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 city ordinance page (where applicable).


Disposable Bag Ban

Retail • Sustainability • Business Owners • Residents

The city-wide ban on single-use plastic carry-out bags starts JUNE 28, 2019. The City of Jersey City Municipal Council passed Ordinance 18-065, which prohibits retailers from providing single-use plastic carry-out bags and non-recyclable paper bags to customers at the checkout counter of all retailers, including grocery stores, restaurants, corner stores, pharmacies, clothing shops, hardware stores, beer and liquor stores, and every other retail store that provides bags to customers at point of sale.

Payroll Tax

Employee • Taxes • Business Owners

On November 20, 2018, the Municipal Council approved Ordinance 18-133, creating a payroll tax for Jersey City employers. All employers located within Jersey City are subject to a 1% tax on their gross payroll. All tax revenues will support the City of Jersey City public schools.

Businesses are required to register prior to making their first payments. CLICK HERE for the Jersey City Municipal Government page to register and other pertinent information on submitting payroll tax payments, FAQs and contact information.

Employers with a quarterly gross payroll less than $2,500 are exempt from the payroll tax. The wages of Jersey City residents are exempt.

Certified Green Business

Property Maintenance • Recycling • Sustainability • Business Owners

Jersey City recently launched a green business certification program to recognize businesses that incorporate sustainable practices. Click this link to fill out an application. Upon approval of certification, businesses will receive a decal to display in their window identifying them as a green business, recognition on the small business website, and the opportunity to present in future green business networking events. If you have any questions, please contact