Code Administration

The Division of Code Administration serves to ensure proper implementation of the state-mandated Uniform Construction Code, which helps guarantee safe structures for all building construction, renovation, alteration, or demolition. Also responsible for the Safe Homes program and property maintenance, Code Administration protects against residential code violations that can potentially endanger lives.
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COVID-19 Precautions

As of Monday, May 18th, non-essential construction may resume with appropriate safeguards in place.  The Department of Community Services (DCS) is staffing a temporary pick-up and drop-off desk for residents, realtors and contractors inside the main lobby in City Hall outside Common Council Chamber from 9AM to 12PM Monday - Friday for construction permits, Zoning Certificates of Occupancy, tree permits, engineering permits and other forms.

The desk had previously been staffed from 8:30AM to 3PM daily.  This reduction in hours is in response to public health and safety concerns. All necessary forms can be downloaded in the DCS Document Center.  Completed forms with contact information can be returned to this location for drop-off only. Review of forms will be completed by staff at a remote location and applicants will be notified if forms are incomplete and when they are ready for processing.

Zoning Certificate of Occupancy applications and other permits that are ready to be issued can be paid for with cash (exact amount) or check.

  • Permits and applications will be processed in approximately two business days and the applicant will be notified when it is ready for pick-up at the drop-off point.
  • Inspections are continuing on a regular schedule.
  • All inspections must be scheduled by phone at (908) 273-6408. Before calling, please have the permit number for the project available.

To ensure the health and safety of staff at the drop-off location, please stop at the lobby entrance and wait to be called by the attendant.

Also, please ensure that there are no unhealthy individuals at either the jobsite or home during inspections and keep a safe distance from City inspectors.


As of June 3rd, new Planning & Zoning Board Applications are being accepted:

DCS has resumed the acceptance of any new Planning Board and Zoning Board of Adjustment applications either in-person or by mail. In addition to the Zoning Board Application or Planning Board Application, applicants must submit a signed COVID-19 Waiver.  Please email the Planning & Zoning Board Secretary with questions or call (908) 273-6407.

As of Monday, May 18th, non-essential construction may resume with appropriate safeguards in place.

Protocols may change as public health conditions warrant; please check the city website frequently for updated information or call the Construction Office at (908) 273-6408.

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Permit Application Forms

To assist you in submitting a permit application(s), we have made the most commonly requested forms available in the DCS Document Center for download and printing. For additional forms, visit the Department of Community Affairs website.

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Construction Permit Tips Video

Summit has created a video to help you successfully complete the permit application process.  CLICK HERE or the image to view the video tutorial.  

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Construction Permit Application Submittal FAQ

Have you submitted a construction permit application and have questions about next steps?  Download the Construction Permit Submittal FAQ to find out about the application review process, how to follow-up on the status of your application approval and more.

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Spatial Data Logic Permit Portal

With the use of the SDL Portal, you can review permits information and history related to your property and beyond.


  • Log In any time for the status of a permit
  • Set-up automated notifications on status changes to a permit/request
  • Locate city-wide or specific property information
Utilizing the features is easy. Simply create an account and start enjoying the many conveniences the SDL portal has to offer.
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Safe Homes

The safe homes program ensures proper adherence to acceptable code and zoning ordinances.  CLICK HERE to learn more.

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Zoning Certificates of Occupancy

Zoning Certificates of Occupancy (ZCOs) are required to be obtained by the Development Regulations Zoning Ordinance for the sale or rental, or for change of occupant or occupancy type for all buildings or for individual units within buildings. CLICK HERE to learn more.


Land Survey FAQ

In the simplest terms, a land survey is a graphic depiction of a property, much like a map, outlining its legal boundaries and other features.  Most construction permits involving exterior work require a land surveys "to scale".  To learn more about land surveys to scale CLICK HERE.

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Green Development Questionnaire

The Summit Environmental Commission is creating a database of green practices that residents and developers are employing in their projects in order to better understand and promote practices that save money, protect natural resources, and increase efficiency of both municipal and private projects. Your input is valuable! We would appreciate it if you would take a few minutes to complete this questionnaire.  CLICK HERE to take the questionnaire.  

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