Planning / Zoning

Planning and Zoning Flow Charts:

The following flowcharts have been created to provide guidance for the typical zoning and planning applications.  Individual applications may have additional requirements.  You are encouraged to contact staff for questions.

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Click for:  Process for Residential Properties Variance

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The following links include information relative to the Village Center Plan.

020817 Byram VC Condensed Information - This is from the Township's Highland's Petition for Plan Conformance.  It is the section that includes the recommendation report for the Highland's designated center.  Also, I have included slides from a Highland's presentation that speaks specifically to the Village Center.

Housing Element and Fair Share Plan - section from the Township's adopted Fair Share Housing Plan that covers the Village Center.

240-59 - Zoning for the Village Center District, Form-Based Code.

240-79,80  VC Purpose, Design  - Purpose, intent, and design standards for the Village Center. 

VC Zone Aerial Map

VC District Regulating Map

VC Density Regulating Map

VC Height Regulating Map

Byram Center 'Flyover' Movie

Byram Township 'Flyover' Movie"






Sussex County Vision 2020


Tom Dixon

Zoning Officer
(973) 347-2500 x 131

Duties of Zoning Officer.

It shall be the duty of the Zoning Officer to investigate any violation of this chapter coming to his attention, whether by complaint or from his own personal knowledge or observation.
A.   Where any building or structure is erected, constructed, altered, repaired, converted or maintained or any building, structure or land is used in violation of any provision of this chapter, the Zoning Officer shall serve notice upon the owner or person violating this chapter, either personally or by registered mail, to remove the violation within 10 days. If after 10 days the violation still exists, the Zoning Officer shall either:
(1)   File a complaint in the Municipal Court of the Township against the owner, his agent or any person or corporation perpetrating the violation, serving the aforesaid offender with proper notice, and prosecute this judgment in Municipal Court; or
(2)   Upon the express authority of the Township Council and with the advice and assistance of the Township Attorney, file in the Superior Court a complaint to terminate the violation.
B.   The Zoning Officer shall enforce all conditions imposed by the Planning Board on the operation of facilities constructed in accordance with approvals secured from said Board.
C.   It shall be the duty of the Zoning Officer to issue zoning permits. Such permits shall be secured from the Zoning Officer's office prior to application for a building permit for the construction, erection or alteration of any structure or sign or part of a structure or upon a change in the use of a structure or land. Each application shall be accompanied by the required fee.

Caitlin Phillips

Technical Assistant Land Use
(973) 347-2500 x132