or less from the floor. This is a special dispensation given due to "Sandy" by the governor.
For information regarding State of New Jersey Flood Insurance Rebuilding Requirements - Click Here