There is new legislation that goes into effect on October 15.  The legistation  requires that any contractors doing home elevations must register with the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs. To become registered, contractors have to certify that they have at least two years of experience as a home improvement contractor and that the person actually performing the elevation has at least five years of experience in home elevation. Home elevation contractors will also be required to carry at least $1 million of commercial general liability insurance per property and an additional $500,000 of insurance to cover the contents of the home being elevated. Lastly, the legislation requires the use of a home elevation-jacking machine that can lift the entire structure at once, but permits other means of elevation so long as they are approved in the construction permit for the property and comply with federal and state standards.