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Selling your home-What you need to do?

Building/Construction Department

When you sell your house in Princeton there are 3 things that are required for most sellers. All of these forms are available in the links above.

From the Building Department, located at 400 Witherspoon St.

  • Construction Records Clearance. Only required for former Princeton Township residents.
  • Fees are based on your closing date and when you request the records clearance.  
  • 11-20 business days out: $35.00
  • 6-10 business days out: $70.00
  • 1-5 business days out: $125.00
  • Payment can be made by check made out to "Princeton" or exact cash only.

If you have further questions feel free to call the Building Department 609-921-7078 or email the John Pettenati, Construction Official at jpettenati@princetonnj.gov

Bureau of Fire Safety

Temporary Change to the Application Process

Due to the evolving situation involving COVID-19, the Princeton Bureau of Fire Safety is temporarily suspending all CSACMAPFEC inspections and modifying the procedure for obtaining a Certificate of Smoke Alarm, Carbon Monoxide Alarm and Portable Fire Extinguisher Compliance (CSACMAPFEC) required under N.J.A.C 5:70-2.3(a). We are taking these protective measures to help ensure the safety of the residents and staff of Princeton. The applicant will complete the form and pay all associated fees. Once your applications is received we will contact you. We are providing the sellers/landlords of 1 and 2-Family dwellings with the following options.

Sale of a Home:

Option #1- During this period, the sellers of 1 and 2 family dwellings may postpone their closing until such time that we resume the CSCMAPFEC inspections. Please note that we cannot provide a date when we will resume these inspections;   or

Option #2- The seller will submit a CSACMAPFEC application and fee to Fire Safety and the Sellers, Buyers and their attorneys will complete the below affidavit. Under Option # 2, the Buyer will be assuming the responsibility to obtain the CSACMAPFEC at a later date, after the closing. If the property is equipped with a monitored fire alarm system, the seller shall provide a valid NFPA 72 testing certification from a licensed alarm company. Fire Safety will review and approve the affidavit, email the “approved affidavit” to the parties and allow the closing to take place. If the seller and buyer agree to this procedure, we recommend that funds be held in an escrow. This would be used to cover any corrections that the buyer may be required to do in order to obtain the CSACMAPFEC.

Rental of a Home:

The Landlord will submit a CSACMAPFEC application, along with the fee, to Fire Safety. They shall also complete the below affidavit and attach it to the application. If the property is equipped with a monitored fire alarm system, the landlord shall provide a valid NFPA 72 testing certification from a licensed alarm company. Fire Safety will review and approve the affidavit, email the “approved affidavit” to the Landlord and allow the rental to take place. At a later date, the landlord shall provide access for Princeton to perform a CSACMAPFEC and a Rental Housing Inspection.

Thank you for your understanding and patience during this time,

Joseph Novak

Fire Official

From the Bureau of Fire Safety, located at 1 Monument Dr

  • The Certificate of Smoke Detector, Carbon Monoxide Alarm and Kitchen Fire Extinguisher Compliance
  • Fees are based on your closing date and when your application is completed. Click here for fees and instructions 
  • You do not need an inspection or certification if the following exists:
  • If the unit is a condo in a multiple-family dwelling (3 or more units in the same building), or
  • If the building will be torn down or renovated and there will be no change in occupancy
  • In both of these cases the Bureau of Fire Safety will provide a letter from the Fire Official stating no Smoke Detector Certificate is required.

If you have any further questions feel free to call the Bureau of Fire Safety 609-497-7646 or email Joe Novak at jnovak@princetonnj.gov

Sewer Department

From the Sewer Department, located at 1 Monument Dr

  • The application for Certification of Proper Connection of Sump Pumps/Roof Drains and other Surface and Ground Water Drains
  • The fee for filing an Affidavit of Compliance with the Princeton Sewer Operating Committee (PSOC) is $20.00.
  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we are not doing inspections at this time-If the Owner/Applicant requests that the PSOC perform an inspection to certify that the drains are not connected to the sanitary sewer system, a fee of $50.00 will be required at the time of inspection. To schedule this inspection please call 609-497-7639
  • Please allow 7-10 business days for this Certification to be complete.

If you have questions please email Janice Most at jmost@princetonnj.gov

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