Most new construction, additions and accessory structures, as well as fences, require Zoning Permits in addition to Building Permits. All commercial uses of a property and new construction of dwellings require a Use and Occupancy certificate which affirms that the use complies with the Zoning Ordinance and fire prevention regulations; the certificate must be obtained before the use is occupied.
Obtaining Use & Occupancy Certificate In order to obtain a Use and Occupancy Certificate, a Use and Occupancy Permit – Non Residential form (pdf) must be completed and submitted to the Township. This must be submitted for any new non residential use or when a new non residential tenant or owner takes over an existing space. The square footage of the space, number of employees (full- and part-time), tenant/owner, and responsible party and phone number, are required on the form.
The only time that a residential Use and Occupancy Permit is required is when a residential unit is initially constructed (be it a single-family home, townhouse, multi-family/apartment, etc.). For any residential Use and Occupancy Permit, a regular Building and Zoning Permit form should be completed, indicating the address and if applicable, unit designation (for multi-family/apartment) that the Use and Occupancy Permit is requested for.