Planning Dept.

All applications for development are submitted to the Director for a completeness review prior to being scheduled for review by a Municipal Land Use Board. Any requests for encroachment in the public Right-of-Way are filed and reviewed by the department.

One of the department’s key roles is to interpret the municipal zoning ordinance and redevelopment regulations. The Department also reviews all construction permits for compliance with zoning ordinance standards. Zoning Permits, Zoning Certificates of Compliance, and Zoning letters of interpretation are obtained from this Department.

  • Approves zoning compliance for transfer of title and for construction permits
  • Maintains files of all:
    • redeveloper agreements
    • redevelopment plans and their amendments
    • site plan and variance application files
    • various planning studies and reports
    • zoning records
  • Provides interpretations of local laws and guidance regarding the development approval process


The Department of Planning and Redevelopment manages redevelopment activity within the City of Asbury Park. This includes physical development within the City’s redevelopment areas and the negotiation of redeveloper agreements.

Staff members also work to amend the City’s redevelopment plans to ensure that they continue to reflect the City’s current vision as well as new land use trends.


Zoning approvals are required for all work that mandates a construction permit, except for interior only renovations, and for all fences, driveways, and signage on all residential properties and commercial businesses.


  • A Certificate of Zoning Compliance costs $20 and is issued for Transfers of Title to verify the use of the site and changes of use, and for new businesses prior to obtaining Mercantile Licenses.
  • Fence and construction approvals are $10.
  • Sign permits are $25 for both new and replacement signage.

Additional Zoning Information

Sidewalk Cafes and Sidewalk Sales also require zoning approval.

Zoning Maps (PDF), the Zoning Ordinance, and all forms and applications can be obtained Here or in-person from the Planning and Redevelopment/Zoning Department on the second floor in City Hall.

Residential Zone Bulk Requirements (PDF) & Commercial Zone Bulk Requirements (PDF), provide a guide of the setbacks and bulk requirements for all residential and commercial zones in the city.