The Township Council shall appoint a Zoning Officer for the purposes of administering this chapter and related land use ordinances.
Duties of the Zoning Officer shall be as follows:
To interpret this chapter. The Zoning Officer shall not have the power to permit any construction, subdivision, or change of use of land or building which is not in accordance with the terms of this chapter.
To be responsible for the enforcement of this chapter, including investigation of complaints arising from this chapter and the prosecution of violations of it.
Upon the request of the Planning Board or the Zoning Board of Adjustment, to present such facts, records or similar information so as to assist those agencies in making a decision in a matter brought before it.
To be responsible for issuing permits as described below:
Zoning permits. A document signed by the Zoning Officer which is required by this chapter as a condition precedent to the commencement of a use or the erection, construction, reconstruction, alteration, conversion or installation of a structure or building and which acknowledges that such use, structure or building complies with the provisions of this chapter or a variance therefrom duly authorized by the Planning Board or Zoning Board of Adjustment pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:55D-1 et seq.
Certificates of conformance. A document more fully described below.
Zoning permits shall hereinafter be secured from the Zoning Officer prior to construction, erection or alteration of any structure or part of a structure or use of a structure or land. All requests for zoning permits shall be made, in writing, by the owner or his authorized agent and shall include the following:
A statement of the use or intended use of the building or structure or land;
Two copies of a sealed survey plan showing thereon the exact size, shape and location of all proposed structures and all existing structures, metes and bounds description, showing dimensions, bearings, etc., the location of the required building envelope, any easements or other restrictions from the approved subdivision, the proposed setbacks from all property lines for the proposed dwelling unit, garage, deck, etc., and such other information as may be necessary to provide for the enforcement of this chapter;
Written verification that all federal, state, county and local agency permits and approvals except for the construction permit required for the construction, erection or alteration of such structure or the use of the building or structure or land have been obtained; and
Written verification issued by the Township Tax Collector stating that all real property taxes and sewer assessments chargeable to the property or properties for which such application is being made, except for taxes and assessments which are not yet due and payable on the date such application is received by the Zoning Officer, are paid in full and that written verification that sewer connection permit(s) has (have) been received. No zoning permit shall be issued by the Zoning Officer unless and until all real property taxes and sewer assessments and all fines and penalties chargeable to the property or properties for which such permit is sought have been paid in full.
It shall be unlawful to use or permit the use of any building, structure or premises or part thereof hereafter created, erected, changed, converted, altered or enlarged wholly or partly in its use or structure until a certificate of conformance permitting the occupancy thereof shall have been applied for and issued therefor by the Zoning Officer. Such certificate of conformance shall show that such building, structure or premises or part thereof is in conformity with the provisions of this chapter and all site plan and subdivision approvals and determinations of the Zoning Board of Adjustment which pertain to such building, structure or premises or part thereof.
No certificate of conformance may be issued by the Zoning Officer unless the Zoning Officer verifies that construction on the site has been completed in accordance with and conforms to the plans, whether site plans or subdivision plans, finally approved by the reviewing board.
All applications for certificates of conformance shall be received by the Zoning Officer and shall be granted or denied by the Zoning Officer within 10 business days after receipt of such written applications.
The Zoning Officer shall be responsible for carrying out all necessary liaison with other municipal officials required for the issuance of a certificate of conformance pursuant to this section.
Upon written request from an owner, the Zoning Officer shall issue a certificate of conformance for any building, structure or premises, certifying, after inspection, the extent and kind of use made of the building, structure or premises and whether such use conforms to the provisions of this chapter.