Department of Community Services (DCS)


City Hall is CLOSED to the public. DCS remains open for limited business.

Effective on Monday, March 8, 2021, the Department of Community Services will be open from 7AM to 3PM, Monday to Friday, for all essential in-person business, including construction permits, land use and certificate of occupancy applications, and all payments. After 3PM, paperwork may be left in a drop box in the lobby adjacent to the Summit Police Department. Payments must be submitted in-person during business hours. For more information read below or call 908-273-6404.   Alternating staff assignments will limit the number of service staff present, so please allow additional time for fulfillment of service requests.  Voicemails will be returned within 30 minutes during business hours.

Permit applications, plans, Zoning C.O. applications, land use applications and payments will continue to be transacted at the DCS counter on the 2nd Floor of City Hall. Access will be through the lobby entrance off the parking lot, but access will be closed to the balance of the building. Documents, deliveries and payments for other City Departments will not be accepted at the DCS.  They should be brought to the police vestibule at City Hall.

Construction and Zoning C.O. inspections will continue to occur during this period on their present schedule. Inspection requests should be by telephone by 3:00 p.m. weekdays at 908-273-6408, not in person. For construction inspections, remember to have your permit number handy. Should you reach a voice mail message, please leave a contact name and number advising that you are calling to schedule an inspection and a City representative will return the call that day.

In-person meetings with staff are prohibited. If needed, reach out to the staff member by telephone or email; DCS staff have access to Zoom if a virtual meeting is necessary.

During this period of heightened risk, a maximum of 1 person shall accompany the City’s inspectors on an inspection tour. All others present at the time of the inspection must either be wearing a face covering or must vacate the immediate area(s) subject to inspection.

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About DCS

The Department of Community Services (DCS) is responsible for Public Works, Code Administration (Construction/Building, Code), Planning & Zoning, Engineering, environmental initiatives, and Affordable Housing.  DCS serves as the single point of contact for all property and land development issues. Click the DCS menu links to learn more about each division/unit (located at the bottom of the page when viewed on a mobile device). Also, be sure to visit the DCS Document Center to download all DCS permits, flyers, forms and more.


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Landscaper Registration

City of Summit Common Council has established a new, voluntary registry for licensed landscaping companies operating in Summit. The purpose of the registry is to create a way for the city to communicate with landscapers on business licensing requirements, regulatory updates and amendments to ordinances such as the recently passed pilot program banning gas powered blowers.  Complete a Landscaper Registration Form if you wish to remain informed.

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Gas Powered Leaf Blower Ban / Hardship Waiver Application

At its meeting on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 Summit Common Council voted to approve an amendment to the municipal noise ordinance that will establish a pilot program banning the use of gas-powered blowers from June 1 to August 31, 2021 in Summit, NJ.  Interested parties may complete a Hardship Waiver for review by the Director of Community Services. 


DCS DivisionContactHours (Payments not accepted 30 min prior to close)
Community Services
Planning & Zoning
Public Works
City Forester
(908) 273-6404
(908) 273-6407
(908) 273-6404
(908) 273-6404
(908) 273-6404
  • Regular: Monday - Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm
    • COVID: After 3pm, document drop in Police lobby
  • Summer: Memorial Day to Labor Day
    • Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm
    • Fridays 8:00am - 1:00pm

(908) 273-6408
  • Regular: Monday - Friday 7:00am - 4:30pm
    • COVID: After 3pm, document drop in Police lobby
  • Summer: Memorial Day to Labor Day
    • Monday - Friday 7:00am - 4:30pm
    • Fridays 7:00am - 1:00pm
By emailEMAIL
By mail512 Springfield Avenue        Summit, NJ 07901 (Attn: DCS ~ 2nd Floor)
By fax(908) 608-1214
PLEASE NOTE:No payments 30 minutes prior to close. 
  • The register closes 30 minutes prior to office closure. Check or cash only (limited change for cash).  No credit card payments.
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