Land Use Compliance and Enforcement
DIVISION: Compliance and Enforcement
GENERAL PHONE NUMBER: (609) 292-1240
FAX NUMBER: (609) 633-6798
The Bureau of Land Use Compliance and Enforcement responds to reports and/or complaints of possible land use violations received from municipal and county officials, private citizens, and other public and private organizations. It conducts education and outreach programs to educate all levels of government, organizations, and citizens on the technical aspects of the rules regulating development in areas under the Municipal Land Use Law (MLUL) jurisdiction and the importance of complying with them. In addition, the bureau conducts inspections of Land Use Permits to ensure compliance with the permit conditions, requirements, and limitations. Furthermore, the bureau issues enforcement documents compelling compliance, including Notices of Violation (NoV), Administrative Orders (AO) and Notices of Civil Administrative Penalty Assessments, as well as executing Administrative Consent Orders (ACO) to resolve cases and ensure compliance and restoration. The bureau monitors enforcement cases to ensure compliance by the respondent either securing appropriate Land Use permits or by removing the violation by restoration and/or mitigation. In addition, the bureau provides compliance assistance to municipal governments and citizens unfamiliar with the regulations. The bureau also attaches and/or records violations to the property deed of the site where applicable.
To report a complaint or potential land use violation, please call the department’s toll free Environmental Hotline at 1-877-WARNDEP (1-877-927-6337).
MONETARY ASSISTANCE PROVIDED:
No monetary assistance is provided. However, the County Environmental Health Act (CEHA) Program provides grant money to certified county health agencies for the purpose of supporting environmental health services. This program can provide free on-site compliance assistance upon request to determine regulatory compliance under the department’s Greenstart program. For more information about Greenstart, please visit the web site or call 609-292-1305.