Zoning Enforcement

This office is responsible for enforcement of the Borough's local zoning ordinance.  Appeals of decisions of the Zoning Official can be made to Hawthorne's Zoning Board of Adjustment.This office also issues sidewalk permits,  fence permits and soil movement permits.  If required permits are not obtained, penalties will be imposed. 

A Business Certificate of  Compliance is required whenever a new business (or new business owner) takes over operations at a given location, whether or not the type of business changes.  The zoning officer can issue the certificate when there is no change in the nature of the business.  The Planning Board must conduct a Tenant Review in order to issue the certificate if there is a change in the nature of the business.

This office also receives applications to the Borough's Planning Board and its Board of Zoning Adjustment.