Certificate of Occupancy

A Certificate of Occupancy is required for a change of occupancy in a residential property, whether it be a change in tenancy or owner re-occupancy.  The Borough of West Long Branch has a limit of two changes in occupancy per calendar yearAirbnb, & single room rentals are prohibited in the Borough of West Long Branch. 

Certificates of Occupancy for a sale or rental must be applied for online. Please see our housing inspection checklist on this page to ensure all items are satisfactory before Applying for a Certificate of Occupancy.

Please be sure all building permits are closed out with our building department located at 344 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ 07740 - Phone: 732-571-5690.   ALL BUILDING PERMIT INSPECTION REQUESTS MUST BE EMAILED TO: BUILDING@LONGBRANCH.ORG and PLEASE PROVIDE PERMIT NUMBER, SUBCODE AND TYPE OF INSPECTION BEING REQUESTED.

The Borough of West Long Branch does not issue Temporary or “As is Sale” Certificate of Occupancies. If your home is under construction, only the building department can issue a temporary Certificate of Occupancy for the homeowner to occupy.

Please submit the Certificate of Occupancy Application online here.  Once submitted, you will be prompted to print a copy of the application.  You can then either pay online or send your completed application form with checks or money orders ($100.00 for a sale or $225.00 for a rental) to Borough of West Long Branch, 965 Broadway, West Long Branch, NJ 07764, Attn: Housing.

***Effective January 1, 2019, *** The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector Certificate fee will be added to your initial application automatically when you complete the application online.  These fees are as follows and if paying by check or money order must be separate from the fee for the sale or rental Certificate of Occupancy fee:

  • Requests received more than 10 business days prior to a change of occupancy--$45.00.
  • Requests received four to 10 business days prior to a change of occupancy--$90.00.
  • Requests received fewer than four business days prior to a change of occupancy--$161.00.

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 processed, our Housing Dept. will contact you within 7 business days to schedule your inspection.