This office is responsible for the issuance of permits and performing inspections on building, electrical and plumbing work done in the Borough, as well as enforcement of the Borough's local zoning ordinance. The State's Uniform Construction Code governs construction within Hawthorne and the rest of the state. Appeals of decisions of the Construction Official can be made to the Passaic County Board of Construction appeals, while appeals of decisions of the Zoning Officer can be made to Hawthorne's Zoning Board of Adjustment.This office also issues sidewalk permits, fence permits and soil movement permits. If required permits are not obtained, penalties will be imposed.
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All Home Improvement Contractors are required to register with the State of New Jersey. Permits will not be issued to contractors without a license issued by the state. For more information, please visit www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/HIC
A Certificate of Continuing Compliance is required for all property sales in the Borough of Hawthorne. This includes residential as well as commercial properties. This form is NOT AVAILABLE online, available only at the Building Department 973-427-5555 X214.
A Business Certificate of Compliance is required whenever a new business (or new business owner) takes over operations at a given location, whether or not the type of business changes. The zoning officer can issue the certificate when there is no change in the nature of the business. The Planning Board must conduct a Tenant Review in order to issue the certificate if there is a change in the nature of the business.
A Certificate of Smoke Detector, Carbon Monoxide Alarm and Fire Extinguisher Compliance is required for all changes of tenancy within the Borough of Hawthorne.
Inquiries about or requests for housing for fire code inspections should be directed to the Fire Prevention Office at (973) 427-5555 ext 216. Inquires about or requests for exterior property maintenance inspections should be directed to the Code Enforcement office at (973) 427-5555 x220
Applications for land subdivision or site plan approval should be filed with the Planning Board. Applications for use variances should be filed with the Zoning Board of Adjustment.