Building and Zoning
Borough Engineer: Ferriero Engineering
973-228-6410 ext. 106
Construction Official/Building Inspector: Paul Milani
973-228-6410 ext. 120
Department of Public Works, Assistant Director: Bill Stickles
973-228-6410 ext. 132
(contact Bill Stickles, Asst. DPW Director)
973-228-6410 ext 132
Billing Clerk: Maureen Wiatrak
973-228-6410 ext. 103
The Borough Engineer is responsible for all municipal engineering and design, the preparation of plans and specifications for projects authorized by the Mayor and Council and the preparation of preliminary designs and cost estimates for proposed improvements. The engineer prepares contracts, attends the opening of sealed bids, completes contracts with successful bidders, checks bonds and insurance policies, supervises construction progress and inspections, and certifies estimates for payment. The Borough Engineer is also the Director of Public Works and the Borough’s licensed water and sewer operator.
The Building Department has numerous functions including, but not limited to:
- Issuing building permits for construction, demolition, remodeling of and repair of structures upon the approval of applications for same.
- Issuing permits for signs, air-conditioning, oil burners and oil tanks.
- Performing inspections for and issuing certificates of occupancy.
- Investigating complaints of violations of Borough codes and ordinances dealing with building, zoning and property maintenance.
The Building Department enforces the provisions of the Uniform Construction Code, the Borough Property Maintenance Code and such other codes as may be required to be enforced within the Borough. The present BOCA (Basic Building Code) was adopted by ordinance in 1977 along with a National Plumbing Code and the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code with on going updates approved on a regular bases by the State of New Jersey.
Maintenance Code covers all buildings and property. Enforcement of these codes helps prevent the deterioration of buildings throughout and Borough. Proper occupancy standards of all buildings are maintained to preserve the residential atmosphere of the Borough and the general welfare of the citizens. All inspections required by the Uniform Construction Code and the enforcement of the code are accomplished by the following:
- Construction Code Official/Zoning Officer
- Fire Sub Code Official
- Building Inspector
- Building Sub Code Official
- Plumbing Sub Code Official
- Electrical Sub Code Official
- Elevator Sub Code Official
- Zoning Officer
- Maintenance & Housing Inspector
Permits are required for almost all building and renovating, moreover, all contractors and landscapers must be licensed with the State of New Jersey.
Division of Zoning Enforcement
The Zoning Officer is responsible for supervising all building activity and operations within the Borough for the purpose of insuring compliance with Chapter 107 “Zoning and Land Use” of the Code of the Borough of North Caldwell:.
The Borough is presently divided into twelve zones.
R-1 Residential Cluster
Age Restricted Housing
Planned Industrial Park
R-3 Residential Cluster
R-4 Residential Cluster
Applications for variances from the zoning ordinance are heard by the Board of Adjustment. The Board of Adjustment consists of seven members and two alternates, each of whom is appointed by the Mayor and Council for a term of four years. The Board conducts regularly scheduled hearings after public notice.
2019 Housing Element and Fair Share Plan
Borough matters relating to streets, water, sewers, parks, buildings and grounds and general maintenance are under the authority of the Department of Public Works.