DIVISION OF ZONING 

At the Division of Zoning, we enforce and interpret the Zoning and Land Use Ordinance of Jersey City, Chapter 345 of Municipal Code, as well as Jersey City’s several dozen Redevelopment Plans.

The Division of Zoning is often the first stop for many. Anyone in the process of building, renovating, starting a new business, buying property, or questioning the legality of a particular use should contact the Zoning Division. Our knowledgeable staff will be happy to answer any questions or concerns. To learn about the Zoning and Land Use Ordinance that applies to your property, enter your address here and look up the Ordinance here.

 

ZONING LETTERS                                                                                                                                                                          

A Zoning Letter signed by the Zoning Officer, acknowledges that certain use, structure or building complies with the provisions of Chapter 345, redevelopment plan or whether deviation/variance therefrom is duly authorized.

Completed Zoning Determination Letter Applications can be e-mailed, mailed, or dropped off at the Division of Zoning.

  • Zoning Compliance Certificate (ZCC) for Short Term Rentals

The Division of Housing Preservation oversees the permitting of Short-Term Rentals (STR) and enforcement of the Short-Term Rental Ordinance. Applicants applying for Short Term Rental permit must obtain a Zoning Compliance Certificate to include in their permit application. The Zoning Division determines whether the premises are configured and used in compliance with the Jersey City’s Land Use and Zoning Ordinances. The fee for Zoning Compliance Certificate is currently waved.
Please e-mail your requests to zoning@jcnj.org with the subject line: Zoning Compliance Certificate.

ZONING PLAN REVIEWS                                                                                                                                                                

The real or prospective owner and/or developer of any land may apply in writing for the issuance of a plan review and determination certifying that submitted plans comply with the provisions of Chapter 345, redevelopment plan, or deviation/variance therefrom is duly authorized.

Completed Zoning Plan Review applications must be dropped off at the Division of Zoning.

CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY (CO)                                                                                                                                                

At the Division of Zoning, we review all Certificate of Occupancy applications for zoning compliance. Please note that when simply transferring a deed, a new CO document is not required.

Completed applications can be e-mailed, mailed, or dropped off at the Division of Zoning.

SIGNAGE                                                                                                                                                                                       

All building signs are reviewed by the Division of Zoning and/or Division of Historic Preservation based on the location of the property. All new signage must comply with City of Jersey City’s Design and Zoning Standards.

Completed Signage applications can be e-mailed, mailed, or dropped off at the Division of Zoning.

RESIDENTIAL DRIVEWAYS AND CARPORTS                                                                                                                                  

Driveway Markings: The Parking Enforcement Division paints all driveways. However, at the Division of Zoning we inspect driveways and curb cuts to ensure that they are legal and in conformance. In most Zoning Districts, a maximum of 10-foot wide curb cut and driveway is permitted. There are, however, instances where due to pre-existing conditions wider markings may be permitted. Please note that the Parking Enforcement Division typically paints driveways between the months of April and October. 

Completed Zoning Driveway Markings applications can be e-mailed, mailed, or dropped off at the Division of Zoning.

Residential Driveway Parking Permit: The Municipal Engineer may issue to owners of private driveways and to members of the same household permits authorizing the parking of private passenger vehicles in front of the owner's driveway. At the Division of Zoning we inspect all driveways to ensure that the subject driveway is legal.

Completed Zoning Residential Driveway Parking Permit applications can be e-mailed, mailed, or dropped off at the Division of Zoning.

BUILDING DEMOLITION APPLICATION                                                                                                                                           

All applications for demolition in the City of Jersey City are reviewed by the Division of Historic Preservation and subsequently by the Division of Zoning. Prior to contacting the Division of Zoning, please contact Historic Preservation at alopez@jcnj.org to start a Demolition Permit. Once you have received approvals from the Historic Preservation, you may file a Zoning Demolition Application. 

 

CANNABIS                                                                                                       

To learn about cannabis license classifications and how to obtain local approval, please visit the the following link.

Please note that an entity seeking a Class 6 license does not have to make an application to the Division of City Planning but it must submit an application to the Cannabis Control Board and seek a Zoning Determination Letter from the Division of Zoning. Additionally, all proposed cannabis establishments must obtain a Drug Free School Zone Certification from the Division of Engineering prior to seeking a Zoning Determination Letter. Please contact Justina Cheng at jcheng@jcnj.org to start the process.


ALTERNATIVE TREATMENT CENTERS    

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to establish an Alternative Treatment Center (ATC)To establish an ATC, an applicant must follow the City of Jersey City Alternative Treatment Center Application Procedures which includes receiving a Zoning Determination Letter

FEES AND PAYMENTS

All Zoning compliance and determination applications must include proof of payment based on the project’s size and/or use. Payments can be made to City of Jersey City with certified check, money order, or credit card at the online payment portal. Before finalizing payment, please contact the Zoning staff for final fee determination.

 Application Type  Fee
 Residential 1 to 4 dwelling units.  $100
 Residential 5 plus dwelling units.  $100 (plus $25 per each dwelling unit over 4)
 Non-residential (including mixed use) under 5,000 square feet.  $100
 Non-residential (including mixed use) 5,000 square feet to 49,999 square feet. $300
 Non-residential (including mixed use) 50,000 square feet and above.  $500



To learn about the Zoning and Land Use Ordinances of Jersey City, click on the interactive map below


Zoning Map Graphic

Interactive Zoning Map Link