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Division of Commerce 

382 MLK Drive
Jersey City, NJ 07305
Tel:  (201) 547-5139
Fax:  (201) 547-5585

Maynard Woodson, Director 


Under §3-82.1 of the Jersey City Municipal Code, the Division of Commerce issues various business licenses and conducts various enforcement activities:

  • Issue city licenses and collect such fees as approved by the Board of Alcoholic Beverage Control
  • Review applications for taxi driver hack licenses and bus driver hack licenses
  • Review applications for permits for the operation of taxicabs
  • Supervise the collection of franchise taxes payable to the City of Jersey City
  • Administer the insurance requirements of the New Jersey Department of Insurance relating to taxicabs and buses
  • Conduct hearings on complaints against holders of taxicabs and bus licenses
  • Perform all the functions authorized in Chapter 319, Towers and Towing
  • Review applications for public weighmasters
  • Conduct various inspections and testing, including but not limited to:
       -  The inspection, testing, adjusting and the sealing or condemnation of all commercial scales and measuring devices in use by wholesale and retail establishments 
       -  The testing and sealing of gasoline pumps
       -  The calibration of fuel tank trucks.
       -  The testing of liquid measures, oil meters, laundry scales, heavy-duty truck scales and all types of scales and measuring devices in general use.
       -  The investigation and reporting on applications for public weighmasters.
       -  The investigation of complaints of violations and presentation of evidence thereof in municipal courts.
       -  The issuance of solid fuel and live poultry licenses.
       -   Conduct mechanical inspections of taxicabs and buses

HEDC's Division of Commerce is also a member of the Mayor's Quality of Life Task Force. 

Online Help Center Service Requests
Report illegal activity or make a complaint against an Auto Repair Shop
Report illegal activity or make a complaint against an Entertainment venue
Report illegal activity or make a complaint against a Liquor License holder
Report illegal activity or make a complaint against a Tow Truck operator

Make a complaint against a Taxicab company or operator
Make a complaint against a Limousine company or operator 

Make a complaint against a Laundromat
Make a complaint against a Sidewalk Cafe
Make a complaint against a store's Weight Scales 

 Business Licensing and Permitting Process Survey 

If you have gone through the permitting and licensing process in Jersey City in the last 6 months, please click here to fill out our survey to give us feedback on how we can improve it.


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