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The Building Department, which is located on the first floor in Room 102 of Borough Hall,  is responsible for the approval and processing of construction-related permit applications and the issuance of the required permits for building projects. The Building Department performs the subsequent inspections of permitted building projects to insure compliance with  the State Uniform Construction Code Regulations and with the approved plans. It issues appropriate certificates after the satisfactory completion of all inspections.



The Building Department also reviews and approves or denies Zoning Permit Applications. An approved Zoning Permit Application is a prior approval for a construction project.. A Zoning Permit Review determines that a project complies with the municipal codes. An approved Zoning Permit allows the project to go foward, and an approval letter will be sent to the property owner, at that point, they are able to apply for Construction Permits. If the project does not comply, a denial letter is sent to the property owner. The property owner has the option of correcting the issues, or can apply for a varaince from the Oradell Zoning Board of Adjustment. See sidebar to learn more or to access a Zoning Permit Application form online.

In addition, the Building Department issues permits for  fences, sheds, driveways, sidewalks, aprons, curbs, garage sales, real estate signs, Certificates of Continued Occupancy, and road openings.


What is a Zoning Permit?

A Zoning Permit is required for all accessory structures (sheds, fences, driveways, patios, gazebos, etc.) or any permanent item that you intend to construct or place on your property.

A Zoning Permit Application will determine if the proposed project meets the Borough's requirements. This form can be obtained from the Building Department or from this site.

Office Hours
Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Please note: Permits are issued until 3:30 p.m.
Check the Building Department main page to view Building Department inspection schedules by type of inspection.

Stephen Depken
Construction Official
Phone: 201-261-8005
Fax: 201-261-4142
E-mail: [email protected]

More Information
Click on the links below to view important building
information and requirements, and to access Building
Department forms.