Certificate of continued occupancy to be required in Cherry Hill beginning Jan. 1

Effective Jan. 1, Cherry Hill homeowners will be required to obtain a certificate of continued occupancy prior to the resale of any residential property in Cherry Hill.

This requirement is part of Cherry Hill’s comprehensive property maintenance plan, which aims to maintain and, if needed, improve the quality of its neighborhoods.

“This ordinance will add a mechanism for the township to ensure that all properties in Cherry Hill are in compliance with our property maintenance standards and will help keep our neighborhoods safe and beautiful for all our residents to enjoy,” said Cherry Hill Mayor Chuck Cahn. “I hear regularly from residents with concerns about messy properties and buckled sidewalks. This ordinance is just the next step in our comprehensive effort to tackle chronic property maintenance issues throughout town.”

Before any home sale can proceed to closing, the home’s exterior property areas must be inspected by Cherry Hill’s property maintenance officer, to ensure that these areas comply with the township’s property maintenance standards.

Items to be inspected include: sidewalks, driveways, fences, trees, sanitation, grading and drainage, natural growth, exhaust vents, discharge of sump pumps, accessory structures and ground surface hazards. There is a $50 inspection fee due prior to inspection.

Inspections are scheduled through the Department of Public Works. Checks and applications can be mailed or dropped off at the Public Works Complex, 1 Perina Boulevard, Cherry Hill 08003, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Inspections begin the week of Nov. 1, and will be required for all properties closing on or after Jan. 1. This inspection requirement is in addition to the Cherry Hill Fire Department’s smoke alarm inspection.

Residents with questions or concerns about these inspections should call the Property Maintenance Office at (856) 834–3364. More information is available at www.cherryhill-nj.com.

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