Code Enforcement

The Code Enforcement Office is responsible for the enforcing various "quality of life" ordinances in Hawthorne.



All dumpsters must be kept screened from public view.

Garbage & Recycling

Garbage and recyclables may not be intermingled, and must be set out in accordance with municipal regulations. See the Garbage and Recycling page for more information

Grass & Weeds

Grass and weeds may not exceed seven inches in height.

Illegal Apartments

The Borough is aggressively enforcing rules against the creation of illegal dwelling units such as basement apartments, attic apartments, unlicensed rooming houses or subdividing homes without permits. These situations create safety hazards and adversely affect the quality of life in our neighborhoods. Please call if you see evidence of illegal occupancy.

Landlord Certificate of Registration

Landlord Registration Law N.J.S.A. 46:8-28 requires every landlord to register their 1 or 2-unit dwelling rental when not occupied by the owner, with the municipal clerk.


Leaves may not be placed in the street more than one week before a the scheduled pick-up, and must kept be at least fifteen feet from a storm drain inlet.

Property Maintenance

All premises (structures, driveways and lawns, etc.) shall be maintained in good repair in accordance with the Borough's Property Maintenance Code. Items include but are not limited to exterior painting; premises free of rubbish, litter and infestation; and buildings maintained in good structural condition.


The owner of the abutting property is responsible for repairing broken sidewalks. A sidewalk permit must be obtained from the Building Department before replacing sidewalk. The Shade Tree Commission must be contacted to remove the roots of any shade tree in the public right of way.

Sidewalk Snow & Ice Removal

The owner of the butting property is required to remove snow and/or ice from sidewalks within 8 hours of daylight after it has fallen

Unregistered or Inoperable Vehicles

No vehicle that is unregistered, un-inspected vehicle, or in a state of major disassembly or disrepair may be kept on any property, except when in a garage.