The Zoning Official is responsible for the review of all development applications including, but not limited to major and minor subdivisions, site plans, use and bulk variances. The Zoning Officer also supports the enforcement of the Zoning Ordinance and similar codes or ordinances related to development in the township, as well as the issuance of Occupancy Permits for residential and new tenant/owner occupancies in existing non-residential buildings and structures.
As a condition to the issuance of an Occupancy Permit, a project must comply with all applicable codes and ordinances including, but not limited to, building codes, subdivision and setback requirements, and regulations pertaining to an entry sign board, fire department codes and regulations, applicable zoning laws, landscaping and parking requirements, obtaining appropriate curb cut permits and provisions for applicable sanitary sewer, water, storm drainage and other utilities. The issuance of a Occupancy Permit for a project is evidence that the conditions set forth have been satisfied.
Code Enforcement Inspectors enforce the township’s property maintenance standards for all township properties, inspect and certify housing code compliance for all residential rental properties when there is a change in tenancy, and investigate overcrowding conditions in residential homes. The staff also conducts a comprehensive multi-family housing inspection program on a five-year cyclical basis.
You will need a zoning permit in addition to a building permit for most types of renovations, additions, or general home improvements including:
- New buildings, additions and alterations.
- Decks, porches, gazebos and fireplaces.
- Finished basements.
- Detached garages.
- Solar panels.
- Emergency generators.
Zoning permits are also required for:
- Sheds or accessory buildings.
- Temporary structures.
- Portable storage units.
- Retaining walls
The Department of Community Development has established a drop box in the parking lot of the municipal building for the delivery of permit applications and check payments for the construction, zoning, and fire marshal offices. Documents associated with Planning Board and Zoning Board of Adjustment applications may also use the drop box.
The Zoning Board is the board of “non-permitted uses.” That is, zoning boards deal with the issuance of variances, which are based on the township’s zoning ordinances. These zoning ordinances establish specific requirements for a land area within the township and regulates not only the uses permitted, but also the size of the parcels, setbacks required, parking, signage, conditional uses, and various other regulations.