I checked with one city code enforcer and he said that the common areas are considered commercial and do not require a state contractor’s license. Another city code enforcer says that the entire condo is considered residential and even the common areas are considered residential and require contractors to have a state license. I have called several state agencies and cannot get an official answer. What do you think?
—Jersey Board Member
“New Jersey’s Department of Community Affairs—the agency given the responsibility of carrying out this law—supplemented the definition of ‘home improvement’ with its own understanding. New Jersey’s Administrative Code provides that ‘home improvement’ shall ‘mean and include any work subject to the code that involves the reconstruction, alteration, renovation, repair or demolition of the whole or any part of any building in Group R-2, R-3, R-4 or R-5, or in any building or structure appurtenant thereto...’ In light of the statutory language, as especially clarified and supplemented by the administrative code (as a condominium is included within ‘Group R-2, R-3, R-4 or R-5’), renovations, repairs, improvements to, etc., with respect to the common elements and/or areas or a condominium would constitute ‘home improvements,’ such that any contractor hired for that work must be registered.”