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Jersey City Small Business Services

Vanessa@jcedc.org

30 Montgomery Street 14th Floor Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 333-7797 ext 1202

Small Business License Guide

Thank you for your interest in opening a small business in Jersey City! Please answer the questions on this form to determine which permits and licenses are required for your current or future business in Jersey City.

Completion of this form does not guarantee any permit and/or license approvals, and it is the responsibility of the business owner and operator to determine any and all applicable permits and licenses, including those issued by the State of New Jersey. Instructions are provided here as to how to apply for Jersey City specific licenses only. 

If you have any questions, please call the Jersey City Office of Small Business Services at (201) 333-7797, Ext. 1202 or email Vanessa Quijano at Vanessa@jcedc.org.

Business Information

Please answer the following questions about your new small business to the best of your ability.  Any information provided here will remain private and will not apply to actual permit applications.  

Additional Resources

What You Need To Open Your Business

Below are the licenses you need to open your business, as well as additional services and support that we can provide, based on the answers to the questions in the previous sections of this guide.

Click the "submit" button at the bottom of this page to receive an email copy of this list for your records.

If you have any questions, please call the Jersey City Office of Small Business Services at (201) 333-7797, Ext. 1202 or email Vanessa Quijano at Vanessa@jcedc.org.

Unfortunately some of our applications are still paper based, but we are working hard to transition all of our applications to digital forms. 

Small Business Services

The Jersey City Office of Small Business Services has several funding options to help new and existing small businesses.  

For more information visit smallbiz.jerseycitynj.gov/loans or call us at (201) 333-7797 ext 1202.

The Jersey City Office of Small Business Services can help you find space for your new business. 

For more information visit smallbiz.jerseycitynj.gov/spaces or call us at (201) 333-7797 ext 1202.

The Jersey City Office of Small Business Services has a variety of resources for new small businesses, including free professional development classes.  

For more information visit smallbiz.jerseycitynj.gov/resources or call us at (201) 333-7797 ext 1202.

The Jersey City Economic Development Corporation (JCEDC) can help guide you through the process of applying for Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ) certification.

For more information, visit http://www.jcedc.org/Pages/uezcertification.html or call us at (201) 333-7797 ext 1205.

Zoning Approval

A zoning review is required to open your business.  Click here to apply for zoning review or call the Division of Zoning at (201) 547-4832. 

Construction

Please contact the Office of the Construction Code Official in order to determine what, if any, permits may be needed for construction

For more information visit http://www.jerseycitynj.gov/ConstructionCode/ or call us at (201) 547-5055. Address: 30 Montgomery St, Room 412. Jersey City, NJ 07302

 

Commerce Licenses

A jukebox license is required from the Division of Commerce.

For more information visit http://www.jerseycitynj.gov/commerce/ or call us at  (201) 547-5319 Address: 382 Martin Luther King Drive, Jersey City, NJ 07305

A jukebox license is required from the Division of Commerce.

For more information visit http://www.jerseycitynj.gov/commerce/ or call us at  (201) 547-5319 Address: 382 Martin Luther King Drive, Jersey City, NJ 07305

An entertainment license is required from the Division of Commerce

For more information visit http://www.jerseycitynj.gov/commerce/ or call us at (201) 547-5319 Address: 382 Martin Luther King Drive, Jersey City, NJ 07305

An entertainment license is required from the Division of Commerce

For more information visit http://www.jerseycitynj.gov/commerce/ or call us at (201) 547-5319 Address: 382 Martin Luther King Drive, Jersey City, NJ 07305

A sidewalk cafe requires a license from the Division of Commerce.

For more information visit http://www.jerseycitynj.gov/commerce/ or call us at (201) 547-5319 Address: 382 Martin Luther King Drive, Jersey City, NJ 07305

A sidewalk cafe requires a license from the Division of Commerce.

For more information visit http://www.jerseycitynj.gov/commerce/ or call us at (201) 547-5319 Address: 382 Martin Luther King Drive, Jersey City, NJ 07305

An ABC Liquor License is required from the Division of Commerce.

For more information visit http://www.jerseycitynj.gov/commerce/ or call us at (201) 547-5319 Address: 382 Martin Luther King Drive, Jersey City, NJ 07305

An ABC Liquor License is required from the Division of Commerce.

For more information visit http://www.jerseycitynj.gov/commerce/ or call us at (201) 547-5319 Address: 382 Martin Luther King Drive, Jersey City, NJ 07305

An ABC Liquor License is required from the Division of Commerce.

For more information visit http://www.jerseycitynj.gov/commerce/ or call us at (201) 547-5319 Address: 382 Martin Luther King Drive, Jersey City, NJ 07305

A Florist License is required from the Division of Commerce.

For more information please visit http://www.jerseycitynj.gov/commerce/ or call us at (201) 547-5319 Address: 382 Martin Luther King Drive, Jersey City, NJ 07305

A Parking Lot License and taxes are required from the Division of Commerce.

For more information visit http://www.jerseycitynj.gov/commerce/ or call us at (201) 547-5319 Address: 382 Martin Luther King Drive, Jersey City, NJ 07305

A Towing License is required from the Division of Commerce.

For more information visit http://www.jerseycitynj.gov/commerce/ or call us at (201) 547-5319 Address: 382 Martin Luther King Drive, Jersey City, NJ 07305

An ABC License is required from the Division of Commerce.

For more information visit http://www.jerseycitynj.gov/commerce/ or call us at (201) 547-5319 Address: 382 Martin Luther King Drive, Jersey City, NJ 07305

A Bingo License is required from the Division of Commerce.

For more information visit http://www.jerseycitynj.gov/commerce/ or call us at (201) 547-5319 Address: 382 Martin Luther King Drive, Jersey City, NJ 07305

A Raffle License is required from the Division of Commerce.

For more information visit http://www.jerseycitynj.gov/commerce/ or call us at (201) 547-5319 Address: 382 Martin Luther King Drive, Jersey City, NJ 07305

A Taxi/Limo License is required from the Division of Commerce.

For more information visit http://www.jerseycitynj.gov/commerce/ or call us at (201) 547-5319 Address: 382 Martin Luther King Drive, Jersey City, NJ 07305

An Auto Shop License is required from the Division of Commerce.

For more information visit http://www.cityofjerseycity.com/commerce/ or call us at  (201) 547-5319 Address: 382 Martin Luther King Drive, Jersey City, NJ 07305

A Used Car License is required from the Division of Commerce.

For more information visit http://www.cityofjerseycity.com/commerce/ or call us at (201) 547-5319 Address: 382 Martin Luther King Drive, Jersey City, NJ 07305

A Towing License is required from the Division of Commerce.

For more information please contact http://www.cityofjerseycity.com/commerce/ or call us at (201) 547-5319 Address: 382 Martin Luther King Drive, Jersey City, NJ 07305

Health and Food Licenses

A supermarket requires a Class A Food License from the Department of Health and Human Services.

For more information visit http://www.cityofjerseycity.com/HHS/ or call us at (201) 547-6800 Address: 199 Summit Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07304

A bar with no food requires a Class D Food License from the Department of Health and Human Services.

For more information visit http://www.cityofjerseycity.com/HHS/ or call us at (201) 547-6800 Address: 199 Summit Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07304

A newsstand requires a Class D Food License from the Department of Health and Human Services.

For more information visit http://www.cityofjerseycity.com/HHS/ or call us at (201) 547-6800 Address: 199 Summit Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07304

A liquor store requires a Class D Food License from the Department of Health and Human Services.

For more information visit http://www.cityofjerseycity.com/HHS/ or call us at (201) 547-6800 Address: 199 Summit Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07304

A pharmacy or drug store requires a Class D Food License from the Department of Health and Human Services.

For more information visit http://www.cityofjerseycity.com/HHS/ or call us at (201) 547-6800 Address: 199 Summit Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07304

A fish market requires a Class C Food License from the Department of Health and Human Services.

For more information visit http://www.cityofjerseycity.com/HHS/ or call us at (201) 547-6800 Address: 199 Summit Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07304

A butcher shop requires a Class C Food License from the Department of Health and Human Services.

For more information visit http://www.cityofjerseycity.com/HHS/ or call us at (201) 547-6800 Address: 199 Summit Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07304

A frozen dairy shop (carry out only - no seating) requires a Class C Food License from the Department of Health and Human Services.

For more information visit http://www.cityofjerseycity.com/HHS/ or call us at (201) 547-6800 Address: 199 Summit Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07304

A frozen dairy shop with less than 20 seats requires a Class B Food License from the Department of Health and Human Services.

For more information visit http://www.cityofjerseycity.com/HHS/ or call us at (201) 547-6800 Address: 199 Summit Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07304

A frozen dairy shop with more than 20 seats requires a Class A Food License from the Department of Health and Human Services.

For more information visit http://www.cityofjerseycity.com/HHS/ or call us at (201) 547-6800 Address: 199 Summit Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07304

A bakery with 20 seats or more requires a Class A Food License from the Department of Health and Human Services.

For more information visit http://www.cityofjerseycity.com/HHS/ or call us at (201) 547-6800 Address: 199 Summit Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07304

A bakery with less than 20 seats requires a Class B Food License from the Department of Health and Human Services.

For more information visit http://www.cityofjerseycity.com/HHS/ or call us at (201) 547-6800 Address: 199 Summit Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07304

A bakery with no seats (carry-out only) requires a Class C Food License from the Department of Health and Human Services.

For more information visit http://www.cityofjerseycity.com/HHS/ or call us at (201) 547-6800 Address: 199 Summit Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07304

A restaurant, cafe, or bar with more than 20 seats requires a Class A Food License from the Department of Health and Human Services.

For more information visit http://www.cityofjerseycity.com/HHS/ or call us at (201) 547-6800 Address: 199 Summit Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07304

A restaurant, cafe, or bar with 20 seats or less requires a Class B Food License from the Department of Health and Human Services.

For more information visit http://www.cityofjerseycity.com/HHS/ or call us at (201) 547-6800 Address: 199 Summit Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07304

A grocery store with a deli requires a Class B Food License from the Department of Health and Human Services.

For more information visit http://www.cityofjerseycity.com/HHS/ or call us at (201) 547-6800 Address: 199 Summit Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07304

A Vending Machine License is required from the Department of Health and Human Services.

For more information visit http://www.cityofjerseycity.com/HHS/ or call us at (201) 547-6800 Address: 199 Summit Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07304

A grocery store (no deli) requires a Class C Food License from the Department of Health and Human Services.

For more information visit http://www.cityofjerseycity.com/HHS/ or call us at (201) 547-6800 Address: 199 Summit Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07304

A barbershop, tanning/beauty salon (without nails), or dry cleaner (drop-off only) requires a Class B Non-Food License from the Department of Health and Human Services.

For more information visit http://www.cityofjerseycity.com/HHS/ or call us at (201) 547-6800 Address: 199 Summit Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07304

A child care center requires a Child Care License from the Department of Health and Human Services.

For more information visit http://www.cityofjerseycity.com/HHS/ or call us at (201) 547-6800 Address: 199 Summit Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07304

A tattoo parlor requires a Tattoo License from the Department of Health and Human Services.

For more information visit http://www.cityofjerseycity.com/HHS/ or call us at (201) 547-6800 Address: 199 Summit Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07304

A food truck requires a Mobile Food Truck License from the Department of Health and Human Services.

For more information visit http://www.cityofjerseycity.com/HHS/ or call us at (201) 547-6800 Address: 199 Summit Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07304

Please note additional rules and regulations apply to mobile food vendors. Click here for more information. 

A nail salon, dry cleaner (done on the premises), beauty salon with nails, or laundromat requires a Class A Non-Food License from the Department of Health and Human Services.

For more information visit http://www.cityofjerseycity.com/HHS/ or call us at (201) 547-6800 Address: 199 Summit Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07304

A Temporary Retail Food Vendor License is required from the Department of Health and Human Services.

For more information visit http://www.cityofjerseycity.com/HHS/ or call us at (201) 547-6800 Address: 199 Summit Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07304

A Temporary Food Establishment Sponsor License is required from the Department of Health and Human Services.

For more information visit http://www.cityofjerseycity.com/HHS/ or call us at (201) 547-6800 Address: 199 Summit Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07304

A Flea Market License is required from the Department of Health and Human Services.

For more information visit http://www.cityofjerseycity.com/HHS/ or call us at (201) 547-6800 Address: 199 Summit Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07304

Office of Housing Code Enforcement

A hotel requires a Hotel License from the Office of Housing Code Enforcement.  

For more information please visit http://www.cityofjerseycity.com/hedc.aspx?id=1180 or call us at (201) 547-4825 Address: 30 Montgomery St. 4th Floor. Jersey City, NJ 07302

Other Information

For more information on the rules and regulations for operating a small business in Jersey City, visit smallbiz.jerseycitynj.gov/rules or call us at (201) 333-7797 ext 1202.

You may also click here to learn more about rules and regulations that pertain to Jersey City businesses on the city code of ordinances.