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The Bureau of Housing Inspection, administers the New Jersey Hotel and Multiple Dwelling Law (N.J.S.A. 55:13A-1 et seq.)  (hereafter called “The Act”). The Bureau is responsible for ensuring that hotels and multiple-family buildings of three or more dwelling units operating within the State of New Jersey are properly maintained and do not pose a threat to the health, safety and welfare of their residents, nor the community in general.

To achieve these objectives, the Act requires that the Bureau conduct a five year cyclical inspection of these properties. The Bureau has thereby been given the authority to enforce the New Jersey Regulations for the Maintenance of Hotels and Multiple Dwellings and, where applicable, Subchapter 4 of the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code, by issuing citations for the violation of these requirements.

Under this Act, Condominiums, Cooperatives and Mutual Housing Corporations fall within the definition of multiple dwelling, and as such, are subject to its provisions. Under the Regulations, the Condominium Association, Cooperative or Mutual Housing Corporation, is for the most part considered to have the responsibilities of the “owner” as described in the Act, and is responsible for the registration of each building and for the correction of all cited violations.

 


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  • Registration
    Register Your Hotel or Multiple Dwelling
    Owners of hotels, motels and multiple dwellings are responsible for registering their buildings with the Bureau of Housing Inspection. To register your building please click here to access the DCA Service Portal.

    Exemptions
    ** Condominiums, Cooperatives, Mutual Housing Corporations. Though the Hotel and Multiple Dwelling Law provides that multiple dwelling buildings having a condominium or cooperative or mutual housing corporation form of ownership are under the Bureau's jurisdiction, the law also exempts sections of such buildings that: 1) contain not more than four dwelling units, 2) have at least two exterior walls unattached to any adjoining building section and where attached, are attached exclusively by fire-resistant rated walls, and 3) contain dwelling units that are owner-occupied (if both owner- and non-owner-occupied units are contained therein, only the owner-occupied units are exempt).

    All requests for exemption by way of Condominiums, Cooperatives, Mutual Housing Corporations must be in writing and submitted with all the required documentation as described above to the Bureau of Housing Inspection, EXEMPTIONS Section, PO Box 810, Trenton, NJ 08625-0810. Requests may also be emailed to BHIInspections@dca.nj.gov. Once a determination is made, approval or denial will provided in writing.

    ** Fee Simple Ownership The term “Fee Simple” refers to each unit being owned individually and not in the condominium or cooperative form of ownership. The Bureau's policy regarding fee simple ownership in townhouse developments is as follows. 1) Developments involving fee simple ownership are not subject to the Hotel and Multiple Dwelling Law where the association has no residential building maintenance responsibility; however, in such cases, the association must provide the bureau with sufficient documentation demonstrating that ownership is fee simple and that individual owners, and not the association, are directly responsible for maintenance of the residential building (Documentation must include references to documents such as the association by-laws or contractual agreements between association and owner); 2) the term “common area”, should be clearly defined; for example the association may consider common area as property not directly associated with the residential building such as a pool, parking lot or lawn, however, common area may also be hallways, basements or exterior parts of the residential building such as siding, windows, doors or roof.

    If the association is responsible for the maintenance of common areas involving the residential building(s), the Bureau must inspect the development.

    All requests for exemption by way of fee simple ownership must be in writing and submitted with all the required documentation as described above to the Bureau of Housing Inspection, Code Administration Section, PO Box 810, Trenton, NJ 08625-0810.  Requests may also be emailed to BHICodeAdmin@dca.nj.gov. Once a determination is made, approval or denial will provided in writing.

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  • Housing Code Administration
    The unit issues Certificates of Registration, Certificates of Inspection and provides technical assistance related to the inspections process. The code administration unit also oversees violation abatement matters concerning time extensions. Certain types of building owners e.g. owner-occupied three and four unit buildings, fee simple ownership and retirement communities may qualify for reduced inspection fees or fee exemptions.

    To contact a representative regarding registrations, inspection fees, extensions, certificates of inspection or general code questions, please email the appropriate code administrator below (Please include a detailed message including your name, a call back number, email address and the registration number or property address, including the county and municipality, you are inquiring about):

     COUNTY  EMAIL CONTACT
     Bergen, Burlington, Camden or Ocean   BHICodeAdminReg1@dca.nj.gov 
     Passaic, Salem, Somerset or Sussex  BHICodeAdminReg2@dca.nj.gov
     Cumberland, Gloucester or Hudson  BHICodeAdminReg3@dca.nj.gov 
     Essex, Mercer or Union  BHICodeAdminReg4@dca.nj.gov 
     Cape May, Hunterdon, Morris or
     Warren
     BHICodeAdminReg5@dca.nj.gov 
     Atlantic, Middlesex or Monmouth  BHICodeAdminReg6@dca.nj.gov 
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  • Housing Code Compliance
    The unit issues violation orders, penalties and judgments for: failure to pay department inspection fees, non-compliance with issued violations, failure to pay fees and penalties and failure to register a multiple dwelling with the Bureau. The unit notifies building owners for failure to register a building with the Bureau of Housing Inspection and processes hearing request for contested cases.

    To contact a representative regarding penalties, please email the appropriate code compliance officer below (Please include a detailed message including your name, a call back number, email address and the registration number or property address, including the county and municipality, you are inquiring about):

     Daniel Gardner (Region 1)
     Housing Inspection Compliance Officer

     BHICodecompReg1@dca.nj.gov 

     Andrew Baranowski (Region 2)
     Housing Inspection Compliance Officer

     BHICodecompReg2@dca.nj.gov

     Maria Hess (Region 3)
     Housing Inspection Compliance Officer

     BHICodecompReg3@dca.nj.gov 

     Daisy Beauchamps (Region 4)
     Housing Inspection Compliance Officer

     BHICodecompReg4@dca.nj.gov

     Lisa Morris (Region 5)
     Housing Inspection Compliance Officer

     BHICodecompReg5@dca.nj.gov

    * To contact a BHI representative regarding an appeal or hearing, please email BHIAppeals@dca.nj.gov.

    * To contact a BHI representative regarding a judgment, judgment payoff or collection action, please email BHIJudgments@dca.nj.gov.

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  • State Inspections
    The Bureau is responsible for cyclical inspections and compliance inspections of hotels, motels, and multiple dwellings in municipalities within the State of New Jersey that do not participate in the State Local Cooperative housing Inspection Program (SLCHIP).

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  • State Local Cooperative Housing Inspection Program (SLCHIP)
    The Bureau enforces the Hotel and Multiple Dwelling Law through the State Local Cooperative Housing Inspection Program (SLCHIP). Through the SLCHIP program qualified, local inspectors perform cyclical inspections and compliance inspections of hotels, motels and multiple dwellings and earn compensation for the municipality.

    If your municipality is interested in joining the State Local Cooperative Housing Inspection Program follow the steps below:

    • Forward a letter of interest from the Mayor's Office to BHISLCHIP@dca.nj.gov.
    • After receipt of letter the bureau will forward a SLCHIP package which includes: conditions of authorization, payment schedule and a list of cyclical inspections due for the fiscal year.
    • Once participation is approved, the bureau will forward a letter of authorization and SLCHIP Program agreement.
    • The Mayor returns the signed agreement to join the SLCHIP program.
    • A meeting is scheduled to discuss the program requirements.
    • The Municipality must forward a resume and conflict of interest form for each SLCHIP inspector.
    • SLCHIP inspectors shall be trained by the Bureau of Housing Inspection.
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  • Related Forms and Publications
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  • Laws, Rules, Regulations
    • NJSA 55:13A - Hotel and Multiple Dwelling Law
    • NJAC 5:10 - Maintenance of Hotels and Multiple Dwellings
    • NJAC 5:10A - Proprietary Campground Facility Health and Safety Standards
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DCA Service Portal
Access the DCA Service Portal to
conduct secure online business with
the Bureau of Housing Inspection for
hotels and/or multiple dwellings
under its jurisdiction.
Click here to access Service Portal


For further information on NJ's hotel and multiple dwelling registration and inspection requirements:
Phone:  (609) 633-6216
Fax:  (609) 633-6208