Inspection Requirements

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As required by the State of New Jersey:  "Before any Use Group R-3 structure (one and two family residential dwelling units) are sold, leased, or otherwise made subject to a change of occupancy for residential purpose, the Owner shall obtain a Certificate of Smoke Detector and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Compliance, evidencing compliance with N.J.A.C. 5:70-4.19, from the appropriate enforcing agency."

There is an established Fee Schedule*, Per Dwelling Unit:

If scheduled more than 10-days before closing:  $75
If scheduled less than 10-days before closing:    $150
If scheduled within 3-days of closing:                     $200

 *There will be a $500 penalty in addition to the $200 Certification Fee issued to the property owner for non-compliance of state law if this inspection is completed after the closing.

For Rentals dwellings, the Fee is $75 before the tenant moves in and $200 after the tenant moves in. 

This Certification Fee is the responsibility of the Property Owner.  Checks are payable to "The Village of Ridgewood" and due upon final inspection and issuance of the certificate at the dwelling.

You can schedule an appointment by calling the Inspection Office at 201-444-7898, Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Any residential or commercial property that has a monitored central station fire alarm system is required to register the alarm system with the Ridgewood Fire Department by calling 201-444-8822.

In addition, any occupancy aside from one and two family dwellings is required to be inspected annually. i.e. businesses, churches, schools, and multi-family dwellings.