General Information

Kenneth Anderson
Code Enforcement Officer
(732) 244-7400 ext. 1237
Fax: 732-244-6227
Email

Lisa Buchanan
Clerical Assistant
(732) 244-7400 ext. 1238
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The primary concern of the Code Enforcement Office is maintaining a safe and clean environment in Berkeley Township.

The Code Enforcement Office would like to remind residents about a few things that are helpful in maintaining a safe and clean environment in Berkeley Township:

  • It is required that all homes and businesses have their street numbers displayed in a manner that will aid emergency personnel in the event of an emergency situation.
  • Remember to annually check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • A reminder that garbage, recyclables and bulk items should not be placed outside for pick-up until 4:00 pm the day prior to the scheduled pick-up date. Also, Ordinance 35-89:23, membrane structures (portable structures) cannot be left on the property any longer than 72 hours and cannot be used for habitation or storage.

A Certificate of Occupancy (CO) is required when anyone is selling or renting a home. Applications are available below or can be picked up at the Code Enforcement Office Monday thru Friday, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. Please feel free to contact our office with any questions, complaints, concerns or comments at (732) 244-7400 ext. 238.

Also, a reminder to residents that all complaints brought to the attention of the Code Enforcement Office will remain anonymous.

Rental/Resale Inspections

Any time you rent or sell your home in Berkeley Township, you must apply for a Certificate of Occupancy. For rental property owners, this applies every time the tenant changes.

ALL Transfer of Titles, Rentals AND Resales in age restricted communities REQUIRE an ORIGINAL approval letter from the Homeowners Association.  (Original signature -no duplicates or copies).

The following requirement regarding battery-operated  Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Alarms will be enforced:  REQUIREMENTS

Starting May 19th, Smoke/Carbon/Fire Extinguisher Certification fees will be increased to $40.

Landlord Registration
P.L. 2022, c. 92 which is now in effect requires the owner of a business, or one or more rental units, to maintain liability insurance for negligent acts and omissions in an amount of no less than $500,000 for combined property damage and bodily injury to or death of one or more persons in any one accident or occurrence.
Berkeley Township now requires that an unexpired Certificate of Liabilty Insurance is required to be filed at the time of filing the Landlord registration form.   The Clerk’s Office will NOT accept the Landlord registration without the Certificate of Liability Insurance
The Certificate of Insurance and Landlord Registration is now required on a yearly basis.
On or around March 20, 2023 there will be a yearly $25.00 Landlord Registration Fee pursuant to Ordinance 23-03-OAB
Landlord Registration Form

Property Maintenance
Berkeley Township has a property maintenance code, which can be found in Chapter 12 of the Municipal Code Book:
Municipal Code Book

Property Registration
Within 10 days of the date any mortgagee files a foreclosure action, the mortgagee shall register the real property with the Township of Berkeley registry, and, at the time of registration, indicate whether the property is vacant, and if so shall designate in writing a property manager to inspect, maintain, and secure the real property subject to the mortgage under a foreclosure action. A separate registration is required for each property under a foreclosure action, regardless of whether it is occupied or vacant.

  • Annual Registration: $500
  • Additional Fee if Vacant/Abandon: $2,000
  • Late Fees: 10% of registration fee for every 30 days not registered

Berkeley Township has partnered with Hera Property Registry, LLC to administer its Foreclosure and Vacant Property Registration program. In order to comply with the Ordinance, all Owners/Mortgagees/Trustees must register online via HERA Property Registry and pay a registration fee.

Hera’s Customer Support contact information:
Email: vpro@heraregistry.com
Phone: (321) 234-5303

The Township will not remove the property from the Vacant Property registration list until a Transfer of Title/Certificate of Compliance has been submitted for the above referenced Property pursuant to § 12-3.5 Certificates of Compliance.
[1974 Code § 59-5; Ord. No. 35-82; Ord. No. 12-83; Ord. No. 90-17; Ord. 01-18-OAB § 1; Ord. No. 06-06-OAB § 1; Ord. No. 07-23-OAB § 1; Ord. No. 2013-04-OAB; Ord. No. 2017-32-OAB]
Application can be found above under rental Resale inspection.