Code Enforcement

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About

The Code Enforcement / Zoning Office is tasked with ensuring that municipal codes are followed and enforced. These codes are in place to protect the safety of our residents, ensure the stability and upward mobility of property values, and to maintain a pleasant and clean community.

Report a Violation

If you would like to report a code violation, you may contact our Code Enforcement Officer at 973-402-9410 ext. 632 or codeenforcement@boonton.org. Alternatively, you may click the "Report a Concern" button on the home page or CLICK HERE to submit a report online.

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Code Enforcement Process

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1) Educate/Communicate

The goal of the Code Enforcement / Zoning Office is to maintain safety and cleanliness standards through compliance with municipal codes. The process starts with communication, public education, work agreements and finally compliance. The issuance of summonses is of last resort when compliance is otherwise withheld. By communicating and educating the public, we will bring awareness and open a line of communication, thus reducing the number of warnings and summonses needed to keep Boonton safe and clean. The Town Code and other useful resources can be found in the links below.

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2) Patrols/Inspections

The Town's Code Enforcement Officer / Zoning Officer patrols and inspects the town throughout the week. When a violation is identified, a photograph is taken, and the violation is recorded with an electronic device using a municipal management software called Spatial Data Logic (SDL). 

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3) Violation Notices/Door Hangers

If the nature of the violation is something that can and should be remedied within a few days (i.e.garbage, snow, grass, leaves, missed inspection, etc.) then a door hanger will be left at the property. !!!THIS IS A WARNING, NOT A SUMMONS!!! The door hanger will have a re-inspection date by which the violation should be eliminated. A sample door hanger can be viewed by CLICKING HERE.

If the nature of the violation consists of something that requires more time, a violation notice will be produced back at the office. The Violation Notice will contain the municipal code(s) that have been violated, brief instruction(s) of what is expected for compliance and a compliance date. This Violation Notice will be mailed to the property owners last known address. !!!THIS IS A WARNING, NOT A SUMMONS!!! A sample Violation Notice can be viewed by CLICKING HERE.

!!!THIS IS A WARNING, NOT A SUMMONS!!! Door hangers and violation notices have the Code Enforcement Officer / Zoning Officer contact information. Please make contact with the Code Enforcement Officer / Zoning Officer, failure to do so may result in a summons.  

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4) Work Agreements

The objective of Code Enforcement and Zoning is compliance. The town understands and respects that it can take more than 30 days to get a professional contractor in to do the work or for the weather to cooperate. For that reason, we have created a Work Agreement that allows property owners to explain their situation and set realistic goals and timelines for compliance of the violation(s). Some violation(s) may not warrant additional time, please contact the Code Enforcement / Zoning Office if you require additional time to rectify the violation(s). You may view a sample Work Agreement by CLICKING HERE.

It is your responsibility to contact the office and fill out a Work Agreement. Failure to do so may result in A SUMMONS. Please note, after a summons has been issued, the goal still remains compliance. The violation(s) are still expected to be in compliance or additional summonses may follow until all violations are in compliance. 

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5) Summons

Last resort, a summons (ticket) is issued when a violation(s) has not been corrected within the violations notice / door hanger comply date and/or no work agreement exists and/or the work agreement comply date has passed. A copy of the summons will be sent via regular mail. On the ticket, you will find the nature of the violation(s), applicable codes and a court date. Please be aware the Code Enforcement/Zoning Officer is not responsible for the court date. Once a summons is issued, it is a court matter and no longer in the purview of the Town. However, proven compliance with Town codes may work in your favor on the day of court.

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6) Court

Once a summons is issued, it is a matter of the court and will be handled as such. You will receive a letter from the court confirming the court date. Contact the court to confirm your court date or to report that a confirmation letter was never received. As a reminder, Boonton's Court is located in Parsippany. Please be aware, the court is not responsible for the summons that was issued, the Code Enforcement/Zoning Officer is. Get more information about the court by CLICKING HERE. You may also call the court at (973) 331-7159.