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Yes. Residential general contractors must be registered with the Division of Consumer Affairs in Trenton. You can also find licensing/registration information for other New Jersey-regulated trades at the NJ Consumer Affairs website. (See § 13:45A-16.2 for home improvement contractor registration rules)
Be advised that written contracts are required for all construction projects costing more than five hundred dollars. Always have written contracts for work in your home, including changes made from original contracts.
Yes, in homeowner-occupied single-family dwellings only. Work in all other types of buildings must be done by NJ state-licensed or registered contractors.
Yes, for work performed in single-family homeowner-occupied dwellings. All other use groups' plans and specs must be drawn by NJ-licensed architects and/or engineers. Even when drawing your own plans, however, you might also be asked to consult architects or engineers for structural calculations.
New buildings and additions to existing buildings require permits. Sometimes, but not always, interior work in one and two-family dwellings will require permits such as new plumbing and electrical work. Creating habitable space in basements or attics, adding bathrooms or laundry rooms where none exist, and rearranging the configuration of existing spaces require permits. Boilers, furnaces, and water heater replacement require permits. Other projects include exterior decks, air conditioning, generators, and accessory structures such as pool houses and gazebos.
Be mindful that the above-mentioned exterior work and other things such as pools and spas, patios, driveways, sheds, and fences, will require zoning certificates to determine compliance with the village's zoning ordinance. If building permits are also required for these items, prior zoning approval must first be obtained before permits can be released.
The Code of The Village of Ridgewood contains, amongst other things, the zoning ordinance that regulates exterior construction such as new buildings and additions, and other projects that have an impact on the use of land within the village. Building and other structures are regulated as to use, land coverage, and setbacks to adjacent property lines.
These are but a few of the requirements that are checked to ensure compliance with the zoning ordinance, so if there are specific questions regarding any of the bulk requirements, it's best to email the zoning officer directly. Contact information for all department employees can be found on the building department page.
Prior approvals such as the aforementioned zoning certificate, might also include a Planning or Zoning Board approval, a review by the village's engineering division, the Site Plan Exemption committee, and maybe the Historic Preservation Commission.
In certain instances, outside agencies such as Bergen County Soil Conservation District, the Department of Environmental Protection, and even at times, the Department of Transportation will be considered for prior approvals.
Forms are available to download from the village web page, and also from the Department of Community Affairs website, where there are fillable versions for your convenience. Look for the Division of Codes and Standards page where the link to "Additional Resources" can be found.
Forms are also available in the office of the Department of Buildings and Inspections in Village Hall at 131 N Maple Avenue or may be found on the Building Forms page.
Work must commence within 12 months of the date of issue of permits after which the permit expires. Once work commences a permit will expire if the work is abandoned after a period of 6 months. Special circumstances can permit extensions granted to extend the life of a permit.
The Building Department does not issue a CO for the resale of a one or two-family dwelling, however, a smoke detector/carbon monoxide detector certification is required from the village's fire prevention bureau before you close the title. Call 201-444-7898 to schedule an inspection.
New Jersey permits you to abandon in place, your residential fuel oil tank. A permit is required, and after being drained of any remaining oil and residual sludge, an inspection is made to ensure the tank does not have holes and is clean. After the tank is declared clean it is then filled with an approved inert material and the hole is backfilled. The filler neck, vent line, and fuel lines to the heating appliance must all be removed and properly disposed of. Documentation as to where the oil and sludge was deposited must be submitted to the building department before the final certificate of approval is issued.
The removal of a tank follows the same guidelines as noted above, with additional documentation showing where the tank was scrapped after it is removed from the ground. Please be advised that, even though abandonment in place is permitted in New Jersey, more and more we find that lenders and insurance companies want tanks removed regardless of the codes, and that can become an issue at the time of the sale of a property with a tank in the ground. It will be harder to remove a tank filled with gravel than one that is empty.
Permits are required to cut down trees. The ordinance is posted on the village web page along with an application (PDF) on the forms page. Applications must be submitted to the Public Works Department in Village Hall for trees on private property, and for questions or concerns about trees in the public right-of-way, calls should be made to the Parks/Shade Tree department at 201-670-5565.
Live plantings in front yards on interior lots must be set back a minimum of three feet behind the front property line. Be mindful that the sidewalk is usually not the property line, so it should not be used to determine the permitted location of live plantings. There are separate rules for corner lots that regulate plantings and fences for the purpose of maintaining site distance for automobiles approaching intersections. Fences on interior lots can be installed up to the property in front, side, and rear yards.
The application for a zoning review for planting and fences is available in the forms section on the village site. That should be submitted along with a copy of the property survey to the zoning Officer in the building department in Village Hall.
The village code, specifically in Chapter 222 at §222-1, regulates the use of power tools, manual tools, and motorized construction equipment. The code is available to read on the Village's website. A link to the village code can be found on the home page.
Fire Extinguishers should be disposed at one of the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events sponsored by the Bergen County Utilities Authority.
The Ridgewood Fire Department has firefighters that are certified Child Car Seat Technicians, trained to properly install and inspect child car seats.
Child Car seat inspections and installations are done by appointment only.
Please call or email Marisol Romero to set-up an appointment.
The Fire Prevention Bureau is open Monday through Fridays, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. It is closed on all federal holidays.
They are located at 201 East Glen Avenue and can be reached at 201 444-7898 ext 5480 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can schedule an appointment by calling the Inspection Office at 201-444-7898 x.5480, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Any residential or commercial property that has a monitored central station fire alarm system is required to register the alarm system with the Ridgewood Fire Department by calling 201-444-8822 x.4112.
There is an established Fee Schedule, Per Dwelling Unit:
*There will be a $500 penalty in addition to the $200 Certification Fee issued to the property owner for non-compliance of state law if this inspection is completed after the closing.
At this time, the Fire Prevention Bureau accepts cash or check only. Please make any check payable to the Village of Ridgewood and send to:
Fire Prevention Bureau
201 East Glen Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
A Village shade tree is a tree which belongs to the Village and is planted in the right-of-way of a Village street. This may include the median between the street and the sidewalk but can also include trees planted where no sidewalk exists or on the property owner’s side of the sidewalk. The width of the right-of-way can vary from street to street. It is measured from the center of the street to the property owner’s land. The distance can vary from 10 to 15 ft. depending on the location. (check village tax map for specific locations)
Village Shade trees are the responsibility of the Village and cannot be removed or pruned without Village permission. Visit the Arbor Day Foundation.
Download the Adopt-a-Tree Application (PDF).
Summer Day Camp is a six week outdoor recreational program for children entering grades 1-6 in the fall. It starts on Monday, June 24 and runs until Friday, August 2, 2024 from 9am-1:30pm.
Registration opens on April 1st at 8:30 am and is $725.00 per camper.
Registration closes on May 21 or once the camp hits capacity, whichever comes first.
Camp registration is open to 540 campers, 90 campers per each grade group. Once an age group hits its 90 campers a wait list is enacted. The first people to come off the wait list are campers that already have a sibling in camp so that families are not split, then after that as campers drop out of their age group the next person on that grade’s waiting list will be released. If two siblings are on the waitlist they are both not guaranteed to come off the waitlist.
There is no way of knowing how long a camper will be on the wait list and if they will ever get off. Some years 10 campers may be released from the waitlist within 2 days and some years the waitlist doesn’t progress at all. If your child is placed on the waitlist, you will receive a receipt stating you paid $0.00 and are on the waitlist. Continue to check your inbox for emails from Community Pass stating you were released from the waitlist and instructions for logging in and completing payment.
The 2024 summer camp will be all inclusive (registration, 3 field trips, special events, and two t-shirts) and the fee is $725. There is no prorating for those who will missing weeks.
Each camper must pay an additional fee for a Graydon Pool membership. $121.00 if purchased between April 1 and 30th, and $135.00 if purchased May 1 or after.
Additional camp t-shirts will be available for purchase and cost $10 each.
There is no transportation for camp. For those who need to drop off their campers before 9am there is a before care program that starts at 8:00am. For those who cannot make it to pick up at 1:30pm there is an aftercare program that runs until 2:00pm. These programs can be registered for individually or as a combo each week as needed. For those who will be enrolled in the 1:30 swim lessons at Graydon, they will be picked up from camp by their swim instructors at 1:20 and brought to Graydon where they will be dismissed at 2:30pm.
All campers who need to be dropped off/picked up on the middle of the camp day can do so in the camp office, which is located in the lower level of the Stable. Please advise all parties involved (Camp Counselors, Grade Administrator, and/or Director or Assistant Director).
The best way to make sure that your camper does not get blocked from registering is to check the Community Pass account you are using at registration prior to March 29th to make sure that their age and grade is current (it should have their 2023-2024 grade level and the system will automatically enroll them in the correct group). While checking this information, you should make sure that all the emails associated with the account are current and you are subscribed to email blasts so you don’t miss any communication. If any information is incorrect, please email or call the Recreation office email@example.com 201-670-5560 to have the account updated. Do not create new accounts or re-add the child to your account as it creates conflicts within the system.
Please don’t. There are a lot of campers and very little space and parking. We have a dismissal procedure in the event of inclement weather that only works if everyone follows it. In the event of rain, our staff is constantly monitoring the radar and will bring campers inside to wait for the storm to clear and for lightning alerts to sound the all clear. In the event that the storm is not passing and will affect the rest of the camp day, we will alert parents as to when and where to pick up their campers, reliving traffic congestion and confusion between pickup at the Stable or Community Center. It is always our intention to finish out the camp day in the most fun and safe way, please wait to be contacted for direction.
Please keep in mind that in the off season, all questions and requests regarding the Summer Day Camp are made through the Recreation office at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 201-670-5560. Beginning in June, requests for the Director or Assistant Director(s) can be made by emailing email@example.com.
There is a Summer Day Camp Parents Manual that is available on the Recreation webpage. It is also available as a link in your camp receipt, in an email blast to all registered campers and available in print at the Stable and during our Camp Open House slated for Wednesday, May 15th. If the manual does not answer your questions, please contact the Recreation office Monday-Friday between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm at 201-670-5560.