Municipal Offices
48 Washington Street
South River, NJ 08882
732-257-1999

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What to Expect From Our Building Department

When you’re seeking a permit, making a request for an inspection, or are being issued a citation, these are the standards that the Borough expects. If you experience issues please let us know by calling our CALL•it hotline (732) 570-4548 or our Borough Administrator (732) 257-1999 x120.

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PERMITS

Obtaining a permit and CO for your property is necessary to improve them. We want the process to be efficient and doesn’t unnecessarily delay a project.

Minimal Visits

Residents should be able to obtain permits whenever possible without multiple visits. We are working to eliminate as many repeat visits as possible.

Concise Permit Package

We’re working to make the permit information you receive more clear and concise to ensure that you are fully informed of the process and requirements.

Cost Clarity

The total cost for permits shouldn’t be a mystery for residents. We are working to provide this information in a format that is easy to understand.

Issuance Priority

The building department’s top priority is to ensure that permit and COs are issued in a reasonable time period, focusing on these matters first.

CITATIONS

Code enforcement plays an important role in ensuring that properties do not become problems in the neighborhood. There’s a balance to be struck in how to administer the code.

Written Interaction

Code violations should begin with written documentation to ensure proper notice, clarity, and sufficient detail of any issue pertaining to the code.

Opportunity To Cure

Code enforcement’s purpose is to ensure a proper functioning borough and to be respectful to all residents. Fairness includes non-legal remedies that may resolve the issue faster and less expensively.

Reference to the Code

Recipients should be made fully aware of any issue they are being confronted with and a valid legal citation should accompany the matter.

Feedback Hotline

The borough has begun a hotline, CALL•it to offer residents an opportunity to provide feedback on their experience. If you have problems, call (732) 570-4548!

INSPECTIONS

A Single Report

After an inspection, our building department will provide you with a single report providing all issues, including the relevant citation to the code. Reinspection will be based upon this report.

Timely

Inspections should be scheduled within a reasonable time after application. Eliminating the requirement for CCOs like most other towns have done should ensure that inspections can be scheduled more quickly.

Polite & Efficient

South River is a friendly town and the inspection process should be that way as well. Our staff is expected to treat all residents with respect.

Issuance Priority

The building department’s top priority is to ensure that permit and COs are issued in a reasonable time period, focusing on these matters first so that folks can utilize their property sooner.

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