Building Department

The following are projects, which are frequently questioned, require zoning and/or construction permits:

  • Decks
  • Dumpsters (per Ordinance 13-21)
  • Electrical work
  • Fences
  • All pools over 24" deep (above ground, in-ground, inflatable/temporary, etc.) Swimming Pool Guidance
  • Hot tubs
  • Water heaters
  • Kitchen and bathroom renovations
  • Plumbing work
  • Driveways
  • Sheds
  • Siding
  • Steps
  • Storage containers (per Ordinance 13-21)
  • Tank removal and abandonment

**This is not a complete list. It is the property owner's responsibility to confirm any permit requirements with the Building Department.**


We are now ONLINE for Pompton Lakes and Riverdale on our new FTG Portal! You may search through our Construction permit database by Property Address or by Block and Lot. Click the link below to create an account before making your inquiry.

Outline in how to create your account


Construction permits are required for all interior and exterior construction work on all structures. Homeowners should contact the Building Department for information regarding obtaining a permit prior to starting the project. 
Download Construction Permit Applications


Inspections require 24 hour notice.

Continued Certificate of Occupancy

Continued Certificate of Occupancy (CCO) are required for the resale of residential homes and businesses as well as for change of tenancy. Forms may be obtained at the Building Department and appointments must be scheduled for the CCO Inspector to perform inspections. Please allow three weeks to complete the process.

Residential CCO Application

Commercial CCO Application

Call Before You Dig

New Jersey One Call 811 know what's below call before you dig. You can also call 800-272-1000 to locate underground utilities

Digging, Drilling, or Blasting

If you are going to dig, blast, or drill, three (3) working days notice is needed.


Zoning permits are required for any exterior projects which will add/change/expand primary or accessory structures. Zoning applications must include a property survey that accurately reflects the current state of the property. All surveys must be to scale, so copies should be the exact same size as the original survey to allow for accurate measurements and review. 
Download the Residential Zoning Application

 Download the Commercial Zoning Application


NJ DEP Permit-by-Rule Document

NJ Department of Environmental Protection 

FEMA Flood Map Service Center- Search All Products:

To access 2020 Flood Maps, follow the link below, search by state/ county/ municipality.    

Flood Insurance Risk Map(s) (FIRM)

Community Rating System (CRS)

Elevation certificates for many Borough buildings located in the flood plain are on file in the Building Department.