of Building, Planning & Economic Development
Phone: (732) 827-2087 Fax: (732)
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The Department of Building, Planning and Economic
Development is responsible for the administration and enforcement of all
issues related to economic development, building, zoning, land use,
engineering, and community development.
Pursuant to the requirements for compliance with New
Jersey State Uniform Construction Code, the Building Division is responsible
for the review and inspection of new building construction and renovations
throughout Rahway. This office is in charge of plan reviews, issuance of
permits and for the performance of inspections regarding building, electrical,
fire, and plumbing procedures.
Prior to beginning demolition, construction or
rehabilitation, call the Building Department at (732) 827-2087.
Planning and Economic Development
This office provides technical assistance to the Planning
Board, Board of Adjustment and Redevelopment Agency. Duties assigned to this
Department also include: zoning, planning, engineering, Master Plan up-dates,
grant and program administration, and all other functions related to the
physical and economic growth of the city.
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to view and search our municipal code book
You may also obtain paper copies of our zoning
ordinance ($40) and zoning map ($7) by completing and submitting
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Division of Community Development
(732) 827-2193 Fax: (732) 396-1402
The Division of Community Development oversees the city’s
Community Development Block Grant program, which provides funding for many
worthwhile activities and projects throughout the City of Rahway. Funds are
used for: senior citizen programs, code enforcement, playground renovations,
street resurfacing, public improvements and home improvement loans.
The Home Improvement Program, along with all Community
Development Block Grant projects, are made possible by a grant from the
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The City of Rahway
administers low-interest or 0% interest deferred home improvement loans to
eligible residents. Typical repairs include roofs, windows, heating,
painting, siding, kitchens and bathrooms.
The program is available to owner-occupants of one or
two-family homes whose gross income meets the federal requirements for
low-moderate income residents. To download an application,
Please call (732) 827-2193 for additional information.
Division of Building Code Enforcement
(732) 827-2087 Fax: (732) 680-1375
Guidelines for Zoning Permits and
The purpose of zoning is to guide the appropriate use or
development of all lands, to regulate population density, and to provide
adequate, light, air, and open space.
Some general zoning
violations include; the parking of large trucks or tractor-trailers in
residential areas; parking vehicles on illegal driveways; structures erected
too close to property lines; illegal conversions of basements into dwelling
units; and conducting a business from a residential property.
Zoning permits are required for all sheds, fences, pools,
driveways, parking areas, signs, and for all additions to commercial or
residential buildings. A zoning permit is also required for a change in use,
and a Certificate for Approval of Continued Occupancy.
Applications for zoning permits may take up to 10 working
days for approval or denial. If a zoning permit is denied, the applicant has
the right to apply to the appropriate land development board for a variance.
The cost of a zoning permit is twenty ($20.00) dollars. To download and print
a Zoning Permit Application,
Permits are required for all work, other than general
repairs, which is performed on all buildings. Permits are required for
construction, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical work.
Permits may be applied for in the Building Division
Office from Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 A.M. and 4:30
P.M. Fees vary with the cost of the alteration or the size of the addition or
new structure. The waiting period for most permits is several days, but if
extensive plan review is required it may take as long as 21 working days.
Many items, such as replacement of kitchen or bathroom
cabinets, changing of plumbing or electrical fixtures without alteration of
the plumbing or wiring, and replacement of doors and windows in the same
opening, are considered ordinary maintenance repairs and do not require a
permit. If you have any doubt as to whether a permit is required, please call
the Building Office and explain your project, and we will be glad to advise
you whether or not you need permits.
Alterations and additions may require zoning approval
prior to application for building permits. You will be required to submit
sealed drawings showing work to be performed. If you are a homeowner residing
in your home, you may prepare your own drawings for work being done on that
Inspections are required at the completion of certain
phases of the work. These inspections will be explained to you when you
obtain your permit applications. Failure to have these inspections completed
may result in a “stop work order,” fines, and penalties. New buildings and
additions cannot be occupied until all final inspections have been made and a
Certificate of Occupancy has been issued.
Zoning Officer (732) 827-2180
Construction Official (732) 827-2087
For a list of state building regulations and forms you
can download and print out on your computer, visit the
New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Division of Codes & Standards.