Zoning/Code Enforcement Division
The Division of Zoning/Code Enforcement of the Marlboro Township Community Development Department is responsible for regulating and enforcing Marlboro Township's Zoning Ordinances which have been established to ensure the proper use of land and to protect the integrity of the Master Plan. The Division is also responsible for maintaining Block and Lot files which contain copies of all Zoning Approvals as well as all documents (plot plans, surveys, permits, resolutions, etc.) that are submitted along with Zoning Permit applications. When a resident misplaces his or her survey, the Zoning Division Office frequently is able to provide a copy from the Block and Lot files.
The Zoning/Code Enforcement Division is headed by the Township Zoning Officer, who is charged with reviewing applications for Zoning Permits and granting or denying such permits in accordance with Township Zoning ordinances. The Township Zoning Officer can be reached at 732-536-0200, ext. 1809 , You can also reach out to the Zoning Division with your questions, comments and complaints at our e-mail address of
Zoning Approval Process
Building permits are brought in to the Zoning Office for approval after the Construction Division has reviewed them for completeness.
When a permit is found to be in violation of an ordinance, the homeowner is called and a follow-up letter is sent explaining the code that the proposed construction or use is in violation of. Residents are presented with choices as to how to continue from this point. They can either change the proposed construction so that it meets the ordinance requirements, apply for a variance from the Zoning Board of Adjustment , appeal the decision of the Zoning Officer to the Zoning Board of Adjustment, or go before the Zoning Board of Adjustment for an interpretation of the ordinance. The Zoning Office reviews approximately 105 building permits per month in the spring and summer months.
Zoning Complaint Process
The Division of Zoning/Code Enforcement is complaint driven. Complaints are received from citizens regarding violations of the various codes of Marlboro Township. Residents also call the Zoning Office to verify whether their neighbors have received permits for construction or simply to report a violation they might have observed. Anyone in the Zoning Division Office can take a complaint, but the name, address and phone number of the complainant is required. The complainant's identifying information is required in order to make a complaint. This information may be requested by the violator and will be furnished upon request.
When complaints are received, a friendly letter is sent to the person allegedly accused of violating the ordinance explaining that a complaint has been received. The complaint is described to the homeowner and the appropriate ordinance section is sited. The resident is then asked to consider whether they are indeed in violation and if they are, to please correct the situation. If this first step is not effective and it is determined that a violation indeed exists, an official Notice of Violation is sent to the homeowner. If the problem remains unresolved, a summons is issued by the Zoning Officer, with a mandatory Court appearance. Most complaints are remedied by the first step of this procedure.
Licenses and Permits Issued by the Zoning Division ( Also available through Portal)
- General Zoning Permit
- Fence Permit
- Patios, Walkways
- Hot tubs (No electric or plumbing)
- Mercantile License
- Continued Certificates of Occupancy – CCO’s (Non UCC) for residential sale or rental and Commercial sale or rental.
Permits are good for one year from date of issue. All licenses are renewable on January 1. If you take out a license during the year, the fee is prorated.