Dropped Highlands House Basis for New House Lifting Bill

IMG_1045[1]A record number of homes in Highlands are being raised since Superstorm Sandy struck, and with the impending rise in flood insurance rates for residents in flood zones that are not elevated, many more are expected.

After an accident in Highlands whereas a house being raised slide off its foundation and into a neighboring home as well as another incident in Little Egg Harbor where three workers were seriously injured while lifting a house; NJ state legislator Assemblyman John Amodeo proposed a number of regulations that he says will make the process of raising houses safer.

Under Amodeo’s proposal (A4394), any contractor offering services to elevate homes would need to be registered with the state Division of Consumer Affairs as a home elevation contractor. To obtain the registration status, the contractor would need to have at least two years of field experience under the guidance of another experienced home elevation contractor.

The bill also requires contractors performing home elevations to carry a minimum of $1 million in commercial general liability insurance and $500,000 worth of insurance to cover the contents of customers’ homes.


  1. I don’t disagree that oversight is necessary, but it seems that creating a possibly artificial shortage right now will only increase prices even more. And they’re already insanely high because of the supply and demand.

    If the towns are giving people permits to do this work, then the towns need to have the staff to be out there keeping an eye on every single job before things get to that point. Do they need to check every single piece of cribbing or each cement block? No, but a daily sight inspection doesn’t seem to be too much to ask.


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