A Rental Housing Certificate of Occupancy inspection is required for all rental dwelling units whenever there is a change of occupancy and prior to occupancy of the unit. Please allow two weeks for scheduling purposes, if that is not possible due to an unforeseen emergency, please contact our department at 856-488-7870 as soon as possible to make arrangements.
If you do not wish to apply online you download and complete the Rental Unit Application for Occupancy and mail it or drop it off at the Municipal Building with a $65 check made out to Cherry Hill Township.
Cherry Hill Township Dept. of Community Development, 820 Mercer Street, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
Place in an envelope labeled "Rental Inspection" Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm:
- TENANTS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO MOVE IN UNTIL A CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY IS ISSUED BY THE HOUSING INSPECTOR.
- After the application and payment are received, the applicant will be contacted to schedule the Rental Inspection. Download and review the Rental Unit Inspection Checklist so that the property can be properly prepared for the inspection. This checklist is provided as a courtesy and is a summary of some of the requirements that will be checked during an inspection, however, this list is not all-inclusive and there may be other items which may fail a unit inspection. Please see Rental Inspection Ordinance of the Township’s General Regulations for a list of the State and Local codes from which this checklist is compiled.
- If a unit fails inspection you must reapply for a new inspection and a new fee will be assessed.
- All utilities must be turned on.
- If a lock box is not available at the property, someone must meet the inspector at the time of inspection.
- The unit must be vacant for the inspection. It will not be inspected while the current tenant occupies it. Ample time must be provided between tenants in order to have the unit prepared and to pass inspection.
- All rental units must pass the inspection prior to the tenant moving into the unit. “AS IS” lease clauses are not applicable. An inspection can be done if the unit is vacant and there is no tenant ready to move in, but the inspection is only valid for 90 days. The Rental Housing Certificate of Occupancy will not be issued until the tenant’s name is provided along with a Continued Compliance Certification indicating that no material changes have been made to the rental unit since the time of inspection. If the unit is not occupied within 90 days a new inspection will be required.
- The Rental Housing Certificate of Occupancy will be issued in the name of the tenant and is valid only for the time that tenant occupies the rental unit. Each time the unit is vacated the procedures for applying and scheduling an inspection prior to the incoming tenant taking possession of the unit must be followed.
A Landlord Registration form is required by N.J.S.A. 46:8-27 for all rental properties. Failure to register as a landlord and obtain a Certificate of Occupancy for rental properties leaves landlords “unprotected” by NJ Statutes concerning Landlord/Tenant Disputes and is in violation of township requirements. Any disagreements involving unregistered or rental properties that are not inspected may pose a legal challenge and liability to property owners. This form must be completed once for each rental property and updated within 30 days of any changes to the information on the form.
Rental Unit Application for Occupancy (mail in or drop off applications only)
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our department by calling 856-488-7870.