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This office is responsible for administering the zoning laws of the City of Hoboken, Hudson County and the State of New Jersey. Zoning is the delineation of districts and the establishment of regulations governing the use, placement, spacing, and size of land and buildings. No structure shall be erected or altered, nor any use of land or buildings converted without zoning approval.

Zoning Office

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Zoning Office

This office is responsible for administering the zoning laws of the City of Hoboken, Hudson County and the State of New Jersey. Zoning is the delineation of districts and the establishment of regulations governing the use, placement, spacing, and size of land and buildings. No structure shall be erected or altered, nor any use of land or buildings converted without zoning approval.

The Zoning Officer duties include:

  • Reviewing all applications for new construction, renovations and alterations, appurtenances to property, signs, and uses within the City of Hoboken.
  • Assigning those needing special approval to the Planning or Zoning Boards of Adjustment.
  • Issuance of zoning permits; First Certificate of Zoning Compliance, Final Certificate of Zoning Compliance, Continuing Use Certificates, and other related approvals.
  • Issuance of Sidewalk Cafe licenses.
  • Conducting of field inspections and special investigations to ensure compliance with the Zoning Code.
  • Responding to all inquiries with regard to zoning.

When do you need to go to the Zoning Office?

  • The Zoning Officer is the first person and the last person you see when you are doing any type of construction. A First Certificate of Compliance must be obtained before building permits can be issued. A final zoning inspection must be conducted and a Final Certificate of Compliance issued upon the completion of any construction or alteration before a Certificate of Occupancy may be issued.
  • Before installing any type of signing. Business signs and most permanent signs require zoning approval and a building permit for installation. Many other types of signs do not require zoning approval, but it’s best to check with the office.
  • Before opening a business. Different types of businesses are permitted in each zoning district. Check with the zoning office to make sure your business is permitted and obtain a Certificate of Compliance Use certifying that the use and location comply with the Zoning Code.

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