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Inspections are performed Monday through Friday during the hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please provide at least 24 hours notice for scheduling inspections. You can also schedule inspections electronically through the SDL portal @ Request Building inspection
Smoke alarms, both hardwired and battery operated, should be replaced after 10 years. Click here to find out more information on smoke alarms.
A "chirping" smoke alarm is an alert that the battery in the alarm needs to be replaced or the alarm is defective and may need to be replaced. Click here to find out more information on smoke alarms.
You should change the batteries in your smoke alarm at least twice per year. Also, you should test your smoke alarm weekly to make sure it still sounds. Click here to find out more information on smoke alarms.
A permit may be required if the tent is greater than 900 square feet, or more than 30 feet in any dimension, or if cooking with an open flame under it.
The name of the inspector is on the front sheet of the violation paperwork. Call our office at 609-799-0909, ext. 1203 to speak with an inspector.
Every occupancy is inspected at least once during the calendar year. Some occupancies require semi-annual or annual fire inspections.
Certified copies of these vital records can be obtained in person from 8:30am to 3:30pm, Monday through Friday or ordered via US Mail. The fee is $15.00 per copy and $25.00 for any correction to the record. In person fees are payable by cash, credit or money order. Mail in request are only by money order made payable to Plainsboro Township. Please fill out the required request form and submit with acceptable identification. Please refer to our Township Clerk page for application forms.
Individuals must meet the following eligibility criteria for this service
The C.A.R.E. initiative is a network of community stakeholders who will facilitate education, prevention and improve access to treatment and recovery support for those struggling with drug addiction. The program ensures help for those seeking assistance without fear of arrest or prosecution.
Education – juvenile programs
Operation Take Back – safe and legal method for the public to dispose unwanted/unused/expired medication
Partnering with Pharmacy’s and Doctors on identifying fraudulent prescription requests consistent with criminal activity
Investigating crimes related to drug use
Recovery Advocates of America is a local non-profit organization local to the area that provides addiction recovery services.
Community Addiction Recovery Effort (C.A.R.E.) was designed by the Plainsboro Police Department at the request of the Plainsboro Township Committee. The police, Mayor and Committee met with community leaders to discuss the need for such a program and how best to approach it. Meetings were held with addiction recovery specialists, police officers and faith based organizations including the Princeton Alliance Church, First Presbyterian Church of Plainsboro, and the Queenship of Mary Church. Other meetings were held with the Princeton Medical Center at Plainsboro, the West Windsor-Plainsboro School District, Recovery Advocates of America, and the Plainsboro Municipal Court Judge and Public Defender.
The alarming reality of this widespread opioid epidemic has created an urgent need to work together as a community to reverse these trends. According to the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 175 Americans die every day from drug overdoses.
The program will allow us to engage with the community and work together to combat the negative effects of drugs.
For information on development activity review the linked document. Contact the Planning and Zoning office with questions at (609) 799-0909 ext 1502.
Homeowners wishing to undertake building improvements, such as a home addition, deck, pool, shed, or fence need to obtain zoning approval, and in most cases, building permit approval from the Township. Minor improvements such as fences or small sheds (100 square feet or less in area) do not require building permits, only zoning approval by the Department of Planning and Zoning.
All building improvements requiring a permit are subject to the review and approval of the Department of Code Enforcement. All relevant building permit and zoning review information must be submitted to Code Enforcement. The zoning review portion of the submission shall include at a minimum, a completed Zoning Compliance Form, a marked-up survey showing the location and size of the improvement, the setback dimensions to the property lines, elevation views, and the materials and colors of the proposed improvement. If a permit is not required, all the above zoning review documents shall be submitted directly to the Department of Planning and Zoning for review and approval.
For additional information on planning and zoning matters call 609-799-0909, ext. 1502. Download the Zoning Compliance form (PDF).
If there are no rear seats, the child shall be secured as described above in the front seat except that no child shall be secured in a rear-facing seat in the front seat of any vehicle that is equipped with an active passenger-side airbag. The aforementioned is acceptable if the airbag is de-activated.
Motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death of children over the age of six months in the United States. The proper use of child car seats is one of the simplest and most effective methods available for protecting the lives of our young children in the event of a motor vehicle crash. However, 3 out of every 4 children in child safety seats are not properly secured, or even worse, not restrained at all. Only the correct use of child car seats will offer the protection your child needs. Please be aware of the facts listed on these Child Safety pages regarding the proper use of child car seats. There are many different types of child car seats on the market today. Each one must meet federal standards and all provide good protection for your child when used correctly. The "right" seat for you is largely a matter of personal choice. Choose a seat that fits your child and your car, read the instructions carefully, and use the seat correctly on every trip. Just as there are several types of Child Safety Seats, there are also several methods for securing these seats to a vehicle. Seat belt systems, lap belts or lap and shoulder belts are designed to be used for this purpose. LATCH, which is an acronym for Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children, was designed to make installing child safety seats in vehicles easier. Nearly every car seat, and most vehicles manufactured since September 1, 2002 are required to have the LATCH system. For more information on LATCH including instructional videos, please click on the following link: LATCH For a list of free Child Safety Seat Check events statewide, visit the Seat Check Schedule page. For more information about the national Child Passenger Safety program, please visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) web page. Note to Expectant Parents: Plan to have your child safety seat (infant seat) installed in your vehicle at least three weeks before the due date of your baby. By visiting the Seat Check Schedule page, and finding a nearby open event, or scheduling an appointment for at least three weeks prior to the due date, you'll make sure that you're ready for the big day. Most babies are delivered within the month surrounding the due date, so by including your child seat education three weeks before, the odds of being fully prepared on the birth day are enhanced. Correct use is easy if you follow four steps: Read the manufacturer's instructions for your car seat. Face the child safety seat in the proper direction Infant seats always face backwards. Baby rides in a semi-reclining position facing the rear of the car.
Convertible seats face backwards in a semi-reclining position for infants under 30 pounds and under 2 year of age, and forward in an upright position for toddlers.
Secure your child snugly in the car seat. Always buckle the seat's harness system securely to hold your child safely in the seat. Allow no more than one finger-width of slack between your child's collarbone and the harness strap. Secure the child car seat with a seat belt. Anchoring the seat properly with a seat belt is critical. A seat that is not buckled securely to the car can tip over, slide sideways or, in a crash, be ejected from the car.
Check your instruction manual to find out how to route the seat belt properly and fasten it tightly.
Child Safety Restraints page.
The alarm system registration process is as follows:
An initial registration shall be required for each alarm system at the time of installation.
Any person wanting to register must file a Permit Application on-line or in person at our Records Bureau, between the hours of 8:30 - 1:00, Monday thru Friday.
A registration fee of $10 for each dwelling unit and $25 for all other applicants must be paid by the applicant. If 2 separate systems or a single system with 2 separate functions is involved, then separate fees shall be required for each system or function; but in no instance shall this permit fee exceed $50. In cases where a new homeowner or business assumes control of a system in place at the time of acquisition or possession of the property, a new registration is required.
Any citizen who is dissatisfied with police services or believes they have witnessed or been a victim of police misconduct can file a complaint.
- In person at the Police Department
- Online submission Citizen Complaint - Electronic Submission
- By telephone to the Internal Affairs Unit at 609-799-2333
- By mail:
Plainsboro Township Police Department
641 Plainsboro Road
Plainsboro, NJ 08536
Citizen Complaint Against Police Personnel - Printable Form
Commendations about the police department personnel can be made:
- By telephone at 609-799-2333
You can find complete contact information for these departments, as well as email information in the
Bulk Waste Drop-off Events
Residents requiring additional/new recycling containers should visit the Department of Public Works at:
20 Woodland Drive
Cranbury, NJ 08512
Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Kindly bring a check made out to the Township of Plainsboro. Call 609-799-0099 for more information and current pricing.
Residents may register online to reserve a park facility. If you require further assistance, please contact Senior Park Ranger, Blake Beyer at 609-799-0909, ext. 1707 or visit the park.
Certified copies of these vital records can be obtained in person from 9:00am to 3:30pm, Monday through Friday or ordered via US Mail. The fee is $15.00 per copy and $25.00 for any correction to the record. In person fees are payable by cash, credit or money order. Mail in request are only by money order made payable to Plainsboro Township. Please fill out the required request form and submit with acceptable identification. Please refer to our Township Clerk page for application forms.