How To Get a Fence Permit In Montclair, New Jersey

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Wondering how to get a fence permit in Montclair, New Jersey? This post will answer all of your questions quickly with just the right amount of detail. Questions? 

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What Type Of Permit Do You Need For a Fence In Montclair?

The answer to this question depends on what type of fence you are looking to install.

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In Montclair, zoning permits are required for fences up to 6-feet in height. This is true for one-and-two-family residences. Zoning permits are also required for:

  • Signs
  • Sheds
  • Driveways/Parking Areas
  • Temporary Uses/structures

Montclair makes it really easy for homeowners to fill out their own fence permit application by including a copy of their zoning application online.





If you are attempting to install a fence over 6-feet in height, you will need to submit a construction permit application through the building department. Since these are more rare, we are not going to cover how to do that in this post. If you need to review this information, please visit Montclair’s Building Office page or download the construction jacket.

How To Fill Out The Zoning Application

Since most home and business owners won’t need a fence more than 6-feet in height, we are going to explain how to fill out Montclair’s Zoning Permit Application.

The good news is that filling out a Montclair zoning application is really simple. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you if need it!

Property Information

First you have to fill out the property information. Include the address where you’re installing the fence. This is super important.

The application also asks for the block, lot, and zone, but if you don’t know those it’s OK to leave them blank.

Some people get confused in the next part, where is says “Current Use of Property” and “Proposed Use of Property.” If you’re install the fence at your house, you can write “Residential” for both lines.

Application Information

Whoever is filling out the fence application uses their information for this section. If you are filling out the application for yourself, include your own contact information.

We at Artistic Fence will go for your fence permit if we are installing your fence at an extra cost. But it is super easy to do it yourself and you can save a little money!

Property Owner Information

No matter who fills out the application, this section will always include the contact information for the property owner. This part is pretty self-explanatory.

Proposed Work & Signature

For the proposed work section, Montclair does a really good job at telling you everything you need to describe. For fences, it is most important that you include the height, length, and material on the permit application. This will help the Zoning office ensure your fence follows Montclair’s ordinances.

Don’t forget to sign and date the bottom!

What Else Do You Need?

Along with your completed permit application, you will also have to submit two others things:

  1. A Highlighted Copy Of Your Property Survey
  2. A $50 Check Payable To the Township of Monclair

The zoning permit fee for installing a fence in Montclair is $50.

Once you have everything together, you can either drop off (fastest) or mail in your application, highlighted land survey, and $50 check to:

Montclair Township
50 Claremont Ave

Second Floor
Montclair, NJ 07

What Happens Next?

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Once you’ve submitted your materials, Montclair’s Zoning Office will review everything. As long as everything looks good, you or your fence installer will get an email with the approved copy.

Sometimes they will leave notes on your application so you and your fence installer can be aware of any important information to keep in mind while installing.

Once you receive confirmation that your zoning permit is approved, you can install your fence!

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