Department of Community Services (DCS)


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

DCS will remain open for limited business during the City Hall closure period weekdays between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Alternating staff assignments will limit the number of service staff present, so please allow additional time for fulfillment of service requests.

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.


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
  • 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
  • Summer: Memorial Day to Labor Day
    • Monday - Friday 7:00am - 4:30pm
    • Fridays 7:00am - 1:00pm
By emailEMAIL
By mail512 Springfield AvenueSummit, 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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