Building

Mission & Purpose


The Building Division, supervised by licensed Construction Official, is responsible for the administration, supervision, and approval of all applications for construction, alterations and renovations of buildings within the City according to the Building Code of the City of East Orange, along with the enforcement and compliance of Chapter 268, Zoning.

State Uniform Construction Code Enforcement Agency


The Building Division is designated as a State Uniform Construction Code Enforcement Agency.

Enforcement of the New Jersey Construction Code includes:
  • Requirement to apply for and to obtain a written permit to erect, construct or alter any building or structure or parts thereof designed for human occupancy.
  • Requirement to apply for and to obtain a Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) after the completion of any new construction to indicate that the said building or structure has been constructed in accordance with the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code and is approved for occupancy.
  • Requirement to apply for and to obtain Certificate of Continued Occupancy (C of CO) after major renovations to any building or structure to indicate that there are no imminent hazards and that the said building or structure is approved for continued occupancy.
  • The Construction Official is authorized and empowered to condemn a building or structure when appropriate and to order and require the occupants of such building or structure or part thereof to vacate the premises.

Uniform Construction Code Violation Penalties


Violations of the New Jersey Uniform Construction Code are punishable by fines or imprisonment or both.

Submitting Applications


All applications must be submitted in person to the Department of Property Maintenance located at:
East Orange City Hall
44 City Hall Plaza, 3rd floor
East Orange, NJ 07018

Paying Application Fees


Any associated fees must be made payable to the City of East Orange by:
  • Certified check
  • Money order
  • Credit Card
Notice
No cash is accepted for the payment of associated fees.