Borough of Highlands, NJ
  40.40422oN by 73.990674oW

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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

Building Secretary Kathy Burgess has office hours on Wednesdays from 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Zoning Department

Zoning Officer- Marianne Dunn

Middletown office hours 8a.m.-4p.m. Monday – Friday
Walk-ins 8a.m.-12p.m. 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.