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Planning to convert 2-family home in Union City, NJ to 3 Family what should I do and where to start

The previous owner started the work for that but enevr completed it. The ground level floor already has the sprinklers and the house has the stairway exit on the sides that 3-family homes usually have.
  • April 23 2012 - Union City
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First step is to stop by the building dept and get any local codes that may supercede national/state building codes. Get them and review them. Next stop is to contact a contractor or architect depending on the size of the construction. Basic things that need to be done will include seperate means of access, building egress, and firebreaks. A firebreak can be as simply as changing a door to 'fire retardent door' or it can be installtion of walls and insulation. That all comes from the building dept.
Once construction has completed, you then need to get the inspector out to certify the property with a new Certificate of occupancy allowing for a third dwelling. Follow up with your insurance company so your hazard policy reflects the change in occupancy and/or value so you are protected.
  • May 01 2012
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Hi do I have to all the work before it goes to zoning? How do I find out before the wrk is done if the zoning department will accept it?
  • August 29 2013
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thank you all for your guidance.
  • April 24 2012
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Union City is in Hudson County.
  • April 24 2012
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Ofe gave great advice. I would go directly to the planning or building department in your area. They should be able to tell you what you need, check the zoning for the house and tell you how to make the changes you want to make to meet the code/community plan for your area.

Most planning/building departments have very nice people working at the information desk that can get you started in the right direction.
  • April 23 2012
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Since it is the first time you are going to do it, I would go directly to the Planning Department and ask for advice, that way you can get all the answers you will need.   Some of the items to check are:  will the third unit have an entrance and an egress?  do you have enough parking for the unit you are adding? Does the zoning allow for 3 units?  Good luck!
  • April 23 2012
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Thanks, hsould I look online for Union City planning board or the Hudson county. Will going/calling the city hall make any sense.
  • April 23 2012
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You will need to submit your request to the Planning Board.  Give them a call, to ensure that they will allow it and proceed from there.
  • April 23 2012
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