Welcome to Merchantville

Since 1874, the Borough of Merchantville has grown into the quintessential "Small Town" in South Jersey, offering an enticing combination of modern function and historic charm

ZONING DEPARTMENT

Zoning Administration Zoning Enforcement Office
Merchantville Borough Hall Annex Niagara Fire Station
1 West Maple Avenue 22 East Park Avenue     
Merchantville, NJ 08109 Merchantville, NJ 08109
(856) 662-2474 x 312          (856) 662-0900  
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GENERAL INFORMATION 

BUSINESS 

I want to open up a business in the B-1 Central Business District or the B-2 Neighborhood Business District.  What do I need to make sure I comply with local zoning requirements?  Please read the Business Welcome Packet.

1.  First Step.  Set up an appointment with the Community Development Director to make sure that the proposed use is a permitted use in the zoning district.  Please email the director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..to schedule the appointement.

2.  Next step is to determine if it will be a Change in Use or Change in Tenancy  If your business will be a change in tenancy (meaning that your business is essentially similar in function to the preceding legal occupant of the space, and the use utilizes the same parking requirement), then you will complete an Application for a Zoning Permit Application for Permitted Uses.  If your business will be a change in use from the prior use in that location, then you must file a Joint Land Use Board Application for site plan approval. 

3.  Next step is to register your Business.  All businesses must be registered with the Bureau of Fire Prevention, located at 22 E Park Avenue, prior to opening.  See Business Registration Form.  There will be an inspection.

4.  Signs and Exterior Changes. If you are making any exterior changes to the site, including adding signage, you must first apply for, and receive, a Certificate of Appropriateness from the Historic Preservation Commission. Please see the Historic Preservation Commission page for more information.

5.  Resale Certificates. Lastly, if you are also purchasing the property, you will also need to fill out an Application for a Commercial Resale Certificate of Permitted Use.

HOME BUSINESS  

I want to operate a business from my home.  Are there any restrictions?  Yes.  The residential zoning districts allow home occupations in single family dwellings, but there are restrictions.  Please see the regulations HERE.  In some zones, professional offices are also permitted in single family dwellings as conditional uses.  See Ch 94, Zoning Ordinance, below for more details.  

DECKS/ PATIOS/ GAZEBOS

Do I need a zoning permit to install a deck or patio?  Yes. See Zoning Permit Application for Structures and Improvements HERE.

DRIVEWAYS

Do I need a zoning permit to pave my driveway?  It depends on whether you are increasing the area of the driveway, or whether you are just resurfacing the same area.  If you are increasing the area of the driveway, yes, you will need a zoning permit.   See Zoning Permit Application for Structures and Improvements HERE. 

FENCES

What is the permitted height of fences?   See Fence Regulations HERE.  

Where can I install my fence?  See Fence examples HERE.

What are examples of acceptable Ornamental Fences.  See examples HERE.

Do I need a permit to install a fence?  Yes, you need to file a zoning permit application for a fence.  See Zoning Permit Application HERE.

SALE OF RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY

Before the sale of your property, you are required to obtain a "Certificate of Permitted Use" and a "Smoke Detector Compliance Certificate."   See Forms below.  Please bring your completed application to the clerk's office with you to pay the required fee.  The Applicant will be contacted to schedule an inspection.    See Inspection list.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Code Enforcement at 662-2474 x 310.

SHEDS 

Do I need a zoning permit to install a shed?  Yes, you need to file a zoning permit application. See Zoning Permit Application for Structures and Improvements HERE.

How close can I put a shed to my property line?  What is the largest size shed I can put in my backyard?  See Shed Regulations HERE.

You will also need to meet building coverage and total improvement coverage requirements, based on the regulations of your zoning distirct.  They can be found HERE.

SIGNAGE

Do I need a zoning permit for a sign?  Yes.  Please see sign regulations below.  You will also need to seek a Certificate of Appropriateness from the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) if you are located in either the B-1 or B-2 zoning districts.  

SWIMMING POOLS/ WADING POOLS

Do I need a zoning permit for a swimming pool?  Yes, swimming and wading pools require a zoning permit and must meet zoning setback and fence requirements. See Zoning Permit Application for Structures  You must install a minimum 5ft high (maximum 6 ft high) fence with self-closing gates; please confer with the Zoning office to make sure you meet all zoning requirements.  Please note that when a pool comes down, the fence is also required to come down, as it will then be non-compliant with the Borough's current code. See Swimming Pool Ordinance

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

All Zoning Permit Applications must be submitted via hard copy to the Zoning Office.  Electronic submissions cannot be accepted at this time.

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Borough Hall

 

Telephone

(856)-662-2474


Address

1 West Maple Avenue
Merchantville, NJ 08109


Office Hours

8:30 - 4:30
Monday - Friday


Email

info@merchantvillenj.gov