Code Enforcement

Important Note: All City facilities are currently closed to the public. For information, call 732-502-5742.


During this time, virtual Code Enforcement inspections, to allow for the completion of property sales and new tenants, will be effective beginning Monday, March 30, 2020. These inspections will not result in the issuance of Certificates of Occupancy and Transfers of Title.

For those that have applications already submitted, Code Enforcement will contact you to schedule your virtual inspection.

New applicants should provide a COO or TOT application, a signed and notarized Certificate of Buyer, Seller and Realtors Form(click here) and payment before scheduling their virtual inspection. 


Short-term rentals (such as promulgated through services including AirBNB, VRBO and HomeAway), and other vacation rentals whether online, in-person, by Realtor or Owner transaction, which have been suspended since April 1, 2020, may resume starting June 25, 2020.

All hotel, motel and bed-and-breakfast reservations, which have been suspended since Friday, April 17, 2020, may resume starting Friday May 15, 2020 for guest occupancy beginning June 25, 2020. Guest occupancy from June 25, 2020 to July 2, 2020 may not exceed 25%; guest occupancy for July 3, 2020 to July 31, 2020 may not exceed 50%; and full occupancy may resume August 1, 2020.

The Department of Code Enforcement is responsible for preserving the quality and value of public and private property, and maintaining a high quality of living for residents of the City of Asbury Park by eliminating conditions that threaten the health, safety, and general welfare of the public.

Property Maintenance Code

The Property Maintenance Code of the City of Asbury Park maintains standards for such as matters as doors, electrical, garbage, heating, landscaping, paint, plumbing, refuse, roofs, sidewalks, siding, weed removal and more. 

Code Enforcement administers the Property Maintenance Code of the City of Asbury Park to ensure that property owners, landlords and tenants all comply with City Codes and that properties are maintained accordingly. Potential violations are discovered through field inspections, resident complaints, and referrals from other agencies. Properties in violation are issued a Notice of Violation to give time to correct a violation before a summons is issued

Code Enforcement Fee Schedule

Submit a Property Maintenance Complaint

Report instances of boarded-up buildings, overgrown or weed lots, persistent bad odors, the presence of vagrants or squatters, rats or other vermin or pests, unapproved or illegal apartments, yards or properties in disrepair or other annoyances.

Contact the Department of Code Enforcement Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 732-502-5742 or email Tamica Smith with complaints. Calls can be made anonymously.

Code Enforcement Resources

Certificates of Occupancy (CO)

A Certificate of Occupancy is required for all rental properties-before a tenant can move in-to ensure the premises are up to code. It is the landlord’s responsibility to have a CO each time a tenant changes. A CO protects tenants from issues such as insufficient heat, lack of smoke alarms, overcrowding and unmaintained sidewalks.

Transfers of Title Certificates

To purchase or sell a property, a Transfer of Title application must be completed before closing.

Short-Term Rental Registration

Eligible residents have the opportunity to rent their property on a short-term basis, year round. A short-term rental is defined as renting a property for 30 days or less. The property must be registered and receive a valid Short-Term Rental Permit and Certificate of Inspection from the City in order to:

  1. Advertise a short-term rental, such as listing it with a realtor or posting it online
  2. Enter into a short-term rental agreement
  3. Rent property as a short-term rental

Dumpster Permit Application

A Dumpster Permit is required to place a dumpster on your property or on a City right of way.

Dumpster Permit Application (PDF)

Vacant Property Registration

Code Enforcement is also charged with implementing the New Jersey Abandoned Property Rehabilitation Act in order to eliminate devaluation of neighboring property, health hazards, and crime related to existing abandoned, vacant and neglected properties throughout the City. Vacant properties must be registered with the City, and property owners are required to keep the vacant property maintained and safe. 

Vacant Property Registration Form (PDF)