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If you have any doubt, please call the Building Department at 908-464-2700.
A construction permit is required for any new construction as well as for work on existing buildings. This would include any:
Other items needing permits include:
Construction permits are not required for ordinary maintenance such as:
To protect the homeowner by ensuring that contractors follow codes and safety regulations. The building department will perform inspections approving each phase of the construction.
In order to get a permit, the contractor is required to show proof of a state license or registration which includes proof of liability insurance. Hiring professional contractors protects the homeowner against a claim by a worker who may become injured on your property.
Failure to get construction permits can complicate the sale of your home in the future. Real estate agents always highlight projects and updates that have been made to the house. Buyer’s attorneys frequently contact the Building Department requesting permit information and some sales have been held up due to lack of permits by homeowners, with and without contractors.
Yes. The codes in New Jersey recognize and allow the owner of an owner occupied single family dwelling to do their own building, plumbing and electrical work. Work done by the homeowner is required to be permitted and inspected.
Each project is different and some have to go to Zoning or Engineering for approvals prior to the permit being issued.
The turnaround of your permit depends on the completeness of the information provided with your initial application. Typically, if zoning or engineering approval is not required, permits issuance will take approximately 20 business days. If Zoning and/or Engineering approval is required, a permit will take a maximum of 20 working days after it has received approval from Zoning and Engineering.
Inspections can be scheduled throughout each phase of the project by calling the building department at 908-464-2700 , extension 2120. The inspector’s schedules are listed on the website. Please discuss scheduling final inspections with your contractor. Final payment to contractor is not required until final inspection is complete.
Residents must submit an Application for a Block Party.
Applications must be submitted to the Municipal Clerk’s Office at least thirty (30) day prior tothe proposed date of a Block Party in order to be submitted to the Township Council forapproval at the Regular Public Meetings of the Township Council. Failure to timely file anapplication may result in the denial of a request.
Full instructions are available with the online form.
The Berkeley Heights Police Department Internal Affairs Division is mandated to investigate allegations of misconduct against employees of the Berkeley Heights Police Department. It is a fact finding entity, and its purpose is three-fold:
Complaints against members of the Berkeley Heights Police Department may be made by phone, letter or in person.
Complaints may be made to any supervisor in the Police Department; however, a complaint filed directly at the Police Department can be processed and assigned for investigation fastest. Contact the Police Department by calling 908-464-1111 and the address of the Police Department is:29 Park AvenueBerkeley Heights, NJ 07922
All complaints received by the Department are processed through the Internal Affairs Unit. When a complaint is received, it is reviewed to determine the nature of the allegations.
The most serious type of complaints are investigated by the Internal Affairs Division. These complaints involve allegations such as:
Complaints comparatively less serious in nature, such as rude behavior or improper procedure, are forwarded to the individual officer's division for investigation. In every case, the person making the complaint will be contacted during the investigation for additional information, and will be notified by mail of the final disposition.
Citizens who feel an officer has performed his or her duties in a particularly courteous, helpful or competent manner may express their appreciation in a number of ways.
Contact any supervisor (in person or by telephone) at Police Headquarters Write a letter to the officer, the officer's Supervisor or to:
Be sure to obtain the officer's name and badge number if possible.
You can contact the Police Department by calling 908-464-1111 or in person at:29 Park AvenueBerkeley Heights, NJ 07922
You will need a Firearms Identification Card.
A Firearms Identification Card and a permit to purchase a handgun for each one you wish to purchase.
The permits are valid for 90 days; however you can only buy one handgun every 30 days. A onetime extension of the permit(s) can be requested for an additional 90 days from the date of expiration. The extension must be requested prior to the permit(s) expiring.
You should plan on the process taking anywhere from six to eight weeks.
All fingerprinting for firearms applicants must be conducted by the state contracted vendor, Morphotrak. You must first respond to the Berkeley Heights Police Department to obtain the proper forms, and then make an appointment with Morphotrak.
Your initial Firearms Identification Card will cost $5 and each permit will cost $2. A personal check made out to the Berkeley Heights Police Department or exact cash will be accepted.
Additional fees required by the New Jersey State Police may also apply.
Yes. If your legal address has changed to Berkeley Heights Township, you must apply for a new Firearms Identification Card from the Berkeley Heights Police Department.
There is no cost for a change of address card and you do not have to be fingerprinted again.
Visit the National Rifle Association Training page to find available and upcoming firearms training classes.