The Department hosts weekly informational sessions for residents to meet with Department representatives. Homeownersâ€™ Night is every Tuesday night from 4:00pm to 5:30pm at each borough office.
Your contractor may have been speaking from his point of reference.
Having the work done to code may not be a big issue for you but to the buyer down the road, insurance inspector, and the code emforcement department, it could be a very big issue......
It's not worth taking the chance. Call your municipal building and get accurate information and do the job correctly.