Building Department

Save Time Do It OnlineAs mandated by the Uniform Construction Code regulations, the Building Department has the responsibility to provide the following services: reviewing and processing applications for construction permits; issuing the permits; inspecting the work; and tracking construction code violations and unsafe structures. The department is also responsible for the administration and enforcement of all ordinances related to issues of development, building, land use, zoning, property maintenance, and tree removal.

View the Tree Removal Permit Form.

Meet our Staff:

  • Construction Official, Building/Fire Subcode: Keith J. Lynch
  • Building Inspector: Leonard Perre, William Daniels
  • Plumbing Subcode: Joseph Caputo
  • Electrical Subcode: Joseph Broccoli
  • Technical Assistant: Debbie Timko

Permit Request Forms

Schedule Inspections

Schedule Inspections on the SDL Portal website.

  • Building: Monday and Wednesday 1 to 4 pm or Tuesday and Thursday 10 am to 1 pm.
  • Fire: Monday through Thursday 10 am to 1 pm.
  • Plumbing: Monday, Wednesday or Friday 8 am to 10:30 am.
  • Electrical: Monday, Wednesday or Friday 8 to 11 am.

Required inspections (PDF) may be requested via phone or portal by owner, contractor, or agent. Inspections are normally scheduled within 72 hours of the request. Request for inspections must be made at least 24 hours in advance.

Check Before You Build

A call to the building department and to the Zoning Officer is an important step, even when planning minor improvements. All improvements require zoning and engineering review before the work begins, even if the project is exempt from construction permit requirements. A zoning permit (PDF) is required for installation or replacement of any shed, fence, patio, driveway, retaining wall, temporary sign, or commercial outdoor seating. Land disturbance, clearing, excavation for any purpose, or reshaping the contour of a property requires engineering approval, even if no other construction is taking place. For larger projects, zone-specific bulk requirements (PDF) are available.

The building department of New Providence is here for your use and protection. Have a question about your upcoming or existing project? Unsure how to start the building process? Is the contractor providing the proper materials? Please call 908-665-1098 and we will try to help you in any way possible.

Construction permits protect the health, safety and welfare of the building occupants and the public. Permit requirements are state law and strictly enforced by the Building Department. You can help the Borough and your neighborhood by maintaining your property in a way that you and your neighbors can be proud of.

Selling Your Home

You will need a Certificate of Compliance (PDF). This application is available on this page or at Borough Hall. Failure to make application in a timely manner may delay your closing.

Tree Permit

Fill in a tree removal permit.