*BUILDING DEPARTMENT NOTICE – COVID-19 SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS*
Building and Zoning Departments:
Building and zoning permits may be placed in the drop box to the right of the main entrance at the Municipal Building. You will be notified once the permit is ready and arrangements will be made for pick up or it can be mailed to you. We will work to process your permit as efficiently as possible.
Building Department voicemails are checked daily. If you need to schedule an inspection you may also email the Technical Assistant directly at: email@example.com
Building and zoning applications, smoke certification applications and the construction permit file jacket are all available on our website. If you do not see the document you need on the website please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and it will be emailed to you if possible.
We will try our best to work efficiently and meet the needs of our residents and contractors.
The office is located at 964 Stillwater Road in Middleville (mailing address is: 964 Stillwater Road, Newton, New Jersey 07860) and is open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30am – 12:30pm.
Kathy Wunder, Building Department Technical Assistant, works remotely Wednesdays but is available via telephone (973) 383-6332 x 28 or e-mail: email@example.com.
The scope and value of the work will determine which subcode permits will be necessary and how much the permits will cost. The only person that can price out the permit is the Construction Official. When permits are submitted to the office, we do our best to expedite the process. The Construction Official has 20 days to review permits if necessary.
The Construction Official reviews plans so that you, the homeowner, will be building, or have built, a structure that will provide the services that you expect from it. If you are building a deck, the deck will support the weight and be structurally sound, as well as an addition or entire house. The Construction Official’s duty is to protect the homeowner, property and environment.
Decks need plans. These can be drawn and provided by the homeowner. The plans need a legend that explains and itemizes the structure and its supports. The Construction Official is looking for sound structures.
Architectural plans. When you are doing an extensive or moderate revision to your home or building a new home, the Construction Official will need detailed plans on what you are doing and how. If you do the plans yourself and are your own contractor, as long as the plans are complete, that will be adequate. If the plans are by an architect, they must be sealed by a New Jersey licensed architect. The Construction Official will need information on all plans that indicates the square footage, the cubic footage, total cost of the project, and the cost divided by the different categories: plumbing, electric, fire, etc.
Whenever you are issued a permit, you will also be issued a Construction Permit Notice. This permit is to be displayed predominantly at the place of construction. Please also note that New Jersey State Law 13:45A-16.2 states that before final payment is made to any contractor all final inspections must be done. This is to protect the homeowner.
We look forward to working with you to provide you with a pleasant experience in improving your home.
Construction Official/Building Inspector Hours:
Monday/Wednesday: 3:30-6:30 p.m.
Please Note: Inspections are conducted during the hours listed above, so if you wish to meet with the Construction Official please call the office to set an appointment.
Please call in advance for the inspections. Please have your permit number available. The inspectors do not automatically go out on inspections. In order to get a final approval, we must be contacted to provide you that service. The Tax Assessor generally considers a property improvement complete within six months after the permits are taken. Therefore, please be sure to advise the Construction Department on your progress.
Call the construction office at (973) 383-6332 to schedule an inspection. Please have your permit number available when calling for an inspection. The office has several subcode officials to handle inspections. Since this is a small town, inspections have to be scheduled with regard to when the inspectors are available.
Plumbing: Monday/Wednesday, 8:00 am
Electric: Monday/Wednesday, 3:30-5:30 pm
Building: Monday/Wednesday, 3:30-6:30 pm
Fire: Tuesday, 9-11 am
All sheds, gazebos, and other accessory structures require zoning permits. If a shed or structure is over 100 square feet it will need a construction permit. Any structure exceeding 200 square feet does require a foundation.
When you apply for building permits, please have the information regarding zoning and variances with you.
These are required for any change in renters or owners. The inspector will be checking to see if there are adequate smoke detectors and that they are functioning properly. A carbon monoxide detector is required in the vicinity of the bedrooms and a fire extinguisher must be mounted in the kitchen area. If you have questions, please call the office so that we may help you. Further information and the application are also available on the Township website at: www.stillwatertownshipnj.com
Zoning permits are required to make changes or additions to your property. The Zoning Officer will check which zone your property is located in and verify that the necessary setbacks have been met. A zoning permit is necessary for any type of structure on your property.
Application for Zoning Board of Adjustment
General Zoning Requirements
Click here to view/download the 2020 Zoning Permit Application
Zoning Officer: Arlene Fisher 973-383-9484 x 29 or 973-383-6332 x 29
Zoning Officer Hours:
Tuesday noon-4 pm
Thursday: works remotely from 2-4 pm but is available via telephone or e-mail
Friday 8:30 am-4 pm
Stillwater Township offers residents a Recycling and Convenience Center for household trash and recycling.
Residents are able to view property tax information through the Municipal Software Inc. system. You may find a property by entering the property’s location or block, lot and qualifier.
Stillwater Township posts all information about bids and proposals for township projects on a dedicated page.