Certificate of Occupancy

A Certificate of Occupancy is required for a change of occupancy in a residential property.  Certificates of Occupancy for a sale or rental must be applied for online. Please download our housing inspection checklist to be sure all items are satisfactory before Applying for a certificate of occupancy.

Please be sure all building permits are closed out with our building department Phone: 732-571-5690 located:  344 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ 07740 - No Inspections will be scheduled until all permits are closed out.

The borough does not issue Temporary or “As is Sale” Certificate of Occupancies. Airbnb & renting single rooms are prohibited in west Long branch. If your home is under construction, only the building department who can issue a temp Certificate of occupancy for the homeowner to occupy.

Please submit the Certificate of Occupancy Application online here.

After the form is submitted online, you will be prompted to print a copy of the form.  You can either pay online, mail the form along with payment ($100.00 for a sale or $225.00 for a rental) to Borough of West Long Branch, 965 Broadway, West Long Branch, NJ 07764, or deliver it with the appropriate fee in person to Borough Hall.

***Effective January 1, 2019*** Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector Certificate will be a separate Fee ($45.00) and the application must be completed online at the link above.

Effective:  January 1, 2022. NFPA 72 will require all new installed household smoke alarms to meet listing specifications to distinguish between smoke generated by routine cooking and smoke generated by potentially more serious sources, such as furniture these are Photoelectric alarms. 

This push to develop more discriminating smoke alarms is a direct response to the problem of nuisance alarms, which leads many residents to remove alarm batteries or entire alarms, significantly increasing occupants’ risk of death or injury in a home fire. The listing requirements were developed by UL at its new testing facility, and the inclusion of the date in the new NFPA 72 underscores what is arguably the most important lifesaving change in smoke alarms since their introduction in the 1960s, along with codes to require their installation 

Once payment is received and entered in our system, the Housing Inspector will contact you within 7 business days to schedule an appointment for the inspection.