|Code Inspector||Property Maintenance Officer|
|Borough Hall Annex (next to police)||Niagara Fire Station|
|1 West Maple Avenue||22 East Park Avenue|
|Merchantville, NJ 08109||Merchantville, NJ 08109|
|(856) 662-2474 x 310||(856) 662-0900|
|Hours: Tuesday - Friday 8:30 - 4:30||Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30|
This office is responsible for enforcement of the property maintenance code and rental housing inspections. If you would like to meet with the Code Enforcement Inspector or the Properties Maintenance Officer/Vacant and Abandoned Properties Officer, please request an appointment, as they often have duties outside of the office.
The following are answers to frequently asked questions and requests for information:
The Property Maintenance Code is contained in Chapter 60B of the Merchantville Code. This code 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, sidewalks, 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.
HOW TO MAKE A COMPLAINT
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.
RENTAL RESIDENTIAL UNITS
SALE OF RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES
Before the sale of all residential properties, you are required to obtain a Resale Inspection, including smoke detector compliance. See Forms HERE. 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. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Code Enforcement and Rental Housing Inspection at (856) 662-2474 x 310.
VACANT PROPERTY REGISTRATION
- Firewood Storage Ordinance
- Property Maintenance Ordinance Chapter 60 B
- Rental Ordinance Chapter 66
- Swimming Pool Ordinance Chapter 75 (property owners are also required to adhere to construction code)
- Tax Maps
- Business Registration with Fire Bureau Form
- Zoning Permit Application for Permitted Use - Sale of Commercial Properties
- Zoning Permit Application for Permitted Use - Sale of Residential Properties
- Zoning Permit Application for Structures and Improvements
- Dumpster Permit - Application
- Rental Inspection Form
- Resale Inspection Application