Rules

Below is a list of rules and regulations that guide operations and activities of small businesses.  Use the search bar and category filter on the right to find relevant rules.

Please note this is merely a guide to rules and regulations, and does not represent the full and final requirements pertaining to your specific small business.  In addition, the State of New Jersey may have separate requirements for licenses and it is the responsibility of the operator to determine what type of licenses they need to obtain and to secure them before opening an establishment, both with the City of Jersey City and the State of New Jersey.

Click on rule titles to review the full text for items on municode.com city ordinance page (where applicable).

 

Alcoholic Beverages

Licenses • Business Owners
  • A license is required by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board to serve alcoholic beverages. Visit http://www.nj.gov/lps/abc for more information.
  • No licensee shall employ a bartender under the age of 18.
  • No licensee shall sell any alcoholic beverage to any person under the age of 21 or that is apparently intoxicated.
  • If there is any sale of food, this is considered a food establishment (see food establishment)

Amusement Devices

Hours of Operation • Licenses • Business Owners
  • Operator’s license required for all amusement devices.
  • No operator may permit the use of any automatic amusement device by person under the age of 18 years not accompanied by parent or legal guardian between the hours of 8:00AM and 4:00PM on school days or between 10:00PM and 8:00AM everyday.
  • If there is any sale of food, this is considered a food establishment (see food establishment).

Barbershops

Hours of Operation • Licenses • Business Owners
  • License required by the State.
  • Licensed required by Health & Human Services.
  • License is non transferable.
  • Hours of Operation- 7:00AM and 9:00PM, seven days a week.
  • Licensure  of each barber is required by the State. An additional license is required by Health & Human Services.

Beauty Shops

Hours of Operation • Licenses • Business Owners
  • A license is required by the State to operate a beauty shop. Visit http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/  for more information.
  • The permitted hours of operation for any beauty shop are between 7:00AM and 9:00PM seven days a week.
  • Licensure of each barber is required by the State and an additional license is required by Health & Human Services.

Collection of recyclable materials

Recycling • Business Owners • Property Owners • Residents
  • Place recyclables in containers outside after 7:00PM on the day immediately preceding the day of collection, but no later than 10:00PM.
  • Remove empty containers from curbside by no later than 10:00AM next day.

Entertainment License/Noise Restriction

Location • Business Owners
  • Restricted to a decibel level of 55 dB from Noon to 10:00PM and 45 dB from 10:00 PM to close.
  • Restaurant Entertainment shall not locate within 10 feet of any entrance door or open window.
  • Outdoor entertainment is prohibited in all establishments, except where specifically requested in license application and approved by director.

Food Handling Establishments

Licenses • Business Owners
  • License required from the Health & Human Services.
  • One manager or supervisor must satisfactorily complete the Health & Human Services food handlers course each year prior to renewal of the license.
  • License required from the Health & Human Services.

General safety and sanitation

Property Maintenance • Signage/Appearance • Business Owners
  • Exteriors and interiors of all buildings shall be maintained in a structurally sound, clean, and sanitary condition and in a state of good repair.
  • Many additional rules, regulations, and restrictions apply specific to individual parts of buildings; please review the full text of the ordinance (click on the title of the ordinance).