INTERIM LAND DEVELOPMENT ORDINANCE (LDO) FOR DOWNLOAD
Phase one and Phase two of the 2021 Master Plan Implementation have been adopted and are in effect. While these ordinances are still pending codification on the City's digital ordinance, staff has prepared an LDO Interim User Document to access the latest standards. This document includes the updates to the R-1 Zone as well as other zones and standards. Phase two (ordinance 23-103) is in effect as of 11/15/2023.

DIVISION OF ZONING

At the Division of Zoning, we enforce and interpret the Zoning and Land Use Ordinances 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.

ADU graphicDo you know about the new Zoning rules that accommodate ADUs (Accessory Dwelling Units)? Read or download the new Zoning rules HERE.






How to Submit an Application

All division of Zoning applications can be found at jcnj.org/permitportal.

Once you register and create an account, all applications are easily accessible with an application name search or found under the "PLANS" tab. The following Zoning applications:

  • Zoning Determination Letter
  • Zoning Determination Letter - Short-Term Rental
  • Zoning Review Application
  • Zoning Review Application - Signage
  • Driveway Marking/Driveway Parking Permit
  • Demolition Review
  • Certificate (Category Name-Construction Code)

For any new Certificate of Occupancy, Certificate of Continued Occupancy or Temporary Certificate of Occupancy application(s) can be found with an application name search or under the "PEMITS" tab.

What Does Zoning Do?

Zoning Determinations 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 thereform is duly authorized. 

Short-term Rental Zoning Review
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 first obtain a "Zoning Determination Letter - Short Term Rental" to include in their STR 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 and Forestry Standards. Please note that Zoning's review for STR does not currently charge a fee.

Zoning Plan Reviews
The real or prospective owner and/or developer of any land may apply for 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. This is a pre-requisite for any permit application.

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.

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.

Driveways and Residential Carports
Background
: On May 28, 2001 the City Council of Jersey City adopted the Land Use Development Ordinance No. 01-042 which prohibits off-street parking between the building and street.
Driveway Markings: The Division of Zoning inspects driveways and curb cuts to ensure that they are legal and in conformance. In most Zoning Districts, NO FRONT YARD PARKING IS PERMITTED. However, where legal a maximum of 10-foot wide curb cut and driveway is permitted.
To see approved driveways and curb cuts, please visit https://data.jerseycitynj.gov/explore/dataset/zoning-driveways-and-carports/table/?disjunctive.street_name

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 visit
www.jerseycitynj.gov/cityhall/HousingAndDevelopment/cityplanning/historicpreservation

Cannabis
To learn about cannabis license classifications and how to obtain local approval, please visit the the following link.
Please note that to obtain a Class 6 license, an application to the Division of City Planning is not required. However, an application must be submitted to the Cannabis Control Board and a Zoning Determination Letter must be obtained from the Division of Zoning.

Alternative Treatment Centers
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. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to establish an Alternative Treatment Center (ATC).

FAQ

What is a "Letter of Intent"?
A letter of intent is required for all our applications. This is a separate documents that explains in detail what you are proposing or requesting. This is also where you should provide any history that is relevant to your applications. This can be uploaded in word format.


Fees and Payments

 Application Type  Fee
 Residential 1 to 4 dwelling units.
 $100
 Residential 5+ dwelling units.
 $25 per each dwelling unit
 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


Contact Info

  • phone(201) 547-4832
  • 1 Jackson Square, 2nd floor
    Jersey City, NJ 07305

    Tanya Headshot
    Tanya Marione, PP, AICP
    Acting Director, Acting Zoning Officer 

    Application Submissions:
    8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

    Office Hours:
    8:30 AM - 4:30 PM


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