Building & Code Enforcement

Construction Official/Code Enforcement Officer

Tom Jacobsen

Contact Tom Jacobsen

Location: Verona Community Center, 880 Bloomfield Ave. Verona, NJ 07044

Hours: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM Monday-Friday

Contact: (973) 857-4834

This department manages Construction Code Enforcement, Property Maintenance Enforcement, Zoning & Zoning Board of Adjustment and Rent Control Board.

Construction Code Enforcement

The Construction Code Department oversees the issuance and inspections for all building, electrical, plumbing and fire permits.  The department is staffed by a full time Construction Code Official and Building Inspector, along with part-time Building Inspector, Plumbing Inspector, Electrical Inspector, Fire Inspector, and two full time office staff.  All inspectors are licensed through the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.  For questions on what type of work may need permits please contact the office staff at the phone number above.


The Zoning Department governs residential and commercial zoning along with the Zoning Board of Adjustment.  The Zoning Officer determines if proposed construction work to be done or use of buildings follows the township’s zoning ordinance. A variance may be required and must go before the Board of Adjustment for approval if codes are not met.  The Zoning Officer provides inspections and enforcement for planning applications. The Zoning Board Secretary and Zoning Officer provide assistance with zoning applications and assist the board. The board is made up of volunteers appointed by the Mayor and Council and meets the second Thursday of every month.  For questions on a variance application call the Board of Adjustment secretary at the Building Department office number above or see the downloadable documents for variance application on the Zoning Board of Adjustment page. All zoning inquiries are handled through the Engineer’s office at 10 Commerce Court and can be reached at 973-857-4805.

Property Maintenance

The Building Department also responds to property maintenance related matters.  The Code Enforcement Official inspects and enforces the codes for maintaining matters such as, landscaping, weed removal, paint, siding, roofs, doors, sidewalks, garbage, refuse, etc.  If you have any questions or concerns on a property maintenance matter please contact the Code Enforcement Official at the phone number above.

Rent Control Board

The Rent Control Board secretary administers rent rolls, supplies information and assistance to landlords and tenants to help them comply with the provisions of the Township codes. Any questions or concerns on rent control please contact the Rent Control Board secretary at the above phone number. All forms can be found on the Rent Control Board page.


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