Code Enforcement

The Borough of Roselle has adopted an updated
"Signs" Ordinance, #2523-15:
Download Ordinance, #2523-15 (PDF)
Please ensure any signs located on your property meet these new requirements unless previously approved by the Zoning Official.
Sign Permit Application

All notifications and/or complaints of Vacant or Abandoned Properties in the Borough of Roselle can be directed to the Code Enforcement Division by calling (908) 634-4509 or (908) 259-3023. Vacant & Abandoned Property Inquiry Flyer

Code Enforcement is a subdivision of the Administration Department of the Borough of Roselle and reports to the Borough Administrator.

This department is responsible for enforcing Municipal Code regulations on private property throughout the Borough. The Roselle Municipal Code regulates zoning, property maintenance, and other substandard conditions on residential, commercial, and industrial properties. Code Enforcement oversees vacant property maintenance and abandoned properties, and the rehabilitation of these properties.

Our objective is to help maintain and improve the quality of the community by administering an enforcement program to correct violations of municipal codes. The Zoning Officer is charged with, but not limited to handling community and neighborhood land use requirements, such as the use of the structure, location, configuration and size, fence permits, and permit for impervious surface. Code Enforcement is charged with, but not limited to handling exterior and interior maintenance, such as, garbage and debris, vegetative overgrowth, abandoned or inoperable vehicles, parking vehicles on unimproved surfaces, car parts, or other visual and hazardous nuisances on commercial, business, and residential property.

The enforcement of property maintenance and nuisance codes helps to ensure that there is a minimum level standard required for maintaining all properties in Roselle. YOUR help is needed to keep the Borough of Roselle a safe and healthy community where all those who live, work or visit can experience a sense of pride and well-being.

Many people are not exactly sure what to do when they have a compliant regarding a possible violation. We are happy to discuss the situation and will explain what type of steps we will take to have any violations corrected. The complainant's name is protected information, as is any inspection data, inspection result's, letters, phone calls, emails, or photos concerning the case investigation. Only upon closing of a case through compliance or issuance of a citation for prosecution of a case does select case information become public data.

The complainant's name, however, remains protected information. The Borough of Roselle wants to help make your efforts to improve your property successful and make your experience enjoyable. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns you would like to be addressed.

  • Responsible for ensuring that new development and on-going land occupancy conforms to applicable local regulations regarding land use and zoning enforcement.
  • Reviews applications for variances, conditional use permits, subdivisions and zoning changes; prepares recommendations to the Planning and Zoning Commission, and/or Borough Council consistent with the Borough Codes.
  • Works closely with local business leaders to ensure they stay within compliance concerning zoning regulations, property maintenance, and safety.
  • Educates local citizens on municipal zoning codes and disseminates information to steer the community in the right direction to accomplish their goals.
  • Oversees the maintenance of Vacant Properties and works with banks/owners to abate municipal code violations.

Chapter 77 – Land Use Ordinance, Amended Nov2017

You Can View The Borough Zoning Map Here

Please also check the following updated development plans if you are constructing in any of these areas:

Effective Monday, December 18, 2017 - All Residential Resale Certificate of Use and or Temporary Resale Residential Certificates of Use will be applied for, paid, scheduled and inspected through the Zoning Department, see further details here.

Effective January 1, 2015, in accordance with the Borough of Roselle Rental Property Licensing and Compliance ordinance number 2484-2014, all rental units in the Borough of Roselle are to be licensed annually. The fee shall be $50 per rental unit. All rental property owners must apply for licensing starting January 1, 2015 and must be received no later than January 31, 2015 (or late violations and penalties shall apply). if you are not renting all or a portion of your property or you are claiming to be exempt, you still must complete the form indicating owner information. If you are exempt, there is no fee.

The Rental Property Licensing and Compliance Application along with a copy of the ordinance is available in the Online Forms section.

You must also apply for a Certificate of Use when there is a change of tenancy (Section 90-10). The form is available in the Online Forms section.

On August 21, 2014, the Borough of Roselle passed Ordinance Number 2500-14, an amendment to the Code of the Borough of Roselle Amending Chapter 54 entitled "Vacant and Abandoned Property Management and Registration". All such properties must be registered with the Borough of Roselle. View Registration Form Here. For a list of requirements for the condition of the property, view the complete ordinance here.

The Union County Home Improvement Program was created to help you rehabilitate your home! Homeowners may be eligible for up to $24,999 as a deferred payment non-interest bearing loan that is only due upon the sale or transfer of your home. Give them a call today and see if you qualify.

View Program Information Here


  • Q: Who should I contact regarding Zoning issues?
  • A: Robert Lawson, (908) 259-3023
  • Q: Who should I contact regarding vacant property issues?
  • A: Richard Wolff, (908) 634-4509
  • Q: Who should I contact regarding general property maintenance violations?
  • A: Robert Lawson, (908) 259-3023; Richard Wolff, (908) 634-4509, Walter Wimbush (908) 259-3003
  • Q: I received a violation summons, what should I do?
  • A: All summons issued through Code Enforcement are a mandatory court appearance, therefore you must appear in court to answer the summons.
  • Q: How do I file a violation complaint if I suspect one?
  • A: Please fill out the Complaint form found on the online forms page. Email any Code Enforcement contact listed or drop off the form at our office.


Code Enforcement Department Manager

Tel: (908) 259-3023

Code Enforcement Officer

Tel: (908) 634-4509

Code Enforcement Officer

Tel: (908) 259-3029

Code Enforcement Coordinator

Tel: (908) 259-3003

Keyboarding Clerk 2/Rental Property Coordinator

Tel: (908) 259-3039

Sanitation Inspector
Linda Henderson
Edgar Beldor

210 Chestnut St
2nd Floor
Roselle, NJ 07203

Fax: (908) 259-3005

Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday: 9am - 4:30pm
Saturday (In Field): 9am - 12pm
Saturday (In Office): 12:30pm - 4:30pm

Borough Information

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