How to Apply for a Zoning Permit

How to Apply for a Zoning Permit in Your Municipality

A zoning permit is a certificate signed by the municipal zoning officer which is required as the first step to building or occupying any structure. A zoning permit acknowledges that the proposed use, structure, or building complies with the provisions of local zoning ordinances or that a variance has been previously received. It assures you that your proposed purchase of property or proposed construction is not in violation of the zoning ordinances of the township. Before you build anything, you are required to receive a zoning permit which certifies that you follow the town’s zoning laws.

How to Apply for a Zoning Permit In Your Municipality

Zoning permits are required to be approved or denied in a timely fashion. The zoning officer must respond within 10 days of filing or the permit is presumed to be approved. If your request for a zoning permit is denied, you of course have the right to appeal such a denial to the municipal Zoning Board who can reverse that decision and grant you the right to build as you desire despite the violation of the municipal zoning ordinance. All appeals will be heard by the Zoning Board of Adjustment and all appeals from their decision will be heard by the New Jersey Superior Court. If you file for a variance, the application will be heard by either the Zoning Board or Planning Board, depending on what type of variance you are requesting.

Fredrick P. Niemann Esq.

Fredrick P. Niemann and the attorneys at Hanlon Niemann & Wright have assisted clients in requesting zoning permits for over 30 years.

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Written by Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. of Hanlon Niemann & Wright, a New Jersey Zoning Law Attorney