Zoning Regulations

Zoning regulations guide the appropriate use and development of land by designating zoning districts - such as residential, business and industrial - where specific uses, structures, and design requirements are identified. The Department of Community Development reviews and issues zoning permit approvals for proposed structures and improvements, as well as land uses.      

Zoning Permit Requirements 

Proposed Structures and Improvements:  The Department of Community Development reviews and issues zoning permit approvals for building structures and improvements, such as homes, additions, decks, fences, pools, patios, sheds, ponds and driveways. To be approved, applicants must provide a property survey and complete a zoning approval form (PDF) and submit a consent of owner form (PDF) if the applicant is different from the owner of property. 

Proposed Uses: When a new business wants to locate within the Township, the Department of Community Development reviews and issues zoning permit approvals for the business to occupy the property. The proposed use of the facility/building is reviewed for consistency with the Township Zoning Ordinance. After review and approval from Community Development, applicants are required to apply with the Building (Code Enforcement/Inspections) Department.  


Any questions concerning zoning classification, setback requirements, minimum lot requirements, permitted uses for a property and zoning violations can be addressed to this Department by calling 856-488-7870.


You can apply for most zoning permits online, in person, or by mail. Sign permit applications cannot currently be done online.  For sign permits, please go to the Sign webpage for instructions and details.

To Apply On-Line:

Click the Apply Now button below to apply online or follow the directions below to mail in your application. Please review the guidance documents above to be sure that you provide us with all necessary information needed for your application.  If there is no guidance document for the improvements you are looking to make please just follow the general directions for the type of application you are applying for (residential or non-residential).

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To Apply By Mail:

Residential permits: Please send the following:

  •  Zoning Permit Application
  • A survey, plot plan, or aerial image of the property showing the proposed improvement with the following information:
    • All dimensions such as the length, width, and height of the improvement (if constructing a fence please indicate the type of fence as well such as vinyl, wood, chain link, etc.).
    • Setbacks to all applicable lot lines.
    • If the improvement includes the addition of impervious surface, such as a patio, driveway, or addition, you must provide the total building coverage (if the new impervious coverage is a building) and the total lot coverage (required for all additional impervious coverage).
  • A check in the amount of $20.00.  
  • If you are not the owner and are applying on their behalf, a Consent of Owner form must also be submitted.

Non-Residential Permits:  Please send the following:

  • Zoning Permit Application 
  • If applying for a change of owner or change of occupancy please include on the zoning permit both the name and address of the prior owner/tenant and the new owner/tenant as well as a description of the existing and proposed use.  
  • A Consent of Owner form (must be completed by any type of corporation)
  • A check in the amount of $50.00.  

In addition, the Township reserves the right to request additional information should it be required to render a decision. 

The Legal Basis of Zoning

In New Jersey, municipalities are given zoning authority by a state statute called "The Municipal Land Use Law" (MLUL). Local government may adopt a zoning ordinance and establish a Zoning Board of Adjustment to hear and decide variance requests and interpret the Zoning Ordinance.

The Municipal Land Use Law (NJSA 40:55D-2) lists the following purposes of Zoning:

  1. To encourage municipal action to guide the appropriate use or development of all lands in this State, in a manner which will promote the public health, safety, morals, and general welfare.
  2. To secure safety from fire, flood, panic, and other natural and manmade disasters.
  3. To provide adequate light, air, and open space.
  4. To ensure that the development of individual municipalities does not conflict with the development and general welfare of neighboring municipalities, the county, and the State as a whole.
  5. To promote the establishment of appropriate population densities and concentrations that will contribute to the well-being of persons, neighborhoods, communities, and regions, and preservation of the environment.
  6. To encourage the appropriate and efficient expenditure of public funds by the coordination of public development with land use policies.
  7. To provide sufficient space in appropriate locations for a variety of agricultural, residential, recreational, commercial, and industrial uses and open space, both public and private, according to their respective environmental requirements in order to meet the needs of all New Jersey citizens.
  8. To encourage the location and design of transportation routes which will promote the free flow of traffic while discouraging location of such facilities and routes which result in congestion or blight.
  9. To promote a desirable visual environment through creative development techniques and good civic design and arrangements.
  10. To promote the conservation of historic sites and districts, open space, energy resources, and valuable natural resources in the State and to prevent urban sprawl and degradation of the environment through improper use of land.
  11. To encourage planned unit developments which incorporate the best features of design and relate the type, design, and layout of residential, commercial, industrial, and recreational development to the particular site.
  12. To encourage senior citizen community housing construction.
  13. To encourage coordination of the various public and private procedures and activities shaping land development with a view of lessening the cost of such development and to the more efficient use of land.
  14. To promote utilization of renewable energy resources.
  15. To promote the maximum practicable recovery and recycling of recyclable materials from municipal solid waste through the use of planning practices designed to incorporate the State Recycling Plan goals and to complement municipal recycling.

Additionally, the Supreme Court has stated that the preservation of the character of a neighborhood and conservation of neighborhood values are still proper zoning purposes. (1991 Edition New Jersey Zoning and Land Use ’Administration, by Wm. M. Cox, 7-2.1, p. 100)