Code Enforcement

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.

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

Code Enforcement administers the issuance of Certificates of Occupancy, Transfer of Title Certificates, Short Term Rental Registration, Vacant Property Registration, and Dumpster Permits.

Department of Code Enforcement Resources:

  • Submit a Property Maintenance Complaint
    Report instances of unapproved or illegal apartments; yards or properties in disrepair; boarded up buildings; overgrown or weed lots; persistent bad odors; presence of vagrants or squatters; rats, other vermin or pests; or other annoyances.

    Contact the Department of Code Enforcement Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm at 732-502-5740 or email with complaints. Calls can be made anonymously. 

  • 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, unmaintained sidewalks, and overcrowding.

              Certificate of Occupancy Application     

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

              Transfer of Title Certificate Application

  • 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. 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, or 3) rent property as a short term rental, the property must be registered and receive a valid Short Term Rental Permit and Certificate of Inspection from the City.

              Short Term Rental Permit and Certificate of Inspection Application  

              Short Term Rental Tenant-Occupant Change Form and Instructions

  • 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

  • Vacant Property Registration
    Vacant properties must be registered and property owners are required to keep the property maintained and safe.

              Vacant Property Registration Form


Department Performance Measurement Dashboard: CO Inspections

Contact Us

City Hall (more)
One Municipal Plz
Asbury Park, NJ 07712
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  • Phone: (732) 502-5740
  • Fax: (732) 502-5738
  • Office Hours:
    M-F 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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