Borough of Highlands, NJ
  40.40422oN by 73.990674oW

Modification to Certificate of Occupancy Packet 3.26.20 (pdf)
Expedite Permitting Process
Permit Selector
Advisory Base Flood Evevations
Mechanical Plumbing Guidance (pdf)
Status of Highlands Property
Increased Cost of Compliance Coverage (pdf)
Building UCC Forms
Building Department Forms

Construction Department
Building and Inspections

Call Middletown Construction office
to schedule inspections at 732-615-2106


Construction Official: Joseph Kachinsky

Inspections will be held on Tuesday and Thursday
Inspectors are available to speak with the public in the
Middletown Office Monday – Friday 8am-9am

Permits (without review) can be dropped off with
Highlands Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm

The Construction Official, Zoning Officer, Flood Plain, & TACO
will be available to the public in Highlands
Wednesdays from 2:00pm-4:00pm

The Building Secretary has office hours on
Wednesdays from 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Zoning Department

Zoning Officer- Marianne Dunn
Middletown office hours
8am - 4pm Monday – Friday
Walk-ins 9am - 12pm Monday- Friday

Email for questions: or

Highlands office hours:
Wednesdays from 2pm-4pm

**Checks are made payable to Borough of Highlands**

Building & Inspection

The Department of Inspections provides for cooperative inspection and enforcement of all Construction Codes relating to the construction, maintenance, use and occupancy of buildings and structures.

Building Information

The administrative code that is used throughout New Jersey is known as the Uniform Construction Code (U.C.C.). The U.C.C. adopts other National Code Books as the technical text for each discipline. Sub codes include building, plumbing, fire and electric.
Construction Plans/Layout Drawings

A New Jersey licensed architect is recommended for the preparation of plans for major projects. Major projects may need to include floor plans drawn to scale, sections, elevations and details. Minor projects such as decks and small additions can be drawn by a homeowner.

The Construction Inspection Office has standard specifications that can be followed within certain limitations for routine projects such as decks and retaining walls. These specs along with a plot plan/survey depicting your project are accepted as the required plans.

There are some projects which require a New Jersey licensed engineer to prepare plans. Examples are an in-ground pool, grading plans and retaining walls more than 4 feet in height.

Zoning Officer

Department personnel are available to the public to provide general zoning information. Prior to constructing additions, garages, sheds, pools or other accessory structures, homeowners may contact the zoning department to review specific zone requirements and application procedures. An application for development is required prior to obtaining construction permits.

Building Dept. Forms

Modification to Certificate of Occupancy Packet (pdf)
Vacant property registration form (pdf)
Short Term Rental Application (pdf)
Application for Tree Permit (pdf)
Application for Zoning (pdf)
Chimney Certification (pdf)
Container Permit (pdf)
Elevation - Demolition Requirements (pdf)
Flood Development Permit Application (pdf)
Grease Trap Application (pdf)
New Elevation Requirement As Of October 1, 2014 (pdf)
Right-of-Entry & Debris Removal Hurricane Sandy Disaster Assistance Form (pdf)
Sidewalk & Curb Permit Application (pdf)
Street Excavation Permit (pdf)