Certificate of Compliance (Smoke & CO detector/Fire ext.)

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 Michael Monaco, 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 (Smoke & CO detector/Fire Ext.) 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.
  • Completed COC applications can be delivered in person to the Code Enforcement Office on the ground floor of the Municipal Building during Code Enforcement hours, sent by USPS to 39 Trinity St., Newton, NJ (Attn: Code Enforcement - COC App.) or placed in after-hours drop box outside the street level entrance.
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.  

The Certificate of Compliance application can be downloaded by clicking the link below or by picking up a copy at the Code Enforcement Department located on the ground floor of the Municipal Building.


  1. Certificate of Compliance

    Physical Address
    39 Trinity Street
    Newton, NJ 07860

    Phone: (973) 383-3521 x256
    Fax: 973-383-9054

    Public Office Hours: 9:00am to 3:30pm Tuesday through Friday.

Residential dwellings with three or more rental units located in the Town of Newton should contact the New Jersey Bureau of Housing Inspection (609) 633-6241 for information regarding fire inspections.

Commercial properties located in the Town of Newton should contact the Sussex County Fire Marshal (973) 579-0380 for information regarding fire inspections.

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Jeff Schiffner
Deputy Code Enforcement Official
(973) 919-3027