Ron Roberts, Other/Just Looking in

What is the process to obtain a certificate of occupancy in north Plainfield NJ?

Asked by Ron Roberts, Tue Oct 26, 2010

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Venusharden, Home Buyer, North Plainfield, NJ
Mon Feb 8, 2016
What is the process to obtain a obtain a certificate of occupancy in Plainfield, NJ
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Jeanne Feeni…, Agent, Basking Ridge, NJ
Thu Oct 28, 2010
Hi there, when I last visited the North Plainfield municipal building, the entry was around the back - I've gone through this a few times in North Plainfield, and you will complete the application, pay the fee and wait a moment while they check to be sure taxes are paid. Once that is done, they will confirm an appointment time which will be a 3 hour or so window - someone needs to be home to allow the inspector in the house. The inspector will check the functionality and placement of fire extinguisher, smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. You will get detailed information on requirements when you apply.

They may well also check the house to be sure it is what they believe it to be - ie, no one living in a basement that is not suitable as living quarters - that sort of thing.

Be sure to TEST your smoke and fire detectors before the inspection - if you fail, then you are back to square one and will have a delay and the additional expense of applying again and scheduling another appointment. Sometimes towns will assess a premium if you wait too close to closing, so get on top of it.

Jeanne Feenick
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Corey Grushin, Agent, East Brunswick, NJ
Thu Oct 28, 2010
Ron keep in mind the home has to be considered habitable in order for the CO to be granted.
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Yolanda Esco…, Agent, Clark, NJ
Wed Oct 27, 2010
Hi Ron,

The realtor or the homeowner has to go to the Zoning Department located in North Plainfield and fill out an application to request a Certificate of Occupancy.

* The application requires both the buyer's and seller's names, addresses and the realtor's information if applicable.
* The cost for a single family C of O is $50 and $25 for each additional family home.
* North Plainfield does not accept personal checks. They instead require money orders, certified checks or cash.

Ron, I hope this answers your question. Please feel free to contact me if you need further information.

Have a great day!
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Stephanie Dr…, , Pequannock, NJ
Tue Oct 26, 2010

You probably have to contact the town hall. Your Realtor or attorney should know. Good Luck!

Stephanie Drag
Realty Executives, Pequannock
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Nelson Jaram…, Mortgage Broker Or Lender, Dunellen, NJ
Tue Oct 26, 2010
Your realtor is the best person to ask.
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