You make your living as a construction contractor in New Jersey. No matter how much experience you have (or do not have), it is possible that you may one day find you have unintentionally violated a construction code.

JLC Online lists a variety of the most common construction code violations. Be sure to keep them in mind to keep your projects running smoothly, safely and on time.

Poorly placed anchor bolts

During the footing and foundation phase of your construction projects, play close attention to the placement of anchor bolts. Specifically, it is common for mudsill joints to not have enough bolts. Ensure your concrete and framing specialists are on the same page to better avoid this issue. Proper coordination is sure to save you a lot of hassle in the long run.

Missing paperwork

Better your chances of passing inspection by double-checking that you have all the necessary paperwork. Breaking that down, you need proper structural plans, truss drawings, HVAC ductwork blueprints, a foundation letter from the engineer and energy code documentation.

Problems with the braced wall

If you do not have an extensive background with braced walls, do yourself a favor and study up on them. Be sure your braced wall panels have the necessary blocking, and ensure nails are not hammered too deep inside the wall, so you protect the overall structure of the wall.

Issues with the stair run/rise

Before you start in on a staircase, measure the horizontal space thoroughly to ensure you have the room (headroom, specifically) you need. Attempting to skirt around the issue by making stairs steeper can lead to narrow treads or a too-high rise.

This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.