Sheds, Fences & Retaining Walls


A construction permit for building work shall not be required for garden-type utility sheds and similar structures that are 200 square feet or less in area, 10 feet or less in height, and accessory to buildings of Group R-2, R-3, R-4, or R-5 (1 & 2 Family Home) and which do not contain a water, gas, oil, or sewer connection. Construction Permits are required for any water, gas oil, sewer, or electric installed in the shed. Zoning permits are required for all sheds.


A construction permit shall not be required for fences six (6) feet or less in height. This exception does not apply to barriers surrounding public or private swimming pools. Zoning permits are required for all fences.  


A construction permit is required for the installation of a fence surrounding an in-ground or above-ground swimming pool. The fence must comply with the barrier requirements of the International Swimming Pool and Spa Code.


A Retaining Wall is defined as a wall not laterally supported at the top, that resists lateral soil load and other imposed loads. 

No person shall construct, enlarge, alter, reconstruct, or demolish a Retaining Wall or series of Retaining Walls having a total height four feet or greater, or a retaining wall less than four feet having a negative impact on a foundation, without first obtaining a construction permit. The height of a retaining wall shall be the sum of the heights of all retaining walls on the same slope and shall be measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall.


Contact Us

  1. Holmdel Township
    4 Crawfords Corner Road
    Holmdel, NJ 07733
    Phone: 732-946-2820
    Fax: 732-975-9774

    Steven J. Winters, CFM 
    Director of Community Development, Construction Official 
    Ext. 1313 Email

    Staff Directory

    Tara Buss

    Office Manager

    Ext. 1308 Email


    Dawn Horniacek

    Technical Assistant

    Ext. 1304 Email


    Ryan Chesek 

    Electric Subcode Official

    Ext. 1312 Email


    Michael Winch

    Plumbing Subcode Official

    Ext. 1314 Email


    Michael Quigley

    Plumbing Inspector

    Ext. 1311 Email


    Dennis Sassa 

    Building Subcode Official

    Ext. 1310 Email


    David Olsen

    Fire Subcode Official

    Ext. 1315 Email