NJ Legislature Proposes to Lengthen the Protection of the Permit Extension Act of 2008

December 18th, 2009 | Posted by: Christopher DeGrezia 0| comments:

dsc_0092aaBy Michael Smith, Esq., LEED AP.

The New Jersey Legislature recently introduced identical companion bills S-3137 and A-4347 – proposed legislation standing to lengthen the protection of the Permit Extension Act of 2008 (the “PEA”), until at least December 31, 2012.  By way of background, the PEA automatically suspended the expiration of many state, county and local approvals and permits, for an “extension period” lasting from January 1, 2007 through July 1, 2010, after which the running of the approval periods will resume for up to six months – that is, until December 31, 2010.

The Legislature is now proposing to extend the duration of the PEA’s so-called extension period until December 31, 2012.  If adopted, this proposal would benefit all approvals that were extended by the PEA – it does not, conversely, stand to limit the scope of the PEA’s protection.  If your approval was extended by the PEA, this proposed legislation would further extend your approval period until at least December 31, 2012. Your approval period would then resume on December 31, 2012 for up to six months – that is, until June 30, 2013. Bear in mind that even then, your approval would remain eligible for additional extensions under other authorities.  We will continue to monitor this proposed legislation (S-3137 and A-4347) and you may want to do the same.

For more information on the Permit Extension Act of 2008 click here.

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