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Zoning Department

Zoning Department

About the Zoning Officer

The Township's Zoning Officer is responsible for administering and enforcing Zoning Ordinances under the Borough of Highlands, Chapter 21 - Zoning & Land Use Regulations. The Zoning Officer has overall responsibility for the administrative oversight of all applications for land development and zoning permits including:

  • Review all Master Plan and Zoning ordinance Revisions
  • Review all plot plans, subdivision layouts, surveys, site plans and building plans of new structures and additions for compliance with land use regulations
  • Review proposed projects for compliance with Municipal Land Use Law and consult with the applicants, their professionals and township board members and professionals regarding all development within the township
  • Sends a representative to attend Zoning Board of Adjustment and Planning Board meetings as needed
  • Enforcement of Township zoning laws through the Zoning Officer and Code Enforcement Officer.

Residential work that requires a Zoning Permit  

  • New Dwellings    
  • Finished Basements    
  • Solar Panels    
  • Lawn Sprinklers    
  • Porches    
  • Sheds 
  • Detached Garages    
  • Pool Houses and Cabanas  
  • Landscape Lighting    
  • Outdoor Hot Tubs and Spas    
  • Other Accessory Structures    
  • Walls (Retaining and Freestanding)
  • Additions
  • Alterations
  • Reconstructions
  • Renovations
  • Generators
  • Decks
  • Patios
  • Driveways and Walkways
  • Gazebos
  • Sports Courts
  • Fences
  • All Types of Pools

Commercial work that requires a Zoning Permit  

  • New Business
  • Tenant Fit-Ups
  • Business Signs
  • All other Commercial Work

How to File a Zoning Permit  

If you are looking to conduct any work listed above (Residential or Commercial), you must complete a Zoning Permit Application. You must upload detailed plans and a current survey to scale. Click here for a list of Zoning Permit Fees.

PLEASE NOTE THAT A ZONING APPLICATION IS IN ADDITION TO A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT APPLICATION THAT MAY BE REQUIRED UNDER THE UNIFORM CONSTRUCTION CODE. YOU MAY NEED TO APPLY WITH THE BUILDING DEPARTMENT FOR A CONSTRUCTION PERMIT IN ADDITION TO FILING YOUR ZONING PERMIT. 

⇰ Go to Building Department Web Page for more information about Construction Permits

⇰ Do I need a Construction Permit?

Zoning Fees  

Payments must be included with your Zoning Application. Click here to access Zoning Fees.

Contacts

Phone: 732-872-1224

Courtney Lopez

Zoning Officer

Extension 224 | EMAIL

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Alicia Jones

Technical Assistant

Extension 223 | EMAIL