Building Department

430 Park Avenue Map

Scotch Plains, NJ 07076

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM


Construction Official/Zoning Officer

Robert LaCosta

(908)-322-6700 ext. 309/310


Office Staff

Claudia Manes - (908)-322-6700 ext. 310

Sara Ewaska - (908)-322-6700 ext. 309

If you are unable to reach us, please leave a voicemail.



Building Inspector, Plumbing Inspector, Subcode: Chris Jessen

Elevator Inspector: Kevin Doherty

Fire Inspector and Subcode: Kenneth Dannevig

Building Inspector, Electrical Inspector: Paul Kobliska

Building Inspector, Plumbing Inspector: Bill Wilkins
Electric Inspector, John McManus

Electrical Inspector, Subcode: Anthony Urbanik


Our Motto

If you think there is someone more important than the customer, think again!

Getting Started

Just about any time you are building something new or adding something to an existing structure, you will need a permit and associated inspections. Start at our FAQ page for details.

Inspection Schedule

Fire   12p-2p 12p-2p 12p-2p  
Electric   8a-11a   8a-11a  
Electric/Bdg 11a-5p   11a-5p   11a-5p
Plumbing/Bdg 12p-4p   12p-4p 12p-4p   
Electric 3:30p-6:30p   3:30p-6:30p   3:30p-6:30p
Plumbing/Bdg 10a-2p   10a-2p   10a-2p
Plumbing/Bdg   10a-2p   10a-2p  


Property Survey

In many cases your property survey is required not only when adding on to your home with an addition or deck but also when adding a second structure on the property or installing a pool/spa/hot tub.  Property surveys can be found with your mortgage and closing papers which you received at your home’s closing. 

Street Opening Permits

Street opening permits are required whenever work is performed where you are going into the street or behind the curb either by adding or repairing a water line or when cutting curbing.  The fee for a street opening is $40.00 and approval is required by the Engineering Department.  If the road has been repaved within five years or newer than an infrared patching is required. Permit application

Vacant Property Registration (VPR)

The owner of any vacant property as defined by Ordinance 2018-23 shall, within 14 calendar days after the building becomes vacant property or within 14 calendar days after assuming ownership of the vacant property, whichever is later; or within 14 calendar days of notice by the municipality, file a registration statement for such vacant property with the Construction Code Official.  

Vacant Property Registration (VPR) Form

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