The Zoning and Planning Office reviews all applications for development to ensure they meet the requirements of the Township’s Land Development Ordinance and the New Jersey State Municipal Land Use Law. This includes all zoning permit applications and all applications submitted to the Township’s Planning Board and Zoning Board of Adjustment. The Office is also responsible for developing changes to the Land Development Ordinance when appropriate. The office also investigates violations of the Land Development Ordinance and whenever a violation is found to exist, takes appropriate action.
Documents and Forms
Cranford Township Zoning Ordinance
AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND CHAPTER 136 OF THE CODE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF CRANFORD TO AMEND THE PRINCIPALLY PERMITTED AND CONDITIONAL USES AND PARKING REGULATIONS WITHIN CERTAIN BUSINESS DISTRICTS
Frequently Asked Questions
When do I need to apply for a zoning permit?
A zoning permit is required for all types of development applications including and not limited to when a house or garage is constructed or altered or when a homeowner installs a new patio, shed, or fence. Contact our office if you are unsure if a permit is needed or not.
How long does it take to obtain a zoning permit once I apply?
As per the New Jersey State Municipal Land Use Law the Zoning Office has 10 business days to approve or deny a zoning permit.
How do I apply for a zoning permit and what information do I need?
It depends upon the application that is being submitted; however, generally you will need to submit a copy of the zoning permit application (which can be found on our homepage) along with two copies of your survey to scale showing all existing and proposed conditions along with the application fee. Call the Zoning and Planning Office for more detail.
I would like to seek a variance, how do I go about obtaining the proper forms?
Please contact the Zoning and Planning Office since the forms you will need to complete will depend upon the type of application you are submitting.
I have a complaint I would like the Zoning and Planning Office to investigate, how do I go about filing the complaint?
Please fill out the complaint form on our webpage and forward it to our office. The Zoning and Planning Office requires that all complaints be submitted in writing.
What are the setback requirements for sheds?
All sheds must be located three feet from your rear lot line, five feet for your side lot lines and a minimum of 10 feet from any principal structure (i.e. house or any porch, deck, or steps attached to your house) on your lot.
What are the setbacks for a pool?
All pools (both above and in-ground) must be located a minimum of 15 feet from any side or rear lot line and must be located a minimum of 10 feet from any principal structure (i.e. house or any porch, deck, or steps attached to your house) on your lot. Pools can not be located in any front or required side yard. All setbacks for pools are measured from the apron around to pool and not the water’s edge.
What zone am I in and where can I get a copy of the zoning map?
Please contact the Zoning and Planning Office for specific information.
Can your office tell me if I am in a flood zone?
You will need to contact the Township Engineering Office at (908) 709-7218.
What will my taxes be if I construct a new shed/pool/ addition, etc.?
You will need to contact the Tax Assessor’s Office at (908) 709-7212.