Code Enforcement

The Division of Code Enforcement and Inspections enforces the provisions of the Village Codes of Property Maintenance and Housing Standards and such other codes as may be required to be enforced within the Village.  The Housing Code and Property Maintenance Code was adopted in 1965 and cover all buildings (commercial, as well as residential). Enforcement of these codes help prevent the deterioration of buildings throughout the Village. Proper occupancy standards of all buildings are maintained to preserve the residential atmosphere of the Village and the general welfare of the citizens. 

The inspectors are responsible for inspecting, enforcing and prosecuting violations of the Village Property Maintenance and Housing Standards Code which articulates numerous residential standards for such matters as: water supply, facilities, storage and disposal of garbage and rubbish, lighting and electrical services, ventilation, egress, minimum floor area requirements, area requirements based on occupancy, ceiling height, sleeping areas, heat supply, maintenance of the exterior of a residence, including lawns and sidewalks.

The division is also responsible for inspections relating to issuing certificates of continued occupancy (for home sales) or habitability (for rentals).

Construction Code Enforcement Laws

New Jersey Administrative Code 5:23 – 2.14

It shall be unlawful to construct, enlarge, alter, or demolish a structure, or change the occupancy of a building or structure requiring greater strength, exit way, or sanitary provision, or to change a different use group, or to install or alter any equipment for which provision is made or the installation of which is regulated by this chapter, or to undertake a project involving lead abatement in accordance with 5:17, without first filing an application with the construction official or the appropriate sub code official where the construction involves only one trade or in writing and obtaining the required permit therefore.

New Jersey Administrative Code 5:23-2.16

This code requires that the Building Department complete its review of plans in 20 business days from the date the application is received to grant or deny in whole or part and notify the applicant.

Notification will be by telephone to the responsible person, and said notification will include the total cost for the permits. 

Elevator construction and inspection for new equipment or reinspection of existing equipment is performed by the State of New Jersey. Applications are obtained from the state's website.

To make use of the codes of New Jersey with out purchasing they may be viewed through the Department of Community Affairs Web Site at the Division of Codes and Standards.

Did you know that the Township of South Orange has the entire Village Code online?  Click here to check it out.