Zoning and Housing

Proper exterior landscape and building maintenance is required under the provisions of the Borough's Property Maintenance Ordinances. Help keep Wharton a great place to live by maintaing your property.

Kevin Lewthwaite

Housing and Zoning Officer

Patrick Laverty

Deputy Housing and Zoning Officer

Zoning and Housing

The Borough now requires all properties that are foreclosing or vacant to be registered annually in accordance with Ordinance O-15-17. For more information click here.

Vacant Property Registration Form

Foreclosing Property Registration Form

Pedro “Chick” Moreno

Housing and Zoning Officer

Patrick Laverty

Deputy Housing and Zoning Officer

Certificate of Habitation

A Certificate of Habitation is required for every resale of residential property. It requires an inspection by the Zoning and Housing Officer. This inspection includes the smoke detector and carbon monoxide alarm test together with an overall property maintenance inspection including but not limited to ground fault electrical receptacles, broken stairs and/or windows, handrails, broken screens on windows, and a general exterior inspection for safety. For the form click here.

Rental Compliance/Landlord Registration

All residential rental properties in the Borough require an inspection by the Housing/Zoning Officer prior to any dwelling unit being occupied. Landlords are required to register with the Borough and schedule an inspection. Tenant names and contact information are required. Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors, Fire Extinguishers, as well as life safety issues are inspected for compliance with Municipal Ordinances. For the registration form click here.

Vacant and Foreclosed Properties

The Borough requires any vacant or foreclosed property in the Borough to be registered annually in accordance with Ordinance O-15-17. For the registration form click here.

Student Verifications

Wharton Public Schools and Morris Hills Regional School District require a certification of residency in the Borough for students to attend school. For the form click here.

Road Opening Permit

Road Opening Permits are issued by the Zoning and Housing Officer. See Borough Ordinance 27-11 (Permit Application) for more information. For the form click here.

Smoke Detector and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Test

This is required for the resale of residential property. You should contact the Zoning and Housing Official approximately two weeks prior to closing to set up an appointment for this.

Tree Removal Permit

Tree Removal Permits are required in the Borough of Wharton and are issued by the Zoning and Housing Official. See Borough Ordinance 297-4 (Trees) for information. For the form click here.

Zoning Map of Wharton Borough

To view the Zoning Map click here.

For more information about Zoning visit Chapter 165 of the Borough Ordinances.