Building, Housing, and Land Use

 The Department of Building, Housing, and Land Use is responsible for the administration and enforcement of all ordinances related to issues of development, building, housing, land use, and infrastructure. The department comprises three (3) divisions: The Division of Building Inspection, the Division of Property Maintenance, and the Division of Community Development. In addition, the department is the administrative arm of the Planning Board, the Zoning Board of Adjustment, the Rent Stabilization Board, and the Construction Board of Appeals. Since 1996, the department has also provided technical assistance to the City’s Economic Development Commission. The Division of Property Maintenance is responsible for zoning, property maintenance, and housing.

The Administrative Officer for the City who heads the Division is responsible for all support services relating to cases appearing before the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Adjustment. These cases include all site plan applications, sub-division of land, and variances sought from the City’s Zoning Ordinance. The Division of Community Development is primarily charged with planning, engineering, and infrastructure improvements. Other duties assigned to this Division include Master Plan preparation and up-date, program administration, and other activities relating to the physical and economic growth of the City. The City’s consulting municipal engineer reports to this division and all Community Development functions are coordinated here. The activities of the Division of Building Inspection are guided by the City’s Construction Official who is responsible for the review and approval of all plans submitted to the City for construction permits. As required, the Building, Plumbing, Electrical, and Fire Sub-Code officials review the plans before any permits are issued. During the course of construction, all building activities covered under permit are inspected for compliance to the approved plans.

Information about Bergen County's Home Improvement Program

Building and Zoning Forms

(Required beginning January 1, 2005)

Note: The cost is $100 for a single family; two-family is $150. For Single and 2 Family Houses Only. Condo’s must call Fire Prevention 


Listing files in 'Forms'

For questions regarding the CCO ordinance, please call 201-646-3920, ext. 2008.

Guidelines for Installing a Private Property Pool:

1.     Contact the Building Department at 201-646-3920  X2020

2.     File a Zoning Application (fees apply) and attach a survey showing the pool location

3.     Once approved by the Zoning Officer, proper permits must be obtained to proceed. These permits include a Building Permit, Plumbing Permit, and Electrical Permit.

4.     Once approved by Plan Review, pool installation may commence.

If you have additional questions, please contact our Construction Official, Ernie Sisco at 201-646-3920 X2001.

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Contact Information

116 Holt Street
Hackensack, NJ 

Phone: (201) 646-3920


Please Ask Operator For Appropriate Department Listed Below.

Community Development
Zoning, Planning, Engineering: (201) 646-3920, Ext. 2020

Property Maintenance
General Information
Property Maint. Inspection
Phone: (201) 646-3920, Ext. 2007

Building Inspection
Phone: (201) 646-3920

Inspection Scheduling
Phone: (201) 646-3920
Construction Official, Ernie Sisco, Ext. 2001
Building Inspector, Dave Ludwig, Ext. 2009
Electrical Inspector, Kevin McCue, Ext. 2011
Plumbing Inspector, Mike Meade, Ext. 2003
Fire Sub-code, Charlie Eyer, Ext. 2010

Construction Board Of Appeals (bergen County)
Phone: (201) 336-6453

Planning Board
Phone: (201) 646-3920, Ext. 2020 or 2005

Rent Stablilization Board
Phone: (201) 646-3920, Ext. 2020 or 2005

Zoning Board Of Adjustment
Phone: (201) 646-3920, Ext. 2020 or 2005