Zoning Official (Hillsborough)

The Zoning Official position is located in the Department of Planning & Zoning and is responsible for reviewing all zoning permit applications, making appropriate interpretations based upon a thorough knowledge of the Township Code and issuing or denying permits accordingly. This position will also be responsible for identifying zoning violations and taking necessary enforcement steps including written notifications, issuance of summons and testimony in court.

Duties also include routine municipal planning work including review of development applications, responding to information requests from residents, government agencies and developers, and attendance at various Township meetings and hearings. This position reports directly to the Planning Director.

Job Responsibilities

  • Review all zoning permit applications, make appropriate interpretations and issue or deny permits accordingly.
  • Identify zoning violations and take necessary enforcement steps including written notifications, issuance of summons, and testimony in court.
  • Advise contractors and the public on the proper processes and practices for compliance with Township ordinances.
  • Attend all regular meetings of the Board of Adjustment and other meetings as directed by the Planning Director.
  • Review and write critiques of development applications.
  • Create and conduct community education and outreach on zoning enforcement matters in order to increase compliance.
  • Organize and prepare information and statistical data in technical reports.


  • High School Diploma.
  • A minimum of two years of work experience as a Zoning Officer in New Jersey.
  • New Jersey Zoning Official Certificate.
  • New Jersey Driver License.
  • Knowledge of the development process and zoning procedures.
  • Ability to review development plans and apply provisions of the ordinances and codes to determine compliance and to apply regulations to field conditions.
  • Knowledge of planning and enforcement policies & procedures and the ability to select a course of action based on those guidelines.
  • A working knowledge of the MLUL and other planning-related county, state and federal statutes and programs.
  • Excellent customer service, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Exceptional organizational and time management skills.


  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in planning or a closely related field.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office – Familiarity with Google Applications and Spatial Data Logic software a plus.
  • Familiarity with virtual meeting platforms.

How to Apply

Applicants should forward a cover letter of interest, resume and three references to Sarah Brake: sbrake@hillsborough-nj.org.

Deadline – 06/30/2021