Building and Zoning

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The Building Department serves to assist Essex Fells residents and commercial contractors wishing to initiate construction within the Borough. The responsibilities of this office include compliance with all State rules and regulations regarding construction including code enforcement for the following: UCC of New Jersey, IBC of New Jersey, IRC of New Jersey, IFC International, Fire Code NSP, National Standard Plumbing Code and the NEC National Electric Code

It is the duty of this office to issue permits and conduct inspections for new construction, repairs and renovations, additions, electric and gas service upgrades, demolition, roofing, siding, swimming pools, sheds, replacement of hot water heaters and removal of tanks, etc.


  • Issue Permits
  • Plan Review
  • Field Inspections
  • Sub-Code Officials Available to Answer Questions
  • Assistance in Filling Out Permits

Before You Start a Project

  • Obtain a Construction Permit Application Package from the Building office in Town Hall.
  • Submit your completed sub-code application(s), jacket and 2 sets of plans to the Building Department for review.
  • When the plan review process is complete, the applicant will be notified of the permit fee. If the application is incomplete, the applicant will be notified of the missing information.
  • Work can be started when fees are paid and the Construction Permit is issued.

View a list of professional staff you may need to know for your General Land Use Application Form.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • Q:

    When is a permit required?


    Normally a permit is required for all work at the determination of the building department.

  • Q:

    What is the cost of a permit?


    It is priced on our building, electrical, plumbing and fire fee schedule.

  • Q:

    Can I do the work on my own?


    This is at the determination of the building department.

  • Q:

    What hours am I permitted to work on my project?


    Construction is only allowed in the borough from:

    7am-6pm Monday through Friday
    9am-5pm Saturday
    Sunday – Not Allowed
    This does not apply to emergency situations.

  • Q:

    How Do I Schedule an Inspection after the work is completed?


    Please call 973.226.3400 to schedule inspections.




Construction Official/Zoning Officer:
Carl Thunell (part-time)

Please ask for Brittany the Certified Technical Assistant
Tel: 973.226.3400
Fax: 973.228.4439

Borough Engineer:
William Ryden
Tel: 973.226.3400

255 Roseland Avenue
Essex Fells, NJ

Hours of Operation:
Inspections can not be scheduled via voice mail. You must call during regular business hours to schedule an inspection.

Mon-Thurs 9am-5pm
Friday 8:00am-4:00pm

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