The Engineering Division oversees various engineering activities within the Township including review of development applications, design of road improvement projects and monitoring of exterior site improvement construction. The office is located in the Municipal Building with staff available 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Inspections are generally scheduled between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Lawrence Township is a Tier A Municipality under the NJDEP Municipal Stormwater Regulation Program.
Assistance to the General Public
The Engineering Division will review the location of a property in conjunction with the Federal Emergency Management Flood Insurance Rate Maps to determine if the property is in a flood zone and if so, which zone. Topographic maps, aerial photographs, tax maps and filed subdivision maps are also available for review. Assistance in interpreting the maps is available.
Provide Certified Property Owners Lists
Certified property owners lists are generated for use in applications to the Planning Board, Zoning Board of Adjustment and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Wetlands/Stream Encroachment Department. Fee: $10.00 for up to 40 names, $0.25 each name thereafter.
Review Plot Plans and As-built Plans
Prior to issuance of a building permit for a new dwelling, a plot plan prepared by a licensed New Jersey Professional Engineer must be submitted for review and approval. Prior to issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy for a new dwelling, an as-built plan prepared by a licensed New Jersey Land Surveyor is required. This plan shall show grading and drainage patterns in compliance with the approved plot plan.
Please note that the Engineering Division has new guidelines to assist in preparation of these plans which clearly explain the required information. Fee: $250.00 for non-subdivision lot.
Monitor Construction Sites
The Engineering Division inspects infrastructure improvements on subdivision and site plan applications, soil disturbance measures, and all facets of township capital improvement projects. Inspections are also performed for individual homeowners replacing curb or sidewalk in the right-of-way. Permits for this type of work are obtained in the Engineering Division.
Coordination with Other Departments
Assistance is provided to other Township departments such as Public Works (design of public works improvement projects), Health (review of septic system design, inspection of soil testing and system installation) and Planning and Redevelopment (inspection of homeowner additions).
Review Planning Board and Zoning Board Applications
Plans are reviewed for compliance with the Lawrence Township Land Use Ordinance. Grading and stormwater management are reviewed to verify that proposed projects will not adversely impact neighboring properties or infrastructure.