What It Is

The New Jersey State Uniform Construction Code (UCC) Act, which was signed into law in 1975, authorizes the Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs to adopt and enforce rules pertaining to construction codes and provides for the administration and enforcement of those rules throughout the State. The Uniform Construction Code (N.J.A.C. 5:23), which was promulgated in 1977, contains the UCC Act and all rules issued under the Act relating to the administration and enforcement of construction regulations.


The UCC is comprised of four basic technical subcodes for construction: building, electrical, fire protection, and plumbing. In addition, the UCC contains technical subcodes for fuel gas installations; mechanical installations; one - and two-family dwellings; accessible (barrier free) construction; the rehabilitation of existing buildings; the construction of manufactured homes; asbestos hazard abatement; radon hazard abatement; and playground safety. In short, the UCC is a complete set of technical standards for construction with a uniform method of administration and enforcement.