Certificate of Compliance

The Code Enforcement Department is responsible for processing applications for smoke, carbon monoxide detectors, and portable fire extinguisher inspections (Certificate of Compliance), in accordance with the requirements set forth in N.J.A.C. 5:70-4.19 and 52:27D-198.1, for all re-occupancy or continued occupancy by means of re-rental or re-sale of all one and two residential dwelling units located in the Town.  Once the COC application is finalized by the Code Enforcement Department it will be forwarded to the Deputy Code Enforcement Official for the scheduling of the COC inspection. 

Any questions regarding completing the application and the process should be directed to Bernard Hattersley, Code Enforcement Director, at 973-383-3521, ext. 256.

Any questions regarding the scheduling of the COC inspection or questions regarding the type, placement, or fire safety equipment required should be directed to the Deputy Code Enforcement Official, Jeff Schiffner, at 973-919-3027.

COC Application Process

Applications will be considered finalized and released for inspection only when the following criteria have been met:
  • Full payment is received via cash or check only (check payable to "Town of Newton").  See bottom of COC application for fee schedule.
  • All open permits or code violations have been closed.  Arrangement to close building permits must be made with the Hardyston Construction Department at 973-823-7020.  Once all permits and violations are closed, the COC application will be processed.  The COC will be determined using the date all permits were closed as the starting date.
  • Applications processed on Fridays or after 12 noon of the current business day will not be finalized and released for inspections until the next business day, provided the above criteria have been met.
Upon compliance, the property owner will be issued a Certificate of Compliance with a copy retained in the Code Enforcement Office.  The certificate is valid for six months from the date of the inspection approval.  

Please download the Certificate of Compliance form by clicking the link below or pick up a copy at the Code Enforcement Department located on the ground floor of the Municipal Building, Monday through Thursday 9:30am to 3:00pm or Friday 9:30am to 12:30pm. Payment is required upon submission of this form. All construction permits must be closed and there can be no open code enforcement violations in order for this process to proceed. If you should have any questions, please contact the Code Enforcement Office at 973-383-3521 ext, 256.

For a Residential Certificate of Occupancy application click here.  

Jeff Schiffner 
Deputy Code Enforcement Official

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