New Jersey's Open Public Records Act, P.L. 2001, c. 404, was expanded in 2004
There are exceptions to OPRA - records that do not have to be disclosed. One example is information that, if disclosed, might violate a citizen's reasonable expectation of privacy. The expectation of privacy does NOT extend to records maintained by a municipality about a property. Assessment records and permit records are covered by the act and must be disclosed. This is particularly important to home buyers and buyers agents. Homebuyers may determine from permits the age of certain aspects of their home. They may also be able to determine if required permits were obtained for improvements such as finished basements or attics. Knowing which permits were obtained (and closed with approval) will let you know if the assessment of record reflects such improvements. New Jersey has provided a Citizen’s Guide to Public Records.
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