Department of Community Services (DCS)

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About DCS

The Department of Community Services (DCS) is responsible for Public Works, Code Administration (Construction/Building, Code), Planning & Zoning, Engineering, environmental initiatives, and Affordable Housing.  DCS serves as the single point of contact for all property and land development issues. Click the DCS menu links to learn more about each division/unit (located at the bottom of the page when viewed on a mobile device). Also, be sure to visit the DCS Document Center to download all DCS permits, flyers, forms and more.

DCS COVID-19 Precautions & Drop Off / Pick Up Instructions

As of Monday, May 18th, non-essential construction may resume with appropriate safeguards in place. The Department of Community Services (DCS) is staffing a temporary pick-up and drop-off desk for residents, realtors and contractors inside the main lobby in City Hall outside Common Council Chamber from 9AM to 12PM Monday - Friday for construction permits, Zoning Certificates of Occupancy, tree permits, engineering permits and other forms. View the full DCS notice including updates and specific document drop off and pick up instructions. 

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DCS DivisionContactHours (Payments not accepted 30 min prior to close)
Community Services
Planning & Zoning
Public Works
City Forester
(908) 273-6404
(908) 273-6407
(908) 273-6404
(908) 273-6404
(908) 273-6404
  • Regular: Monday - Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm
  • Summer: Memorial Day to Labor Day
    • Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm
    • Fridays 8:00am - 1:00pm

(908) 273-6408
  • Regular: Monday - Friday 7:00am - 4:30pm
  • Summer: Memorial Day to Labor Day
    • Monday - Friday 7:00am - 4:30pm
    • Fridays 7:00am - 1:00pm
By emailEMAIL
By mail512 Springfield AvenueSummit, NJ 07901 (Attn: DCS ~ 2nd Floor)
By fax(908) 608-1214
PLEASE NOTE:No payments 30 minutes prior to close. 
  • The register closes 30 minutes prior to office closure. Check or cash only (limited change for cash).  No credit card payments.
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