Chester Township

1 Parker Road, Chester, New Jersey 07930
Phone: 908-879-5100

Planning & Zoning

The Planning and Zoning Department is responsible for the  administration of  land use and development and implementation of the Township’s Zoning, Subdivision, Site Plan, and Soil Disturbance Ordinances. The department is also responsible for secretarial and staff liaison duties for the  Planning and Zoning Board. The department serves as the information point for land development and all property upgrades including but not limited to; the construction of fences, decks, pools, sheds, garages, additions, signs, patios, sidewalks, home occupations, change in non-residential use, etc.  A zoning permit is required for all property upgrades. See Zoning Document link below. 

The department is also involved in long-term planning of the community through Master Plan amendments and Land Development Ordinance revisions.

The staff is available to answer any questions and provide assistance to residents who wish to appear before either board or apply for a zoning permit, drywell application, or a land disturbance/soil erosion application.  A copy of the Township Zoning Ordinance is available to the public for review online by clicking on the following link, Chester Township Codebook – Land Use Chapter 113.

Planning Documents and Applications

Zoning Documents & Applications

Permit and Exemption Applications

The department is responsible for the implementation and enforcement of the Township’s land use, zoning and property maintenance regulations. The Zoning Official reviews permit applications for new construction, new tenants, additions, accessory structures, pools, signage, walls and fences to assure compliance with all relevant ordinances. The Zoning Official is also responsible for the issuance of Highlands Exemptions, as the Township is located within the Highlands Council’s jurisdiction and subject the provisions of the Highlands Act. Suspected code or ordinance violations can be reported to the department. Department staff will work to resolve all such matters in a timely and efficient manner.

Report a Suspected Zoning Violation

Chester Township

1 Parker Road
Chester, NJ 07930

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Tel: (908) 879-5100
Fax: (908) 879-8281
Main Office Open 9:00-4:30 M-F
See Staff Directory for individual office hours.

Police Contact

In case of emergency, dial 911.

For non-emergencies, dial 908-879-5514.

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