Building Department


Construction Office

  • Construction Official
  • Richard Bizik
  • Tech. Asst.
  • Kathy Wunder

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.

Building Permits

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.

Fire Extinguisher/Detector Information
Landlord Registration
Single Family Building Permit Requirements
2018 Smoke Certification Application

Construction Permits

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: 4:30-7:30 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.

Construction Applications and Forms

Building Application
Building Department – Counter Form Application
Electric Application
Fire Application
Mechanical Application
Municipal Code Book
Plumbing Application


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.

Inspection Schedule:
Plumbing: Monday/Wednesday, after 12:30pm
Electric: Monday/Wednesday, 3-5pm
Building: Monday/Wednesday, 4:30-7:30pm
Fire: Monday, 9-11am


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.

Smoke Certification – Resale/Rental

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:

Zoning Permits

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
Zoning Permit Application

Zoning Officer: Arlene Fisher
Zoning Officer Hours:
Tuesday noon-4pm
Thursday 2-4pm
Friday 8am-3pm


  • Name: Lynda Knott, Township Clerk
  • Phone: (973) 383-6332
  • Fax: (973) 383-8059
  • Mail: 964 Stillwater Road Newton, New Jersey 07860

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