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Read about the City Ordinances online at Chapter 132, Article X, Section 85.
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No, you still must have an inspection with our office. Please call 609-989-3562 to schedule a visit from an inspector for a mutually convenient time.
A historical permit application can be obtained at the Department of Inspections, located on the second floor of City Hall. This permit allows you to paint the exterior of a home in approved historical colors. The colors and the fixtures must remain the same.
If there are no zoning and planning board issues, plan review is completed in 20 working days from the time the construction inspector accepts the plans. After 20 days, a letter that states if the plans have been approved or denied is sent to the architect.
The code requires that the New Jersey architect or engineer submit two sets of sealed plans for Department of Inspections review. In the case of a restaurant, three sets of plans must be submitted.
Tenants are more than welcome to schedule inspections. Our letters were meant to be sent to owners, but if one has reached you instead, please inform our office of an address at which we can contact the owner of the property for future reference.
No, these inspections are only required for properties where the owner is not in residence.
Please feel free to contact the Division of Housing Inspections by calling 609-989-3562, 609-989-3563, or 609-815-2177.
No. However, since owners will be required to register vacant properties next year, you can get ahead by registering your property early. Please call 609-989-3562 and say that you would like to register your property. Also, it is important to remember that properties must be inspected before a change in occupancy.
The construction of the following require permits:
A permit is not needed to paint the outside of a home unless it is in a historic district.
If a plan is denied, a letter is sent to the architect and the owner informing them of the plan’s denial status. All issues must be corrected before the plan can be approved.
It is required that all rental properties in the City of Trenton be inspected every 5 years so that any violations of City ordinances may be identified and corrected.
Not necessarily. Certifications are required every three years when non-occupant owner licenses are renewed. If you have not submitted certifications for your property this year, please take this opportunity to do so.