The purpose of Zoning is to ensure that any proposed use, construction, or alteration is allowed in the subject zone and will be located outside of the property line setbacks required by the Unified Land Development Ordinance (ULDO). Specifically, this code regulates the setbacks and permitting process for principal structures, additions, decks, gazebos, pools, hot tubs, sheds, basketball courts, patios, fencing and all other accessory uses and structures. In turn, the code protects the integrity of the entire township, enabling Voorhees to remain a highly desirable place to live.

Any resident contemplating any change or addition to his/her property or home should review the “Residential Requirements Cheat Sheet” for general information on regulations in their zoning district. For the complete list of regulations, the Unified Land Development Ordinance (AKA Zoning Ordinance) is located within Title XV: Land Usage of the Code Book, which is located within the Resources section toward the bottom of every municipal webpage.

By obtaining the required permits prior to beginning any installations or construction, a resident will avoid creating a violation that may require removal, alteration, or relocation of an improvement. If you are selling your home, the presence of an unpermitted improvement (a violation) may delay settlement since a certificate cannot be issued for a transfer of ownership while a violation exists. If you cannot meet the zoning requirements stated in the Code Book, it may be possible to obtain a variance from the Zoning Board of Adjustment to enable a non-conforming improvement to be permitted.

The Zoning Office urges all residents to inspect their properties. Please contact our office to correct any structures that have been built without obtaining the proper permits or to make sure your have received all required final certificates for those structures that have received permits. (Construction permits and approvals may also be required depending on the type of structure or alteration built.)

In addition to the applications listed below, the following items are also available on our website:

For other inquiries, please contact our office by emailing or by calling our office.

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