Housing, Economic Development & Commerce (HEDC)

The Department of Housing, Economic Development, and Commerce (HEDC) is responsible for planning and overseeing the orderly growth and development of Jersey City’s residential, commercial, non-profit, and industrial sectors through the coordination of agencies, comprehensive planning, regulation of land use, disbursement of state and federal grant funds, permitting, and code enforcement.  
HEDC is also responsible for contributing to the public welfare and quality of life by supporting social services providers, staffing public boards, enforcing building codes, housing codes, rent and tenant laws, and issuing licenses to businesses. 

Within the Department of Housing, Economic Development, and Commerce are the following Divisions:

Division of City Planning
Historic Preservation
Division of Commerce
Division of Community Development
Division of the Construction Code Official
Division of Economic Development
Division of Housing Preservation
Office of Housing Code Enforcement
Office of Landlord/Tenant Relations
Division of the Zoning Officer 

Click here for the Jersey City SDL Portal page.
Click here for the Interactive Zoning Map

Division of Economic Development

Please view our downloadable Business Connect Book for more information on starting a business.

Business Connect Contacts:

Jose Arango, Director (201) 547-6567
Jaime Santana Paez (201) 547-4941

2020–2024 Consolidated Plan Survey

The Divisions of Community Development for both Jersey City and Hudson County are determining top priorities for funding and the barriers to fair housing that need to be addressed over the next five years, and we need your input.

The surveys will take less than 10 minutes to complete. Your responses will be valuable in helping the City and County to prepare their 2020–2024 Consolidated Plan (C-Plan) and Fair Housing Reports, containing goals for Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships Program, Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS, and Emergency Solutions Grants funding. All answers will be kept anonymous.

The Jersey City survey is available HERE
The Hudson County survey is available HERE

Thank you for your help!
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