Zoning & Permits Requirements

Project / ActivityZoning ApprovalRequires Permit
AdditionsYesYes
Air conditioner (central): Install or replaceNoYes
Asbestos abatementNoYes
Basement: Refinishing or remodelingNoYes
Bathroom fixtures: Direct replacementNoNo
Piping changesNoYes
Boiler: ReplaceNoYes
Burglar alarm: InstallNoYes
CarpetingNoNo
Chimney: RepairsNoYes
Commercial signs (exterior)YesYes
Deck/Porch: Add or replaceYesYes
DemolitionNoYes
Dishwasher: InstallNoYes
Door (exterior): Replace existing with same size and typeNoNo
Door (exterior): Adding, enlarging or eliminatingNoYes
Driveway: Repair or repaveNoNo
Duct work: Install newNoYes
Duct work: Repair or replaceNoNo
Electrical: Any modifications or improvementsNoYes
Fence, Add or replaceYesYes
Fence: RepairNoNo
Fireplace: AddNoYes
Furnace: ReplaceNoYes
Generator (stand-alone)YesYes
Gutters: Replace or repairNoNo
Landscaping workNoNo
Lawn sprinklerNoYes
Lead paint abatementNoNo
Ordinary repairsNoNo
Outdoor kitchenYesYes
Painting (exterior or interior)NoNo
Patio, Brick or PaversYesNo
Plumbing: Any modifications or improvementsNoYes
Remodeling or alterations (interior)NoYes
Retaining walls, over 4feet in heightYesYes
Roof: repairs involving less than 25% of existing roofNoNo
Roof: ReplaceNoYes
Roof top unitNoYes
Satellite dishNoYes
Septic system: Construct or abandonNoYes
Sewer system: Connect to the public systemNoYes
Shed or other utility building: constructYesYes (over 100 sf)
Siding: Add or replaceNoYes
Smoke detectors: AddNoYes
Solar panelsNoYes
Spa/hot tubYesYes
Storm windows/doorsNoNo
Stove: Replace electric with gasNoYes
Swimming pool: Add or replaceYesYes
Tennis court: InstallationYesYes
Underground fuel or septic tank: RemoveNoYes
Water heater: ReplaceNoYes
Wall repairs: Remove and replace sheet rock or plasterNoYes
Windows: Replace existing with same size and typeNoNo
Windows: Adding, enlarging, or eliminatingNoYes

Contact the Construction Dept.

Office Location
531 Speedwell Avenue (small white building adjacent to parking lot of Borough Hall)
Morris Plains, NJ 07950
 

Telephone: 973-538-0325

 
Office Hours:
Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
 
Zoning Officer
Don Salerno
973-538-0325 
Office Hours:
Tuesday and Thursday 
8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
 
Construction Official Office Hours:
Tuesday & Thursday
7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m
 

NOTE: The building is currently closed to the public due to Covid-19. Please call the office to arrange to drop off, pick up, or speak to a staff member.