Cynthia Solomon, AICP/PP
The purpose of zoning is to guide the appropriate use or development of all lands, to regulate population density, and to provide adequate, light, air, and open space. Some general zoning violations include; the parking of large trucks or tractor-trailers in residential areas; parking vehicles on illegal driveways; structures erected too close to property lines; illegal conversions of basements into dwelling units; and conducting a business from a residential property.
Zoning permits are required for all sheds, fences, pools, driveways, parking areas, signs, and for all additions to commercial or residential buildings. A zoning permit is also required for a change in use, and a Certificate for Approval of Continued Occupancy.
Applications for zoning permits may take up to 10 working days for approval or denial. If a zoning permit is denied, the applicant has the right to apply to the appropriate land development board for a variance. The cost of a zoning permit is twenty ($20.00) dollars. Download and print a Zoning Permit Application.
The Division oversees the city’s Community Development Block Grant program, which provides funding for many worthwhile activities and projects throughout the City of Rahway. Funds are used for: senior citizen programs, code enforcement, playground renovations, street resurfacing, public improvements and home improvement loans.
The Home Improvement Program, along with all Community Development Block Grant projects, are made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The City of Rahway administers 0% interest, deferred home improvement loans to eligible residents. Typical repairs include roofs, windows, heating, painting, siding, kitchens and bathrooms.
The program is available to owner-occupants of one or two-family homes whose gross income meets the federal requirements for low-moderate income residents. Download an application for a home improvement loan.
Please call (732) 827-2193 for additional information.