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Thought it might help everyone to post these, since there was a lot of confusion about permits.

Here's the link to the UCC: http://www.state.nj.us/dca/divisions/codes/codreg/ucc.html

Lots there, but you need to be able to find your way around it if you're going to stand a chance as a home owner in Jersey City.

The other important code to know something about if you have a multi-family building is the Uniform Fire Code (UFC). Here are 2 links for more information:

http://www.state.nj.us/dca/divisions/dfs/
http://www.state.nj.us/dca/divisions/dfs/pdf/ifcfaqs.pdf

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So it is required, it isn't required, and only required for multifamily dwellings. Anyone else?


Doesn't it tell you something about how dysfunctional this City is when such basic information isn't easily, immediately available from the Building Department...? In any event, New Jersey has a statewide a “Uniform Construction Code (UCC)”, so the rules are the same no matter what town you live in. You can try searching other towns' websites.

So, technically, yes, you need a permit. And if the property is in one of the 4, soon to be 5, historic zones, you need a permit (and pay a separate fee) from those folks as well. Particularly for gas heaters they want to see that the gas line and the flue vent have been safely hooked up.

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Yeah I heard about the mineral scale problems in hard water areas. But like you mentioned I also thought scaling might not be that big of a problem for downtown JC residents.

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Has anybody switched from a traditional electric hot water heater tank to a tank-less, gas powered, hot water heater?
When my current electric hot water heater breaks down I am thinking of making the switch to a gas powered tank-less model to save space and money. I am wondering if anybody else has already made that switch.


I have seen a lot of failures of them in commercial buildings (not in this area). The heat exchangers on them tend to be very dense (not a lot of space in the fins / coils) and are susceptible to get plugged up with mineral scale.

The failures were concentrated in areas with water harder than we have here.

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Has anybody switched from a traditional electric hot water heater tank to a tank-less, gas powered, hot water heater?
When my current electric hot water heater breaks down I am thinking of making the switch to a gas powered tank-less model to save space and money. I am wondering if anybody else has already made that switch.

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So it is required, it isn't required, and only required for multifamily dwellings. Anyone else?

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No permit required for this

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Do you need a permit for this in JC?


My understanding (but I'm not positive) is that a permit isn't required in a single-family home. I didn't get one the several times I've replaced mine.

I'm sure someone else here can comment on multi-family buildings.

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When I had mine done, you needed a permit. At that time, PSE&G charged you for the permit. But, in all honesty, not sure if it was ever filed. They may have removed themselves from that process now.

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Do you need a permit for this in JC?

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yea those are pretty average prices all around

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I used Lowes and they were a bit cheaper at about $900 (for 40 gallon tank)

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Used PSE&G in past. I believed they used a local plumber, but work was scheduled quickly (within a day). Total cost was around $1100 for heater with 6 yr. warranty. They also have a payment plan (spead over 12 months) in case that is important to you. Was about 5 years ago and no issues. You may be able to get a local plumber directly for cheaper, but PSE&G was easy and guys showed up on time with heater. They also carted off the old heater.


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Our hot water heater sprung a major leak and PSE&G replaced it very quickly for a decent price.

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Looks like our hot water heater just went. Does anyone have a plumber they recommend? Or, has anyone ever used PSE&G to replace a hot water heater? Or HomeDepot / Lowe's? Thanks.

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