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Construction Department Building & Inspections

Construction Official: Joseph Kachinsky
Email: construction@highlandsborough.org  

Call Middletown Construction office to schedule inspections at (732) 615-2106. Inspections will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Office hours:  

Middletown Office
Monday – Friday, 8am – 3pm
by appointment only
Croydon Hall, 900 Leonardville Road, Drop box (far side of building) 

Highlands Office
Wednesday, 2pm – 4pm
by appointment only
Highlands Borough Hall, 42 Shore Drive

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 Department

Zoning Official: Marianne Dunn
Email: mdunn@middletownnj.org or zoningfloodplain@highlandsborough.org    

Office hours:  

Middletown Office
Monday – Friday, 8am – 3pm
by appointment only
Croydon Hall, 900 Leonardville Road, Drop box (far side of building) 

Highlands Office
Wednesday, 2pm – 4pm
by appointment only
Highlands Borough Hall, 42 Shore Drive  

Permit & Zoning applications can also be dropped off in Highlands at 42 Shore Drive, Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm or drop box in front of building 24 hours a day.

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.


Status of Highlands Property


UCC Forms


Borough Forms and Documents

File NameCategoryLink
Vacant Property Registration FormBuilding Department, FormsDownload
Tree Permit ApplicationBuilding Department, FormsDownload
Street Excavation PermitBuilding Department, FormsDownload
Sidewalk & Curb Permit ApplicationBuilding Department, FormsDownload
Short Term Rental ApplicationBuilding Department, FormsDownload
Right-of-Entry & Debris Removal Hurricane Sandy Disaster Assistance FormBuilding Department, FormsDownload
Highlands Building Department FAQsBuilding Department, FAQsDownload
Grease Trap ApplicationBuilding Department, FormsDownload
Grading Review ApplicationBuilding Department, Forms, Land Use FormsDownload
Flood Development Permit ApplicationBuilding Department, FormsDownload
Elevation – Demolition RequirementsBuilding Department, FormsDownload
Container PermitBuilding Department, FormsDownload
Construction Rehab FAQsBuilding Department, FAQsDownload
Chimney CertificationBuilding Department, FormsDownload
Application for ZoningBuilding Department, FormsDownload
Adopted Zoning Map May 2018Borough Reports, Building DepartmentDownload