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Sustainability and Resiliency

Sustainability, resiliency, and the effects of climate change are inextricably linked. As an urban coastal city, Hoboken is particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, which continues to threaten quality of life for Hoboken residents. Increasing greenhouse gas emissions will bring rising sea levels, more frequent and intense storm events, higher temperatures, and longer heat waves. Storms that bring flooding on the scale of Hurricane Sandy could happen every five years by 2030. Hoboken has not, and will not, wait for another devastating storm event to take action to reduce the impacts of climate change and secure a sustainable future for our community.

Hoboken is a LEED Gold City

Hoboken was certified as the first LEED Gold city in New Jersey by the U.S. Green Building Council in 2019.

The LEED Gold rating for Hoboken was granted using the USGBC Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Cities rating system. LEED for Cities enables Hoboken to measure and track sustainability metrics in energy and water use, waste generation, transportation, and community development.

Hoboken is a Sustainable Jersey Silver City

The City of Hoboken initially acheived Bronze Certification from Sustainable Jersey in 2011, and Silver Certification in 2017.

Hoboken is currently pursuing the Sustainable Jersey Gold Star in Energy as outlined in the Climate Action Plan.

Sustainability Element of the Hoboken Master Plan

The Green Building & Environmental Sustainability Element (“Sustainability Element”) of the Hoboken Master Plan discusses issues for the City of Hoboken outlines goals, strategies, and actions to make Hoboken a more sustainable and resilient City. These include:

Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:55D-13, the Planning Board of the City of Hoboken held a public hearing on the adoption of the Green Building & Environmental Sustainability Element of the Hoboken Master Plan, the Board recommended some changes and adopted the Sustainability Element. The adopting resolution notes the changes.

Planning Board resolution adopting the Green Building & Environmental Sustainability Element

Summary Presentation about the Sustainability Element

Plans and Policy Guidance Documents

The City’s strategic approach to sustainability and resiliency is outlined in the Green Building & Environmental Sustainability Element  (“Sustainability Element”) of the Hoboken Master Plan. Additional policy guidance documents include Hoboken's Climate Action Plan, Resilient Buildings Design Guidelines, and Rebuild by Design - Hudson River Feasibility Study and Environmental Impact Statement.

Climate Action Plan

The earth’s climate is changing because of increasing greenhouse gases (GHG) in the atmosphere. The Hoboken Climate Action Plan provides a baseline carbon footprint for GHG emissions, sets achievable goals and targets for GHG emissions reductions, and identifies actions required to achieve those goals.

Net Zero Energy: The City will be net zero by 2030, and municipal government operations will be net zero by 2025. The City began purchasing 100% renewable electricity for municipal facilities in 2019. Net Zero Energy means to produce or purchase as much energy as is consumed from secure, affordable and clean energy sources.

Carbon Neutral: Hoboken will be carbon neutral by 2050, and municipal government operations will be carbon neutral by 2035. Carbon neutral means to reduce or offset all inventoried sources of carbon emissions.

Hoboken will help mitigate climate change by lowering the City’s GHG emissions beyond the targets established by the Paris Climate Agreement and achieving the Sustainable Jersey Gold Star in Energy.

These goals and actions will be re-evaluated every five years, in order to ensure that the City is taking an ambitious yet achievable path toward carbon neutrality.

Resilient Building Design Guidelines

The Resilient Buildings Design Guidelines provide an overview of the laws and regulations governing construction within Hoboken’s flood-prone areas, as well as the approval process for repairs, improvements, and new construction. They also provide flood resilience strategies for residents, property and building owners, developers, and businesses. These design guidelines should be used by designers and builders as a guide for making post-mitigation buildings relate well to one another while preserving connectivity with a pedestrian-friendly streetscape and enhancing the character of Hoboken’s neighborhoods.

Rebuild by Design - Hudson River

Years after Hurricane Sandy inundated Hoboken with nearly 500 million gallons of storm surge, the City along with state and federal partners have made significant resiliency investments to ensure the future sustainability of our City.

A comprehensive water management strategy was developed for the Hoboken, Jersey City, and Weehawken area through the Rebuild by Design competition launched by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in 2013. “Rebuild by Design - Hudson River: Delay, Store, Discharge” was selected as a winner of the RBD competition, and HUD subsequently awarded the State of New Jersey $230 million for the implementation of the “Resist” portion of the project.

The Feasibility Study and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) were produced in 2017, followed by a Record of Decision. The NJDEP is advancing the Resist alignment, while the City is advancing the Delay, Store, Discharge (DSD) elements with other partners through projects such as the Northwest Resiliency Park.

Get Involved

Interested in volunteering to make Hoboken a more sustainable City? Join the Green Team or volunteer for community clean-up events.

Sustainability and Resiliency

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Sustainability and Resiliency

Sustainability, resiliency, and the effects of climate change are inextricably linked. As an urban coastal city, Hoboken is particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, which continues to threaten quality of life for Hoboken residents. Increasing greenhouse gas emissions will bring rising sea levels, more frequent and intense storm events, higher temperatures, and longer heat waves. Storms that bring flooding on the scale of Hurricane Sandy could happen every five years by 2030. Hoboken has not, and will not, wait for another devastating storm event to take action to reduce the impacts of climate change and secure a sustainable future for our community.

Hoboken is a LEED Gold City

Hoboken was certified as the first LEED Gold city in New Jersey by the U.S. Green Building Council in 2019.

The LEED Gold rating for Hoboken was granted using the USGBC Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Cities rating system. LEED for Cities enables Hoboken to measure and track sustainability metrics in energy and water use, waste generation, transportation, and community development.

Hoboken is a Sustainable Jersey Silver City

The City of Hoboken initially acheived Bronze Certification from Sustainable Jersey in 2011, and Silver Certification in 2017.

Hoboken is currently pursuing the Sustainable Jersey Gold Star in Energy as outlined in the Climate Action Plan.

Sustainability Element of the Hoboken Master Plan

The Green Building & Environmental Sustainability Element (“Sustainability Element”) of the Hoboken Master Plan discusses issues for the City of Hoboken outlines goals, strategies, and actions to make Hoboken a more sustainable and resilient City. These include:

Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:55D-13, the Planning Board of the City of Hoboken held a public hearing on the adoption of the Green Building & Environmental Sustainability Element of the Hoboken Master Plan, the Board recommended some changes and adopted the Sustainability Element. The adopting resolution notes the changes.

Planning Board resolution adopting the Green Building & Environmental Sustainability Element

Summary Presentation about the Sustainability Element

Plans and Policy Guidance Documents

The City’s strategic approach to sustainability and resiliency is outlined in the Green Building & Environmental Sustainability Element  (“Sustainability Element”) of the Hoboken Master Plan. Additional policy guidance documents include Hoboken's Climate Action Plan, Resilient Buildings Design Guidelines, and Rebuild by Design - Hudson River Feasibility Study and Environmental Impact Statement.

Climate Action Plan

The earth’s climate is changing because of increasing greenhouse gases (GHG) in the atmosphere. The Hoboken Climate Action Plan provides a baseline carbon footprint for GHG emissions, sets achievable goals and targets for GHG emissions reductions, and identifies actions required to achieve those goals.

Net Zero Energy: The City will be net zero by 2030, and municipal government operations will be net zero by 2025. The City began purchasing 100% renewable electricity for municipal facilities in 2019. Net Zero Energy means to produce or purchase as much energy as is consumed from secure, affordable and clean energy sources.

Carbon Neutral: Hoboken will be carbon neutral by 2050, and municipal government operations will be carbon neutral by 2035. Carbon neutral means to reduce or offset all inventoried sources of carbon emissions.

Hoboken will help mitigate climate change by lowering the City’s GHG emissions beyond the targets established by the Paris Climate Agreement and achieving the Sustainable Jersey Gold Star in Energy.

These goals and actions will be re-evaluated every five years, in order to ensure that the City is taking an ambitious yet achievable path toward carbon neutrality.

Resilient Building Design Guidelines

The Resilient Buildings Design Guidelines provide an overview of the laws and regulations governing construction within Hoboken’s flood-prone areas, as well as the approval process for repairs, improvements, and new construction. They also provide flood resilience strategies for residents, property and building owners, developers, and businesses. These design guidelines should be used by designers and builders as a guide for making post-mitigation buildings relate well to one another while preserving connectivity with a pedestrian-friendly streetscape and enhancing the character of Hoboken’s neighborhoods.

Rebuild by Design - Hudson River

Years after Hurricane Sandy inundated Hoboken with nearly 500 million gallons of storm surge, the City along with state and federal partners have made significant resiliency investments to ensure the future sustainability of our City.

A comprehensive water management strategy was developed for the Hoboken, Jersey City, and Weehawken area through the Rebuild by Design competition launched by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in 2013. “Rebuild by Design - Hudson River: Delay, Store, Discharge” was selected as a winner of the RBD competition, and HUD subsequently awarded the State of New Jersey $230 million for the implementation of the “Resist” portion of the project.

The Feasibility Study and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) were produced in 2017, followed by a Record of Decision. The NJDEP is advancing the Resist alignment, while the City is advancing the Delay, Store, Discharge (DSD) elements with other partners through projects such as the Northwest Resiliency Park.

Get Involved

Interested in volunteering to make Hoboken a more sustainable City? Join the Green Team or volunteer for community clean-up events.

Birth Certificates

Fee: $10 Cash or Money Order
Application

Death Certificates

Fee: $10 Money Order
Application

Marriage Certificates

Fee: $10 Money Order
Application
Call 201-420-2040 for questions or instructions

Marriage or Civil Union Licenses

Fee: $28 Cash
Instructions / Application

Business Licenses

New businesses should contact this office to determine if they need to complete a business application. All other businesses will be mailed annual renewals. Business Check or Cash is acceptable.

Dog Licenses

All Dogs in the City of Hoboken must possess a dog license and maintain it annually. Fee: $12 Spayed/Neutered, $16 Not Spayed/Neutered. We accept Cash and Personal Check. Application

Apostille Seal

All Apostille Seals are handled at the state level. Please go to their website for further assistance. New Jersey Department of Vital Statistics

Did you know?

It is legal to hail in Hoboken. 

Contrary to popular belief or common local practice, it is legal to hail a licensed yellow cab (although not limousines) anywhere in Hoboken, not just at the train terminal. There are 65 authorized taxis. Before you enter a cab, make sure you see the circular Hoboken logo and number.

Only one fare per taxi. 

Taxis may accept only one fare – a person or group of persons going to the same location – per ride. With the permission of the first fare, a second fare may join, but no more. The first rider must be taken to his or her destination first. This rule has been laxly enforced and widely violated in the past, but that is no excuse for continued violations, and the Administration will investigate and take action against all reported violations.

The local fare for yellow cabs is $8.00 or $7.00 from the PATH taxi stand, plus additional fees. 

The local fare is $8.00, except it is $7.00 for rides originating from the NJ Transit/PATH station taxi stand, regardless of weather or shortage of drivers. Additional fees are permitted for extra passengers and baggage (see below for details). In the past, it has been common for residents and visitors to be grossly overcharged by taxi drivers during inclement weather or high demand. Please report any violations.

Call if you see a violation. 

Residents who believe there is a violation should immediately contact Monique Campbell at the Division of Taxi & Limousine Licensing by calling 201-725-7885 or emailing taxi@hobokennj.gov and providing the time of the incident, the taxi number (or driver’s license number or vehicle plate number), and a description of what happened. Residents are the City’s eyes and ears, and we can only take action if we know there is a problem.

Complaint Forms

Complaint Form

Complaints Enforcement Policy

In addition to active surveillance and enforcement of taxi and limousine regulations on the street, The City of Hoboken Division of Taxis and Limousines carefully monitors and acts on complaints from the community regarding licensed taxis and limousines in accordance with the following policy:

Anonymous Complaints: 

Complaints submitted anonymously are reviewed and added to the individual driver/owner file. The Division always asks the complainant if they would like to prepare an affidavit to allow the Division to broaden actions taken at this level (see next section). Driver/owner are also given an opportunity to submit their recollection of the events. After a review of all materials, the Division typically issues a warning to the driver/owner and tracks the frequency of complaints regarding the individual driver/owner. If multiple complaints are collected on an individual driver/owner (typically three or more), the Division may choose to issue a summons, suspend, or revoke the active license, depending on the severity and/or details of the complaints.

Affidavit Complaints: 

All individuals submitting a complaint are offered the opportunity to complete an affidavit expressing a willingness, if required, to testify in court on the issue. In most cases, court appearance is not likely; however, individuals who choose this option make it more appropriate for the Division to take immediate action on the grounds that the complaint represents a major concern and should be resolved more swiftly than via the anonymous method described above. Driver/owner are also given an opportunity to submit their recollection of the events. After a review of all materials, the Division may choose to immediately issue a summons, suspend, or revoke the active license, depending on the severity and/or details of the complaints.

In all instances, disciplinary actions are conducted in accordance with the authority bestowed upon the Division via the Hoboken City Code.

Municipal Code

If you have any questions about our municipal code, please view it directly online. 179A 180A

Did You Know Documents

List of licensed taxi and limousine companies

Rules and Regulations for drivers

Future Inclement Weather and Holiday Enforcement

Taxi Enforcement

Taxi Rates

Maximum Allowable Intra-City Fares

The maximum allowable fare for intra-city taxi service is $8.00, except for taxi service initiating from the taxi stand at the New Jersey Transit/PATH station which is $7.00.

Additional Allowable Fees

1. If cab rides are shared with the consent of the first rider(s), the fee may be increased by $7.00 so long as the second rider(s) is not going to the same exact destination. No more than two paying passengers. The right of the taxicab operator to transport shared rides applies only at taxi stands designated by the City of Hoboken if there are more passengers than available taxis. The first rider must be taken to his or her destination first.

2. If a taxi picks up a party of more than one person at a taxi stand at the New Jersey Transit/PATH station for intra-city travel, the taxi driver may charge an additional One Dollar ($1.00) fee for each person, in addition to the allowable fare of Seven Dollars ($7.00). There is no additional fee for children under the age of Thirteen (13) years old.

Allowable Baggage Fees

In addition, there shall be a charge of $0.50 for each bag exceeding two, with which a driver assists a passenger, except that senior citizens shall not be subject to this fee.

Maximum Allowable Non-City Fares

Every driver must have a City approved Rate Book in the vehicle at all times and must use the rates included in the book.

Out of Town –

WEEHAWKEN

Port Imperial $17.00

Golf Range $20.00

Chart House $10.00

Lincoln Harbor $9.00

JERSEY CITY

Newport Apartments $9.00

Avalon Cove $9.00

Newport Mall & Area $9.00

Society Hills $25.00

Port Liberty $23.00

Liberty State Park $23.00

Kennedy Blvd. & Montgomery $18.00

Kennedy Blvd. & Communipaw $20.00

New Jersey City University Area $23.00

Greenville Area $23.00

Communipaw & Pacific $17.00

Kennedy Blvd. & Paterson Plank Road $13.00

Communipaw Avenue $23.00

Mc Adoo Avenue $25.00

Danforth Avenue $25.00

Culver Avenue $23.00

Old Bergen Ave. $25.00

Pearsall Ave. $25.00

LOWER JERSEY CITY

Columbus Driver Area $12.00

Exchange Place $12.00

155 Washington Blvd. & 100 Warren St. $12.00

4th Street $9.00

7th Street $11.00

Grove St. PATH $12.00

Grand St. & Jersey Ave. $16.00

Grand St. & Pacific $18.00

Pacific & Johnston $18.00

Pacific, Caven Point Road $22.00

JERSEY CITY HEIGHTS AREA

Kennedy Blvd. $12.00

Nelson Ave. $14.00

Manhattan Ave & Tonelle Ave. $15.00

Central Ave. $10.00

Palisades Ave. & Sherman Ave. $8.00

Journal Square $13.00

Court House $11.00

Congress & Central Ave. $9.00

STREETS OFF OCEAN AVENUE

Ranges from $23.00-$24.00

WESTSIDE AVENUE

American Can Co. $20.00

Broadway & Westside Ave. $21.00

Marion Garden Area $22.00

Montgomery & Westside Ave. $23.00

Belmont & Westside Ave. $24.00

STREETS OFF WESTSIDE AVENUE

Ranges from $23.00-$25.00

STREETS OFF MALLORY AVENUE

Ranges from $23.00-$25.00

STREETS OFF GARFIELD AVENUE

Ranges from $23.00-$25.00

GARFIELD AVENUE

Brown Place & Garfield Ave. $27.00

Neptune Ave. & Garfield Ave. $27.00

Seaview Ave. & Garfield Ave. $27.00

Gates Ave. & Garfield Ave. $27.00

Merrit St. & Garfield Ave. $28.00

Schley St. & Garfield Ave. $28.00

Samson St. & Garfield Ave. $28.00

Shaffer St. & Garfield Ave. $28.00

DOWNTOWN UNION CITY

Palisades Ave. (Not above 5th St.) $9.00

Palisades Ave. & 18th St. $10.00

Palisades Ave. & 23rd St. $11.00

Paterson Plank Rd. & 2nd St. $10.00

Central Ave. & Summit Ave. $12.00

Union City Reservoir &Gregory Commons $10.00

Troy Towers $10.00

22nd Street & Kennedy Blvd. $12.00

VIA BOULEVARD EAST

19th Street $9.00

The Shades $9.00

700 Blvd. East Apts. $9.00

Bonn Place $11.00

Fulton Street $12.00

50th Street $16.00

60th Street $18.00

67th Street $20.00

75th Street $22.00

85th Street $24.00

Nungesser’s $28.00

VIA KENNEDY BLVD.

10th Street & Kennedy Blvd. $12.00

22nd Street & Kennedy Blvd. $13.00

32nd Street & Palisade Ave. $12.00

32nd Street & Bergenline Ave. $13.00

43rd Street & Hudson Blvd. $15.00

50th Street & Hudson Blvd. $17.00

57th Street & Hudson Blvd. $18.00

65th Street & Hudson Blvd. $20.00

70th Street & Hudson Blvd. $21.00

76th Street & Hudson Blvd $23.00

85th Street & Hudson Blvd. $25.00

Nungesser’s $28.00

NORTH BERGEN

15th Street & Paterson Plank Road $13.00

39th Street & Hackensack Plank Road $17.00

Paterson Plank Road & Tonelle Ave. $19.00

5 Corners North Bergen $15.00

50th Street & Tonelle Ave. $23.00

67th Street & Tonelle Ave. $25.00

76th Street & Tonelle Ave. $27.00

85th Street & Tonelle Ave. $29.00

91st Street & Tonelle Ave. $30.00

Dan Kelly’s Hill $30.00

VIA RIVER ROAD (60 ST)

Pier 1 & 2 Guttenberg $22.00

Pier 7 & 9 NYC $22.00

Lever Brothers $24.00

Barretts $24.00

Ford Pier $26.00

Alco Plant $28.00

BAYONNE

Bayonne Naval Base $33.00

32nd Street & Broadway $33.00

22nd Street & Broadway $35.00

5th Street & Broadway $38.00

Bergen Point $38.00

Texas Oil $38.00

Tydol or Bayonne Warehouse $38.00

Terminal & Metropolitan Oil Co. Gate Only $38.00

Standard Oil Co. Gate Only $38.00

HOSPITALS

Meadowlands Hospital $25.00

JC Medical Center $16.00

Christ Hospital $9.00

NEW YORK CITY

Penn Station $40.00 plus tolls

Grand Central Station $45.00 plus tolls

AIRPORTS

Newark $45.00 plus tolls

Teterboro $40.00 plus tolls

Kennedy $90.00 plus tolls

La Guardia $70.00 plus tolls

Meadowlands Arena $40.00

knowledge base: faqs



Does the Shade Tree Commission have a list of trees that they recommend for planting? View the approved list of tree species.

Who should trim the tree in front of my house? Please contact David Calamoneri.

I know of a tree that I believe is dying or is dangerous, who should I contact? Please contact David Calamoneri.

How do I become a volunteer for the Shade Tree Commission? Please contact Peter Bakarich III.

How do I apply to be a commissioner on the Shade Tree Commission? Submit an application for appointment to citizen advisory boards and commissions.

When does the Hoboken Shade Tree commission meet? Click here to view the meeting dates for 2015.

What are the benefits and reasons for planting trees in Hoboken? Read about 13 Reasons to plant trees.

How can I find out info on the tree(s) on my Street? View the Hoboken Tree Inventory.

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