1 West Maple Avenue
Merchantville, NJ 08109
This office maintains the public interest in both safety and property related conduct in the borough. Here are some examples and information.
The property maintenance code is contained in Chapter 60B of the Merchantville Code. The Borough Council adopted it by Ordinance.
The Property Maintenance Code of 2006 is the code used by the borough as its criteria. This code covers the inside and the outside of all properties in the borough and sets forth the minimum standards of maintenance.
Property Maintenance is an essential part of maintaining the appearance of the Borough of Merchantville. This code holds property owners responsible for the up keep of their properties. The Borough takes an aggressive approach toward addressing and correcting property maintenance violations. In addition to regulating the overall appearance of properties, the code addresses maintenance of grass, weeds, trees, shrubs, trash, debris, building exteriors, fences, and vehicle storage.
Owners whose property violates any provision of the code are notified to correct the violation(s) and comply with the regulations. Owners who do not abide by the laws are taken to court and if necessary, the Borough can make the necessary repairs and bill the owners.
VACANT PROPERTY REGISTRATION INFORMATION
To register a foreclosure or vacant property (or to file a citizen complaint regarding a property issue), please visit .
How to Make a Complaint:
If you have a complaint about a neighbor or any property owner in the Borough, you may contact the Borough's Code Enforcement Office:
Property Maintenance Officer, Kevin Patti at 856-662-0900
Code Inspector, Tom Connelly at 856-2474 x310
Following is the procedure for handling property maintenance complaints:
When a complaint is received, the Code Enforcement Officer or Deputy Code Officer will go to the property and do an inspection. If violations of the Property Maintenance Code are found, the owner will receive a warning to comply. The owner has 5-10 days to correct the problem.
If the property owner does not contact the Code Enforcement Department or abate the violation(s), a court summons is issued. It can take up to a month before the case goes before the court. After a summons is issued the Borough will take the necessary action to abate the violation and put a lien on the property for the costs of having the violation abated. This complete process can sometimes take up to two months from start to finish.
NOTICE: IF YOU HAVE A RESIDENTIAL RENTAL UNIT IN THE BOROUGH OF MERCHANTVILLE YOU ARE ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER THE UNIT. (SEE BELOW FOR APPLICATION)
Note: Swimming pools require a permit and to meet fence requirements.
You need a 5 - 6 foot fence w/ self closing gates, you need to confer with the zoning dept. to make sure you meet all zoning requirements.
Reference to pool fences; you can put up a 5 - 6 foot fence for pools however when the pool comes down the fence is required to come down as you will then be non-compliant with the borough's current code.
Sale of properties in Merchantville
Before sale of your property, you are required to obtain a "Certificate of Permitted Use"
The application for this can be obtained from the Borough Clerks Office, Code Enforcement Office or Online at www.merchantvillenj.gov under Zoning & Code Enforcement. For residential properties, you will need an application for Certificate of Permitted Use -Residential. If your property is a commercial property you will need an application for Certificate of Permitted Use - Commerical.
1. Complete the application
2. Pay associated fee ($50.00)
3. Once I get the application I will contact the applicant to schedule an inspection.
Certificate of Permitted Use Inspection list.
If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Code Enforcement and Property Maintenance at 662-2474 x 310.
- Borough Code Chapter 94 Zoning Code
- Zoning Map
- Firewood Storage Ord.
- Potential Business Owners
- Information About Variances
- Chapter 66 Rental Ordinance
- Commerical Sign Information
- Dumpster Permit - Application
- Business Occupancy Permit
- Certificate of Permitted Use - Resale Commerical
- Certificate of Permitted Use - Resale Residential
- Smoke Detector/CO Detector/ Fire Extinguisher Compliance - Residential
- Planning BD / Zoning BD Application
- Historic Preservation Comm. Application
- Zoning Permit Request
- Rental Inspection Form
- Vacant Property Registration Form