Department of Community Services (DCS)

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COVID-19 Precautions

Effective Monday, March 23, the Department of Community Services (DCS) will staff 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. 

The desk had previously been staffed from 8:30AM to 3PM daily.  This reduction in hours is in response to public health and safety concerns. These forms can be downloaded on the city website (SCROLL DOWN).  All other completed forms with contact information can be returned to this location for drop-off only. Review of forms will be completed by staff at a remote location and applicants will be notified if forms are incomplete or ready for processing.

Zoning Certificate of Occupancy applications and other permits that are ready to be issued can be paid for cash (exact amount only) or check.

  • Permits and applications will be processed in approximately two business days and the applicant will be notified when it is ready for pick-up at the drop-off point.
  • Inspections are continuing on a regular schedule.
  • All inspections must be scheduled by phone at (908) 273-6408. Before calling, please have the permit number for the project available.

To ensure the health and safety of staff at the drop-off location, please maintain a safe distance from the counter.

Also, please ensure that there are no unhealthy individuals at either the jobsite or home during this time, and keep a safe distance away from City inspectors during the inspection.

PLEASE NOTE: DCS has suspended the submission of any new Planning Board or Zoning Board of Adjustment applications either in-person or by mail, effective immediately and until further notice. Any Federal Express, UPS or USPS packages containing new applications will be returned. 

Protocols may change as public health conditions warrant; please check the city website frequently for updated information or call the Construction Office at (908) 273-6408.

About DCS



The Department of Community Services (DCS) is responsible for Engineering and Public Works, Code Administration [Code/Construction/Planning/Zoning], and the City’s Environmental Initiatives and serves as the single point of contact for all property and land development issues.

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Permit Forms

Construction Permit Application Forms

For your convenience in submitting permit application(s), we have made the most commonly requested forms available HERE for download and printing. For a complete list, visit the Department of Community Affairs website.

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